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Hello everyone! As most of you will have noticed I stopped posting book updates on here; I've migrated to Goodreads (which is a pretty awesome website). If you want to keep up with me on Goodreads then feel free to do so, I've linked my account to Facebook so it should be easy to find me.

However, I wanted to list the books that I want to read in February (as much for my reference as anything else) so here goes.

Books I'm currently reading

Report on Probability A by Brian Aldiss*
World War Z by Max Brooks
The Reality Dysfunction by Peter F. Hamilton*

Books I want to read

Ack-Ack Macaque by Gareth L. Powell*†
Cyber Circus by Kim Lakin-Smith*
The Noise Within by Ian Whates*
Hothouse by Brian Aldiss*
Chasm City by Alastair Reynolds (possibly)*
Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie†
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell‡

* Author appearing at the Space Fiction event being held at the National Space Centre in February.
† Reading for book club.
‡ UK film release on 22nd February.

Date: 2013-01-23 03:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
We read World War Z for our book club. It was good but i hear they changed the structure for the film.

I loved Cloud Atlas! I can't wait to see the film (great reviews from US friends who have good taste).

Date: 2013-01-23 10:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Why are you reading three books at once? Why not one after the other?!

Date: 2013-01-23 10:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I usually have two on the go at once; one on my Nook, and one in paper. This allows me to have a book to read when I'm out and about and also have a book to read in the bath. Currently my paper book (The Reality Dysfunction) is 1200 pages long which is a bit much to take in my bag everywhere, and I'm paranoid about getting my Nook wet if I drop it. However, my supervisor leant me Report on Probability A the other day and I read it in labs, so that's why I've got three at the moment.

Date: 2013-01-23 11:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Report on Probability A is a pretty strange book, without much in the way of traditional narrative pleasure. Hothouse is strange in a more delightful way.

Date: 2013-01-23 11:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
My PhD supervisor leant it to me, presumably as some sort of test of my character. It's incredibly boring, but I find the fact that it's incredibly boring quite interesting in itself, so I'm still not sure if I'm enjoying it.

Date: 2013-01-23 11:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Perhaps he or she told you (or you've seen elsewhere) that it's indebted to the French nouveau roman (e.g. Robbe-Grillet), which was an avant garde movement trying to reinvent the novel in the '50s. Wikipedia sez: 'Rejecting many of the established features of the novel to date, Robbe-Grillet regarded many earlier novelists as old-fashioned in their focus on plot, action, narrative, ideas, and character. Instead, he put forward a theory of the novel as focused on objects: the ideal nouveau roman would be an individual version and vision of things, subordinating plot and character to the details of the world rather than enlisting the world in their service.'

"Subordinating plot and character to the details of the world" is something that science fiction is actually frequently accused of, but I confess I didn't understand the point of Aldiss' novel the one time I read it. My recollection is that it didn't feel very science fictional.
Edited Date: 2013-01-23 11:48 pm (UTC)


Date: 2013-06-06 09:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] connor farrell (from
Hey I saw a post where you recommended sheep shaver the mac OS emulator. I'm using and don't fully understand how it works. I've got it figured for the most part though. What I keep running into that is a massive problem is that I downloaded it so I can play a copy of "Deus Ex" now this Mac OS 9 emulator that I have running here doesnt have "rave" graphics card or "3dfx glide" I don't really know what this means other than because I'm using an emulator running the game on that the emulator has no physical graphics card and because the software believes it is operating on a mac os 9 not on a Mac OS9 within Mac OS 10 that the game won't play. Because you sounded much more well versed on the understanding behind why you need this for that in the computer world I figured I'd ask you. Do you know of a way to download a graphics card emulator or something of that nature onto the sheepshaver emulator. Or just in general how do I play this game without having to go and physically purchase an outdated mac?

Re: Sheepshaver

Date: 2013-06-06 10:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I actually have zero experience with SheepShaver, I'm afraid, but I've got a little experience with virtual machines and emulation and all that jazz, and I seem to recall that stuff like 3D rendering is difficult to do in such things, so it is probably tied up with that.

However, if you're trying to play the original Deus Ex, then a better way to achieve that presents itself. Simply install Steam and buy Deus Ex: Game of the Year Edition for £4.99. Then, install Windows XP through Boot Camp and play it that way—perhaps you or a friend have an old copy lying around, or perhaps there are less savoury copies floating around on the Internet.

Alternatively, if you don't want to use Boot Camp, you could get VirtualBox, which allows you to install operating systems and run them as programs on Mac OS X and is a free app. You might run into similar problems with the 3D, though, unfortunately.

Sorry I couldn't be more help, but hopefully I've given you some pointers.

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