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  1. OK, I failed to do more regular posts vs I read a LOT in the last month. End of December: Latchkey - Nicole Kornher-Stace - sequel to Archivist Wasp, the events of which have changed the Archivist and the whole town. Unfortunately, in this post collapse society, the perception is that the Archivist's actions have removed her goddess's protection and made them a fair target for violent raiders. Cunning plans to protect the vulnerable and fight the raiders go wrong, and in the process the history of the town and perhaps the collapse are progressed with encounters with ghosts. It is
  2. I ordered Employees last night, they only had 10 copies left, not sure if they reprint, does seem to be small press. Moore's Jerusalem is a funny one. I'm progressing through it slowly. To a degree it is short stories, though with connections. Not sure if there is a big overall plot yet. I dip in, read a chapter, read something else, and so on.
  3. I enjoyed Convenience Store Woman, i see she has new novel translated as well. I used to listen to a lot of podcasts commuting, so definitely lost that! But fighting remote servers and working from home exhausts, so finding that I'm reading a lot more instead of being on computer as much or watching TV/films.
  4. The initial creation of the slack is for future planning of zoom. Though, suspect it is growing arms and legs!
  5. they did the same to me before, they go through phases of hitting a load of folk. do you have email in your profile? i guess you can't login to check? what i ended up doing was giving number to get back in, then going into profile to delete number. i had also previously deleted email address from profile - because every time i logged in i got a warning of suspicious behaviour, because i don't tolerate cookies. yay security theatre covering up tracking bullshit.
  6. The hell year continues and my levels of reading continue to escalate as my only consistent and reliable escape route from events, so as ever this is a long post, which I apologise for. I should get into habit of posting smaller more often rather than a month at once. Winged History - Sofia Samatar – A prequel to a Stranger in Olondria, with first impressions that we are reading a collection of random histories, like the later Tolkien books that were odds and ends. But, as one progresses it becomes clear that the stories each fit into the period of events circling around an uprisin
  7. Conscious as the year goes on that my level of reading this year is much higher than it has been for years. It varies weirdly, some stuff I have to put aside, some stuff I'm reading in a day. But weekends are good for that, and I'm not doing much else with my down time. Year's Best New Zealand SF&F vol 1 - picked this up after New Zealand Worldcon recommendations list, 1st of 2 volumes I am aware of for year's best NZ SFF. Pretty good collection, a load of end of the world type stuff to start with, but balances out thematically after. I think there were 2 pieces I had read prev
  8. I've seen reviews along the lines of this article going around: https://www.themarysue.com/racism-vs-representation-the-missteps-of-naomi-noviks-a-deadly-education/ So there are definitely corners of the internet responding, how much of it is a bubble I don't know.
  9. Funny how it goes, I saw authors raving about Deadly Education on the run up to publication, then saw the reviews saying it was racist as fuck, and all the other diverse characters were cardboard thin and only there to support the main white characters. So, um, yeah. Be interesting to see how that plays out long term. I went a week with barely reading anything, probably shorts, and comics, then read a load last weekend, and more shorts and comics since. The Black God's Drums - P Djeli Clark - This was the debut novella by Clark, I read his 2nd one 1st, the one with the
  10. Rules keep morphing here, at moment pretty much not allowed to have anyone in anyone elses's home, with £1000 fine per person if rules broken. Can meet one other household in bar/restaurant, can't car share. So social stuff is difficult. Caught up with friends for coffee/dinner on Sunday. Which remains odd, and mixed feelings about it, but... Dad's birthday today. As I say, I have mixed feelings, but folks have been going out for lunch a couple of times a week. Partly it is a mental health thing. A difficult balance, between safety and breaking. So I took day off work, too par
  11. Of course, one of the problems I have at moment is: what happened today? I got up. Ate breakfast at desk. Worked. Had lunch. Worked. Ate dinner. Read. Went to bed. Same as yesterday. Same as tomorrow. Some days are tough. Some days I sleep badly. Some days are fine. The days are much of a muchness.
  12. today is a bank holiday in scotland. fairly localised and limited. it is raining and there isn't a lot to do. it is weird, ending up sitting in same space i work in, not working. my car has been largely off road since the lockdown. managed to get it moving. but the inaction hasn't helped. got tyre problems, battery now flat. think i may be drifting towards selling it and not buying something for a while. what is point of car that is going to sit there, when we can't go anywhere? essential for getting to work, only way i can get to work, but until then, kinda stuck.
  13. as you say, twitter is hell. it is easy, you get sucked in, there is some cool stuff, but then there are the days of the doom scroll, wishing it would end. certainly during current events i have taken a couple of social media, primarily twitter breaks, even went off for three weeks. which was actually great. at moment, i am making a more concentrated effort to read more, as part of spending less time online, of engaging with something palpable rather than so ephemeral. i am on one other forum at the moment. it is a closed, limited group, glasgow based, for the purposes of running
  14. As per the poll, I still check the board most days. I don't necessarily read much, and have to admit that the reading thread is my main baseline. I am conscious, particularly with this, and the discussion over last few days on twitter, that perhaps we all need to make effort to make use of the tools we have to avoid the tools we disdain. Introvert, who doesn't especially like talking about myself. Scottish. Degree in engineering, post-grad in IT. Ended up back in engineering after stint in IT, been there since. Coming up for 10 years in current job, which is longest I've been in a
  15. Darrows art is always great, but as you suggest, his writing is a a little...sparse. I read one of the Shaolin Cowboy books, it was OK, but frustrated me with that spareseness. Been reading a lot of comics over the last few months. Sometimes between work and the world burning it is the level my brain can cope with. This weekend I am re-reading the Aaron/Bachalo run on Dr. Strange, which redefines magic, kills magic, and goes strange places - it is a lot of fun. Also read Doom Patrol: Weight of the World and Shade the Changing Woman - which appear to be supplementary volumes from th
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