A reminder that all of our book club discussion questions contain spoilers. Synopsis An ensign on a starship notices that whenever the crew goes on away missions, at least one person dies. Can he avoid death long enough to work out what is going on, and find a way to save himself? Discussion questions Do […]
Looking back on 2015, I read 110 books, and 8 of them were biographies. I had no idea I read so many, or enjoyed them so much. Please suggest new ones in the comments? To give you an idea of what I enjoyed, last year I read the following books. Here are my elevator pitches […]
January seems like a great excuse to go back through my reading journal and work out what I’ve really enjoyed in the past year. I listen to series, even if I don’t like them very much at the beginning, in the hope they’ll come right at the end. Suggest me some? Here’s what I read […]
Forget about weight loss, what are your reading resolutions for 2016? For the past few years, my resolutions have been about quantity (104 books per year). I’m not saying that’s a bad resolution, but I’d like to try something different this year. So, this year I will: Assess what I read last year I couldn’t […]
In the final two months of 2015, my reading slowed down a lot, but I still managed to get through several remarkable books. (101) The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. Book club questions published earlier. (102) Wild Wales: its people language and scenery by George Borrow This is a Librivox recording of a travelogue made […]
The Christie Estate hired a modern author to pen a new Poirot story, which was released in September 2014. It has many of Poirot’s mannerisms, and is engaging, but it is difficult to recommend to all Christie fans. Consider, if you will Elvis impersonators…
Last year was a debacle: I couldn’t get to ten books to recommend from the hundred I’d read that year. This year, I have so many excellent choices I’m going to cheat and give some extras. I may also come back and add a few in the comments, if I read something extraordinary over the […]
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 […]
This hefty book collects motivational comic strips from zenpencils.com, 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 […]
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.