This has been a productive week in fiction, of the short kind at least. On Saturday afternoon I finished Power, Inc, and that’s another one down from the to-be-read-list. That list has altered a touch; I was using the wrong title for a Frans de Waal book I own. (In honesty, all of his hey-look-chimpanzees-have-moral-instincts-too books are blending together for me.) Reviews or comments for both Power, Inc and The World Until Yesterday will follow this week. What’s next? The Great War at sea, that’s what. I’ve also got my annual Fourth of July reading all lined up, so the TBR challenge may get put on pause for a few weeks while I dive into the American Revolution.
All these, however, were mere terrors of the night, phantoms of the mind that walk in darkness; and though he had seen many spectres in his time and had been more than once beset by Satan in divers shapes, in his lonely perambulations, yet daylight put an end to all these evils; and he would have passed a pleasant life of it, despite of the devil and his works, if his path had not been crossed by a being that causes more perplexity to mortal man than ghosts, goblins, and the whole race of witches put together, and that was — a woman.
p. 14, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
The Cressey was sinking fast, like a heavy oil drum which had been split in target practice. ‘She carried far over’, Wedigen continued, ‘but all the while her men stayed at the guns, looking for their invisible foe. They were brave and true to their country’s sea traditions.
p. 54, The Great War at Sea, A.A. Hoehling
“We do not want the world any longer furred over with organic life, like what you call the blue mould — all sprouting and budding and breeding and decaying. We must be rid of it. By little and little, of course. Slowly we learn how. Learn to make our brains live with less and less body; learn to build our bodies directly with chemicals, no longer have to stuff them full of dead brutes and weeds. Learn how to reproduce ourselves without copulation.”
“I don’t think that would be much fun,” said Winter.
p. 173, That Hideous Strength, C.S. Lewis
Antifragile, Nassim Nicholas Taleb
The Vikings, Robert Ferguson(6/7/14) Power, Inc; David Rothkopf(6/14/14)
An Edible History of Humanity, Tom Standage
Small-Mart Revolution, Michael Shuman
The World Until Yesterday, Jared Diamond(5/29/14)
Fighting Traffic: the Dawn of the Motor Age in the American City, Peter Norton
Earth, Richard Fortey
Good Natured, Frans de Waal
Galileo’s Finger, Peter Atkins