Over the last week or so, Elicia and I have been able to spend some extra time doing stuff around Toronto
In addition to a couple of morning tennis matches (which made up for your schedule evening games rained out), and seeing a 2 very good movies ( SpiderMan 2 and Will Smith’s I Robot) we also visited:
AGO‘s (Art Gallery of Ontario) most excellent show “Turner Whistler Monet: Impressionist Visions” (till September 12, 2004).
T&T, the asian supermarket in Promenade Shopping Centre (Thornhill) for lots of goodies.
Etobicoke IKEA for the $1 breakfast (hope those girls made it back to Sudbury okay).
Chippys (across from the Trinity Bellwoods Park, Queen St W and Strachan) for yummy Fish and Chips.
current hot spot The Drake Hotel (just east of the tracks, Queen Street West & Beaconsfield Avenue), very shinny and pretty.
both part of Toronto’s Queen street west scene, always fun and exciting.
Toronto new Tennis stadium the Rexall Center up at York University where we saw Gustavo Kuerten fall to Jan Hernych (5-7 7-6 (8/6) 6-4), and then stay to watch Andy Roddick defeat Juan Ignacio Chela (6-1 6-4).
I also managed to polish off Ken Macleod‘s “Newton’s Wake” and Chariles Stross‘s “Iron Sunrise”, after much anticipation.
Of the 2 I enjoyed Surnrise more, but that may be because its a sequel (more familiar) and its story universe is a little more interesting (to me) and messy.
Ken’s writing has a background about the collision of societies (and its ideologies), where as Charile’s is about the collision of technologies (and its ideological implications), which inform the stories they tell.
I look forward to read more from both authors placed in these settings.