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"Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral arm of the galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun."

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"Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral arm of the galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun."

Found out not 10 minutes ago, while reading the Foreword (because who doesn't read the Foreword, right?) that Douglas Adams died like, 17 years ago. WTF people? Why don't somebody tell me these things?! I might just be too upset to actually start this adventure today.
Don't panic. Get your towel, chill out, and tip back a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster or three.

In no time flat you'll be one hoopy frood! Or too brain damaged to care. Either way, Win! Right?

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"I remember the cries of Caesar's war-horns chasing us over the darkened fields of Latium -- their yearning, keening howls, like animals in heat -- and how when they stopped there was only the slither of our shoes on the icy road and the urgent panting of our breath."

-- Dictator, by Robert Harris, the final installment of his Cicero trilogy of ancient Rome
Pleased to hear Harris has finished the trilogy. I read the first installment and enjoyed it; Loved seeing the evolution of the First Triumvirate through Cicero’s eyes. I look forward to reading the second and third books. Of course now I see all the characters as the actors portraying them in the HBO series Rome.
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Pleased to hear Harris has finished the trilogy. I read the first installment and enjoyed it; Loved seeing the evolution of the First Triumvirate through Cicero’s eyes. I look forward to reading the second and third books. Of course now I see all the characters as the actors portraying them in the HBO series Rome.
I have not seen the series but cannot stop thinking of Rowan Atkinson as Cicero, based on his nerdy description.
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I have not seen the series but cannot stop thinking of Rowan Atkinson as Cicero, based on his nerdy description.
That’s actually a fair comparison to David Bamber’s Cicero in the series, although you don’t see much of Cicero’s courage there and Tiro appears only as a minor character. Definitely worth watching if you have the opportunity; I’d put off the GoT finale another year if it meant a third season of Rome.
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Thoroughly enjoying the Cicero Trilogy was what inspired me to read this, but I'm nearly finished with Pompeii and it is not nearly as good. Conclave was a disappointment too - the ending, or almost the same ending, was very predictable. I'll go to the library today and maybe pick up Archangel, which I believe is sort of alt-history, and I really liked Fatherland.
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It's about robots.
Is this The Wild Robot, by Peter Brown?


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Is this The Wild Robot, by Peter Brown?
Our Robots, Ourselves: Robotics and the Myths of Autonomy, by David A. Mindell.

I just started it and I was inspired to find this thread because the first sentence is so evocative for a non-fiction book. And because I'm actually, finally reading about robots.

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I asked because the opening sentence of The Wild Robot is also about a storm at sea. Although I believe The Wild Robot starts on a ship, not an airplane.
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