Saturday, July 9, 2011

Reading Roundup, 9 July 2011

  • A couple of times a year NPR checks in with the most well-read professional driver in the world, London cabbie Will Grozier.
  • As someone whose handwriting has deteriorated seemingly exponentially since I left school, I was thrilled to read Time magazine's report on Indiana schools that are no longer teaching cursive writing. A good question was raised, though: How will these kids learn how to sign their names? I don't know...a loss of signatures seems a small price to pay for the loss of the evil cursive writing.
  • A beautiful article from Santa Rosa's poses the question: Is it a town without a bookstore? 
In Flashback Dan Simmons wears his ultra-conservative political views on his sleeve. Still, the dystopian future he posits is terrifying and believable whatever its inception, and his mastery of his craft is just so damned good. Read the full review here.

Will Lavender's new thriller Dominance, is set in the rarified world of academia and revolves around a mysterious writer, a serial killer who bases his crimes on the writer's works, and an intriguing--if ultimately unsatisfying to the reader--game played by students so steeped in the writer's work they get sucked into it to a dangerous degree. Unfortunately, the thriller doesn't deliver on its promise of dangerous intrigue, although Lavender is a good writer and one looks forward to his next. Read the full review here.


 Two I want to read.

And two I don't, but am interested in as a bookseller (albeit in different ways and for different reasons).

Why not throw some of your blog posts or favorite articles of the past week into the round up, by linking them here?

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