The Phoenix Said

Quotes from whatever I happen to be reading.

High Noon Over Camelot »

We’re not pure of heart, but we’re sure of aim
And our heads are full of love and blood and whiskey.

The Mechanisms are a group of immortal space pirates who occasionally visit Earth to tell their stories. This is their third set and it’s even better than the previous two.

thecultofthenewbeat asked: Jack Glass is Ok but Adam Roberts other works are much better, I promise

I didn’t have any expectations when I started reading the book and I’m enjoying it so far. I’m only about sixty pages in though and I’m looking forward to a bit more action! I’ll make sure I look into his other works when I have more time - thanks for the tip!

I picked up the book pretty much only because I liked the cover. I’m mature and sensible like that.

I picked up the book pretty much only because I liked the cover. I’m mature and sensible like that.

“That’s what science does: it says, look again and you’ll see you’re not special.”

– Adam Roberts, Jack Glass

“This narrative, which I hereby doctorwatson for your benefit, o reader, concerns the greatest mystery of our time.”

– Adam Roberts, Jack Glass

“It would all be so much easier if everyone talked more.”

– Nick Harkaway, Tigerman

“They were not politicians. They were serious people who did serious work.”

– Nick Harkaway, Tigerman

“’[…] Space. The place where British people do not go because the British space programme is, what, two guys with a really long stick?’
‘In that way, Jed, it is very much like US healthcare.’”

– Nick Harkaway, Tigerman

“Whatever magic was working on him to vanish his aches and strengthen his legs, he remained himself, and he knew after nearly forty years on Earth that when you showed up at a woman’s door in the middle of the night smelling of blood and diesel and river mud, she did not immediately lose track of her underwear, or even her common sense.”

Nick Harkaway, Tigerman

(in which Lester Ferris reminds us that Hollywood’s got it all wrong)