Monthly Archives: April 2014

April Books

Non-fiction 6 (YTD 19) Adventures with the Wife in Space, by Neil Perryman Anglicising the Government of Ireland, by Jon Crawford Understanding the Lord of the Rings, eds. Rose A. Zimbardo & Neil D. Isaacs Homage to Catalonia, by George … Continue reading

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Wednesday reading

Current 10 Billion Days & 100 Billion Nights, by Ryu Mitsuse The Empress of Mars, by Kage Baker Neptune’s Brood, by Charles Stross Last books finished The Ocean At The End Of The Lane, by Neil Gaiman Cheese, by Willem … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 30-04-2014

Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan Speculate Their Characters’ Futures 25 Years after ‘When Harry Met Sally’ 25 years? I feel old!(tags: films ) Quite Interesting Numbers from #EUdebate2014 Go Jenny!(tags: eu ) Travellers to Bukhara Go Peter!(tags: uzbekistan ) If … Continue reading

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April Books 7) Adventures with the Wife in Space, by Neil Perryman

One never knows, with a book based on a blog, if it’s going to be just a recycling of the best pieces, perhaps augmented a little, or something a bit different. This is something a bit different. As many fans … Continue reading

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April Books 6) Hope, by Mark Clapham

Fairly standard Eighth Doctor story, with the Doctor unravelling a local political intrigue as the price of regaining the Tardis, mislaid as so often. There is a very nice Anji subplot exploring her relationship with poor Dave who was killed … Continue reading

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April Books 5) Inverted World, by Christopher Priest

I had of course read this many many years ago; it won the BSFA Award in 1974 and got a Hugo nomination (beaten by The Dispossessed, which is fair enough). I liked it back then, and I liked it again … Continue reading

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The Drashani trilogy

The Burning Prince, by John Dorney The Acheron Pulse, by Rick Briggs The Shadow Heart, by Jonathan Morris This is a brilliant idea, though it’s taken me over a year to write it up; Big Finish did a trilogy featuring … Continue reading

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April Books 4) Buddenbrooks: The Decline of a Family, by Thomas Mann

has been urging me literally for years to read this, as have others, and I finally made it – even tried the first few chapters in German, but got a bit stuck on obscure articles of clothing and furniture that … Continue reading

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April Books 3) Return of the Living Dad, by Kate Orman

I’ve finished 16 books since 1 April, and so far only got around to blogging two of them, plus there are a whole bunch of Big Finish audios old and new that I want to write up. Next Thursday is … Continue reading

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Wednesday reading

Current Assassin's Quest, by Robin Hobb The Ocean At The End Of The Lane, by Neil Gaiman Cheese, by Willem Elsschot Last books finished The Good Husband of Zebra Drive, by Alexander McCall Smith Deathless, by Cat Valente Understanding the … Continue reading

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“Opera Vita Aeterna”, by Vox Day: Latin lessons

Theodore Beale, aka Vox Day, has kindly made his Hugo-nominated story “Opera Vita Aeterna” available as an ePub here (many online links for other Hugo nominees are listed by John DeNardo here). I’ll save discussion of the story’s literary merits … Continue reading

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Retro Hugo for Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form) of 1938

observed of the 1939 BDP nominations: Apparently the Russell T Davies of 1939 was Orson Welles (4 of 5 Best Short Dramatic Presentation) #RetroHugos #Loncon3 #hugoawards — Farah Mendlesohn (@effjayem) April 19, 2014 Now, the good thing about that is … Continue reading

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Hugos and Retro Hugos: GoodReads / LibraryThing stats

I was able to prepare this a couple of days ahead of time, so the numbers may have shifted in the interim. As usual, I have ranked by descending order of GoodReads users who have rated each of the nominated books. … Continue reading

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Conrad’s story. And Tanya’s. And Liam’s.

Read this. http://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2014/01/15/save-me-time-or-the-life-and-times-of-liam-theodore-cassidy-brunstrom-part-one/ Save Me Time, OR, The Life and Times of Liam Theodore Cassidy Brunstrom, Part 2 Save me Time, Or, The Life and Times of Liam Theodore Cassidy Brunstrom, Part 3 Save Me Time, OR, The Life and Times of … Continue reading

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The Farewell Letter of Gabriel Garcia Marquez

From http://www.prrb.ca/articles/issue08-marquez.html If God, for a second, forgot what I have become and granted me a little bit more of life, I would use it to the best of my ability. I wouldn’t, possibly, say everything that is in my … Continue reading

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Wednesday reading

Current Assassin’s Quest, by Robin Hobb Last books finished [Doctor Who] A Handful of Stardust, by Jake Arnott Aldébaran #5: La Créature, by Leo Anglicising the Government of Ireland, by Jon Crawford Revelation, by C. J. Sansom Last week’s audios … Continue reading

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April Books 2) Any Given Doomsday, by Lori Handeland

God, this one was awful too. It had a fair bit of buzz on LibraryThing at one stage, so I bought it then and forgot about it. But it’s a very formulaic urban fantasy, with many elements shared with ‘s … Continue reading

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April Books 1) Amorality Tale, by David Bishop

This was Bishop’s first professionally published Who book, a Past Doctor Adventure taking Three and Sarah Jane back to December 1952 where smog, East End gangsters and aliens form a deadly brew. I thought it was pretty poor. The East … Continue reading

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Further (on a restricted filter)

Latest from the job coalface: The two interviews of six and nine days ago both went OK, I thought. Perhaps a bit less happy with the one with ex-employer; they have another candidate to interview after Easter, apparently, and will … Continue reading

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End of an experiment: the second paragraph of the third chapter

I quite enjoyed posting the second paragraph of the third chapter (C3p2 for short) of each book I read in March as a one-month project, but I don’t think I will continue the practice. I am tardy enough at writing … Continue reading

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I win at Foursquare

That is all.

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March Books 27) Tarzan and the Forbidden City, by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Second paragraph of third chapter: “Tarzan will be in full charge of the safari,” said Gregory. This is a fairly rambling quest story of lost Europeans and sacred jewels in hidden cities (there are actually two of them, not one … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 11-04-2014

Geology of Game of Thrones Glorious.(tags: sf geology ) The Heartbleed Hit List: The Passwords You Need to Change Right Now Also, those you don’t.(tags: internet ) Portugal is 97% Water Trufax.(tags: maps portugal ) Sue Townsend, creator of Adrian … Continue reading

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Wednesday books

Current Revelation, by C. J. Sansom Anglicising the Government of Ireland, by Jon Crawford Last books finished [Doctor Who] Amorality Tale, by David Bishop Any Given Doomsday, by Lori Handeland [Doctor Who] Return of the Living Dad, by Kate Orman Buddenbrooks, … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 09-04-2014

To the point of collapse, and beyond Maria on overwork.(tags: work ) Culture, or how I discovered Bach Jo on JSB. (And Civ 1.)(tags: music ) The Social Media Frequency Guide: How Often to Post AAARGH!(tags: twitter linkedin facebook socialmedia … Continue reading

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March Books 26) Best Served Cold, by Joe Abercrombie

Second paragraph of third chapter: He remembered sitting warm by the fire, up in the North in a good house in Uffrith, with a belly full of meat and a head full of dreams, talking to Vossula about the wondrous … Continue reading

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March Books 25) Brick Lane, by Monica Ali

Second paragraph of third chapter: She walked slowly along the corridor, looking at the front doors. They were all the same. Peeling red paint showing splinters of pale wood, a rectangular panel of glass with wire meshing suspended inside, gold-rimmed … Continue reading

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Starborn, by Jacqueline Rayner

A neat and effective Companion Chronicle, starring Maureen O’Brien as two different versions of Vicki, and Jacqueline King (Donna’s mother on TV) as an unhappy medium. Well written and well performed, a good jumping-in place if you haven’t sampled the … Continue reading

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The 11 new Northern Ireland district councils – projecting the 2011 votes

For us anoraks, there is both frustration and challenge at the thought of the Northern Ireland council elections next month, taking place for 11 new local government districts, on completely redrawn electoral boundaries, with the full details of the last … Continue reading

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March Books 19-24) “Make Your Own Adventure” / “Find Your Fate”

These were the first set of Doctor Who game books, published in 1985-86; since then there have been a couple more sets, two published in 1986 by FASA and 16 Tenth Doctor stories with the series title "Decide Your Destiny" … Continue reading

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