Author Archives: Timothy

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 […]

December 16

Reading Diary: to the end of 2016

Well, I’ve been gone for months apparently… I’ve been experimenting with podcasting a lot, and so I’ve been listening to a lot more podcasts and reading far less, but to round out the year, I’ve finished some wonderful books. A few were reviewed on their own, and for those I’ll just link across. Autobiography of […]

September 23

Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham

A quick note to say: if you are a Gilmore Girls fan, and you’re a bit impatient for the new series, then you could do a lot worse than read Lauren Graham’s book. I took a while to read it, because it’s a first novel, it’s semi-autobiographical, and I knew I was going into it looking […]

August 08

Librivox reaches ten thousand free audiobooks

A quick note to congratulate Librivox on its eleventh anniversary, and reaching a milestone.

July 29

Autobiography of a seaman by Lord Thomas Cochrane

Cochrane was a British captain during the Napoleonic period. His life was the raw material on which many later writers of historical fiction drew. The influence on Patrick O’Brian and C.S. Forester, for example, is marked. For readers wanting naval daring, the biography written by his son is a better read. There is a bit […]