But I wouldn't have Shreddies and tea because they are both brown

posted 05 January 2005
I am currently reading the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, my first non-SF book in quite some time... somebody said the protagonist (who has asperger's syndrome) reminded them of myself, and I have to say with a certain degree of worry that I agree. The world would be so much NICER if it were made up of lists and numbers and people said exactly what they meant.

I also feel compelled to make a list of all the people I know who should read this book in order to have their own behaviour described to them, so that they might understand why other people sometimes find it puzzling or aggravating. And the fact that I feel compelled to make such a list suggests that I should be on the list myself.

Update: This was the first book in a long time that I completed in a single day, and the first in an even longer time that made me cry. Were I not currently stuck in the persona of a 15 year old boy with Asperger's syndrome and no knowledge of idioms, I would refer to it as being a little too close for comfort.