A Great Story

What makes a great story? I've seen this particular curve repeated time after time. 

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Review: Stranger in a Strange Land

Stranger in a Strange LandStranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

So promising, so, so promising. But what a disappointment nonetheless.

But first a disclaimer: Even though I ended the book disappointed, I'd recommend a one-time read.

But don't read it as science-fiction. It just barely qualifies. Put it this way, if the Man from Mars had been a Man from Marianas Trench, the book wouldn't have been affected at all!

The first half of the book is cracking and I was sure this was going to end up 4-stars or higher. But the second half of the book just unraveled. Devolved into religion and free love and whatnot. Not that I have a problem with it, but there was just such a world of difference between the two halves of the book.

Of course, it gave me a cracker of a line that had me actually laughing out loud: "Women should be obscene and not heard." Call me sexist, fine, I found it funny!

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Hyddrologic Cycle

How long ago did we learn this? :)

The Water Cycle
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Too much population, not enough land

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Salley to Dumars to Rodman

Now that, my friends, is a pass.

All hail Prince Philip

You gotta love the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip. I was reading through this Telegraph article, Around the world in 20 gaffes, when I saw that he had almost monopolized the list. Now I'd heard of his predisposition for political incorrectness earlier, so I went looking and found this: Relive 65 classic gaffes as Duke of Edinburgh celebrates 65th wedding anniversary

Click through for a jolly good time.

My favorites:
  • To Simon Kelner, republican editor of The Independent, at Windsor Castle reception: “What are you doing here?” “I was invited, sir.” Philip: “Well, you didn’t have to come.”
  • To female sea cadet last year: “Do you work in a strip club?”
  • To deaf children by steel band, 2000: “Deaf? If you’re near there, no wonder you are deaf.”
  • To a tourist in Budapest in 1993: “You can’t have been here long, you haven’t got a pot belly.”
  • To a woman solicitor, 1987: “I thought it was against the law for a woman to solicit.”
  • To then Paraguay dictator General Stroessner: “It’s a pleasure to be in a country that isn’t ruled by its people.

Also, you might want to see this for a little more context on few of the quotes above. 

Also, the man was mighty handsome in his youth. You can see from where Prince William gets his genes. 

The world is what it is; men who are nothing, who allow themselves to become nothing, have no place in it. -- V. S. Naipaul, A Bend in the River