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Book Note: David Langford, The Leaky Establishment

I read this book about 20-Feb-2006. This is the first time I've read this book. The book is copyright 1984. This note was last modified Wednesday, 22-Feb-2006 14:11:54 PST.

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A farce set in a contemporary British nuclear research agency, looks like so far. There's some suggestion that towards the end it approaches SF, or at least fantasy, in some way. Langford is a long-time fan as well as a professional writer, and even an occasional denizen of rec.arts.sf.fandom.

I'm reminded that one of the things I don't like about the farce, and about considerable chunks of British humor, is their reliance on embarrassment. I don't find it either pleasant or funny.

I'm a bit disappointed that, in the end, he didn't get the accidentally-stolen bomb cores back into the establishment. But at least it had a happy ending.

Langford has a real ear for quips. There are lots of good bits in dialog and narration.

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