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Play: Human of the Year

This is a play we wrote for a Play in a Day event. It’s not exactly as performed (the director and actors did a good job of cutting it down and neatening it up a bit), but not bad for … Continue reading

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Thoughts: Promise of Shadows, by Justina Ireland

This book found its way onto my TBR list because a friend found it on Goodreads and the summary sounded like amazing, silly fun to fill the impending Kitty Norville-shaped hole in my life. I want to say it sounded … Continue reading

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Short Story: The Judgement of Dr Solomon, Neurologist

Does this count as a story? A work of some kind of fiction anyway.

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Thoughts: Hotel du Lac, by Anita Brookner

This is not the first Booker Prizewinner I’ve read, but I haven’t read that many so it still gets a mention. It is the first book I’ve read where the author had to apologise for its winning a prize though! … Continue reading

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The perfect symmetry of Steamed Hams

If you want to see The Simpsons at its best, you could do worse than “Twenty-Two Short Films About Springfield”. This episode peels away from the Simpson family to show short vignettes from the lives of the series’ many side … Continue reading

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Apparent expertise and “the smartest man alive”

“A stupid person’s idea of a clever person.” That title has been applied to many people – Newt Gingrich, Stephen Fry, Aldous Huxley. Now there’s a new contender. In this video went viral yesterday, titled “Fox may have just interviewed … Continue reading

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Thoughts: Intelligence, by Stuart Ritchie

Well. I’ve been all very smug about my posh non-fiction reading, and when I read Intelligence something happened that had been going to happen right from the start, sooner or later: I read something that disagreed with something I’d earlier … Continue reading

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Alternative Thoughts: Stories of Your Life and Others, by Ted Chiang – plus a short story

Dove also wrote her thoughts on this one, and hers are better, but here’s mine.

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Thoughts: Stories of Your Life And Others, by Ted Chiang

I don’t read many short story collections, so this will be another collection of thoughts without much wider context for comparison, I’m afraid. It has been a while since I indulged in some proper sci-fi, though, and I enjoyed myself. … Continue reading

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Thoughts: Kipps, by H. G. Wells

This is the part of the holiday when I’d run out of books. I downloaded the sample of Suite Française by Irène Némirovsky because I wasn’t sure about reading in French on the Kindle and I didn’t know whether the … Continue reading

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