Author Archives: Timothy

I_AM November 26

The Picture of Dorian Gray : Book Club Discussion Questions

A reminder that our book club discussion questions contain spoilers. Synopsis While modelling for an artist, a youth is instructed that only the life of pleasure has value. His spiral into dissipation is reflected not on his body, which retains its beauty and vigor, but in the portrait. City libraries has copies of this book […]

zen pencils November 19

Zen Pencils by Gavin Aung Than

This hefty book collects motivational comic strips from, a website by a talented Melbourne artist. It’s an easy read, but because the comics are meant for pondering, it should not be consumed in a single sitting. How you respond to it will vary, based on how the genre of inspirational comics strikes you. I note […]

French flag with the word "solidarite" November 16

On the solace to be found within literature

Our thoughts are with those who are suffering at this time.

Book coasters is not the venue for suggestions concerning methods of directly helping those affected, although they are many, and Googleable. Instead I’d like to use the skills we have, as librarians, to provide such solace as we can.

welcome-to-night-vale-mini November 11

Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Craynor

The first novel from the authors of the world’s most popular podcast is solid work, but they have made stylistic choices which will alienate some readers and enchant others. The plot matters, but, at the same time, it does not matter much. The main characters of the novel are two women, each distorted by their citizenship […]

The Wine of Wizardry by George Sterling

This book made me rather sad. It convincingly fooled me concerning its unimportance. I really thought that Sterling – about whom I knew nothing – was a skilled, if not particularly great, British Romantic poet, probably strongly-influenced by Yeats. He was a Californian, but his way of writing submerges his experiences in Celtic fog. Given the […]

FFY November 01

October Reading Journal – Time for some stereotypical horror

In the last couple of months, most of the books I’ve read have merited full reviews. This month my luck has been poorer. The books I’ve already reviewed at length are: (96) A Wine of Wizardy by George Sterling (101) Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Craynor Books that didn’t get a […]

destiny of the light cover October 30

Destiny of the Light by Louise Cusack

Destiny of the Light is the first novel in the Shadow Through Time series by Louise Cusack. It’s a romance novel within a fantasy setting. The lead character is a woman from our world who travels to another, where her destiny is to have a child who will save the world. The lead character, Catherine, […]

Invisibles cover October 30

Invisibles by David Zweig

Zweig’s core idea is that the happiest workers don’t fit modern, corporate structures well. They find innate reward in work which is meticulous, meaningful and challenging. This means that reward structures which are based on flattery, structural power, symbolic power,and even money do not work well as motivators. To support his idea, Zweig interviews people who […]

Europa image October 23

Armada by Ernest Cline

I enjoyed Ready Player One, the first novel by this author, immensely. so I was quick to seek out his second book. The premise, that a government conspiracy has been preparing humanity for an alien invasion through subverting popular culture, is excellent. The execution doesn’t hold up. Armada is highly entertaining, in a frivolous way, for the first […]

wound rope October 16

My Experiences as an Executioner by James Berry

One of the charms of the Librivox project is the way it filters non-fiction. For a book to be voxed (yes, there’s a verb…we like it) it needs to inspire someone to spend dozens of unpaid hours to record it. At the same time, many readers deliberately choose works which can not gather sufficient audience […]


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