For those who love to catch up on reading while on holiday…but don’t want to lug books around (I know, I know…I could get a kindle but I prefer ‘real’ books)……Well, this may be the answer. Interesting article on Lonely Planet about hotels around the world, all of which have large stocks of books for the enjoyment of their guests….
If you want to be an armchair expert in a couple of hours on just about any subject under the sun, I’d recommend this series of interestingly illustrated cartoon graphic guides, titles include Jung, Freud, Evolution, The Mind, Eugenics, Quantum theory, Capitalism, Marxism, Feminism. Fractals, Epigenetics, Chaos, Semiotics, Islam, Wittgenstein, Time and many more:
“Travels in Dreamland ~ Explorations into Roswell & Area 51” (non fiction incl black and white photographs) by Philip Patton. Back on the UFOs again. From the deluge of books now available on this subject, this one of the more engaging and intelligent reads as sceptic journalist Patton interviews engineers, eye witnesses and military personnel at Area 51 in order to separate the myths from the military secrets, only to discover there is indeed a crossover from the people he speaks to ( many of them very guardedly). Gives a whistle stop tour of UFOlogy and avionics secrets from Stealths, drones, Bob Lazar, Majestic 12 and involvement (and often restriction) of US Presidents past and present. Even the ever present anoraked goons it would seem are almost encouraged to camp outside the perimeter fence of Area 51 to deflect attention from what actually goes on in and flies out of there, many of them with interesting (true and evidenced) tales to share.
Back home from sunny Spain to wet and windy Scotland
Holiday reading while away:
LJ Ross Borderlands A DCI Ryan mystery. Silvertraveladvisor competition win, for which my thanks.
This was a new author for me. Set in Northumberland. Captured the geography and remoteness of the setting well.
An easy read, fine for on holiday. But not inclined to seek out more from this author.
Paula Hawkins Into the Water The author is possibly best known for writing The Girl on the Train
Really enjoyed this. Lots of twists and turns. Keeps you guessing. Could see this being made into a film too.
Elizabeth Strout Olive Kitteridge Winner of the Pulitzer prize for fiction.
Enjoyed this too. Stories about a wide range of characters, all of whom had some contact or relationship with Olive K.
This meant lots of different perspectives and a constant questioning/challenging of views formed about the main protagonist.
Overall, not a likeable character…especially vis a vis her long suffering spouse Henry.
Grew to feel more sympathetic towards her in due course. Some of the stories quite harrowing.
A good read.
Hope the above might tempt someone to read something they might not normally have picked up…and enjoy
what do you think about Ascensionism as an antonym to declinism…sort of nostalgia for an age yet to come. Who knows, it may be in the OED this time next year ?
…Sorry, doesn’t do it for me…Religious feel to it?
By all means though, put it out there and …yes…who knows..?
Want to swap a book you’ve read for one you haven’t ? Maybe pass on a book you’ll never read again or have never read at all to someone who will ?
Site here proclaiming to be UK’s largest free book swap shop, listing over 220,000 titles across all genres, fiction and non fiction. Free to join and free to use:
“Slightly Foxed” is a publishing term for second hand books meaning the pages are showing signs of a mottled, brown spotty appearance and is also the name of a bookish quarterly magazine…
The other day, from a charity shop, I picked up a job lot (40 issues) of this (to me) previously unknown literary quarterly for a paltry matter of 20p a copy. What began as an idle browse has now become an obsessive unputdownable study, around 15 articles per issue, all by different writers upon many lesser known books and authors across all genres of yesteryear (hence the title). I would highly recommend this eccentric, quirky periodical which simply exudes the love of yesterday’s books, promoting itself as not so much a literary quarterly but a well read companion. A delight for the discerning bookworm as to what to read next. Their website also includes pod casts of readers discussing books and their authors:
Audio/Digital versions for impaired eyesight readers: