Topic: Books Books
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11:34am, Friday 4 March 2011

(only a day late for World Book Day...)

The books I am reading: The Master Pipers by George Sand, and The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas.

The book I love most: Nope, too hard to choose. Probably one of: Neuromancer by William Gibson, Comet in Moominland by Tove Jansson, The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope.

The last book I received as a gift: Village Buildings of Britain by Matthew Rice. My Mum gave it to me for Christmas.

The last book I gave as a gift: How I Escaped My Certain Fate by Stewart Lee, to my brother James for his birthday.

The nearest book: Computer Network Time Synchronization - The Network Time Protocol by David L. Mills.

Topic: Books Another round-up
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5:15pm, Tuesday 22 April 2008

The last one of these was a while ago...

"PG" means the text is available from Project Gutenberg.

Envisioning Information
Right Ho, Jeeves (PG)
The History of Mr Polly (PG)
The Stolen Bacillus (PG)
The Baroque Cycle 1 - Quicksilver
The Baroque Cycle 2 - The Confusion
The Baroque Cycle 3 - The System of the World
Set aside a while for those three. Great fun, but the epic scale meant that I almost needed a cribsheet to follow the plot.
Harry Potter 7
Use of Weapons
I enjoyed that. What Iain M Banks should I read next?
Space Merchants
Starship Troopers
Lady of Mazes
This Amazon review sums it up pretty well: "an artificial world is peopled by humans who have some sort of software filters which control what they experience. Hence it is possible to have two populations existing in the same place but experiencing different realities." Yow!
Twisty Little Passages
A bit heavy going, to start with at least, but a fascinating angle on interactive fiction as a development of the riddle.
How to build a time machine
Take one wormhole...
How Equal Temperament Ruined Harmony: And Why You Should Care
All musicians who play non-fixed-tone instruments should read this. Actually, the rest should too. It's given me new ideas on tuning my violin.
Arcadia at Versailles: Noble Amateur Musicians and Their Musettes and Hurdy-gurdies at the French Court. c1660-1789 - A Visual Study
Amazing the things you can find in the University Library!
Topic: Books Ook! Ook!
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1:26pm, Friday 18 May 2007

Hurdy-gurdy-playing monkey, Saint-Martin-aux-Bois
(Hurdy-gurdy-playing monkey, Saint-Martin-aux-Bois)

Topic: Books More books
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5:59pm, Wednesday 9 May 2007

Haven't done this for a while...

Why geese don't get obese
Golden Stories
Father Stafford
Stalky & Co
Classic.
Deception Point
Amusing rubbish.
The Thomas the Tank Engine Man
Fascinating to read, especially as he used to live in Elsworth - as did I.
Seeds of Time
Great SF.
Kim
Body of Secrets
Didn't live up to my expectations.
Just So Stories
Salmon of Doubt
The Other Side of the Sky
My Man Jeeves
Comic!
Distraction
Sunstorm
Mmm, global warming.
Topic: Books Déjà vu
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9:16am, Friday 29 September 2006

Listening to Douglas Adams' "Dirk Gently" and "Shada" back-to-back is an entertaining experience. It seems he wasn't above recycling characters and plot chunks as and when!

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