iPhone 2.0 (that’s either the original or the 3G version) + BookShelf (£6.99 / $10) = a perfect eBook reader, which also has a built-in repository for public domain works, downloadable for free. Titles include Alice in Wonderland, Anna Karenina, Around the world in 80 days, A journey to the interior of the earth, A tale of two cities, A Christmas Carol… And that’s just the A’s! (more…)
The book is basically what it says on the cover: Ten-and-a-half short chapters, which together cover a lot of ground. It is not, as you may be led to believe, a book about history, however.
Rather, it is one of those books that somewhat reminds me of those Official Soundtrack albums they keep releasing: “Music composed for, and inspired by, X”. The stories are, in fact, all fiction. But rather than being history, they cleverly become part of history. Or they will do – for anyone who reads the book. It is also obviously inspired by history, in a way that no other book I have ever read is. (more…)
The books start off slowly, by painting a vivid portrait of Lyra, the books’ main character. Lyra is a 12 year-old girl with a heavy prophecy hanging over her. Early in the first novel, the reader learns that the existence of everything – in the widest possible sense of the word – depends on Lyra, and Lyra alone.
Poe describes his older poems as “crude compositions of my earliest boyhood” (Poe 1845, page 55), and apologises � in tradition with other works of gothic fiction � for his own works by saying that The Raven and Other Poems is hardly worth reading: “I think nothing in this volume of much value to the public, or very creditable to myself.” (Poe 1845, preface). A literary review / criticism of A Dream
When I first was introduced to Iain Banks, I was amazed by his sheer storytelling power. Since, I have started reading a Banks book as every second book I’ve read. When I discovered that my local supermarket had a deal on hardbacks, and especially when I found banks’ book, I was hooked.