The Book Booth is a weekly feature at The Political Carnival, relating news, notes, and reflections from the world of books and publishing. SeattleDan, along with his wife, SeattleTammy, are operators of both an on-line bookstore, as well a brick and mortar in small town Washington State. Both have been in the book business since shortly after the Creation, or close to 6000 years now.
If you can see the night sky, you'll be treated to January's Full Moon, which is called "Old Moon", or, more prosaically, "Moon After Yule". I don't, however, recommend trying to read by its light. If you must read outside at night, bring along a flashlight.
Onto the world of books. As a child my mother gave me a print of a painting of St George slaying a dragon. It had something of a mesmerizing effect on me, partly because the poor creature's wound was graphic. Dragons remain a source of literary inspiration and ABEBooks featured in them in an article here.
If dragons aren't your cup of tea, the folks at Flavorwire have some works of imaginative fiction that may seduce your fevered mind.
Those folks at ABE were list-making fools this past week. Here they have what they consider the 50 most essential Science Fiction titles ever. I'm no expert on the genre, but I suppose one could quibble with the selections. But, as always, the dust jacket art is always great to look at.
You've read the book, but it is still rattling around your brain, and you cant seem to let it go. Why not play the board game? Again from Flavorwire, board games from literature. I didn't even know that these games existed. Bonus, though! You can download The Shining:The Game from here! If you dare..
Speaking of downloads, as I just was, George Orwell's essay on the English language and politics can be had from the following link (from 1945 and before he wrote 1984). From the Guardian comes news that the Orwell Estate is now sponsoring an Orwell Day and a year-long series of events are planned.
Also from the Guardian comes this essay on bookshelves. I admit that when I go to someone's home for the first time, I do snoop to see what that person has on those shelves. I also take a gander at the CD's and DVD's. Which are easier to sneak a peek at than the days when we all had our vinyl record albums out and trying to read the titles on the spine was difficult.
Listverse has some fun facts about children's book authors that you can use at the next cocktail party you attend. Do people still have cocktail parties? If not, we need to bring them back into fashion.
To be quite honest, I don't watch much television. But after this blistering attack, which upholds the honor of Edgar Allan Poe, I doubt I'll be watching this show.
The movie Parker has just been released and is on the silver screen near you. The movie is based on a novel written by Donald Westlake, which he published under the pseudonym, Richard Stark. Westlake, for those of you who have not read him, is a gem in mystery/noir genre and here's a great appreciation of his work. H/T to my friend George Carroll for finding it.
What's on your nightstand this weekend? Let us know and Happy Reading everyone!