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In praise of my Ipad
I'm back. I need your ironic glasses, your skinny jeans and your...fixie. Checks time machine chronometer, realises twenty-five years too late to terminate Sarah Connor, gets back in time machine, disappears Sorry. I'm back! I mean, I finished a major red...
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Huckster alert: Extinction Game part of UK Kindle's special monthly deal for just £1.49
Time for some serious hucksterism round these parts: I just learned that the Kindle edition of Extinction Game, my most recently published work, is just £1.49 as part of Amazon's regular monthly deals and special offers. It's already rising higher in the ra...
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Chappie, with Spoilers
I was avoiding going to see Chappie partly because of a series of deeply unflattering reviews, and partly because Neil Blomkamp's previous film Elysium was universally acknowledged to be a car crash - even by its creator. I certainly thought it was a car cr...
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Interzone Summer 1982 (Number 2)
I wrote about Interzone Number One here . That naturally led me on to re-read the second issue, but actually acquiring it proved...less than easy. Back in 1982, wanting to know more about the magazine after having found that first issue, I kept my eyes out ...
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On Writers Who Don't Read (with special bonus feature)
Nobody sets out to write a bad book. Anyone who decides to write a book does so in the hope that whoever reads it will go hey, this is pretty good. Here's some money. Can you write some more like this?   But desire and ability are two different things. Writ...
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The New Writing Set-Up
I've made some recent changes and acquisitions with regards to my daily working environment which I thought it might be worthwhile detailing. The keys on my two and a half year old Macbook have been getting progressively spongier-feeling and less responsive...
I've made some recent changes and acquisitions with regards to my daily working environment which I thought it might be worthwhile detailing. The keys on my two and a half year old Macbook have been getting progressively spon...
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General Tso
I saw a documentary the other night here in Taiwan called The Search for General Tso, General Tso's Chicken apparently being right behind pizza as America's favourite fast food. Which is interesting in that I've never heard of it. But, anyway, the documenta...
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Scrivener, Storyist, Ulysses
Driven, I suppose, by a desire for something new, something different, I tried a couple of alternatives to Scrivener recently. Scrivener has been my go-to writing program since I was in the middle of writing Stealing Light, and the second half of that book ...
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Interzone No. 3, Autumn 1982
So why am I suddenly writing about all these issues of a magazine that first came out more than thirty years ago? Well,  I'd wanted to reread them for a long time. By the late 90s, I had more or less stopped reading short fiction altogether, although I stil...
So why am I suddenly writing about all these issues of a magazine that first came out more than thirty years ago? Well,  I'd wanted to reread them for a long time. By the late 90s, I had more or less stopped reading short fic...
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The first issue of Interzone
Something prompted me to start rereading old issues of Interzone. If you don't know what Interzone is you are, unfortunately and somewhat depressingly, not alone. A couple of years back I addressed an audience of would-be sf and fantasy writers at the York ...
Something prompted me to start rereading old issues of Interzone. If you don't know what Interzone is you are, unfortunately and somewhat depressingly, not alone. A couple of years back I addressed an audience of would-be sf ...
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Review of 2014: books, comics, films and some other random stuff
At first I was just going to talk about books I wanted to recommend, then thought why limit myself? So I'm going to start my review of 2014 by mentioning one of the first things I acquired on arrival in Taipei, that being an Aeropress coffee maker.  The Aer...
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Cities of the Dead and NaNoWriMo
The Cemetery Because it was Halloween I decided to visit a local graveyard. Actually, no, that's bullshit. I was going to go there anyway and it wasn't until I got home it occurred to me that hey, it's Halloween.  Fudekeng Cemetery sprawls over a couple of ...
The Cemetery Because it was Halloween I decided to visit a local graveyard. Actually, no, that's bullshit. I was going to go there anyway and it wasn't until I got home it occurred to me that hey, it's Halloween.  Fudekeng ...
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Author of several science fiction novels for Tor.
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Glasgow - Taipei
Everything another reviewer - Prachi Gupta - has to say about Calcutta Restaurant is entirely correct. I love Indian food, and I'm not normally one to write reviews, let alone bad ones, but in this case I really feel like I have no choice. I come from Scotland, where there is a long and deep history of curry - indeed, the Chicken Tikka Masala was invented in Glasgow - and that city has hundreds of curry houses. Which is my way of saying I think I know a good or bad curry when I eat one. My wife had a Daal soup for a starter that was thin and tasteless, and unlike any Daal she or I had ever had. I had onion rings, which were far too salty, and came without a dip until I asked for one from the frankly surly staff (as also noted by the other reviewer who gave them one star. If I'd read their review first, I wouldn't have bothered). My wife had chicken tikka, which proved to be so dry she couldn't finish it, leading us to suspect it hadn't been correctly marinated, or not marinated for long enough. I asked for a mild masala, and instead received a curry so hot I thought it might burn off the roof of my mouth (again, same experience as the other reviewer). I had to ask for yoghurt to cool it down, from a frankly argumentative waitress after I pointed out it was too, too spicy, given it was meant to be a medium. The nan bread was thin and tasteless. Altogether, it was an incredibly disappointing experience, and cost far too much for what we received. I have no hesitation in saying this is both the worst meal I've ever had in Taiwan, and the worst curry I've ever eaten in a restaurant, period, and believe me, it's had some serious contenders. AVOID.
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Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago
Honestly by far the very best burger I've had in six thousand miles. The last burger I had that was this good was in the Shida District of Taipei in the Far East. VERY recommended.
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
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I spent a few years living in the Far East, and got a real taste for the food there. I've found a few places here in the UK that get close to authentic Asian cuisine, but HKE provides hands-down the best I've so far encountered in the UK. My wife, who's Taiwanese, and misses the food back home dreadfully, agrees. Like a lot of good Asian restaurants, it might not be much to look at, but I've found there's a low correlation between the appearance of an Asian restaurant and the quality of the food it serves.
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Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
Public - 2 years ago
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