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Shakespeare: The World as Stage

By Bill Bryson, A Concise and Well-Researched Biography

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Michael Chabon, Like Encyclopedia Brown on Crack

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 …