Tal Cohen's Bookshelf: A Collection of Personal Opinions about Books

Fiction

Science Fiction

Non-Fiction

Computer Science

Book In-Jokes
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The Fiction Collection
“I wonder... What's in a book while it's closed... Because as soon as I open it, there's a whole story with people I don't know yet and all kinds of adventure and deeds and battles... All those things are somehow shut up in a book. But it's already there, that's the funny thing. I just wish I knew how it could be.”
Michael Ende, The Neverending Story
The Science Fiction Collection
“A wild dream and a far one -- but no wilder and no farther than some of the dreams of man.”
Clifford D. Simak, City
The Non-Fiction Collection
“That's the reason they're called lessons: because they lessen from day to day.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
The Computer Science Collection
“Think of a computer program. Somewhere, there is one key instruction, and everything else is just functions calling themselves, or brackets billowing out endlessly through an infinite address space. What happens when the brackets collapse? Where's the final “END IF”? Is any of this making sense?”
Douglas Adams, Mostly Harmless
Book In-Jokes

Here I try to maintain a list of book in-jokes: little jokes that most readers won't notice, hidden in otherwise serious books (for more about what “in-jokes” are, see at the end of the list).

I'll need your help: if you find any such in-jokes, let me know. Please include the word “injoke” in the subject.

The books are listed in no particular order.


Book Reviews Book Reviews: Fiction Science-Fiction Book Reviews Non-Fiction Book Reviews Computer Science Book Reviews
[1999-08-28]

There is something inherently wrong about continuing the work of a dead writer. Blade Runner 2, however, is more of a sequel to the movie than to Philip K. Dick's book.
[Science Fiction]
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[1999-07-23]

Some aliens drop by and eliminate ignorance, disease, and poverty. Should we care what they look like? A review of Arthur C. Clarke's Childhood's End.
[Science Fiction]
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[1999-06-02]

Alfred Bester wrote what some consider the best “space opera”, while other consider it the earliest work of cyberpunk. I guess The Stars My Destination is a little of both, and certainly an enjoyable read.
[Science Fiction]
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[1999-02-26]

The final volume of C. S. Lewis's Cosmic Trilogy, That Hideous Strength takes place on Earth -- and its a much more worldly book.
[Science Fiction]
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[1999-02-26]

The second volume of C. S. Lewis's Cosmic Trilogy, Perelandra takes place on Venus -- and between the pages of the book of Genesis.
[Science Fiction]
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