In an introduction to a book once, Neil Gaiman may have written it -- I'm not sure because my google-fu is failing me right now, but that's not the important part -- where the essayist points out that while yes, Moby-Dick is about man's inhumanity and also the relationships that we have with one another and what happens to us in extremis but, most importantly, it is also a book about a whale . The point being made was, of course, that truly excellent books are about something, but they are also about something . And that's the thing I keep coming back to again and again having read Charlie Jane Anders' The City in the Middle of the Night. There is a lot of things that this book is about , but it's also a book about first contact on an alien world. And if it didn't work on that fundamental level, it wouldn't work at all. I'm not going to spoil anything, because I'm not an asshole, but I will say this: the tone and voice and flow of this novel
An occasional thought about my life in IT and the world. Mostly the former, though.