First post today is for Paul Andruss who shares the remarkable find in 1900 of an ancient analogue computer from 250BC. We think of Romans and their Empire as being invaders who gave us straight roads and built villas with central heating.. but the mechanics involved in some of their everyday operations were not to be utilised in our time for another 2000 years. Paul shares the evidence of both the Greek and Roman ingenuity…fascinating stuff.
In 1900, off the coast of the Greek Isle of Antikythera, fishermen discovered a sunken wreck from Roman times lying 150 feet underwater. The recovery operation was ground breaking given the deep-sea diving equipment of the time. A modern underwater archaeologist described it as being like ‘drunks with coal scuttles on their heads, working in 5 minute shifts, in the dark.’
They salvaged some incredible finds, Alexandrian glassware, coins and classical statues. The most remarkable was a lump of bronze encrusted in rock and barnacles. It turned out to be a mechanical computer from 250 BC. Turning a handle worked a 37 gear system able to predict the positions of the sun, moon and planets, lunar phases and eclipses.
Read the rest of this remarkable post: http://www.paul-andruss.com/the-antikythera-computer/
Time for one of Olga Nunez Miret’s renowned book reviews and this one she admits is special..Homesick for Another World by Ottessa Moshfegh
Today I bring you a book by a writer I’ve reviewed here before. And, well, it’s a bit special…
Homesick for Another World by Ottessa Moshfegh
The debut short story collection by the author of Eileen, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016.
There’s something eerily unsettling about Ottessa Moshfegh’s stories, something almost dangerous while also being delightful – and often even weirdly hilarious. Her characters are all unsteady on their feet; all yearning for connection and betterment, in very different ways, but each of them seems destined to be tripped up by their own baser impulses. What makes these stories so moving is the emotional balance that Moshfegh achieves – the way she exposes the limitless range of self-deception that human beings can employ while, at the same time, infusing the grotesque and outrageous with tenderness and compassion. The flesh is weak; the timber is crooked; people are cruel to each other, and stupid, and hurtful, but beauty comes from strange sources, and the dark energy surging through these stories is oddly and powerfully invigorating.
Moshfegh has been compared to Flannery O’Connor, Jim Thompson, Shirley Jackson and Patricia Highsmith but her voice and her mastery of language and tone are unique. One of the most gifted and exciting young writers in America, she shows us uncomfortable things, and makes us look at them forensically – until we find, suddenly, that we are really looking at ourselves.
Read the editorial reviews and also Olga’s review of this collection: http://www.authortranslatorolga.com/2017/05/08/bookreview-homesick-for-another-world-by-ottessa-moshfegh-penguinrandom-a-marmite-collection-of-unique-characters-and-stories-amreading/
Now an author spotlight by Gary Jefferies on the Fiction is Food Blog of Lucy Brazier of PorterGirl fame.
Lucy Brazier is the author of PorterGirl: First Lady Of The Keys, a zany trip through mayhem and chaos as Old College suffers it’s first ever female Deputy Head Porter.
For those of you who have not encountered Lucy’s blog before, then I really think you might be missing out. Not only does it contain the blog version of PorterGirl and the goings on within Old College, but a wonderful saga in a post Brexit dystopia where England is now split into county realms and seedy goings on in “Who Shot Tony Blair?”
PorterGirl is a quirky trip into an elite educational bastion of medieval lore and clandestine tradition, hiding dark secrets and practices seemingly time locked around the fourteenth century.
Find out more about Lucy and also a preview of her new book coming out in June 2017:https://fictionisfood.com/2017/05/08/author-spotlight-lucy-brazier/
Another book site that you will find interesting and useful to follow is Love Books Group Blog where you can meet authors.. find out about their books and read their Q&A. In this post we meet Carys Jones author of Last Witness.
The page-turning sequel to the best-selling psychological thriller Wrong Number. With her husband gone and his legacy in her hands, Amanda Thorne is hell-bent on revenge. Amanda Thorne is on a mission to avenge her husband. Restoring his honour and protecting his legacy will be dangerous, but she will not rest until all those who have hurt her loved-ones have been dealt with. Her only option is to go undercover in the murky world of the gang kingpin McAllister. So, with her loyal companion Shane by her side, she heads back to Scotland to finish what they started. McAllister’s world is one of seedy nightclubs, drug deals, and beautiful women, but he is a hard man to get close to. As Amanda gets deeper and deeper into his dangerous world, what secrets from the past will come back to haunt her, and will she be able to protect the last witness to the truth? A compelling, heart-stopping thriller which you won’t be able to put down. . .
Read the Q&A with Carys: https://lovebooksgroup.blog/2017/05/09/last-witness-carysjauthor-aria_fiction-qa
Thank you for dropping in today and I am sure you will enjoy these posts in full. thanks Sally