Chandri MacLeod (chandri) wrote,
Chandri MacLeod

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I need to do a book run.

The only problem with me going book-shopping is that it takes me about a day to buy one book. I'm annoying. ;)

I've run out of fantasy/sci-fi/associated stuff, so I've slipped back into reading Robert A. Heinlein, of which we have stacks and stacks and stacks. Now, with the exception of a couple like Podkane of Mars and Have Spacesuit, Will Travel, I hadn't ever picked up a Heinlein 'til I think last November, when Dad handed me a big stack of them, including Stranger in a Strange Land, which I think everyone should read. (Which reminds me, the next time I go to Nadia and Dan's, I should take that for Dan like I keep saying I will. o.O) So far as I can tell, Bob's got two styles. There's the cheesy-comic-book-style science fiction like The Rolling Stones, where the vernacular includes words like "tapes" and "spools", which was written for twelve-year-old boys in the mid-fifties back in the time when science fiction was a fad. The other kind is the irreverent and remorseless social commentary kind, such as is Stranger in a Strange Land, which sound like they could have been narrated by a slightly-more-jaded Hawkeye Pearce (s/p? I have no idea) if he'd been an English/History/Sociology/Political Science professor instead of a doctor.

Anyway. To wander back from my gigantic random tangent, the Heinlein I'm currently reading is The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, which is one of the irreverent and remorseless social commentary kind. It's about the Luna colony, which in 2075 (I think that's the current time period in the narrative, anyway) is a penal colony that's been a penal colony for so long that they've formed a functioning society - because once you're exiled to Luna you're basically free, except that you're exiled, because after you're on the moon for such-and-such a period your physiology alters too much for you to return earthside for very long. However, because it's still officially a penal colony, the government is oppressive and corrupt, and the free citizens, born on Luna, are exploited by the Authority, which is the governing body of Luna, and managed from Earth. The story is about the citizens of Luna overthrowing the Authority. It has, however, as does all Heinlein, a completely different perspective on the Universe than does the reader, because Heinlein devotes the first several chapters of every book describing the environment and the typical human mindset of the time. And because it's set in the future, and because it's on a colony, the dialect, language, whatever, is... well, different. Which is all very well in print.

But now I hear they're making it into a movie. And... I'm just not sure I could stand two hours of dialogue the way it's done in this book. There's all these holes where prepositions and pronouns are meant to be. o.O

I wonder if Nineteen Eighty-Four was made true to the dialect. Then again, Newspeak was mostly literary. Hrm...

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