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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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.
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!
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!
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 @calmgrove