Tag: books

Ten things that make me happy

I recently got tagged by Fed to write my own version of his post '10 things that make me happy". But I got the notification while I was lying on the beach in Sitges, so there was no way I was going to touch the keyboard until I was back here in London. As for ...

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I spoke too soon…

After yesterday's optimism and sheer joy at cobbling together such an enjoyable Saturday, I spent most of last night wide awake due to a combination of noisy neighbours, insomnia and the arrival of an unrequested pizza. I was in bed and ready for sleep by 10pm last night, due to an early start. I drifted ...

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Some really “amazing adventures”…

Two nights ago, I finished what is now my favourite book of the year (so far!): Michael Chabon's "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay". I read his "The Yiddish Policemen's Union" earlier this year and loved every page. "...Kavalier and Clay" was even better. Set before the USA decided to join in the fun ...

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Review: The Yiddish Policemen’s Union

I finished this book last night, while struggling with an incredibly uncomfortable hotel bed. I can say without reservation that "The Yiddish Policemen's Union" was a joy to read from start to finish. From the opening page to its final sentence, it kept me hooked - which is no mean feat.  Set in an alternate history ...

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Getting my geek on…

Catching up with some reading and watching, geek-style. Owing to a particularly busy work-week, I have a stack of excellent comics awaiting me. I'm particularly interested to see how 'Original Sin' pans out after last issue's cliffhanger ending. I spent some remaining iTunes vouchers on the latest season of Falling Skies (never seen this one) ...

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Kindle love

  Ah, Kindle love…I’m so glad I went back to a Kindle keyboard model. I’ve been tearing through books since I got it. It’s just so light and perfectly proportioned in the hand. I didn’t take to the on-screen tapping required when using the Kindle Paperwhite and much prefer physical buttons. It sounds silly, but the ...

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Going old school

People who know me associate me with gadgets and the frequent updating thereof. This usually takes the form of moving to new and more advanced versions of each piece of tech as they are released, so I can take advantage of each new aspect of functionality. Tech launches somehow (sadly) make me feel like I can’t live ...

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My reading nook

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Premature excitement?

So my heart was all aflutter at the thought of getting my grubby little mitts on on Kindle Matchbook. Yet this morning, Amazon emailed me to let me know about the new Kindle Paperwhite (really not sure it's worth my while upgrading) but there was a noticeable lack of mentions of Kindle Matchbook or indeed ...