Not reading as much

I haven't been reading as much this year as in past years.

I don't have the numbers on it, but I definitely feel like I'm reading less. I'm becoming the stereotypical middle-aged male that Le Guin wrote about in Why Are Americans Afraid of Dragons?—not reading fiction because I'm …

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Reading update: May 2018

This post was due in April. Turns out the April is the cruellest month (who knew!), so we're all going to have to settle for a mid-May post.

I hear that middle-aged men are the least likely to read books. Certainly my own reading has gone down in the last …

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Reading update: January 2018

I'm on holiday in Australia with a bit of spare time on my hands. Here's what I've read since the last update.


  • Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel

    This book is very highly praised by many people whom I admire, and so I wanted to like it much more …

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Reading update: December 2017

I've let my reading updates slide this year, and haven't been tracking things quite so well.

Nevertheless, here's what I've read since my last update


  • The Corporation Wars: Insurgence, Ken Macleod

    Macleod continues to write sci-fi for nerds who like economics, politics, and AI. If that floats your boat …

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Reading update: May 2017


  • Assassin's Fate, Robin Hobb

    Feels like a farewell tour of the Six Duchies universe.

  • Empire Games, Charles Stross

  • Castle in the Air, Diana Wynne Jones (reread)

  • Echopraxia, Peter Watts

  • The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern

    Very much enjoyed the characters and the world, but wish the plot were more engaging …

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Reading update, December 2016

Using iPad for reading fairly heavily. My normal means for keeping track of reading has been disrupted slightly, so here's a best effort attempt. In particular, I may have forgotten to make a note of physical books I've read.


  • A Borrowed Man, Gene Wolfe
  • The Hanging Tree, Ben Aaronovitch …
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Reading update, September 2016

Here's what I've been reading since January.


  • The Last Continent, Terry Pratchett
  • Jingo, Terry Pratchett
  • The Corporation Wars: Dissidence, Ken Macleod
  • Maskerade, Terry Pratchett
  • Feet of Clay, Terry Pratchett
  • The Sharing Knife: Horizon, Lois McMaster Bujold
  • The Sharing Knife: Passage, Lois McMaster Bujold
  • The Sharing Knife: Legacy, Lois McMaster …
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Reading update, end of 2015

My Kindle died just before Christmas, which meant I lost my records of what I've read. This is reconstructed list of (almost) everything I've read since the end of June 2015.

At least on my Kindle, it's been almost entirely fiction.

  • The Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison
  • Sorcerer to the Crown …
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Reading update 2015q2

Quick update today, over a month late.


Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu is well-written, engaging, cerebral science fiction. Credit to the translator, who has made the prose sing. Highly recommended.

The Star Fraction: Book One: The Fall Revolution by Ken MacLeod. I enjoyed this book but it had so …

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Reading update 2015q1

It's Eastier Saturday, I'm in my flat, feeling a bit dizzy.


  • Blindsight, Peter Watts
  • Keeping It Real, Justina Robson
  • Red Country, Joe Abercrombie
  • The Fire Sermon, Francesca Haig
  • Elric of Melniboné and Other Stories, Michael Moorcock
  • A Man Lay Dead, Ngaio Marsh
  • Enter a Murderer, Ngaio Marsh

Blindsight is …

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Reading update 2014q4

I'm writing from Reese, Michigan, USA, in the cosy comfort of my in-laws lounge room.


  • The Complete Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde, Oscar Wilde
  • Three Parts Dead, Max Gladstone
  • Ancillary Sword, Ann Leckie
  • The Road, Cormac McCarthy
  • Foxglove Summer, Ben Aaronovitch
  • The Peripheral, William Gimbson
  • C, Tom McCarthy
  • The …
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Reading update 2014q3

Another quarter, another reading list.


  • The Amazing Adventures of Cavalier and Klay, Michael Chabon
  • Fool's Assassin, Robin Hobb
  • The Widow's House, Daniel Abraham
  • Equoid, Charles Stross
  • Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut
  • The Ghost Brigades, John Scalzi
  • The Rhesus Chart, Charles Stross

Lots of great stuff here. I continue to love Charlie …

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Reading update 2014q2

I stopped kickboxing some time in February, and seem to have spent all of the extra time reading.

Here's the list; thoughts follow after.


  • The Instrumentality of Mankind, Cordwainer Smith
  • Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie
  • The Hydrogen Sonata, Iain M. Banks
  • The Hundred Days, Patrick O'Brian
  • World War Z, Max …
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Reading update 2014q1

For this reading update, the only thing that really matters is I have finally read Paradise Lost. Everything else, no matter how pleasant, substantial, informative, or entertaining is mere vapour in comparison.

I've tried reading Paradise Lost a couple of times before now, and each time have got bogged down …

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A bumpy start to the year

At the very least, technologically speaking.

After a very pleasant holiday in Australia over Christmas, I had only a couple of weeks back in London before gallivanting across the Atlantic to pay calls on colleagues in our New York and Kirkland offices. The week and a half in the land …

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Reading update 2013q4

I read an awful lot in the last three months of 2013, helped along by a long holiday in Australia punctuated with lots of flights. Here's a little bit about what I read.

A full list is at the bottom.


In the world of fiction, I finally got around …

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"alphabet reflections"

Yesterday's post was a strictly factual wrapping up of the Alphabet Supremacy.

Today is the day for opinion. In particular, what my favourites were, and what I hope to be doing next year. (Hint: not the Alphabet Supremacy). If you're interested in more details about the process, I still hold …

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Look up. If you could see past the ceiling and the clouds, above the blue sky and the light pollution, beyond the orbit of the moon and into the highest heavens, you would see the zenith, the point of the celestial sphere directly above you.

Of course it doesn't exist …

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Bice and I have talked about this before. Neither of us have any affinity for the zombie aesthetic that seems to have infected all of pop culture over these last few years. So rather than rant about just how dull these monsters are, I want to talk about when I …

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