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Seveneves at the JCC

Next week should be epic at the JCC.

Yes, we have Sibel Kekilli and WHEN WE LEAVE on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Thursday, well, Thursday is Thanksgiving. Turkey and football and (I hope) Melinda's epic apple pie. (Pumpkin pie has its fans, I know, but I'm an All American apple pie guy. With a slice of cheese on the side, please. 'Apple pie without cheese is like a kiss without a squeeze,' my mother used to say). That will be fun... but it won't be at the JCC.

On the Sunday after Thanksgiving, we have another very special event. That afternoon, at 3:30, NEAL STEPHENSON will be dropping by for a visit, to talk about his new novel SEVENEVES.

I haven't had the chance to read SEVENEVES myself, though I am looking forward to it. There's been a lot of critical buzz about this one, and some great reviews; right now, it looks as if SEVENEVES will be a strong contender come Hugo time. Neal Stephenson is no stranger to that, of course. He's won (and lost) Hugos before, and his wins include 'the Big One,' the Hugo for best novel. We will also have a good selection of his backlist available for sale... and signing... at the JCC.

So if you're in New Mexico this Sunday, come by and meet him, enjoy a cocktail, and hear how it happened that the moon broke up.


( 14 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 20th, 2015 08:10 am (UTC)
Nov. 20th, 2015 09:26 am (UTC)
I'm not a pumpkin fan either. Apple all the way. Have a nice Thanksgiving!
Nov. 20th, 2015 11:11 am (UTC)

What sort of cheese goes with apple pie, I might have to sample this!

Nov. 20th, 2015 07:55 pm (UTC)
Nov. 20th, 2015 05:13 pm (UTC)
I just read the synopsis of SEVENEVES...
Sounds like what I need!
It seems to have some similarities to The Passage, which I loved (the 3rd instalment of The Passage trilogy comes out very soon btw).

Did you ever read The Passage, GRRM?
Nov. 20th, 2015 05:44 pm (UTC)
Black Friday with Neal Stephenson? I wish I lived in N.M.

Are there Early Bird Specials? Giveaways at 5 a.m.? Or are you not quite THAT All-American? :)

I love a good apple pie, but I can get that any time of year. From October through New Year's, my palate has a monogamous dessert relationship with pumpkin pie.
Nov. 20th, 2015 06:26 pm (UTC)
Does that man have Grond on his shoulder, or is he just pleased to see us?
Nov. 20th, 2015 06:58 pm (UTC)
Reading always feels a little sinful to me, especially paired with eating (and drinking). Love Neal Stephenson. I must admit to have never heard of eating cheese with apple pie. Here's the million dollar question: What kind of cheese do you please?
Robbie Albert
Nov. 20th, 2015 08:53 pm (UTC)
delta-v's and martinis, it doesn't get any better.
Seveneves is a great story. Zeke is the man!
Nov. 21st, 2015 03:02 am (UTC)
Seveneves was BAD. To a kind of astonishing degree. (The opening line is pretty great, but it's definitely all downhill from there.) Insipid dialogue, nonexistent characterization, endless and tedious infodumps in place of a plot . . . it was bad in basically every way a book can be bad.

If Seveneves gets on the Hugo ballot, I'll gleefully No Award it. Because I can genuinely say that absolutely nothing about this mess was award-worthy.
Nov. 21st, 2015 03:11 am (UTC)
Yours is the first negative review I've seen of the book. I think you're in a minority.
Nov. 21st, 2015 05:23 am (UTC)
Mine is FAR from the only negative review out there. :) But when I picked this up, I too had seen only a slew of positive reviews. That's why I picked up the book in the first place. I'd never read any Stephenson (I'd heard of him, though), and I thought this would be a good start. And that's why I was so astonished at how badly written it turned out to be. Hard SF has a reputation for prioritizing "ideas" over character or plot, as we all know, but this . . . holy crap. This was egregious. (And too many of the "ideas" present here didn't actually hold up to further thought, so even there, the book didn't work.)

After throwing Seveneves down in disgust, I went back and re-read some of those positive reviews. (I wanted to know what they'd seen that I did not.) Some of them seemed to spend most of their word count just praising Stephenson's earlier works, with very little detail about Seveneves, leading me to wonder if they actually bothered reading Seveneves before "reviewing" it, or if they just assumed it would have to be good because his earlier works were. And some of them . . . frankly, some of them seemed to be desperately trying their absolute hardest to convince themselves a book they'd clearly hated was actually brilliant. (And the more I looked, the more explicit "What is this garbage???" reviews I found. It was nice to know I wasn't crazy. :) )

Your post said you haven't yet read Seveneves. I don't know you, of course, but based on what you've said in the past about what you enjoy . . . I'll be very surprised if you enjoy Seveneves. Maybe I'm wrong! But I don't think I am.
Sean Hall
Nov. 24th, 2015 07:41 pm (UTC)
I know it would never happened for legal reasons, but it'd be awesome if you were allowed to show football games at the theater.
Nov. 24th, 2015 08:41 pm (UTC)
Sure, but you're right, it's not legal. The NFL would come down like a ton of bricks.
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