Randomly Shelves or Something

My brilliantly aptly distractingly named new series continues. Where I randomly select two books from my shelves and attempt to find a link. I do not promise it will be a good link, only that it will be a link. It might be anything at all. One thing I do promise is that the link will not be due to the books both containing words such as ‘and’ or ‘the’, although having said that it’d be really awesome to now find two books totally missing both of those words.

The books I chose last week were Literary Trivia: over 300 curious lists for bookworms by Audrey Malone and Uncorrected Proof: The True History of the Australian Book Scene by Nikki Gemmell. Stay tuned to find out if I’ve actually got a link.

The Books

Literary Trivia: over 300 curious lists for bookworms. This is just a book of lists but the lists of literary in nature. They cover the A-Z of literaryness type stuff including things such as bed, block, guns, journalism and unfinished works. Maybe I should be dipping into this for ideas for future articles.

Literary Trivia: over 300 curious lists for bookworms by Aubrey Malone

Uncorrected Proof: The True History of the Australian Book Scene. I am going to quote from my own blog for this book. I wrote about it in January last year and see no need to write anything more.

If I understand this book correctly this was an actual website or publication put out regularly from Spring 2001 to Winter 2005 and this book is a compilation of some of the words written during this time.

Uncorrected Proof

The Link

You’d expect a link other than literary for today and in this case you’d be totally wrong, brimming over with wrongability. I’m tired, my brain is leaving the building and going to live elsewhere because it’s the end of the trimester and I have only one more assignment due in. I’m so tired and distracted I actually completely forgot it was Wednesday and this was due.

The link today is the book scene. They are both about books, books about books…a little meta but that’s what you get today.

Next Week!

This is the last week of Randomly Shelving or Something. I have an idea for something else. I plan on taking a paragraph from a book and writing something about that paragraph. It might be about the spelling, the grammar or just how much I like a particular sentence. I won’t know until I get there. Hopefully I’ll have something more catchy than today’s title.

Randomly Shelves or Something

My brilliantly aptly distractingly named new series continues. Where I randomly select two books from my shelves and attempt to find a link. I do not promise it will be a good link, only that it will be a link. It might be anything at all. One thing I do promise is that the link will not be due to the books both containing words such as ‘and’ or ‘the’, although having said that it’d be really awesome to now find two books totally missing both of those words.

The books I chose last week were The Fountains of Paradise by Arthur C. Clarke and Tron by Brian Daley. Stay tuned to find out if I’ve actually got a link.

The Books

The Fountains of Paradise is about potential. The story is about a lift. Not just any lift but a space lift, one that goes up into space to the machines orbitting the world. It means they can just put all the repairing equipment in the lift and zoom it upstairs. Or they can put in the bits and pieces needed to extend to space station or to build a new one. They no longer need to launch rockets.

The Fountains of Paradise by Arthur C Clarke

Tron is the book of the iconic movie from 1982. It’s the story of being sucked into the digital world and having to fight gladiatorial games to survive.

Tron by Brian Daley

The Link

You’d expect the link today to be about science fiction and you’re right…in part. Yes, they’re both science fiction. They’re both ground breaking and they’re both about conflict. The Fountains of Paradise is about conflict in the making of the space lift (elevator) and Tron is about conflict within the digital world.

Next Week!

Next week we have two books which look very similar in the first instance. Literary Trivia: over 300 curious lists for bookworms by Audrey Malone and Uncorrected Proof: The True History of the Australian Book Scene by Nikki Gemmell. I am now one more week closer to have done this series for a year. I’m very tempted to give up at week 52 (I think that’s next week) and find something else to write about. Sometimes links just hit me in the brain cells, other times I’m drawing them out of absolutely nothing.

Randomly Shelves or Something

My brilliantly aptly distractingly named new series continues. Where I randomly select two books from my shelves and attempt to find a link. I do not promise it will be a good link, only that it will be a link. It might be anything at all. One thing I do promise is that the link will not be due to the books both containing words such as ‘and’ or ‘the’, although having said that it’d be really awesome to now find two books totally missing both of those words.

The books I chose last week were My Side of the Mountain by Jean George and The Golden Wolf by Mary Elwyn Patchett. Stay tuned to find out if I’ve actually got a link.

The Books

My Side of the Mountain is one of my all-time favourite books from my childhood. I shed some tears while writing a few words about Jean George when she died in 2012. The book is all about Sam who runs away to the Catskills Mountains. I’ve given you a link to this book, but there are sequels and you can buy all three at once.

My Side of the Mountain by Jean George

The Golden Wolf is another childhood favourite. Patchett used to write dingo and brumby fiction. This is just one of such books, but she also wrote some science fiction which I’ve not read.

The Golden Wolf by Mary Elwyn Patchett

The Link

The link today is fairly obvious to me. Both protagonists run away from home. In My Side of the Mountain Sam runs away to become self-sufficient while in The Golden Wolf Mary runs away to rescue her dog from kidnappers.

Next Week!

Next week we have two books which look very similar in the first instance. The Fountains of Paradise by Arthur C. Clarke and Tron by Brian Daley. I am now one more week closer to have done this series for a year. I’m very tempted to give up at week 52 and find something else to write about. Sometimes links just hit me in the brain cells, other times I’m drawing them out of absolutely nothing.

Randomly Shelves or Something

My brilliantly aptly distractingly named new series continues. Where I randomly select two books from my shelves and attempt to find a link. I do not promise it will be a good link, only that it will be a link. It might be anything at all. One thing I do promise is that the link will not be due to the books both containing words such as ‘and’ or ‘the’, although having said that it’d be really awesome to now find two books totally missing both of those words.

The books I chose last week were Here’s Luck by Lennie Lower and Arthur Daley’s Guide to Doing it Right! by Leon Griffiths. Stay tuned to find out if I’ve actually got a link.

The Books

Here’s Luck was one of only two books written by Lennie Lower. It started as a best seller and is still sold today. It’s set in Sydney during the depression years.

Here’s Luck by Lennie Lower

Arthur Daley’s Guide to Doing it Right! is written from the point of view of Arthur Daley, the sharply dressed Londoner who skirted the edge of the law. Daley needed a minder in order to do business, someone with muscles who wasn’t afraid to use them. We might call him a little dodgy. It’s a tongue in cheek guide to doing business the Arthur Daley method.

Arthur Daley’s Guide to Doing it Right! by Leon Griffiths

The Link

I do actually have a link here. As I see it both books embody the comedy of their particular country in their era. Lower depicts Australian comedy from the 1930s. Things do change and what were once seen as comedy are now cringeworthy.

Next Week!

Next week we have two books from my childhood. My Side of the Mountain by Jean George and The Golden Wolf by Mary Elwyn Patchett. I am now one more week closer to have done this series for a year. I’m very tempted to give up at week 52 and find something else to write about. Sometimes links just hit me in the brain cells, other times I’m drawing them out of absolutely nothing.

Randomly Shelves or Something

My brilliantly aptly distractingly named new series continues. Where I randomly select two books from my shelves and attempt to find a link. I do not promise it will be a good link, only that it will be a link. It might be anything at all. One thing I do promise is that the link will not be due to the books both containing words such as ‘and’ or ‘the’, although having said that it’d be really awesome to now find two books totally missing both of those words.

The books I chose last week were The Stars Like Dust by Isaac Asimov and Only Human by Tom Holt. Stay tuned to find out if I’ve actually got a link.

The Books

The Stars Like Dust is one of Asimov’s books that went through my eyes bypassing the brain completely. I know I’ve read it, such a long time ago, but have no memory of the contents of the book, even checking the description on the back and dipping into it at random doesn’t help. Is that a comment about the book or my state of mind when I read it? I’ve no idea. Asimov had this habit of writing fiction set in the based on some solid science. I know when I reread it the science behind it will be very good and won’t jar as it does in other supposedly science fiction books.

Only Human seems to be very similar. It hasn’t been on my shelf for that long and doing the same casual glance through makes me wonder if it should be on my To Be Read pile. Holt writes totally madcap fiction that somehow fits together at the end. There’s a need to completely suspend your disbelief and just go along for the ride.

The Link

I’ve given up having conniptions about this week. I just can’t do it. It’s the week where I totally give in and tell you the link is because they were on the same bookshelf. Not the exact same shelf as they’re separated by two shelves but they do inhabit the same bookshelf.

How weak can you get?

Next Week!

Next week we have some interesting books. Here’s Luck by Lennie Lower and Arthur Daley’s Guide to Doing it Right! by Leon Griffiths. I am now one more week closer to have done this series for a year. I’m very tempted to give up at week 52 and find something else to write about. Sometimes links just hit me in the brain cells, other times I’m drawing them out of absolutely nothing.