»The first and least of the fragments was fused inside the single clear crystal, harder than diamond. The the crystal was encased in a box of unbreakable glass. The box was locked inside a cage of silver and malachite, and the cage was fixed in place on the surface of a dead sun at the very end of Time.«
Arhitektka, ki je iz Niča ustvarila Hišo in Sekundarne svetove, se je odločila zapustiti sceno in je za sabo pustila le Oporoko ter sedem Izvrševalcev. Ti pa so se raje odločili Hišo razdeliti na sedem delov, Oporoko pa tudi. Arthur Penhaligon (yep, namigovanje na kralja Pendragona), astmatični fant, ki je bil slučajno potegnjen v dogajanje, mora rešiti Oporoko in obraniti Hišo pred Ničem. Tako nekako. Razbito na sedem knjig. Yep, polno krščanske mistike, ampak o tem si več preberite na Wikipedii.
Garth Nix je najbolj znan po seriji Staro kraljestvo (Sabriel – prevedena tudi v slovenščino, Lirael in Abhorsen), ki mi je strašno všeč. Zato sem se spravil brati Mister Monday in po nekaj deset straneh mi je zadeva dišala tako strašno po krščanstvu, da sem jo skoraj odložil. No, pa jo nisem in še sreča, ker je štorija prav fino napisana, od vere pa so ohranjeni pretežno etični deli, s katerimi nimam problemov.
Naslednjih šest vnosov spada v isto štorijo, vsebine posameznih knjig pa bolj natančno ne bom opisoval.
»The blood-read, spike-covered locomotive vented steam in angry blasts as it wound up from the very depths of the Pit. Black smoke billowed through the steam, coal smoke that was laced with deadly particles of Nothing from the deep mines far below.«
»At first it looked like a golden, winged shark, all sleek motion and a fearsome, toothy maw. But as it circled, it shrank. Its cigar-shaped body bulged and changed, and the golden sheen ebbed away before other advancing colors. It became roughly human-shaped, though still with golden wings. Then, as its wings stopped flapping and it stepped the final foot down to the deck, it assumed the shape of a very beautiful women, though even the ship’s boy knew she var really a Denizen of high rank.«
»Looking over the rim of her special glasses, she didn’t just see the white bulk of the hospital’s three towers, all concrete and glass, about a mile and a half away. She could also see another building, hovering in the air directly above the hospital. A vast, crazy building of weird turrets and towers, houses and halls, outbuildings, underbuildings, overbuildings, and battlements.«
»The current of textually charged water propelled the vessel, Arthir saw, because the raft was entirely covered in writing of various kinds and was in fact made up entirely of House records. In this case, hundreds or perhaps thousands of bundles of papyrus tied together with ribbon that was itself printer on, the raft then given greater structural strength by the addition of bracing struts that we long, thin planks covered in something that must be writing, though to Arthur it looked more like random woodworm trails.«
»Saturday grimaced, an ugly look on her otherwise extraordinarily beautiful face. For ten thousand years she had been building her tower in order to reach and invade the Incomparable Gardens. Yet no matter how high she built, the Gardens moved further away, and Lord Sunday taunted her by making sure she was the only one to see it.«
|Garth Nix, Lord Sunday |
»Below him was a patchwork of hundreds or possibly thousands of different gardens, all separated by corridors of tall green hedges like the one in which he had been ambushed. There were gardens that were small and green and tidy; gardens of russet and tan that sprawled across many acres; there were deserts and low rolling hills and swamps, and even several beaches that bordered portions of ocean no more than a hundred yards long and wide.«
»Neither Dijkstra nor Kung and Song pay any attention to how the user stack should be treated. Dijkstra ducks the issue, by stating “shade all the roots”. Kung and Song simply insert roots one at a time into the collector end of a double-ended marking queue at the start of each collection cycle.«
Ker se je treba izobraževat. In ker »zbiranje odpadkov« (matr, sploh še nimamo primernega prevoda!) prodira v vse pore programiranja.
»Ulf je odpiral skrinjo za skrinjo in nato škatlo za šktalo. Našel je borovničasto glavo turobradavičarja, vloženo čudobotnico v steklenem akvariju in nagačeno gorgono z nogami, pribitimi na leseno desko. Njene oči so prazno strmele vanj.«
Nadaljevanje Strašnih zverinskih zadev z istimi pozitivci, istimi negativci, istimi avtorji in istim prevajalcem, ki je spet odlično poskrbel za – drugo – zgodbo. Vse pak ne more biti isto, ne? Še vedno predvsem za bralce, stare okoli deset let (ali nekajkrat toliko, seveda).
|Gail Carriger, Soulless |
»The carriage included a crank-operated water-boiling canteen for tea on-the-go, a long-disance monocular optical viewing device for the better appreciation of scenery, and even a small steam engine linked to a complex hydraulic system the purpose of which Alexia could not begin to fathom.«
Roman o vampirjih, volkodlakih in sončnikih, piše v podnaslovu. A so sončniki v knjigi zelo slabo izrabljeni :( Kao steampunk zadevščina, ampak v resnici gre bolj za ženski romantični roman, v katerem se pojavi množica vampirjev in volkodlakov, da se fantje lažje pregrizemo skozi. Še dve knjigi bosta izšli - Changeless in Blameless.
»CouchDB’s design borrows heavily from web architecture and the lessons learned deploying massively distributed systems on that architecture.«
Še malo izobraževanja, tokrat na temo podatkovne baze CouchDB. Knjiga je brezplačna, z veseljem pa vam prodajo papirnato ali e-knjižno različico.
»Kilman kept his nose perpendicular to the window. Looking for camels, but also seeing the deep blue-gray-green of the sea suddenly meeting the blue sheen of ice; the picturesque fishing village nestled at the apex of a triangular bay; the orange and lemon orchards rising up the terraced slopes. All of it safely maintained by the Summer Field that made this oasis possible amid the vast sea of ice that had sprung millennia ago as the result of a misguided application of a Winter Field. The ancient savants who had invented both were successful at starting the fields and phenomenally unsuccessful at turning them off.«
Ko sem pisal o Nixovi seriji Staro kraljestvo (omenjeno v čisto prvem zapisu zgoraj), sem ugotovil, da še nisem prebral knjige Across The Wall. Zbirka zgodbic iz njegovih raznih ustvarjalnih obdobij, od katerih je le prva povezana s Starim kraljestvom. Nič hudega, večina zgodb je odličnih. Priporočam.
Trenutno berem: The Road. Pa še nekaj časa jo bom, ker ne zdržim dosti. Depresija (© Niet), turoba, down down baby down šubi dubi down. Ampak kaj, ko je odlična knjiga. Bo treba zdržat.