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January 28, 2009

My challenge to you

Filed under: books — danylmc @ 7:08 am

I defy you to walk into a bookshop, read the opening three pages to The Forever War by Dexter Filkins and walk out without buying a copy.


  1. Here’s another bloody challenge I’ve already failed…

    Comment by Psycho Milt — January 28, 2009 @ 8:53 am

  2. Are there aliens in bubbles, clones and space travel at close to C with associated paradoxes? If not it’s not like the Forever War I read.

    Comment by insider — January 28, 2009 @ 10:13 am

  3. may do – but the review from the New York Times didn’t particularly provide a decent enough bait with which to hook my interest. Came across more as self-justification for the importance of journalists as the modern days guardians of truth, integrity and valor. I’m a bit cynical of the journalist profession given there close relationship to public relations spin. The review also misses the irony of the NT Times as originally being a cheerleader for the Iraq adventure. Says more about the fickle nature of the crowd.

    Might reconsider my opinion, but may await the history book in ten years time to provide some perspective outside of the 2 minutes of navel gazing that is modern media analysis.

    Comment by What would Hayek say — January 28, 2009 @ 10:20 am

  4. I’m hoping the title’s a conscious reference to the fucked-up-ed-ness of the conflict in Haldeman’s “The Forever War,” but haven’t actually started reading it.

    Comment by Psycho Milt — January 28, 2009 @ 10:54 am

  5. Rumour has it they’re making a movie of Haldeman’s Forever war.

    Comment by llew — January 28, 2009 @ 11:12 am

  6. Pre surge Iraq still happy hour for the left.

    Events and everyone else has moved on.

    Comment by Simon — January 28, 2009 @ 11:32 am

  7. I could, and will, lots of other books I would rather buy… But then I have read the first chapter when cataloguing our copy for the library I work in…

    Comment by Socrates — January 28, 2009 @ 11:33 am

  8. I’m afraid that I’m a bit like the others here – my initial reaction was that someone had nicked the name of Haldemans novel. Mind you from the review it sounds more like Haldeman’s Forever Peace with its warboys and girls teleoperating soldiers for the greater good of the US.

    Comment by Lynn Prentice — January 29, 2009 @ 7:04 am

  9. I gotta admit, I’ve never read the sci-fi book. I see Ridley Scott is making it into a movie (along with an adaptation of ‘Brave New World’ with Leonard diCaprio).

    Comment by Danyl Mclauchlan — January 29, 2009 @ 7:21 am

  10. It’d be right up your line. That type of Swift satire that you get in Gullivers travels. The world around me has an explanation, but does it make sense. It is a bit dated these days, but still feels eerily like the basic reasons that the US went into Iraq for.

    BTW: I wrote a post at the standard based on your missing dog one. Brilliant – changed the set of images in my head on John Key. My partner loved it as well – she was grumpily writing proposals – it brightened her day.

    Comment by Lynn Prentice — January 29, 2009 @ 8:24 am

  11. BTW: I wrote a post at the standard based on your missing dog one.

    Cheers Lynn – its been hard to come up with ideas recently, partly because I’m kind of lazy but mostly because they haven’t done very much.

    Comment by danylmc — January 29, 2009 @ 1:20 pm

  12. Rumour has it they’re making a movie of Haldeman’s Forever war.

    Well then, my challenge to you is walk into the theatre, watch the first three minutes and leave.

    Comment by Giovanni — January 29, 2009 @ 3:25 pm

  13. It was a bit like that over summer. But now everyone is back and the page views are reascending to early December levels. The number of posts across the leftie blogs is now sufficient to keep even my niece from going off and having to descend to kiwiblog.

    Yesterday there were seven posts on the standard, two at Kiwipolitico, five at No Right Turn, 1 at Public Address etc. With the exception of my post on the missing dog there was only one other post vaguely outside of the earnest mode (on Garth George!). a_y_b is off doing other things.

    Having a left debate without humor would be like having a right wing diet without bigotry…

    If I hadn’t linked across to your post then it would have been a humorless diet. I have to link because I’m more known for my darker authoritarian side (ie BOFH), programming skills and organizing abilities than my abilities to write humor.

    BTW: Lazy is fun – I envy it…. Too much time reading blog comments and searching techie stuff on google is crippling my capacity to read for fun. I’m down to reading a book every 2-3 days rather than my usual book a day.

    Comment by Lynn Prentice — January 30, 2009 @ 7:19 am

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