Category Archives: Books

Metamagical Themas

This evening I picked up Metamagical Themas again – Hofstadter’s most entertaining book (on account of the fact that it is his least obscure, and most easily digestable). Hofstadter spends 800 pages tying himself (and his reader) in mathematical and linguistic contortions that leave reader and writer both exhausted and intrigued I was driven back [...]

About Grace

I read this book by Anthony Doerr on the plane to Hong Kong this week. It’s just such a beautifully written novel, and Doerr’s first. Grace is the daughter of the protagonist, David Winkler. Winkler suffers premonitory dreams and because of one such dream is compelled to leave his daughter when she is just a [...]

Booker Shortlist

The shortlist for this year’s Booker prize was announced today. Ali Smith, Zadie Smith, Julian Barnes, John Banville, Kazuo Ishiguro and Sebastian Barry. There was only one surprise here. Conspicuous by its absence is Ian McKewen’s “Saturday“. OK, so it’s the only one on even the long list that I have actually read, but I [...]

Two more books

Read two more books worth noting – both stories told by young women: How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff. This beautiful book for young adults is unlikely to leave you time to do much else but read until you’ve finished it. Set in the present day (or thereabouts) Rosoff takes the heroine, Daisy, through [...]

Two new books

Bought “Hackers & Painters” by Paul Graham today, after enjoying his blog. Also bought “The Innovator’s Dilemma” by Clayton Christensen (cheesey web-site award) which I’ve been meaning to read for ages but never hit “check-out” on my Amazon order. There are some common threads within these two – or rather Graham often touches on what [...]