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Spoonbenders

August 30th, 2017 · No Comments · Life

I just finished reading a book called Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory. The paperback is out in May 2018 but it is available in hardback or for the Kindle now. There are two things that you can put in a book description to make me run a mile. If the description starts with “One woman’s journey..” […]

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The Irregular

May 22nd, 2017 · Comments Off on The Irregular · Life

I have a book to recommend. The Irregular by H.B.Lyle. Last month I had proof copies of two different new novels that trade on a connection with Sherlock Holmes. The first was Arrowood by Mick Finlay, which was interesting enough, but I have to admit that I found The Irregular to be much more exciting. […]

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Outskirts

April 13th, 2017 · Comments Off on Outskirts · Life, Politics

A short review of Outskirts: Living Life on the Edge of the Green Belt by John Grindrod which I mentioned in a previous post. It is due to be out in hardback on June 1st. Although I got hold of an advanced proof copy, I did buy his previous book and would have bought this […]

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Green Belt

April 13th, 2017 · Comments Off on Green Belt · Politics

I have just finished reading a book about the green belt, which was more fun than it sounds. One passage in particular really stopped me in my tracks while I was reading: ‘One of the things that impressed me most about my dad’s take on it, because he was surprisingly left wing as well, was […]

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Robert Nye

August 8th, 2016 · Comments Off on Robert Nye · Life

Today I came across an obituary of the writer Robert Nye, who died last month. I wasn’t aware that he had died and if I am honest I hadn’t realised he was still alive because, although he is described as a ‘poet and author’, I only knew of him through his novels, and the last […]

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The Ice Beneath Her

June 27th, 2016 · Comments Off on The Ice Beneath Her · Life

I have just finished reading my first Scandinavian thriller. It is called The Ice Beneath Her by Camilla Grebe, due to be published on September 8th. This is what I thought about it…

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An Android Awakes

November 3rd, 2015 · Comments Off on An Android Awakes · Life

An Andoid Awakes by Mike French and Karl Brown This is a soon-to-be-published book (Nov 13th) which I had an advance reader copy of from the publishers. Reading this book, the word that kept coming to mind was ‘kaleidoscope’, by which I mean those tube-like things we had as kids in the 60s where the […]

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I, Robert

September 30th, 2015 · Comments Off on I, Robert · Life

It is very rare that I buy actual paper books these days. Basically I just do not have the space for any more books. Instead I download e-books which is not the same experience but is much more convenient. The few ‘proper’ books I get are mostly proof copies from publishers or presents. If I […]

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A coping strategy

July 4th, 2015 · Comments Off on A coping strategy · Life

I am currently ploughing my way through a book about ‘systems thinking’ (Freedom from Command & Control by John Seddon). It is not exactly a page-turner, but there is no option to wait for the film to come out. It suddenly got to be more fun when I decided to add some bits of my […]

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Mr Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore

June 14th, 2015 · Comments Off on Mr Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore · Life

We arrive at books by many different routes. It may be that a cover catches our eye in the shop, or a review in a magazine sounds good, or somebody recommends it. I came to this book by a bit of a backwards route. I very much enjoyed a book called The Reader on the […]

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