Got slammed with an out-of-the-blue ear infection yesterday morning.
I went to bed the night before feeling fine, and got up with a fire alarm ringing in my right ear. Besides the deafening ringing, there was a lot of pressure in there that made me feel light-headed and spacy all day. I drank a lot of water and took it easy for the most part, even going to bed at a disgustingly early hour.
Needless to say, I didn't get much of anything done yesterday or today for that matter, even though I'm feeling a little better now.
Books: On the plus side, I got a lot of reading done during my convalescence on the couch, and I'm quite glad to recommend Grimspace, by Ann Aguirre.
I tore through half the book in one sitting, very impressed with the strength of the opening and how quickly it drew me in. Telling the story of Sirantha Jax, a "jumper" who enables hyperspace leaps for FTL travel via the perks of having special DNA, the events of the book come fast and furious while accompanied by pleasantly generous doses of characterization that are both satisfying and conducive to the story.
The rest of the crew accompanying her form a rough rogues' gallery of likable faces, and there hasn't been a single page of dead space yet.
I haven't finished reading as of this posting, but based on the sheer strength of what I've seen so far, I've got no reservations at all about recommending it.
Now, back to the couch...