A. Skudder

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Helpful votes received on reviews: 87% (2,154 of 2,464)
Location: Crawley, West Sussex
Anniversary: 20 Aug
Birthday: 29 Sep


Top Reviewer Ranking: 896 - Total Helpful Votes: 2154 of 2464
Convergence by Mike French
Convergence by Mike French
4.0 out of 5 stars A strange cocktail, 16 April 2014
This book is a bit of a mixture of serious and thoughtful science fiction and knockabout comedy science fiction.

The serious parts remind me a bit of Charles Stross's Accelerando or some of the Corey Doctorow books, particularly in the way that they deal with the concepts and possibilities of the mind and how scientific advances in that area can impact on life, identity and morality. All these ideas about storing minds or transferring them to clones are much more interesting than just writing about spaceships and aliens - although there is a spaceship in the book as well.

The knockabout parts might draw comparisons with Douglas Adams, but for me they are more… Read more
Do a Runner ~ Athletico Spizz 80
Do a Runner ~ Athletico Spizz 80
5.0 out of 5 stars About time too!, 14 April 2014
Only 30 years after CD players appeared we finally get these two albums released on CD to replace our ancient and played-to-death vinyl!

At first glance this looks expensive for an old album, then you realise that it is actually the two Spizz albums in their entirety. It is a bit of a shame it was not packaged that way to be clearer and also to include the cover art from Spikey Dream Flowers.

In an ideal world, this would be a 2-disc package, with each album having its own extras. Do A Runner could include the non-album singles and B sides (No Room, Spock's Missing, Hot Deserts, Legal Proceedings) while Spikey Dream Flowers could include the unreleased 12" single… Read more
The Hell of it All by Charlie Brooker
The Hell of it All by Charlie Brooker
This is every bit as much fun to read as Brooker's other books of colected Screen Burn and other Guardian columns.

This one is collected from columns published in 2008/2009 and there is an extra level of fun in reading it with hindsight because you know that he got married in 2010 and now has a couple of children so those extreme and poisonous columns of how useless romance and babies are now have an extra poignancy. You read them with half your mind wondering if he will hide them from the kids when they grow up.

Two practical things to note here:
At about the 90% point, and halfway through a paragraph, when I hit the next page button I got the page that says 'now… Read more

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