Tuesday, September 14, 2010

John James Audubon's Birds of America: World's Most Expensive Book

Now up for bids at Sotheby's,  John James Audubon's Birds of America now dubbed the world's most expensive book. Or the priciest My Big Book of Birdies that would send any birdwatcher into an orgasmic frenzy- ornithological porn anyone? :)

Note the delicate craftsmanship, the ornate engravings and the lock on the book, the tome definitely looks mysterious. 

Only 119 copies are known to have been made, each book contains 435 hand-colored prints created from engravings of John James Audubon's illustrations. The book size measures more than 3 feet by 2 feet because Audubon wanted to ilustrate an accurate depiction of the birds life size.

John James Audubon's Birds of America is expected make around $6.2 million and $9.2million. Whoa!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Agatha Christie: International Woman of Mystery

If you're a big fan of the Dame of Crime and Mystery then you'll enjoy the BBC Archive's spotlight on Agatha Christie, one of the world's most successful crime writer.

Her books are often whodunits that keep readers guessing clue after clue (or at least reading the book till the end, if you're just gnawing to know if you got your hunches right. One of her popular novels , Murder on the Orient Express features one of her long-running characters, the detective Hercule Poirot.

Her book sales totalled over an estimated 300 million books throughout her life as a detective novelist. She died in the ripe old age of 85 on January 12, 1976. Enjoy BBC interviews and features on Agatha Christie.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Paul Auster's City of Glass

I will now begin my reading spree into Paul Auster's New York Trilogy- the first novel City of Glass is not what it seems to be. Noir? Pseudo-Noir? Existentialist noir? or simply narcissistic?

A lot of self-importance is placed on finding the mystery caller named Paul Austere. Yeah, the author who turns out to be paranoid about his father. Yeah, Paul Auster has daddy issues.

Now let's see how this turns out, the first few chapters are very engaging to say the least!

The copy I got from booksale had a lot of dog-ears, proof that this is one book people can't get their hands off.