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    May Week Was in June, by Clive James
  1. Nothing planned, but stuff happened (i.e.more beer). Have read the first chapter or so, however! I've taken the dust jacket off my copy so I can read it without fear of damaging it. It is one of the glow in the dark versions, however, so I expect at some point I will be sitting in the dark marking "Oooo" noises. That does happen fairly regularly, however...
  2. Got it! (But I've been at a beer tasting tonight and I'm not going to start it now!) Nothing planned for tomorrow night, however...
  3. No joy, will have to wait until tomorrow!
  4. Not I! (I did check my local this morning, and will do so again tomorrow!) Aaronovitch has been doing some signings over the last few days, are they store he has been too?
  5. The Last Film You Saw - 2020

    Blade Runner 2049 Second watch of this, having been given a copy at Christmas. Bloody awesome! A really good story that doesn't widdle all over the original, with fantastic visuals and an excellent score. Possibly one of the best sequels ever made. Why did I avoid it for so long?!
  6. Kindle and ebooks deals

    Yes, I shall be checking my local Waterstone's from next Tuesday in case it comes in a couple of days early!
  7. Finished my second book of the year, so currently on target for 2 books a month (already well into the third as well, as I was reading the last two in parallel).
  8. Picard

    Anyone watching this? I stayed up and watched the first episode last Thursday night (or rather last Friday morning) - twice! (not planned, I certainly didn't expect to do so, but my mind was buzzing from watching it through once so I don't think I lost any sleep by watching it again!). Patrick Stewart more than carried the show, and seeing him playing Picard again was an absolute joy, but if you watched The Next Generation there was so much more here than that. Discovery has been good, but this is in a completely different league. I cannot wait for the next episode!
  9. Doctor Who Series 10 + New Doctor?

    Well, this has moved on a bit. I cannot honestly say I was a huge fan of the last series; from a production point of view it was fantastic, but the writing seemed very flat after the sparkle Steven Moffat bough in both ideas and colourful dialogue, and I still wasn't sure about Whittaker come the end of the series. Since then I have re-watched the first half of the series and warmed to it a little more, but then series two started on New Years Day and the first two episodes were a marked improvement over anything they did last year. Then, after two not so great episodes, came last weeks effort! To be honest, I'm still not sure what to make of it - I certainly wasn't expecting the episode we got! Is anyone else watching?
  10. Banks, Iain. The Bridge Banks, Iain M. The Algebraist Banks Iain M. Excession Banks Iain M. Feersum Endjinn Banks Iain M. Inversions Banks, Iain M. Look to Windward Banks Iain M. Matter Banks Iain M. The Player of Games Banks Iain M. Use of Weapons I have all of them with the exception of the The Bridge, which isn't one of his science fiction novels (you can tell the difference because his sci-fi novels have an 'M' in the middle of his name). The ones I have highlighted in bold above are the ones I have read. Of the ones I have read The Player of Games is by far my favourite, and I would go as far as to say it is one of the best contemporary science fiction novels I have read. Use of Weapons is also very good, but in a very different way! Oh, and by the way, if you have never read The War of the Worlds, you are in for another treat! (it is far, far better than the dreadful adaptation the BBC foisted upon us last year).
  11. There's quite a lot of science fiction there. If you have not read Iain M. Banks before you are in for a treat!
  12. You are quite right, the body was discovered there, according to Madeleine's review!
  13. They are certainly my favourite series of current novels (and the next one's out in just over a month!)
  14. Calm down, it's just a place where steam engines were put together (they usually have large cranes in their roofs that can lift the body of the loco on and off its wheels).
  15. I think I currently have over 80 books waiting to be read on my Kindle... I did make a bit of a dent in it last year, but have ended up buying more over Christmas.