2. Just finished reading Murakami's Kafka on the Shore, which was as delightfully surreal as I'd hoped. I have absoutely no idea what the actual story was about, but he touches on some interesting ideas and perspectives. Sorta reminded me of Spirited Away, in terms of the random, tangentially progressive plot (tangentially progressive? wtf). If you're a Murakami fan, you know what I mean. Not sure what's next; I flipped through the first few chapters of Blink and, while the subject matter is fascinating, his writing style really annoyed me. I'm going to stick with my gut impression, then, since that's what the book is about. I'm choosing between Fortress of Solitude or Everything Is Illuminated.
3. I replayed the beginning of Jade Empire last night with a new character; I wasn't happy with my original choice and, also, decided to go with a female character. I anticipate playing this game more than once, as there are 3 completely different endings, and I thought I'd switch things up and try it from the female perspective. Anyway, I'm happy to say that so far it's really engrossing; the combat gets some getting used to, but once you get the hang of it it's pretty satisfying. The puzzles have been very easy, but I expect that to change as I get farther along. It's definitely a cousin to KOTOR, in a lot of respects - even though Bioware says they created a new engine, it still feels like KOTOR, and I'd even go so far as to say that I'm liking it better.
That's all I've got.