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  • Commented on A Storm Of Stories
    Definitely. Reading more but more importantly I'm buying more. For the last 20 years I'd buy maybe 5-6 novels a year plus get a few as presents. In the last 6 months I've 65 kindle orders and I'd say 2/3rds...
  • Commented on A Storm Of Stories
    "...we just say "screw it" and re-read Accelerando instead." I can honestly say that has not been my experience either. Since I got a kindle about 3 years ago the number of new authors that I've read has increased out...
  • Commented on Where Have All the Women Gone?
    Bloody hell...of all the depressing posts in this thread (and let's face it there have been a few) you had to get the worst one in early. Be honest, I don't know what the answer is. There's obviously a problem...
  • Commented on Any Sufficiently Advanced Technology Is Indistinguishable From Cthulhu
    There's a new St Mary's book coming out? There always seems to be. What is it now? 6-7 novels and 3 short stories in under 2 years? There must have been one hell of a backlog on Jodie Taylor's machine....
  • Commented on Any Sufficiently Advanced Technology Is Indistinguishable From Cthulhu
    Really? You don't think that finding out that a genre I generally enjoy is principally written as a sub-genre of one I generally don't would be depressing, irrespective of the genres involved? I would be just as depressed if you...
  • Commented on Any Sufficiently Advanced Technology Is Indistinguishable From Cthulhu
    In other words, the fantasy and SF sub-genres within romance are bigger than the free-range fantasy and SF genres outside romance. As if Tuesdays weren't depressing enough......
  • Commented on That "Annihilation Score" spoiler thread you're all asking for
    " or he hasn't told Mo any details about TAC at all." His geas didn't allow him to. It was a plot point early in TRC. Whatever did happen with Mhari it didn't set off Mo's ward, but at what...
  • Commented on That "Annihilation Score" spoiler thread you're all asking for
    ah...don't you love the smell of incomprehension in the morning. I wasn't challenging your assertion that as a species we could be seen as psychopaths. I was challenging your arrogant assertion that no of us were aware of the fact,...
  • Commented on That "Annihilation Score" spoiler thread you're all asking for
    "You're psychopaths and you don't even realize it." Well it depends where the cut off is. My wife and I both scored 64% on that Channel 4 test, which we found that hysterically funny. Everyone else seemed to find it...
  • Commented on That "Annihilation Score" spoiler thread you're all asking for
    Bugger...some one beat me to it....
  • Commented on That "Annihilation Score" spoiler thread you're all asking for
    Waaaay back in the Atrocity Archives Mo's research was in "Bayesian reasoning based on statistics.." and she raved (or at least Bob thought she raved) about Knuth's suppressed volume 4 of The Art of Computer Programming. Mo might not be...
  • Commented on That "Annihilation Score" spoiler thread you're all asking for
    You might find they would have two spare bedrooms if Bob got rid of his old crap treasured possessions. In my experience spare rooms will be rapidly colonised by all the stuff you want to keep but have no immediate...
  • Commented on That "Annihilation Score" spoiler thread you're all asking for
    The trouble is it's inconsistent. In TRC Bob descibes their house as Victorian mid-terrace house with two spare bedrooms. In TAS Mo reckons it's an inter-war semi-detached. Bob might be a little dense at times but I think even he...
  • Commented on That "Annihilation Score" spoiler thread you're all asking for
    I wouldn't put it past the SA, if he thought Bob would take the edge off Mo's game....
  • Commented on That "Annihilation Score" spoiler thread you're all asking for
    If I'd come to the series cold and I hadn't seen comments to the effect that "Bob is an unreliable narrator" I might haven't taken the previous books at face value. As it is no real surprises but a more...
  • Commented on That "Annihilation Score" spoiler thread you're all asking for
    It's in Rhesus Chart where Angleton, Lockhart and the Senior Auditor decide to send Mo off to the Blue Hades meeting. Lockhart says Bob's "...on the tier below but coming along nicely."...
  • Commented on That "Annihilation Score" spoiler thread you're all asking for
    "...invisible middle aged women phenomenon which I'd never heard of before..." I had, although given Bob's descriptions of Mo I was a little surprised. But then as we know, unlike every other husband on the planet, Bob doesn't listen and...
  • Commented on That "Annihilation Score" spoiler thread you're all asking for
    Personally, I was relieved. I was afraid that Bob's unreliability would be him being a lying bastard rather than, as it appears, living inside the same comfy pink cloud of self-delusion as the rest of us....
  • Commented on Book Launch
    Personally I'm just waiting to find out how much of a bullsh cough an unreliable narrator Bob is...always assuming Mo is in anyway more reliable. By a (genuine) happy coincidence I'm working from home on Thursday....
  • Commented on The referendum question
    I think we part company on the Road to Wigan Pier, Charlie....
  • Commented on The referendum question
    I was with you (if not necessarily in agreement) up until that definition of "working class" which expanded the scope to the point it was meaningless. I always used to find it laughable when the professional seat warmers on Question...
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