Tag Archives: Sherlock Holmes

“Flashman”

Blowhard, Esq. writes: I just finished the first volume of George MacDonald Fraser‘s high-spirited and rollicking The Flashman Papers series. For those new to the books, the series of 19th century historical novels chronicles the exploits of an English army officer and self-described … Continue reading

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Michael Chabon Likes Genre Fiction, Punts on Endorsing It

Blowhard, Esq. writes: In a recent NYT interview of Michael Chabon for the Book section, the following exchange took place: You can suggest three books to a literary snob who believes genre fiction has no merit. What’s on the list? … Continue reading

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The Brits Really Know How to Design a Book Cover

Blowhard, Esq. writes: My copy of Nassim Taleb’s Fooled by Randomness arrived today to match my copy of The Black Swan. I specifically tracked down the UK editions b/c the covers are so wonderful. Bold, colorful, hazy, eye-catching. They have a visually consistent … Continue reading

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Book Notes: Sherlock Holmes

Blowhard, Esq. writes: “There’s the scarlet thread of murder running through the colourless skein of life, and our duty is to unravel it, and isolate it, and expose every inch of it.” Everyone knows the character, but have you ever read … Continue reading

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