Port Mungo by Patrick McGrath

Originally posted on Palimpsest:

Well, I have now finished two books consecutively for the first time in ages, and at last my Palimplist is making some movement. I think I should thank Patrick McGrath for that. Port Mungo is every bit as good as everyone has said it is.

It is a remarkable book – superbly written yet easy to read, gripping yet horrifying too. I read it with an ever increasing sense of dread, the slow drip feed of what might be the truth opening more avenues rather than pushing you down one path. His characters are superbly drawn, and mostly vile, every one of them deeply flawed in some way, though some deeper than others, of course.

I gave it 5 stars, which it fully deserved, though it doesn’t get the red treatment because I didn’t love the book like I did Owen Meany say, or Gatsby. It’s a remarkable achievement, though, a brilliant book and I will certainly read more McGrath in the near future.

Google Spreadsheets

After the purchase of Writely giving them onine word processing, it appears that Google will shortly be offering a spreadsheet too.

These, with Gmail and Calendar effectively provide a free to use Google Office suite. For home users with a swift broadband connection and no objection to using Google, why would they bother with anything else?

Cutting back

I’ve had to have a bit of a review of my online life since I started my new job. I simply haven’t got the time that I used to for administering all the sites I have managed to become involved with – at least to the extent that I used to.

So, I am going to cut down on my blogs. This one is going to have to have the non-tech life stuff in again, rather like davebriggs.net did. The problem is really that coming up with tech stuff takes time – time spent reading hundreds of blogs, often checking in several times a day to see if anything new is in, following up links and stories, testing software and services. I just don’t have the time to do that anymore, and the lifeblogging will at least be a quicker and more readily available source of content. This means that World of Dave will be dying soon, though I might look at importing the posts into this blog.

I’m also coming across some interesting stuff in my new job, and so I might like to post about that.

This should mean I have the time to start looking at Palimpsest more regularly again, which is important to me as it is a great site, and easily my most successful. I might look into spending a bit more time developing Goal Mouths with Stewart, and Impnet with Chris.

I also had the idea for an interesting photoblogging project, but that will take up a fair bit of time to set up and I’m not sure how much interest there will be in it. Then there is all made up, which is all set and raring to go, but for which I need to get a back log of stories for before I go live.

Gah! So much to do, so little time!