The Phoenix Said

Quotes from whatever I happen to be reading.

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)

“When you were utterly fucked and you didn’t know what to do, you got busy making sure everyone else was all right and told them not to worry and by the end of it there was a good chance you’d convinced yourself. And if you hadn’t, well, sooner or later you either died or you didn’t and in either case the problem went away.”

– Nick Harkaway, Tigerman