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    Bad books by good writers

    The Algebraist?
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    Bad books by good writers

    Yeah I agree. The first book was a perfect science fiction story, the second was a horrible mess. As I recall there was a French doctor who was had secretly fathered the British monarchs child. EDIT: just re-read this post - the doctor in question is a woman so I'm not sure how she fathered anyone's child, anyway it's ridiculous.
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    Sci Fi recommendations

    That's a decent description. I did like his accents though, cheesy as they were.
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    Sci Fi recommendations

    Just finished listening to Line of Polity driving back from Bristol today. It's really nice to have something to put on in the car, but I'm not sure how much of it I take in compared to reading it properly. It's odd actually, I feel like I pick up on the broader story and themes more, but don't take in detail about specific characters or events. The guy reading the book (Ric Jerrom) had a slightly odd style, but I'm not sure if that was by design to keep the listener engaged.
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    Your "Eureka" moments.

    I think rubbery is going a bit far, but yes they do lack the delicacy of texture of a "proper" poachy. They still need to be watched like a hawk though and doing them for 20 seconds too long or too vigorous a boil will result in them being overcooked.
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    The Beer Thread

    This is what I do too. It varies from beer to beer but you often lose a lot of the flavour if it's too cold.
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    The Beer Thread

    I've talked about this a few times but it does annoy me that people have had to be tricked into drinking ale by calling it craft beer and importing it from the states.
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    Your "Eureka" moments.

    Back when I still ate eggs I used these and they worked really well. I never tried microwave though, you use these in a pan of boiling water with a lid. I miss eggs.
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    Sci Fi recommendations

    I read gridlinked ages ago and loved it, I'd completely forgotten that there is a whole world of stuff waiting for me there - thanks! Yeah it's definitely come up in the thread. I nearly bought it once but the second hand shop was charging £8 or something. Scandalous.
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    Vegetarian / Vegan recipes

    After saying this I've just tried the thai curry from Tesco's Wicked Kitchen range (all vegan I believe) and it was bloody good. I wouldn't usually be recommending ready meals but I've been relying on them a bit due to working late.
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    Vegetarian / Vegan recipes

    Yeah I'd really expect Cauldron and Quorn to get their skates on and start making all of their stuff vegan. The number of vegans is exploding and I can't help think they are going to lose out to the supermarket own-brands who seem to be more responsive. What I really want to see in supermarkets is Frys stuff. The best mince and pies!
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    Vegetarian / Vegan recipes

    Awesome, I'll keep my eye open for this. I noticed that Sainsbury's seem to have made the majority of their new veggie sausage/burger range vegan. They've overtaken Tesco as the best vegan supermarket I think.
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    Sci Fi recommendations

    I had some Waterstones vouchers so, for the first time in bloody ages, bought new (as in not second hand) fiction! I got the heartily thread-endorsed Children of Time and Pushing Ice. The shiny new books were such a novelty that I broke my rule of never reading blurbs, now if feel like i could probably skip the first few chapters of Pushing Ice the spoilers are of such magnitude.
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    The Book of Dust

    Fuck, I forgot HDM has the Oxford connection. I've just moved to Oxford, plus I've only read the series once, a long time ago - time to read it again! I just charity shopped all my books but am already accumulating new ones at an alarming rate. Maybe it's time I bought a kindle. Alternatively I might just build up another collection and then chazzer them all again, more fun!
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    Sci Fi recommendations

    Just finished Mona Lisa Overdrive. Anyway it was good. The cockney stuff was a bit much but not enough to taint it.
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