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  1. Naomi Klein's This Changes Everything 99p today.
  2. I also loved that Ted Chiang book, but nitpicking over positions seems a bit pointless; I'd have thought we can assume that just appearing anywhere in such a list is a very strong recommendation.
  3. Yeah, I've only read 15 of them. I read The Sixth Extinction because the Guardian raved about it last year - deserves its place I think. Good to see Tell Me How It Ends getting the coverage - it's one of the most harrowingly moving things I've read.
  4. 37. Rosewater by Tade Thompson. I didn't love this unfortunately. The premise is very similar to that of Roadside Picnic - Earth following a mysterious, non-aggressive alien invasion - but I don't think it's as impressive, and I wasn't particularly taken with either the story or any of the characters.
  5. Hit that egg hatched quote last night - it's just hilarious. The EB and Richardson scenes might well be my favourite in the entire show, though there are so many highlights to choose from. I'm now at 3.4 and I definitely love Deadwood even more this time than the first time I watched it.
  6. 36. Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami. I really, really liked this. Two excellent, very different narratives that eventually come together in an intelligent, believable way. I thought it was frequently funny, with strong dialogue between characters - and it had some really great voicework on the Audible version I listened to. Previously:
  7. Miner Willy

    Tennis

    That's a pretty moving video I think. I've always really liked Clijsters, so it will be great to see her playing again - though I'm a little concerned this may not go brilliantly. She was a great player, and her first comeback was inspirational; and while do I agree that the likes of Serena, Venus and Federer are challenging what is possible in players' late 30s, at the same time it does feel like a younger group of players are really starting to move the women's game on in the past year or so. I guess just enjoy it while it lasts and hope she can defy expectations again.
  8. Miner Willy

    Tennis

    Yeah, amazing from both. Medvedev is way out in front of the other young guys - a future number one for sure. I think it would have been great for tennis if he'd got it, but Rafa's continued brilliance isn't a bad story either. 19 slams..? I'll probably have to revise my view that he won't catch Federer now.
  9. Miner Willy

    Tennis

    I fully expected Medvedev to run out of steam at the start of the 4th, but Nadal actually looks more tired right now. Nadal still massively the favourite, but it's suddenly very interesting.
  10. Miner Willy

    Tennis

    Tactical masterclass from Nadal. I think Medvedev would probably beat anyone in the world this evening - except the one guy he has the misfortune to be facing.
  11. Miner Willy

    Tennis

    Medvedev is a genuinely brilliant player. Perhaps the best backhand in the game right now. I fear for him slightly against Nadal given how tired he must be, and of course what happened the other week, but that seemed mainly like nerves - on paper you'd expect he has a game that should match up pretty well with Nadal's. I really hope it's a contest at least.
  12. Miner Willy

    Tennis

    Berratini vs Monfils was great, though it's a shame Berratini will probably now be unable to move during the inevitable semifinal monstering by Nadal.
  13. Miner Willy

    Tennis

    Medvedev is very much the real deal. Not sure I like his chances against Rafa if they were to meet in the final, but he has a chance against anyone else Assuming Federer meets him in the semi, I don't expect anything like the Miami drubbing this time - Medvedev has gone up several levels since then.
  14. Miner Willy

    Tennis

    Having got past Cilic you have to think that only injury could now prevent Nadal reaching the final. That's as kind a slam quarters and semis line-up as he could have wished for. I'm desperately hoping for a Federer-Nadal US Open meeting at long last - their first meeting there, and probably with the all-time slam total on the line too.
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