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Julie Enfield Investigates: The Leaves of the Dead 14 December 2019

1997 police procedural in four parts, by Nick Fisher. Someone is poisoned in the Reading Room of the British Library, and someone else is mummified; Detective Superintendent Julie Enfield investigates.

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Oh well 13 December 2019 - 12 comments

Well, we're fucked then.

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The Odd Job, Charlotte MacLeod 12 December 2019

1995 cozy American detective fiction; eleventh of MacLeod's novels of Boston Brahmin Sarah Kelling and art investigator Max Bittersohn. The administrator of the Wilkins Museum dies suddenly, and Sarah turns out to be named as her executrix.

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Perl Weekly Challenge 37: weekdays and day lengths 11 December 2019

I’ve been doing the Perl Weekly Challenges. Last week's was about counting weekdays and working out total daylight.

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How To, Randall Munroe 10 December 2019

The author of the webcomic xkcd gives desperately impractical but scientifically rigorous advice on how to solve common problems.

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V-Commandos at Home 09 December 2019

I invited some friends over for a day of V-Commandos, a cooperative boardgame of WWII special operations. (I'd planned for six but two couldn't make it.)

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Walter Gropius: Visionary Founder of the Bauhaus, Fiona MacCarthy 08 December 2019

2019 non-fiction, examining the life and work of Gropius.

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Thirsty Meeples November 2019 07 December 2019

Back to the boardgame café. With images; cc-by-sa on everything.

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The Sky People, S. M. Stirling 06 December 2019

2006 science fiction, first of the two books of Lords of Creation. The first Mars and Venus landers found breathable air and human life. Twenty years later, Marc Vitrac is assigned to the American base on Venus, studying the planet and its natives.

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Perl Weekly Challenge 36: VINs and Knapsacks 05 December 2019

I’ve been doing the Perl Weekly Challenges. Last week's was about validating VINs and solving the knapsack problem.

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Sleep of the Innocent, Medora Sale 04 December 2019

1991 mystery/police procedural, fourth in the John Sanders/Harriet Jeffries series. A corporate chairman is found shot in a hotel room, and it looks as if the people who did it are going after the witness too, even though she doesn't know much.

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Marlow Tabletop and Board Games 18 November 2019 03 December 2019

This Meetup-based boardgames group continues to meet at the Marlow Donkey.

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Earthly Delights, Kerry Greenwood 02 December 2019

2007 historical detection, first in Greenwood's Corinna Chapman series. Corinna runs a bakery in Melbourne; someone's sending threatening letters, the local junkies are dying, a new neighbour is drinking himself to death after his daughter ran off, and a lovely but mysterious man finds her interesting.

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November 2019 Trailers 01 December 2019

Some trailers I've seen recently, and my thoughts on them. (Links are to youtube. Opinions are thoroughly personal. Calibration: It does not matter much what a man hates, provided he hates something.)

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