Tales from the White Hart
Tales From The White Hart (TFTWH) is my third book, and I already has some expectation when reading it. My expectation "hurts" some of the surprises. But I give 4 star rating not because I am a fan of Mr. Clarke, but because the ending of last story is better wrapping up the book than Gavagan or Draco (Draco has a good ending too, Gavagan has the ...more
¡¡ UNA P.U.T.A GOZADA DE LIBRO !!
(Vale, veo que he logrado eso de ser comedido)
Son cuentos (obvio) que cuentan los parroquianos de una taberna (obvio again) inglesa donde está el flemático camarero y los habituales de la misma, alguno de los cuales cuenta al resto relatos curiosos que les han sucedido bien a ellos –si van como invitados del resto – o bien a algún conocido suyo.
Estos relazon rezuman un humor inglés algo más ácido de los ...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 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
The preface tells us that ...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
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
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
Harry Purvis's fantastical stories might seem a little quaint now, especially where they poke fun at the ...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 won't hold this against Clarke, since the other collection that I've rea ...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.
Clarke was a graduate of King's Co ...more