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Interested in everything, rarely bored, being alive is just so amazing I really don't see why anyone needs a religion.

Left libertarian politics, Gore Vidal, Eric Hobsbawm, David Lynch, Iain M Banks, Anne Tyler, Slavoj Zizek, Marcel Proust, Tricia Sullivan, David Harvey, William Gibson, Spaghetti Westerns, Jeff Noon, Annie Proulx, Kurt Vonnegut, Nick Cohen, Thomas Fr… Read more

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Fujifilm X100S Digital Camera - Silver (16.3 MP, A&hellip by FujiFilm
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, 15 Aug 2014
I am slightly in awe of this camera.

Like many, I got fed up lugging my DSLR around with me. I experimented with point-and-shoot, but I really, really wanted a viewfinder. I don't much like using the screens and, of course, they are less than usable in bright sunshine anyway. So that's why I stuck with DSLRs for so long. And, of course, sensor size on many point-and-shoots is pretty small, so cropping becomes an issue with quality disappearing rapidly.

But then I came across this. Same size sensor as the Nikon DX or APS-C. And a point-and-shoot with a viewfinder. Ah yes, the viewfinder - both OVF and EVF - i.e. both Optical and Electronic. Both configurable to show,… Read more
Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Thomas Sweterlitsch
Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Thomas Sweterlitsch
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Minor Apocalypse, 3 Aug 2014
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Set in the near future, a world where everything is connected. I don't mean just social networking sites and the 'internet of things' but just about all electronic devices - and humans. Humans are connected by wi-fi, the aerials coils of fine wire under the scalp, linked directly to the brain, eyes replaced or enhanced by retinal scanners. Security cameras and drones, parking meters, shopping sites - everything is connected. And everything is stored forever in the Archive.

Ten years after the total destruction of Pittsburgh, many survivors still struggle with post-trauma depression at the huge loss of not just their families and friends but their neighbourhoods, their links to… Read more
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
It's a bit difficult to know where to start with this. It's one of those genre-bending books where, for once, the whole is definitely greater than the sum of the parts. It's a sort of techno-thriller, and it's a sort of sci-fi too. Perhaps a love story, but also a kind of vampire-like horror story, Harry August acting at times almost as a Louis de Pointe du Lac from 'Interview With The Vampire'. It reminded me of Alfred Bester's 'Extro' but also of 'The Time Traveler's Wife'. In both of those, the characters have… Read more