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Eleven Doctors, Eleven Stories

Reading Eleven Doctors, Eleven Stories has been an interesting experience. Over the course of last year, these short stories got released as e-books, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Doctor Who series. Here, they’re collected in a chunky volume, wrapped in a silvery cover. Physically, it represents an imposing read. I have read…
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October 16, 2014 0

A New Leaf Turned

I impressed myself this year. I read 28 books. Yes, some were a little short, but some were quite long. I also abortively started some, like Will Self’s short stories, and only got halfway… that more than a 100 pages uncatalogued against my target. Time spent, time lost. With two days of 2011 to go…
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December 30, 2011 0

Transition: A Brief Review

Transition by Iain M. Banks My rating: 4 of 5 stars The Concern engage in philanthropic activities spanning the whole of the multiverse, or so they would claim to their own people, using the powers of those capable of Transitioning between the many worlds to bring order out of chaos. Like some sort of dimensional…
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August 27, 2011 0

Planning and Passing

I have been tackling my editing duties with a determination of purpose rarely seen round my way. As I planned to have writing done by the end of December, I now have editing targeted for the close of play this weekend. Assuming all goes well with the publishers, we might have a green light for…
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January 18, 2011 1

Booked Up

Christmas provides a wealth of reading material this year, as ever. I actually like a good book, so it helps. I got a book of 20th century poetry, an almanac of historic customs, a book on Chris Morris, and one on horrible jobs through history. All excellent stuff, now piled by my bed, with a…
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December 25, 2010 0

Beggars – Day Fifteen

If I consider my working velocity as 1,400 words a day, it might work. In 10 days time, I’ll have 17,800 words done – and I’m thinking that’ll hit the mark as a ‘shitty’ first draft. I had high hopes two weeks ago. Two weeks later, my velocity has slipped from a less than ideal…
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December 20, 2010 0

Beggars – Day Eight

I gritted my teeth for much of the weekend, as despite the best of plans I failed to write a single letter for my game supplement. Of course, I didn’t waste the time either. I did a lot of family-related stuff, like helping with the Christmas Tree (hefting the box from the attic and unpacking/hanging…
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December 13, 2010 0

Beggars – Day One

I aimed to write a lot about beggars this weekend for Maelstrom. I managed a little, but not a lot. I started with slightly over a thousands words already written – and got up early on Saturday to get house stuff and chores out of the way. I did the same on Sunday, squeezing in…
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December 6, 2010 0

Book Piles and Gumshoes

I have been reading like a demon of late. In the last couple of weeks I have finished reading three books – Life in a Medieval Village, FlashForward and The Esoterrorists. Admittedly, I had reached the halfway point in one and another amounted to only 88 pages; but, I’m impressed even if no one else…
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August 21, 2010 0

And Another Thing…

Just finished reading ‘And Another Thing…‘, Eoin Colfer’s contribution to the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series. I think most people would accept that Douglas Adam (bless his soul) began to drift off a bit with this series in the latter part of the over-extended trilogy. However, ‘And Another Thing…‘ seems to take ‘drift’ to…
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July 17, 2010 0