Maybe it was homesickness, but with more than a dozen Discworld books on the shelf in front of me, I had to choose the one that is set in a remote, dusty island prison that has a few things in common with ‘Straya. And I loved it.Read More A tale of two Discworld novels, part 2: The Last Continent
Seldom do I read a Terry Pratchett book and think it is not great. But it does happen occasionally. Reading Interesting Times, a Discworld novel from 1994 featuring that world’s most reluctant tourist (and tourist guide) Rincewind, was one of those occasions. (Fans who are more hardcore than I can start directing their hatred into the comments […]Read More A tale of two Discworld novels, part 1: Interesting Times
Because it’s there, is the reason people climb Everest. Because I could, was the reason Clinton gave for certain indiscretions. Because it is the pretentious thing to do, was the reason I downloaded Ulysses by James Joyce onto a certain oblong device that can carry ebooks.Read More Why the hell am I doing this?
If I were a dictator somewhere in the world right now, I’d be reading Terry Pratchett. I’d need all the help I could get, and I might as well get the best advice.Read More Some advice for Gaddafi: read Night Watch …
One of these is a beloved, classic tale about alienation and what it means to be human, written in a time when science-fiction was a genuine analogy for society. The other is Franz Kafka.Read More Spot the difference …
On one hand, this is a book I should hate. On the other hand, this is a book I should love. Naturally, it ended up being neither.Read More The Art of Non-Conformity: an economist’s review*
I am not too proud to say I was prejudiced against reading Jane Austen. Oops, sorry. My mistake. I apologise. Let’s start again.Read More Proud to be prejudiced
A tale of two books Nick Hornby author George Orwell High Fidelity title Keep the Aspidistra Flying Rob protagonist Gordon Comstock Owns and manages a dead end record store in the 1990s occupation Works in two dead end book stores in the 1930s Sex, lack of money, wanting to fulfill his dreams Preoccupation […]Read More A quick comparison
Being a Monday, this should be a leftovers for lunch segment. But there are leftovers in the form of intentions to write some posts, and failing to find time. Settling into a new country is fun, but instead of banging on about that here’s the first of the reviews I promised earlier in the month: […]Read More Things that make you go boom
On the political analysis scale, Campaign RubyRead More Campaign Ruby, a visual review.