Must-read books

January 28, 2014 at 1:16 pm

Do you read the books that people consider a ‘must read’? I admit that I usually don’t. My contrary nature usually kicks in if people wave books at me and say, ‘You’ve got to read this! It’s fantastic!’ I’m more inclined to read a book if I see you’ve given it a good review than if you try and convince me it’s in my best interest to do so. Then there are those books out there that everyone thinks are fabulous, but have they read them? My father, who was bookseller for many years, tells the story of a customer […]

Kindle vs real book

January 21, 2014 at 11:46 am

Are you a Kindle convert or do you insist that a real book with pages is the way to go? Is ebook the way of the future? Will paper books eventually die out? I have heard that, in some places, people are buying real books more as a house accessory. They buy good looking, hardcover books by the metre to put on their shelves to add an extra interior design element to their home. Does this mean the era of the real book is over? Will it soon be considered an outdated accessory? I don’t think we will see the […]

Book to Screen Adaptations

January 14, 2014 at 11:42 am

I think everyone who is a book lover has, at some point, seen a movie of a book they love. From what I hear, most of us find them a pale copy of the original work. I think the first book to screen adaptation I ever saw was Charlotte’s Web, from the 1970s cartoon adaptation. It was quite accurate, as I recall, the only difference being the timing of when Charlotte died. I mentioned a few weeks ago being disappointed as a child at changes made to Disney’s version of 101 Dalmatians. Since then, I have seen many changes to […]

What we believe

January 7, 2014 at 12:31 pm

Does what you believe influence what you read? To what extent? This question has been prompted by the controversy surrounding the release of the movie version of Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game as a result of Mr Card’s outspoken opposition to homosexuality. I haven’t read the book or seen the movie, but as far as I’m aware there is no opposition to homosexuality in the pages of the story itself, but the controversy has arisen because of the views he has aired publicly through other media. I don’t want this blog to become yet another forum for debating homosexuality, so […]