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About vodkafan

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    TBR now out of control
  • Birthday 01/27/1961

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    Re-reading all George Gissing
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    Male
  • Location:
    Deepest England
  • Interests
    Jack Vance, George Gissing, Sarah Waters, Victorian England, Old sailing ships, anything about Norway, anything about London, sci fi films, what makes women tick, going to the gym, swimming, walking, travelling, art galleries,drawing, buying something really good cheap from a charity shop, theatre, writing my first novel.

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  1. Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

    Has anybody else read this yet? Reading Daughter bought it for me and I read it in one day, I enjoyed it very much. Totally different to Strange and Norrell.
  2. Welcome to my very late 2021 Reading List! (k) denotes kindle ebook® denotes book read primarily for research purposes keeping the same simple rating system this year:1/5: I didn't like it2/5: It was okay3/5: I liked it4/5: I really liked it5/5: It was amazing! BOOKS READ IN JANUARY Zero BOOKS READ IN FEBRUARY Zilch BOOKS READ IN MARCH Nada BOOKS READ IN APRIL Naff All BOOKS READ IN MAY Piranesi Susanna Clarke 4/5 BOOKS READ IN JUNE The Girl Who Wasn't There Kirk Slater 1/5 The Time Keeper Mitch Albom 2/5 Rorke's Drift and Isandlwana 1879 A Battlefield Guide Chris Peers 2/5 Orange is The New Black Piper Kerman 3/5 BOOKS READ IN JULY
  3. I was wondering if anyone has heard from James (Vodkafan)? He's been radio silent for almost a year.

    1. vodkafan

      vodkafan

      Hello Virginia I am here!

  4. Summer Supporter Giveaway

    I would go to Norway to hike about in the mountains above a fjord and at night would camp so I could sit by my fire and look out over the water and think my thoughts.....and of course to look for trolls.
  5. Hi Chrissy, it certainly is. Hope you and family are well?
  6. Even with extensive accurate research, It's incredibly difficult to convey the feeling of being in Victorian times; some quite successful authors (in my opinion) have failed utterly and their novels feel like a stage play set in modern times. Do you think you have avoided that?
  7. My question got answered already! Kirk I can see you have put a lot of effort into the research. This tunnel book sounds like something I must have as well!
  8. Do we get to ask him questions?
  9. Oh My Garsh….what's happened to my reading? I have hardly read a thing in months.
  10. Welcome to my 2020 New Start ! What's new this year is that I have a kindle again after three or four years without one. I plan to re-read many old favourites , get my teeth into several old classics and indulge in the best of new fiction too. Let's get to it! (k) denotes kindle ebook ® denotes book read primarily for research purposes keeping the same simple rating system this year: 1/5: I didn't like it 2/5: It was okay 3/5: I liked it 4/5: I really liked it 5/5: It was amazing! January A Wizard of Earthsea 4/5 The Tombs of Atuan 4/5 The Farthest Shore 4/5 Tehanu 4/5 all by Ursula K Le Guin Convenience Store Woman 5/5 Sayaka Murata February The Butterfly House 2/5 Marcia Preston March April May June July In The Year Of Jubilee George Gissing (re-read) August Now and Then 2/5 William Corlett Our Friend The Charlatan George Gissing (re-read) September Eve's Ransom George Gissing (re-read) October November December
  11. Vodkafan's 2017 reading experience

    Time And Time Again 4/5 Ben Elton This book was a real surprise. Firstly, because I had to get over my prejudice against Ben Elton. I have no doubt laughed at sit coms he has written, but every time I have seen him in a stand up routine I am a bit turned off by his overtly political and rather sarcastic manner. I also tried to read one of his other books a long time ago (can't remember which one) but didn't finish it. However, this one was different. It's about Time Travel, which got me half hooked before I even opened it. It starts off as a sort of rip-roaring adventure, very light on the pseudo-science, but the last few chapters it is unashamed conceptual Science Fiction. Couple of good twists. The protagonist can be ruthless which is refreshing.
  12. I have not owned a car for about four years now, because living in a bedsit I have nowhere to park one. But I have had to hire cars quite a lot this year for essential family occasions. It was on the jam-packed motorway last week that I had a sudden lightning -bolt insight of what has to happen in the future. I believe that for the good of all, personal car ownership must end. I don't know how many cars there are in the UK, but I know that it is too many. The road infrastructure was not meant to hold this much traffic. And then of course there are all the pollution issues and the waste of precious resources. You can argue that electric cars will bring down the pollution problems, but the mining of lithium for the new generation of lightweight batteries (and disposal of same) will just bring another set of problems. My main bugbear is the huge waste: nobody drives their car for enough hours in a day to really justify personal ownership. Let's face it, even if you drive for an hour to get to work everyday, your car will sit idle in a car park for a third of the day before you drive it home and then it will sit on the street or on your drive another third of the day at night while you sleep. They really are just an awful expensive luxury most of the time. Imagine a world where streets were spacious tree lined avenues empty of parked cars. How would this be achieved? I would do away with 95% of the small cars on the roads. Instead, there would be a pool of vehicles buzzing around which you could apply in advance to have a car for a time. A bit like in the war maybe when only essential journeys were allowed. The cars would probably be highly robotized anyway, we are heading that way. If you needed one at short notice you would maybe just call for it with an app on your phone. So there would be far less cars on the roads, but they would be fully employed everyday. Imagine having your breakfast , getting the kids ready for school and then stepping out the house and a car would whisk you and them to school and drop you off. But then it would zip off somewhere else for another errand. I envision that only government officials would be authorized their own cars, or maybe private corporations would be allowed so many to distribute as needed to employees who needed to travel. I doubt that people would give up their cars without a fight. And insurance companies wouldn't like it, and the car companies.... What do people think? Could it work? If not , why not?
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