October 31st, 2019


My tweets

  • Wed, 12:03: RT @RichardBullick1: Whatever your perspective it’s a remarkable state of affairs and a sign of the times when the Belfast Newsletter sugge…
  • Wed, 12:56: The General Election – identifying the top bellwether seats https://t.co/nssCnhu6oz Apparently Bedford is the average GB seat.
  • Wed, 14:03: RT @Claire_Phipps: Richard Braine quits as Ukip leader after less than three months, "leaving Ukip seeking its seventh permanent leader sin…
  • Wed, 15:07: RT @AmberRuddHR: Funny thing really, as just last week the PM asked me to stand in the General Election. Afraid the Chief Whip has been br…
  • Wed, 15:54: Interesting that in general men are more likely than women to have *both* a favourable *and* an unfavourable view o… https://t.co/CbJoLTfgvL
  • Wed, 16:05: RT @imbadatlife: a unified theory of that chart of pro-EU politicians https://t.co/xEwpuqZsz3
  • Wed, 17:11: RT @leahtriss: Going as Former Gifted Child for Halloween and the whole costume is just gonna be people asking “What are you supposed to be…
  • Wed, 20:08: RT @IanDunt: Jess Phillips to Bercow: "It's a delight to see your children watching here today. I know that while you have a responsibility…
  • Wed, 20:48: RT @NotLasers: I like saying things in ways that, while entirely true, make them sound far more worrisome than they actually are, i.e. “my…
  • Wed, 20:48: RT @NickyMorgan01: For the first time in 18 years I won't be a candidate in the next General Election. I've loved being #Loughborough's voi…
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October Books

Non-fiction: 4 (YTD 45)
Sheelagh Murnaghan, 1924-1993: Stormont’s Only Liberal MP, by Ruth Illingworth
Seven Pillars of Wisdom, by T.E. Lawrence
Is There Life Outside The Box? An Actor Despairs, by Peter Davison
Luck and the Irish, by Roy Foster

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Fiction (non-sf): 6 (YTD 31)
David Copperfield, by Charles Dickens
Sybil, by Benjamin Disraeli
The Nannies, by Brian Killick
The Heralds, by Brian Killick
The Bastard of Istanbul, by Eilif Shafak
Beneath The Dome, by Brian Killick

sf (non-Who): 4 (YTD 67)
Cloud and Ashes, by Greer Gilman
The Sparrow, by Mary Doria Russell
Be My Enemy, by Ian McDonald
The Computer Connection, by Alfred Bester

Doctor Who, etc: 1 (YTD 26)
The Triple Knife, and other Doctor Who stories, by Jenny T. Colgan

Comics 2 (YTD 27)
Frédégonde, la sanguinaire, Tome 1, by Virginie Greiner and Alessia de Vincenzi
Frédégonde, la sanguinaire, Tome 2, by Virginie Greiner and Alessia de Vincenzi

5,400 pages (YTD 54,400)
7/17 (YTD 79/197) by non-male writers (Illingworth, Shafak, Gilman, Russell, Colgan, Greiner/de Vincenzi x 2))
0/17 (YTD 29/197) by PoC (I don't think Peter Davison counts himself in this category)
4/17 (YTD 27/197) rereads (Seven Pillars of Wisdom, The Heralds, Beneath the Dome, The Sparrow)

Reading now
Normal People, by Sally Rooney
The Calcutta Chromosome, by Amitav Ghosh
The Camelot Club, by Brian Killick
Tom Jones, by Henry Fielding

Coming soon (perhaps)
Two Brothers, by Ben Elton
The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
A Close Run Thing, by Allan Mallinson
"Catch That Zeppelin!", by Fritz Leiber
One of the 28th: A tale of Waterloo, by G. A. Henty
Halo: The Thursday War, by Karen Traviss
The Last Days of New Paris, by China Miéville
My Century, by Günther Grass
The Invisible Man, by H.G. Wells
Dragon’s Claw, by Steve Moore
The Three Musketeers, by Alexandre Dumas
Les Survivants, vol 1, by Leo
Western Sahara: War, Nationalism and Conflict Irresolution, by Stephen Zunes
She Was Good-She Was Funny, by David Marusek
Being Human: Bad Blood, by James Goss
Dragonworld, by Byron Preiss
Excession, by Iain M. Banks
Oathbringer, by Brandon Sanderson