Monthly Archives: April 2008

April Books 35-40) Six Jamie / Zoe novelisations

I’d already read probably the best Jamie / Zoe novel, Doctor Who – The Invasion, by Ian Marter, and also the worst, Doctor Who and the Dominators, also oddly enough by Ian Marter. Four of the other six are fairly … Continue reading

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Half a dozen classic Who stories

Just because I’m reading the novels doesn’t mean I am neglecting my duties to the original classic television series (though I imagine I will finish the novels first). But I realise I’ve fallen behind a bit in recording my reactions … Continue reading

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Dublin Review of Books

Jeff Dudgeon alerts me to the Dublin Review of Books, “a free quarterly online journal whose main object is the publication of clear and thoughtful analysis based on recently published books”. Various articles to browse through at my leisure, many … Continue reading

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April Books 33-34) Two biographies of Tolkien

33) J. R. R. Tolkien: a biography, by Humphrey Carpenter My bookblogging has been in part inspired by my father, who logged every book he read from his late teens until his death in 1990 in a series of small … Continue reading

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AKICILJ – Wii Fit

What is the basic equipment you would need to invest in to enjoy the benefits of Wii Fitness?

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Nebula Awards

For those who haven’t seen but care (and if you are in that category, you should really be reading which is where I got this from): Best Novel: The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, by Michael Chabon (born 1963; first Nebula or … Continue reading

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April Books 32) The Cornelius Quartet

32) The Cornelius Quartet: The Final Programme , A Cure for Cancer, The English Assassin, The Condition of Muzak, by Michael Moorcock Another classic of speculative fiction, which I have now read: the complex tales of Jerry Cornelius, his family, … Continue reading

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Birthday post

I’ve celebrated my birthday on livejournal in past years by googling up relevant links to my date of birth. This year, WikiPedia has become so dominant that I can assemble an impressive bunch of dates just from that source alone. … Continue reading

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April Books 27-31) Five Jamie and Victoria novelisations

These five Who books are all from 1967-68 stories, but from different ends of the chronology of publication. The first of these was in fact the very last of the official novelisations produced by Target/Virgin, in 1993; the other four … Continue reading

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Puzzled

Having very much enjoyed the first three volumes of Brian Michael Bendis’ Alias series (1, 2, 3), I now discover that if I want to buy the fourth and last volume I will have to pay roughly twice what I … Continue reading

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April Books 22-26) The Ben/Polly/Jamie novelisations

Five novelisations of Second Doctor stories, all originally broadcast in 1967. None of them specially good, and a couple which are pretty dire, but all very quick reading for my commute. 22) Doctor Who – The Highlanders, by Gerry Davis … Continue reading

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University Challenge reaction

If it’s OK for Salisbury Cathedral to put members of the congregation on their team, would it have been OK for the Ministry of Justice to put prisoners on theirs? (Not that they needed it.)

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Another one bites the dust

The sole elected representative of the Newtownabbey Ratepayers Association, Billy Webb, has announced that he is joining the Alliance Party. Given that the press officer listed on the Association’s website, former councillor John Blair, has also (re)joined Alliance, I reckon … Continue reading

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My sensitive soul is reassured

Thank you all, you lovely people! The source of my dismay is here

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Reassure my sensitive soul

Is this review “extraordinarily peevish”?

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April Books 21) Understanding English Place-Names

21) Understanding English Place-Names, by (Sir) William Addison Picked this somewhat randomly off the shelves this morning. It does exactly what it says on the tin, breaking England down into regions and looking at the place names as a whole … Continue reading

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April Books 20) Doctor Who – The Power of the Daleks

20) Doctor Who – The Power of the Daleks, by John Peel John Peel continues his run of excellent Who books with this, the first story of Patrick Troughton’s incarnation of Doctor Who. It is a favourite of mine anyway … Continue reading

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April Books 19) True History of the Kelly Gang

19) True History of the Kelly Gang, by Peter Carey This was recommended to me by someone about six months ago, I think after I was a bit unimpressed by the same author’s Oscar and Lucinda. It really grabbed me; … Continue reading

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April Books 17-18) The Last First Doctor Novelisations

And so I reach the end of the first phase of this insane project, the last two novelisations featuring William Hartnell’s incarnation of the Doctor. 17) Doctor Who – The Smugglers, by Terrance Dicks A fairly standard Dicks treatment of … Continue reading

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April Books 16) The Great War: Breakthroughs

16) The Great War: Breakthroughs, by Harry Turtledove I got this somewhat randomly several years back in preparation for the WorldCon panel I chaired with Turtledove as one of the participants. I didn’t manage to read it then, though; bounced … Continue reading

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April Books 13-15) Three more First Doctor novelisations

Three good ones this time, though whether they represent two or three broadcast stories is a matter of opinion! 13) Doctor Who – The Myth Makers, by Donald Cotton Once again, Cotton produces a memorable Who novel through a first … Continue reading

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April Books 12) A History of Africa

12) A History of Africa, by J.D. Fage Since I changed jobs at the start of last year I’ve been working with two African groups, the Polisario Front of Western Sahara and the government of Somaliland. Part of my motivation … Continue reading

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Poll analysis

Well, thanks to everyone who ticked boxes in yesterday’s poll. I found the results interesting. First off, if you can read this, you probably also have Greek, Cyrillic, and Hebrew characters installed. Probably also Arabic, but I somehow screwed up … Continue reading

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It’s a while since I’ve done one of these…

How international is your font library?

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Becoming Belgian

We’ve spent the morning at the town hall, applying for Belgian citizenship. If you’ve lived here continuously for seven years (and we’ve been here for over nine) it’s pretty much automatic; you just need to get your birth certificate officially … Continue reading

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April Books 9-11) Three more Who novelisations

Three more books in my ongoing project, based on the last few stories of the 1964-65 season. 9) Doctor Who – The Space Museum, by Glyn Jones The only one of these three to have been written up by the … Continue reading

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April Books 8) The Last Colony

8) The Last Colony, by John Scalzi So, I’ve now finished all the novels on the Hugo shortlist, and can get started on the short fiction. Some of you will remember my exchanges with Scalzi on the first book in … Continue reading

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Six months on

It is six months today since B moved out; we were told yesterday that she is now at the point where they will move her from her current accommodation, an hour’s drive from us near the Dutch border, to the … Continue reading

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April Books 7) Rollback

7) Rollback, by Robert J. Sawyer Sawyer’s continuing presence on award shortlists is a mystery to me. His Hominids is possibly the worst book ever to win the Hugo (and yes, I have read They’d Rather Be Right

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April Books 6) Saturnalia

6) Saturnalia, by Lindsey Davis Latest in this run of detective novels set during the reign of the emperor Vespasian. After a couple of less impressive efforts in recent years, Davis seems to be firmly back on form: this is … Continue reading

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