Exploring the world of ideas through books

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A man who eats books for breakfast. And has more for dinner and tea.  Kate @Kateshrewsday

… entertaining, elucidating, and certainly covering “the world of ideas”! Lizzie Ross lizzierosswriter.com

… a fantastically interesting and intelligent review.  Bookwitch.wordpress.com

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Book reviews

Exploring the world of ideas through books is the strapline, and that’s pretty much what I intend to do. Each review or discussion is intended as a critique encapsulating assessment, appraisal and appreciation, all in one. My hope is that the posts will, through their interior monologues, stimulate dialogue from readers, so feel free to agree or disagree about my assessments or add your own thoughts about the books reviewed here.

Incidentally, many of the reviews I post may well have appeared elsewhere (LibraryThing, Goodreads, Amazon, or in print) but may have added content or, indeed, be completely recast.

unicornWarning!

The warning triangle with the unicorn was inspired by a defaced roadsign on the road into St Davids in Wales; I really liked the suggestion that the traveller from the east was entering into some kind of fantasyland. The same warning could equally apply to this review blog.

Occasionally you may find an enigmatic epigram fronting a post: don’t worry, it’s probably a haiku!

The conceit is this: / five, seven, five syllables? / Summative poem!

About me

I’ve had a career in music — teaching, performing, accompanying, adjudicating. At the same time I pursued leisure interests in history, archaeology and mythology, having edited an Arthurian journal (called Pendragon) for many years. Once I had more time on my hands I decided to start a blog to keep a track of what I’ve been reading and, occasionally, what I read some time ago. I do try to post regularly and — a bonus to potential followers — reply to pretty much all comments made!

Minutiae

My New Shy Blog, Zenrinji and @calmgrove

Do also have a look at my other occasional blogs: MyNewShy is a photoblog looking at minutiae (as the name implies), while Zenrinji posts occasional micropoetry and flash fiction. And check out @calmgrove on Twitter for more on exploring the world of ideas through books.                                                                  Follow on Bloglovin

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8 thoughts on “Exploring the world of ideas through books

  1. You might like to try Canadian Jack Whyte’s A Dream of Eagles. It’s the best Arthurian presentation I’ve ever read. It might just as well be the truth!

    –Clayton Bye

  2. I have previously come across Whyte’s series (also titled The Camulod Chronicles), and somewhere I’ve even got a copy of one of the volumes which I’ve yet to read. I’ll have to look it up.

    In my experience there is no end of historical fictions based on the Arthurian legend which are claimed as ‘plausible’ reconstructions of the ‘truth’, though looking through my historical/archaeological spectacles they usually reveal themselves as anachronistic narratives based on slender or outdated evidence, plus a lot of guesswork, faith and hoped-for wish-fulfillment. If however there are redeeming literary features such as artistry and believable characters I’m always willing to give them the benefit of the doubt!

    1. I’m not sure if I can rustle up seven interesting facts about myself, Lydia, or which fifteen bloggers to invite to participate in this activity. I shall have to think a bit about this! But thank you for the appreciation — itself much appreciated!

  3. I’m reading Ursula Le Guin’s Earthsea Quartet, purely as a result of following your blog (and having had the unread book on my shelves for years). I’m absolutely gripped so – thanks!

    1. I’m so glad that you’re enjoying it — it’ll be my third reading when I properly review it — and that I was instrumental in you finally tackling it. Let me know how you get on!

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