CORY DOCTOROW – WHEN SYSADMINS RULED THE EARTH

I was deep into "Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse" by John Joseph Adams when I stumbled onto a small story from Cory Doctorow - When Sysadmins ruled the earth. I must say their declaration of cyber-independence and their elections for an internet prime-minister moved me. "My name is Felix Tremont," he said, getting up on … Continue reading CORY DOCTOROW – WHEN SYSADMINS RULED THE EARTH

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Susan Elizabeth Phillips * What I did for love

I think I'm becoming a fan of Susan Elizabeth Phillips! Her books are always so dramatic and the love stories so intense, I have to leave at least a couple of months between the books. As a quick list, here are the books I read so far and their reviews: Ain’t She Sweet * Susan … Continue reading Susan Elizabeth Phillips * What I did for love

Ali Shaw – The girl with the glass feet book review

A mysterious metamorphosis has taken hold of Ida MacLaird - she is slowly turning into glass. Fragile and determined to find a cure, she returns to the strange, enchanted island where she believes the transformation began, in search of reclusive Henry Fuwa, the one man who might just be able to help...Instead she meets Midas … Continue reading Ali Shaw – The girl with the glass feet book review

Jeffrey Archer * To Cut a Long Story Short Book review

I have never been so enthralled to hear 14 short stories of Jeffrey Archer again (after the deceptively good Cat O'Nine Tales). Had this as an audiobook playing in my car while driving up north and the entire journey was made ever so entertaining! Short stories — To Cut a Long Story Short: Death Speaks … Continue reading Jeffrey Archer * To Cut a Long Story Short Book review

Diseases transmitted by mosquitoes and other bugs

A vector is a living organism that carries and can transmit an infectious agent, or pathogen, from one host organism, such as a human or animal, to another. Vector-borne diseases represent 17% of all infectious diseases, are responsible for more than one million deaths each year, and current estimates indicate that at least half of … Continue reading Diseases transmitted by mosquitoes and other bugs

‘Wisp of a Thing’ Alex Bledsoe’s second book on the Tufas

After reading the first novel in the Tufa series, Hum and Shiver, I wanted to know what would happen with the main protagonist - the Bronwinator - and the dark - haired people in the Appalachian Cloud County. This is a story about life in a small village and about the two main families of … Continue reading ‘Wisp of a Thing’ Alex Bledsoe’s second book on the Tufas

Violin * Anne Rice – Book review

I usually like Anne Rice books and I was truly enthralled by the Chronicles of the Vampires and the Mayfair witches series. I even liked one of her older books - Belinda. I can't say I liked "Violin". Written in 1996, it cannot be seen as a timeless book as some of the issues are … Continue reading Violin * Anne Rice – Book review

Where are the Nine Planets ? by Prof. P S Sastri

WE OFTEN speak of nine planets and we have the mantras and stotras for the nine planets. In Sanskrit the word graha means a planet which has a gravitational pull (Graha), the power to attract. The constellations of our zodiac are called Nakshatras. The others are called stars (tara). What are the nine planets ? … Continue reading Where are the Nine Planets ? by Prof. P S Sastri

Margaret Atwood – Bodily Harm

A powerfully and brilliantly crafted novel, Bodily Harm is the story of Rennie Wilford, a young journalist whose life has begun to shatter around the edges. Rennie flies to the Caribbean to recuperate, and on the tiny island of St. Antoine she is confronted by a world where her rules for survival no longer apply. … Continue reading Margaret Atwood – Bodily Harm