Rik's Reads

CategoryBooks
Farenheit 451
*Owt, Nowt and Summat A Toast to All Tykes
ClassicsFarenheit 451
Beowolf
Catcher in the Rye
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Grapes of Wrath
Neuromancer
Silas Marner, The Weaver of Raveloe
To Kill a Mockingbird
Geeky Death March (Surviving Doomed Projects)
Executable UML: A Foundation for Model Driven Architecture
Beyond Software Architecture: Creating and Sustaining Winning Solutions
Just XML
Using Perl 5 for Web Programming
GeneralTails of the City
HumorThe Joy of Work
Owt, Nowt and Summat A Toast to All Tykes
Must ReadThe Code Book
Grapes of Wrath
The Silicon Boys and their valley of dreams
To Kill a Mockingbird
Must Read A Confederacy of Dunces
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Relaxing Cannery Row
Into Thin Air
Sci-FiFarenheit 451
Sci-Fi Neuromancer
TechieAlice in Quantumland
The Code Book
Techie Backroom Boys; the secret return of the british boffin
tbd The Crystal Cave
The Santa Cruz Trailbook
  Tails of the City    
Tails of the City
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Well, it started off well, but turned out to be not the book for me.

I was drawn to it as it started out with a girl visiting San Francisco, falling in love with the city and calling her parents to tell them she wouldn't be coming home.

Then the poor girl has to deal with making new friends in a strange city, clinging initially to a high school classmate because it was someone she know, though didn't really like.

Then the book got a little off track for my tastes. I have no trouble with the amount of pot smoking, promiscuity and homosexuality, don't get me wrong, that's all good.

I just found it a little unbelievable. If you're living in a city with close to a million people and you decide to go out for some casual gay sex with a random stranger, the chances of it being your house mate's boss are slim. Then pile on the notion that said stranger's wife is a patient of your boyfriend. I'm having trouble with the suspending of the disbelief thing at this point!

I got to the end of the story, but there was no great revelation for me through reading this book. Just glad it's over.

It's supposed to be a classic though! There are sequels and a DVD. Maupin got famous off it!




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