Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen A Review In Austen's (probably) first full-length novel, the Dashwood family are happy in their home at Norland Park. However, the property is entailed to a son of Mr Dashwood's first marriage and when he dies, Mrs Dashwood and their daughters, Elinor and Marianne are obliged to leave. Elinor … Continue reading Elinor and Marianne
At the end of last year, I promised to finish my series of blogs on the Foundation books of Isaac Asimov, so here goes! Asimov wrote seven Foundation novels altogether, the first three appearing first as short stories in the 1940s and 50s. See https://bookheathen.wordpress.com/2016/09/15/history-of-the-future/ He followed those in the 1980s with two more - … Continue reading Foundation’s End
A Short Story by Ian Rankin I picked this little book up in a shop in Australia; I hadn't seen it for sale in the UK [though I see it's been mentioned on Goodreads]. It's not an Inspector Rebus story of course, but if you have a few minutes to spare it's a good read. … Continue reading The Travelling Companion
Chains of Blood and Steel by Karen Gray A Review Chains of Blood and Steel is the second book in Karen Gray's Saga of Thistle and Roses. Based loosely on the Anglo-Scottish feuding of the late Middle Ages, the stories are however set in a futuristic imaginary world of the 27th century. The world we … Continue reading Mind Games
by Madeleine L'Engle 'It was a dark and stormy night ...' With the first sentence of her junior sci-fi novel A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L'Engle dares to challenge the publishing establishment. Even in 1960, when she wrote it, and 1962, when it was published, L'Engle must have known the extent to which the sentence … Continue reading A Wrinkle in Time
I too raise a glass to Chuck Finley. Perhaps if he (they) hadn’t been quite so obvious he (they) might have got away with it. maybe 1,001 books?
These days public libraries operate on desperation as often as they run on anything else. This recently drove several library staff to do something a little reckless.
Culling library collections often relies on numbers. If a patron checks out a book, that book is safe in the system. If a book isn’t checked out for a certain period of time, however, that book is often placed on a to-be-culled list. These lists don’t take into account whether or not a book is considered a classic, was written by a famous author, or has regional value. It only looks at circulation numbers.
To get around this system, several librarians at Florida’s East Lake County Library created a fictitious library patron, Chuck Finley. Named after a retired major league baseball pitcher, Finley would be their savior. During 2016, Finley checked out 2,361 books from the library. These books varied and included titles by…
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I would like to wish A Happy New Year to my followers and to all fellow bloggers worldwide! As some of you already know, I've been away with my wife in Australia for most of the past month, soaking up some much-needed sunshine. Now that I'm back - and cold - I have some catching … Continue reading It’s 2017!