08 June 2008

Learned about the man before he fell

A few weeks ago I wrote about the lack of fiction in my literary diet, noting that I had started to read some Charlie Stross, the first genre fiction that I had read in a good while. I had a fairly lengthy conversation with Tadhg* on reading recommendations, and despite his rabid distaste for Mr Stross' 'The Family Trade', which I have not read and he could not finish, I took his recommendation for Peter Watt's 'Blindsight' and ordered it later that day.

Fast forward to today, and I'm updating my RSS feeds in Google Reader. Based on my subscriptions to the blogs of authors such as Ken McLeod and Charlie Stross, Reader recommended 'No Moods, Ads or Cutesy Fucking Icons (Reloaded)', so I read a few posts, found them enjoyable and went to the site and checked it out. Ten minutes later I'm reading the 'About the Author' section and realise that its the blog of Peter Watts, author of 'Blindsight'.

The Very Understanding Girlfriend** laughed hollowly, and called me a demographic.

*of Tadhg.com, now relegated to the 6th result in Google for 'Tadhg'; by way of contrast run a search for 'Unkie Dave'; its not a competition, purely an academic exercise.
** she whose life is stolen each week by the Guardian, and executed on occasion with just enough more flair to annoy her.


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