Arrogance by Stealth

While on vacation, I reread The Long Earth, by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter. I read it for the first time two years ago, but for some reason I didn’t love it all that much; after revisiting the novel, I can’t think why that was… The tale is full of elements that excite my mind: Pratchett’s delicious satire, an intelligent mixture of socio-political fantasy and every issue one can imagine affecting our reality.

And there are some phrases (like the title) and quotes that made me nod and grin for a while—I can’t believe I didn’t share them the first time around. This one must be my favorite of the lot:

“Oh, for a body to dissect! Well, lacking that, I will do the best I can, which will be the best that there is.”

Henry laughed. “You don’t believe in modesty, do you, Mr. Lobsang?”

“Absolutely not, Henry. Modesty is only arrogance by stealth.”

Other titles I read or reread during vacation (since a wee bird wanted to know):

The Island of Dr. Moreau, by H.G. Wells
How to Train Your Dragon, by Cressida Cowell
Inkworld, by Cornelia Funke
Drawing Down the Moon, by Margot Adler
Miss Zukas and the Library Murders, by Jo Dereske
Inkspell, by Cornelia Funke
Inkdeath, by Cornelia Funke
Fearless, by Cornelia Funke

What have you read lately, my Wicked Luvs? Care to share something that stayed with you? By the way, I have several yummy bits to share about our trip to Friday Harbor. I’ll post them soon…

New York Sunset
I just finished reading The Long War, the 2nd book in The Long Earth Series. This picture, taken during our trip home, made me think of the sky on the book cover.

16 thoughts on “Arrogance by Stealth

  1. I usually read three or four books a month but the past few months I have hardly read at all. right now plowing through The Familiar. I have no idea what it’s about. seems to be just a series of vignettes, moments plucked out of lives. sort of like channel surfing.

  2. I just finished kafka’s metamorphosis and startedOskar wilde’s De profundis but lost the book, so instead I just opened a copy of saturnalia and blood that I know I love the title!
    Sending lots and lots of love your way my friend!!!!

  3. I am reading a manga series ‘Assassination Classroom’ – Memphis likes to pass on anything she thinks I may enjoy, which by the way has included Inkworld as well as various other gems from Gaiman and Terry Pratchett), I also have an old Agatha Christie she picked up at the op shop, we test ourselves on when (page number and obscure clue) we feel we have solved the mystery hehe. Ahh, need to absorb me some more books 😉

    • I might not be able to keep myself from searching for a title as bloody mysterious as “Assassination Classroom”. It sounds cutting. 😀

      Love the way you and your babe child approach reading. ♥

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