The Etymologicon – Mark Forsyth

  Etymology – the study of words and how their meaning has changed throughout history, and of the origins of a word. This is an interesting book. The author ranges across continents, languages, ancient and modern societies, and even different species, in what seems to be a free association of thoughts. I learnt that “Buffalo … Continue reading The Etymologicon – Mark Forsyth

How To Remove A Brain – David Haviland

Summary: This is one of those books where you can get a whole load of squeamish and interesting facts and stories, that can be thrown casually into conversation. Plot: The author takes us through a journey over ten chapters, covering areas such as the Wisdom of the Ancients [interesting approach to contraception, for example, and … Continue reading How To Remove A Brain – David Haviland

Cover Stories – Richard Easter

Summary: The author takes eight songs, most of which are instantly familiar (Rolling Stones’ “Sympathy for the Devil” for example, or Hendrix’s “Hey Joe”), and writes a short story that cleverly intertwines with the title song. This is no mere re-telling of the song, but a creation of a different world that has echoes of … Continue reading Cover Stories – Richard Easter