How To Get Filthy Rich In Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid. Novel written loosely in the form of a self-help book telling the life story of a man trying to get rich in business in an unnamed Asian country. Liked this a lot. It's a lot warmer and more poignant than I expected, but also sharp, witty and well-observed. Much more than a simple satire, well worth reading.
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Worth Dying For by Lee Child. Jack Reacher novel, nominally a sequel to "61 Hours" but in fact but owing much to it. Even so it's another cracking entry in the series, with Reacher proving a bit more vulnerable and fallible than previously.
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Tigerman by Nick Harkaway. I liked his two earlier novels, "The Gone-Away World" and "Angelmaker" quite a lot, and he deserves credit for not settling lazily into sequels, but building up a new world each time. This one has a British army sergeant taking on a governer/policeman role on an island now abandoned by Britain in the face of an imminent catastrophe. The sergeant makes friends with a young teenage boy obsessed with comics.
The book is a decent read, entertaining and with some worthwhile plot points. However it didn't quite grab me the way the others did. One problem is that the teenage boy: obsessed with comics, using slang like "pwned" and "leet"; seems too much like a fortysomething man for the contrast between them to really work.
Baby got a nasty tummy bug and had to spend most of the week at home. Felt sorry for him, though one thing was that he got a lot cuddlier as he temporarily lost some of his new independence and just wanted to be hugged. I came down with it as well and my wife had a very tough time dealing with two puking invalids at once.
On the plus side, I'd put on a few pounds but have now lost it without having to resort to a diet. Current weight graph:
Socioeconomics. Is UK productivity crisis because senior execs are paid for short-term gain, not investment? The way the US economy grows and recovers overwhelmingly benefits the rich and powerful.
Articles. A Case of Cis Regret. A properly Marxist look at A Game of Thrones. The Four Worst Types of amateur TV Critic. Group interview with the Airplane movie team. Samuel R. Delany's original review of Star Wars, image.
Politics. Find something to vote against. Benefit reform failed to save money. The Guardian view on Britain’s choices: the economy. Couple of nuggets from polling. Phone polls tend to favour Conservatives, online polls have Labour and UKIP slightly higher. Polling actually suggests Cameron has a bigger problem being "too close" to business than Miliband being too hostile. (Media framing is almost always about "Miliband's problem").
Sci/Tech. L.A.F.A.B.L.E.: Large Agile Framework Appropriate for Big, Lumbering Enterprises. May amuse people who've done corporate Scrum and agile, but will bemuse others.
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