Tal Cohen's Bookshelf: A Collection of Personal Opinions about Books


Science Fiction


Computer Science

Book In-Jokes
Welcome, traveler! Sit down, sit down. Want something warm to drink? Here, remove your wet coat and sit in front of the fire. If you're a regular visitor, you may wish to log in, or you may register as a newcomer. Now, let's talk about good books...
The Fiction Collection
“I wonder... What's in a book while it's closed... Because as soon as I open it, there's a whole story with people I don't know yet and all kinds of adventure and deeds and battles... All those things are somehow shut up in a book. But it's already there, that's the funny thing. I just wish I knew how it could be.”
Michael Ende, The Neverending Story
The Science Fiction Collection
“A wild dream and a far one -- but no wilder and no farther than some of the dreams of man.”
Clifford D. Simak, City
The Non-Fiction Collection
“That's the reason they're called lessons: because they lessen from day to day.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
The Computer Science Collection
“Think of a computer program. Somewhere, there is one key instruction, and everything else is just functions calling themselves, or brackets billowing out endlessly through an infinite address space. What happens when the brackets collapse? Where's the final “END IF”? Is any of this making sense?”
Douglas Adams, Mostly Harmless
Book In-Jokes

Here I try to maintain a list of book in-jokes: little jokes that most readers won't notice, hidden in otherwise serious books (for more about what “in-jokes” are, see at the end of the list).

I'll need your help: if you find any such in-jokes, let me know. Please include the word “injoke” in the subject.

The books are listed in no particular order.

Book Reviews Book Reviews: Fiction Science-Fiction Book Reviews Non-Fiction Book Reviews Computer Science Book Reviews

The master-storyteller of espionage, John Le Carre, takes his reader for a chilling tour in the land of the pharmaceutical giants in The Constant Gardener.
Read more... Comments so far: 2


Patrick O'Brian's novels do an amazing work of brining back to life the early 19th century. This review of O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin series talks about the unique atmosphere of these books, covering the first two volumes - Master and Commander and Post Captain.


An excursion into post-apocalyptic mayhem, Robert McCammon's Swan Song is reviewed by guest reviewer Kevin McAllister.
Read more... Comments so far: 2


Fifty-five fictional city descriptions comprise Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities, a rare feat of writing that is almost more poetry than fiction.
Read more... Comments so far: 2


Sholom Aleichem was sometimes called “the Jewish Mark Twain”. His excellent novel The Bloody Hoax, recently translated into English, is a comedy involving harsh criticism on the blood libels that were common at the time in Russia.

[See earlier reviews]
©1997-2012 by Tal Cohen, all rights reserved. [About]