Book of the Week: Dislocated to Success.

The premise of Iain Bowen’s Dislocated to Success is fairly straightforward, as ‘Islands in the Sea of Time’-type stories go*: what would happen if Maggie Thatcher’s UK was sent back in time to 1730? Answer: the British would end up having a fine time of it. It’s a fun read, not least because the author is quite sound on Maggie. As is only fitting.

*This is, indeed, a genre.

Book of the Week: Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue.

Gabe of Penny Arcade summed up Ryan Holiday’s Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue¬†as ‘what happens when bad meets evil.’ I was struck enough by that comparison to pick up the book — which, indeed, is about what’s in the title — and it is not dull reading. It’s also not completely comfortable reading, either. Back in the day, I never did anything remotely as awful as the stuff Gawker did, every day. But I watched them do it, didn’t I? And I never lost a night’s sleep over the things that they did.

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