Feb 272012
 

This is a bad image, or at least it is completely irrelevant. I probably should use one of my spare images made yesterday, but then, it happens to other people as well.

Take for instance the good Mr Asimov. I just finished “The Stars Like Dust”, the chronologically first of his “Empire” novels, a book that he himself considered his probably worst and, what shall I say, he was absolutely right 🙂

It’s rare that a book of an otherwise good author is so complete and utter rubbish, a waste of time, a disgrace to the author’s name, but unfortunately in this case it is all true. The plot is absurd, the characters are bad templates, everything is declared and nothing is shown. If you don’t need to read it for any weird reason, do yourself the favor and skip it. It does not contribute anything essential to the history of the “Foundation” universe anyway.

To add insult to injury, the book is even in conflict with the other books in how it explains Earth’s radioactivity. Just forget it.

Last night I have started “Pebble In The Sky”, last of the “Empire” books, actually the first one written. Let’s see how this one turns out.

The Song of the Day is “Nowhere to Run (Nowhere to Hide)” from Ruby Turner’s much criticized “Motown Songbook”. Hear it on YouTube.

  4 Responses to “1959 – Nowhere To Run, Nowhere To Hide”

  1. The novel “The Stars Like Dust” was translated into Finnish in 2011, and I read it for nostalgic reasons. Or tried to, as I had to stop at halfway through. (I did check the last pages to see the end.)

    It really isn’t a worthwhile book except for maybe learning how badly even Asimov can write. I very much liked the initial Foundation books, though not the last ones.

  2. Let’s talk about this image, lol. I don’t see why you consider this a bad image! It brought an immediate visceral response for me – that of being caged, hemmed in against my will – and with no way to escape.

    As for “irrelevant,” irrelevant to what? Asimov? But if you’re referring to present times, it’s very relevant – it illustrates how many people feel about how their governments have been taking away one freedom after another.

    • Glad you like it. There is no real way to predict how an image will work anyway. It’s so subjective. In this image I just hoped to get away with a study in compression. The title was an afterthought, but then, seemingly it was not so wrong.

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