Monthly Archives: February 2009

Books acquired in February

Tolkien: The Illustrated Encyclopaedia by David Day (2003) Galactic North by Alastair Reynolds (2007) Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri (2007) Presentations by Daria Price Bowman (1998) Ages in Chaos: James Hutton and the Discovery of Deep Time by Stephen Baxter (2006)Oliver Twist by … Continue reading

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February’s books

Non-fiction: 12 (YTD 16) Shakespeare: 3 (YTD 7) Fiction (non-sf): 2 (YTD 6) SF (non-Who, but including Homer): 6 (YTD 12) Who: 7 (YTD 8) Comics: 1 (YTD 2) 7/31 by women (Ker Conway, Bryant, Augestad Knudsen, Austen, Rowling, Llewellyn, … Continue reading

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February Books 31) Only Human, by Gareth Roberts

This is surely one of the best New Series Adventures, and one of the better Who novels in general. It is largely set in Bromley, which may not sound like a promising start, but this becomes the jumping off point … Continue reading

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Boekenfestijn

Strongly recommend, if you have the time and patience, the Boekenfestijn currently in the Brabanthal near Leuven. Young F and I spent the morning there, and came away laden with cut-price goodies – not just books, but games and craft … Continue reading

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February Books 30) Shambling Towards Hiroshima, by James Morrow

Morrow had a launch party for this book at Boskone, complete with giveaway toy fire-breathing lizards, so I acquired a copy; and great fun it is, too. I’m not a big expert on either 1940s Hollywood (as recently demonstrated) or … Continue reading

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February Books 29) H.P. Lovecraft’s The Haunter of the Dark, by John Coulthart

In H.P. Lovecraft’s The Haunter of the Dark, and other Grotesque Visions, John Coulthart provides us with lavishly and horribly illustrated retellings of both “The Haunter of the Dark” and “The Call of Cthulhu”, along with pictorial meditations on the … Continue reading

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Historical trivia

Benjamin Franklin established the first overseas mission of the United States in 1779, in Paris. The first ever US embassy was opened by John Adams in The Hague in 1782. The first ever US consulate was opened in Liverpool in … Continue reading

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Oscars meme

I have seen very few films. Thanks to ‘s research, these are all the films ever nominated for Oscars. I have seen 65 of them. I bet you have seen more. 1920s 1927-1928: Wings; The Racket; Seventh Heaven 1928-1929: The … Continue reading

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Destroyer of Delights thought

Fifth Doctor v Black Guardian Stephen Daker v Bob Buzzard Just waiting for the High Priest Soldeed to appear… (NB Ciara Janson was born between the two series of A Very Peculiar Practice.)

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Shakespeare: Third Quarter

This was a very good run of plays. Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, Othello and most of all Hamlet are all brilliant plays. There is a certain cruelty to the comedy in both The Merry Wives of … Continue reading

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Ulster etymology

An interesting question raised in my mind by Morgan Llewellyn’s Red Branch: what is the origin of the name Ulster? She has a throwaway reference to the Ulaid being named for the wool they produced – this would link the … Continue reading

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February Books 28) Red Branch, by Morgan Llewellyn

A fairly hefty (550 pages) reworking of the Cuchulain legends I think I still like ‘s The Prize in the Game more, but this is a decently told tale, with due respect given to the facts of geography and the … Continue reading

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February Books 27) The Stand, by Stephen King

Stephen King may not be the best remedy for insomnia… I think the only one of his novels I had previously read was Hearts in Atlantis, which I very much enjoyed. The Stand drew me in but I am not … Continue reading

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Writers retort

George R.R. Martin, with support from John Scalzi and Charles Stross, on the reasons why the next Song of Ice and Fire volume is late and how the fans are Not Being Helpful. I’ve been rather appalled by some of … Continue reading

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BF update

The Haunting of Thomas Brewster introduces the eponymous Brewster, played by John Pickard who I understand is a soap star, as a new companion to the Fifth Doctor. The story ambitiously portrays a mid-Victorian milieu, and the script conveys the … Continue reading

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February Books 26) Othello, by William Shakespeare

Othello popped up on my friends list twice today, just saw the RSC production and someone else in a locked post saw the Northern Broadsides version with Lenny Henry. I have just finished the Arkangel version (travelling last week in … Continue reading

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Winters Tale follow-up

Review in NYT.

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University Challenge

Good heavens, that was exciting!

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The Winter’s Tale

After Boskone last weekend I spent Monday and Tuesday in DC, and Wednesday and Thursday in NY (and took Friday off for a personal project which I shall describe in due course). I was too occupied with work and sleep … Continue reading

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February Books 25) Kosovo: What Everyone Needs To Know, by Tim Judah

In this short book, Economist correspondent Tim Judah has simply put down on paper the basics about Kosovo, up to the declaration of independence about a year ago. I know the author well and I know the subject well, so … Continue reading

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February Books 24) Rocks of Ages, by Stephen Jay Gould

In Rocks of Ages: Science and Religion in the Fullness of Life, Gould makes a strong and eloquent case that science and religion can and do normally get on just fine; that despite the extremes of creationists on the one … Continue reading

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February Books 23) The Odyssey, by Homer

This is the translation of The Odyssey by T.E. Lawrence. The narrative is, of course, very dense, as you would expect from transposing epic poetry into prose, and I rather felt that I should read it again some time over … Continue reading

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February Books 22) Short Trips [8]: Repercussions, edited by Gary Russell

I got this collection mainly because it had the only Erimem story I had not otherwise read or listened to – “The Gangster’s Story”, by Jon de Burgh Miller. I was not bowled over by it, or indeed by many … Continue reading

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Why we immunize

here.

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NVU/Kompozer

Does anyone have a suggestion for decent webwriting software? I used to use NVU and then Kompozer but am getting annoyed with them both.

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Transferable skills

Ramush Haradinaj to mediate in Ugandan conflict?

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February Books 21) Write It When I’m Gone, by Thomas M. DeFrank

In Write It When I’m Gone, DeFrank chronicles three decades of interviews with Gerald Ford, from his appointment as Vice-President in late 1973 to a final conversation in late 2006. For most of that time, Ford was old news; he … Continue reading

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Doctor Who – The Stage Plays

I am on the road this week, and have been listening inter alia to Big Finish’s recent production of three Doctor Who plays originally written for the stage. Seven Keys to Doomsday, by Terrance Dicks, has the Doctor acquiring two … Continue reading

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February Books 20) Doctor Who: The Ghosts of N-Space, by Barry Letts

I was moderately impressed by the audio original version of this story, but I really liked the book. It is a real shame that Barry Letts has written so few Who novels; his Doctor Who and the Dæmons is one … Continue reading

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Small world

It’s rather weird to hear from one of my former interns that her husband has just been made Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Defense at the Pentagon.

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