Blogging the Bookshelf

Blogging my bookshelf – one book at a time

Blogging the Bookshelf header image 4

Entries Tagged as 'Trash'

Recreation – “Casino Royale” – Ian Fleming

August 4th, 2011 · Comments Off on Recreation – “Casino Royale” – Ian Fleming · Fiction, Spy Thriller, Trash

And then there was this pest of a girl. He sighed. Women were for recreation. On a job, they got in the way and fogged things up with sex and hurt feelings and all the emotional baggage they carried around. One had to look out for them and take care of them.

[Read more →]

Tags:James Bond·sexism

Protuberances – “Casino Royale” – Ian Fleming

August 4th, 2011 · Comments Off on Protuberances – “Casino Royale” – Ian Fleming · Culture, Fiction, Trash

‘First of all,’ and he inhaled a thick lungful of Caporal, ‘you will be pleased with your Number Two. She is very beautiful’ – Bond frowned – ‘very beautiful indeed.’ Satisfied with Bond’s reaction, Mathis continued: ‘She has black hair, blue eyes, and splendid … er … protuberances. Back and front,’ he added.

[Read more →]

Tags:James Bond·sexism

Heightened Interrogation – “Fatherland” – Robert Harris

August 3rd, 2011 · Comments Off on Heightened Interrogation – “Fatherland” – Robert Harris · Fiction, Security Policy, Spin, Trash, WW2

Down in the cellar the Gestapo were licensed to practice was the Ministry of Justice called ‘heightened interrogation’. The rules had been drawn up by civilised men in warm offices and they stipulated the presence of a doctor. It’s always amused me that this was written a decade before the War on Terror

[Read more →]

Tags:Euphemism·Spin·Terrorism·Torture

What One Shouldn’t Read – “The Importance of Being Earnest” – Oscar Wilde

May 15th, 2011 · Comments Off on What One Shouldn’t Read – “The Importance of Being Earnest” – Oscar Wilde · Criticism, Culture, Elitism, Fiction, Quotes, Reading Related, Trash

Algernon: “Oh! it is absurd to have a hard and fast rule about what one should read and what one shouldn’t. More than half of modern culture depends on what one shouldn’t read.

[Read more →]

Tags:

“Gone With the Wind”, Margaret Mitchell

August 18th, 2009 · Comments Off on “Gone With the Wind”, Margaret Mitchell · History, Trash

Synopsis: The world of Scarlet O’Hara, an intemperate, ruthless and self-centred plantation owner’s daughter is turned upside down by the US Civil War and further, by that scoundrel, Rhett Butler. It’s a hell of a story apparently – 30 million people can’t be wrong. My Take: The things we do for those we love. When […]

[Read more →]

Tags:

“The Know It All; One Man’s Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Man in the World”, AJ Jacobs

August 17th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Trash

Synopsis: Socially maladjusted US nerd consumes all 44 million words in the Encyclopaedia Britannica then provides an alphabetical cliff’s notes of the experience. The sum of the parts is less than the whole. My Take: I am a bit of a sucker for condensed knowledge. It’s a deeply shallow (if that’s possible) way of learning, […]

[Read more →]

Tags:

“Fatherland”, Robert Harris

August 16th, 2009 · Comments Off on “Fatherland”, Robert Harris · English, History, Trash, WW2

Synopsis: Twenty years after the Nazi’s have won WW2 a criminal detective in the SS starts investigating the deaths of a number of senior party officials in the lead up to celebrations for Adolf Hitler’s 75th birthday. It’s Agatha Christie meets George Orwell. My Take: Let’s face it – the main appeal of historical fiction […]

[Read more →]

Tags:

“The Da Vinci Code”, Dan O’Brien

July 19th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Trash

Synopsis: I think everyone pretty well knows the deal here. My Take: WARNING RANT AHEAD I would have never picked up this book if left to my own devices but I was bullied into it by both friends and family who accused me of being a shallow snob for turning my nose up at a […]

[Read more →]

Tags:Dan Brown

"Love is a Mix Tape", Rod Sheffield

July 14th, 2009 · Comments Off on "Love is a Mix Tape", Rod Sheffield · Trash

Synopsis: Autobiographical account of Boy meets girl. Boy marries girl. Boy and girl live happily until girl dies of pulmonary embolism. Boy spirals into depression before loving again etc etc. My Take: Hmmm. I was rooting for this one to come off. The subject matter has great potential – very emotionally rich. Unfortunately, the author […]

[Read more →]

Tags:

“Lush Life”, Richard Price

July 10th, 2009 · Comments Off on “Lush Life”, Richard Price · Trash, Under-Rated

Synopsis: An aspiring writer and practising bartender is shot dead in a mugging gone wrong on the streets of Manhattan’s Lower East Side. It’s written by a screen-writer for The Wire – what more do you need to know? My Take: I hadn’t even heard of Richard Price when a friend recommended “Lush Life” to […]

[Read more →]

Tags: