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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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    Deepest England
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    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. I was wondering if anyone has heard from James (Vodkafan)? He's been radio silent for almost a year.

  2. 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.
  3. Hi Chrissy, it certainly is. Hope you and family are well?
  4. 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?
  5. 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!
  6. Do we get to ask him questions?
  7. Oh My Garsh….what's happened to my reading? I have hardly read a thing in months.
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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?
  11. The Last Film You Saw - 2017

    I saw Dunkirk just before my holiday. I thought it was pretty good. I like the way time was jumbled up and the individual stories overlapped each other. The air combats seemed just a little bit too slow and relaxed to me compared to the extremely fraught life or death tensions of the landings! The stress of the old man on the little boat was also well acted. When things started going wrong he was only just equal to it, he kept going but the sadness was crushing him. The scenes of how quickly boats sank were terrifying. Water = death in this film. I don't follow teen pop groups so I didn't know which one was Harry Styles. I think he was the one who joined them under the pier? I think it was good the way it concentrated on a few individual stories. The way it was done it is a very British film. If Hollywood had done it the finished result would have been very different. It would be like the difference between watching "Casualty" and "ER". Thumbs up from me. I might watch "Weekend a Zuydcoote" tonight to compare. It's a 1964 French film showing the French view of events.
  12. Angury's Reading Diary 2017

    Glad you have discovered a new major line of interest, Angury! It will be interesting how philosophy and psychology may intersect and feed each other for you. (or maybe they won't at all?) So who is the next philosopher on your list?
  13. Vodkafan's 2017 reading experience

    Hi Angury, I would certainly recommend the Isle Of Wight. If you have kids though you need a car to get around the island quickly. We tried to do 2 major things a day. On your own or in a couple it is great to cycle around. I am completely the opposite to you! I prefer the cheapest possible copy of a book as to me it's just the reading that's important. I don't mind if they are tatty. I am halfway through In Search Of Shrodinger's Cat but I have dipped into Up And Down Stairs and The Man From Maybe
  14. Vodkafan's 2017 reading experience

    Just got back from a week's family holiday in (on?) the Isle Of Wight. Seen lots of nice Victorian history. Picked up a few second hand books: Inverted World Christopher Priest . The cover got smeared in Barbecue sauce (don't ask) but I managed to save it The Heroines Of SOE Beryl E. Escott The Time Traders (US 1958 copy) Andre Norton Now And Then William Corlett The Man From Maybe Leo P. Kelley (Been looking for this book 25 years couldn't remember the title!) The Railway Detective Edward Marston In Search Of Shrodinger's Cat John Gribbin Up And Down Stairs The History Of The Country House Servant Jeremy Musson
  15. Outliers - blow your mind away!!!

    I was born in January so I should be in the Olympics...