Month: December 2015

The Ghost in the Machine

Nope, this isn’t about the rather awesome anime.

A colleague who sits close to me at work has a piece of hardware on his desk that is used for testing different print channels. It;s a big plastic box, with a clear plastic covering, allowing you to see all the fun stuff inside. All is quiet when my colleague is there.

However, when he leaves his desk, the machine makes a knocking noise. Two taps on the plastic in quick succession, approximately every half a minute. It sounds like someone is in there knocking on the plastic.

I’m creeped out. I’ve wandered over a few times to investigate, but I can’t see what’s making the noise.

It defies all logic. If ever there was a case for a ghost in the machine, this would be it. Since I don’t believe in ghosts, though, my bet is that the cutlery gremlin is branching out from stealing teaspoons from the office kitchen.

Just to make this even more silly – I’m actually not going to ask my colleague what the noise actually is, because that would ruin all the fun of the mystery.

Book review: Gone by Michael Grant

I picked up the first three books in the ‘Gone‘ series by Michael Grant recently. I’m almost through the third book, ‘Lies‘, and I’ll have to pick up the next three as soon as I can.

So, a brief synopsis – every human age 15 and older vanishes. The town and surrounding areas become encased within an impenetrable energy barrier, and the children start to develop supernatural powers.

On one hand, that synopsis alone almost screams that this is a mixture of Under the Dome, X-Men and Lord of the Flies. Which is probably exactly why this series appealed to me in the first place, since I thoroughly enjoy all those. It’s aimed at a young adult audience, and I can’t put this series down. I *love* when that happens!

I won’t add any spoilers here, as I’d hate to ruin any of the major plot points. As mentioned above, this series – while somewhat derivative and predictable in places – does manage to capture you in a way that few books can. I’d highly recommend it. Although if violence creeps you out, you should probably avoid it.