Saturday, November 18, 2017

Christopher Fowler - Roofworld / Rune

Review.

Fowler's Roofworld is like a 'light' version of Gaiman's Neverwhere. Still it is an enjoyable read. Imagine a world with its own rules, just above our heads, where drop-outs have created their own society with their own rules. It's an entertaining romp.

Good reading if you like light fantasy, though perhaps it's not exactly fantasy... some genres are hard to specify 😏


Thursday, November 16, 2017

Android GPS sharing

For some reason ☺ I wanted to use a location aware app on my Android tablet, which didn't have a GPS receiver.

There are several apps on Google Play, some work, some do not. I found two apps that would work together properly: Bluetooth GPS Output and Bluetooth GPS.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Tim Powers - The Anubis Gate / Last Call / Expiration Date / Earthquake Weather

Review.

In 1995 book clubs still existed.

If, at the time, you were a member of one of those 'bookclubs' (mail order subscriptions like 'Boek & Plaat' or 'ECI')  you would have to choose something from their (too thin) quarterly catalogue. So in July 1995 I ordered The Last Card.


Land en taal wijzigen in Amazon (Dutch)

Amazon is de grootste (online) boekhandel ter wereld, maar als Nederlandse gebruiker is niet altijd alles even duidelijk.

Een paar tips voor het veranderen van land, webwinkel en taal.

Kindle naar Kobo (Dutch)

Amazon heeft duizenden audiobooks en ebooks. Maar ja, niet iedereen heeft een Kindle e-reader. Wat te doen?

Kijk eerst eens rond of je geen apparaat hebt waarop je gewoon je Kindle / Amazon ebooks kunt lezen. Heb je echter een Kobo reader, dan moet je de truckendoos open trekken. 


Christopher Nuttal - The Empire's Corps / No Worse Enemy / When the Bough Breaks / ...

Review.

A human empire breaks down after millennia of corruption, and a marine detachment that escaped the downfall of humanity ends up rebuilding part of civilization in their remote corner of the galaxy. It's not a bad concept, but us jaded readers, we've seen it all.


Saturday, November 11, 2017

Facts are stubborn things. Perception... not so much.

Column.

To turn things your way, you do not have to manipulate facts, you could also simply manipulate perception, which is perfectly legal.

Even Trump would get away with it. It's not even fake news...