November 26th, 2021

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COVID, day 9

Well, I am very glad to say that I feel a bit better today, and spent most of the afternoon downstairs. F ventured forth to the supermarket, armed only with a long shopping list, but seems to have survived the experience.

I did some mild blogging and even cleared this morning’s work emails, though that still leaves me more than a week in arrears. I generally write my book posts a couple of weeks in advance; tonight’s is the last that was written before I got the bug. But I expect to be able to do some catching up at the weekend, and the odds are that I will be fit for work on Monday.
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The HAVOC Files 3, ed. Andy Frankham-Allen

(This was the last review I had written before I went down with COVID. if you have been wondering how I kept up my daily book posts for the last week, it's because they had all been written some time before...)

Second paragraph of third story ("Eve of the Fomorians", by Robert Mammone):
All Danny saw was the faintest edge of the moon: pale and ghostly and sickle sharp, sailing dreamily through the gathering clouds. The faint hiss of waves running onto the shingle beach reached him, as did the lonely clanging of the buoy in the harbour, nodding and bowing with the tide.
Another collection of really strong short stories in the Lethbridge-Stewart continuity. I think my pick would be the first, "The Bledoe Cadets and the Bald Man of Pengriffen", by Tim Gambrell, a tale from the Brigadier's childhood with, as it turns out, no sfnal elements, but they are all good, requiring not too much familiarity with the surrounding novels. You can get it here.
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Friday reading

Current
The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien
Shanghai Sparrow, by Gaie Sebold
Beautiful World, Where Are You, by Sally Rooney
The Last Defender of Camelot, by Roger Zelazny (the 2002 collection, not the 1980s one of the same name)

Last books finished
Exploding School to Pieces: Growing Up With Pop Culture In the 1970s, by Mick Deal - did not finish
Mortal Engines, by Philip Reeve
The Story of Sex: From Apes to Robots, by Philippe Brenot and Laetitia Coryn
River of Gods, by Ian McDonald
The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun, by J R R Tolkien, ed. Verlyn Flieger
Waste Tide, by Qiufan Chen
Iron Council, by China Miéville - did not finish
One Bright Star to Guide Them, by John C. Wright
The Last Witness, by K. J. Parker

Next books
Le dernier Atlas, Tome 3, by Fabien Vehlmann
Lying Under the Apple Tree, by Alice Munro