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Pollen by Jeff Noon
Pollen by Jeff Noon
I read this ages ago (in paperback) and have recently re-read it now on the Kindle. I do like Jeff Noon's work and think Pollen is probably one of the best (even better than Vurt and Nymphomation which are both excellent books themselves). If you've not read this yet and like the whole 'Vurtchester scene' then I can wholeheartedly recommend it.
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami
OK, so I like Murakami's work - have most of them in either ebook or physical book form and I'm a runner too - though not to the levels that he obviously runs at - so it sort of made sense to give this one a go. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but the short chapters each of which describe various aspects of training, running races and some of the 'back story' of his life were all things I could relate to, so yes I enjoyed it.

If you're expecting some of the more esoteric aspects of Murakami's writing you'll be disappointed. If you're expecting some magical insight to make you a better runner then likewise. Actually, I did find one that helped me personally but I won't spoil… Read more
Down on the Farm: A Tor.Com Original (Laundry File&hellip by Charles Stross
Not quite as good as 'Equoid' which (to my mind at least) is the best of the three Laundry short stories on my Kindle but good nonetheless. With any short story there is only so many pages to tell the tale so they don't have the space to expand the plot / end somewhat "quickly" which is obviously less satisfying than the longer stories where there is more 'time' to tell the tale. But this is really quibbling - it's a good story. If you like the other Laundry files and haven't read this one; do so! But if you haven't read any Charles Stross and wanted a 'sample' to try it out, I'd go with Equoid instead :-) Really looking forward to the next 'installment' of the Laundry files… Read more