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review 2016-12-30 00:12
Well researched, detailed and offering great insights into an emblematic city.
Berlin: A Literary Guide for Travellers (Literary Guides for Travellers) - Marcel Krueger,Paul Sullivan Thanks to NetGalley and to I.B.Tauris for offering me an ARC copy of this book that I voluntarily choose to review. This is a book that does what it says on the tin, and much more. The authors share a great wealth of research that they divide by neighbourhoods, not only of the writers born in Berlin but also of those who emigrated to the city or visited and produced some significant piece of work inspired by their stay or travels. Providing a detailed historical background into the birth and development of the city, it also describes the most important buildings in each area, and their significance to culture, be it official culture or underground and resistance. The book contains brief biographies of the authors it discusses, from the Grimm Brothers, Mark Twain, David Bowie and Iggy Pop, to writers published within the last five years. It illustrates the city with quotes and extracts from a variety of works, from poems, songs, novels… I’ve personally discovered fascinating stories of parks housing suicidal literary lovers, of breweries that became hubbubs of culture and neighbourhood life through the centuries, of resistance on both sides of the wall, of writers who continued to create no matter how dire their circumstances, of heroics and controversies, and of a city that has suffered and endured as much as its citizens. Destroyed and rebuilt, fragmented and reunited, it has provided fertile ground for literature and artistic creation through its history and this guide offers the reader a taster that is sure to encourage further exploration. I haven’t visited Berlin personally, but I finished the book with an urgency to go, and with the feeling that anybody who visits Berlin taking this guide with them will see it through a myriad of perspectives and live an unforgettable experience. I hope to read more of these literary guides and to be able to take them with me on future trips. Highly recommended to lovers of travel and literature alike.
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review 2015-12-14 23:27
The Seven Poor Travellers by Charles Dickens
The Seven Poor Travellers - Charles Dickens,Wilkie Collins,Adelaide Anne Proctor,Eliza Lynn Linton
bookshelves: published-1854, victorian, under-500-ratings, shortstory-shortstories-novellas, gutenberg-project, e-book, britain-england, dec-2015-free-for-all, winter-20152016, eng-kent-rochester
Recommended to Bettie☯ by: Teresa
Recommended for: Laura, Wanda et al
Read from December 13 to 14, 2015



Opening: CHAPTER I—IN THE OLD CITY OF ROCHESTER: Strictly speaking, there were only six Poor Travellers; but, being a Traveller myself, though an idle one, and being withal as poor as I hope to be, I brought the number up to seven. This word of explanation is due at once, for what says the inscription over the quaint old door?
by his Will, dated 22 Aug. 1579,
founded this Charity
for Six poor Travellers,
who not being ROGUES, or PROCTORS,
May receive gratis for one Night,
Lodging, Entertainment,
and Fourpence each.

A tale best read on a Christmas Eve.
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review 2015-07-10 18:02
Time Travelers Strictly Cash / Spider Robinson
Time Travellers Strictly Cash - Spider Robinson

I am rapidly coming to the conclusion that my sensibilities just do not mesh with those of author Spider Robinson. I think he is strong on writing skills, but his sense of humour and mine miss by a mile. He punning skills are high (and there is lots of it in his Callahan’s stories), but I find them more of a mental puzzle to figure out, rather than amusing. But that’s just me.

This little volume of stories has only 4 actual Callahan’s tales in it. The rest is filler—and much of it is now dated. One section became Chapter 2 of his novel Mindkiller (which I read earlier this year and was very “meh” about). There were a couple of speeches which were passably interesting, but a bit dated (hard to avoid that with thirty year old opinion pieces).

For those of you who are die-hard Callahan fans, don’t miss these stories. They were the best part of the collection. Those of you seeking time-travel tales may be somewhat disappointed—there is only one tale involving a time traveler who shows up at Callahan’s.

Robinson is a very good writer and I wish I could appreciate him more.

Book number 180 of my SF&F reading project.

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text 2015-07-09 15:08
Reading progress update: I've read 84 out of 256 pages.
Time Travellers Strictly Cash - Spider Robinson

There are only 4 stories about Callahan's Place in this little volume.  Robinson has filled in with other writings (including what ended up being Chapter 2 of his novel Mindkiller, which I read earlier this year). 


There is one interesting little essay on how he felt about being a book reviewer for a sci-fi magazine.  How do you review books by your friends?


Light easy reading!

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text 2015-06-25 21:16
Time Travelers Strictly Cash / Spider Robinson
Time Travellers Strictly Cash - Spider Robinson

My interlibrary loan of this book has finally come in! 



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