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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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No more ‘Chinese friends’

October 5th, 2016 · Comments Off on No more ‘Chinese friends’ · Life, Technology

The news today is that Amazon are banning ‘incentivised reviews’. What that means is that you can’t accept anything in return for reviewing a product, not even a free or discounted product. It has always been the case that you can’t accept payment in return for writing a review, and especially not for writing a […]

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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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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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Not lost in translation

May 19th, 2015 · Comments Off on Not lost in translation · Life

As I have mentioned before, one of my favourite things is to get hold of pre-publication proofs of new books, especially if they are well-written and a pleasure to read. Last week I read just such a book – The Reader on the 6.27 by Jean-Paul Didierlaurent. Apart from anything I think the writer deserves […]

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Nothing Has Changed

November 17th, 2014 · Comments Off on Nothing Has Changed · Music

Right now I am on Spotify, listening to Nothing Has Changed, the new David Bowie ‘Best Of’ album. I shan’t be buying it for several reasons. Firstly, I don’t buy CDs any more at all, but even if I did I already have a 2 CD David Bowie hits collection and used to have quite […]

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