Posted by: didyouseethis | January 12, 2008

Reality Is Analog…


That…is my favorite line (paraphrased) from The Teeth of the Tiger, the last book in Tom Clancy’s Ryanverse. (At least for now….rumor has it there *is* another in the pipeline.) Clancypalooza ended at 6:59, 12 January 2008. It began in May of last year, and, except for a few interruptions (For One More Day, Mitch Albom…Starship Troopers, Robert Heinlein…Lone Survivor, Marcus Luttrell…if you read anything this year, it should be Lone Survivor…. Lady, Thomas Tryon) it’s been all Clancy …all the time.

Reality is analog…and so are books. Ok, I’m quite aware that there’s a whole lot of digital stuff going on in the publication of a book these days. There are ebooks…digital. Not for me. The act of holding a bound book in one’s hands, and reading…becoming lost in a world of someone else’s creation is one of the most joyful and fulfilling pursuits I can imagine. (As is learning something from this pleasurable pursuit.) Sharing what you’ve read is right up there too. A lot of people have, apparently, not been happy with TC and Teeth of the Tiger…all I can say is…thibbbbttt…the way I read the last line in the book…there’s more to come…it’s just not all in one 874 page book. Faith, my friends.

Some quotes from The Teeth of the Tiger:

“It isn’t love that makes the world go ’round. It isn’t even money. It’s bullshit.”

Thought of one of the terrorists, “These nations were so weak and foolish regarding their enemies, they showed mercy to those who gave them none in return.”

Terrorist thoughts on crossing the Mexican/American border. “The Americans could be lethally competent in some areas, but utterly infantile in others.”

“The world was not digital, after all–it was an analog reality, always untidy, always with loose ends that could never be tied up neatly like shoelaces, and so it was possible to trip and fall with every incautious step.”

“But all the working men in the country knew in their hearts that somebody, somewhere, really needed to have his ass kicked.” AMEN BROTHER. (my comment 🙂 )

Thanks to my friend for sharing this amazing universe.

And don’t think I missed Dr. Bennett’s America The Last Best Hope lurking there amongst the Clancy.

Love, Mom



  1. You pegged it! To my mind, there’s nothing like a book for pure pleasure and if you learn something, that’s just gravy.

  2. For sure, Miss B! I’ve now moved on to Glenn Beck’s “An Inconvenient Book”…know I’m going to learn a lot there.

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