Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Thought for the day.

When dealing with people, let us remember we are not dealing with creatures of logic. We are dealing with creatures of emotion, creatures bustling with prejudices and motivated by pride and vanity.

-Dale Carnegie.

Time and again when I feel like ranting about people , I'm reminded of this quote I read 15 years back. So apt, so true, so insightful, so .. obvious? But yes when my own pride and vanity is hurt and I'm crying out saying - why, why, why - well then it helps to remember, the other party wasn't being rational either. They're also behaving like a wounded animal shorn of all logic. And there is not point in asking why, just accepting and moving on.

Thursday, February 14, 2008


Nice movie, great acting. Sort of noirish, so to speak.

I'm not sure that a comic thriller is really an apt description. Specially in the second half , comic is not what would spring to mind very often.

But the cast and their performance is excellent and I'd say the storyline is pretty good as well. It doesn't go down the well trodden easy answers - new guy takes all storyline, the surprises along the way keep the suspense alive.

Monday, February 04, 2008

The Vintage Bradbury - Ray Bradbury

I had always thought of Ray as science fiction writer. But after reading this collection, I must say that I think horror is a more apt descrition.

His stories are absolutely scintillating. There were some I read years and years ago, and I still remember them distinctly. The fruit at the bottom of the bowl. There will come soft rains. And then a good few ones in this collection as well- The skeleton, Ylla, The small assasin..

But the stories are all rather dark, and gloomy. There are only so many of them that I can read, before they get to me. The sheer horror he manages to evoke in a few pages, with totally novel ideas- a "dying" house, obsession leading to complete madness, contemplating our skeletons as something more.

After a few, I really need a break from the brilliant horror!

Adrian Mole and the weapons of mass destruction - Sue Townsend

Very time pass book. But then I hadn't read something as light hearted in a long time. Almost reminded me of some of the books I'd read as a teen.

Was funny in parts. But its not easy to identify with the setting, and a good few of the references are not quite clear to me, so I'm sure some of the jokes fall flat in their faces because I simply don't understand the context.

Farewell Adrian, I hope you don't go to jail for debt, and your son gets back from Iraq safe and sound. And yes I also wish you a happly life, since I doubt we'll be renewing our acquaintance.