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How to make the good guys look bad…

How to make the good guys look bad…

  I’ve recently finished reading the Family D’Alembert series by E.E. ‘Doc’ Smith and Stephen Goldin, which could be summed up as a not-particularly-high-quality but nevertheless mildly enjoyable science-fiction adventure series, in which the galaxy’s elite team of super-agents are a brother-sister duo from the ‘Circus of the Galaxy’, whose acrobatic training allows them to overcome their foes. The books, as I say, are fairly entertaining light reading. The plot of each book essentially sees the main characters on a…

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Quarterly Book Round Up: July 2018

Quarterly Book Round Up: July 2018

The quarterly book review provides a non-exhaustive list of some of the books I read and enjoyed in the previous quarter. Kane and Abel (Jeffrey Archer) I always feel mildly guilty reading Archer, given the perjury issues, but this was a hugely enjoyable book. It followed two people from very¬† different backgrounds, their rivalry and their rise to success, in this case in the United States in business between about 1910 and 1960. Archer’s gift, as in First Among Equals…

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Book Review: The Three Body Problem

Book Review: The Three Body Problem

Minimal spoilers only – less than reading the blurb of the three books. Quite simply the best science fiction I’ve read in a decade. Cixin Liu’s Three Body Problem, with its two sequels (the trilogy is collectively titled ‘Remembrance of Earth’s Past) is both gripping and immersive, intensely human in its depiction of characters yet of almost unimaginable grandeur in its scope and scale. The science feels robust, firmly rooted in today’s theories and possibilities, even when speculating on future…

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