Latest Aubrey/Maturin was the The Nutmeg of Consolation by Patrick O'Brian. Starting off shipwrecked off Java, they make their way though various misadventures to Sydney, Australia. Has a grim but fascinating depiction of life in the new convict colony. Does have a few touches of humour though, such as when the ship's rats find their way into Maturin's supply of coca leaves.
Another good installment in the series.
What I'm Reading 2
Latest Rebus mystery was The Hanging Garden by Ian Rankin. Number 9 in the series: Rebus is reluctantly staying sober while his family and friends are once more dragged in. The plot strained credibility a bit, but that might just be my ignorance. Seemed a bit unlikely that the Yakuza and Serbian gangster would be trying to get street-level control of crime in Edinburgh. Still a pretty solid entry.
What I'm Reading 3
Seems to be nothing but series' at the moment. Last Argument Of Kings by Joe Abercrombie is the final volume in the First Law fantasy trilogy. Very good conclusion, tying almost all the loose ends. Abercrombie's good at sustaining the action throughout: he doesn't fall into the trap of leaving it all for the end, so some plotlines are resolved fairly early on.
This trilogy's definitely worth looking out for if you want some quality entertainment. Not superbly original, but the plot is well handled, the tension set up well. The characters are almost Dickensian in being larger than life but still fascinating.
Went to the LHusi drinks on Friday. I think I'm going to abandon the Eating is Cheating rule: have no recollection of getting home at all.
Not From the Vaults
I haven't been able to find this at all, but ages ago someone posted a Statute of Limitation on how long you're allowed to whine about it after a relationship breaks up. Anyone remember it? Was it one week for every two months of relationship or something like that?
Fun lovin' cowcakes?
News of the Unsurprising: Motoring cheaper, drivers angrier.
Rejected Wii games
Inside the Apple Tax
Classic essay: Economics of a POW camp.
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