Author Archives: Timothy

April 24

The Ecclesiastical History of England by the Venerable Bede

This book has a niche audience. I enjoyed it, and found the following features appealing: it describes the early history of the English. I’m into Arthuriana, so the period is one to which I’m drawn. It is written with an interesting archaic cadence, which works well in audiobook.  I listened to the free Librivox English edition […]

April 07

Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

The television series for American Gods is about to be released, so I wanted to finish the sort-of sequel before it was spoiled for me in the stream of internet review of the earlier book. It’s excellent, but I’d note it barely counts as a sequel to American Gods. The main character, initially, is Charlie, […]

March 30

Stay home and read Harry Potter

So, I’m writing during the Cyclone Debbie disaster, and the Mayor has just given an interview in the Bulletin which is reported as: 11AM UPDATE: MAYOR Tom Tate has told Gold Coasters to stay at home and read Harry Potter as a major weather emergency unfolds across the city following a 300mm deluge overnight. So…what […]

March 29

…and then the murders began

There’s a meme going around the web which says that any book’s plot can be improved by taking the first line and adding “and then the murders began”.  In the spirit of previous annual retrospectives does this work with your favorites from last year? It doesn’t work with the book I’m reading now, because it is […]

Norse Mythology : Book club discussion questions

March 24

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Norse Mythology doesn’t contain new stories: if you are familiar with the source material, then you’ve heard each tale before. What’s appealing about this collection, particularly in the audiobook, is that Gaiman puts his own spin on the characters. His Thor is, to me at least, like a character out of a classic British comedy. […]

February 14

We have Make:!

The Library Service gets new titles in for its physical magazine subscriptions every six months or so.  This time we added many titles. the one which thrills me most is For my fellow staff, Make can be a bit inaccessible when you first open it, because it assumes that you are a maker, and are […]

February 01

Reading diary January 2017

What an awful month… I finished six audiobooks, but the vast majority of them were unsuitable for a general audience, and can’t be recommended. There was one exception: Love Romances of the Aristocracy by Thorton Hall was an entertaining book. Imagine a sort of genteel gossip column, written in the late C19th, that provided the raw material […]

January 20

March by John Lewis

Those of you interested in current affairs may know there has been a Twitter spat between The President-Elect of the United States, Mr Trump, and Representative John Lewis. I’d like to flag that we have Mr Lewis’s graphic novels in our collection. John Lewis was deeply involved in the MLK-era civil rights movement, and is the last […]

January 20

The Hamilton Libretto

I’ve had some time over the festive break to really dig into the Hamilton libretto, and it’s a wonderful piece of work, easy to recommend on many levels. Physically it’s a beautiful book. It would be a magazine if it didn’t weigh over a kilogram. It has full page photographs under lyric text, with marginalia […]