October 31, 2009

What Awkward Haiku is Reading

The Stainless Steel Rat, Harry Harrison
Pulpy sci-fi adventure yarn set in a semi-utopian future. Features a charmingly maladjusted thief, an adventure plot out of Anthony Hope, and a mixture of Paradise Lost and Clockwork Orange as it plays with free will and Heaven.

Potemkin, Simon Sebag Montefiore. Biography of 18th century Russian: born a poor Polish aristocrat, thinks about becoming a monk, helps with a palace coup, eventually becomes Catherine the Great's lover/co-ruler, sleeps with all his neices, invades Crimea, builds bunches of cities, and dies known as the "Prince of Princes"

Lunar Park, Bret Easton Ellis does a lot of drugs, sleeps around, and gets a little freaked out.

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