Paul Taylor

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Location: West of England, UK


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The Rhesus Chart: Number 5 in The Laundry Files by Charles Stross
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The Laundry books are some of my favourites of recent years, so I've been waiting impatiently for this one. It didn't disappoint - and I found it a real page-turner, finishing it in a single day (although not in one sitting). There are some shocks in store, and some big changes; the tone of this one gets rapidly darker in the second half of the book, but I'm now going to be waiting impatiently for book 6 ('The Armageddon Score') which is apparently scheduled for release about the same time next year (i.e. July 2015). If you check the author's blog, apparently this is likely to go to 7 books definitely and probably 8 - I can't wait!
Ancillary Justice: 1 (Imperial Radch) by Ann Leckie
Without wishing to include too many spoilers, this reminds me in several ways of the Culture books by Iain M Banks; in other ways it is very different. Something Banks wrote about, a constructed language designed to be bias-neutral (gender neutral, culturally neutral, etc), is a pervasive thing in this book which feels quite strange but also oddly internally consistent as a result. Banks' Marain was never translated into English so carefully - the central character of Ancillary Justice thinks in a first language which is entirely gender neutral and as a result, unless speaking in another language or making a specific point, all characters are referenced using the feminine. One forms… Read more
HP - Printhead - 1 x colour (cyan, magenta, yellow&hellip by HP
Let's be honest - this was a distress purchase. The old print head in my printer clogged and stopped printing black altogether, so I needed a new one. This fit the bill, but less than a month after installation it, too has clogged and stopped printing black. Hp used to be *the* printer company but their quality control seems to have gone down the drain. Or is it just a cynical ploy in hopes that I will just sigh, then go out and buy a new printer? If so, it certainly won't be another Hp device.