Fun with Dreamweaver
Damn the United Way
At work there was a fundraising book sale today. The idea is to donate some old books and let your co-workers buy them. So I picked up a few books and a used CD (Bonavista by Kim Stockwood). The books:
Frederick Marryat: The Settlers in Canada
Frances Brooke: The History of Emily Montague
P.G. Wodehouse: Leave It to Psmith
Joseph Wood Krutch, ed.: Eighteenth-Century English Drama
Georgette Heyer: Arabella
Sandra Hochman and Sybil Wong: Satellite Spies
Robert Louis Stevenson: Selected Writings of Robert Louis Stevenson
Paul McAuley: The Secret of Life
... all for a grand total of C$6.50. The Marryat in particular is a neat little item, a small hardcover of roughly the same dimensions as a mass market paperback, published in Germany in 1908. There's an introduction in German but the book itself, a short novel about, obviously, settlers in Canada at the end of the 18th century, is in English. I've been thinking of tracking down one or two of his nautical adventure novels. This isn't nautical in nature, and apparently it was aimed at a younger readership, but it may still be fun.
The History of Emily Montague has been called the first novel written in North America. Brooke, who was English, lived in Quebec for a few years and set the book, an epistolary novel, there. So I've got a couple of literary perspectives on early Canada.
Heyer and Wodehouse are popular with the crowd in the books conference on the Well. I've read a couple books by each. Other popular books there: Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin novels and Dodie Smith's I Capture the Castle. Life is much better with those books than without them. Maybe I should be avoiding places where people suggest good books to read. It isn't as if I don't have enough unread books already...
(Now playing: Alpinestars, "You Rescue," B.A.S.I.C.)