Monthly Archives: January 2014

January Books

Non-fiction 4 About Time: The Unauthorized Guide to Doctor Who, 2005-2006; Series 1 & 2, by Tat Wood Amsterdam, by Russell Shorto British Interventions in Early Modern Ireland, eds Ciaran Brady and Jane Ohlmeyer Do Elephants Ever Forget?, by Guy … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 31-01-2014

Devoted to voting Excellent profile of my former intern, Jenny de Nijs. (Though her time with ID has been edited out!)(tags: eu li ) Which is your favourite Hugo-wining novel? Important poll!(tags: sf ) Dr. Seuss Went to War The … Continue reading

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January Books 18) Rivers of London, by Ben Aaronovitch

Views on this book were mixed in my what-to-read-in-2014 poll, but I have to say I rather enjoyed it. Like Paul Cornell's London Falling, which I read this time last year, it has contemporary London police being caught up in … Continue reading

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January Books 17) With The Light vol 6, by Keiko Tobe

It took me ages to track down the sixth volume of this manga series about bringing up an autistic child in contemporary Japan, but it was worth waiting for. Here, Hikaru has started to hit puberty, and has to be … Continue reading

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January Books 16) Grimm Reality, by Simon Bucher-Jones and Kelly Hale

A rather odd Eighth Doctor Adventure, with the Doctor, Fitz and Anji trapped in a fantasy world where fairy-tales (hence the ‘Grimm’ of the title) are more or less true. Some good Anji moments in particular, and a few nice … Continue reading

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Old friends get new jobs

I sent an old friend an email yesterday to ask about a particular policy issue in his country, which I used to follow quite closely but have slightly lost track of recently. He called me back today, saying that he … Continue reading

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The BSFA shortlist, on GoodReads and LibaryThing

As before, I have tabulated how many people list the shortlisted works for the BSFA Award on the two major library sites, Goodreads and LibraryThing, and what average rating the books have been given. Goodreads Librarything number average number average … Continue reading

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Wednesday reading

CurrentDouble Down, by Mark Halperin and John HeilemanJane Austen, by Claire TomalinCrowe’s Requiem, by Mike McCormackThe Big Finish Companion v1, by Richard Dinnick Last books finished[Doctor Who] The Death Put, by A.L. Kennedy[Doctor Who] Pest Control, by Peter AnghelidesThe Rabbi’s … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 29-01-2014

Northern part of Cyprus decriminalises homosexuality Step by step!(tags: sexandgenderandsexuality cyprus ) How did we get the teaching of Irish so wrong? Good question, not really answered.(tags: languages ireland ) All Thi”Quoth” the raven? The heartwarming tale of a defective … Continue reading

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January Books 15) Do Elephants Ever Forget?, by Guy Campbell

A nice little book of scientific trivia for the younger reader, similar to the slightly less genteel Why Is Snot Green? / How Loud Can You Burp? books. No big surprises, though it’s interesting to note that nobody has yet … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 28-01-2014

The Straight Dope: Is the lost city of Atlantis at the bottom of a lake in North Dakota? Er, no.(tags: funny ancientmysteries )

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The Beginning, by Marc Platt

This was the 50th Anniversary release in Big Finish’s Companion Chronicles series – a story told by Carole Ann Ford as Susan, explaining the very first adventure that she and the Doctor had after leaving Gallifrey and landing on Earth. … Continue reading

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January Books 14) British Interventions in Early Modern Ireland, eds Ciaran Brady and Jane Ohlmeyer

A collection of essays published as a Festschrift for Aidan Clarke, mainly concentrating on the first half of the 17th century though with a couple delving back into the Elizabethan period which interests me more. Which is not to say … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 27-01-2014

Bulgaria introduces “preferential voting” This seems to mean “open lists”.(tags: bulgaria elections ) Brussels’ 007 dimension Kristof Clerix reports (thanks, @edwardlucas).(tags: belgium spying ) 13 reasons why I am taking the Daily Mail to the Press Complaints Commission Listing the … Continue reading

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January Books 13) The Saint Zita Society, by Ruth Rendell

I think the only other Rendell I’ve read is Thirteen Steps Down, which has a similar setting in the socially fragmented London of the Noughties; The Saint Zita Society features at its core those who work for the rich in … Continue reading

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Afterlife, by Matt Fitton

An audio that will really appeal to those who are already fans of the Big Finish storyline with Hex, which appeared to have come to an end back in 2012. The first episode is practically a two-hander between Sylvester McCoy … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 26-01-2014

The Brittle Grip, Part 2 Josh Marshall on the wealthy.(tags: uspolitics )

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To a Mouse, on Turning Her Up in Her Nest with the Plough

Wee, sleekit, cow'rin, tim'rous beastie, O, what a panic's in thy breastie!   Thou need na start awa sae hasty     Wi bickering brattle!   I wad be laith to rin an' chase thee,     Wi' murdering pattle. … Continue reading

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January Books 12) Absalom, Absalom!, by William Faulkner

Crumbs. I’ve been trying to read a bit more of the great modernist writers, but I found this really too opaque for my commuting brain; I got that there was a murder and long-lost siblings and racism and slavery and … Continue reading

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January Books 11) Happy Endings, by Paul Cornell + Many Happy Returns (audio)

Occasionally my reading and/or listening schedule generates an interesting pairing, and this is the first such this year: Paul Cornell's 1996 novel featuring the wedding of Bernice Summerfield, and Big Finish's 2012 play (a charity performance for ME research, with … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 25-01-2014

The Myth of the Shrinking EU Press Corps @garethharding looks at the real data.(tags: eu ) What if the annoyances of conference calls happened in real-life meetings. Ow ow ow!!!(tags: video funny ) A Beautiful Bouquet: the Pamirs Peter reports.(tags: … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 24-01-2014

Sea is for Cookie It’s good enough for me.(tags: art ) The Definitive Ranking Of London Tube Lines There is some room for reasonable disagreement, but not about the DLR.(tags: london travel ) Report: Most Americans Can’t Even Name Their … Continue reading

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January Books 9/10) Walk to the End of the World / Motherlines by Suzy McKee Charnas

This is part of my reading of past winners of the Tiptree (and Clarke and BSFA) Award; I must say I had not heard of either book other than in this context; I was pleasantly surprised. Walk to the End … Continue reading

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The Kitschies’ shortlists, on Goodreads and LibraryThing

Hooray! The first of the sf award shortlists of this year are out, the pleasingly eclectic Kitschies, which celebrate “progressive, intelligent and entertaining books that contain elements of the speculative or fantastic”. This also means I can do my first … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 23-01-2014

What Grantland Got Wrong A closer examination of Grantland’s mistakes on trans issues.(tags: sexandgenderandsexuality ) The Dr. V Story: A Letter From the Editor Grantland apologises for its appalling treatment of a trans inventor, who then committed suicide.(tags: sexandgenderandsexuality ) … Continue reading

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Wednesday reading

CurrentBritish Interventions in Early Modern Ireland, eds Ciaran Brady and Jane OhlmeyerDo Elephants Ever Forget?, by Guy CampbellWith The Light vol 6, by Keiko Tobe[Doctor Who] Grimm Reality by Simon Bucher-Jones and Kelly HaleThe Big Finish Companion v1, by Richard … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 22-01-2014

What Makes Jo Walton So Great Hear, hear!(tags: sf )

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January Books 8) Raising Steam, by Terry Pratchett

Back in November, the day after Doctor Who's 50th birthday, a lot of people were pointing out that it was the 30th anniversary of the publication of The Colour of Magic, on 24 November 1983. As I've been noting elsewhere, … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 21-01-2014

Tom Baker interviews released on his 80th birthday “I’m Doctor Who again, you know, so my happiness is restored!”(tags: doctor who doctor who: 04 ) Agreement reached between Olli Rehn and Guy Verhofstadt European Liberals sort out their candidates.(For good … Continue reading

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Ghost in the Machine, by Jonathan Morris

Continuing my intention of blogging Big Finish audios as I listen to them: this is a story with Katy Manning doing Jo Grant, investigating a dangerous entity which exists only as sounds. This is a classic audio story set-up and … Continue reading

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