In my mailbox is a meme that can be found over at The Story Siren, intending to share any books bought/gifted/borrowed over time. I’ve decided to post these on Wednesdays sporadically, with the intention to share what I’ve got my hands on recently. Thanks to primarily Goodreads for blurbs and covers.
2001: A Space Odyssey (Space Odyssey) – Arthur C. Clarke
When an enigmatic monolith is found buried on the moon, scientists are amazed to discover that it’s at least 3 million years old. Even more amazing, after it’s unearthed the artefact releases a powerful signal aimed at Saturn. What sort of alarm has been triggered? To find out, a manned spacecraft, the Discovery, is sent to investigate. Its crew is highly trained–the best–and they are assisted by a self- aware computer, the ultra-capable HAL 9000. But HAL’s programming has been patterned after the human mind a little too well. He is capable of guilt, neurosis, even murder, and he controls every single one of Discovery’s components. The crew must overthrow this digital psychotic if they hope to make their rendezvous with the entities that are responsible not just for the monolith, but maybe even for human civilization.
Genre: Science Fiction
3000: Space Odyssey has been on the shelf in the charity shop for a few weeks now and everytime I see it, I think, “Omg, 2001 Space Odyssey?! :o” But alas, it was never to be. Today a few people donated their old books to the shop and I always like to have a nose through, just incase something I might otherwise buy might get thrown away. In one bunch of donations there were the 4 Space Odyssey books, so I grabbed this first one. I haven’t read SciFi before (not including Hitchiker’s which is in a different league to be fair) and this one does sound pretty good so, yeah, yoink.
A Brief History of The Tudor Age – Jasper Ridley
Beginning with the arrival of Henry Tudor and his army, at Milford in 1485, and ending with the death of the great Queen Elizabeth I, in 1603, this is a vivid account of a hugely eventful and contradictory age. Here is life in London and in the country, the costumes, travel, food and medicine, the sports and pastimes, and the wonderful flowering of English drama, juxtaposed with the stultifying narrowness of peasant life, the harsh treatment of heretics and traitors, and the misery of the plague. An astonishing picture of an England of great beauty and violence, achievement and despair.
I have loved Tudor history since we learnt about it when I was about 8 or 9. I completely adored it to the point that I put together a little project for myself. I made a book combining photocopied information from the village library and I spent so much time and effort on that thing, I loved it. I’ve since thrown it away but I have found myself wishing I’d kept it because it was full of information, I put it in order of date and person and I think it would still be readable today. Instead, I’ll have to settle for properly written books like this one, which actually looks like an interesting little read. It’s been a while, so good to start with the basics.
The White Queen (The Cousins’ War #1) – Philippa Gregory
The White Queen tells the story of a woman of extraordinary beauty and ambition who, catching the eye of the newly crowned boy king, marries him in secret and ascends to royalty. While Elizabeth rises to the demands of her exalted position and fights for the success of her family, her two sons become central figures in a mystery that has confounded historians for centuries: the missing princes in the Tower of London whose fate is still unknown.
Genre: Historical Fiction
Well since I read The Constant Princess, I have been keeping a keen eye out for the rest of Gregory’s Tudor ladies series, and also the Cousins’ War books, so finding this one in good nick was a fantastic find, and being the first of the two was even better! Just missing The Virgin’s Lover and The Red Queen now. Hopefully I get around to reading the rest of these soonish. Big, chunky epic fantasies take me a long time to read though, and well.. you’ve seen how many of these IMM posts there have been.