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  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. [Heavyboots] Remind me not to ask you for a lift.😀
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Thanks, remote. I'll try the first volume.
  7. 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.
  10. Happy New Year, everyone. That may ring hollow in some households, I fear, including our own, where it seems we are amid a string of unresolved problems, including both our health. On the bright side, we can look forward to the launch of Agency.
  11. I was a little disappointed by A legacy of Spies. It seemed a little like a potboiler, and to get full value from it, you had to be familiar with the Smiley canon. I still haven't embarked on Archangel. I bought the hardback in April after a disappointing experience with downloading the first two episodes via Kindle. They just didn't FEEL like a graphic novel.
  12. I remember tortured Christmas dinners. We're too old for them now. Beryl and I ate alone... Tournedos Rossini*. We didn't have room for the Xmas pudding afterwards. * Toast, a layer of pate, a fillet steak, all covered in caramelised onions and a brandy and cream sauce.
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    Bleak... Hankley Common, location for James Bond's Skyfall, also the army training ground near me. I was caught in another crossfire of blank cartridges the other week. Lucky to escape with my hearing unimpaired.
  14. What a miserable lot we are. No-one's posted: SEASONAL GREETINGS
  15. Miserable, horrible day. Got up with a distracting pain in my leg (cramp in the night). Even getting up at seven, nearly missed the to-be-signed-for package because I couldn't limp to the door in time. Beryl had to get it. Next, a power cut. The fishpond, as it does every power cut, started to siphon from the top pond to the lower pond causing overflow. By this time, it was pouring with sleet, and high winds. Because I've got a cold, Beryl had to rush out with a cork to plug the overflow pipe. As it got dark, Beryl found it hard to make preparations for a much-delayed lunch. I was about to fetch the candles when the lights came on. Come to think of it, it was Beryl who had the miserable, horrible day, but somehow she is triumphant at her heroism, while I am profoundly depressed.
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    Christmas at the Hospice - Angelo Morbelli
  17. Damn Twitter! I have a theory that Bill's workday is shorter as a result of his Twitter input. I have just about 50 people I follow, but have never been able to find time to keep up with my twitter stream even for one day!
  18. The last series of The Big Bang Theory. It was really running out of steam in the last few series, but we think series 12 is better than we expected.
  19. Thanks db and heavyboots for the mojo. Thoroughly miserable right now but Beryl keeps thrashing me into acion, which is working.
  20. Spent it in hospital. A minor op became complicated. I'm home now, wrung out and weak as a kitten. Miaow....
  21. I found Embers of War very good. Particularly in retrospect. I doubt if anyone will ever achieve the soaring imagination of Iain Banks. I recently read the whole Culture canon from end to end. Incomparable.
  22. Just finished Mr Penumbra's 24 hour Bookstore - a light, and entertaining read... The only puzzle I have is what were the readers - Tyndal, Lapin, et al. - actually doing? Did they have the key to each book and were they just decoding it? Maybe I missed something. They all seemed to know which book they wanted next. How?
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