Well, okay, it's not a four-day read. It's not that long a book. I just needed a title for this post.
And, sometimes, the result was a really nice enjoyable read. Case in point, Four-Day Planet.
The eponymous planet, Fenris, has a slow rotation rate, causing days and nights lasting 1000 hours each. This forces the populace to live underground except around sunrise and sunset. And, while this odd planet provides the back-drop to the story, it isn't the story itself.
The story itself revolves around the conflict between corrupt local politicians and the equivalent of earthly whale hunters. And, damn, but it's a lot of fun.
The novel is an example of old-skool sci-fi with competent manly men doing things and not fretting overly much about their damn feelings. It's bracing and refreshing after some of the stuff I've read recently.
There's a great running joke about how, with humanity expanding and interbreeding on a global scale, names no long match ethnicity. (Although, having
Nip Spazoni's nickname being a commentary on his race is, well, awfully awkward today.)
It has that wonderful feel of sci-fi from an era which doesn't know what's actually coming. Everyone's packing heat and the guns all shoot bullets, not lasers of some sort. Folks get lost in a way that GPS wouldn't allow today. The newspaper still physically pastes layout. Holy crap, they even pull out a goddamn slide rule at one point. It's awesome!
Granted, the big reveal isn't all that astonishing. So what? It detracts not at all from my enjoyment of the book.
And the best news? There are a bunch of other works of his on Gutenberg!
"Slide rule" makes me giggle like a girl...which is better than throwing like a girl, which I also do.
Hey, babe, wanna come up to my place and see my "slide rule?"
Because I do actually have one. As does my wife.
Actually, I used to keep mine in the car for working out MPG. It wouldn't get destroyed in the heat like a calculator would.
Kinky! Keeping it in the car, I mean. ;)
I have no idea how to work a slide rule.