Daily Archives: September 23, 2011

Happy Birthday Charles Dickens!

One of England’s most celebrated (and wordy) authors would be celebrating his 200th’s birthday today.

The Guardian is celebrating this occasion with a really cool interactive Wallchart of Dickens and some of his most famous characters. Miss Havisham is my standout favorite. Who is yours?

She had a long white veil dependent from her hair, and she had bridal flowers in her hair, but her hair was white. Some bright jewels sparkled on her neck and on her hands, and some other jewels lay sparkling on the table. Dresses, less splendid than the dress she wore, and half-packed trunks, were scattered about.

 

 

                                                             The Guardian is working with The Observer to promote a 6-week celebration called Book Season:

Here on the books desk the season of reading never ends, but we’ll be running our Books Season for six weeks. Inspired by the folks atBookcrossingReadItSwapIt and Book Swaps for Londonwe’re planting 15,000 books around the country between now and mid-October as part of a nationwide Book Swap. The first drop happened on Saturday, and as the weekend went on news spread around the world, with tweeters from as far apart as NigeriaCanada and Hanoi wondering how to get involved.

The Bookswap mentioned in the quote above is referring to a nation-wide book drop off program that took began last weekend on Saturday. The Guardian acquired 15,000 books from various publishers and authors and will be leaving the books all over the place in parks, restaurants, subway stations, for anyone to pick up and peruse.

Also, check out the Guardian’s Book Power 100 list to see who’s-who’s in the influential world of literacy, publishing, and bookselling. JK Rowling is the #2 most influential person in the book industry, who is number one? The answer might not really surprise you…but it should.

Earth: A Visitor’s Guide to the Human Race (John Stewart) – Review

Earth (the audiobook) : a visitor's guide to the human raceEarth: A Visitor’s Guide to the Human Race by John Stewart & The Daily Show
Age: Adult
Genre: Nonfiction / Science / Social Science
Format: Audio CD
Hatchette Audio, 2010
3 discs, 3 hours & 38 minutes

On a recent road trip to Southern California, I picked up this audio book hoping for entertainment for the long drive. My husband and I were not disappointed. My husband is a tough one to please with audio books, but we are both big fans of John Stewart and the Daily Show. This audio book is thoroughly informative, entertaining and amusing in a satirical way. John Stewart narrates the majority of the book, which is written as a guide of the human race to a future alien race that finds planets Earth long after the human race has gone completely extinct.

Samantha Bee, Wyatt Cenac, Jason Jones and John Oliver provide wonderful color commentaries by elaborating and interpreting certain points. From disc 1 to disc 3, Stewart and crew discuss the origin of planet Earth, the solar system, the history of culture, of religion, of food, pop culture, the continents, industry, etc. The delivery is dry and satirical. There is a black humor throughout the book as Stewart points out the aspects of life we avoid and aspects of life that we can proud revel in. This book leaves a lot of ideas up for discussion. I like that about this book. Although there are times where the human race is shamed for its actions, I never felt that any one guide was singled out unjustly and I didn’t feel as if Stewart and Co. forced their views onto the listener.

Find this book at your local library 

Book 43 of 2011

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