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The Sony Reader: An Illustrated Primer

August 29th, 2007 · 40 Comments

The device that set off such a furore on this blog about The Death of Publishers and also resulted in a feature in the Bookseller has finally arrived in my hands. While I’ve only been using it for a week, I think it would be useful to share some first impressions of the Sony Reader [...]

Tags: book · future · review · tech

The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate

August 19th, 2007 · No Comments

One of my favourite authors is Ted Chiang. I’m not entirely sure what Ted does with his time, since over the course of seventeen years, he’s written fewer than a dozen short stories, the sum of which would easily fit into a typical novel. Of course, this has nothing to do with the quality of [...]

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Bookmooch

July 11th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Along with selling a whole bunch of games, I’ve started addressing the problem of my overflowing bookshelves. Granted, I only have two bookshelves, but I’m not really at a stage in life now where I have the space to keep hundreds of books. A couple of weeks ago, it was getting so bad that I [...]

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Transformers – not enough robots

July 3rd, 2007 · No Comments

That’s what this wonderfully incisive Movie Preview Review says, anyway:

I’m going to see the movie – for the robots.

Tags: film · review · silly · video

Yann Tiersen – a disappointment

June 21st, 2007 · No Comments

A couple of months ago, I went to see Yann Tiersen play at The Scala in London. Mr Tiersen is, of course, the person behind the tinkling, cheery and immensely popular music to Amelie and Goodbye Lenin.
Shortly before the gig, I discovered that he probably wouldn’t be playing just Amelie-style music, but instead he’d be [...]

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Oasis Hong Kong – a review

June 19th, 2007 · 26 Comments

There are a few reasons why I decided to go to Hong Kong for my holiday. Relatives, culture, shopping, food, gadgets, China, Macau and Disneyland were all factors. The biggest factor, however, was a new airline called Oasis Hong Kong that was selling return tickets for £275 (including everything).
£275 is significantly less than flights to [...]

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The Ruby in the Smoke

December 31st, 2006 · 5 Comments

Lately I’ve been seeing many people cursing the name of AA Gill (a TV critic for the Times), declaring that if they see his name, they skip to the next page. Given that I don’t watch any British television, I haven’t had much cause to join in on the cursing until now.
I quite enjoyed the [...]

Tags: book · review · tv · writing

Watching and Playing

December 29th, 2006 · No Comments

Usually I crack around Christmas and actually write a whole series of posts, perhaps due to the complete lack of work. And in fact I have several hundred words of notes lying around in various text files on my desktop, glowering at me whenever I press F11 on my keyboard and watch all of my [...]

Tags: film · games · review

The Prestige

November 21st, 2006 · No Comments

I find that when a movie is over-effusively recommended to me, my expectations become raised to the point where I can only be disappointed. So I’ll keep this short: you probably only have three more days to see The Prestige at your local cinema. I suggest you check it out. It’s one of the few [...]

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Ministry

November 17th, 2006 · No Comments

‘Ministry’ is the name of the latest installment of G. W. Dahlquist’s The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters. These sixty page booklets have been arriving on my desk every Monday for the last five weeks, and there are still another five to go. It’s certainly a novel delivery system.
I can’t remember exactly how I [...]

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