»It took me fifty jumps in the desert, near the pit, to determine that 180 mph was the edge of my comfort zone, the equivalent of a skydiver assuming a head-down, streamlined posture while plummeting. The air rushing by at this speed sounded like a hurricane and my clothing snapped and tugged, but it didn’t rip and it didn’t come loose. The goggles were a must.«
Četrti del iz serije »Jumper« o družini z sposobnostjo teleportiranja. Spodobno nadaljevanje.
»The Darkhat Leader had mastered the art of catching a nap while riding his horse, and his steed dutifully followed Chucai’s horse as they picked their way along the narrow track that wound down to the valley. The moon tripped along the rim of the horizon, ready to flee at the first glimmering of dawn. The bonfires of the feast no longer filled the valley with red-orange light; they, like the rest of the Khagan’s caravan, were slumbering. The nocturnal birds—owls and tiny swifts—had fallen silent too, no longer chasing prey and filling the night with their cries. This last hour before dawn was always the emptiest, the time when the world appeared to be holding its breath. «
Zaključek odlične trilogije iz časov mongolskega osvajanja Evrope. Potihoma upam, da bomo dočakali še četrti del, saj zgodba na koncu ostane čisto odprta.
»Ever after, the clink and freeze of ice was something that Mahlia associated with China. A fairy-tale luxury from a fairy-tale land. According to her father, China had ice for drinking and electric bicycles for traveling; they had cities with towers a thousand feet high, all because they were civilized.«
Dve knjigi iz bližnje prihodnosti, ko naraščanje morij zaradi globalnega segrevanja povzroči sesutje kapitalističnega sistema. Ship Breaker mi je bil bolj všeč.
»I didn't leak the docs on LaptopLock. Neither did Ange. Neither did Jolu. According to the logs, we were the only ones that had touched them. But they leaked anyway.«
V Homeland Doctorow nadaljuje temo iz knjige Little Brother – kaj lahko državljan naredi v Ameriki, kjer »Agencija za domovinsko varnost« prevzema oblast. Tipičen Doctorow – udaren začetek, spodobna sredina, švohoten konec. Se pa da knjigo (čisto uradno) dobiti zastonj.
»My own memory was average at best. Among the things I regularly forgot: where I put my car keys (where I put my car, for that matter); the food in the oven; that it’s “its” and not “it’s”; my girlfriend’s birthday, our anniversary, Valentine’s Day; the clearance of the doorway to my parents’ cel ar (ouch); my friends’ phone numbers; why I just opened the fridge; to plug in my cel phone; the name of President Bush’s chief of staff; the order of the New Jersey Turnpike rest stops; which year the Redskins last won the Super Bowl; to put the toilet seat down. Ben Pridmore, on the other hand, could memorize the order of a shuffled deck of playing cards in thirty-two seconds.«
Joshua Foer je pripravljal članek o ljudeh, ki tekmujejo v pomnenju (tipa: kdo si hitreje zapomni vrstni red premešanega paketa kart), potem pa je začel resno trenirati in zmagal na prvenstvu ZDA. Knjiga popisuje leto, ko se je pripravljal na turnir, ob tem pa še vse živo o zgodovini in trenutni praksi mnemotehnik. Zanimivo in berljivo.
Berem: Stoletnik, ki je zlezel skozi okno in izginil