Sloth Alert

Kage Baker had no compunctions about declaring a day off. Especially when it was “off” like a bad egg or elderly milk – and some days are like that, you know, they just stink; and they make you ill if you foolishly indulge in them.

So Kage would toss them out and, usually, take off. Driving out somewhere was her favourite solution to such days.

My solution is to read. Mind you, if I still had the opportunity, I would choose driving out with Kage Baker – there was a wider choice of worlds in a day trip with her than in the fiction section of The Doctor’s Library. So my Kindle is a feeble candle indeed compared to the fire in Kage’s brain.

On the other hand, it is a light in a dark place. And I just downloaded a brand new book on the decoding of the Neanderthal genome, Neanderthal Man, by Svante Paabo, which will be perfect for a slow, dim, spring afternoon. And I have Girl Scout cookies.

So – class dismissed, Dear Readers. Whatever your personal class is today. I advise you to grab a companion – bound or unbound – and vanish into another dimension for a while. No one will mind. I promise.

About Kate

I am Kage Baker's sister. Kage was/is a well-known science fiction writer, who died on January 31, 2010. She told me to keep her work going - I'm doing that. This blog will document the process.
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3 Responses to Sloth Alert

  1. Lynn says:

    ‘There are Girl Scout cookies’ is right up there with ‘and there’s rum.’ And cookies don’t make you doze in the spring heat quite the same way rum does. The new book sounds fascinating. Maybe my boss, who works with genomes, will buy it for his library and let me borrow it.

    I appreciate the permission to sloth.

    For this spring I’ve rediscovered a series of books about a medieval Fools’ Guild, beginning with 13th Night, which starts 10 years after 12th Night and written from the focus of the fool, Feste. There are eight books in the series and I’ve been enjoying them through our recent rainstorms and the sunny warmth of today. If you’d like an intelligent romp with fools, I recommend it highly. Stories from Shakespeare’s treasures are the base for some of the books. It’s like reading ‘Grendel’ after reading ‘Beoulf.’


  2. Kara says:

    Girl Scout cookies! Exxxxxxcelllent choice! Which kind? I always liked the shortbread – I might as well have had an IV of butter and sugar…


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