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  1. 71. One Day by David Nicholls. I really enjoyed this. I thought the structure (visiting the characters one day each year) really worked, and I thought the characters and dialogue were great, especially Emma. The early stages rather reminded me of Normal People, which is a good thing. 72. The Overstory by Richard Powers. Not completely sure how I feel about this one. It's one of those multi-character epics where the different groups are thematically linked, but not always directly so in relation to the narrative. I thought it was brilliantly written at times, and it's certainly an i
  2. I've utilised their retention incentives too many times I fear - they seem pretty content to wave me off when I try it these days. The sale seems good though - there were a couple of crackers yesterday as I recall.
  3. Miner Willy

    Tennis

    Nadal has basically been unplayable today. It's impossible to know what you're supposed to do against him.
  4. Miner Willy

    Tennis

    Tsitsipas is so fucking frustrating tonight. I'm not sure I can recall anyone creating so many opportunities without looking remotely like converting them, let alone winning the match. He'd get absolutely monstered by Nadal if he actually won this.
  5. Amazing, thanks @Stopharage I already wanted the Ted Chiang one. I'd also been waiting for Other Minds to drop: someone bought me the paperback and it sounds brilliant, but I'm too blind to read on anything but Kindle.
  6. 68. Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of the Empire by Akala. Part memoir and part history of race and racism in Britain, I thought this was a really powerful book. I listened on Audible and the author read it himself - in my experience that can often turn out badly, but it works really well here. 69. The Spy and the Traitor by Ben Macintyre. I knew nothing of this story (of Gordievsky, the Russian KGB officer turned British spy), so it wasn't only a fascinating insight into the spy world; it was also incredibly tense seeing how it all played out, knowing it was all stuff that r
  7. Miner Willy

    Tennis

    Bit of a shame that either Murray or Stan will depart so early, but that's about as good a slam first round as you could wish for.
  8. Miner Willy

    Tennis

    Nadal returns from 6 months off and basically plays God mode tennis in the first two matches. He looks terrifyingly good.
  9. 65. Echoes by Nick Bullock. Life of a former prison guard and climbing enthusiast. There were parts that were interesting, but the prison guard/climbing analogy felt forced at times and I didn't particularly enjoy is writing. 66. Children of Ruin by Adrian Tchaikovsky. I don't think this is as good as Children of Time, but it's still pretty great. Tchaikovksy is a tremendous writer and I'm slightly in awe of his speed of output while keeping his standards so high. 67. Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi. I thought this was great. I loved the writing and t
  10. Miner Willy

    Tennis

    Wimbledon 2019? Sob.
  11. Miner Willy

    Tennis

    Yes, thankfully. I'm really pleased Thiem won - he's been knocking on the door for so long, and it's always nice to see the one-handers win. Before last night you could have made a case for Thiem's career to go in two very different directions. Lose and he's 0-4 in finals, and has missed a golden chance to break through, still stuck between the big 3 and a rising younger generation which you feel will surpass him at some point. But win and he gets his first slam, goes to the French on a wave (and already clearly the second best clay-courter in the world for the past 3 years), and s
  12. Miner Willy

    Tennis

    Well this is all a bit anticlimactic - and surprising - so far. Zverev does often dip though, so maybe it'll get more interesting from here on.
  13. Matthew Syed's Black Box Thinking is today's Kindle deal. I thought it was a brilliant, brilliant book - genuinely changed my outlook on life. Related claim to (non) fame: I almost played Syed at table tennis as a kid, but in the end it was a dead rubber so our match wasn't played. I suspect he may have beaten me.
  14. Miner Willy

    Tennis

    If Medvedev's shoulder is OK it's difficult to see anyone stopping him here. Even Thiem has struggled to find ways through him in the past - at times it just looks like there's no way past him.
  15. Miner Willy

    Tennis

    Not seen much of Sakkari before - she's a really nice player. The shape of her service motion is so good.
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