Topic: Books Pile of books
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4:26pm, Friday 4 August 2006

A quick buzz down what I've been reading recently...

The Moon-Voyage, Jules Verne
Northern Lights / The Subtle Knife / The Amber Spyglass, Philip Pullman
Mr Pullman is a master of misery. Engrossing stories though.
The Magic Spring, Richard Lewis
This was very funny indeed, and particularly wonderful because I knew some of the people and places mentioned.
Someone comes to town, someone leaves town, Cory Doctorow
Weird, slightly icky, but thoroughly enjoyable.
Secrets and Lies, Bruce Schneier
You're not paranoid enough. 'Nuff said.
Eats, Shoots & Leaves, Lynne Truss
Funny, but the author comes across as more "smug" than "stickler".
Mapping Time: The Calendar and its History, E.G. Richards
Fascinating subject, woefully large number of errors.
Great Lies to Tell Small Kids, Andy Riley
"Wine makes Mummy clever." And it's downhill from there... great book.
The Boy Who Kicked Pigs, Tom Baker
Surreal, mildly horrible, and impossible to put down.
The Problem of Cell 13, Jacques Futrelle
Move over, Sherlock Holmes. These are great "whodunnit" stories - and also "how-dunnit". They're all out of copyright and on the web.
The Common But Less Frequent Loon and Other Essays, Keith Stewart Thomson
Curious Minds: How a Child Becomes a Scientist, John Brockman
Plenty of anecdotes but disappointingly thin on the underlying analysis.
The Mystery of the Yellow Room, Gaston Leroux
Windmills: A Pictoral History of Their Technology, Richard Hills
I've been inside some of the windmills in this book. It was amazing to read about all the different styles and designs of windmill.
The Backroom Boys: The Secret Return of the British Boffin, Francis Spufford
Very enjoyable stories of British wonderfulness - but not all boffins, really.
Accelerando, Charles Stross
I want an exocortex.
Topic: Books Reading list
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2:51pm, Wednesday 18 January 2006

Time magazine has a list of the all-time top 100 novels. I'm mildly surprised that I've read twelve of them, given that I don't feel particularly well-read when it comes to fiction. [more...]

Topic: Books Puddle Lane
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11:37pm, Thursday 1 December 2005

OK, I believe it now, Wikipedia really does have an entry on every subject. (If you must know, I'm looking for the missing books from my the kids' set. Ebay is helping.)

Topic: Books Bookpile
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4:22pm, Tuesday 5 July 2005

I haven't done a reading round-up for a while so here's another... [more...]

Topic: Books The Victorian Internet
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12:54pm, Wednesday 27 April 2005

A fun little read about how the Internet isn't the great revolution in global communications it's made out to be; that honour goes to the telegraph. It's amazing how many parallels can be drawn between the two technologies, despite them being developed more than a century apart. Recommended.

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