Archive for January, 2009|Monthly archive page
“Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom,” by Cory Doctorow, reviewed. And, in case you get pinged when your books are mentioned online: “Hi Cory! Loved the book, and Boing Boing is the best!” I only had one issue with the book – simply that in a world where you could download into a new body when your old body dies, there would be potential for duplications of yourself, either through design or accident. (Think Richard K. Morgan, or *shudder* The Sixth Day.)
A list of 13 nonfiction narratives about the curious/violent/strange/bizarre/obscure/amazing history behind .
Pictographs & Petroglyphs of the Oregon country – pt. 1. Columbia River & Northern Oregon, by J. Malcolm Loring – less of a review and more of a lament for lost history. The book is comprehensive, informative and scholarly.
One Minute Me And My Brothers, vol. 1, by Hari Tokeino, or Tokeino Hari, depending on who you ask.
“Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders” by John Mortimer, reviewed. A nice audiobook – Rumpole mentions his work on the Penge Bungalow Murders at least once in every story, so it’s nice to finally see what all the hoopla is (or isn’t) about.
Rotten Ralph’s Rotten Christmas, by Jack Gantos, reviewed. This book, if taken at face value, teaches children that they can be awful, jealous, angry, petulent, and rotten, and parents will love them anyway. Which is basically true. On a deeper level, I think it explores and questions the ways that children deal with sometimes difficult task of dealing with sudden changes in ones life. I’m just kidding – it’s just a funny Christmas book about a wretched cat.
The Man In The Picture, by Susan Hill, reviewed. Good old fashioned creeptacular fun!
“Flipping Houses For Dummies,” reviewed.
“Ella Minnow Pea,” by Mark Dunn, reviewed. Something I didn’t mention in the review is that the first time i read the book, I actually read through some of the ending first – I didn’t think that it would be a very interesting story, so I just wanted to see some different pangrams. This ended up lessening the impact of the struggles of the different characters on me, but subsequent readings have allowed that wound to heal.