For the first topic I'm gonna turn the floor over to Beeso, who was muttering darkly on Twunter this week about AA's possible anti green bias.
I dont think there is one, but everybody reads a different book. There are characters who have issues with the Greens who have become a very significant third political force in Seattle, and one of those characters is Kipper, which might appear to lend sympathy to any Green view. However, I'd point out that all of that back story happens off stage, setting up scenario's for the final book, and Kipper has issues with everyone.
Because of the ecological effects and aftermath of the Wave there is fair deal of discussion and thought about environmental issues by the POV actors in the book, but they do so in character. If Sandra Harvey, the Greens leader, got a POV scene you'd read a very different exposition of the GM crop issue than you would in a scene narrated by, say, Miguel. There's no compelling story need to meet Sandra just yet and popping her simply in to 'balance' the politics of the book would be ... well... gratuitous PC bullshit. Insert rant by Murph here.
Anyway, I promised to let Beeso have first crack at any thread, so here 'tis.
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The weeks efforts are going well with Pan Macmillan very pleased by sales that exploded from the get go, and media coverage which has seen AA as the most talked about book the last week.
That's all good, but for me the best part is atching up with everyone. It's been a bit weird at times seeing the various streams cross over, with burgers and tweetenvolk meeting for the first time, but it's also been massive fun. Last night in Canberra was the awesome, thank to the local crew who kicked on afterwards at dinner and drinks. Tuesday in Sydney was pobably even more ruinous. (How's the heads, therbs and bondi?).
Just about to pack and run to the airport for Melb. Will see some of the crew tonite at Dymocks and beyond, and the rest on Friday.
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I note below that Ariel is listed as kicking off at six, but my latest itinerary and the bokstore's website have a kick off at 7.
Perhaps it's drinks at six. At any rate, it's certainly drinks for us at six, or earlier, if you head to the 3 Weeds.
I'm a bit concerned about the number of people coming along via the magic of twitter and facebook. I dont know how many of them could fit into the Balkan if they wanted to kick on in the same way as Brisbane. Might have to put the publicity mavens on that.
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If you read it critically the main issue the reviewer seems to take with After America isn't the quality of the writing or story, but the, uh, politics, and even that was kinda vexed, with acknowledgments of, say, Kipper's trad left mooshiness.
It's a pity the book is still a few weeks away so you could make your own minds up.
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Mint Slice proposed some new, PC female action types in the comments:
1. The Strap On Avenger - "Bev" a workplace access and equity consultant to the Road and Traffic Authority by day, seeks out middle managers accused of innappropriate sexual conduct in the work place. By night.she terrorises them with her bionic "appliance".
2. LUG Patrol - a team of crack female upper middle class arts/ law students on a mission to humiliate sexist academics with their superior knowledge of Catherine Mackinnon and Andrea Dworkin. Its a race against time, as each of their unique "superfeminist" powers may evaporate instantly upon graduation, when they cease being lesbians and marry men with an uncanny resemblence to their fathers.
3. The Department of Youth - a crack team of ethnically diverse young women - juvenile justice workers by day, assume their alter egos by night - seeking out to neutralise street crime wherever they may find it with their formidable arsenal of modern counselling techniques.