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Loved ‘No Easy Day’? Try These!

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Loved No Easy Day? Try:

Bookbits for March 11th, 2011

Friday, March 11th, 2011
  • Flavorwire highlights 10 literary power couples. Can you think of any more?  Jim Butcher and Shannon K. Butcher jump to mind straight away, although they might not qualify as a “power” couple in flavorwire’s terms.  :-)
  • And finally, the Tournament of Books has begun! Here’s the bracket for you to print and hang on your kitchen door:

ABC’s Favorite Books of the Year, Part the Fifth

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Here you are, another part of the ABC Staff’s Favorite Reads of the past year.  We hope you enjoy reading about what we enjoyed reading the past 12 months, and hopefully we’ll give you some ideas to boot!

Only two on this penultimate list:  Tiemen and Aviva.  The former discovered the best ever epic fantasy book he ever read, and the latter had no time to add words to titles (as in all the previous years) – but we’re still grateful for the list!

I just want to say a huuuuuuuuuge THANK YOU to all my colleagues for finding time between the Sinterklaas and Christmas madness (add on the EBM madness if they work in Amsterdam) to send in these lists this year, and often their thoughts on what made the books so special.  I know it hasn’t been easy to find a minute to spare!

This year we would again love to hear from you what your favorite reads were.  Please send us your top 5 (they don’t have to be books published in 2010, just read in 2010).  You can mail them to, and be sure to include your mailing address so we can send you an ABC gift voucher as a thank you.  We’ll publish your lists at the beginning of 2011 so you have all month to mail them in.  Thanks to those of you who have already sent in lists!


Under Heaven – Guy Gavriel Kay

The best fantasy epic I have ever read. Set in a fantasy world that is based on eighth century Tang Dynasty China, this is a novel that has it all: intrigue, murder, battles, seductive courtesans and poetry.

The Windup Girl – Paolo Bacigalupi

With his debut novel The Windup Girl Paolo Bacigalupi is quickly becoming one of the new big names in the science-fiction genre. This is Blade Runner meets Apocalypse Now.

If you like SF that is daring and innovative you really want to read this one.

The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman

A charming story that is at its best when read aloud. Gaiman has a knack for creating characters and settings that are weird and wonderful at the same time.

Wired for War – P. W. Singer

Remote controlled aeroplanes, robotic limbs and robot soldiers; it’s as if you are reading science-fiction but except that everything that is described is real. In an insightful and inquisitive manner Singer manages to draw a picture of the ongoing effort of integrating robot systems into the U.S. military.

Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth – Apostolos Doxiadis and Christos Papadimitriou

One would think that a graphic novel about the discipline of logic and the life of Bertrand Russell could never be exciting. Well Logicomix proves otherwise. Even if you are not into math or history Logicomix is one rollercoaster ride of a story.


1) Columbine – Dave Cullen

2) Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It’s So Hard to Think Straight About Animals – Hal Herzog

3) Refresh: Contemporary Vegan Recipes from the Award-Winning Fresh Restaurants – Ruth Tal and Jennifer Houston

4) Blackstock’s Collections: The Drawings of an Artistic Savant – Gregory L. Blackstock

5) Scientific American MIND Magazine


Bookbits for September 17th, 2010

Friday, September 17th, 2010
  • Awards! The inaugural Penguin Prizes for African Writing were handed out to You’re Not a Country, Africa! by Pius Adesanmi (nonfiction) and Patchwork by Ellen Banda-Aaku (fiction).  Neither are available yet through our Penguin contacts, but we’re hopeful!
  •  Barack Obama’s third book will be out in November.  This time it’s a letter to his daughters called Of Thee I Sing, a 40-page children’s book; proceeds will go to a scholarship fund for children of soldiers who are killed or injured.  Thanks Rick for the tip!
  • And, really, this picture belongs in a Lit Links post, but I can’t resist! The TU Delft’s Library Information Desk, made entirely out of books (thank you!):

Read the book before you see… (Part 2)

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

These other April movies!

Balibo, directed by Robert Connoly, starring Anthony LaPaglia and Oscar Isaac. Loosely based on the book of same name (originally published as Cover-Up) by Jill Jolliffe.

Narrated by a journalist investigating the death of 5 other journalists, the film follows the story of the Balibo Five, a group of journalists who were captured and killed whilst reporting on activities just prior to the Indonesian invasion of East Timor in 1975.

Green Zone, directed by Paul Greengrass, starring Matt Damon, Amy Ryan, Greg Kinnear, and Brendan Gleeson. According to Wikipedia “The film is “credited as having been ‘inspired’ by” the non-fiction 2006 book Imperial Life in the Emerald City by journalist Rajiv Chandrasekaran, which documented life in the Green Zone, Baghdad.

An American officer is sent to Iraq in order to find weapons of mass destruction. But things are definitely not what they seem to be and he takes justice into his own hands.

Kick-Ass, directed by Matthew Vaughn and produced by actor Brad Pitt, starring Nicolas Cage a.o. Based on the graphic novel of the same name, by Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr.

Dave Lizewski decides to become a real life superhero, naming himself Kick-Ass, but he gets caught in a bigger fight. Big Daddy, a former cop, trained his eleven-year-old daughter to be a ruthless vigilante, Hit-Girl, and is after an evil drug lord.

I Love You Phillip Morris, directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, and starring Jim Carey and Ewan McGregor. This one should have been released in February but it was been delayed until April.

Based on the biography I Love You Phillip Morris, a True Story of Life, Love and Prison Breaks, written by journalist Steve McVicker, it tells the story of a once law-abiding husband, father and former police officer and his descent into criminality, how he becomes a con-man and his undying love for one-time fellow convict Phillip Morris, his greatest weakness.

The Shock Doctrine, directed by Mat Whitecross and Michael Winterbottom, based on the book of same name by Canadian author Naomi Klein.

As in the book, in the film Naomi Klein shows us that the new-liberal capitalism is being fed by natural disasters, war and terrorism. A small group of rich people becomes even richer, while the biggest group of poor people becomes even poorer.

Fantastic Mr. Fox, directed by Wes Anderson, features the voices of George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, and Bill Murray. Based on the Roald Dahl children’s novel of the same name.

Mr. Fox, his wife Felicity and their son Ash move to a hole under a tree. It is too close to where some farmers keep their chickens, turkeys, and apple cider, and and they will do just about anything to get rid of the Foxes.