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Sally Rooney

Life offers up these moments of joy, despite everything. Sally Rooney, Normal People The thing I thought of when I heard a very vague description of this book was: this sounds a bit like Homestuck. If you view Homestuck through the lens of form, this is a…

Three Body Problematic

I just saw a kangaroo. It's been a few years since I read the first two books in the Remembrance of Earth’s Past trilogy—I seem to recall the first one being fun, though fairly slight and a bit silly (magic remote-control photons, anyone?) moving into…

Our Man In Havanarama

Reality in our century is not something to be faced.— Graham Greene, Our Man In Havana It's been a few years since I read Brighton Rock, which I felt obliged to; it being one of the major works of fiction about my place of residence.

Live Show

I have altogether too many podcast opinions, some of them perhaps deliberately contrary. One that's met with near-consensus agreement is that podcast live shows are generally bad. Your two-men-talking-into-Yeti-mics show probably isn't going to have much added to it by being in a room with worse…

Higgs article

I find that when I have a good idea, it's usually one I've had before, often a long time before. Reading back through old notebooks is often an exercise in realising that this new novel shiny-penny is actually something I first thought about a year ago.