Monday, November 29, 2010

Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett - Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

Leído entre: Nov 23, 2010 – Nov 29, 2010 (7 días).

Lo que me gustó: El hecho de haber regresado un poco a la fantasía cómica. Leer los comentarios de Neil Gaiman acerca de Terry Pratchett y viceversa.

Lo que no me gustó: Nada en especial.

En general: Entertaining. Not required in a collection though.

Amazon lo tiene aquí.

Notas y citas:

God does not play dice with the universe; He plays an ineffable game of His own devising, which might be compared, from the perspective of any of the other players, to being involved in an obscure and complex version of poker in a pitch-dark room, with blank cards, for infinite stakes, with a dealer who won't tell you the rules and who smiles all the time. (p.14)

It may help to understand human affairs to be clear that most of the great triumphs and tragedies of history are caused, not by people being fundamentally good or fundamentally bad, but by people being fundamentally people. (p.30)

The ducks in St. James' Park are so used to being fed bread by secret agents meeting clandestinely that they have developed their own Pavlovian reaction. Put a St. James' Park duck in a laboratory cage and show it a picture of two men —one usually wearing a coat with a fur collar, the other something somber with a scarf— and it'll look up expectantly. The Russian cultural attaché's black beard is particularly sought after by the more discerning duck, while the head of MI9's soggy Hovis with Marmite is relished by the connoisseurs. (p.45)

Yet he seemed cheerful, enthusiastic, and as well-balanced as a gyroscope. (p.149)

[Discussing the burning, and subsequent explosion, of Agnes Nutter for being considered a witch] Thirty seconds later an explosion took out the village green, scythed the valley clean of every living thing, and was seen as far away as Halifax. There was much subsequent debate as to whether this had been sent by God or by Satan, but a note later found in Agnes Nutter's cottage indicated that any divine or devilish intervention had been materially helped by the contents of Agnes' petticoats, wherein she had with some foresight concealed eighty pounds of gunpowder and forty pounds of roofing nails (p.202)

You start thinking: it can't be a great cosmic game of chess, it has to be just very complicated Solitaire. (p.389)

[Neil Gaiman on Terry Pratchett] Then again, Terry is that rarity, the kind of author who likes Writing, not Having Written, or Being a Writer, but the actual sitting there and making things up in front of a screen. (p.404)

J.R.R. Tolkien - The Lord Of The Rings

Re-leído entre: Nov 13, 2010 – Nov 22, 2010 (10 días).

Lo que me gustó: Recordar todos los detalles de la historia de los que ya no me acordaba, porque el libro lo había leído hace mucho y/o porque en la película no los pasan.

Lo que no me gustó: Tolkien? LoTR? What's not to like? Ok, really, nothing in particular.

En general: A good book.

Amazon lo tiene (junto con "The Hobbit") aquí.

Notas y citas:

'And it is also said', answered Frodo: 'Go not to the Elves for council, for they will say both no and yes.'.

'Is it indeed?' laughed Gildor. 'Elves seldom give unguarded advice, for advice is a dangerous gift, even from the wise to the wise, and all courses may run ill. (p.83)

'We shall see', said Éomer. 'So many strange things have chanced that to learn the praise of a fair lady under the loving strokes of a Dwarf's axe will seem no great wonder. Farewell!' (p.429)

Eleanor Arnason - Ring of Swords

Leído entre: Oct 23, 2010 – Oct 30, 2010 (7 días).

Lo que me gustó: Nothing in particular.

Lo que no me gustó: Nothing in particular either.

En general: Para matar el tiempo... a bit on the boring side, I guess.

Amazon lo tiene aquí.

Notas y citas:

One of the things I really like about the hwarhath is you can break almost any rule, so long as you are willing to commit suicide afterward. They feel that this keeps people from developing bad habits. (p.129)