Man, there’s a real lack of English-language books here on Gozo. Out of desperation, I’m currently reading The Bourne Identity, and the calibre of the writing is astonishingly bad. Consider the opening paragraph:
The trawler plunged into the angry swells of the dark, furious sea like an awkward animal trying desperately to break out of an impenetrable swamp. The waves rose to goliathan [Ed: WTF?] heights, crashing into the hull with the power of raw tonnage; the white sprays caught in the night sky cascaded downward over the deck under the force of the night wind. Everywhere there were the sounds of inanimate pain, wood straining against wood, ropes twisting, stretched to the breaking point. The animal was dying.
That makes Stephen King sound like Michael Ondaatje (who both, admittedly, could use a more zealous editor).
I have yet to figure out how to order books online and get them sent here (shockingly, there’s no Amazon Malta). Two books that will be near the head of the eventual buying queue are:
- 25 Houses Under 3000 Square Feet by James Grayson Trulove (awesome name). He’s written several of these books (in fact, maybe I want the 2500 square foot one). Metaefficient says “The 25 houses are featured with photos, architectural drawings and site plans. It’s a nice cross-section of modern homes: the houses are varied to fit the sites and to match the personalities of the owners.”
- City Making in Paradise: Nine Decisions That Saved Vancouver by Mike Harcourt, Ken Cameron and Sean Rossitor. I have an unhealthy love of Vancouver’s urban planning, and this book discusses “the issues and citizen action that made Vancouver one of the worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s most livable citiesÃ¢â‚¬â€an international urban poster child”. I heard about this via a Facebook event listing for a lecture in Vancouver last night (sorry about that). I haven’t found any reports about the lecture online yet.
UPDATE: Crap, I must stop writing the titles before the posts. I totally forgot about my recipe book question. Here it is: how has the proliferation of free recipes online impacted the (traditionally brisk, I think) sales of recipe books?
My initial thought was that the freebies must have hurt the industry. On the other hand, there seems to have been an explosion in celebrity chefs and their books (and sundry other peripherals). So who knows? I was thinking that Monique might have an opinion or two on this.