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But wow! I mean most of these stories were written in the mid-50s, which I know was a totally different world. But even so, if everyone in the 50s was as sexist as this, I can't help but think that the current generation wouldn't exist. I mean the casual contempt for the abilities of women, ...more
All of the stories are well written; Clarke has a clear prose style and some good ideas. However, this was his early work and none of the story is really memorable. This is the type of book where most Sf readers will read it, enjoy it, and not remember the stories two months later.
However, if you have read Clarke's later works, it is inte ...more
The humour in these tall tales and shaggy dog stories is evident right from the word go, many of them are build-ups to a single pun deli ...more
But it's anything but dull or boring! Classic and funny science fiction stories using the classic bar-story format. Over and over I found myself coming across phrases and ideas which I'd incorporated into my personal lexicon, only to forget where they'd come from. "Oh, so this is where I first read that!" I kept saying.
It's a pity that Clarke wrote ...more
What a wonderful little collection! I've long admired Clarke's novel-length classics (Childhood's End, The Light of Other Days, Rendezvous with Rama), but they tend to be more on the Serious Deep Thoughts end of the spectrum. White Hart is a lovely little jaunt to the other end of the scale: a collection of science-flavored tall tales that are short, sweet, and just the right amount of silly.
Harry Purvis's fantastical stories might seem a little quaint now, especially where they po ...more
While the stories were charming, whimsical, even light, I wouldn't call them funny. They were like receiving carnival-grade candy floss when I'm used to the most elaborate 9-course desserts from the same baker. Charming, but not really adding anything to the field.
Un iceberg che galleggia nel tiepido mare della Florida, un giocattolo che minaccia di far saltare una stazione televisiva, un'orchidea che rifiuta di commettere il delitto perfetto, un vecchio che insegna alle termiti ad accendere il fuoco, un cervello elettronico che risponde parolacce ai generali: siamo, non c'è bisogno di dirlo, in piena fantascienza. Ma la cornice, questa volta, è insolita: un'osteria della vecchia Londra, un tipico pub di Fleet Street, la famosa strada dei giornali. E' du...more
Tales From the White Hart is an occasionally enjoyable, uneven collection of short stories by Arthur C. Clarke, all told by Harry Purvis, one of the White Hart's regular customers. Some of the stories are quite clever, but they all tend to follow the same story arc: Someone broaches a topic; Harry puts in his own two cents; Then Harry commandeers the conversation by spinning a yarn that has some semblance of a science basis and is semi-probable; the scie ...more
Lo primero que me gustaría señalar es que los relatos me han evocado a Julio Verne, y eso para un apasionado de Verne es un gran punto a su favor. De niño leía todo lo que caía en mis manos de este ...more
I've packed this little collection around for perhaps half my life. It's lost a little luster over the years -- the whole barroom setting has developed some cheese in the interim -- but at this point I'm keeping it mostly so I can stick it in front of our oldest son (and soon, now) and say, "here, try some science fiction."
The humour is delightfully understated, but unmistakable.
If you think you don't like SciFi because it's silly, read this.
La primera història em va encantar. Potser perquè era la primera. Potser perquè era diferent. Potser perquè em va fer pensar.
El llibre consta d'unes quantes (una quinzena? Ara no aniré a comptar-les) històries curtes, on algun científic o similar fa algun descobriment. La major part de les vegades l'experiment és un fracàs per alguna cosa molt xorra que se li ha oblidat al científic, o per alguna cosa externa.
Algunes (la majoria) fan gràcia.
D'altres (la majoria) fan pensar.
Però quan ja en p ...more
That was just one of the many short-stories in this book that intrigued m ...more
Clarke was a graduate of King's Co ...more