Perhaps you should read it and tell me?
As far as I can tell it's got nothing whatsoever to do with the Guide. It's actually a Dirk Gently novel, and it's alright. Funny in a quiet, weird, understated way. But a wispy little thing - not even the bulk of it was finished, it seems like. Interesting reading and worth the trouble of getting out from a library (if you can find it at your local).What about The [strike]Samon [/strike] Salmon of Doubt? Anyone read this?
Anna Karenina, Anna Karenina, Anna Karenina.Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy - 9/10
Fantastic bit of literature. I found War and Peace sluggish and a bit too dense, but Anna Karenina, despite it's length (~900 pages) was a wonderful, amazing read. I didn't get bored at all, which is rare for me in Russian literature as there are usually bourgeois/aristocratic discussions about 19th century politics and social issues that can reaaaaally get boring after 50 pages or so. I loved it. Tolstoy's masterpiece to be sure, and probably one of my top ten novels of all time, and top 5 by a Russian author.
This is the problem I noticed while in school. I love to read, really do. Yet the books they give out in school I always seem to hate, not even because they're bad, LotF was actually pretty good, until my teacher had to pick apart the book until we saw it the way she did. Perhaps picking it up and re-reading it might be worth it.I read it before GCSEs and enjoyed it. Perhaps I didn't understand every little detail and metaphor behind it, but when by the time we'd finished raping it in English, I couldn't bare it much more.
Billy looked at the clock on the gas stove. He had an hour to kill before the saucer came. He went into the living room, swinging the bottle like a dinner bell, turned on the television. He came slightly unstuck in time, saw the late movie backwards, then forwards again. It was a movie about American bombers in the Second World War and the gallant men who flew them. Seen backwards by Billy, the story went like this:
American planes, full of holes and wounded men and corpses took off backwards from an airfield in England. Over France, a few German fighter planes flew at them backwards, sucked bullets and shell fragments from some of the planes and crewmen. They did the same for wrecked American bombers on the ground, and those planes flew up backwards to join the formation.
The formation flew backwards over a German city that was in flames. The bombers opened their bomb bay doors, exerted a miraculous magnetism which shrunk the fires, gathered them into cylindrical steel containers, and lifted the containers into the bellies of the planes. The containers were stored neatly in racks. The Germans below had miraculous devices of their own, which were long steel tubes. They used them to suck more fragments from the crewmen and planes. But there were still a few wounded Americans, though, and some of the bombers were in bad repair. Over France, though, German fighters came up again, made everything and everybody as good as new.
When the bombers got back to their base, the steel cylinders were taken down from the racks and shipped back to the United States of America, where factories were operating night and day, dismantling the cylinders, separating the dangerous contents into minerals. Touchingly, it was mainly women who did this work. The minerals were then shipped to specialists in remote areas. It was their business to put them into the ground, to hide them cleverly, so they would never hurt anybody ever again.
The American fliers turned in their uniforms, became high school kids. And Hitler turned into a baby, Billy Pilgrim supposed. That wasn't in the movie, Billy was extrapolating. Everybody turned into a baby, and all humanity, without exception, conspired biologically to produce two perfect people named Adam and Eve, he supposed.
OVERALL.Overall you're dead to me.
Pretty sure the real world doesn't have werewolves and sparkly vampires. JUST SAYING.Twilight will always be set in the boring real world and will always be utterly without incident.
"This book needs to come out now.
It has something to say. Now is the time to go back up. I wrote it in the face of the disappointment of the International Space Station, the wounded Russian programme, the crushed Japanese space initiative, the intellectual poverty of the European Space Agency, and of the site of the beautiful Shuttles never getting further tan an eight-minute burn away. There has to be more, I wrote. We're losing space, I wrote, when there is so much out there for us. It meant something huge to Colleen and me; and it means more now.
This is a book about returning to space in the face of fear and adversity. It's a book about glory. About going back to space, because it's waiting for us, and it's where we're meant to be. We can't allow human space exploration to become our history.
Human spaceflight remains experimental. It is very dangerous. It demands great ingenuity. But we are old enough, now, to do these things. Growing up is hard. But we cannot remain children, standing on the shore, or in front of the TV set."
Yeah, don't bother. I actually bought the blu-ray (stop s******ing) and while it recreated the setting very well and viggo was great, it just didn't do it for me.I'll just skip it then. I like the mental image I have of the main characters and I don't want that ruined by Hollywood.
Yeah, Cat's Cradle was the first one I read, it's pretty damned brilliant. I haven't read Sirens of the Titan or Player Piano or Breakfast of Champions yet.Yorick, I too enjoyed the hell outta of Kurt Vonnegut last year when I was on a kick of his books. I read The Sirens Of Titan, Mother Night, Cats Cradle, and Slaughter-House five. To me though my favorite book was Cats's Cradle, it had a really great message about religion and science running amok. You ever read Cat's Cradle, Yorick?