The Winter Tomes

The Winter Tomes

The Winter Games are getting a lot of focus right now, which is understandable. As a reader (SPOILER ALERT for the opening ceremonies), I was fascinated to see Russia distancing itself from the Soviet Union by including Nabokov (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) in their “alphabet sequence”…when that author had been banned by the Soviets. END SPOILER ALERT

Anyway, I thought it would be fun to look at some “Winter Tomes” (books that have “winter” in the title, or feature winter prominently) to go along with it.

Game of Thrones (at AmazonSmile)
by George R.R. Martin
4.5 out 5 stars, 1097 customer reviews at time of writing

“Winter is coming.”

Readers (and watchers) of this series are well familiar with the motto. NBC made an interesting link to that by having Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor on the show, Peter Dinklage, narrate their opening coverage.

Winter’s Tale (at AmazonSmile)
by Mark Halperin
3.8 stars, 392 reviews

The movie version is due to open in the USA this Valentine’s Day…more than thirty years after its release. It’s worth noting that it the title is a reference to The Winter’s Tale.

Winter of the World: Book Two of the Century Trilogy (at AmazonSmile)
by Ken Follett
4.4 stars, 3519 reviews

There was quite a bit of controversy over the relatively high price when the first book in this series was released…and this one is still higher than most. Still, as you can tell, that hasn’t stopped lots of people from buying it (and writing generally good reviews).

The Left Hand of Darkness (at AmazonSmile)
by Ursula K. Le Guin
4.2 stars, 270 reviews

Unfortunately, this science fiction classic is not currently available when I check the page…but hopefully, it will return. It features a planet named Winter…

A Week in Winter
by Maeve Binchy
4.4 stars, 2184 reviews

A popular work of literary fiction by a beloved author.

The Winter Witch (at AmazonSmile)
by Paula Brackston
4.1 stars, 184 reviews

A “paranormal historical” by a New York Times bestselling author.

Five fictional works for the five rings…and one more of essays, just because:😉

Winter: Five Windows on the Season
by Adam Gopnik
3.7 stars, 3 reviews

Five essays on what winter means to us, by a New Yorker staffer.

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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :)

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3 Responses to “The Winter Tomes”

  1. Edward Boyhan Says:

    One title I expected to see, but didn’t: “The Winter of our Discontent” by John Steinbeck. This book was mentioned by the Noble committee in their citation granting him the Noble prize for literature. I read it when it first came out, and I found it not as compelling as his earlier works (an opinion apparently held by many).

    I also read “Winter’sTale” when it first came out — for me it was a hard read and not at all to my taste. One thing though: it was the first time I had ever heard mention of “The Five Points” in Manhattan — both a mid 19th century intersection, and a crime-ridden district in Manhattan. I drove myself nuts trying to figure out where it was. Was it real? I drove around lower Manhattan, and perused numerous maps, but all I could come up with was tantalizingly vague.

    Today, I read a wiki article which delineates the neighborhood, and the intersection. My problem is now resolved, one of the streets no longer exists, and several of the others have changed names. Would we have had Wikipedia back in the early 80’s😀 .

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Edward!

      Certainly, a reasonable addition to the list!🙂

      The Winter of Our Discontent (at AmazonSmile)

      Wikipedia would have changed a lot of things.😉 I think one place where I’ve really seen a technological change (and I’ve seen many) was speculating with my now adult kid about what Friends would have been like…with cellphones. A big driving arc had to do with Rachel not being able to reach Ross at one point…when a cellphone would have completely changed that scenario (assuming Ross could get the call). By the way, I was quite intrigued when a question recently came up about Friends on Jeopardy…and no one even hazarded a guess (despite it being an easy question for watchers of the show: it boiled down to which two main characters were siblings). I’m always fascinated by which popular culture elements fall into the “hole of evolution”, so to speak.

  2. Harold Delk Says:

    Found this interesting: http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2014/02/17/140217fa_fact_packer?utm_source=tny&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=dailyemail&mbid=nl_Daily%20(116)

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