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about me

I'm a literate, articulate, eclectic, computer programmer at the bleeding edge of technology with a deep passion for language and languages of all flavours.

I will most likely wait for the dust to settle on the changes which are about to occur in the way that rankings are established before deciding whether my current work in progress gets an airing on here. I am just somewhat surprised that it took HC so long to get round to trying to fix something which was so obviously broken and open to abuse.

favourite books

The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
anything by Jorge Luis Borges :)
Ways of Seeing - John Berger
The Aubrey/Maturin cycle - Patrick O'Brian
The Third Policeman - Flann O'Brien
Crowds & Power - Elias Cannetti
Austerlitz - W.G. Sebald
The Master & Margarita - Mikhail Bulgakhov
If On a Winter's Night a Traveller - Italo Calvino
Enemies of Promise - Cyril Connolly
The Outsider - Colin Wilson


Anything by Philip K.Dick, A.E.Van Vogt, Alfred Bester, Vernor Vinge, Michael Moorcock
Snowcrash - Neal Stephenson
The Dorsai sequence - Gordon R. Dickson

Anything by Lord Dunsany, H.P.Lovecraft
The Worm Ouroboros - E R Eddison
The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
(colour) Fairy Books - collected by Andrew Lang

Anything by Patricia Highsmith
John le Carre's George Smiley novels
Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories

my websites

http://szyzygy.wordpress.com/     http://szyzygycode.wordpress.com/

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ndaye wrote 923 days ago

(rafica_4ndaye@yahoo.com) My name is rafica i saw your profile toda....

Craig Ellis wrote 1323 days ago

Hello Steve, Would you care to read 'The Sun and the Saber'? My fi....

eurodan49 wrote 1323 days ago

Would you please look at TO KILL A DEAD MAN, a historical spy/thrille....

Gunslinger wrote 1497 days ago

Greetings, fellow Authonomite— As I write this, I’m sitting at num....

Bamboo Promise wrote 1505 days ago

Dear Steve, please do not forget Bamboo Promise. My book is waiting f....

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I wrote 1576 days ago

This is compelling stuff. It needs a bit of tightening up in a couple of places and some of the dialogue needs some love to give it real authenticity, but I'm otherwise seamlessly into Chapter 5 with no signs of becoming bored (I have a staggeringly low attention threshold) so you've obviously got a... view book

I wrote 1579 days ago

I don't as a rule do thrillers but there's enough here going on beneath the obvious surface to draw me in, and the writing is slick and assured. The dialogue is convincing, the characterisation excellent and it moves at a cracking pace across a broad international canvas. The technical detail is goo... view book

I wrote 1579 days ago

There is so much possibility here. You probably know this already but it needs work. Lots of work. All good fiction does. Firstly, I would encourage you to take a long hard look at what you have written, isolate the key developments points in a list, and look at where those points take you or could... view book

I wrote 1585 days ago

Great stuff and easy to back, shelved with pleasure. :) view book

I wrote 1591 days ago

I keep catching echoes of Carlos Castaneda in there and I can't for the life of me put my finger on the reason why; the subject matter is substantively different and stylistically there are few if any comparisons. But this is by the by and it will no doubt come to me in some moment about six months ... view book

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