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Dune…

I’ve been a fan of the film Dune for ages. I also liked the TV mini series. The Children of Dune TV mini series was a bit too random for me. A remake of Dune is in the offing. With that in mind it is a little surprising to me that I’ve never got round to reading the book until now.

I think it’s safe to say I loved it. It’s one of the coolest things I’ve read in ages. Watching the film and TV series did not spoil it for me in the slightest, and quite unusually, reading the book has not lessened my love of the film.

Girl 99…

When I was at University I lived in shared houses with the author of Girl 99, Andy, for several years. We were on the same degree course and both stayed on to do PhDs. When he left to go to London I shared a house with his (then) girlfriend for a year before she left Uni. Suffice to say, over those years I got to know the guy pretty well.

Repairman Jack : Nightworld…

Nightworld is (sort-of) the sixteenth book in the Repairman Jack series by F. Paul Wilson.

The days are getting shorter, the stars are changing and all hope is lost… Or is it?

Having thought that I had finished this series at book 15, it seemed a little daunting to start book 16, but I’ve made it my mission to finish this book as soon as possible. As I’ve mentioned a number of times, this is one dark series of books. I would go as far as to describe them as depressing. I do like the Jack character a lot, but my liking of him does not outweigh the toll this series of books takes on you. I feel like a need a course of Prozac now…

Whatever I read next, it better be bright and breezy!

Cheers

Tim…

Repairman Jack : The Dark at The End…

The Dark at The End is the fifteenth book in the Repairman Jack series by F. Paul Wilson.

The Lady is a beacon signalling that sentient life exists on this planet. If she dies The Ally will turn its attention to other worlds and other dimensions, leaving the The Otherness to turn the planet into something resembling Hell. Twice The Adversary has tried to kill The Lady. Twice he has failed. Third time lucky?

Repairman Jack : Fatal Error

Fatal Error is the fourteenth book in the Repairman Jack series by F. Paul Wilson.

The Septimus Order, the Dormentalists and the Kickers all combine to try and bring down the internet, hoping the resulting chaos will further their cause of killing The Lady and letting The Otherness take over our reality.

As with the previous episode, we are just progressing the story line, getting us another step closer to the possible end of the world…

Cheers

Tim…

Repairman Jack : Ground Zero…

Ground Zero is the thirteenth book in the Repairman Jack series by F. Paul Wilson.

Jack meets up with an old school friend who has become fixated by the secret history of the world and more specifically, how it links to the 9/11 conspiracy theories…

This story adds a bit more flesh to Jack’s life before he became a fix-it man. It also gives a lot more information about how the Otherness is planning to take over our reality. The link to 9/11 is both a good and bad in my eyes. It’s good because it gives this work of fiction a lot more depth and gives it a very real feeling. It’s bad because it seems a little like exploitation of a real situation and the lives it affected. I’m really not sure what to make of this aspect of the plot.

Repairman Jack : By the Sword

By the Sword is the twelfth book in the Repairman Jack series by F. Paul Wilson.

Jack is hired to find a battered old Japanese sword. Unfortunately, there are some other people looking for it, including a group of Yakuza, a group of self-mutilating Japanese monks and people from a US religious cult. This is not going to be easy…

We are gradually getting closer to the end of times, so things are getting progressively chaotic and weird. Despite how ridiculous the plot sounds in a one-liner, it actually moves along quite well. As I’ve said before, I’ve become so desensitized to the dark nature of the books, I’m able to see past the grimness. I’m not sure if that should worry me or not…

Cheers

Tim…

Repairman Jack : Bloodline

Bloodline is the eleventh book in the Repairman Jack series by F. Paul Wilson.

After taking a break from doing fix-its, Jack takes on a simple case for Christy Pickering. She is looking for dirt on her daughter’s boyfriend, who is twice her daughters age. Not Jack’s normal work, but it sounds simple enough, until the first guy Christy hired for the job turns up dead. As usual, nothing is ever simple for Jack…

Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Cloud Control: Managing Data Center Chaos

If you are interested in finding out more about Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Cloud Control, Porus Homi Havewala‘s new book called Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Cloud Control: Managing Data Center Chaos, will be available in printed and electronic formats in September 2012. If you are super-keen, it’s available for pre-order now. :)

Cheers

Tim…

Free Book: Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012

Michael McLaughlin‘s blog has a post about a free MS SQL Server book (Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012) available here. If you are into MS SQL Server, you can’t get a better deal than that. :)

Remember, you can still get hold of a free copy of Tom Kyte‘s book (Expert Oracle Database Architecture, 2nd Edition) from Red Gate.

Cheers

Tim…