Weekend Edition: 11-15

Bulletin Board

I’m in the process of trying to decide what reading challenges to do next year. I’ve already decided to join Notable Books, kind of a reading challenge blog where you read and post reviews of books from notable lists as I figure I often use those lists. I’m also giving consideration to the […]

New Scientist on SF

The latest issue of New Scientist contains a special section on SF. Among other things, it contains the picks of staff for various awards for SF books. Here’s a smattering:


Best SF Book: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Runners-up: Frank Herbert’s Dune and Iain M. Banks’ Use of Weapons

Worst […]

Book Review: I Hate New Music by Dave Thompson

There’s a fine, some might say invisible, line between a deep passion with an agitative edge and simply knowing that anyone with half a brain would realize you are right if they just opened their eyes or ears. Whether that line exists is also probably dependent on perspective, particularly in the case of Dave Thompson’s […]

Booking Through Thursday: Why buy?

I’ve asked, in the past, about whether you more often buy your books, or get them from libraries. What I want to know today, is, WHY BUY?

Even if you are a die-hard fan of the public library system, I’m betting you have at least ONE permanent resident of your bookshelves in your house. […]

Midweek Music Moment: Santana III, Santana

Technically, this album is just called Santana. It became known as Santana III because it was the band’s third album but their first LP was also called Santana.

Santana III reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts in the magazine’s Nov. 13, 1971, issue. Even though I have an autographed copy of the album […]

Musing Mondays: A home for my books

If you keep your books, where do you keep them? And, if you give them away, who do you give them to? Do you participate in Bookcrossing, BookMooch, PaperbackSwap, or the like? Do you give your old books to family & friends, or donate them? Are any of your books in storage due to […]