Monthly Archives: January 2022

January Books

28 – good start to the year. Non-fiction 11 A Radical Romance, by Alison Light Where Was the Room Where It Happened?: The Unofficial Hamilton – An American Musical Location Guide by BdotBarr [Bryan Barreras] Calvin, by F. Bruce Gordon … Continue reading

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My tweets

Sun, 15:06: The stucco ceilings of Jan-Christian Hansche, part 6: the Charles Borromeo sacristy in Antwerp https://t.co/dKcDmyZL1n Sun, 17:09: The Bloody Sunday report: https://t.co/RrrSQ2o6Fz https://t.co/0osV90odAs https://t.co/Mix3tw1FVS https://t.co/FhVJeQOK6u https://t.co/XoCj0nxb77 https://t.co/lfCZXp63CF https://t.co/1vklrqaVmg https://t.co/rdJzAIk52z https://t.co/9H8wjTg0MV https://t.co/SF0BLrMrb7 https://t.co/DrpJG11HpC Sun, 18:27: Embers, by S�ndor M�rai … Continue reading

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Embers, by Sándor Márai

Second paragraph of third chapter (a long one, broken in two for the English translation): Most, mikor túlesett már az első meglepetésen, egyszerre elfáradt. Az ember egy életen át készül valamire. Először megsértődik. Aztán bosszút akar. Aztán vár. Már régen … Continue reading

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The stucco ceilings of Jan-Christian Hansche, part 6: the Charles Borromeo sacristy in Antwerp

Well, I’ve been able to change the colours of a couple of dots on my map: I have to start by reporting a dead end, unfortunately. The Inventaris Onroerend Erfgoed had led me to believe that there might be a … Continue reading

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My tweets

Sat, 14:38: Hansche and Rubens, putting the “rock” into Baroque. (@ Sint-Carolus Borromeuskerk in Antwerpen, Vlaams Gewest) https://t.co/ncsmdclc4P https://t.co/GFl7pKeneP Sat, 16:37: Serenity https://t.co/OgDWzZ7O5g Sat, 18:32: Saturday reading https://t.co/hRnkdfqaVH Sat, 20:05: RT @tithenai: (Here is that promised newsletter, trying something a … Continue reading

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Saturday reading

Current Indigo, by Clemens J. Setz Last books finished The Dark Forest, by Cixin Liu Scream of the Shalka, by Paul Cornell Scream of the Shalka, by Jon Arnold Neuromancer, by William Gibson The Complete Debarkle, by Camestros Felapton Million … Continue reading

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Serenity

Serenity won the Hugo for Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form, in 2006 and also the 2005 Nebula for Best Script. There was only one other finalist for the Nebula, the Battlstar Galactica episodes "Act of Contrition"/"You Can't Go Home Again"; … Continue reading

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Fri, 12:56: RT @ellasservant: On 20th June 2020 this was my 4 yo (soon to be 5) packing party bags for her zoom birthday party. Bags were dropped at do… Fri, 16:05: A great story! https://t.co/APRXyL1H1Y Fri, 17:11: RT @BrusselsTimes: … Continue reading

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December 2014 books and 2014 books roundup

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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Thu, 16:05: RT @charlieconnelly: So many people sharing stories of Barry Cryer being lovely to them. Here’s mine. https://t.co/tcWFwLzYIl Thu, 18:11: The Gift of Rain, by Tan Twan Eng https://t.co/5R3GnVGo2t Thu, 19:35: Hooray! New design of the Belgian passport https://t.co/V5zEwyqfqU … Continue reading

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I am 20,000 days old today

Yes, really. I sat down and did the calculation a couple of weeks ago, being vaguely aware that it was around now. And fifty-four years (fourteen of them leap years), nine months and one day takes you from 26 April … Continue reading

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The Gift of Rain, by Tan Twan Eng

Second paragraph of third chapter: I was the youngest child of one of the oldest families in Penang. My great-grandfather, Graham Hutton, had been a clerk in the East India Company before sailing out to the East Indies to make … Continue reading

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Wed, 18:59: 680 days of plague: Erlend, and pig bronchus https://t.co/e5RBsUNvj6 Wed, 20:48: My Year of Reading Every Ursula K. Le Guin Novel https://t.co/UOlI7znjq3 Yep. Wed, 23:03: RT @therealjomartin: TWO YEARS AGO today I BECAME A DOCTOR I’m still pinching … Continue reading

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680 days of plague: Erlend, and pig bronchus

A bit gloomier today than I had hoped to be. The numbers in Belgium continue to soar – more than 3% of the country’s population had a positive diagnosis last week – and there is no immediate prospect of further … Continue reading

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Tue, 17:24: Twice a Stranger: How Mass Expulsion Forged Modern Greece And Turkey, by Bruce Clark https://t.co/HVKLLadrEj Tue, 23:02: Hooray! https://t.co/BheVP0mSpR https://t.co/riDbRJGBBc Wed, 01:04: Rest in peace, Erlend. This was his last tweet. https://t.co/iZqnmLiBQX Wed, 10:45: RT @emollick: Here are … Continue reading

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Twice a Stranger: How Mass Expulsion Forged Modern Greece And Turkey, by Bruce Clark

Second paragraph of third chapter: My sister was caught when the war ended. The Turkish army came to the place where we were. In the ensuing battle my sister, a young girl, was captured. A baker from Kayak took her … Continue reading

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Mon, 12:56: RT @PulpLibrarian: Time for another pulp countdown, and today it’s my top 10 public relations campaigns! #SundayMotivation https://t.co/5pX… Mon, 16:03: The Daughters of Earth, by Sarah Groenewegen https://t.co/IRwHMDcLXp Mon, 16:20: Awww. Lovely interview! Josh Wardle knew all of … Continue reading

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The Daughters of Earth, by Sarah Groenewegen

Second paragraph of third chapter: At four the storm abated. The clouds cleared and she stared up at the inky black. Focused on the stars and labelled several of the constellations. She saw a shooting star and wished Judith and … Continue reading

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Sun, 13:39: RT @BobRushy: 1981 was the peak of British sci-fi television https://t.co/JVfaBdJLHG Sun, 15:30: BSFA long lists, Best Novel and Best YA: Goodreads / LibraryThing stats https://t.co/rbuW6G9yyo Sun, 16:43: BSFA Best Art longlist https://t.co/cNqD0JxYjv Sun, 17:17: Carbone & Silicium, … Continue reading

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BSFA Short Fiction long-list

I've definitely spent more time on this than I should, but here's how to get (most of) the 60 long-listed stories nominated for the BSFA Short Fiction Award for 2021. Yes, yes, Amazon, I know, but I get a very … Continue reading

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BSFA Non-fiction long list

OK, I've probably spent way too long on this, but here's where to get the BSFA Non-Fiction award nominees. NB that I have changed the quirky alpapetisation of the BSFA annoucnement to my own quirky alphabetisation. NB also that I … Continue reading

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November 2014 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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Carbone & Silicium, by Mathieu Bablet

Second frame of third chapter: Do you think so? French bande dessinée given to us for Christmas by a friend. Carbone ("Carbon") and Silicium ("Silicon") are two artificial intelligences constructed in the near future, given humanoid bodies, and observing and … Continue reading

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BSFA Best Art longlist

More on the BSFA long lists: 28 works of art are listed in the Best Art category, but no links are given, so I'm supplying them here. Of the 28, 13 or 14 are book covers (in one case it … Continue reading

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BSFA long lists, Best Novel and Best YA: Goodreads / LibraryThing stats

My other notes on this year's BSFA long lists: Short fiction Non-fiction Art As usual, now that the BSFA long list is out, I've gone through it and counted how many people are recorded as reviewing each book on Goodreads, … Continue reading

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Sat, 15:56: Crash https://t.co/jjY8sL6Jw3 Sat, 18:42: Saturday reading https://t.co/502OZEKDgY Sat, 19:04: RT @nicolacoughlan: Just walked into Times Square and I had no idea this was there I am both the giant yellow woman and the very small blue… Sat, 19:09: … Continue reading

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Saturday reading

Current The Dark Forest, by Cixin Liu Scream of the Shalka, by Paul Cornell Breasts and Eggs, by Mieko Kawakami Neuromancer, by William Gibson Last books finished The Wandering Scholars, by Helen Waddell The Doctor – his Life and Times, … Continue reading

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Crash

Crash won the Oscar for Best Picture of 2005, and two others, Best Original Screenplay and Best Film Editing, losing in another three. Three is a rather low tally of Oscars for a Best Picture winner, and three other films … Continue reading

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Fri, 12:10: RT @cher: Had So Much Fun With Meatloaf When We Did “Dead Ringer”. Am Very Sorry For His Family,Friends,& Fans. Am I imagining It, or Are… Fri, 12:13: Meat Loaf as the Spice Girls’ bus driver in Spice … Continue reading

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Peter Davison’s Book of Alien Monsters and Peter Davison’s Book of Alien Planets

Second paragraph of third story of Peter Davison's Book of Alien Monsters ("Beyond Lies the Wub", by Philip K. Dick): 'What's the matter?' he said. 'You're getting paid for all this.' Second paragraph of third story of Peter Davison's Book … Continue reading

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