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Shakespeare: The World as Stage

A Concise and Well-Researched Biography, By Bill Bryson

Bill Bryson’s Shakespeare: The World as Stage is a short and well-researched biography on the famous Bard, with some background on Elizabethan England thrown in for good measure. I’ve been meaning to read something of Bryson’s for a long time and thought this might make a good introduction, especially since I did a lengthy project […]

The Sense of an Ending

A Well-Crafted, Elegant Novel on the Vagaries of Memory, By Julian Barnes

Julian Barnes’ The Sense of an Ending opens with a list of memories and an almost ominous warning, “But what you end up remembering isn’t always the same as what you have witnessed.” It is a deceptively simple book — in that it’s not simple at all and to get it, you have to think […]

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell

An Alternate History of Two Magicians During the Napoleonic Wars, By Susanna Clarke

I finally finished Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke, which I really enjoyed. It’s about two magicians, set in England during the Napoleonic Wars. When the story begins, magicians are almost an anachronistic remnant of Britain’s past (according to the story, magic once abounded but has since disappeared). Instead, there are only theoretical […]

A Conspiracy of Paper

Not A Lot Of Substance But A Faced-Paced Historical Mystery, By David Liss

I finished A Conspiracy of Paper by David Liss a while ago and still haven’t been able to decide whether or not I liked it. It’s basically about the prelude to the first financial bubble in London, which is where the stock markets first began to develop back in the early 18th century. As a […]

The Final Solution

Like Encyclopedia Brown on Crack, By Michael Chabon

The Final Solution, by Michael Chabon (who won a Pulitzer in 2001 for The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay), is like Encyclopedia Brown on crack. A novelette – it’s a brisk 144 pages – starring a famous unnamed detective (the book hints at his identity being Sherlock Holmes), The Final Solution is a story […]