Category Archives: Books

It’s A Lot Less Bother With A Bova

Sunday 31st August: No post last weekend, due to being on holiday in Egypt – very hot but very enjoyable. We rarely moved from the pools and, indeed, only left the hotel twice. I can recommend the Three Corners Kiroseiz … Continue reading

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Summertime Reading

Sunday 27th July: The hot Summer weather is finally here, which means sitting in the garden with a good book. At least, it did before we had a family… Still, I’ve managed to finish another three books. Antarctica (Kim Stanley … Continue reading

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Tales of Two Cities

Tuesday 8th July: A few years ago, at about the time that Amazon was becoming popular and before I discovered Locus (the magazine of the science fiction and fantasy field), I was sent to Los Angeles on a course. I … Continue reading

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John Brunner – Stand On Zanzibar

Wednesday 18th June: …and another of the SF Masterworks range is completed… Stand On Zanzibar (John Brunner, 1969) Brunner’s novel of an over-populated dystopic Earth of the early 21st century is probably the most experimental book I have ever read. … Continue reading

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A Mixed Bag of Masterworks

Wednesday 12th June: Since the last time I wrote about books I have finished another six, three enjoyable and three not. All were part of the SF Masterworks line, showing that not everybody thinks that a “classic” is just that. … Continue reading

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Classic Science Fiction

Monday 21st April: A few years back, Gollancz started their SF Masterworks series – reprints of classic science fiction novels ranging, in time, from H.G. Wells to Greg Bear. Being a science fiction fan of some years, I started buying … Continue reading

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A CD, Some Books and the Return of the Doctor

Sunday 5th April: A leaving do on Friday evening (and the accompanying hang-over on Saturday…) together with working away in Walsall overnight on Saturday, prevented me from seeing any live bands this weekend. So, it’s back to the old fail-safe… … Continue reading

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The Final Odyssey

Tuesday 18th March: Sad news… Perhaps England’s most famous science fiction author, Arthur C Clarke, has died, aged 90. I have read many, but by no means all, of Clarke’s books and most of them rank among my favourites in … Continue reading

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