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December 29, 2009

Amelia Peabody series (part 2)

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — inky @ 8:58 pm

This is the second half of my review of the Amelia Peabody series from part 1. You’ll want to read that before going on.


December 28, 2009

Amelia Peabody series (part 1)

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — inky @ 2:16 pm

So, I’ve finished another mammoth read, this time of the Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters (which I gather is a pseudonym for Barbara Mertz). This is one of those series I have a long-running interaction with: I read the first book probably fifteen years ago and didn’t realize it wasn’t a standalone. Then I stumbled on some sequels, read them kind of out of order, started seriously following the series and buying them as they came out, lost interest and stopped. Earlier this year I decided to get serious and re-read the series from scratch and so here’s the review. As usual for this it has some spoilers; this one in particular has a minor surprise plot development at the end of the first book that is inevitably spoiled by discussion of the series, but I’ll try to stay away from the major stuff. If you don’t want any spoilers at all, just pick up Crocodile on the Sandbank and come back to this when you’ve finished. Otherwise, onward:

December 20, 2009

Do or do not

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — inky @ 11:15 pm

We hired a new junior dev at work recently, which got me thinking about what pearls of wisdom* I have to impart to new programmers (not that anyone is asking, but maybe I can slip them into fortune cookies or something).

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