Monthly Archives: August 2021

August 2021 books

Non-fiction 3 (YTD 27) The Secret of Kit Cavenaugh, by Anne Holland (has fictional elements) A Woman in Berlin Humankind, by Rutger Bregman Non-genre 2 (YTD 19) Thirteen, by Steve Cavanagh The Wonder, by Emma Donoghue SF 9 (YTD 83) … Continue reading

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Mon, 17:31: The fiends! https://t.co/HOVW2ddRjZ Mon, 17:36: RT @deeharvey: @nwbrux A cunning plan. Mon, 19:25: RT @setoacnna: Ok, long dull thread on the decision in AEA v EHRC and the legal feminist blog’s piece on it. Find the decision here. … Continue reading

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November 2012 books

This is the latest post in a series I started in late 2019, anticipating the twentieth anniversary of my bookblogging which will fall in 2023. Every six-ish days, I've been revisiting a month from my recent past, noting work and … Continue reading

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Sun, 14:24: 530 days of plague https://t.co/aw40TI9thj #covid19 Mon, 08:54: November 2012 books https://t.co/3WjyiywYxP

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530 days of plague

We made it back from Norn Iron OK on Sunday, flying home from Belfast via Amsterdam, which is the cheapest and quickest route these days. A good break. > View this post on Instagram A post shared by Nicholas Whyte … Continue reading

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Sat, 12:56: RT @neilhimself: Of course it’s the Virgin Mary. What else could it possibly be? https://t.co/Udbh4GFFEE Sat, 14:48: Ripon Cathedral’s Space Age Chapel https://t.co/DcGqHVk4Wt Groovy. Sat, 15:47: Fish Tails, by Sheri S. Tepper https://t.co/VfXfEkzwhx

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Fish Tails, by Sheri S. Tepper

Second paragraph of third chapter: “What did you mean to do? Didn’t I hear you refer to my children as fish?” She turned from him, ebony hair swirling, dusty, no-­colored traveling robe lashing around slender ankles—­ankles, deplorably, that were as … Continue reading

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Fri, 13:11: The balance of the world is being restored. (@ Chang Noi Thai Food Truck (Fridays) in Brussels) https://t.co/NhE5AOruwJ Fri, 13:13: Happy Independence Day to all my Moldovan friends! Fri, 17:54: RT @antisyzygy: When I am wrong, I am … Continue reading

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Friday reading

Current The Mists of Avalon, by Marion Zimmer Bradley Zodiac Station, by Tom Harper Last books finished Cryptozoic!, by Brian Aldiss The Primal Urge, by Brian Aldiss Humankind, by Rutger Bregman Next books Hurricane Fever, by Tobias S. Buckell Jack, … Continue reading

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Dalek, by Robert Shearman

Second paragraph of third chapter: It might be thought that they had been paired deliberately as comic contrast. But they hadn’t. Van Statten didn’t have that sort of sense of humour. And now as he swept into the Cage operations … Continue reading

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Thu, 18:11: Thirteen, by Steve Cavanagh https://t.co/rc8PCZh6ln Thu, 18:33: What are the farthest points on the compass you have travelled to in 2021? North: Jordanstown West: Dundalk bypass South: Paris East: W�ris https://t.co/39Ji45nMCF Thu, 20:48: RT @davidallengreen: “Brexit is an … Continue reading

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Thirteen, by Steve Cavanagh

Second paragraph of third chapter: The limo driver had parked within ten feet of a hot dog stand that boasted a big picture of my face on an ad board taped on the lower panel of the cart. Like I … Continue reading

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Strange Bedfellows: An Anthology of Political Science Fiction, ed. Hayden Trenholm

Second paragraph of third story ("When This Peace Thing Blows Over", by John Skylar): For a black hole, there's a spot, the event horizon, where you can't escape even if you're a beam of light. Past that, the hole is … Continue reading

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Tue, 12:56: RT @trevorbmbagency: This is the greatest thing anyone has ever done. https://t.co/AZa4459hM2 Tue, 18:42: Dumped. https://t.co/isdO93RFuE Tue, 18:42: October 2012 books https://t.co/FhfOjsNMXs Tue, 22:02: RT @EarlofLeuven: @nwbrux Found these two paragraphs to be particularly amusing. https://t.co/FFjynw9hfM Wed, 08:29: … Continue reading

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October 2012 books

This is the latest post in a series I started in late 2019, anticipating the twentieth anniversary of my bookblogging which will fall in 2023. Every six-ish days, I've been revisiting a month from my recent past, noting work and … Continue reading

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Mon, 18:38: The HAVOC Files 2, ed. Shaun Russell https://t.co/tmWPga3oGe #bookblog2021 #doctorwho Tue, 10:45: At the Edge of Hope https://t.co/P4PXahodBY Gut-wrenching on infertility from my old friend Fiona.

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The HAVOC Files 2, ed. Shaun Russell

Second paragraph of third story ("The Black Eggs of Khufu", by Tom Dexter): It was the third time he’d asked. Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart’s journey had taken close to a week to reach Cairo, and Ahmed was certain that this fact was … Continue reading

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Sun, 15:48: The History of Mr Polly, by H.G. Wells https://t.co/koJkeN404o Sun, 19:57: RT @davidallengreen: ‘Decaf Nation – a passing anecdote about Brexit’ Have now blogged about this at https://t.co/QPOCgeBwoe Sun, 22:30: “Well, I’m back,” he said. (@ Tarmac in … Continue reading

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The History of Mr Polly, by H.G. Wells

Second paragraph of third chapter: Mr. Polly’s depression manifested itself in a general slackness. A certain impatience in the manner of Mr. Garvace presently got upon his nerves. Relations were becoming strained. He asked for a rise of salary to … Continue reading

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Sat, 12:56: RT @redditSpacePorn: 48 different colors of the moon, all photographed in a time span of 10 years https://t.co/tjWWxW4byb Sat, 15:34: 2021 Hugos: Best Artist categories https://t.co/uMZ2z0Ot8r Sat, 19:58: RT @BrusselsTimes: All restrictions – apart from wearing face masks … Continue reading

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2021 Hugos: Best Artist categories

As I always say, I don't know much about art, but I know what I like. And I like the work of all of these artists. Without further commentary, my votes this year are as follows: Best Professional Artist 6) … Continue reading

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Fri, 18:25: The Beast of Stalingrad, by Iain McLaughlin https://t.co/q1H3trpvE9 Fri, 19:23: Friday reading https://t.co/8N371pNz2u Fri, 20:48: Tom Baker: ‘I didn’t know what to do with Doctor Who’ https://t.co/DO6Y1ddye2 Great interview with the great man. Sat, 10:45: Liberal Democracy Is … Continue reading

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The Beast of Stalingrad, by Iain McLaughlin

Second paragraph of third chapter: A bomb had flattened a factory in the heart of the territory the Drofen had been spotted in most often. We made our way there just before the sun went down. Not that you could … Continue reading

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Friday reading

Current The Mists of Avalon, by Marion Zimmer Bradley Cryptozoic!, by Brian Aldiss Humankind, by Rutger Bregman Last books finished A Hero Born, by Jin Yong The Wonder, by Emma Donoghue Next books The Primal Urge, by Brian Aldiss Felaheen, … Continue reading

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Thu, 12:56: RT @Mij_Europe: Events in Afghanistan have prompted growing angst in EU capitals & Bxl about another refugee crisis in Europe – akin to 201… Thu, 16:05: More migrants, please https://t.co/T4a8vNNg2T @paulayatalor reviews @gilesmerritt’s positive case for migration. Thu, … Continue reading

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520 days of plague

So, here I am in Norn Iron, recovering from a weekend of family party. I must say that it has been amazing to be back. Normally we would spend three weeks here in the summer; obviously last year that did … Continue reading

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Wed, 12:56: RT @Lieven_Smits: @fermatslibrary @nwbrux No, it isn’t. Google gives (a,b,c)=(2213459,1414,65) as well. Wed, 18:32: September 2012 books https://t.co/Dh6K5tOGy1 Thu, 10:45: RT @KnutCrosswords: deafening sound of pennies dropping in The Commons as intellectually incurious ex-army Tory MPs realise that … Continue reading

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September 2012 books

This is the latest post in a series I started in late 2019, anticipating the twentieth anniversary of my bookblogging which will fall in 2023. Every six-ish days, I've been revisiting a month from my recent past, noting work and … Continue reading

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Tue, 12:56: RT @ThatTimWalker: What Biden should have said. https://t.co/gL9iUdaLni Tue, 16:05: RT @KateWilton1: If you’re going to constantly lie, at least synchronise your watches. https://t.co/Jq92Dkzer5 Tue, 17:11: RT @DamonLinker: Five Thesis on Afghanistan: 1. It’s always possible to find … Continue reading

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Le dernier Atlas, tome 2, by Fabien Vehlmann, Gwen De Bonneval, Hervé Tanquerelle and Fred Blanchard

Second frame of third chapter: Yajna: "We still have not been accepted as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, despite our diplomatic efforts." I read the first volume in this series a couple of months ago, and enjoyed … Continue reading

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