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Poison Romance and Poison Mysteries by C J S Thomson

This is an excellent little guide to the use of poison in history, fiction, and contemporary court cases, written in the late 1890s. I recommend it for writers whose characters use poison, and readers who enjoy the true crime genre. One of the things I love about the Librivox project, which is a mass of volunteers […]

Reading Journal for September 2013

It’s been a tough month, with some personal issues coming up, so it’s all audiobooks this month. I have a copy of Terry Pratchett’s Dodger that’s my very next book, and it’s still sitting where it was in August. Once again I’ve been doing the serious pillage on Librivox, which is a site that produces free […]

Reading Journal for August

Many of the works reviewed this month are from Librivox, and are linked via their cover photographs. Edward II by Christopher Marlowe It’s always interesting to listen to Elizabethan plays which aren’t Shakespeare. It lets you see how much of the grandeur of his work is based one what, back then, was a sort of […]

Reading Journal for July

The Very Hungry Zombie by Michael Teitelbaum The publisher suggests that the book is unsuitable for small children. I must say I entirely disagree. Last night my daughter picked up The Very Hungry Caterpillar by mistake, put it back, and asked me to help her find The Very Hungry Zombie instead.  Being only one, she has […]

Beasts and Super Beasts by Saki

I wish to sing the highest possible praises for this author.  Those who follow my posts may have noticed that I am generally critical and slightly horrible in my reviews. Not this time. Saki wrote short stories, like this collection, which satirised the foibles of his class. They are the same victims Oscar Wilde and […]

Shakespeare’s Sonnets – a review

The Librivox book club has the sonnets as our monthly read, and I listened to the Elizabeth Klett recording. I did not enjoy them, and I hate that.  I’m continually harping on about how people should enjoy poetry more, and so when the book club pulls out the a celebrity like William, I thought I’d be […]

The Gladstone Colony : An Unwritten Chapter of Australian History by J. P Hogan

I read this book, and recorded it for Librivox, because my family is from the area, and when I was looking through a physical copy, I was amazed by the contents. The title’s not inspiring, but the book itself is filled with portraits of incredibly fallible people straining to do epic things. They often fail, […]

Reading Journal for April: A Month for Novellas

Novellas are rare in the modern world. Not quite as publishable as a novel, not quite as marketable as a short story, these little books don’t seem to see much light. The most recent modern ones I read were in Charles Stross’s The Atrocity Archive, where he glued two together, told you to mind the gap, and […]

On the tragic topicality of John Stuart Mill’s “On Liberty”

Mill is one of those authors who you feel that you’ve read, even though you have not, because other people quote and misquote and reinterpret his basic thoughts in their own work. He is, of course, is the guy who says you should be allowed to do pretty much whatever you like, provided you don’t hurt […]

52 books in 52 weeks – November

103: Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson One of the few books I can say I enjoyed reading, but couldn’t recommend widely to others. Essentially, this is a novel and its sequel, intercut with each other and pretending to be a single book. Each is a good story on its own, but the intertwining creates a codex which is so […]

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