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Light in August, by William Faulkner

I recently read Light in August, by William Faulkner. This was my second Faulkner book, and I found this a much easier and more enjoyable read than The Sound and the Fury. It’s largely set in 1930’s Mississippi, though the … Continue reading

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Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes

I mainly read Don Quixote because it’s on my list, which is compiled from other lists. One of the source lists (compiled by Norwegian book clubs) was compiled by polling 100 writers from 54 countries around the world. They declared … Continue reading

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The Hobbit

I recently re-read The Hobbit; the last time I read it was at least two decades, if not three decades, ago. I really enjoyed it, partly due to the nostalgia of revisiting an old friend. It was much more clearly … Continue reading

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Lucky Jim, by Kingsley Amis

When I started reading this, I feared it was going to be terribly dated, and that for a comic novel I wouldn’t find it very funny. It’s about a young lecturer in an un-named redbrick university, coming to the end … Continue reading

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Weight loss for the computer-literate

Over the last four months I’ve lost just about two stone, at a steady rate of half a stone per month. The executive summary for how to lose weight is “eat the appropriate amount of food in a balanced diet”. … Continue reading

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Book Review: Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand

The executive summary of this review is: don’t read this book. The one paragraph review is: don’t read this book unless you really need to. For example, if you need to read this for your course, or because you’re determined … Continue reading

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The plural of ‘lego brick’ is not LEGOS

For some reason this bugs me waaaayyy more than it should. I see lots of (blog) posts saying things like how to glue legos together (wtf?). That’s plainly wrong. These people probably think the plural of sheep is sheeps, mouse … Continue reading

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