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Archive for January 15th, 2009

The Curious Incident

I’ve been fighting my own little battle with Norton 2009 for a few days now and I have learned a valuable lesson, do not custom uninstall, just really go for it and wipe every last, teeny, tiny little shred of any previous installation before loading the latest copy. First time round I went for the ‘easy’ option and so have spent the last 3 days urging my computer to load anything, anything at all in less than 15 minutes. This evening I gave up defragmenting, running live-update and waiting for the Symantec tech support page to respond, I scrubbed 2009 from my computer and then re-loaded it and, how curious, it now runs perfectly and lives up to its boast of protecting my computer ‘without slowing you down’.

Having time on my hands has meant that I have been devouring books that have been patiently waiting for me, one of them being ‘The Curious Incident of the dog in the night-time’ by Mark Haddon. What can I say that hasn’t already been said? I was hooked by page 2, my brain was buzzing by page 14 and I decided that Mark Haddon was a genius by page 127. How did he write it? It may be a novel, but the central character is so well constructed that he lives, and I began to see the world through his eyes and I really wanted to meet him. What’s so different about that, after all that’s what an author should accomplish, create a believable cast. Well, the central character in this book has Asperger’s Syndrome and Mark Haddon has written this book as if it is narrated by a teenager with this disorder, and has made you believe in him. Absolutely excellent.

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