Reading Roundup

A few brief reviews of some recent reads: Tony Hawks' Round Ireland with a Fridge, Frank Herbert's Dune Trilogy, Ethel Lina White's The Lady Vanishes & The Spiral Staircase, and Frans de Waal's Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?

The Paper mp3

Reading this post recently, I found myself asking why ebooks haven't really taken off as a medium. Certainly more recent efforts, such as Amazon's Kindle, have helped to reignite the market after a rather dubious development period over the past decade or so, but if one compares the ubiquity of mobile phones or digital audio…

Recent Reads

It's fairly rare for me to bother reviewing anything I read on here, however since I had some spare minutes and some actual opinions on some of the books I read this last month, there seemed to be enough to say to make up at least a short post. In fact it turned out to…

1001 Books To Read Before You Die

This is one the larger circulars out there, of a fairly arbitrary list of books to read. The source is a title of the same name that appeared in print, edited by Peter Boxall. It's not a particularly bad selection, and with any such list it would be impossible to please everybody, but I think…