Monthly Archives: February 2014

February books

Non-fiction 5 (YTD 9)Double Down, by Mark Halperin and John HeilemanJane Austen, by Claire TomalinScience Fiction: The 101 Best Novels, by Damien Broderick and Paul di FilippoThe Kindness of Strangers, by Kate AdieThe Unfolding Of Language, by Guy Deutscher     Fiction … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 28-02-2014

Сьогоднішнє – Національний склад Сімферополя + району у 2001 р Russians and Tatars in Crimea.(tags: ukraine ) Statue of Hungarian war leader forces Jews to live in the dark shadow of history The return of Admiral Horthy.(tags: hungary ) Merkel … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 27-02-2014

The audacious rescue plan that might have saved space shuttle Columbia Extraordinary.(tags: space ) Lovecraft’s hand-written Mountains of Madness sketch “Tekeli-li! Tekeli-li!”(tags: sf ) The $20 Million Case for Morocco The Kingdom’s costly Washington outreach.(tags: westernsahara )

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Nebula short list: GoodReads/LibraryThing stats

The last time there were eight novels on the final ballot was in 2001, when the award was won by The Quantum Rose (Of which I am not a fan). Goodreads Librarything number average number average The Ocean at the … Continue reading

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Wednesday reading

Current Dominion, by C.J. Sansom Ancillary Justice, by Anne Leckie The Other Hand (aka Little Bee), by Chris Cleave The Big Finish Companion v1, by Richard Dinnick Last books finished The Adjacent, by Christopher Priest The Unfolding Of Language, by … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 26-02-2014

As Scotland Mulls Independence, A Stupid London Plays It Dirty Forbes Magazine on London’s overreach.(tags: scotland ) A moving account of an adoptee identifying his birth mother… …and finding that she had recently died.(tags: ) Atos crisis: Fit-to-work checks shelved … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 25-02-2014

Samuel Anderson joins Who series 8 (tags: doctorwho ) Why Apple’s Huge Security Flaw Is So Scary *gulp*(tags: security ) 26 things found in Yanukovych’s compound that make him look even worse Abandoned in place.(tags: ukraine ) Romania and Bulgaria … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 24-02-2014

The Islands of Chaldea by Diana Wynne Jones and Ursula Jones DWJ’s posthumous novel.(tags: sf ) Haunting Photos of the Abandoned 1984 Winter Olympics Facilities 30 years on…(tags: bosnia photos ) 25 Things You Didn’t Know About Belgium I did … Continue reading

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February Books 9) Evening’s Empires, by Paul McAuley

Second of the BSFA nominees for me; I loved the way it started, with an asteroid escape similar to that of Adam Roberts’ Jack Glass last year (though with less sex and violence); it’s apparently the fourth of a series, … Continue reading

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Luna Romana, by Matt Fitton

The third of the Companion Chronicle plays featuring Terry Molloy as lost Time Lord Quadrigger Stoyn, this time with two Romanas – Lalla Ward once again reprising her TV role, and Juliet Landau, who we remember well as Drusilla from … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 23-02-2014

Mystery Voynich manuscript gets preliminary alphabet Very interesting!!!!(tags: languages ) The full Voynich Manuscript paper (62 pages, 2.6 MB, PDF)(tags: languages ) Doctor Who Minisode – Rain Gods (by Neil Gaiman) Featuring Matt Smith and Alex Kingston.(tags: doctorwho ) Doctor … Continue reading

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February Books 8) The Shining, by Stephen King

I’ve only read two other Stephen King books, Hearts in Atlantis, which I very much enjoyed, and The Stand, which though deeply flawed is King’s most popular book on LibraryThing (interestingly, The Shining is far ahead on GoodReads). I was, … Continue reading

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February Books 7) GodEngine, by Craig Hinton

A really enjoyable Seventh Doctor story, as the Doctor, Chris and Ros appear on twenty-second century Mars in the midst of the Dalek Invasion of Earth, with the politics of Ice Warrior appropriation of left-behind Osirian technology putting all at … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 22-02-2014

Testing firm Atos wants to quit £500 million government contract EARLY Even @ATOS doesn’t believe in its own tests any more.(tags: ukpolitics disability ) Georgia: Trying to Contain Drivers’ Inner Mad Max Locating the brake pedal!(tags: georgia ) The Hitlers … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 21-02-2014

Sherlock and the European catastrophe @HugoBrady looks ahead to 2017. @CER_London(tags: eu ukpolitics ) Global warming: Old Arctic ice is melting away. *gulp*(tags: climatechange )

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Wednesday reading

CurrentDominion, by C.J. SansomThe Adjacent, by Christopher PriestThe Big Finish Companion v1, by Richard Dinnick Last books finishedEmpire of the Sun, by J.G. Ballard[Doctor Who] The Adventuress of Henrietta Street, by Lawrence Miles[Doctor Who] The Forever Trap, by Dan Abnett[Doctor … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 19-02-2014

Suzanne Vega’s lyrical New York In case you wondered where Tom’s Diner was.(tags: music maps ) “Don’t Buy Shirts in Herat”: the Lost World of the Hippie Trail Alas, I am about eight years too young for this.(tags: maps Afghanistan … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 18-02-2014

Vivienne Faull: a pioneer tipped to be the first female bishop Go, Viv, go!(tags: religion ) In Kansas, Right Joins Left to Halt Bill on Gays Hooray!(tags: uspolitics sexandgenderandsexuality ) The Wakhan Valley and Eastern Pamir Peter in Central Asia.(tags: … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 17-02-2014

Mary Beard · The Public Voice of Women μῦθος δ’ ἄνδρεσσι μελήσει / πᾶσι, μάλιστα δ’ ἐμοί: τοῦ γὰρ κράτος ἔστ’ ἐνὶ οἴκῳ.(tags: sexandgenderandsexuality ) York man refused benefits due to new immigration rules Punishing migration – fighting the poor … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 15-02-2014

Peter Schmies’s Vocabulary Test I got 182/200. What about you?(tags: english words ) Five frontrunners to be the Church of England’s first female bishop Go, Viv, go!!!(tags: religion sexandgenderandsexuality ) The map of Ganymede Cool!(tags: astronomy ) Global warming ‘pause’ … Continue reading

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The Dying Light, by Nick Wallace

Next in the series of Big Finish audios featuring Quadrigger Stoyn, accidentally removed from Gallifrey with the Tardis by the First Doctor and here encountering the Second Doctor and Zoe. Unfortunately a story that didn’t quite fulfill its promise – … Continue reading

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February Books 6) Jane Austen, by Claire Tomalin

My cold/flu bug was more or less under control for most of this week, but this morning I couldn’t get out of bed – or rather, I tried and then subsided back into it again, emerging briefly in the early … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 14-02-2014

Currency Reflections: The Legal Issues My old friend Christine Bell enters the debate.(tags: scotland ) New Kid on the Block The European Endowment for Democracy(tags: eu democratization ) 5 ‘Doctor Who’ companions who left for love From Susan to Amy.(tags: … Continue reading

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February Books 5) Science Fiction: The 101 Best Novels, by Damien Broderick and Paul di Filippo

I bought this at Philcon in 2012, really because it was there; I’m not sure that it quite worked for me. For each book, the co-authors give a blurb of two pages or so explaining why it is good and … Continue reading

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February Books 4) Speed of Flight, by Paul Leonard

It’s fairly obvious by now that I am not a huge Third Doctor fan, and still less a fan of the character Mike Yates. Yet here we have something rather good: just before The Green Death, the Doctor takes Jo … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 13-02-2014

Parliament to sanction nine MEPs over Azeri mission Good.(tags: eu azerbaijan ) New connected car standards put Europe into top gear Safer roads are coming.(tags: eu technology ) Europe map quiz Not too difficult!(tags: maps eu )

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Wednesday reading

CurrentThe Snowman, by Jo NesbøEmpire of the Sun, by J.G. Ballard[Doctor Who] The Adventuress of Henrietta Street, by Lawrence Miles[Doctor Who] The Forever Trap, by Dan AbnettThe Big Finish Companion v1, by Richard Dinnick Last books finishedGod’s War, by Kameron … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 12-02-2014

Outdated, outmoded and increasingly inaccurate: is it time to say goodbye to “Miss”? Sense from @RTaylor_MEP.(tags: sexandgenderandsexuality ) WH Auden advised Tolkien to drop romance Wanted Aragorn/Arwen taken out!(tags: sf Tolkien ) Agloe, the Paper Town Stronger than Fiction Made … Continue reading

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Antidote to Oblivion, by Philip Martin

Like a lot of people I have mixed feelings about Colin Baker's time as Doctor Who. But unlike a lot of people, I rate Mindwarp, with the return of the horrific Sil, and the brutal end (or is it?) to … Continue reading

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February Books 3) God’s War, by Kameron Hurley

I still feel like I’m coughing my lungs out, but I struggled into work both yesterday and today, so I guess I am well enough to start catching up on book-blogging… Anyway, God’s War is the first of this year’s … Continue reading

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