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  • Commented on Dead Lies Dreaming: Spoilers
    I was also taken by the excavator detail. Google informed me that despite the original 2014 source (New Statesman article, picked up by the Graun and others), the Evening Standard debunked it a few days later. Convincingly, I thought. Ghost...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    A purely hypothetical question for OGH, or anyone with insight. Suppose, just as a gedanken experiment, that this election was stolen --- that actually there was a Biden landslide in all of the marginals, but that (handwavium) something was done...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Its a measure of how anxious I am these days that I was genuinely relieved to see your scenario end with the nukes defused (the coda of ABC arrested was a fillip, too, but the relief ... whoa.) If only...
  • Commented on No comment necessary
    (I couldnt work out how to flag it on the Tor site, but in your author bio, they misspelt Delirium: > including Locus Award finalist The Dilirium Brief...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    Look, the problem with burning people on the heath is that that is where the farmers market is on Saturday mornings. The good burghers of Hampstead are purchasing cruelty free meat and the occasional organic mustard leaf. Do not disturb...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    Aaargh... your tweet feed handle.... aaargh. Please change it back, the aesthetic assault is just one thing too many.......
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    Damn you are good. Love the language, layered and particular, and how it worldbuilds, evocatively. 'Davvening'. Grin. (oy). Dreich. (The grounded weirdness of your Scottish/Yiddish mashup, Trainspotting meets Augie March, but with way better gender politics...) And if your past...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    This is what I don't understand: There are essentially _no_ UK beneficiaries of a Brexit, and as for a hard Brexit... it is actively harmful to almost the entire population. This in contrast to the market chaos we are experiencing...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    > so that those who can't - the disabled, the unemployed, people in care homes, etc - have the best chance we can give them. Ouch. That is a genuinely convincing argument. Any advice on how to store 20kg bags...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    If the collateral damage for revoking article 50 is unrecoverable crisis for the monarchy, I for one would be not unhappy. Not likely, sadly, even in my dreams. (PS, yes riots in November, but stockpile in October. And expect shortages...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    I don't understand it, how this is happening... (Do you remember when we believed in the existence of a deep state? Innocent days. Now if we want to impose order on events, we posit it is chaos loving hedge fundies,...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    Yes, precisely. Nice that someone understands the problem.......
  • Commented on The Labyrinth Index: sneak preview!
    Does the disquieting visceral horror subside? That sense of being powerless --- and complicit --- in the face of capricious menace is ... too evocative. It does not make easy reading. (Despite all the sly references to contemporary British politicians,...
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    Off topic, but reading the news, such as https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/27/us/politics/scott-pruitt-epa-justice-department-funding.html made me realise just how accurate teh Delirium Brief is, in the way government departments can be compromised and taken down. I had thought/hoped it was just (?!) satire....
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    You might enjoy, wryly, https://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/murray-les/the-tune-on-your-mind-0570014 (Les Murray, one of the most feted of Australian poets, discovered that he was on the spectrum in his 60s, I think.)...
  • Commented on Book day!
    Still reading it. It's substantial, meaty, and very much your Brexit/Trump novel. And yes, you've completely broken the cosy catastrophe model for British occult fantasy. (Well done!) But it is cheating, both in terms of real world retconning (series evolves...
  • Commented on Book day!
    That was meant as a reply to #135...
  • Commented on Book day!
    Nicely put! Though not-Cameron's actions, dissolving the Laundry without notice or plan, sounds *exactly* like what is happening in Brexit. Today's news alone..... [And so your recipe of what the agency could have done is perhaps overly optimistic --- look...
  • Commented on Book day!
    Your two postings, #32 and #20, mean that the events of this novel are about the start (/end?) of CNG (?) So this is not going to be the sweet and surprisingly cheery novel the last one was. It really...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Total squee. Just started reading it, got through the Paxman interview cringing.... past the recaps unneeded for the readers of this blog, .. and got to the punchline of the meeting in the auditors office. Whoa. You really do think...
  • Commented on In other news ...
    That is just lovely. Especially for those of us who get more pleasure out of the character driven snippets then the tech descriptions (no matter how rigorous or thoughtful they are). And it's reassuring that Bob & Mo are working...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLOND
    You know, if I didn't actually live here I'd take great pleasure in watching the last remnant of an imperial power downsize in influence, living conditions, relevance, etc, an utterly unforced suicidal walk off the cliff. Living here, and watching...
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    I'm looking for something about three times the size of the anti-war demonstrations in 2003, calling for another referendum. But this time, unlike with Blair, all the establishment are on side....
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    Anyone know if there are any large 'remain' demonstrations planned? I'm about to write to 38 degrees and ask them. I'd like to march with about 10 million or so of my neighbours, in London and other cities, in favour...
  • Commented on A taste of nightmares to come
    I just understood, courtesy of the NYT, the typographical oddness of your handle. Is this something you picked up from the NYT, or has this meme genuinely spread in the wild? ((( null-I )))...
  • Commented on A taste of nightmares to come
    Squee. Looking forward to this. Nice to have another new narrative voice, though I also miss Bob's. (And interesting how having Mo's internal narrative made me less invested in shipping Bob/Mo -- somehow you see the relationship from both sides,...
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    I sincerely hope you are undervaluing your price for such a novel, by between a factor of 2 and 10. 10^6 dollars is easily afforded by a % of hedge fund types far less successful, or distinctive, than you are...
  • Commented on Deploying the monomyth in Space Opera
    In the middle aged professor version I know best, the Hero's journey is their attempt to understand their work (space drive, in your example). And, as the (sadly true) joke has it, s/he has a partner and a piece on...
  • Commented on That "Annihilation Score" spoiler thread you're all asking for
    Sorry, I know I should just reread, but: Did I miss it --- what was the SA's reason for assembling Bob's ex-es into a team! that fights crime! ? (Obviously they were fabulously well qualified, but the Bob connection?) And,...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Equoid
    Sigh. Fair enough. And I do look forward to seeing how your characters manage to avoid despair, what fruitless hopes you hold up to them, only to snatch away, and how you manage to do that while still having the...
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