Monthly Archives: May 2009

Books acquired in May

METAtropolis by John Scalzi (2009)The Lady and the Unicorn by Tracy Chevalier (2004) A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen (1992) Flora Segunda: Being the Magickal Mishaps of a Girl of Spirit, Her Glass-Gazing Sidekick, Two Ominous Butlers (One Blue), a House with … Continue reading

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May Books

Non-fiction: 10 (YTD 36)          Shakespeare: 4 (YTD 18)    Fiction (non-sf): 6 (YTD 22)      SF (non-Who, including Apuleius): 9 (YTD 36)         Who: 2 (YTD 14)  Comics: 2 (YTD 6)  11 (YTD 28/132) by women (Nafisi, Tocci, Mendlesohn, David, Oswald, 3x Wilson, Jenkins, Spencer, Rowling) 2 … Continue reading

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May Books 33) Jewel, by Beverly Jenkins

Browsing through LibraryThing one day, I noted that Beverly Jenkins, of whom I had not heard, was one of the highest rated authors by the owners of her books – not many, but enough to reassure me that this was … Continue reading

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May Books 32) Elric, by Michael Moorcock

I’ve read a certain amount of Michael Moorcock, but until now no Elric, so have filled that gap in my knowledge of sff classics. This is the Fantasy Masterworks edition which brings together The Stealer of Souls and Stormbringer, which … Continue reading

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The BBC’s Lord of the Rings

Over the last few weeks I’ve been listening to the BBC’s 1981 audio version of The Lord of the Rings, having run out of Who audios to listen to. It is very very good, and I strongly recommend it. Ian … Continue reading

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K9 and Company

Long, long before Torchwood or the Sarah Jane Adventures, the BBC made a pilot for a possible spinoff series, K9 and Company, which lasted for precisely one 50-minute episode in December 1981. The novelisation, by Terence Dudley who also wrote … Continue reading

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Linkspam for 31-5-2009

ukpollingreport.co.uk » Northern Ireland European Best guide so far to NI European election – look esp at comment from Sammy Morse! (tags: northernireland) Asking the Wrong Questions: The 2009 Hugo Awards: The Novella Shortlist Abigail looks at the nominees (tags: … Continue reading

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Turn Left

This is the second of last year’s Who stories to make the Hugo shortlist (the other being Silence in the Library / Forest of the Dead). I wasn’t overwhelmed with it myself on first watching, but liked it a bit … Continue reading

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Euro-elections 2009

Well, I’ve done the page for next week’s elections on my website. This is probably the most interesting European election in Northern Ireland since 1979 (though that is not saying much). Given the strength of their respective parties in recent … Continue reading

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Linkspam for 30-5-2009

EU Leadership or Losership? | Oxfam International Oxfam on the EU and climate change (tags: eu climatechange)

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May Books 30) The Stories of Elizabeth Spencer

Short stories mostly set in twentieth-century Mississippi but some also in Rome. Didn’t grab me and I stopped reading at the half-way mark.

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Kindly

Triggered by a business email I just sent and by various musings on my f-list: I really hate people signing off emails or messages “With kind regards”. It’s not up to me to describe myself as being kind, it’s up … Continue reading

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I am grateful to the Conservative Group for Europe…

…for putting into my office letterbox their well-argued briefings on why Tory MEPs should continue to sit with the EPP. I’m not sure if this was specifically because I have blogged on the topic or if it was a general … Continue reading

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Midnight

We rewatched Midnight last night. I wrote previously that I couldn’t understand why this story didn’t get a Hugo nomination this year; I am still baffled. I think it’s the best episode of the season, and certainly the best ever … Continue reading

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Audible.com / METAtropolis

Browsing through the Hugo shortlists, I discovered that one of the Best Dramatic Presentation – Long Form nominees is an audiobook anthology with stories by Jay Lake, Tobias Buckell, Elizabeth Bear, John Scalzi, and Karl Schroeder, edited by Scalzi. Since … Continue reading

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Hugo Awards for Best Non-Fiction / Best Related Book

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Linkspam for 29-5-2009

A lecture about orgasms Exactly as described. Warning – includes pig insemination. (tags: sex) YouTube – Girls Rock A Giant Piano Bach's Tocata and Fugue – can't quite believe this is real (tags: youtube) Former Libertas Director Switches Sides on … Continue reading

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May Books 29) The Two Noble Kinsmen, by William Shakespeare and John Fletcher

The two noble kinsmen of the title are Palamon and Arcite, kin of the ruler of Thebes, taken as prisoners of war to Athens where they both fall in love with the Duke’s sister. Arcite is paroled, Palamon escapes, and … Continue reading

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Linkspam for 28-5-2009

Karabakh: is war inevitable? | open Democracy News Analysis A good question (asked by a good friend) (tags: caucasus) Avuncular American: Europe’s Multiplicity of Messengers The real problem with writing about the EU: it’s not very interesting. (tags: eu) Cameron … Continue reading

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May Books 28) Blue Like Jazz, by Donald Miller

I got this book because LibraryThing predicted I would not like it. Earlier this year I ran all the books I had read that month through the LibraryThing “unsuggester” and this and one other book (to be revealed in due … Continue reading

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Silence in the Library / Forest of the Dead

Last year I wrote up the first half of Series Four of New Who, but never got around to doing the rest. We’ve been re-watching them over the last few days, and now have reached the first of the two … Continue reading

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Linkspam for 27-5-2009

Jon Worth Some wacky ways to improve the EU I completely agree with #2, #7, #8, #9, #10 and particularly #11. Mildly in favour of #3 and #4 (#4 sort of happens anyway). Neutral on #1 and #6. Only bad … Continue reading

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Linkspam for 26-5-2009

Blair is the natural successor of A[t]tlee New Labour’s centralising instincts are not new (tags: ukpolitics) Carne Ross: The New Power Dispensation at the UN Security Council China’s increasing influence (tags: carneross china burma) Obama Urged to End "Silliness" over … Continue reading

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May Books 27) Sands of Time, by Justin Richards

All Doctor Who books should be like this. This is pretty much the perfect Fifth Doctor novel. Two of my favourite Big Finish audios are The Reaping, bringing Peter Davison and Janet Fielding together again, and The Bride of Peladon, … Continue reading

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Lying eurosceptics

Someone asked me recently about the claims made by "No2EU – Yes to Democracy", a eurosceptic group (supported by the RMT, one of the larger British trade unions) running in the coming European elections. I had a look at the … Continue reading

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May Books 25-26) The Golden Ass, by Apuleius (and Milo Manara’s version)

I knew nothing about this book other than that it was very popular among the dead people whose libraries are catalogued on LibraryThing (including C.S. Lewis, Lawrence Durrell, T. E. Lawrence, William Faulkner, W.B. Yeats, Robert E. Howard, and Danilo … Continue reading

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May Books 24) Bard IV: Ravens Gathering, by Keith Taylor

I forced myself to read twenty pages of this horrendous mish-mash of Celtic, Viking and Arthurian myth, in which all characters speak the fantasy novel dialect of English yet none of them does anything interesting, and then I gave up.

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May Books 23) Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded, by John Scalzi

This is a compilation of Scalzi’s writing from his blog, essentially a set of rants and thought pieces on various subjects. I only became aware of his blog when I featured on it myself, but his writing is entertaining (more … Continue reading

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May Books 22) EU Accession Dynamics and Conflict Resolution, by Nathalie Tocci

The title of this book sounds rather general, but it has a much more specific subtitle: “Catalysing Peace or Consolidating Partition in Cyprus?” The second of those options, at least from the perspective of late 2004 when the book was … Continue reading

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May Books 21) Fall Out, by Alan Stevens and Fiona Moore

I knew the names of Alan Stevens and Fiona Moore from their excellent essays on Doctor Who, so I hoped very much that this book, subtitled “the Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to The Prisoner“, would be up to the same … Continue reading

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