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Items About Books I Want to Read, #44

Posted on: April 11, 2014

CuriousGeorgeReadingWelcome once again to another edition of “Items about books I want to read.” This is the semi-regular feature (as in I do it when I have time or feel like it, or just have enough items to make a post) where I highlight books that sound interesting and that I think I would like to read. Consider this my ongoing TBR list. If you have read any of these, you are welcome to comment. Maybe you can convince me to move a particular book up the cue (or you want to spare me what could be a terrible book).

 

 

 

 

Items about books:

  • I did not know that Carlos Fuentes had a take on Dracula. Guys Lit Wire discuss his novel of the count in Mexico, Vlad. I linked the title to a Spanish edition, but it has been translated into English for those who prefer that.
  • Bookgasm highlights Robert Rosen’s Beaver Street: a History of Modern Pornography. Given I like history, and yes, I will admit that I do like some porn and find the industry a topic of interest, this seems a book not to pass on.
  • From what I have seen, John Joseph Adams is getting to be quite the anthologist in fantastic and speculative literature. If you are interested in science fiction and fantasy that deals with world building, he has a book for you. That book is Other Worlds Than These. It was reviewed in Bookgasm. I am betting this is one the Better Half would enjoy given how much she enjoys short fiction in science fiction and fantasy.
  • I like Sherlock Holmes, so when I see a book about the great detective, it gets my attention. My Bookish Ways reviews Guy Adams’ book Sherlock Holmes: The Army of Dr. Moreau. Hey, Holmes and Dr. Moreau? That deserves a look. The book was also reviewed at Bookgasm.
  • Some more short fiction. From Bending the Bookshelf, here is a review of The Collection: Short Fiction from the Transgender Vanguard. Like many anthologies, it is not perfect, but the reviewer still gives some encouragement to read it: “Like I said, it’s an uneven collection, but that’s likely to be the case when you have such a wide variety of authors tackling such a wide variety of genres. Fortunately, the stand-out pieces are well worth the price of admission. . . . ” The book was also reviewed by Lambda Literary.
  • Another one reviewed at Lambda Literary. This one is an art book, and I do appreciate all kinds of art books. What can I say? I like pictures. The book is Gorgeous Gallery: the Best in Gay Erotic Art. The reviewer writes, “. . .  this isn’t a book for art historians or researchers. This is a book that you’ll enjoy perusing at leisure. David Leddick has a sweet job, deciding which images to include in Gorgeous Gallery, and he’s done a great service in putting together a collection that’s rich in visual content but light on analysis, which is just perfect for discovery, something you look forward to doing with a new friend. ”
    this isn’t a book for art historians or researchers. This is a book that you’ll enjoy perusing at leisure. David Leddick has a sweet job, deciding which images to include in Gorgeous Gallery, and he’s done a great service in putting together a collection that’s rich in visual content but light on analysis, which is just perfect for discovery, something you look forward to doing with a new friend. – See more at: http://www.lambdaliterary.org/reviews/09/29/gorgeous-gallery-the-best-in-gay-erotic-art-by-david-leddick/#sthash.qlmx9U4E.dpuf
    this isn’t a book for art historians or researchers. This is a book that you’ll enjoy perusing at leisure. David Leddick has a sweet job, deciding which images to include in Gorgeous Gallery, and he’s done a great service in putting together a collection that’s rich in visual content but light on analysis, which is just perfect for discovery, something you look forward to doing with a new friend. – See more at: http://www.lambdaliterary.org/reviews/09/29/gorgeous-gallery-the-best-in-gay-erotic-art-by-david-leddick/#sthash.qlmx9U4E.dpuf
    this isn’t a book for art historians or researchers. This is a book that you’ll enjoy perusing at leisure. David Leddick has a sweet job, deciding which images to include in Gorgeous Gallery, and he’s done a great service in putting together a collection that’s rich in visual content but light on analysis, which is just perfect for discovery, something you look forward to doing with a new friend. – See more at: http://www.lambdaliterary.org/reviews/09/29/gorgeous-gallery-the-best-in-gay-erotic-art-by-david-leddick/#sthash.qlmx9U4E.dpuf
    this isn’t a book for art historians or researchers. This is a book that you’ll enjoy perusing at leisure. David Leddick has a sweet job, deciding which images to include in Gorgeous Gallery, and he’s done a great service in putting together a collection that’s rich in visual content but light on analysis, which is just perfect for discovery, something you look forward to doing with a new friend. – See more at: http://www.lambdaliterary.org/reviews/09/29/gorgeous-gallery-the-best-in-gay-erotic-art-by-david-leddick/#sthash.qlmx9U4E.dpuf
  • I like a good cocktails now and then, as my four readers know. I also like to read cocktail books, even if I can’t fix a lot of the recipes. So, what’s one more cocktail book? Via Drinkhacker, here is a review of The PDT Cocktail Book.
  • The Intoxicated Zodiac also has a cocktail book recommendation. She claims that this book is the perfect cocktail book. When I read it, I will be the judge of that, but in the meantime, her word is certainly good enough for me to take a chance. The book is The New Old Bar by Steve McDonagh and Dan Smith.
  • As a librarian, I like books that are short introductions, things you need to know, and similar types of books on my reading radar. I am a generalist, so books like that help me learn about many things, usually in a fairly accessible way. Via Blogging for a Good Book, they recommend the book Mormonism: A Very Short Introduction.  The book is part of Oxford University Press’ series of “very short introductions.”
  • Adding a little manga to the list. Sean Gaffney reviews Vertical’s new re-release of Paradise Kiss, Vol. 1.
  • In 2012, Jackie Huba announced that she was working on a book. That tells you how long that item sat in my feed reader cue. Well, the book is out now, and the book is Monster Loyalty: how Lady Gaga Turns Followers into Fanatics. I think there may be a lesson or two here libraries could use. Stay tuned because when I read it, I will certainly review it.
  • Apparently, we can learn lessons from psychopaths. Scientific American magazine has an excerpt of Kevin Dutton’s book The Wisdom of Psychopaths. I could make a joke or two here about certain coworkers and/or bosses I have known, but I will refrain. A hat tip to 3 Quarks Daily.
  • Via Inside Higher Ed, a review of the book Hidden America by Jeanne Marie Laskas.
  • The folks at Papeles Perdidos (Spanish language) take another look at El Astillero, a classic 1961 novel by Juan Carlos Onetti.
  • Via the blog Contemporary Japanese Literature, a review of the book Speculative Japan 3.
  • Good Show Sir is one of those blogs dedicated to highlight bad or funny book covers, especially for old books. It’s a blog I do find amusing. However, once in a while they also find a book that I think may be worth reading. This time they found The Playboy Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Sure, the 1968 cover is a little creepy, but the stories may be well worth a look. It is certainly one of those anthologies the Better Half would appreciate.

 

Lists and bibliographies:

  • Bee Wilson discusses how to reconcile the cook and the food writer while highlighting a couple of her books in this article out of Powell’s.
  • The Information Literacy Weblog highlights a couple of IL books published by Chandos. For those of you outside of academic librarianship, Chandos is one of the “high end” publishers in our field. If we want to get snarky, we can say “fancy pants.” They are owned by Elsevier, and there is no lost love between Elsevier and academic librarians for various reasons. However, as an instruction librarian I need to be aware of some of these books and read some now and then.

 

2 Responses to "Items About Books I Want to Read, #44"

Can’t wait to hear what you think of Monster Loyalty : )

Hello there Jackie. I am looking forward to getting to it. When I do, I will certainly post my review. I get the feeling it will have some valuable lessons even us in libraries can use. Best.

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