One of my favorite books from my geeky youth was Have Space Suit,
Will Travel by Robert A. Heinlein. Here's how it begins:
You see, I had this space suit.
How it happened was this way:
"Dad," I said, "I want to go to the Moon."
"Certainly," he answered and looked back at his book. It was Jerome K.
Jerome's Three Men in a Boat, which he must know by heart.
I said, "Dad, please! I'm serious."
This time he closed the book on a finger and said gently, "I said it was
all right. Go ahead."
"Yes … but how?"
"Eh?" He looked mildly surprised. "Why, that's your problem, Clifford."
A little later:
"There must be a number of ways to get to the
Moon, son. Better check 'em all. Reminds me of this passage I'm reading.
They're trying to open a tin of pineapple and Harris has left the can
opener back in London. They try several ways." He started to read aloud
and I sneaked out--I had heard that passage five hundred times. Well,
Such was my love for Have Space Suit, Will Travel
that when I
found out that Three Men in a Boat
was an actual book, I decided
to read it. And I did, back in 2003. But it was marketed as part of a
package with this
book, its sequel, and now I've finally got
around to reading it, and …
Well that's not a very interesting story, is it? Guess what. This isn't
that interesting a book either. It may have wowed the Brits back at the
crack of the 20th century, but I think you had to be there. The plot
revolves around three very British gentlemen resolving to tour Germany
on bicycle. The text is very discursive, with pages-long diversions into
topics that have little if any modern relevance.
But you might like it! You can check it out for free at Project Gutenberg.