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I finally caught up with Lost.

Since my terrible PC crash, I’ve kinda fell behind. What do I think? I think the time delay angle is kinda weird. I don’t know exactly the rules behind the island vs. the rest of the world, but that’s normal with Lost. I just try to follow as good as I can. it’s better than Emo-jack when he was locked up, so I’ll continue to watch for the time being. Not watching much else new at the moment. Well, you could say Doctor Who, I have a proper post for that to come. Bit underwhelmed with this week. Sure, it was good. But I’m not a Christie fan and the actress who played her was far from brilliant.

Oh, you hear about Steven Moffat getting the big role after Russell leaves? It’s been rumoured some time, and such good news. His episodes are always great and if it means he gets to write the arc episodes, all the better. I did like RTD’s work, but he was far from perfect.

Also finished a book called Farthing by Jo Walton. Like old fashioned murder detective mysteries? This will be right up your alley. The twist is this is set in an alternate history. In a world where Britain couldn’t wait for America during WW2, this rich upper class conservative family, The Farthings, took power from Churchill and managed a peace deal with Nazi Germany. Some years later, England is left alone, Hitler controls Europe and is kept busy fighting Russia and Jews are even worse off. One of them is married to The Farthings daughter. (In the UK they are tolerated) He’s framed for murder and the investigator from Scotland Yard realises something sinister is going on behind the scenes.

Good book. A little too snobby for my tastes at times and the ending is cut short for the sequel, but well worth a read. Now starting to read a book called Distraction by Bruce Sterling. Will let you know.

Anyways, late now and I have another day of work ahead of me. Night all..

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Ebooks, Part 2

I recently spoke about ebooks, and how Tor are releasing free ebooks? Well Simon from Bloggasm.com (p.s. – LOVE the URL) sent me this email yesterday –

I recently spoke to two sources on condition of anonymity who told me that this is just a small part of a much larger expansion for Tor that will include social networking and original online short fiction and nonfiction.

If you want to check out his post, it’s here. Sounds very very interesting. Still haven’t received any emails from Tor myself, but I’ll give them time. Probably caught them inbetween releases. And if this idea goes ahead, I’m all for it and supporting it. I love anything that pushes the boundaries online.

And now I sleep. I’ll have the new Nine Inch Nails album tomorrow morning. I’ll tell you the story then.

e-books

If you’ve never had a chance to read Neil Gaiman yet, shame on you!

No, seriously. He writes comics, movies, books, even the occasional TV show. A few weeks ago, Neil asked his fans online which book of his would people like to see online, free of charge?

The winning by a massive margin, was his most famous work, American Gods.

Click here if you’re curious. It’s a long book but so very worth it in the end. Neil take’s his ideas of old gods and new, and throws them into our normal, everyday world. It’s such an original idea and works so well.

I have a lot of respect for that man. Apart from being incredibly nice to his fans (he spent ten minutes finding the “right pen” when he autographed my copy of The Dream Hunters), he’s pretty up to date with his technology. Okay, I mightn’t agree with The Kindle (overpriced and underpowered) but all of his work is available in e-book format, and with extras not included with his normal books as well.

Other news from e-book world, Tor are releasing free e-books on a regular basis. This will be very interesting to see as well. I have no room anymore to read books normally. I just wish more authors would release their work in e-book format as well. I always have my Palm TX on me. It would get me reading so much more..