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This post, in which I said:

I just checked, and my current total is 700. I’ll have to go some to catch you up. 🙂

will no doubt have confused everyone. I was involved in a conversation on, and I may have pressed the wrong button and created a new post instead of a reply. I thought it was a bug, but it’s entirely possible it was my fault.

Manton, the creator of, is going to make some UI changes to make that error less likely. And he has also told me how to check where a post is going to go. Which is that, if it shows at the bottom while I’m typing, then it will be posted here. So I’ll watch out for that in the future.

Universal Harvester by John Darnielle (Books 2017, 4)

Yes, the end of August and only my fourth book. What on Earth is happening? In short, Alan Moore’s Jerusalem is happening. All 1000-plus pages of it. I’m just over two-thirds of the way through it, and I’m loving it, but I think my target now must be to finish it by the end of the year!

But I got this one for my birthday, and it’s short, so I read it in two or three days while I was on holiday recently. It’s an odd one. It tells a story of some people and some strange videos in the days when there were still video rental shops stores and VHS tapes within them. Which allows someone to insert extracts from strange home videos into some of them, leading our protagonist to start investigating.

It takes place in the farmland of Iowa, and it’s interesting enough, but it’s one of those stories where you end up wondering, Why? Both why did the characters behave like that, and why did the author choose to write that particular story?

Not a bad story, but not that compelling either.