Monthly Archives: July 2011

July Books

Non-fiction 3 (YTD 35) Manufacture and Uses of Alloy Steels, by Henry D. Hibbard The Faerie Queene: a selection of critical essays, edited by Peter Bayley Terre des Hommes, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Non-sf 3 (YTD 28) Invisible Man, by … Continue reading

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Northern Ireland council elections 2011, starting analysis

Yeah, I know they happened three months ago; but I have now updated the summary page with full first preference votes, and also projected the local council votes onto the boundaries of each constituency. I had not realised that both … Continue reading

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Delicious LiveJournal Links for 7-31-2011

Android’s Dirty Secret: Shipping Numbers Are Strong But Returns Are 30-40% | TechCrunch "the return rate on some Android devices is between 30 and 40 percent" – I am not at all surprised! (tags: phone) Kafka, by Wodehouse « Elberry's … Continue reading

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July Books 23) A Dance with Dragons, by George R.R. Martin

It is here at last – the fifth volume in Martin’s epic Song of Ice and Fire series, taking the dynastic struggles around the realm of Westeros on, with yet more journeys of destiny, hidden heirs appearing, viewpoint characters meeting … Continue reading

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2011 Hugo Awards: who do voters say they will vote for?

Back in the days when the internet was less than half its present size, ie the mid-noughties, I did an annual survey linking to online reviews of all the Hugo nominees in the written fiction categories (see my efforts for … Continue reading

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July Books 22) Doctor Who: Aliens and Enemies, by Justin Richards

One of the earlier spinoff books from New Who, this pulls together the monsters of the new series and some of the best remembered opponents from Old Who – the Axons, the Zarbi, and many in between including the Rani … Continue reading

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Delicious LiveJournal Links for 7-29-2011

Greater Surbiton | greatersurbiton.wordpress.com | Readability Trouble at the Henry Jackson Society. (tags: politics islam) Fighting Capitalism Through Children: The Story of the Treasure-Seekers | Tor.com "Frankly, my sense is that The Story of the Treasure Seekers may be entirely … Continue reading

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July Books 21) Dead of Winter, by James Goss

A splendidly creepy story of the Doctor, Amy and Rory (set between the wedding and the opening of Season 6) at a Swiss sanatorium in the late 18th century where almost nothing is as it seems. James Goss varies from … Continue reading

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July Books 20) The Lost Road, by J.R.R. Tolkien

Getting to the end of the books about how the Silmarillion was (and wasn’t) written now, this volume includes several interesting insights into how Tolkien’s works reached us. At the core is the rather slim pickings of The Lost Road, … Continue reading

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Under the foreign sky

A former colleague just sent me a link to this Chinese television documentary about him and his parter operating a literary coffee-house in Beijing. A nice story (part of a series about foreigners making their homes and businesses in China … Continue reading

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July Books 19) Revolution Man, by Paul Leonard

Next in the series of BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures; Fitz, Sam and the Doctor find themselves caught up in a peculiar Chinese plot to subvert flower power and Take Overr The Wurld by use of a drug grown only by … Continue reading

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Doctor Who Rewatch: 25

Once again I’m behind with writing these up, mainly because I found some of these stories rather difficult to watch or to care about writing them up once I had watched them. But things had got better by the end. … Continue reading

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Gibbon Chapter LVII: The Turks

Last chapter of the original fifth volume. The Turks emerge from Central Asia, spend some time in India, and then start to conquer the East and advance westwards into Asia Minor. Also my notes on Gibbon’s geography, Anna Comnena, Jerusalem, … Continue reading

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Elections website update

I spent (some of) the day off on Thursday and more time today updating the elections site, which is now up to date for all 18 Northern Ireland constituencies (East Belfast, North Belfast, South Belfast, West Belfast, East Antrim, North … Continue reading

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My Hugo ballot

Consolidated: Best Novel 1) The Dervish House by Ian McDonald2) Cryoburn by Lois McMaster Bujold3) Feed by Mira Grant4) The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin5) No Award6) Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willis Best Novella 1) The Lifecycle of Software … Continue reading

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July Books 18) Agatha Heterodyne and the Guardian Muse, by Phil and Kaja Foglio

I haven’t actually finished this, but I’ve simply lost interest; despite having read the two previous volumes in the series (this is the tenth) I can’t remember why I was supposed to care about any of the characters, and I’m … Continue reading

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Hackgate

Delighted though I am to see the ongoing humiliation of Rupert Murdoch, I fear that the story is not going to end well. There are two big issues: the disgusting journalistic techniques of the tabloid press, and Murdoch’s stifling control … Continue reading

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Delicious LiveJournal Links for 7-23-2011

The Bujold Nexus – A Civil Campaign Companion CONTENTS Editors' Introduction ; References and AbbreviationsPart I: The Major Intertexts – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice – Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre – Georgette Heyer, A Civil Contract – Dorothy L. Sayers, … Continue reading

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Oslo bombing

Good lord.

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Delicious LiveJournal Links for 7-22-2011

Google+: It May Have 10 Million Users, But They're Not Visiting Very Often I must say I've signed up but am barely using it. (tags: internet) An Eye-Opening Adventure in Socialized Medicine | NeuroTribes "Riding the Underground back to Great … Continue reading

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July Books 17) Conundrum, by Steve Lyons

Steve Lyons is always interesting if not always completely successful, and this Seventh Doctor novel is a great idea which is not perfectly executed. The Tardis, with Benny and Ace, lands in an English village where mysterious things are afoot, but … Continue reading

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Alastair Reynolds to write Third Doctor novel

Announcement here.

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EU birth statistics

I extracted these stats from the Eurostat site: (the numbers are births registered in each month of 2009, taken as a percentage of all births in 2009, divided by the number of days in the month) September is just ahead … Continue reading

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Delicious LiveJournal Links for 7-21-2011

The parliamentary fists of the majority – Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News "The Boycott Law is a double-edged sword that threatens to harm Israel’s international standing, and to play into the hands of those criticizing the quality of the … Continue reading

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John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer 2011

The Hugo Voter Package includes five novels and five short stories by this year’s nominees for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. I don’t think I had ever cast a vote for this award before, so I … Continue reading

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End of the line!

Hadzic arrested! (Reuters, BBC, Guardian).

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Delicious LiveJournal Links for 7-20-2011

Out of the blue, into the black — Crooked Timber Labour Party adviser with extreme views on immigration dismissed as "over the top" and "simply not practicable" by leader of hard right Migration Watch thinktank. (tags: ukpolitics humanrights migration)

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July Books 16) The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis

It’s a very long time since last I read this, though I had seen the most recent cinema adaptation – which was more faithful to the book than I remembered, at least as regards the lengthy period of time spent … Continue reading

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July Books 15) The Dalek Book, by David Whitaker and Terry Nation

This book, published in June 1964, actually predates the first Doctor Who annuals and books, so I guess may be the very first Who spinoff literature evar. It is really not bad at all; alternating formats between comic strip and … Continue reading

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