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Another stop on the ‘End is Nigh’ tour. This week: A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M Miller, Jr. A rather whimsically ominous look at the folly of mankind. Here’s a description from wikipedia:

canticle.jpgIt is set in an abbey in the Southwestern United States after a devastating nuclear war, and takes place at intervals of hundreds of years apart as civilization rebuilds itself. The plot combines elements of dark comedy with more serious examinations of the issues surrounding faith, knowledge, and power. The book was inspired by the author’s witnessing of the destruction of the monastery at Monte Cassino during World War II.

Despite some of the religious symbolism that I didn’t always understand, I really enjoyed this book. One of those books where you promptly gain empathy towards the characters without a lot of character development. I give it a 4 out of 5 fry rating.

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triffids.jpgContinuing on my tour of the ‘post-apocalyptic’ sub-genre, I just finished reading The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham. Good book. On a scale between ‘unsophisticated writing’ and ‘shit, where’s my dictionary’ this book would fall somewhere in the middle under ‘just right’. Here’s the breakdown. Most of mankind is struck blind following a dazzling comet-induced light show in the night sky and now have to cope with the deadly carnivourous plants that rome the earth. The subplot to all this deals with the survivors attempts to restore order and prevent a return to a more primitive lifestyle. Very similar subplot to Earth Abides but much less long winded and hence, in my opinion, more enjoyable. I give it 4 out of 5 Fries. Interested? Here’s more at wikipedia.

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earth-abides-2.jpgFinished reading Earth Abides by George R. Stewart. It’s about one man’s survival after most of the earth’s population is wiped out by plague and the story follows the protagonist throughout the remainder of his life. Most of the book deals with how nature retakes the planet and how the main protagonist struggles to hold on to a ‘civilized’ way of life. The passages describing the effect of humanity’s absence on the ecosystem are particularly insightful but I also found a lot of areas rather naive and unsophisticated. But then again, who am I to speak on sophistication, I laugh when people get hit in the groin. I give this book 3 out of 5 fries. If you are interested, check out the Wikipedia entry.

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blood-meridian.jpgSo I just finished reading Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy. Disregarding the plot for a moment, this book was bursting with long descriptive poetic passages and words that would give the oxford english dictionary a run for its money. I got used to it, I even came to enjoy it, but above all else the story is great and it keeps the pages turning. The story is a fictionalized account of a gang of scalp hunters that kill pretty much everything that breathes around the Texas-Mexico border in 1849-1850. It’s a ‘western’ novel with a lot of shooting and death and debauchery and shooting and killing and death. Lots of symbolism too if you are into that kind of thing. Here is the wikipedia entry if you want to learn more. I give it a 4 out of 5 Fry rating.

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Not much going on these days out there in the fry world….unless you count all that crap about trans fats and acrylamide…which is all very boring in my opinion. French fries are bad for you…okay, WE GET IT. Consider this dead horse officially beat.

Not to worry, soon all this transfat stuff will be old news and the media will be flogging the hell out of the new evil on the block….high fructose corn syrup
….dun dun dun!!! Apparently its sweet but deadly. Ooooh a food additive that’s bad for you…what a shock…but I digress.

I know my loyal ‘fan’ has been dying to here a little bit more about what the Lord (me, not Him) has been up to. So here it is….a bit of the low down on the Lord of the Fries…well, more of a sub-low down.

Just finished watching A Scanner Darkly. This movie blew my mind…okay not really, but I did really enjoy it. It was a good combination of cool and trippy.
Here’s a clip:

iamlegend.jpgI also just finished reading I am Legend by Richard Matheson. This book blew my mind. Kidding, again, but it was a great read. I’ll give you the gist in case you haven’t heard of it (I was going to anyway). Its about post-apocalyptic vampires….ha ha, I lost you at vampires didn’t I? I know I know, not another vampire story right? Well this one is the great grandaddy of any other vampire story out there. The one that all the others wish they could be. Seriously, this is a good book, and its not so much about the vampires as it is about one mans struggle to survive and how he copes with loss…and how he kicks some serious vampire ass. Just kidding about the last part…although he does…well, I won’t ruin it for you.

Apparently the latest movie version will be starring Will Smith. But don’t let that stop you from reading the book, or maybe that’ll make you want to read it …to each his own.

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So, I’m surfing through Amazon.com looking to see if they have anything fry-related that is worth posting and I come across this Philip M Parker guy.

This guy has authored A LOT of books dealing with the ‘world outlook’ of various things. And all these books cost….WTF…$795.00 USD?!?…but don’t worry each book ships free with super saver shipping. Here are a few of the…um…more interesting titles.

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Hmmm…the outlook is grim.

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I wonder how he collects his data?

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Crap, I knew I should have kept my rubber pants, they’re making a comeback.

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…and there are hundreds and hundreds more like these. This guy must kick ass at jeopardy.

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Apparently this is one of the earliest known references to ‘Chips’.

From ‘Tale of Two Cities’ by Charles Dickens (1859):

Hunger rattled its dry bones among the roasting chestnuts in the turned cylinder; Hunger was shred into atomies in every farthing porringer of husky chips of potato, fried with some reluctant drops of oil.

Remember when you could get a whole porringer of fries for just a farthing…those were the days I tell you.

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