September 18th, 2013

marcus 2013

Tim Powers reading order?

After watching Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides I realised that I hadn't checked Tim Powers on Amazon in a while, and discovered that I'm well behind in reading him. I've just received Three Days To Never, Hide Me Amongst the Graves, and Strange Itinaries, with Bible Repairman & Other Stories still to come.

I know that Hide Me Amongst the Graves is a sequel to The Stress of Her Regard, which I really need to reread first. Two Of the other three are short story collections, but Three Days To Never is another novel - is there something else I should be re-reading first, or does it work well on its own?
marcus 2013

Getting audio from an HDMI cable?

I've got a little Android box for watching iPlayer etc. on TV. It works fine on my small TV, but I'd decided it would be more useful connected to the big TV in my lounge. The snag is that its only output is HDMI, for picture and sound; what I really need is HDMI and a separate analogue sound output that I can connect to my home cinema amp. Are there any inexpensive adapters that can split off the audio signal but not mess with the picture? I can't seem to find anything like this on ebay without spending more than the iPlayer box cost.

The other possibility, of course, is to use the TV sound, but it's nowhere near as good as the amp can provide.

Anyone got any suggestions?