Summary: This is essentially a numbers book: Spanish flu 1918: Infected 500 million people globally, killing up to 50 million. Smallpox 1950: 10 million die from an estimated 50 million cases worldwide. Diphtheria 1930’s: Third leading cause of child death in England and Wales. (This one is personal, as my own mother had it as … Continue reading Defeating the Ministers of Death – David Isaacs
Summary: I had never heard of The Moth, or what it does. It is primarily an American thing, with the occasional show in London and the like. The premise is essentially people getting up and telling their stories. These people run the full gamut, from famous artists, writers and other celebrities, to other less well-known … Continue reading The Moth: Occasional Magic
April Literary Quote: “The April winds are magical, And thrill our tuneful frames; The garden-walks are passional To bachelors and dames.” Ralph Waldo Emerson, May-Day and other pieces April was extremely busy. Both work-wise and family-wise, things just exploded, and left precious little time for anything else. There was quite a bit of travelling, mainly … Continue reading April 19 Wrap-Up!
Author Interview – Richard Easter My Eleventh Author Interview is with the irrepressible Richard Easter, who in his book Cover Stories has taken eight classic songs, and given them an excellent backstory. He talks here about The General Theory of Haunting, part of a spooky trilogy. He spends the bulk of his time, when writing, … Continue reading Author Interview – Richard Easter
Late Victorian setting, in a forgotten town a new undertaker sets out to build a business, and finds a life instead.
Where do the dreamers go to?
Summary: This is one of George Martin’s early forays into Science fiction (1979/80), and this is now a Netflix series. It is about an inter-stellar hunt for knowledge, and tracking down an ancient race. Main Characters: Roy Eris: The captain of the ship, who remains hidden from view for most of the novel, but has … Continue reading Nightflyers – George R. R. Martin
Summary: This is a history of science, and really does cover nearly everything from astrology to zoology. Most –ologies are to be found in here! It is a big book, but not daunting. The writing is easy and engaging, made for the layman, and breaks complicated stuff down into bite-size chunks. The book is structured … Continue reading A Short History of Nearly Everything – Bill Bryson
Second in the Kingkiller Chronicles.
Summary: This novel tells the story of the birth of New York, from its early days in 1609 and the arrival of Henry Hudson on the river that now bears his name, to the emergence and consolidation of the Dutch in the late 1640’s. It is told, in the third person, primarily from the point … Continue reading New York 1609 – Harald Johnson