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Mark Reece

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Mark Reece is a widely published short story writer, whose work has been published in Orbis, Structo, Here Comes Everyone, Fire, The Delinquent, and Postscripts (PS Publishing), amongst other places. The Dreams of the Eternal City is his first novel. He currently lives in Staffordshire, in a flat filled with fine paintings (all copies).

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Mark Reece Hi Tom, thanks for the question. As as is the case with many stories, the idea came from a number of different sources, over a period of time. When…moreHi Tom, thanks for the question. As as is the case with many stories, the idea came from a number of different sources, over a period of time. When watching the news, it struck me that the idea that increasing economic growth is always a good thing, however achieved, is considered a truism. I wondered whether this is necessarily so, as it seemed to me that increasing economic growth often involves makes life more difficult for some people.

I've been interested in the 'sleep' aspect for awhile, as sleep is vital for health and, as described in the book, sleep patterns have been significantly altered since the invention of electricity, and artificial light, and more recent forms of technology have continued to influence how, and how long, people sleep.

I'm also interested in developments about the administration of justice, such as the way that some criminal trials have recently been held partially, or in a few cases, wholly, in secret. These ideas came together over a period of time to form the skeleton of the plot.

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The Dreams of the Eternal City

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Silk Silk by Alessandro Baricco

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This is a stylish and mesmerizing book. Written in a series of very short chapters, many less than a page long, it tells the story of Herve Joncour, who travels to Japan to buy silkworms to supply mills in a French town. The book is very short- probably less than novella length, and the chapters form what are essentially a set of interconnected... Read more of this blog post »
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Silk by Alessandro Baricco
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This is a stylish and mesmerizing book. Written in a series of very short chapters, many less tha... Read more of this blog post »
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Silk by Alessandro Baricco
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This is a stylish and mesmerizing book. Written in a series of very short chapters, many less than a page long, it tells the story of Herve Joncour, who travels to Japan to buy silkworms to supply mills in a French town. The book is very short- ...more
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The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
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After not having read The Canterbury Tales for many years, I had forgotten almost all the stories and could read them as if new, which I found to be a very happy state. This is a wonderful book, and a good translation by Neville Coghill, who ...more
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Murphy by Samuel Beckett
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I enjoy Beckett's plays, but I found this novel to be unreadable. The writing is too dense and lacks beauty.

Also, I have a limited tolerance for the type of solipsistic protagonist on display in this book, who aims for sensory deprivation and
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Thinking Styles by Robert J. Sternberg
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In this book, Sternberg sets out a schema to categorize styles- ways of thinking, which he distinguishes from abilities. Sternberg's main argument is that people are often wrongly judged as lacking ability, when in fact, their thinking styles are ...more
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Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend Warner
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The protagonist of this novel- Laura Willowes- moves in with her brother and his wife after the death of her father. She picks up the nickname 'Lolly', and the loss of her real name seems to mirror the loss of her independence. However, after many ...more
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QualityLand by Marc-Uwe Kling
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Mark Reece and 2 other people liked Katrin Lipps's review of QualityLand:
QualityLand by Marc-Uwe Kling
"Review in English, because this book NEEDS to be translated ASAP for the world to read:
Such a scary, hilarious, satirical dystopia.
This book plays in a world, where drones from "The Shop" (the worlds biggest and most popular online-Shopping-Place)..." Read more of this review »
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Other Minds by Peter Godfrey-Smith
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In this book, Godfrey-Smith discusses the evolution of intelligence and consciousness, focusing on invertebrate species, particularly the octopus. It is loosely structured, with several chapters being essentially digressions on the author's personal ...more
Long Road from Jarrow by Stuart Maconie
"A compelling read, which isn't always the case with non-fiction. Maconie manages to entwine his own journey retracing the Jarrow marcher's steps with that of the original marchers and, while he finds many things that have changed, there is much th..." Read more of this review »
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