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I will read pretty much anything, although my preferences tend to veer towards Science Fiction (especially Space Opera) and Fantasy (especially Epic Fantasy).

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2023 Reading Goal

6% complete! Paul has read 2 of 30 books.

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (EBook, 2015, Hodder & Stoughton) 4 stars

Follow a motley crew on an exciting journey through space-and one adventurous young explorer who …

More soap opera than space opera

3 stars

Reading this feels a lot like watching a soap opera. It's very much a character driven story with the plot serving merely to prod the story along as and when needed. And the characters are an entertaining and likeable bunch of misfits, doing their job and surviving as best they can.

It's also worth noting that this is a really nice story. The characters have spent years learning to get along with each other and... they get along with each other. What tensions there are are relatively minor and never distract from the fact that these people are looking out for each other.

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet is a very easy read and a solid debut from Becky Chambers.

Walled culture (Paperback, 2022) 3 stars

Walled Culture is the first book providing a compact, non-technical history of digital copyright and …

Worth reading

3 stars

Walled Culture can be a bit heavy going at times, but Moody does do an excellent job of highlighting the many areas in which copyright as it's currently implemented does more harm than good.

It's certainly true that this is something for which much reform is badly needed. I remain unconvinced, however, that Moody's preference to completely abolish copyright would prove to be quite the panacea he suggests.