The Guardian featured an article on their Website for those times when “it won’t be okay, that the world as you know it has ended and you are doomed. It feels like the end.” My personal favorite quote from the article is from Coraline, a book I haven’t read, but certainly intend to. Check it out here!
If you are already thinking about holiday gifts, then check out this post at Business Insider entitled “9 gift and gadgets for the avid reader in your life.” I added the Everday Innovations Bookmarker to my wish list at Amazon.
The latest book featuring Lisbeth Salander as the girl with the dragon tattoo will be released this coming week. Personally, I am not sure how I feel about this. I loved Steig Larsson’s Millennium series and am not sure that I want to read the new book, written with a new author. It’s also not the first time that a new writer has been brought in to continue a popular series after an author has died. New books by writers with best-selling franchises, like Tom Clancy and Robert Ludlum, have continued long after their deaths.
The man chosen to write the new book, The Girl in the Spider’s Web, is David Lagercrantz. He’s written several biographies and a novel based on the life of the British mathematician Alan Turing. He’s best known though for ghostwriting an autobiography of a popular Swedish soccer player that was a huge best-seller in Sweden.
I will probably read the novel. Larsson’s series is a little like a drug — hard to let go of. I just hope I’m not disappointed. After all, I did quit reading Robert Ludlum at some point.
Every August I head back to school and encounter a new group of students who have no qualms about telling me that they have no interest whatsoever in improving their cognitive abilities. In other words, they “hate” reading. Bustle, has put out a list of books for people who “hate” reading. The list is well worth checking out. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan looks like a great read, as does Cartwheel by Jennifer DuBois. I’ve already added those two to my To-read list. Take a look and see what you might like.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,200 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 37 trips to carry that many people.
Business Insider posted a list of 11 true crime books you should read if you are obsessed with Serial. I am on Episode 5 of this terrific podcast. While I have been a fan of This American Life for years, Serial far exceeds that program. Check out the books and make plans for your post-holiday reading!
Let’s start with the outside of this book — the cover is enticing and the title is subtle and wonderfully descriptive. The whole package makes you wonder what is inside. The book is written in five sections spanning several decades from the late twentieth century to the mid-twenty-first century. Each section is written from the point of view of different characters. The story begins with teenaged Holly Sykes, the protagonist of the novel, finding her boyfriend in bed with her best friend. Holly makes an appearance in each section in the middle of the book with the last section also told from her point of view.
David Mitchell is a superb storyteller and can take the reader to the scene like no other writer. This is especially exciting and interesting for the reader when Mitchell invents a post-apocalytic world as in the final section of The Bone Clocks or in Cloud Atlas or when Mitchell invents a place that exists only in his imagination and then takes the reader there. His descriptions are vivid and detailed.
The Bone Clocks is not my favorite Mitchell novel. That position is still held by Cloud Atlas. Although The Bone Clocks is probably the best book I’ve read thus far in 2014, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet and The Bone Clocks are tied for second place in my personal ranking of David Mitchell novels.
My only gripe about The Bone Clocks is Mitchell’s propensity for sharing his personal viewpoints through his novel. (Note: Mitchell was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by TIME magazine in 2007.) For example, the reader can surely glean his feelings about religion from the last section. Or can they? Does Holly consider the horologists gods when she says a prayer asking for salvation for her two charges? Is her prayer answered? You can decide when you read The Bone Clocks. It is worth your time and your effort at over 600 pages.
Book Details: Published by Random House (September 4, 2014), 640 pages.