Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Next Meeting - The Ministry of Fear by Graham Greene

Meet tonight at the Priory Arms, at 7.30 for 8pm.

The Priory Arms is in Stockwell - Map here

There's not much information around on the novel, but here are a couple of reviews from Amazon:

Five stars

Three stars

Plus a review on a blog

Perhaps it's best known for the film adaptation by Fritz Lang - wikipedia entry here

Friday, 16 October 2009

Video trailer for the Freakonomics sequel

Called Superfreakonomics, naturally...

Oh - and there's a quiz here

Friday, 2 October 2009

Ten good second hand book shops

List from today's Guardian

This is the only London one - Any Amount of Books in Charing Cross Road

Are we ready for 'Vooks'?

Taron sent this link to an article in the New York Times.


On Thursday Simon & Schuster, the publisher of Ernest Hemingway and Stephen King, is working with a multimedia partner to release four “vooks,” which intersperse videos throughout electronic text that can be read — and viewed — online or on an iPhone or iPod Touch.
And in early September Anthony E. Zuiker, creator of the television series “CSI,” released “Level 26: Dark Origins,” a novel — published on paper, as an e-book and in an audio version — in which readers are invited to log on to a Web site to watch brief videos that flesh out the plot.
Some publishers say this kind of multimedia hybrid is necessary to lure modern readers who crave something different. But reading experts question whether fiddling with the parameters of books ultimately degrades the act of reading.
“There is no question that these new media are going to be superb at engaging and interesting the reader,” said Maryanne Wolf, a professor of child development at Tufts University and author of “Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain.” But, she added, “Can you any longer read Henry James or George Eliot? Do you have the patience?”

Read on here