April 08, 2008
What I'm reading
I recently bought some castoff books from the local library for 50 cents each (hardcover). One of those books is this one: Thank You For Smoking
. It's a fairly witty and satirical read and I'm enjoying it immensely. Quite a change of pace from my last book
. I also see that there's a movie
based on the book. Said movie contains the yummy Maria Bello
and Katie Holmes
. I'll have to check it out as soon as I finish the book.
Update: From the IMDB section containing quotes from the movie comes this little exchange:
Nick Naylor: My point is that you have to think for yourself. If your parents told you that chocolate was dangerous would you take their word for it?
[Children say no]
Nick Naylor: Exactly! So perhaps instead of acting like sheep when it comes to cigarettes you should find out for yourself.
I think that I'm gonna like the movie as much as the book. And no, I don't smoke; never have. In fact, I loathe those stinky little cancer sticks. But I'm sick and fucking tired of nanny-staters trying to legislate every part of our lives, especially when the product in question is, in fact, still legal. To be fair, the day isn't over yet.
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Read the book. Loved the book (except for the last few pages, which seemed completely tacked on as an afterthought, like "oh yeah, I almost forgot, smoking is bad, mmmkay?).
The movie did the book justice. I recommend it.
Posted by: Harvey at April 13, 2008 11:58 AM (VSEpa)
Cool. Thanks for the review, Harvey.
Yeah, the book ending was a little too tidy, but I could see it heading that way because of the protagonist's reaction to the nicotine patches stuck all over his body. But a really good read overall.
Posted by: physics geek at April 14, 2008 01:00 PM (MT22W)
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