Issue of June 27, 2010

It’s books, books, and more books in this week’s issue where BiblioBuffet’s contributors roam far and wide—fantasy and ghosts, anime and Authurianiana, the World Cup, and more—to bring you their thoughts on what might be good for you!

Mixing baskets or, in this case mixing authors and books, is something that Gillian Polack decided made good if unusual sense. Her first comparison: a twenty-first-century anime and the first in a nineteenth-century series by Louisa May Alcott. Second, she tackles a soon-to-be-published book due out from a new imprint that enters—successfully—the realm of the Authurian novel in A Mixed Basket.

Horror and ghost fiction are particularly well suited to the historical settings of New England, says David Mitchell, who finds in a new collection of short stories “the real fantasy of childhood . . . that we might not really believe but which we cannot altogether discount, either” in What the Forest Knows.

With the World Cup dominating sports news recently, Pete Croatto decided to take a look at a book that offers an enthusiastic look at the game’s history and players and why it might (or might not) end up competing with “America’s other team sports” in Finding Our Place in the World (Cup).

With the advent of e-books and other electronic editions, books are taking on an overcoat of nostalgia for many readers. Are their days numbered? It’s hard to say, but Lauren Roberts believes as long as there are readers there will be books because of the sense of nostalgia they produce in their readers—Bookstalgia, in other words.



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2 responses to “Issue of June 27, 2010

  1. Really enjoyed Bookstalgia. I can now read books on 3 electronic gadgets: iphone, kindle, and ipad. But reading a real book will always be my first choice. You said it so well here:

    “For me, I can’t see an e-reader, not because I am opposed to technology but because I adore books as objects. I am as much addicted to the book as a package (the cover, the paper, print, etc.) as I am the story. I revel in the physical parts that make it up, and in particular to the personal characteristics of well-used books including their scents.”

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