May 15

Author of 'Women Like Men Like Rats'Click for full image

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Published 1990

Actually, that cover IS a classical work of art!I would touch it without protective gloves.I've seen worse. Far, far, worse.Interesting, but I would still read it in public.Middlng: Neither awful nor awfully goodWould not like to be seen reading that!Awful... just awful...That belongs in a gold-lame picture frame!Gah... my eyes are burning! Feels so good!Good Show Sir! (Average: 6.54 out of 10)

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32 Responses to “Rounded with Sleep”

  1. David Cowie Says:

    “Once you see it” tag, maybe?

  2. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Huh. Must start checking GSS at this hour, if this is when the new ones appear.

    Not sure which of the two humans here waxes the most.

  3. Tat Wood Says:

    ‘Popular Library’. Popular with whom?

  4. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    I hope that’s a highly radioactive nuclear core at lower left he’s just pried open with his knife and they’re both about to die of radiation poisoning.

  5. fred Says:

    Replace ST-TNG’s holodeck Moriarty with Dick Blade….make it so.

  6. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    ‘Anything you can do, I can do better! I can do anything better than you!’

    ‘No you can’t.’

    ‘Yes I can!’

    ‘No you can’t.’

    ‘Yes I can!’

    ‘No you can’t.’

    ‘Yes I can! Yes I can!’

    ‘I can stab the bright glow with my big X-acto!’

    ‘Well I can bean a beastie with only my bikini!’

    etc., etc., etc…

  7. THX 1138 Says:

    Re: the blurb – if you want to go to the toilet, just press pause.

  8. Michael Toland Says:

    Cover aside, what editor let that bizarre title pass? It may have something specifically to do with the story, but it’s hardly the type of title that would entice someone to pick the book off the shelf to check it out.

  9. Bibliomancer Says:

    @MT – apparently it’s a Bysshe:

  10. THX 1138 Says:

    Oh, “SLEEP”! I thought it said sheep…

  11. JuanPaul Says:

    After taking a closer look at that monster, I don’t think anyone is danger from the thing unless they willfully jump into one of its mouths.

  12. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @BM: If life is rounded with sleep, rocks are rounded with water acting in response to potential gravitational energy and fluid flow.

  13. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Clearly this author has a penchant for “deep” and sort of poetic sounding titles. Also, I am guessing the author sees his work as one vast interconnected piece, so we should string his titles together to get Men Like Rats Rounded with Sleep. That’s worth at least a dissertation or two.

  14. Tom Noir Says:

    As a man, I would like to clarify that I do not like rats.

  15. B. Chiclitz Says:

    “Ok, you try to put the lizards to sleep by flaunting your round parts. I’ll just, er, a, um, slip through this convenient doorway and make my escape. Don’t worry, I’ll go get help and come back for you!”

  16. B. Chiclitz Says:

    What happens next.

  17. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @Tom: That’s a simile. ‘Men, like rats, scurry away at the first sign of danger’, for example.

  18. Anna T. Says:

    Isn’t it annoying when the monsters attack while you’re right in the middle of getting undressed for some intimacy?

    I think so.

  19. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    I had assumed that the blue whatnot in the sky was some sort of ceiling, even though an indoors setting wouldn’t explain the healthy vegetative growth.

    Now I wonder if it’s actually a miles-wide spacecraft hovering over the labyrinth, a la Independence Day.

    Cerberus: ‘Hey, guys! The mother ship’s here! They picked up our distress call, we can go home now! Guys!’

    Fabio: ‘Don’t listen to him, my darling.’

    Rats: ‘Look. It’s been two weeks, and my roots are starting to show. I need my peroxide. I’m leaving with Cerb, and you can keep the rest of my clothes, wherever you’re hiding them.’

  20. David Cowie Says:

    Rats are a moderately popular pet, so I’m sure that some men like rats.

  21. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @DSWBT: With the blurb saying “game”, I figured the blue ceiling was a circuit board and other computery things.

    Basically, this seems to be semi-naked “ReBoot”.

  22. Tom Noir Says:

    @David Cowie: Sure, but then it should say “Some men like rats.” When it says “Men like rats,” it is over-generalizing.

    It’s offensive!

  23. NomadUK Says:

    [email protected]: Ye gods, man, it’s Shakespeare, _The Tempest_:

    We are such stuffe as dreams are made on, And our little life is rounded with a sleepe.

  24. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @NomadUK—he originally wrote “We are such stuffe as dreams are made on, and men, like rats, rounded with sleep,” but thankfully that was one line he blotted.

  25. A.R.Yngve Says:

    [Record scratch noise]
    Read that blurb again, carefully. What’s the actual message? “The kind of people who play games are afraid to face reality.”

    I don’t know whether this was accidental or a “Freudian slip” or a subtle knife between the ribs…

  26. GSS ex-noob Says:

    No, it’s “the hero of every game”, i.e. the character of Manly Man, Space Marine, Plumber, or jaggedy 8-bit pixel thingy. Reality is when the chap living in the basement turns off the game.

  27. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    It’s, ah, just gone eight o’clock and time for the hunk inside of your television set to explode.

  28. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I didn’t expect that.

  29. Terren Says:

    It’s not a bad book, but I have poor taste so don’t take my word for it. It’s about a world where virtual reality has overtaken every aspect of life, to the point where the vast bulk of humanity never interact outside the game. The story resolves when the protagonist chooses to unplug, to go out into the world and live deliberately, leaving behind the peurile power fantasy depicted on the cover.

  30. Bibliomancer Says:

    @Terren – Spoiler Alert!

  31. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Huh. I was right about the plot. Mustn’t do that again.

  32. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Now wait a goldarn minute — isn’t that the plot of READY PLAYER ONE?

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