October 2nd, 2010


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Gibbon Chapter XXXII: Arcadius, St John Chrysostom, and Theodosius II


Who evening: which are the good first episodes?

On the spur of the moment we have decided to watch an episode from each Doctor's era until we decide it is bedtime. F has stipulated that it should be first episodes, apart from The Keys of Marinus #3 which is next in his personal sequence. I in turn will specify The Mind Robber #1 for Troughton. But I am agnostic about good first episodes for later Doctors to show an eleven-year-old who is a keen reader of Doctor Who Magazine but hasn't seen that much Old Who. So, what do you think?

A book (or books) I’ve read more than twice

There are plenty of books that I've read for a second time; there are rather fewer that I've read more often. Apart from the inevitable Tolkien, here are half a dozen which I have returned to in the last two years:

A Canticle for Leibowitz, by Walter M. Miller
The Big Time by Fritz Leiber
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
This Immortal by Roger Zelazny
Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny
The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Why yes, five of those six are SF classics. Are you surprised?

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