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Entries by Dave Astor from 09/2011

In Praise of the Novella

| Posted 09.01.2011 | Books

A novella can be read in only a few hours, yet the best ones pack almost the same punch as much longer works of fiction.

Mary Shelley and 9/11

| Posted 09.09.2011 | Books

If the 10th anniversary of 9/11 has put you in an apocalyptic mood, you might try reading Mary Shelley's The Last Man. I think it's one of the great 19th-century British novels.

The Most Novels You've Read By an Author

| Posted 09.14.2011 | Books

My list includes the authors' names, the number of novels I've read by each of them, and my three favorite novels (in rank order) by each of them. If you have different favorites by those authors, I'd like to hear about that.

The Pleasures of Rereading

| Posted 09.19.2011 | Books

Reading a beloved book twice, thrice, or more is a craving that can't be denied. It's pleasurable, comforting, and relaxing -- partly because you don't have to figure out what the author is doing from scratch.

Is It Best to Buy or Borrow Books?

| Posted 09.28.2011 | Books

Now stepping into the ring: buying books vs. using a library! That bout might never make pay-per-view, but it's a contest often on the minds of avid readers.