October 15th, 2006

The Librarian

Have accomplished ...

... the one thing I was determined to do today: set aside the "official" to-read pile and re-read my copy of Jack London's The Assassination Bureau, Ltd. (an unfinished novel written by London in 1910, and completed by Robert L. Fish, from London's notes, in 1964). An intriguing read if you can get your hands on a copy; the more easily-obtained movie version is a fun romp that, while changed in the details, tells the tale of the head of an assassination business accepting a contract on his own life and embarking on a kill-or-be-killed struggle with his "co-workers".

If you find this notion intriguing, another novel worth reading (and I wish I OWNED a copy) is "Going Public", by David Westheimer (author of "Von Ryan's Express); this one is about three contract killers who join forces to form a company advertising their services (mainly as a tax dodge) and end up franchising and selling shares. :-)
The Librarian

Back to ...

... the to-read pile of new (well, new to me anyway) books and Canadian comedian Dave Broadfoot's autobiography, Old enough to say what I want. In the introduction is a classic Broadfoot conundrum that cries out to be shared: "If a cat always lands on its feet and toast always lands butter-side down, what happens if you attach a piece of toast butter-side up to the back of a cat and throw it out a window?"

I think I have a LOT of giggles in my immediate reading future. :D

P.S. For those not familiar with Mr. Broadfoot, go here to listen to one of his classic performances as The Honourable Member for the Kicking Horse Pass
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