January 8th, 2016

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Links I found interesting for 08-01-2016

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Saga vol 5, by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Latest in the excellent and entertaining series by Vaughan and Staples, though I feel a bit less enthused than by some previous volumes - most of the fun characters have now been introduced, some have been removed from the scene, and there is a bit of shuffling the pieces around the story board to get them into the right place. It will probably get one of my Hugo nominations, but probably not my vote.
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Doctor Who Short Trips [1]: Zodiac, ed Jacqueline Rayner

This was the first of 29 anthologies of stories featuring the first eight Doctors published by Big Finish between 2002 and 2009. This takes the dubious proposition that astrology as developed on Earth might somehow be relevant to Gallifrey, and asks twelve writers to write stories based on signs of the Zodiac. The results are variable; the one that particularly grabbed me was Ian Potter's Third Doctor / Brigadier / Liz Shaw story "Still Lives", though I did not really see its relevance to the sign of the Crab which it supposedly represents. Also noted for one of my other lists, Joseph Lidster's "I Was a Monster!!!", representing Capricorn, which is set in Dublin.

I'll be reading these in order, but skipping those I have previously read, including the next two in the series which I read back in 2006.
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Friday reading

Current
Watership Down, by Richard Adams
Travelling Light, by Tove Jansson
Relative Dementias, by Mark Michalowski
Ms. Marvel Volume 2: Generation Why, by G. Willow Wilson
Wylding Hall, by Elizabeth Hand

Last books finished
Saga vol 5, by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples
Zodiac ed Jacqueline Rayner
Jews vs Aliens, eds Lavie Tidhar and Rebecca Levene
A Day In Deep Freeze, by Lisa Shapter
Rupert Wong: Cannibal Chef, by Cassandra Khaw
The Philosopher Kings, by Jo Walton

Last week's audios
The Yes Men, by Simon Guerrier
The Forsaken, by Justin Richards
The Black Hole, by Simon Guerrier

Next books
Dry Pilgrimage by Paul Leonard
Bételgeuse, tome 3 : L'Expédition by Leo

Books acquired in last week
Wylding Hall, by Elizabeth Hand
Rupert Wong: Cannibal Chef, by Cassandra Khaw
A Day In Deep Freeze, by Lisa Shapter