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Too Many Hughs! And Other Thoughts

I seem to be collecting Hughs. The same way in school I knew something like fifty Davids and half a dozen Johns, it struck me this morning that I have an inordinate fondness for Anglo (or Aussie) Hughs.

Imagine for a moment Hugh Jackman, Hugh Grant, and Hugh Laurie sitting around a bar:

"Well, Hugh!"
"G'day, Hugh!"
"Hugh, see who it is? It's Hugh! How's the wife, Hugh?"
"She's fine, Hugh. And yours?"
"God, Hugh, don't ask. But how about that TV show of yours, eh Hugh?"
"Nothing compared to yours, Hugh."
"You two are lucky; I wish I had a TV show."
"Oh, I dunno, Hugh, it's mighty demanding work. I miss the freedom of doing films."
"That's funny, Hugh, I was just talking to Stephen about that the other day."
"You know Stephen, Hugh?"
"Oh yeah, Hugh, I've known him for a long time, now. We met in the Groucho Club."
"Well, well, he's never mentioned it. He told me about meeting Hugh last year, though."

The imagination staggers.

Anyway, on a completely different note, I'm jonesin' for a new book to read. I've The Ninth Talisman by Lawrence Watt-Evans in my queue (sequel to The Wizard Lord, which I've written about elsewhere), but after gorging on Lord of the Rings I need to step away from fantasy for a bit. So I'm looking at any or all of these, and wanting to know if anybody has read them and can give me an opinion:

Waggle by Joe Redden Tigan
Blue Heaven by Joe Keenan
Object of My Affection or Alternatives to Sex: A Novel by Stephen McCauley
Cruel Shoes by Steve Martin
Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog) by Jerome K. Jerome

Any thoughts, out there in LJ-land?

-The Gneech


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May. 24th, 2007 02:50 pm (UTC)
Can't speak to any of those, but on the vein of fantasy, have you taken a crack at Raymond Feist's novels, which started with the "Magician" series? I was lending a few to jamie.

If you want some serious Science Fiction, i could recommend Howard Hendrix's "lightpaths", which you can probably find in a used book store. I'm working on its sequel, currently. I've also got a serious library of other stuff which you may feel free to peruse. :D
May. 24th, 2007 03:03 pm (UTC)
I haven't, although I do eye them from time to time. From your collection what I need to borrow is the Terry Pratchett, someday. ;)

-The Gneech
May. 24th, 2007 03:15 pm (UTC)
Based on what I know of your tastes, you will love Three Men in a Boat. (It's also the only one on the list I've read!)
May. 24th, 2007 03:20 pm (UTC)
Excellent! I'm eyeing an audio version read by Hugh Laurie, actually, perhaps for our next road-trip.

-The Gneech
May. 24th, 2007 03:37 pm (UTC)
May. 24th, 2007 03:46 pm (UTC)
Did you see that Hugh Laurie just got awarded an OBE?
May. 24th, 2007 05:08 pm (UTC)
I did! I was highly amused. :)

The surest way to be praised by the Queen is to be a Brit who makes it big in America!

-The Gneech
May. 24th, 2007 07:28 pm (UTC)
May. 24th, 2007 10:29 pm (UTC)
Have you read the Dresden series? I think that a magical gumshoe might be right up your alley.
/reading Book 2 in that series
May. 25th, 2007 12:19 am (UTC)
I haven't; my own character Michael Macbeth restrains me, even if he was initially a "Dirk Gently" clone. ;)

I may someday tho. :)

-The Gneech
May. 25th, 2007 01:21 am (UTC)
Ed said once that he loves Dirk Gently. Something about a couch.

I could understand the reason for attempting the same type of character.
May. 25th, 2007 11:35 am (UTC)
The two Dirk Gently books are (IMO) Douglas Adams' best work by far; the first one is better than the second, but they're both good. (The first one is also a recycling/recasting of some of his Doctor Who material, but it's none the worse for it.)

-The Gneech
May. 25th, 2007 01:53 am (UTC)
Michaels Macbeth and Harry Dresden are completely different characters, FWIW.
May. 24th, 2007 11:22 pm (UTC)
"Any thoughts, out there in LJ-land?"

Actually I think you need to read Life of Pi
May. 25th, 2007 12:20 am (UTC)
I've heard lots of buzz about it, but nobody has addressed my basic question: is it funny? I am looking for comedy at the moment. :)

-The Gneech
May. 25th, 2007 10:18 am (UTC)
Hehe... I didn't answer the question because I don't know any of the books in question.

Life of Pi is a comedy, it's just very very dry comedy - in a sorta sad lilting voice, but yes there are parts that are laugh out loud funny - like the bit about the 3 toed sloths.
May. 25th, 2007 03:00 pm (UTC)
In that case, I'll add it to the list!

May. 25th, 2007 10:20 am (UTC)
Oh... and you also still have Stuart McLean's Christmas at the Vinyl Cafe on CD too :) *grins*
May. 25th, 2007 03:01 pm (UTC)
That I do, don't I? I wonder which box it ended up in. 0.o

Curse moving! Curse it! ;P

May. 25th, 2007 02:18 am (UTC)
Three Men In A Boat (to say nothing of the dog.) Seriously.

It's amusing, and a slice of late Victorian England that vanished 100 years ago. I have it on my re-read list.

May. 25th, 2007 03:01 pm (UTC)
It's certainly getting rave reviews in my LJ! I'll definitely pick it up. :)

-The Gneech
May. 25th, 2007 03:00 am (UTC)
The imagination staggers, true, but the brain just plain melts. Owie.

May. 25th, 2007 06:25 am (UTC)
That's gahna cause a little confusion. Moind if oi call 'em all "Bruce" ta keep it cleah?
May. 25th, 2007 03:02 pm (UTC)
Only if you don't mind me thinking you're talking about my car!

-The Gneech
May. 26th, 2007 04:11 am (UTC)
Bruce the car, eh? Is it white? Is it great?
May. 26th, 2007 01:19 pm (UTC)
It's more sort of "dark blue" and "had better days but still a trooper".

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