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Mike -

BLIMEY!! Christmas early ~ I'm enjoying them so far, and intend to read'em all eventually.

Robert Paterson -

Doomed Alan
The possible barrier is your mood - O"Brian slows time down and if you are in a rush, you will be out off synch. Once I had found the pace I read all the books in a 3 month period.

Not too good for the old sex life

Alan -

No fear, Rob. I minored in Russian lit. Told by the wonderful prof Yuri Glasov that I had to read the Brothers Karamazov five times to start getting it.<p>I don't know about the sex life thing. I found Aubrey espying a Spanish bosom in the first pages of the <strike>fist</strike> first book. Is that going to be it!?!?

Nils Ling -

Is "... the fist book" a typo - or a Freudian slip? If it's the latter, relax your grip.

I've asked for this series precisely because I love books that slow time and have depth, meat, and texture to them. For all the pulp she wrote ("The Thorn Birds" and the did-she-plagiarize-Lucy-Maud "Ladies of Messalina"), Colleen McCullough wrote a wonderful series of books about Rome in the Second Republic that are rich in historical detail and fascinating (and historically accurate) characters.

Read on. Your sex life will take care of itself. Assuming you don't spend too much time on fist books ...

Alan -

Allow me to troll your site for typos...Willson had that bad habit of priggery until it was pointed out we all suffer the same.

That being said, I will correct.

Nils Ling -

Fill your boots looking for typos - I'm sure there are many on my site. And - occupational eccentricity - I'm fairly anal about correcting them.

I never criticize people for typos - they happen to everybody. But I do love a laugh, and nothing makes me giggle like a particularly unfortunate typo. Such as the one in an instand message from a friend, who indicated she'd be away from her computer for just seconds. Only she said "...just secs". And the predictable typo made me howl with delight.

Nils Ling -

That, of course, should be "instant" message. Only proving our point that they can happen to anyone.

Alan -

I think I was merely trying to deflect discussion from "fist". Gave me the willies. Sorry if I was rude.

portland -

why? are there five brothers? something wrong witha book you need to read over and over again. lovers of ulysses take note.

Alan -

Something about how people held their heads and why as well as trying to figure who was Satan at what point. Kind of like parties I have been to.

Nils Ling -

I don't forgive rudeness from friends - I revel in it and wait for the opportunity to fire back. If you can't be rude to your friends in jest, it's a sadder world.

Alan -

What is the function for getting computers at the other end of the internet to issue one universal beer credit chit? Alt+Control+something or other...

Nils Ling -

Sadly, I stopped drinking beer about 27 years ago, the day I quit my job as a Sales Promotion rep for Molson's. That being said, I still have a high lifetime average. But make mine a Diet Pepsi.

Alan -

Did your mouth reject saying Molson over and over. That is one of the weirdest vowel combinations in English. Humans can't say the word without sounding dopy. portland knew some of them in the days of glory, though, so personally we hold nothing against them - except for making bitter sugar water.

Nils Ling -

I almost never said it. I did a lot of travel in Northern Manitoba, where my efforts were spent on trying to convince the people in bars to switch from ordering "a Bluh" to "a Canajan". Three syllables - that much harder to pronounce, and that much longer from when you began your order to when it lands on your table. Tough sell.

Kateland -

Alan, you will not like these books - they will clutter up your space and cloud your thinking. You need to immediately ship them all by Fed Ex to me.

Seriously, well I am, but I am also so very, very jealous....the whole series!!!!oy!!!!!!

Alan -

Your jealousy compounds my shame for not getting the T-short to you yet. I still have yet to get colour ink for the printer. I have still to acquire the plain t-shirt. I think I am doing what people do when they require 4 to 6 weeks for delivery.

#1 -

How do you put on a t-short?

Alan -

Kateland is not tall.

#1 -

Oh, I thought maybe you meant wearing a t-shirt as a pair of pants.

Alan -

Frack-frekkery typocops. No. If you look at the keyboard "i" and "o" are next to each other. A boo-boo waiting to happen. I think you are making fun of my thick fingers. Down with thick finger oppression by tiny keyboard keys and the tyoocops who produce them. Thin fingered primey-bro.

Kateland -

Actually Alan, is right, I am only 4'12" which would make me "short" for this century but then in toe shoes I stood 5'4' which makes me average in this century. If you don't want the books you can always include them with the T-shirt - just a thought!

Alan -

Maybe a reading circle! Could you blog a book reading club? Is primey-bro #1 alright with the books moving on?

Alan -

Primey-bro and me would like you to know we are 5'2" materially, 4'12" maternal-maternally and 4'10" maternal-maternal-maternally and so honour those of the t-short as our own.

"#1" -

Pass 'em around. I think you'd get in trouble for posting big chunks of them online -- the author may be dead but he's still interested in royalties. But you could mail them around with a little notebook and then blog the marginalia.

Douglas
(putting his shirts on one leg at a time just like anybody else)

Alan -

That sounds good. I think that we could have a monthly book club read and a thread that those that have read it can post upon. I think the passing of the books is a separate thing. Maybe we should start at the beginning with Euclid's <i>Elements</i>.