August 26th, 2012

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Links I found interesting for 26-08-2012

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August Books 25) The Space Age, by Steve Lyons

An Eighth Doctor Adventure that I felt might have worked better as a TV episode; in a dying city on a desolated planet, two gangs of mods and rockers, kidnapped from 1965 England many years before, are preparing for the final conflict, when the Doctor, Fitz and Compassion arrive and expose the computer and alien intelligences behind it all. OK but not all that much there compared with some of the other books in this range.
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August Books 26) Tender is the Night, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Sometimes great classics (often by American writers) fail to grab me and I'm afraid this was one of those times. The novel follows the dubiously named psychiatrist Dick Diver, his wife and former patient Nicole, and the young actress Rosemary who he falls in love with, over a period of several years in and around southern France. Most of the characters seemed frankly unpleasant people to me, and while there are some dramatically violent moments they don't seem to lead to much. The Great Gatsby had much the same observations to make about society but I thought did it better.