Monthly Archives: December 2010

2010 books poll

Thanks to those who have filled in my unread books poll

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December Books

Non-fiction: 8 (total 74) Tintin and the Secret of Literature, by Thomas McCarthy The I.R.A., by Tim Pat Coogan Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Sex and Science, by Mary Roach I, Who: The Unauthorized Guide to Doctor Who Novels, by Lars … Continue reading

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December Books 23) With the Light… / 光とともに…, vol 3, by Keiko Tobe

Third in the series of graphic novels about a Japanese child with autism by the late Keiko Tobe. I found the first half of the book, where a new special education teacher repeatedly fails to rise to the occasion and … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 31 December

i) births and deaths None. There’s quite enough for today as it is. ii) broadcast anniversary 31 December 1965: broadcast of third episode of The Highlanders. Polly overpowers Ffrench; the Doctor overpowers Perkins; but Ben is thrown into the cold … Continue reading

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Delicious LiveJournal Links for 12-31-2010

Shifting into Fifth | Tor.com | Science fiction and fantasy | Blog posts Pia Guerra thinks that the Fifth Doctor is a Volvo. (tags: doctorwho) MegaTokyo – [579] Seraphim's Live Journal Theater Of course, in the days of Facebook it … Continue reading

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December Books 22: Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold Story of English, by John McWhorter

Shortly before I started bookblogging I read and greatly enjoyed McWhorter’s Power of Babel, a great book about the history of languages. Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue is a much shorter follow-on book (less than 200 pages), looking at grammar rather … Continue reading

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What to read next year?

In the last couple of years I’ve been tremendously helped by the start-of-year poll asking which books from my unread shelf you all have read. I guess my logic for this is that I basically trust the literary judgement of … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 30 December: a wedding, Enemy of the World #2, Three Doctors #1, Power of Kroll #2

i) marriage 30 December 1980: wedding of Tom Baker and Lalla Ward ii) broadcast anniversaries 30 December 1967: broadcast of second episode of The Enemy of the World. Giles Kent asks the Doctor to help him against Salamander. Jamie and … Continue reading

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Delicious LiveJournal Links for 12-30-2010

Born to be an Alien Another in the series of Tor posts about Who, this time about the Fourth Doctor, by an occasional correspondent. (tags: doctorwho) tansyrr.com» Blog Archive » A Modern Woman’s Guide to Classic Who: THE FOURTH DOCTOR … Continue reading

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Unread books from 2006

List of the 54 books I had marked as unread on 31 December 2006, which I did not already own at the end of 2005 (which were accounted for previously), in the order that I read them; with links to … Continue reading

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December Books 21) The Space Opera Renaissance, edited by David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer

Huge anthology (941 pages) of mostly excellent stories, very few of which I had actually read before (Lois McMaster Bujold’s “Weatherman”, Peter F. Hamilton’s “Escape Route” and Allen Steele’s “The Death of Captain Future” – all great stories), tracing the … Continue reading

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Born to be an Alien

My piece about the Fourth Doctor is up on Tor.com!

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December Books 20) Doctor Who Annual 1978

I remember reading this Doctor Who annual first time round, when I was ten; probably 33 years ago this week, in the gap between the broadcasts of the last episode of The Sun Makers and the first episode of Underworld, … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 29 December: Bernard Cribbins, Time Warrior #3, Horns of Nimon #2, Girl in Fireplace

i) births and deaths 29 December 1928: birth of Bernard Cribbins, who played Tom Campbell in Daleks – Invasion Earth 2150 AD (1966) and Wilfred Mott in various Tenth Doctor episodes starting with Voyage of the Damned (2007) and ending … Continue reading

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Delicious LiveJournal Links for 12-29-2010

The Third Doctor | Tor.com | Science fiction and fantasy | Blog posts Paul Cornell's take on the Third Doctor (tags: doctorwho) tansyrr.com» Blog Archive » A Modern Woman’s Guide To Classic Who: THE THIRD DOCTOR YEARS (1970-1974) Tansy's take … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 28 December

i) births and deaths 28 December 1990: death of Edward Brayshaw, who played Léon Colbert in The Reign of Terror (1964) and the War Chief in The War Games (1969). 28 December 1999: death of Donald Cotton, who wrote The … Continue reading

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Delicious LiveJournal Links for 12-28-2010

Obituary: Professor Kevin Boyle Sad news; he was a scholar and a gentleman. (tags: northernireland) The Mystery of the Cosmic Hobo (or, Bow Ties Are Cool!) | Tor.com | Science fiction and fantasy | Blog posts Nick Abadzis' take on … Continue reading

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December Books 19) Scott Pilgrim vs. The Universe (vol. 5) by Bryan Lee O’Malley

Penultimate volume of this tremendously entertaining series. The next two evil ex-boyfriends turn out to be very tall Japanese twin brothers. (They appear on page 11 so this is hardly a spoiler.) But what of Scott’s relationship with Ramona, with … Continue reading

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Do you like Keith Olbermann?

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December Books 18) Fair Play, by Tove Jansson

This is a lovely lovely book about two women who live together yet separately, work separately but together, and discuss (or don’t discuss) the deep and meaningful things of life with each other, and with friends, relatives and strangers, in … Continue reading

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December Books 17) The Space Race, by Deborah Cadbury

I didn’t see the TV series that this book accompanies (a four-part drama-documentary filmed in Romania) but it’s a good read anyway, framing the 1950’s and 1960’s competition between the USA and USSR as essentially a competition between two men, … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 27 December: Noel Johnson, Christopher Benjamin

i) births and deaths 27 December 1916: birth of Noel Johnson who played King Thous in The Underwater Menace (1967) and Sir Charles Grover in Invasion of the Dinosaurs (1974) 27 December 1934: birth of Christopher Benjamin, who played Sir … Continue reading

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Delicious LiveJournal Links for 12-27-2010

The First Doctor of Christmas | Tor.com | Science fiction and fantasy | Blog posts George Mann's take on William Hartnell (tags: doctorwho) Ten Thoughts About Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movies and TV News and … Continue reading

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Gibbon Chapter XXXVIII: France, Spain and Britain

I found this a bit of a washing-up chapter, simply surveying the wreckage of the Roman Empire in its former northwestern extremes.

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The Shakespeare scene from “Time Flies” (1944)

This is a little curio. In the 1944 Tommy Handley film Time Flies, Handley and a couple of New York entertainers played by the wonderful Evelyn Dall and George Moon get zapped back to the Elizabethan era in a time … Continue reading

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December Books 14-16) I, Who; I, Who 2; and I, Who 3, by Lars Pearson

December Books 14) I, Who: The Unauthorized Guide to Doctor Who Novels, by Lars Pearson December Books 15) I, Who 2: The Unauthorized Guide to Doctor Who Novels and Audios, by Lars Pearson December Books 16) I, Who 3: The … Continue reading

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December Books 13) Ōoku: The Inner Chambers vol. 1, by Fumi Yoshinaga

Like a lot of people, I suspect, I was intrigued and surprised when this year's James Tiptree Jr Award was shared between Cloud and Ashes by Greer Gilman (who I once had dinner with in Boston, though she will have … Continue reading

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December Books 12) Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Sex and Science, by Mary Roach

This is a book that I found very difficult to put down once I had unwrapped it yesterday. Mary Roach has written a hilarious account of scientists carrying out research on one of the most fundamental of human activities. It’s … Continue reading

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Whoniversary 26 December

broadcast anniversary 26 December 1964: broadcast of “Flashpoint”, the sixth episode of the story we now call The Dalek Invasion of Earth

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Delicious LiveJournal Links for 12-26-2010

BBC News – A real Good Samaritan A charitable train conductor. "If you feel the need to thank me, the next time you see someone in trouble, you help them out. That will pay me back amply. Tell them to pay … Continue reading

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