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GarethSouthwell

GarethSouthwell

Joined January 2022

Self-employed philosopher, book illustrator and writer of speculative fiction. All views are those of my employer. https://www.garethsouthwell.com
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Slow Horses | Mick Herron
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Came across this because the book is now a series on Apple TV starring Gary Oldman (one of my fave actors). Watched the series first then read the book, and enjoyed both immensely. Herron has been christened the new Le Carré, but he's quite a different writer - funny and more accessible, if less profound. The characterisation is great, the plot twisty and satisfyingly complex, the dialogue fantastic. Good modern spy thriller with satiral edge.

MrsK I have this in my TBR. Can‘t wait to read it. The series was great wasn‘t it? 3mo
GarethSouthwell @MrsK Yes, that's how I came across it. I'm on Spook Street now. They're addictive! 3mo
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If you haven't heard of it, Shepherd.com is a book recommendation site where authors list their top 5 books related to one they've written with little write-ups. I think everyone here will love it.

Here's mine: https://shepherd.com/best-books/why-we-should-rise-up-against-our-robot-overlord.... Or read more in my blog: https://garethsouthwell.com/my-ai-reading-list-on-shepherd-com/

paulfrankspencer I like this idea. Helps writers. Informs readers. Interesting skimming through some of the lists. 4mo
GarethSouthwell @paulfrankspencer Yeah, it's a great idea - and growing fast, according to the stats. Very approachable people, too. 4mo
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You Are Not a Gadget | Jaron Lanier
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A great little book - one of my faves. Lanier's scepticism to do with modern technology is all the more powerful when you consider his credentials (among other things, one of the early pioneers of virtual reality). Highly recommended.

Full review here: https://fiction.garethsouthwell.com/you-are-not-a-gadget-by-jaron-lanier/

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The Warehouse | Rob Hart
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Started off well but trailed off. Still worth a read. The world-building is subtle and it's a plausible cautionary tale of what happens when Amazon takes over the world. I was sideswiped by a direction one character took later on that undermined the sympathy they'd built up, but it's generally well done and Hart's heart is definitely in the right place. Annoyingly the ebook is marred by paragraphing errors that make it hard to tell who's speaking.

LittlePixels Does it make you want a 🍔? 😉 5mo
GarethSouthwell @LittlePixels Absolultely not! :) That was a nice touch, I thought. Lots to admire in the book, just lacked something to take it to the next level. 5mo
LittlePixels @GarethSouthwell I felt the same. It was a good read, but not a great one. 5mo
GarethSouthwell @LittlePixels Yes, this was my first book by the author. Similar in some ways to Dave Eggers' The Circle, which I found similarly “OK“. Not read the follow up, yet - maybe that's better.
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Le Carré's first novel, and the first George Smiley novel. I think, prior to this, the earliest I'd read was The Spy Who Came In From the Cold (his 3rd). It's a little clunky in places, compared to his assured later works, and a little generic – it's a more run of the mill spy-themed murder mystery type thing. However, enjoyable, very nicely read by Michael Jayston (as usual), and interesting to see the master learning the ropes.

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Randomize | Andy Weir
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I quite enjoyed this audiobook, but slightly less than other titles in this series. It's cleverly constructed and Weir certainly knows his qubits from his spooky action at a distance. The characters are nicely drawn and the whole thing is an ingenious little take on what quantum computing will mean for security in general - in this case, a Las Vegas casino. So, enjoyable, if a little overly technical in places. Beautifully read by Janina Gavankar.

DisneyFan I‘ve never heard of this. Rushing to Amazon now. Martian and Project Hail Mary are among my most favorite books! 5mo
GarethSouthwell @DisneyFan Right! I enjoyed the film of the Martian, not read any apart from this. I do like this series though. The Amor Towles one is good, I thought.
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I absolutely loved this short story, and will definitely be reading more of Mr Towles' oeuvre! I listened to it on audiobook and it's read by David Harbour (the sheriff in Stranger Things), who really is a very fine voice actor - the inflection and tone really bring the dialogue (especially) alive beautifully. I may even just hunt down books that he reads just to listen to him! As for the book itself: near future sci fi - I'll leave it at that! :)

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A fantastic book. Full of subtle insight, engaging personal anecdote, as well as providing a clear overview of the general philosophical landscape over the last few centuries. The most fascinating thing is the connection O'Gieblyn makes between transhumanism/Silicon Valley enthusiasm for AI, and medieval theological attitudes to God. Full review: https://philosophy.garethsouthwell.com/book-reviews/god-human-animal-machine-by-...

paulfrankspencer Strong review. 6mo
GarethSouthwell @paulfrankspencer Thank you, Paul, glad you liked it. 6mo
paulfrankspencer Excited to dig into this one. It will be research for some fiction of my own, and I believe it's going to provide me with some good framing. 6mo
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GarethSouthwell @paulfrankspencer It covers a lot of ground, and very well. But there's also a uniquely personal voice. I really enjoy her writing. The link between religion and science has been made before (e.g. Nietzsche, John Gray), but she adds some real insight regarding the theological connections. Great stuff. Good luck with the novel! What's it about? 6mo
paulfrankspencer AI, blockchain, faith, doubt, evil, choice. All the good stuff! 6mo
GarethSouthwell @paulfrankspencer Sounds ace! Keep me posted! 6mo
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New novella out - Mr Wolf. Another Merrywhile book, a sort of standalone followup to MUNKi, which I'm calling a “near future sci fi whodunnit“ - because, well, that's what it is!

Check it out here: https://fiction.garethsouthwell.com/books/mr-wolf/

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Image: Aibo the robot dog! (from Meghan O'Gieblyn's “God, Human, Animal, Machine“)

Listening to this as an audiobook. It's fantastic - she really is a wonderfully astute and subtle writer. And she seems to be following much the same train of thought as I've had regarding “transhumanism“. Her grasp of science and philosophy is particularly impressive.

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Warehouse | Rob Hart
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Quite enjoying this. It's been on my kindle for a while, and finally took the plunge.

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A quick self promo (thank you for your indulgence). For those interested, the ebook of my near future sci fi novel MUNKi is currently 0.99 (dollars and pounds).

UK: http://tinyurl.com/munkigb
US: http://tinyurl.com/munkius

#sale #ebooks #scifi #robots

Thank you! :)

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If you're on Goodreads, I'm always looking to connect with fellow book lovers - this is my profile: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/701854.Gareth_Southwell

#goodreads #goodreadsshelves #goodreads2022

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Content Provider | Gareth Southwell
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New cover for my ebook short story “Content Provider“. Do people like it better?

Full blurb here, if interested: https://fiction.garethsouthwell.com/books/content-provider/

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Most of the characters are in some way connected to the music industry, but the real theme is time: “Time is a goon“, a heavy-booted thug who's happy to leave the fragile hopes and dreams of youth bleeding in the gutter of middle-aged regret. Each chapter takes a different viewpoint and we get multiple perspectives on the same characters at different times, often in an innovative way. One chapter is a Powerpoint! Sad, funny, clever, interesting.

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The Golden | Lucius Shepard
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A vampire whodunnit, essentially, taking place in a monstrously sized castle at a sort of undead AGM. Shepard manages to blend a dreamlike surrealism with psychological realism and a mystery-driven plot, all delivered in his wonderfully evocative prose style. There is lots of meditation on the vampire condition, metaphysical speculation and other intellectually meaty things, permeated with disturbing vampiric eroticism, violence and horror.

Bigwig Now THAT is a book cover. 6mo
GarethSouthwell @Bigwig I know, right! No room for wondering what type of book it is! :) 6mo
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Shepard is incredible. He has a wonderful gift for evocative language and a deft feel for characterisation and setting - his travels in South America and Asia furnish the stories with intriguingly rich and believable backdrops. However, the collection is a mixed bag. Some are great - the title story, Shades, A Wooden Tiger, Nomans Land - others fall flat, and a few are bizarre, distasteful or (The Scalehunter's Beautiful Daughter) just tedious.

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For those still trying to understand the crazy world of high finance, Michael Lewis is still the best guide. Not an easy read (synthetic collateralised debt obligations, anyone?), but what carries it is Lewis's cast of eccentric characters who saw the 2008 crash coming, and it's these lively pen portraits that are as intriguing as the crash itself. TL;DR: you think there's someone at the wheel? There's not - or they're drunk.

CarolynM Such a good book! The first few chapters made my brain hurt, but once the various investors came along it was quite a fun ride (if I didn't think about how much damage was done worldwide) 8mo
GarethSouthwell @CarolynM Yes, I had to try a few times to get into it, too. As you say, though, it does pick up momentum, and the backstories are perhaps the best part. He's a great writer, I think - though I'm struggling a bit more with Liar's Poker. 8mo
stevesbookstuf1 Michael Lewis is great, I loved every book of his that I've read. If you've not already read his book “The Fifth Risk“you might want to give it a go. Excellent book that doesn't get the attention it deserves. 8mo
GarethSouthwell @stevesbookstuf1 Thanks, Steve, I'll check that out. I've read this one, Boomerang, and am half way through Liar's Poker, which I'm struggling with a little. I quite fancy Flash Boys, as I'm interested in computery stuff. 8mo
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Can books morally corrupt? Claire Harman traces the scandal surrounding William Harrison Ainsworth's “Jack Sheppard“, a Dick Turpin like story that may have inspired one of the most gruesome and shocking murders of Victorian times. Harman writes beautifully, detailing the background to the crime, the victim and perpetrator, as well as the public debate that surrounded the book, which drew in the likes of Dickens and Thackeray. A fascinating read.

Nute This sounds intriguing. Stacking! 8mo
GarethSouthwell @Nute Yes, its great - especially if you like Victorian history. :) 8mo
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As I am retiring the old cover of my sci-fi novel MUNKi, I thought it might be nice to offer a giveaway of the three remaining paperbacks I have in stock. Each will come with a little doodle (example pictured), and will be signed and dedicated to the winners. To enter the draw, just sign up to my newsletter, and respond to the welcome email, letting me know you want to enter the draw.

Sign up here: https://fiction.garethsouthwell.com/the-writing/

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Byron | Frederic Raphael
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A great book on a fascinating topic. Raphael writes brilliantly, and there are many lovely turns of phrase and witty one liners. He is a little verbose at times, and it can interrupt the flow a little while you look up some Latin or French, or some passing cultural or historical reference, but it's all worth it. As for Byron himself, this is definitely a warts and all biography, but he is no less fascinating and enigmatic a character for that.

CarolynM I loved this one, I still quote the line about his valet's opinion of retsina being not unlike those of modern travellers🤣 8mo
GarethSouthwell @CarolynM Oh, you've read it! I had to hunt high and low just to find a copy (the wonderful cover had stuck in my brain from when I was 20, some *cough* number of years ago...). Yes, there are some brilliant turns of phrase, aren't there? 8mo
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Voyage of the Beagle | Charles Darwin
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After she finishes this, she'll be moving on to some Dogstoevsky.

Sorry.

Nute Ha! The BEST photo!🐶💜 8mo
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Content Provider | Gareth Southwell
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Excuse self-promo:

For a short time, my novella Content Provider is available free. A darkly funny take on future technological trends that people are calling a “darkly funny take on future technological trends“ (I guess those “people“ must be me)

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Content-Provider-Near-Future-Philosophical-Merrywhile-e... or
https://www.amazon.com/Content-Provider-Near-Future-Philosophical-Merrywhile-ebo...

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Gnomon: A novel | Nick Harkaway
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“The corollary is that a book is not finished until it is read. The writing is not complete until what is said has passed from the physical volume which gives it sensory reality into another mind where it kindles thoughts and impressions: a whole understanding of what it means to be, ignited on foreign soil in an act that is either erotic or imperialistic, but in either case miraculous. We become one another.”

GarethSouthwell I guess this sort of encapsulates the novel so far, for me: brilliant, verbose, playful, ingenious, occasionally a bit pretentious, prone to tangential philosophical meanderings - but wonderful. I am very much enjoying it! I guess I must share at least some of those qualities. 10mo
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Gnomon: A novel | Nick Harkaway
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Thanks for the tag, @eeclayton!

1. Probably The Dark Heart of Italy by Tobias Jones.
2. Shamefully, I haven't finished a book at all yet this year.
3. Tagged, and just finishing biography of Byron, by Frederic Raphael, as well as listening to Murder by the Book, by Claire Harman (all of which are great).

eeclayton You're welcome ☺️ And there's no shame in not having finished a book yet, life happens, plus sometimes it's just an effing long book! 😁 10mo
GarethSouthwell @eeclayton Indeed! And Gnomon is quite long - though I've only just started that. In fact, I think it's so long that I haven't yet got to the end of the kindle sample! 10mo
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Peripheral | William Gibson
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1. Yes! (Sorry, old logician's joke.) I would go forward to the future, where they have a machine that lets you see what it was like in Elizabethan England! Is that cheating?

2. Peripheral by William Gibson has sort of time travel - you'll have to read it. Very clever, and a return to form for Gibson. Soon to be a TV series, which I'm looking forward to.

#Two4Tuesday (Hmm, it's now Wednesday, so quite fitting...)
@TheSpineView

julesG I like what you did there. 😏 10mo
TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 🤩📖📘 10mo
GarethSouthwell @TheSpineView You're welcome! :) 10mo
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The boy is playing the snake game. It‘s pretty basic, really – left, right, up, down; eat the food; avoid the walls; and your own tail. There are other variations – ones with two snakes, ones with mazes, or where things chase you or bounce around – but for some weird reason he prefers the simplest one. It starts off easy, but it gets harder.

[second illustration for the illustrated edition of MUNKi - only another 12 to go... :)]

MeganAnn Very cool illustration! 👏🏻❤️ 10mo
GarethSouthwell @MeganAnn Thank you! :) 10mo
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Death in a Bookstore | Augusto de Angelis
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Hmm. It seems that it's slightly slipped my mind that I've promised to review this for Big Al's Books & Pals. I shall remedy immediately.

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This looks rather intriguing. Have my finger hovering over the buy button on Audible. Should I?

GarethSouthwell Just looked up who the narrator is, and he is from my home town! I think that's a definite sign... 10mo
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Gnomon: A novel | Nick Harkaway
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Ok, we are underway...

Enjoying it so far. Wordy, weird and philosophical - might just be my kind of book!

wanderinglynn This book is on my TBR! I‘ll be interested to hear what you think. 10mo
GarethSouthwell @wanderinglynn I shall add you to the Gnomon Group, as I'm coming to think of it! It's definitely a book for those with very specific tastes. I'd put off reading it for a long time because I thought it might be too involved - and it may be, for some - but I'm coming to realise that it may be my type of involved! We'll see - shall keep you posted. 10mo
BookwormM Glad you are enjoying it 10mo
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sprainedbrain This one has been on my list for sooooo long. 10mo
GarethSouthwell @BookwormM Yes, I'm giving it a fairer chance. I think I only read a few pages last time. Will keep you posted. :) 10mo
GarethSouthwell @sprainedbrain I'm hearing that a lot! I'll add you to the Gnomon Group! ;) 10mo
BookwormM You do know if you hate it we can‘t be friends 🤣🤣just kidding 10mo
GarethSouthwell @BookwormM 😲 [That's the “shocked face“ emoji, right?] Wow, this is a tough place. ;) 10mo
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Byron | Frederic Raphael
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Byron's house in Venice sounds like a hoot.

By the way, Claire is the mother of his illegitimate child, Allegra.

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Campo de‘ Fiori is relatively quiet, the clear, crisp mid-January morning keeping away all but a few out-of-season tourists strolling idly among the handful of market stalls, mixing with locals on their morning shop. And even so, this is never a particularly busy place; not a rival to many of Rome‘s more striking piazze, to Trevi Fountain or the Spanish Steps.

[Art from illustrated edition of novel, which is still in development...]

Nute Whoa! Is this your book? The premise is fascinating, digitally collected memories defining a type of immortality. Is it still in progress or has it been published? Either way, this is exciting!🤗 I‘ll read through your more recent posts for an update. Oh, the illustration is amazing! Is that your work as well? 8mo
GarethSouthwell @Nute Thanks again, Kimberley! Yes, it's out, along with a few short stories and novellas set in the same series. Currently working on another short story and the follow up novel. You can find out more about it on my website: fiction.garethsouthwell.com - thanks for your interest! 8mo
Nute Thanks for the website link. Checking it out now! Garett, I love to see it happening for a writer. The whole publishing thing. I would think that it probably feels like a miracle after such an insane commitment to the craft. Good luck! The interest is real for your book. Hmm…does the actual body help shape the experience of the mind? Your take in your story is on my radar. 8mo
GarethSouthwell @Nute Thank you! :) 8mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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Anyone have any suggestions? It's been stuck at 72% for almost a day.

#litsywelcomewagon #litsyhelp

Chrissyreadit Are you on StoryGraph? 10mo
GarethSouthwell @Chrissyreadit No. Should I be? :) This is an import from Goodreads. 10mo
Chrissyreadit I do not know anything about importing on goodreads. I know we can import goodreads onto StoryGraph (if one is getting away from goodreads ) and they are very responsive to problem solving glitches. 10mo
GarethSouthwell @Chrissyreadit OK, thank you. I'll investigate! 10mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 📚🥳📚 8mo
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Gnomon: A novel | Nick Harkaway
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Debating whether to start this - have read mixed reviews. It's completely my area of interest, but worried it's a bit rambling and overly complex. And there's only room for one Gravity's Rainbow in my life! Love the cover.

RaeLovesToRead My Dad thought it was OK but a bit pretentious. I haven't read anything by Nick Harkaway but I've got Angelmaker on the TBR! 10mo
GarethSouthwell @RaeLovesToRead Yes, that's the feeling I got from reading a few pages. Very interesting, and he obviously has a wonderfully creative intellect, but a bit verbose, and feels a bit like if only he reined things in a bit there'd be more to enjoy. Perhaps I'm wrong, and still may read it. :) 10mo
RaeLovesToRead I shall watch out for your review! 10mo
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GarethSouthwell @RaeLovesToRead Damn, you sound like you're going to hold me to that! Me and my big mouth... (sigh) 10mo
BookwormM This us one of my favourite books of all time 10mo
GarethSouthwell @BookwormM Really! That's a big recommendation! As I said above, it is a subject I'm into, and I'm not afraid of complex and unusual books. I'm a huge fan of his dad's work, and they're not easy. It's just whether the effort is worth it, given all the mixed reviews. What makes it your fave? 10mo
BookwormM Tough question I just fell in love with it and the ending is amazing 10mo
GarethSouthwell @BookwormM OK, I shall take your word for it, and add it to my TBR! Do you like William Gibson too? 10mo
BookwormM I have only read Neuromancer and while I enjoyed it I don‘t rate it anywhere near as highly as Gnomon 10mo
GarethSouthwell @BookwormM High praise indeed. OK, you and @RaeLovesToRead have convinced me: I'll make a start! :) 10mo
RaeLovesToRead And if it's rubbish you'll save me the hassle of reading it 😉😄 haha, just kidding! I didn't realise he was John le Carrés son. 10mo
GarethSouthwell @RaeLovesToRead Ha, yes! Though I don't think it will be rubbish. I'm intrigued now. Yes, when JLC died recently, Harkaway completed his unfishinished novel (“Silverview“). I'm a big JLC fan. 10mo
RaeLovesToRead Well if it's a must read, it'll be a good excuse to buy a new book! 😄 I've only read tinker tailor... I respected it, but it got a bit technical. I'd definitely try another by him. Is there one you'd recommend? 10mo
GarethSouthwell @RaeLovesToRead Depends on your tastes. The Night Manager is excellent, I thought. And easier to get into than Tinker Tailor, which is a bit dense. 10mo
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Byron | Frederic Raphael
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Mad, bad and dangerous to know indeed. Very enjoyable biography so far - two thirds of the way through. Witty, well researched and a very acute psychological study. Bit verbose at times. But look at that illustration! Superb cover.

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This is the original cover to the novel, before I changed it.

MeganAnn I definitely like the new cover better. It draws my eye inwards towards the title in an engaging way. Great update! 10mo
GarethSouthwell @MeganAnn Thanks. Glad you think it's an improvement! It took a lot for me to changes covers. As you'll appreciate as a designer, something you put a lot of work into is difficult to let go of. 10mo
humouress The new one looks like London, so I'm biased in favour of it ;0) 10mo
GarethSouthwell @humouress It is! Roughly, the view from Canary Wharf looking out toward the City (with a bit of artistic licence thrown in). 10mo
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Red Pill | Hari Kunzru

Read the sample of this on Kindle, and am a bit undecided whether or not to continue. Very nicely written, but somehow it's not really grabbing me. Anyone have any views on it? Should I persevere?

tokorowilliamwallace Have you read Millenium People by J.G. Ballard? I read a sample recently and can imagine you appreciating its concept and execution. 10mo
GarethSouthwell @tokorowilliamwallace No, I haven't. I've got about 4 Ballard novels on my TBR pile, but that's not one of them! Is it similar to Red Pill? 10mo
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I am completely new to Litsy, so please feel free to advise/correct/chastise/forgive as you see fit!

This is the cover of my near future sci-fi novel MUNKi. I've just redesigned all my covers (I'm also an illustrator/designer). Will post others shortly.

#sciencefiction #scifi #robots #artificialintelligence #AI #virtualreality

ozma.of.oz Welcome to Litsy! 🎉🎉🎉 #LitsyWelcomeWagon 10mo
GarethSouthwell @ozma.of.oz Thank you! It looks great so far. A bit cosier and friendlier than Twitter, it seems. How are you finding it? 10mo
ozma.of.oz It‘s wonderful! Much less stressful than twitter. 😂 It‘s a great community to be a part of. 10mo
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GarethSouthwell @ozma.of.oz That's lovely to hear. Social media can be so toxic. Nice to be in a place where people love the same thing. :) 10mo
eeclayton Welcome to Litsy 🎉 I quit Twitter years ago. Litsy is very different, it's a very friendly and positive place ☺️ 10mo
GarethSouthwell @eeclayton Thank you! Yes, I have some good friends that I've made on there, but I can barely bring myself to look at the timeline anymore. So much stress and negativity. 10mo
Mrs_B Welcome to Litsy!!! Check out the link in my bio for a bit about what goes on and make sure to follow @LitsyEvents ! (edited) 10mo
GarethSouthwell @Mrs_B Thank you! And done. :) 10mo
DrexEdit Welcome to Litsy! You're doing it right! 😊 That is an amazing book cover! 😍 10mo
GarethSouthwell @DrexEdit Thank you, and thank you! That's very kind. :) I'll share some others in a bit. Just don't want to spam people. 10mo
Chrissyreadit Welcome! You‘ve already been given some great resources by @Mrs_B Follow lots of people - this is a great way to see more bookish interaction. This is much more like a very small town where Twitter is a huge city. 10mo
GarethSouthwell @Chrissyreadit Thank you! That suits me, I think - smaller and friendlier. One thing I can't seem to find any info on is how authors are supposed to use the platform. I don't want to spam or annoy people with self promotion, but it would be nice to share some of my writing related things/book covers/illustrations, etc. Is there a policy on this that you know of? 10mo
Chrissyreadit So I think this is a unique platform for authors- some are engaged as readers and still share their info about publishing. There is no policy about what to do but my perspective is I pay more attention to people who want to genuinely interact and be part of the reading community and also happen to be authors. Other thoughts @Cinfhen @wanderinglynn @Reggie @Andrew65 @Crazeedi @Mitch @Butterfinger @sprainedbrain @MeganAnn @TheBookHippie @4thhouseontheleft 10mo
Mitch Hi - welcome to this bookish corner of the internet. Thanks for the tag @Chrissyreadit I love to see authors floating ideas, using the community of readers to test things out and share great publishing news. Love it when it‘s embedded within a genuine interest to be part of the Litsy community though and Litsy isn‘t used as an advertising platform with no engagement outside of self promotion. Can‘t wait to discover more of your work - welcome! 10mo
wanderinglynn Thanks for the tag @Chrissyreadit 😀 Welcome to Litsy @GarethSouthwell 👋🏻 That cover looks amazing! 💜 And I agree with Chrissy. It‘s fine to promote but you‘ll get more interest if you interact with the community. As you may have noticed, there‘s no kind of direct messaging. It‘s all public comments. We‘re an upbeat & supportive community. I think you‘ll like it here! 📚🥳 10mo
GarethSouthwell @Chrissyreadit That's a good point. It's the interaction I enjoy on Twitter, except that there is so little of it there these days. Just endlessly depressing and toxic trends! 10mo
GarethSouthwell @Mitch Thank you, Mitch! I've actually been in publishing for many years, in various roles, so maybe I can share some of that. I love books and reading, of course, and I look forward to seeing what others are reading and discovering new books. I moved to Library Thing from Goodreads, because the latter was strangely aggressive. Glad to have found your little book niche! (edited) 10mo
GarethSouthwell @wanderinglynn Thank you! :) It seems so strange to find a part of the internet where people aren't trying to score points or shoot each other down! 10mo
MeganAnn Thanks for the tag @Chrissyreadit 😘 And welcome @GarethSouthwell !! I second what Chrissy, @Mitch & @wanderinglynn have said above… I‘m more likely to engage with any promotion posts if I‘ve seen someone have a genuine interest in the community. I would add that I love seeing what authors‘ are reading & what they think of books outside their own. I‘ve found some fantastic titles this way! I‘m also a graphic designer so I love the pretty covers😍 10mo
Butterfinger I totally agree @Chrissyreadit I try to support authors as much as I can, but like to know how you feel about other pieces of literature. We become friends here. I feel more comfortable on Litsy than people I know personally on Facebook. Welcome!!! And when you get settled, hop over to @LitsyEvents to see all of our activities. 10mo
GarethSouthwell @MeganAnn Thank you! 10mo
GarethSouthwell @Butterfinger Thank you! Yes, it's a very friendly space. Wish I'd found it sooner! I certainly will have a look at that. 10mo
sprainedbrain Welcome to Litsy! I don‘t believe there are any rules about promoting your own work here… I can say I‘ve read several authors over the years that I probably wouldn‘t have if I hadn‘t interacted with them here on Litsy. I hope you enjoy it here! 10mo
Cinfhen Thanks for including me in this discussion @Chrissyreadit and welcome @GarethSouthwell Congrats on your book and beautiful cover illustration. I find Litsy to be friendly, tolerant and a positive place for bookish interaction. It‘s wonderful to share and post your work!! Best of luck 10mo
Mrs_B Hey, just catching up on this threading and tagging @rachelm who might be able to help. :) 10mo
GarethSouthwell @Cinfhen Thank you! :) 10mo
GarethSouthwell @sprainedbrain Thank you. Yes, as you say, the interaction is the nicest feature of the site. I wouldn't want to spoil that. 10mo
GarethSouthwell @SolaRaynor Thank you! 😊 10mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 📚🙌🏻 9mo
GarethSouthwell @Eggs Thank you! :) 9mo
Eggs You‘re welcome! Great cover❣️ 9mo
GarethSouthwell @Eggs Thank you! 9mo
Nute Welcome to Litsy! It‘s a warm and friendly community. I know that you will enjoy yourself here. I‘m looking forward to getting to know you!🙂
Check out #LitsyEvents for a varied listing of fun-related happenings within this neighborhood of fellow readers.🤗
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GarethSouthwell @Nute Thank you! Yes, I'm enjoying being here. I'm still finding my feet but the people are very friendly. 8mo
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