**spoiler alert** sucked. I read it out of nostalgic obligation. and I was in an airport bookless.
Flat characters. Hugely disappointing story. Shit it**spoiler alert** sucked. I read it out of nostalgic obligation. and I was in an airport bookless.
Flat characters. Hugely disappointing story. Shit it was bad.
"Eloquence didn't imply intelligence or deep analysis. True believers in a cause often behaved in self-defeating ways because they expected other people to see the rightness of their cause if they just stated it clearly enough. As a result, they tipped their hand in every game and couldn't understand why everyone ganged up on them."
"The people who benefit from his being kicked out, he'll take advantage of how guilty they feel in order to get what he really wants. A consolation prize that turns out to be his real objective."
"It doesn't matter whether you had a reason, she said. You could have ten million reasons but you didn't tell any of them to me! You expected me to obey you blindly. But you don't obey your mother blindly. - Your mother isn't monster. There are many kinds of monsters. - Everything I do is for you! Nothing is for me. Everything is for the child you imagine you had, the one that doesn't exist, the perfect, happy child that was bound to result from your being the exact opposite of you mother in every way. Well, I'm not that child."
"She remembered coming home every day form school, for all those years, and there was Mother, every time, flitting through the house, full of silly talk about faeries and magic and all the beautiful things she did during the day and all the while, the thing she did during the day was fight the monster to keep it from getting into the house, getting its clutches on little Alessandra."
"Valentine well knew that complacency was the best possible attitude for one's rivals and opponents to have."
"You take a step, then another. That's the journey. But to take a step with your eyes open is not a journey at all, it's a remaking of your own mind."
"That's how it was done - you lay down the law, but then you make them laugh and be happy about obeying you."
"You shouldn't be proud of being good at something, if you were born with it. That would be as dumb as being proud of having two legs, or speaking a language, or pooping."
"There is no harder job than parenting. There is no human relationship with such potential for great achievement and awful destructiveness, and despite all the experts who write about it, no one has the slightest idea whether any decision will be right or best or even non-horrible for any particular child. It is a job that simply cannot be done right."
"I'm a Gordian knot. Don't unravel, just slice."
"If you spend your whole life pretending to be good, then you are indistinguishable from a good person."
"Toward me you have the same responsibility that commanders always have for those soldiers who survive, but maimed. The soldiers are still responsible for the lives they make for themselves after the fact; it's bitterly ironic that your true answer to them is: It's not my fault that you lived. If you had been killed you would not have to deal with all these wounds. This is the portion of life that was given back to you; it was the enemy who took form you the wholeness that you do not have. My job was to make it so that you death or injuries meant something, and I have done that."
"That you are always alone, that no one will ever help you, that whatever must be done, only you can do."
"Surround a child with lies, and he clings to them like a teddy bear, like his mother's hand. And the worse, the darker the lie, the more deeply he has to draw it inside himself in order to bear the lie at all." ...more
**spoiler alert** I have no idea why Seth Godin though that this book was good. There was one good quote. The rest was just cyber punk bullshit.
Quotes**spoiler alert** I have no idea why Seth Godin though that this book was good. There was one good quote. The rest was just cyber punk bullshit.
"That's why the damn place is so overdeveloped. Put in a sign or a building on the Street and the hundred million richest, hippest, best-connected people on earth will see it every day of their lives."
""No surprises" is the motto of the franchise ghetto. The people of America, who live in the world's most surprising and terrible country, take comfort in that motto. Follow the loglo outward, to where the growth is enfolded into the valleys and the canyons, and you find the land of the refugees. They have fled from the true America, the America of atomic bombs, scalpings, hip-hop, chaos theory, cement overshoes, snake handlers, spree killers, space walks, buffalo jumps, drive-bys, cruise missiles, Sherman's March, gridlock, motorcycle gangs, and bungee jumping. They have parallel-parked their bimbo boxes in identical computer-designed Burbclave street patterns and secreted themselves in symmetrical sheetrock shitholes with vinyl floors and ill-fitting woodwork and no sidewalks, vast house farms our in the loglo wilderness, a culture medium for a medium culture."
"Until a man is twenty-five, he still thinks, every so often, that under the right circumstances he could be the baddest mother fucker in the world."
"Once she gets over the shock of it and settles into a routine, she starts looking around her, watching the other fish-cutting dames, and realizes that this is just like life must be for about 99 percent of the people in the world. You're in this place. There's other people all around you, but they don't understand you and you don't understand them, but people do a lot of pointless babbling anyway. In order to stay alive, you have to spend all day every day doing stupid meaningless work. And the only way to get out of it is to quoit, cut loose, take a flyer, and go off into the wicked world, where you will be swallowed up and never heard from again."
"Hiro, you are such a geek. She's a woman, you're a dude. You're not supposed to understand her. That's not what she's after. She doesn't want you to understand her. She knows that's impossible. She just wants you to understand yourself. Everything else is negotiable."...more
**spoiler alert** Cool premise. Cool themes. Real nerdy at parts with the whole video game shit but nonetheless the ideas behind the MMO warfare and "**spoiler alert** Cool premise. Cool themes. Real nerdy at parts with the whole video game shit but nonetheless the ideas behind the MMO warfare and "zero knowledge" setup was fascinating.
Interesting look at 5GW. No one knows the plan and everyone acts in their own self interest.
"Would someone really have built this just to kill a person. He could think of easier ways to kill someone."
"Anyone who has ever tried to share pizza with roommates knows that Communism cannot ever work. If Lenin and Marx had just shared an apartment perhaps a hundred million lives might have been spared."
"For every independent organism in nature, there exist three parasites."
"We believe it coordinated the activities of thousands of people who had no individual knowledge of each other. No on person or event is critical to its survival. It has no ringleaders and no central point of failure. And no central repository of logic. None of the Daemon's agents know anything more than a few seconds in advance."
"Technology. It is the physical manifestation of human will. It began with simple tools. Then came the wheel, and on it goes to this very day. Civilizations rise and fall based on technological innovation. Bronze falls to iron, iron falls to steel. Steel falls to gunpowder. Gunpowder falls to circuitry. For those among you who don't understand what's happening, let me explain: The Great Diffusion has begun - an era when the nation state dissolves. Technology will cause this. As countries compete for markets in the global economy, diffusion of high technology will accelerate. It will result in a diffusion of power. And diffusion of power will make countries an ineffective organizing principle. At first marginal governments will fail. Larger states will not be equipped to intercede effectively. These lawless regions will become breeding grounds for international crime and terrorism. Threats to centralized authority will multiply. Centralized power will be defenseless against these distributed threats."
"It's my parents' society, not mine. What does it offer my generation? A meaningless existence. Living long, boring lives, milked each day by salesmen. Livestock for a permanent ruling class."
"The modern world is a highly efficient, precision machine. But that's its flaw - one wrench in the works and it all grinds to a halt. So what does our generation get? A culture of lies to hide weakness. Decreasing freedom. All to conceal one simple fact:the assumptions upon which our civilization is based are no longer valid. If you doubt me, ask yourself: Why was I able to accomplish this?"...more
This is one of the best books ever. I works on so many levels, a children's book, psych book, war theory. Perfect. No quotes as of now.
"Ender sThis is one of the best books ever. I works on so many levels, a children's book, psych book, war theory. Perfect. No quotes as of now.
"Ender smiled. He was the one who had figured out how to send messages and make them march - even as his secret enemy called him names, the method of delivery praised him."
"It took Ender by surprise - he hadn't thought to put Stilson on the ground with one kick. It didn't occur to him that Stilson didn't take a fight like this seriously, that he wasn't prepared for a truly desperate blow."
"I have to win this now, and for all time, or I'll fight it every day and it will get worse and worse."
"There's only one thing that will make them stop hating you. And that's being so good at what you do that they can't ignore you."
"It was the other boys he waned to play. The boys who had been so trained by the computer that even when they played against each other they each tried to emulate the computer. Think like a machine instead of a boy."
"He could see Bonzo's anger growing hot. Hot anger was bad. Ender's anger was cold, and he could use it. Bonzo's was hot, and so it used him."
"Alai kept trying new things, which forced Ender to think of new tactics to cope with them. In part it was because they kept making stupid mistakes, which suggested things to do that no self-respecting, well-trained soldier would even have tried. Many of the things they attempted turned out to be useless.""
"Ender noticed that Leopard was losing a lot of men, too - their reckless tactics exposed them too much. What mattered, however, was that Salamander felt defeated. They had surrendered the initiative completely. Though they were still fairly evenly matched with the enemy, they huddled together like the last survivors of a massacre, as if they hope the enemy would overlook them in the carnage."
"Soldiers can sometimes make decisions that are smarter than the orders they've been given."
"Commanders have just as much authority as you let them have. The om re you obey them, the more power they have over you."
"There is no combat without movement."
"Most armies practiced mass maneuvers, preformed strategies. Ender had none. Instead he trained his toon leaders to use their small units effectively in achieving limited goals. Unsupported, alone, on their own initiative."
"Their confidence was the supreme confidence of those who have never been in the contest, and think they are ready."
"I will remember this, thought Ender, when I am defeater. To keep dignity, and give honor where it's due, so that defeat is not disgrace."
"Let the boys learn that leniency comes from their toon leaders, and harshness from their commander - it will bind them better in the small, tight knots of this fabric."
"The soldiers knew by now that Ender could be brutal in the way he talked to groups, but when he worked with an individual he was always patient, explaining as often as necessary, making suggestions quietly, listening to questions and problems and explanations. Be he never laughed when they tried to banter with him, and they soon stopped trying. He was commander every moment they were together. He never had to remind them of it; he simply was."
"You never old still when the enemy knows exactly where you are."
"The power to cause pain is the only power that matters, the power to kill and destroy, because if you can't kill then you are always subject to those who can, and nothing and no one will ever save you."
"In the moment when I truly understand my enemy, understand him well enough to defeat him, then in that very moment I also love him. I think it's impossible to really understand somebody, what they want, what they believe, and not love them the way they love themselves."
"If you try and lose then it isn't your fault. But if you don't try and we lose, then it's all your fault. You killed us all."
"At first it was the man of real authority they noticed, but later, where everyone had authority, it was his cargo they cared to see."
"There is no teacher but the enemy. No one but the enemy will tell you what the enemy is going to do. No one but the enemy will ever teach you how to destroy and conquer. Only the enemy shows you where you are weak. Only the enemy tells you where he is strong. And the rules of the game are what you can do to him and what you can stop him from doing to you."
"People always go. Always. They always believe they can make a better life than in the old world."
"The humans did not forgive us, she thought. We will surely die."...more
**spoiler alert** Meh, better than Snow Crash but still just OK. He does a real good job with the tech but the story is mediocre. Some cool scenes tho**spoiler alert** Meh, better than Snow Crash but still just OK. He does a real good job with the tech but the story is mediocre. Some cool scenes though.
"Having never done anything illegal in his life, he was startled to understand, all of a sudden, that a ruthless constabulary was a crucial resource to more imaginative sorts of criminals."...more
"He found that he was often angry, now: irrationally angry at his gr**spoiler alert** Overrated.
"It's the choosing that's important, isn't it?"
"He found that he was often angry, now: irrationally angry at his groupmates, that they were satisfied with their lives which had none of the vibrance his own was taking on. And he was angry at himself, that the could not change that for them."
"Jonas went home the next morning, cheerfully greeted his parents, and lied easily about what a busy, pleasant night he had had. His father smiled and lied easily, too, about his busy and pleasant day the day before."...more
Holy shit this book was bad. It was overwritten and filled with cyberpunk super words. It was painful to read. You couldn't go three lines without runHoly shit this book was bad. It was overwritten and filled with cyberpunk super words. It was painful to read. You couldn't go three lines without running into some nerdified cliche about this stupid future. The story might have even been good but you couldn't see it at all.
That one quote is awesome though.
"Limbo. In mythology, it used to be where the dead babies were stacked like cord-wood, awaiting a bureaucratic salvation."...more
The story was really good. There were so many different angles in it. So many factions each fighting to both gain the upper hand and not upset the balThe story was really good. There were so many different angles in it. So many factions each fighting to both gain the upper hand and not upset the balance. I feel like I could gain a lot more if I read it again....more