Fashionable, but unable to tell fact from fiction (testing4l) wrote,
Fashionable, but unable to tell fact from fiction

Since stonesundial has been hanging out with us a lot, relsqui and I have been going out to eat a fair amount. As it happens, one of our favorite restaurants is right across from a Borders.

I've had the addiction pretty well beaten out of me by a few years of abject poverty, but the call of books begging to be acquired over the ton I already own is strong and an inherited trait from my father. It's silenced somewhat when I reflect on books I own and haven't yet read. Still, I am occasionally weak. One of these times came a week or so ago. I picked up a copy of Starship Troopers -- a favorite book of level_head -- and began reading it. I finished it not more than an hour ago and I understand immediately why he likes it so much.

When we visited him, I took particular note of a copy with a forest of varying colors of sticky tabs out the side of it. He mentioned in what I can only assume was tremendous understatement that he refers to it often.

It's understandable -- I amused myself occasionally imagining which passages he had marked. There's a number of things on which Heinlein explains his a character's philosophy and Heinlein is always thought provoking and at times worryingly hard to argue with. It's hard to disagree with a thought process central to a character that you really enjoy reading.

Those who complain that he's sexist will be happy to know that he says women make better pilots (apparently, they have better reflexes and withstand g-forces better), provide great motivation for troops entering battle (and if you don't think so -- in his words -- you've resigned from the human race), and it includes a female character who is smart, motivated, strong, and doesn't care for the idea of dating.

In any event -- a wholly enjoyable novel. The movie, for those uninformed, is an extremely mediocre imitation of at most 5 pages of the book.

Preceding that was Alan Alda's autobiography: Never Have Your Dog Stuffed. Alan Alda's been a strong influence on me in the form of "Hawkeye" Pierce from MASH. I was not at all let down by the book. Thoughtful, interesting, and as emtertaining as you'd expect. It's hard to believe he's in his seventies now.

Preceding that was Lady Slings the Booze -- a Spider Robinson novel. It's a sequel to Callahan's Lady which is a sort of spin-off of his Callahan's Cross-Time Saloon series about a rather peculiar whorehouse. I dig Robinson for his puns, but Lady Slings the Booze was unfortunately light on them. It was entertaining reading all the same, though I thought the end was a bit contrived.

That wasn't more than two months ago -- not a bad pace at all considering how work at my now-previous employer was going. I think I'll pick up something a bit denser and see if I can't push myself a bit.
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