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Chickenhawk, Robert Mason

Robert Mason flew Hueys for a year in Vietnam. This is his story.

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2 comments. Tags: non-fiction, reading, reviews, vietnam war, war. 25th October 2014

Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun

2014, 12 episodes: AniDB; also known as Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun.

Parody series about young girls' (shōjo) manga. Chiyo has a crush on fellow high school student Nozaki, but through comical misunderstanding discovers he's a manga writer and artist – but this has to be kept a secret from the rest of the school.

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Tags: anime, anime 2014 summer, reviews. 24th October 2014

Madam, Will You Talk?, Mary Stewart

1954; mystery/thriller or romantic suspense; first published novel by Mary Stewart. Charity Selborne is on holiday in Provence, and meets young David Shelley and his stepmother Loraine Bristol. Somewhere in the background is David's father, recently acquitted of the grisly murder of his best friend, and believed by many to be mad…

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Tags: reading, reviews, thriller. 23rd October 2014

Lockheed D-21

The D-21 was a supersonic reconnaissance drone used briefly in the 1960s and 1970s.

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Tags: 1960s, 1970s, aeronautics, cold war, history. 22nd October 2014

Moon Over Soho, Ben Aaronovitch

Contemporary fantasy. Peter Grant, Metropolitan Police constable and magician, investigates the sudden deaths of jazz musicians.

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Tags: fantasy, mystery, reading, reviews. 21st October 2014

Mushi-Shi The Next Chapter, first half

2014, 12 episodes plus a special: AniDB; sequel to Mushishi (2005-2006).

Mushi are supernatural creatures which are invisible to most people, but which have an effect in the mundane world. Ginko, a mushi-shi, is someone who can see them, and who solves problems for people who are affected by them.

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Tags: anime, anime 2014 spring, anime 2014 summer, reviews. 20th October 2014

Pirate King, Laurie R. King

Eleventh in King's series about Mary Russell, who… well, this is basically Sherlock Holmes fanfiction, but against all the odds it manages to work. Strange things have been happening around a film crew; Russell joins it to work out what's going on.

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Tags: mystery, reading, reviews. 19th October 2014

Fun with Couriers

Every so often a server for which I'm responsible fails, and I get it shipped to me for fixing. Usually this works reasonably well.

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1 comment. Tags: computing. 18th October 2014

The Cheshire Cat's Eye, Marcia Muller

Third in Muller's series about Sharon McCone, private investigator in San Francisco. McCone investigates the murder of a painter and decorator in a rough area that's being gentrified.

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Tags: mystery, reading, reviews. 17th October 2014

Con Crud, Air Conditioning, and Legionnaire's Disease

Why does every large convention now seem to have an associated disease, the "con crud", generally a respiratory tract infection?

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5 comments. Tags: ranting, real life. 16th October 2014

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