March 6th, 2014

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Links I found interesting for 06-03-2014

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February Books 13) The Forever Trap, by Dan Abnett

This is the last of the Tenth Doctor era audiobooks that I've got to (though only the second produced), and it's good to finish on a high note. Catherine Tate is the narrator, beautifully carrying off Donna and also the Tennant Doctor, in a plot that beings rather like the later TV story The God Complex, with a bunch of characters from different places yanked together unexpectedly in one big building, but takes off in quite a different direction, both funny and serious, with some very neat ideas (the spamming AI at the beginning is just the start). Dead Air is still my favourite Tenth Doctor audiobook, but this comes a close second.
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February Books 14) The Snowman, by Jo Nesbø

A police procedural, somewhere between Inspector Rebus and Lisbeth Salander (which is only appropriate given the Norwegian setting); a very vivid evocation of ordinary people in a small, cold country trying to grapple with extraordinary and awful things. I hadn't realised that this was the fourth novel in a series, so in fact the protagonist, Harry Hole, comes with some baggage from previous books which here comes back to bite him. The killer is horribly violent, and the plot has plenty of twists, though none of them feels unfair to the reader. As good as I had hoped.