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  1. Just finished my first re-read of Zero History since the week of its UK publication. I still noticed the rich, heavy use of simile throughout - a real pleasure which brings the reader right into WG's world. Very short chapters, corresponding to each major character's viewpoint.The ending, while totally satisfactory, felt a little contrived, built around a number of cool ideas and some mistakes made by the enemy. The cool ideas sent me to the internet for source material when I first read the book, I remember. Loads of fun and still a great book. Jumping around in WG's back catalogue, I think Spook Country is next.
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    This is Bad News!

    I could not have believed the shambles that BREXIT has descended into. I thought it would be an expensive mistake - now, I have no words to describe it.
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    Gibsonian

    To be honest, Johnny Mnemonic was pretty hard to stomach. Compared with the original short story anyway.
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    We have a room we call the laundry. It contains an enclosed shower, washer/drier, a double kitchen sink, gas central heating boiler, bathroom sink, toilet and drinks fridge. No room drain but underfloor heating. It never feels unsanitary and is very useful.
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    Excerpt

    So, in summary, April 3 2019 ?
  6. Have temporarily mislaid Infomocracy, so I've reread Count Zero, and All Tomorrow's Parties. Just about 10 pages into Number 9 Dream.
  7. I have also started Infomocracy . Like WG's The Peripheral it's hard to see what's going on for the first 50 pages, which is no bad thing. Unlike Gibson, I am not cpmpelled with the quality of the writing, but, hey, it's well recommended by Wigbers, so I shall keep going. It's astonishing how little time I have for reading. Historically, I'd read 3 to four books a week. Now, I'm struggling to read 30 or 40 pages.
  8. Sounds typically Hiassen! I read the first few Hiassen [grumble] some of which are probably mouldering in a cardboard box in the garage with all my crime novels for which there "isn't room in the house" [/grumble] - I'd read another. sounds like this one!
  9. [Heavyboots] Remind me not to ask you for a lift.😀
  10. Jack Vance.... Oh, yes. I read the whole of the Lyonesse trilogy again last year, and I'm halfway through the 4th book in the five book Demon Princes.
  11. Thanks, GreenRobot and Psychophant. I've been cursed with 'meh' sf lately, even from Neal Stephenson. The early Delaney, I used to like. From Dahlgren onwards, not so great. Borges I liked from start to finish.
  12. Thanks, remote. I'll try the first volume.
  13. I don't get much opportunity to read these days, so I'd like suggestions from like-minded readers here for The best sf book they read recently.
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    Attn Old Wigbers

    I mean mythaxis, not WGB mk1. But I just tried Wayback Machine for the old WGB and found that 13 Mar 2016 seems to be intact, It's a question of trying to find the post with the pup.
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    Attn Old Wigbers

    Did you try the Wayback Machine? I began to worry about Mythaxis and posterity, and discovered that it seems to be preserved there.
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