November 13th, 2013


Wednesday reading

Reamde, by Neal Stephenson
Jacob Have I Loved, by Katherine Paterson
The Wise Man's Fear, by Patrick Rothfuss
[Doctor Who] Dark Progeny, by Steve Emmerson
About Time: The Unauthorized Guide to Doctor Who, 2005-2006; Series 1 & 2, by Tat Wood

Last books finished
Reading the Oxford English Dictionary: One Man, One Year, 21,730 Pages, by Ammon Shea
Isaac Asimov: A Life of the Grand Master of Science Fiction, by Michael White
[Doctor Who] Sleepy, by Kate Orman

Next books
There Will be Time, by Poul Anderson
Patternmaster, by Octavia Butler
Rendezvous with Rama, by Arthur C. Clarke
Eyeless in Gaza, by Aldous Huxley

Books acquired in last week
Saints of the Shadow Bible, by Ian Rankin
And Novacon happened:
The Sound of his Horn, by Sarban
TOR: Assassin Hunter, by Billy Bob Buttons
Halo: The Thursday War, by Karen Traviss
Heaven's War, by David S Goyer
Prophet of Bones, by Ted Kosmatka
Pattern-Master, by Octavia E. Butler
Dawn, by Octavia E. Butler
Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand, by Samuel R. Delany
doctor who

50 years of Who: 2009


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The first Who from 2009 that I encountered: By this stage I was a proper Big Finish subscriber, and got and listened to The Judgement of Isskar as soon as it came out. I was 41.

My favourite Who from 2009: This is not such a great year for televised Who, but a very good one for Sarah Jane, with The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith perhaps the high point. Children of Earth is also the most consistently good Torchwood series. But, but, but - The Mahogany Murderers, the first of (as it turned out) many Big Finish plays reuniting Jago and Litefoot from The Talons of Weng Chiang thirty years earlier, is a total delight. (Other, more continuity-heavy hits from BF: Paper Cuts, Death in Blackpool.) This year also sees the best (so far) of the New Who books, Beautiful Chaos by Gary Russell

Moving swiftly on from: Another Big Finish audio, Enemy of the Daleks, where the guest cast seem to be just phoning in their performances. The Hornet's Nest audios with Tom Baker and Richard Franklin were generally disappointing as well. And Mission to Magnus should never have been made.

So, what was your favourite of the above? What is the best bit? (And if you like, what is the worst bit?)

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