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I caught a bit of Question Time last night and tried to make out the sci-fi novels on the bookshelf in Jess Phillips' household:

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000kc4d/question-time-2020-25062020

 

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John le Carre - ?? 

The Handmaid's Tale

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

 

Doug Naylor - Red Dwarf: Last Human

Rob Grant - Red Dwarf: Backwards

Orson Scott Card - Ender's Game

William Gibson - Count Zero

Iain M Banks - ???

 

Asimov(?) - ??

Arthur C Clarke - 2001

Two Dune books (judging by the colour and font, I think the one on the right is the edition I have)

Possibly a Terry Pratchett (with the box running down the spine)

Isaac Asimov - ???

Aldous Huxley - 

 

Apparently she's done this before, with a shelf full of comics.

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The thing that shocks me most is that I would expect her bookshelf to have her own works displayed like a Waterstones window.

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Le Carre never wrote SF! :quote:

 

That Banks books is probably The Algebraist, but the colour isn't exactly clear so I cannot be sure.

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One of the Asimov books (I think there's more than one anyway) is Prelude to Foundation

The Huxley is most likely Brave New World, simply because it's SF and no one reads his other books (trufax man).

The other Dune book looks like the film tie-in edition of the first book.
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She's also got David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas on the top shelf which is partly SF (one third of it anyway).

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The Iain M. Banks is definitely The Algebraist. The Asimov is Prelude to Foundation. Handmaid's Tale is on there. Aldous Huxley's Brave New World as well. 

 

She's got quite a few Sue Townsend 'Adrian Mole' books on there. Jonathon Coe's 'The Rotter's Club'

 

She also has this, which is rather lovely.

 

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Do any of those books mean Jess Phillips isn’t a fucking scumbag?

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No, but is there any harm in trying to guess the books she has from a low-res screen capture, and for us to discuss those books?

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48 minutes ago, Talvalin said:

No, but is there any harm in trying to guess the books she has from a low-res screen capture, and for us to discuss those books?


None at all, what’s your point?

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On 01/07/2020 at 21:54, ZOK said:


None at all, what’s your point?

 

What was yours? I'm no fan of Jess Phillips, but I see absolutely no reason to bring up your hatred of her in this thread when some of us were simply interested in identifying the books on her shelf.

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33 minutes ago, Talvalin said:

 

What was yours? I'm no fan of Jess Phillips, but I see absolutely no reason to bring up your hatred of her in this thread when some of us were simply interested in identifying the books on her shelf.


So you see absolutely no reason for it. I did, and that’s why I posted it - although I’m sure you could have divined that for yourself.

 

My reason was that she is a scumbag, if it wasn’t clear before.

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I have a terrible memory for detail, so all I know about Jess Phillips is that I dislike her for some reason, but I can't remember why.

 

Then I saw all those books on her shelf and wondered if I'd got it mixed up, and she was actually really cool because she's read a lot of books I like.  Then ZOK's post confirmed that I was probably right the first time, and I expect I decided I disliked her for a good reason. 

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On 10/06/2020 at 14:13, Talvalin said:

 

I'll be interested to hear what you think about it, as Amazon reviews seemed to think it wasn't as good as Revenger. Which reminds me that I bought Revenger when it was going cheap a year or two ago and I should really read it, given that the last Reynolds book I read was House of Suns back in....2008. 

 

Yeah Shadow captain is pretty poor. The main reason for that is it suffers from middle book syndrome. Very little actually happens in it and it drags on far too long. You could remove about one hundred pages and end up with a much tighter book. It'ss seems he had an ending in mind but just meandered trying to ge there. I have started the third book now and so far it's a much better read. More has happened in the first four chapters than almost the entire of the second book. I wonder if he took criticism of it onboard?

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The Doctor Who book Human Nature by Paul Cornell is currently £1.99. You might remember it from the David Tennant story but this is the original version written for the arch manipulator seventh Doctor and his then companion archaeologist from the future Bernice "Benny" Summerfield. It's a very good read.

 

https://smile.amazon.co.uk/Doctor-Who-Nature-History-Collection-ebook/dp/B00PARJ46O/257-2218921-6006009?psc=1

 

Hulton College in Norfolk is a school dedicated to producing military officers. With the First World War about to start, the boys of the school will soon be on the front line. But no one expects a war – not even Dr John Smith, the college’s new house master…

The Doctor’s friend Benny is enjoying her holiday in the same town. But then she meets a future version of the Doctor, and things start to get dangerous very quickly. With the Doctor she knows gone, and only a suffragette and an elderly rake for company, can Benny fight off a vicious alien attack? And will Dr Smith be able to save the day?

An adventure set in Britain on the eve of the First World War, featuring the Seventh Doctor as played by Sylvester McCoy and his companion Bernice Summerfield. This book was the basis for the Tenth Doctor television story Human Nature / The Family of Blood starring David Tennant.

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