JLS (jlsjlsjls) wrote,

Fun stuff

Read Tom Holt's new book, Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Sausages on the weekend ... as always, the man is twistedly wonderful! This one shares the setting of his previous J.W. Wells Company books, but just brushes along the fringes with mention of the fates of a couple of former members of the company ... new-to-Holts can read this as a stand-alone.

Gotta quote this bit, just 'cause this is me!

"All my life -- well, you know me. Technology. Gadgets. When I was five years old, I was the only one who could get the timer on the video to work. And it was because I did what nobody else was prepared to do. I read the manual." He closed his eyes for a moment and breathed in deeply. "I didn't try and do it by light of nature, intuition or divine revelation. I read the book and followed the instructions and, guess what? I made it work." He covered his face with his hands, then ran his fingers through his hair. "You can't imagine the feeling of power something like that gives you. Control. The ability to make things work when nobody else can. And all because there was always a book or a Read Me or a leaflet or a photocopied sheet. That was the basis of my entire world. It made sense. I can say, 'Use of unauthorised components will void the manufacturer's warranty,' in sixteen languages."
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