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Isabella Kratynski
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Great Canadian novelist, environmental activist, inventor, poet. Margaret Atwood is also a brewmaster. A colleague stumbled across some NooBroo at a local dépanneur, and picked up a bottle for me. I couldn't be more chuffed (any chuffier?)! Beau's All Natural teamed up with Margaret Atwood and ...
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This is a review about Stephenson's Seveneves and Robinson's Aurora, but it makes some interesting points about how SF has turned from the glory and wonder of space and space travel to the potential horrors. And that actually sums up my recent SF reading -- dark and somewhat terrifying. What made us dial down the space program and turn off of space?
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Last night I dreamt there was a rat in my bed, but ultimately I expelled it from the Eden that is my home. In my dream, I stirred from my sleep and felt a presence above my head, the cat perched on the headboard, I thought, as she used to sometimes do on the old bed, the one I shared with my ...
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He saw it once more, that landing-place that takes the breath away, that amazing group of incredible structures the Republic set up to meet the awe-struck eye of the approaching seafarer: the airy splendour of the palace and Bridge of Sighs, the columns of lion and saint on the shore, ...
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The Comfort of Strangers, by Ian McEwan, is a strange little novel, set in Venice. One of his early works. It's short, and nothing much happens. I'm not sure how he achieves it, but the novel has a very sinister tone — the sense that something's lurking in an alleyway or canal.
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Still reading, but in a pretty distracted way, and mostly just on my short commute. Vacation planning and house hunting, both of which are time sinks of the highest order. Cleaning closets, which while mildly satisfactory, the pleasure of giving away all my excess is shortlived, as its absence ...
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1.1 Satin Island, by Tom McCarthy, is one of my favourite books in recent history. 2.1 Some books I want to read cold. I don't want reviews to colour my impressions. This is one of those books. Partly because I want to be able to later report on it purely, without my personal opinion having been ...
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The location is interesting, so I was prepared to pay a premium in this tourist area, but I was surprised to find ourselves victims of a genuine tourist trap. The greeter seemed friendly and attentive, but that's only until you were in the door. It's "self-service" but then they still bring your food and charge you service fees. We waited a very, very long time for our food. The food is all pre-prepared -- you choose your plate at the counter and they reheat it (microwave? then why did it take so long?), including the lettuce garnish which comes out wilted. My daughter's spaghetti smelled and tasted suspect -- the food here looks nice, but it is not fresh. They give you bread that is wrapped in individual packets, but I suspect these are recycled -- mine had suspicious yellow spots on the bread, I'm sure it was old. Nobody was clearing tables, and this attracted a lot of sparrows and pigeons both on terrace and inside -- birds sitting directly on the tables eating the leftovers. This was odd as the indoor staff did not seem to be particularly busy. I don't mind paying a bit extra for location or sevice, but apart from initial appearances, everything here was substandard.
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