So, my little brother came up this weekend from Iowa. He went to a concert at the metro with a couple of his friends. It was good to see him. We got to sit an chat for a while, and that was nice. Not that many years ago, that would never have happened. Somewhere along the way we've both matured... a lot. I guess it's one of those things, you either grow up or your life sucks. I'm glad that my brother is more than just my brother. I'm proud to call him my friend.
In the last couple days I've finished a couple books. First was The Teeth of the Tiger by Tom Clancy. I've read a lot of Clancy's stuff, and I've liked most of it. This one, not so much. I think he's trying to introduce replacement characters for Jack Ryan and John Clark, who are getting a little bit old to be doing the things they've done in earlier books. However the characters he's introducing in these are too far of a stretch for my tastes. They are much more two-dimentional and even a little more jingoistic than previous characters. Jack Ryan was his stand-by and John Clark was my favorite, so things were already going down-hill in my opinion. But oh well, perhaps the next will be better and he'll develop the characters more to the point where I can care about them, but for now, I give The Teeth of the Tiger a 6 out of 10.
The next book I read was The Ice Opinion by Ice T. This book was interesting, and entertaining. While I don't agree with some of Ice T's opinions, I really liked his outlook. His opinion was that the people who defend his First Amendment rights have been as in-effective as those who oppose what he says. He feels that the issue of what he's saying has been overshadowed by the people who are saying that he does, in fact, have the right to say it. The issue should not be "Does he have the right to write and perform 'Cop Killer'?" but "Why would he want to write 'Cop Killer'?" That i agree with. Like I said... it was interesting.