Two extracts from the next book that I will be trying to work into every day conversation:
"I wonder why they call this porridge", he observed with mild interest. "It would be far more manly and straightforward of them to give it its real name."
As an energetic Socialist, I do my best to see the good that is in him, but it's hard. Comrade Bristow's the most striking argument against the equality of man I've ever come across
Not PG Wodehouse's finest, Psmith in the City, but you still can't really go wrong.
Excession, by Iain M Banks, had some equally amusing moments, but significantly more sentences like this:
The attack on its photonic nucleus came at the same moment, manifesting itself as a perceived distubance in the space-time fabric, warping the internal structure of the drone's light-energised mind from outside normal space.
I have absolutely no idea what any of that means.
This was also true of much of the rest of the book, which I only read because there wasn't anything else and B likes them. The weird thing is that despite the fact that I actually have no idea what was happening or who most of the characters were, I rather enjoyed it.
The jury's out on whether I'll read another one though.