Sunday, June 30, 2019
The pun's cute, but more intriguing are the notes that follow the rest.
I can read music, and those notes are the second line in a familiar ditty that, for some reason, I can't remember the name of. This is going to bug me muchly tonight.
Saturday, June 29, 2019
Friday, June 28, 2019
“I stopped here because I saw steam rising from your roof.”
“That’s exhaust. You break in to every house you find with a sign of life?”
“Well, technically yes. Yours was the first I’ve seen, so I’m one for one. How did you end up here? How did you survive? Why didn’t you stick with everyone else?”
“A lot of questions, but they’re all basically the same one. One point for thoroughness.”
“Minus two for redundancy.”
(from Snowfall on Mars by Branden Frankel)
9*/10. The full review is here.
Thursday, June 27, 2019
Monday, June 24, 2019
Sunday, June 23, 2019
Saturday, June 22, 2019
Friday, June 21, 2019
People think that they live life as a moving dot traveling from the Past into the Future, with memory streaming out behind them like some kind of mental cometary tail. But memory spreads out in front as well as behind. It’s just that most humans aren’t good at dealing with it, and so it arrives as premonitions, forebodings, intuitions, and hunches. Witches are good at dealing with it, and to suddenly find a blank where the tendrils of the future should be has much the same effect on a witch as emerging from a cloud bank and seeing a team of sherpas looking down on him does on an airline pilot.
(from Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett)
10*/10. The complete review is here.
Thursday, June 20, 2019
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Monday, June 17, 2019
“Of course I wish now that I had asked you or Mr. Lascelles to come with me. Men of the world prefer to be talked to by other men of the world. I know that now. Perhaps I should have done some magic to shew him – turned the teacups into rabbits or the teaspoons into goldfish. At least then he would have believed me. But I do not think the old lady would have been pleased if I had done that. I do not know. What is your opinion?”
But Drawlight, who had begun to believe that if anyone had ever died of boredom then he was almost certain to expire within the next quarter of an hour, found that he had lost the will to speak and the best he could manage was a withering smile.
(from Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke)
7½*/10. The complete review is here.
Sunday, June 16, 2019
Saturday, June 15, 2019
Friday, June 14, 2019
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
“I’d like to ask you a question about that shot you gave me. Could it cause hallucinations?”
“Extremely unlikely. Do you have a history of hallucinating?”
“No. But I had an unusual experience after the shot, and no one believe I saw what I saw. I’m beginning to doubt my sanity.”
“You may be the one person in ten million who had an abnormal reaction,” the doctor said cheerfully. “Congratulations!”
(from The Cat Who Played Brahms by Lilian Jackson Braun)
5½*/10. The complete review is here.
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Sunday, June 09, 2019
Saturday, June 08, 2019
Friday, June 07, 2019
It was as Hester said, in regard to the unwonted jollity that brightened the faces of the people. Into this festal season of the year – as it already was, and continued to be during the greater part of two centuries – the Puritans compressed whatever mirth and public joy they deemed allowable to human infirmity; thereby so far dispelling the customary cloud, that, for the space of a single holiday, they appeared scarcely more grave than most other communities at a period of general affliction.
(from The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne)
7½*/10. The complete review is here.
Thursday, June 06, 2019
Wednesday, June 05, 2019
Tuesday, June 04, 2019
Monday, June 03, 2019
Sunday, June 02, 2019
Long-term memory is weird. I remember the "code" in the second panel here as being the (start of a) secret cheat code for an early NES game. I thought it was for Mario Bros, but others have suggested it was for Contra.
Despite having absolutely use for the sequence anymore, my brain will hang on to this forever and a day.