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Archive | February, 2009

Philip José Farmer obituary

We posted a short note about Philip José Farmer’s death a few days ago but here is a more elequent synopsis of his many accomplishments from yesterday’s New York Times. I had never read one of Farmer’s books but he sounded like quite the character and I think I’m going to have to add something […]

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Reading to your children boosts vocabulary

Reading you say? Boosts vocabulary? …. who woulda thunked it!

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Bedtime reading

Looks like I’m a one in 30. Check out this article in The Scotsman about the low number of fathers who read to children at bedtime. Last night, I handled the three-year-old and read 50 Below Zero by Robert Munsch and some Charlie and Lola book, might have been about teeth falling out.

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The Resurrection of Sam Spade

Dashiell Hammett’s character Sam Spade is revived by author Joe Gores in his prequel to The Maltese Falcon, Spade & Archer.

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The Neverending Story – The Book and the Remake

One of my favourite movies as a kid, The Neverending Story, is apparently going to be remade by Warner Bros. To that I say: BUT IT AIN’T BROKE. Atreyyyuuuuuuu! Also, I don’t know why I never knew this: The Neverending Story was a book first! The book of the Neverending Story was originally a German […]

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Agatha Christie’s Devon

Not only did Agatha Christie have a home in Devon, 15 of her novels included settings there.

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BBC Book Quiz – How Many have You Read?

How many of the BBC’s list of 100 books have you read? Apparently, the average is six.

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America or Britain, who is prettier?

We’re talking about book covers of course. I saw this post on The Millions, where they open the debate about which country publishes nicer book covers. I tend to agree that British covers are, generally speaking, more aesthetically pleasing. But what do you think, UK editions are on the left, US editions on the right.

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Beth Reads: Review of Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson

A review of Greg Mortenson’s Three Cups of Tea. To sum up, I don’t think Three Cups of Tea was all that great a book. From reading it, I can’t even say whether Greg Mortenson is all that great a man, in some ways. But it is absolutely clear that he is a man doing great things, when great things are urgently needed.

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Top 10 ‘Eccentric’ Middle East Books According to Patrick Tyler

Journalist, and author of A World of Trouble: America in the Middle East, Patrick Tyler shared his Top 10 ‘Eccentric’ Middle East Books with The Guardian.

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