BOOKS! I love 'em, I read 'em, I take notes on them here so you don't have to (but you should. Really. They're good. Well, some of them...). I have a lot of thoughts about books in general, book design, and stories. Those are in my Notes garden. The Library just for notes from books I've read, the awesome ideas within those stories, and the thoughts they spawn.

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Recent Reads

Batman: Year One

The Batman comic that kickstarted the more realistic, dark Bat we all know today. Just a shame that Nolan did it better than the source material.

Mr Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore is to books, technology, typography and (oddly) Google what Ready Player One is to films and old school games.


A collection of mindbending short stories from the master who carved out a new kind of weird fiction.

The Etymologicon

A whistlestop tour through word history, linking everything from codpieces to how the tank got its name and disappearing Celts.

On Fairy Stories

Tolkien's classic essay defining and arguing the many benefits of Faerie. Whether you enjoy fairy stories or not, these are thoughts on storytelling and escapism from a master.

Smith of Wootten Major

A short and sweet fairy story showing off Tolkien's approach to Faerie with the touch of sadness that comes with a great writer saying farewell to their art.


Economic crashes and banking misdeeds get a satirical D&D makeover brimming with fun ideas, even if those don't always make for the most compelling story.

Cage of Souls

Instantly catapulting into the list of my all-time favourite books, Cage of Souls is like Heart of Darkness on LSD. A sprawling weird science-fantasy tale crammed with so many ideas, it's amazing it still forms a coherent and compelling story.

This Savage Song

Romeo + Juliet + Apocalyptic shadow crime monsters + no romance = a surprisingly compelling formula.

Mere Christianity

C.S. Lewis' philosophical investigation and explanation of the 'why' of Christianity, from his perspective as a former Atheist.