Random non-fiction roundup

This is part of a collection of posts which cover books I read and rated before I started noting down when I read the book, and before I started writing full reviews for them. This one is for various non-fiction books.



Comfortably Numb - A History of "The Wall" - Pink Floyd 1978-1981Comfortably Numb - A History of "The Wall" - Pink Floyd 1978-1981 by Richard Mahon, Vernon Fitch
Publisher: 1st Impression Publishing
Released: July 28, 2006
Pages: 288
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Features an insiders look at the making of The Wall album, insights into the Pink Floyd recording process, a song by song analysis of The Wall album, a technical overview of The Wall stage shows, a pictorial on The Wall live in concert, a glimpse into each of the 31 Wall live concerts, and an examination of the making of The Wall Live album.

Includes a world-wide Wall discography including bootlegs, and an in-depth look at the band’s equipment by Pink Floyd’s own technical experts.

With contributions from Marc Brickman, Brian Christian, Bob Ezrin, Stan Farber, Mark Fisher, David Gilmour, James Guthrie, Rick Hart, Andy Jackson, Jon Joyce, Michael McCarty, Nick Mason, Patrice Quef, Gerald Scarfe, Rick Stratton, Phil Taylor, Toni Tennille, Trevor Veitch, Roger Waters, and numerous others.

Over 400 illustrations, with many rare and previously unpublished photos from the personal collections of those who recorded and built The Wall.

Contains numerous pictures of Wall memorabilia from 'he Pink Floyd Archives'collection.

Also features animated page art.

Comfortably Numb was a Christmas gift, and one I really appreciated. I’ve been a Pink Floyd fan for quite a long time, and I found the behind the scenes photos, making of stories, etc. in this book to be incredibly interesting. I’d page through this book a lot, and the pictures from the live shows were especially interesting, as they allowed me to get form some mental images of what the stage show might have looked like while listening to live recordings of The Wall.


Old Possum's Book of Practical CatsOld Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot
Publisher: Harcourt Brace & Company
Released: October 5, 1939
Pages: 56
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T. S. Eliot's playful cat poems have delighted readers and cat lovers around the world ever since they were first published in 1939. They were originally composed for his godchildren, with Eliot posing as Old Possum himself, and later inspired the legendary musical Cats.

As I like the musical Cats, I picked up this book to check out the source material. They’re essentially funny, feel-good poems about cats. I can imagine cat-owners might get a little more from these poems than I did, but they were still entertaining.


The Very Hungry CaterpillarThe Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Publisher: World Publishing Company
Released: June 3, 1969
Pages: 26
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The all-time classic picture book, from generation to generation, sold somewhere in the world every 30 seconds! Have you shared it with a child or grandchild in your life?
Including a special feature, dye cuts, this beautiful board book edition, perfect for teaching the days of the week, offers readers an interactive experience.

This children’s books is a true classic. I read this book when growing up, and as it was lying around in a pile of books at our cottage I re-read it later. The rating I gave to this book then is probably based largely on nostalgia. I guess it’s considered a classic for a reason, and it’s easy to see how this can be a fun book for very young children.

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