andrew ([personal profile] andrew) wrote2009-05-05 11:22 pm


[manual crosspost, because why not]

Some unrelated things.

a) The discount bookshop in the Westgate Centre has an omnibus edition of the Arabesk trilogy for... I forget how much, under £5. Flawed in some regards (the hero, mainly), but an engagingly created alternate history; I very much enjoyed them, and they kept me sane through some unpleasantly extensive dentistry last summer, more than which you can't really ask for. (If, like me, you have read Grimwood's more recent books and were disappointed, fear not; this has a lot less of the stuff that annoyed me in those)

b) The copyright statement of Vince Cable's book, which I just bought in a moment of weakness:
The moral right of Vincent Cable to be identified as the author of this work has been asserted by her in accordance with the Copyright, Designs and Patents Acts of 1988.
c) I have not made any book notes for a couple of weeks. I know, I know. A current list of things I have read but not posted about:
  • The Koran : a very short introduction - M. A. Cook
  • The ascent of money : a financial history of the world - Niall Fergusson
  • The life of Johnson - James Boswell
  • The day's work - Rudyard Kipling
  • Genes, Peoples and Languages - Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza
  • The Fourth of July: and the Founding of America - Peter de Bolla
  • India: A Literary Companion - Bruce Palling
  • Inventing the Victorians - Matthew Sweet
  • Lincoln's Dreams - Connie Willis
  • The Future of Reputation - Daniel J. Solove