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reviewed So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish. April 17, 2012
So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish
Title: Under Oath  Author: Margaret McLean  ISBN: 9781429924573  Publisher: Forge    Testifying in court is difficult for most witnesses and at times …
reviewed The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy.... February 24, 2011
posted in SF Signal
The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy
"I don't read SF...but I like the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy"      That was what a friend once told me. She did not read SF or fantasy, although she did like what …
posted a Quick Tip about Douglas Adams. February 19, 2011
posted in SF Signal
Douglas Adams
I loved Adams' metaphor about Britain's colonial children, comparing the national personalities of Canada, the US and Australia. Spot on.
posted a Quick Tip about Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing o.... December 22, 2010
Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog)
If you can imagine a Bill Bryson comic travelogue written by someone with turn-of-the-20th-century Victorian sensibilities and a typical laid back yet biting, caustic British sense of humour ... then …
posted a Quick Tip about Douglas Adams. October 01, 2010
Douglas Adams
No one quite like him. Satire with just enough science to intrigue, just enough fantasy to confuse, just enough logic to discombobulate completely, and just enough fun to... well, you get the picture.
posted a Quick Tip about Douglas Adams. September 28, 2010
Douglas Adams
Again, not true "Science Fiction" as much as satire. If this poll were on the merits of satire, Adams would get a +4.
reviewed Last Chance to See. September 24, 2010
Last Chance to See
I read this back in 1994 during a period where my wife and I would each read a book out of the other's library. It's basically a travel book written by that master of modern British understatement, …
posted a Quick Tip about Packing for Mars: The Curious Science.... September 16, 2010
Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in
Do you ever dream of being an astronaut? Do you enjoy well written popular science? Do you enjoy a good laugh? Are you unembarrassed or undisturbed by a good fart joke? If this sounds like you, then PACKING …
reviewed Packing for Mars: The Curious Science.... September 16, 2010
Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in
The ability to land a spacecraft on Mars is old hat. As a matter of fact, the technology, although it was and remains prohibitively expensive, existed over thirty years ago. The real impediment, indeed, …
reviewed Packing for Mars: The Curious Science.... August 28, 2010
Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in
Author Mary Roach has an in-your-face take on science. Her first three books went where not many science writers dare to go; Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers (2003), Spook: Science …
posted a Quick Tip about Last Chance to See. August 13, 2010
Last Chance to See
A hilarious and touching exploration in search of critically endangered species. Accessible and accurate explanations of ecological concepts, including why humans should put so much effort into protecting …
posted a Quick Tip about Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency. August 10, 2010
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency
Don't expect it to be exactly like Hitchhiker. It's still hilarious and clever, but somehow different.
reviewed The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul. August 08, 2010
The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul
This sequel to Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency takes it to the next level! This time, Dirk has a brand new client who doesn’t blink at his high prices and strange expenses. However, …
reviewed Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency. August 08, 2010
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency
If you like mystery, satire and zany humor, you love Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency. While somewhat different in style from Adams’ more popular Hitchhiker’s Guide to the …
posted a Quick Tip about The Sex Lives of Cannibals. July 21, 2010
The Sex Lives of Cannibals
hilarious - i love all of troost's work, but this one and 'getting stoned with savages' are my favorites.
posted a Quick Tip about Notes from a Small Island. July 06, 2010
Notes from a Small Island
I really wanted to like this book more, because the subject matter (the UK) is right up my alley. But I mostly found it to be dull.
posted a Quick Tip about The Sex Lives of Cannibals. July 06, 2010
The Sex Lives of Cannibals
I thought it would be funny, but unfortunately it has no real foundation to build anything substantial.
reviewed The Sex Lives of Cannibals. July 05, 2010
The Sex Lives of Cannibals
   The author does an amazing job describing the nuances of his experience in this remote island (atoll) in the middle of the Equatorial Pacific. The cultural influences are immense and …
posted a Quick Tip about The Sex Lives of Cannibals. July 05, 2010
The Sex Lives of Cannibals
interesting cultural perspectives!
posted a Quick Tip about Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing o.... June 22, 2010
Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog)
This is pleasant, easy to read book. The best thing about it - full of humor!
Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog)
 I really enjoyed this book! I mean, what is there not to like? Snobby men who suffer from a severe case of hypochondria who believe they can cope with a trip down the Thames in a boat. The storyline …
reviewed The Sex Lives of Cannibals. April 20, 2010
The Sex Lives of Cannibals
At the advanced age of 26, author Troost was struggling with the angst of an as yet undefined career path that seemed on a fast track to nowhere. So when his lovely wife, Sylvia, was given the opportunity …
reviewed Notes from a Small Island. April 16, 2010
Notes from a Small Island
After a lengthy residence in England, journalist Bill Bryson and his family had reached the decision to move back to their native USA. Before leaving, Bryson pulled out all the stops and embarked on a …
Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog)
If you can imagine a Bill Bryson comic travelogue written by someone with turn-of-the-20th-century Victorian sensibilities and a typical laid back yet biting, caustic British sense of humour ... then …
reviewed The Loser. February 21, 2010
The Loser
Well, the title at least is apt. Brian is a first-class prize-winning loser. He's lost his wife, Avril. He's lost one of his biggest accounts at the ad agency where he presumably works. He's about to …
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