This blog is about books recently published or recently translated into English for the first time. I have a personal attachment to works of biography and history but I like to discuss novels and poetry too. Your comments about any new book are welcome whether or not I have mentioned the book here myself. In addition, I post several links each week to items of a political nature and intermittently I post articles about football.
"Of Human Bondage" by W. Somerset Maugham was first published in 1915, but remains as searing and painful as when it was written. Partially autobiographical, it is a story of the obsessive, unrequited love a sensitive young medical student fixates on an enigmatic and cruel woman.
“No They Can’t” is the best-selling book by libertarian television personality John Stossel. I picked up this book not expecting too much and I was very pleasantly surprised by the clarity of the writing and the force of the argument. This book is not just an anti-big-government screed, it is an intelligent and thoughtful discussion of the proper role of government in an open society and of those things government can and cannot do well.
Pushing through hundreds of bodies packed into the Seattle Public Market on a weekend creates an exciting challenge for snapping photos. The energy is like a wave that tosses you back and forth if you're not deliberate about moving forward.
"The London Satyr" by Robert Edric (published 2011) is a novel set in 1891 in which real figures from history such as Bram Stoker, the author of the original "Dracula) interact with a fictional protagonist. This book is a ripping good read.
The latest e-reader to hit the market is the Que from Plastic Logic. It posts an awesome screen and will probably appeal to business users but at $650.00 it probably will not make a hit with America's consumers. Here is Therese Poletti of Market Watch with all the particulars and then some.