Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Dune: It's Time

Dave Itzkoff in The New York Times Book Review has good things to say about Frank Herbert's great science fiction novel: "Dune was more than a clever rip-off of “Lawrence of Arabia” — it was a metaphor for the environmentally conscious age it was written in, reverent enough to pay homage to its Greco-Roman and Judeo-Christian roots, and prescient enough to suggest that kingdoms must become more attuned to the worlds beyond their castle walls in order to survive..."

However, he also says that it might be time to give the Dune franchise a rest.

Author Division

The New York Times Book Review's Dwight Garner expresses irritation with authors "who feel compelled to tell us, on their dust jackets, that they divide their time between, say, the Hamptons and Gstaad." He's delighted that novelist Kyle Smith takes a swipe at this practice by saying, on the jacket of his new book Christmas Caroline, that "he divides his time between the front and back rooms of his apartment."

(photo credit to Pete Ashton at Flickr)

Monday, September 25, 2006

Librarian in the Delta

"People call him a librarian, and he surely looks like a librarian, with his sedentary frame, thick eyeglasses, fastidiously trimmed hair and goatee. But, deep down, he feels like something else, something more. He feels like the Sisyphus of Mississippi. He feels like a superhero in one of his beloved comic books, even though he fights the forces of darkness with little more than night classes and meager grants, and he loses more than he wins; 30 years of that would make even Spiderman cranky...."

(the photo? That's a movie version of the superhero librarian: Noah Wylie in "The Librarian: Quest for the Spear")

Friday, September 08, 2006

There's still time! Adult Summer Reading Program

Our Adult Summer Reading Program is going strong till September 18. Sign up now at the Fiction Desk! Enter the drawing for our Grand Prize: two nights (and two dinners!) at the Sylvia Beach Hotel on the Oregon Coast.

Don't delay! There's just one more week till our Grand Prize Drawing at author Karen Karbo's appearance.

You are What You Read

Catching up with Beatrice, you are what you read.

Jamaica Inn by Daphne Du Maurier

Still worth reading after all these years...

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Susan Hill, Her Blog, etc.

Check out novelist Susan Hill's blog. I found it via Sarah's Bookarama, which said, "Susan always has something interesting to say about books and publishing, along with snippets about her life in rural Gloucestershire."

Arranging Books by Color

I know a lot of people wish the library would jettison the Dewey Decimal System and arrange things like your local bookstore does it...but here's another idea.

My thoughts? This might work for a small home library.

(photo from Born Sleepy at Flickr)