I have not abandoned ship. The reason I haven’t written any posts recently is that I have to spend every spare minute reading George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series (A Game of Thrones etc.). I was sent there by Daniel Mendelsohn’s review in the New York Review of Books 7 November 2013 issue. To be fair the review did contain a warning that the books might take over your life. I can thoroughly recommend them — they have a narrative drive which won’t let you get off the roundabout, and are written with style and verve. I am currently in the middle of volume four. I bought a 4-book bundle for Kindle which Amazon were selling for $15.99 — an excellent price for over 4000 pages of old-world intrigue, blood and thunder. I read on my iPad until it runs out of charge, when I plug it in and switch to my iPod Touch. Occasionally I come up for food and sleep. I plan not to buy volume five until six and seven are also available, so that I can return to the 21st century for a while.

Later: I did of course end up buying and reading volume 5 right away after finishing volume 4. After all, as I said, it is compulsive. Now I have to await Mr Martin’s WordPerfect progress.