It has happened again. It will happen more and more.

I bought a copy of a 2012 Kim Stanley Robinson tome, ‘2312’, after I found a favourable review of it in an old ‘Interzone’. I love KSR’s world-building. I haven’t gone on a journey with him into our solar system since being entranced by his ‘Red Mars’, ‘Blue mars’ and ‘Green Mars’, so I was keen to get started when the book arrived.

But, oh dear, the toll the years have taken on the fabric of my poor old body. 2312 is BIG and swiftly demonstrated that the arthritis in my hands has gotten WORSE, as I couldn’t hold the thing open without pain for long enough to get through the prelims. Which is all to say that as well as buying my secondhand, paperback, copy of ‘2312’ I have also had to buy it on Kindle. I am now getting on with it famously. So well that, if I ever decide to move again, I may try Mercury …

I’m finally shelving books from my recent move. Hooray!

Marge Piercy’s ‘Gone to Soldiers’ emerged from a box. Marge Piercy

Where ‘2312’ is big (over 592 pp), the Piercy is ENORMOUS (768pp). And the print is considerably smaller. NOW I remember why it’s still in the ‘to-read’ box. Even before my hands got cranky, my wrists complained when I tried to juggle it open (and there’s nothing wrong with my wrists). The thing with a really FAT tome is that it is only well-balanced enough to read in physical comfort when you’ve got to the middle of it. A conundrum which Kindle solves delightfully. OH NO! No Kindle edition of the Piercy. Come on, Simon and Schuster: move with the times!


Published by Judi Moore

Hi there, I hope you find something to interest you here. In December 2017 I published my fourth book – ‘Wonders will never cease’. It’s a satirical campus novel set in the fictional Ariel University in 1985. If you enjoyed Tom Sharpe’s Porterhouse novels, Willy Russell’s ‘Educating Rita’, David Lodge’s campus novels or Malcolm Bradbury’s ‘The History Man’ back in the day, you may enjoy revisiting the ivory towers of 1980s’ academe thirty years on. See what you think. “It is December, 1985. The year is winding gently towards its close until Fergus Girvan, a Classicist at Ariel University, finds his research has been stolen by the man who is also seeking to steal his daughter. But which man is, actually, the more unscrupulous of the two? And is there hope for either of them?” In the autumn of 2015 I published a volume of short fiction: 'Ice Cold Passion and other stories'. I am also the author of novella 'Little Mouse', a shortish piece of historical fiction which I published in 2014 and, a sequel to it, 'Is death really necessary?', my eco thriller set in the near future and which, confusingly, I published in 2009. All the books are available from all good online bookshops and FeedARead on paper, and as e-books on Kindle. On a semi-regular basis, and about a month after the event, I post here reviews which I do for Big Al & Pals, the premier reviewer of indie books, based in the States. My interests tend to thrillers, SF, magic realism and other quirky stuff. On this blog are also posted the reviews I did for Leighton Buzzard Music Club over some five years up to the end of 2015. LBMC present annual seasons of eight monthly chamber music concerts at the Library Theatre in Leighton Buzzard, Bucks. They select young musicians just beginning to make their name - and the concerts are usually magnificent. I was very proud to be associated with them. I review other music, books, theatre and exhibitions which I've particularly enjoyed. BTW - it says the link to Facebook is broken. I dispute that. Click it and see, why not?

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