Monthly Archives: June 2006

Reviews list

This is an index to my various book reviews. Most of the books and stories below are reviewed on my livejournal, but a few are reviewed elsewhere – [W] indicates those reviews to be found on my own website, [SH] … Continue reading

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I’m tougher than you are (possibly)

LIVE TRUMPS 1.1 watch nhw fight CREATE YOUR CARD

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I am in Paris

They just turned on the lights on the Eiffel Tower. Fantastic!

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Bah

Had hoped to go to Macedonia the weekend after next to wander around first world war battlefields, but the organisers of the Vojvodina event I was supposed to go to on the 7th have screwed up, and now it’s on … Continue reading

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LJ Trumps again

Dear heavens, I have 35 children! And I don’t even know them all!

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Latest meme

LIVE TRUMPS nhw Player 205 nhw Social Rating 268 Sophistication 136 Speed 2.44 Honesty 100.00% Ambiguity 42 Depth 5 Parent burkesworks CREATE YOUR CARD I like being less ambiguous but deeper than my parent, .

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Mission to the Unknown/The Dalek Master Plan

This was the longest single plot arc ever in Doctor Who, a twelve-episode story with a one-episode teaser broacast a month before, over the winter of 1965-1966. Like any serious fan of classic Who, I knew the following basic points … Continue reading

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On the Radio Again

If you tune into The World Tonight, on Radio 4 in half an hour (or stream it from the BBC website) there’s a fairly good chance you will hear me. Am setting off for the studio now.

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Feeling rich?

Win a night out with the Doctor Who team! (Paul Cornell explains all.)

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Strange Horizons

Wow, lots of blood spilt over this review, this reaction (supported here, the author himself reacting somewhat more mildly) and the reviewer’s defence. I’m simply baffled by the fuss: I don’t understand how anyone could have taken Morrison’s speculation that … Continue reading

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Dungeon meme

I escaped from the Dungeon of Nhw! I killed Treddytrafalgar the floating eye. I looted a Figurine of Pvaneynd, a Figurine of Sevenorora and 13 gold pieces. Score: 113 Explore the Dungeon of Nhw and try to beat this score,or … Continue reading

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Size matters

How big is the world? (hat-tip )

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People like me

I have a bit of an obsession with people who have certain things in common with me, like my exact date for birth, for instance, or shared interests via livejournal. One sub-set of this obsession is with people who share … Continue reading

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More on Kosturino

For my own reference:

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Tenth Doctor and Mal Reynolds

Compared, rather than contrasted, by . (Hat tip )

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Birthday and crocodile

We celebrated B’s birthday last weekend, and the weather was good enough to celebrate outside: The two big presents were a crocodile-shaped water-sprinkler (of which more below) and some bubble mixture. B being as she is, no actual pictures of … Continue reading

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Who am I?

Corwin describes him as: “swarthly, dark-eyed . . . dressed all in satin that was black and green, wearing a dark three-cornered hat set at a rakish angle, a green plume of feathers trailing down the back.” (Nine Princes in … Continue reading

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The Planet Quinnis, and Doctor Who’s family

Sparked by this evening’s episode and by the following exchange from 1964’s The Edge of Destruction: (Susan points to the scanner where the picture has changed to that of a swampland accompanied by the cries of strange creatures.) Susan : … Continue reading

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2005 Camouflage by Joe Haldeman 2004 Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold 2003 Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon 2002 American Gods by Neil Gaiman 2001 The Quantum Rose by Catherine Asaro 2000 Darwin’s Radio by Greg Bear 1999 Parable … Continue reading

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Lust In Space

This is a very silly 50-minute documentary, made in 1998, starring Nicholas Courtney in the guise of a Time Lord judge trying Doctor Who (the programme, not the character) on charges of sexism. A stupid premise, badly executed. But fun … Continue reading

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The Edge of Destruction

This must be one of the few pre-Davison stories that I had neither seen on TV nor read in novelisation form. It’s a two-parter, from immediately after the first Dalek story, featuring only the four members of the Tardis crew … Continue reading

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June Books 13) The Gardeners of Salonika

13) The Gardeners of Salonika, by Alan Palmer Where Ward Price’s book was a journalistic account written half way through the campaign and subject to a strong propagandistic bias, Palmer wrote this half a century after, in 1965, with access … Continue reading

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Fear Her

I thought that was excellent, in a series where we’ve had several really excellent stories so far. OK, not especially sfnal, more kind of magical, but I thought it dealt with the dysfunctional family setting much more realistically and compassionately … Continue reading

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Hugo winners meme

There’s a meme going round at the moment to list all the Hugo-winning novels you have read. I have, in fact, read all of them, so won’t do it that way. But I will list the ones I have written … Continue reading

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Planning the campaign

A couple more book purchases in the last few days, as part of my insane plan to find the spot where the 6th Royal Dublin Fusiliers held the line between Lake Doiran and Strumica briefly in early December 1915. Ward … Continue reading

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Glorious

, thank you very much indeed for pointing me to http://www.freephotosandvideos.com/ ! See Meat Loaf and Cher, among other glorious musical momens of the eighties. Oh, and 99 Luftballons! And am very intrigued by the video for I’m Gonna Be by … Continue reading

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Rulers

Europe’s longest-serving head of government (as opposed to head of state), Cardinal Sodano of the Vatican, is to retire in September. He had been doing the job of Secretary of State for almost exactly fifteen years, since 28 June 1991, … Continue reading

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Seen in passing

Jenny Turner’s piece on Doctor Who in the London Review of Books. Written partly as a review of Kim Newman’s book. Very interesting. Seen on Language Hat: Dear Abby on what happens when you assume that the foreigners can’t speak … Continue reading

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June Books 12) See Delphi and Die

12) See Delphi and Die, by Lindsey Davis Latest (I think) in Davis’ successful series of novels about Marcus Didius Falco, a private eye in ancient Rome (this book set in 76 AD). Generally good stuff here, as he and … Continue reading

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