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February 13, 2004

Talking of whom...

Madam here is growing very nicely indeed thank you. Confusing and contradictory at times, but fab nonetheless.


Piano-playing hands I reckon.

Posted by Tom Dolan at February 13, 2004 02:46 AM

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It's very sad, probably, but of the first six books that I can see on your bookshelf - I own them all. Is this a geek thing? Iain (M) Banks and William Gibson, with a little Pratchett thrown in for amusement? (Though I once saw William Gibson reading from Virtual Light in Camden Waterstones, and realised for the first time, that his books are mean to be funny, mostly. It's that very dry Canadian wit, which is easy to miss on the printed page, but comes out beautifully in the flesh)
So, that's today's message to the slow-witted - he's funny, laugh.

Maybe I should be looking at the baby...

Can we get some image enhancement going on the rest?

Posted by: Phillip at February 14, 2004 12:21 AM

Damn. Yes, caught out.

Actually that shelf is of the 'books that are quite good and we ought to reread them again but don't want to admit to owning'. So it's barely visible under normal circumstances, being at knee-height or hidden by the dining table normally.

A casual glance at our shelves would reveal what witty and urbane folks we really are. A deeper look in our loft would make you realise that it takes longer than you think to realise that Pratchett only has four basic stories.

I finally got round to reading 'Cryptonomicon' the other day - well it took nearly a week, obviously. The thing that really struck me from a section in the middle (Randy's email to the rest of Epiphyte) was that Neal Stephenson could drop all the visionary bad-beard stuff and concentrate on being very funny indeed. Waiting to read 'Quicksilver' to find out whether he *should* do that.

Posted by: Tom Dolan at February 14, 2004 08:09 AM

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