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A little bit of everything this time around. There are some newer items and some things I am now catching up.
Items about books:
- The Good Vibes blog features a review of Rachel Kramer Bussel’s anthology Best Bondage Erotica 2012. The review mentions that “a wide variety of bondage styles are showcased, from heavy chains to characters who can be silenced with only a stern gaze. All genders and sexualities are represented, leaving the collection feeling diverse but still focused on erotic bondage.” By the way, the 2013 edition of the book is also out.
- Another erotica anthology. This one is Say Please, which is a collection of lesbian BDSM erotica. It is edited by Sinclair Smith, and it is reviewed in Kissin Blue Kraken (warning: this blog is an adult content blog, so may be NSFW).
- Via Yes! Magazine, a review of Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels and Black Power.
- Lambda Literary reviews a new history of the gay press. The book is Gay Press, Gay Power: The Growth of LGBT Community Papers in America edited by Tracy Baim. It is one of those books someone publishes on Amazon, so it may be a while before I see it, or the book makes it out into mainstream so to speak. But it does sound interesting.
- This is a manga series I was not sure whether to pick up or not. To be honest, the whole librarian suddenly becomes some hero or heroine genre seems cheesy (and I don’t mean that in a good way). In fact, I find that stupid The Librarian series of television movies annoying and dumb, like a very poor librarian’s Indiana Jones wannabe, in spite of the fact a lot of my professional brethren somehow like it. Go figure. Anyhow, this manga seems like it might be entertaining to read. The Manga Critic is reviewing volume 9 of Library Wars (link to volume 1). Sounds like I need to catch up. It’s a series with “slight goofy premise of librarians becoming a paramilitary force to fight censorship.” Now that sounds better.
- A Case for Suitable Treatment has a review of Battle Angel Alita: Last Order, Omnibus 1.
- A discussion of the novel Magic Words and the topic of Jews in the American Wild West at The Prosen People. Here is a bit more on the novel’s author’s work.
- A different idea: taking Medusa the gorgon and making a sympathetic love story out of her tale. That is what Sasha Summers did in her book Medusa: A Love Story. The book is reviewed at Bending the Bookshelf.
- A YA steampunk fantasy novel reviewed at Ninja Librarian. The book is Innocent Darkness. I have mentioned before that I am not a big YA reader, but once in a while I am willing to take a chance.
- Via Bending the Book Shelf, a review of Adventures in Fetishland, which is a BDSM retelling of the Wonderland tale. I do find some retellings or expansions on Wonderland of interest, so we shall see on this one. It is an e-book, so again, not something I may get to right away. The book’s author describes the book’s inspiration sources here.
- And speaking of Alice in Wonderland retellings, here is Alice in the Country of Hearts (Link to first volume in the series). The third omnibus edition is reviewed at A Case for Suitable Treatment.
- The Liquor Snob reviews The Brewmaster’s Table, a book about pairing beer and food. When it comes to liquor and food pairings, most people think wine, so this book may be a way to expand horizons.
Bibliographies and lists:
- The United States Naval Academy’s “Reading List for Life.” A few of them like Ayn Rand’s works (at least one of the professors gushes about how wonderful the book is), which may go to prove that just because they may be military folks does not mean they have good reading taste let alone good critical sense when it comes to books. Still, the list is worth a look.
- The Slog provides some brief reviews of three comic and graphic novels. From the list, I already read My Friend Dahmer, which I do recommend.
- Via the blog Write to Done, a list of “Top 10 Books for Writers You Need to Read Now.”
- In her July 2012 list of books read, the Dirty Librarian has some items of interest.
This time around I have a few books related to information literacy and librarianship; I keep on reading articles, but I have not tackled too many books on this topic, so I am jotting them down to help remedy that. In this installment, you will also find some science fiction and some graphic novels and manga. As always, if you read any of these, feel free to let me know if you liked them or not. You can also share in the comments any suggestions for things you think I should read.
Items about books:
- Via the Journal of Information Literacy (which is open access), something that is directly related to my work and sounds like something I have to read. This is a review of the book of the book Transforming Information Literacy Programs: Intersecting Frontiers of Self, Library Culture, and Campus Community.
- Here is another one from the Journal of Information Literacy, a review of the book Engaging First-Year Students in Meaningful Library Research.
- One more from the Journal of Information Literacy, a review of the book Information Literacy Beyond Library 2.o. The whole 2.o thing seems to be moving on (though some of the bad attitudes seem to remain).
- The Information Literacy Weblog mentioned the book The Busy Librarian’s Guide to Information Literacy in Science and Engineering.
- Via Marketing Matters for Librarians, a review of Building a Buzz: Libraries & Word-of-Mouth Marketing. This may be one I move up the queue a bit sooner. It would have been timely in my previous job, but I think I can still get something out of it now.
- Via A Case For Suitable Treatment, a review of the first volume of the manga Angel Para Bellum.
- I have mentioned now and then that I read Warhammer 40,000 novels, and they often feature the Space Marines, which are armored genetically engineered super soldiers. However, others have done tales of highly armored soldiers such as Robert Heinlein’s Starship Troopers (the book, not the movie). Now, there is an anthology dealing with armored warriors. The title is, well, Armored, and it is reviewed at Bookgasm. This sounds like one I do have to pick up soon.
- John Joseph Adams has another themed science fiction anthology, this one on mad scientists. John Scalzi featured the book in his big idea series. The book is The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination.
- A book that may be helpful if you want to cook and make more things at home. The book is Make the Bread, Buy the Butter by Jennifer Reese. It is reviewed over at Blogging for a Good Book.
- The Prosen People highlighted the cover of the book Electric Dreamland: Amusement Parks, Movies, and American Modernity. At the time they posted, the book was not out. Looks like it is out now, though looking at WorldCat, it does not seem too many libraries have it yet. I may have to investigate some more.
- Via National Public Radio (NPR), a discussion with the author of the book Victory: The Triumphant Gay Revolution. It is a history of gay rights that draws on in-depth interviews and a lot of archival material. A hat tip to Lambda Literary for this story and the next one.
- Via Edge on the Net, a review of Spandex, a comic collection about a gay superhero team.
- Via My Favourite Books, a review of The Punisher: Girls in White Dresses.
- Via Contemporary Japanese Literature, a review of Speculative Japan 2. The reviewer describes it as “an excellent anthology without even a single dull story. The premise or idea behind each story in the book is uniquely fantastic.” That sounds encouraging.
- Bob Sutton suggests that you check out the book Do Nothing! How to Stop Overmanaging and Become a Great Leader.
- Via Drinkhacker, a review of Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey: An American Heritage. The reviewer states that “quite simply, it’s a fantastic read for anyone with even a remotely passing curiosity about bourbon’s expansive history.”
- Via Manga Report, a review of Alice in the Country of Joker, Vol. 1: Circus and Liar’s Game. Sean Gaffney also has a review of this.
- Via A Case for Suitable Treatment, here is a review of Emerald and Other Stories.
- Something a bit different. I do enjoy some reading about food. I have read works by Anthony Bourdain and some others. So, I am willing to give this collection of essays a shot. The book is Best Food Writing 2012, and it was reviewed at City Book Review.
- Via Bookgasm, a review of the first volume in the manga Knights of Sidonia.
Bibliographies and lists:
- A set of three reading lists on Jewish topics, such as Jews and politics, via The Prosen People.
- A set of reviews of lesbian and queer erotica from Lambda Literary, their Cliterotica issue for summer 2012. Ran a bit behind in jotting down this list.
- Via the Food Politics blog, a couple of books on the food industry reviewed.
- Bookgasm highlights a trio of graphic novels from the Dead Space video game franchise. I am not big on video game novels, but once in a while you find something interesting, so I am willing to take a chance.
- The Dirty Librarian has some items that I may be interested in on her list of books she read for January of 2013. From the list, I already read Gonzo.
We are almost to 30 of these little posts listing books I would like to read or that I find interesting. If I ever won a big lottery jackpot (as if) that was good enough for me to retire early and never have to work, I would spend a lot of the free time reading. Oh well, a man can dream. In the meantime, here we go:
Items about books:
- Via Intoxicated Zodiac blog, a review of the book Hola Tequila! (record to Barnes and Noble because apparently Worldcat does not have it). The book looks like a nice, little fun recipe and tequila trivia book. Also on the blog, you will find a recipe for a cocktail to try out.
- The Bibrary Book Lust blog offers an excellent review of a book that can serve as a good educational reading, especially for those of us who are allies and wish to learn more. The book is Transgender 101: a Simple Guide to a Complex Issue. The reviewer describes it as “one of those rare pieces of non-fiction that works equally well in educating (and entertaining) both within and outside the community it explores” (emphasis in the original).
- Via Lambda Literary, a review of the anthology Trans/Love: Radical Sex, Love & Relationships Beyond the Gender Binary. I will admit I am adding this to my reading list out of curiosity. Then again, I have always been curious reader willing to try out new things. The reviewer writes: “I turned the pages on these stories proud to be a trans writer, proud to be part of a witty, nasty, brilliant community of poetic perverts and wicked wordsmiths, wall-walkers who simultaneous manage to celebrate the peculiarities of our kind while sensuously stroking the taut chord of common humanity.” I think in the end good fiction (a lot of it anyhow), erotica or not, LGBTQ or not, has to be well written and touch on common humanity.
- The Manga Critic, in her feature of The Best Manga You’re Not Reading, recommends a manga about a Japanese ex-pat in New York City who is a hitman among other things. Sounds like one should ask “what is there not to like?” The book in question is Benkei in New York.
- The Manga Critic also reviews an adaptation of Gail Carriger’s first volume of the Parasol Protectorate series. I did not know the stuff had been adapted to manga. I have been mostly lukewarm about reading the novels, but I may be willing to read the manga adaptation, at least Soulless, Vol. 1.
- Via Readers Read blog, a video and mention of Joe Hill’s book Horns. In the video, the author is discussing his work. I really got to know Joe Hill from his work on the Locke and Key series, so I am a bit willing to take a chance on his fiction.
- Guys Lit Wire review two books in this post. I am only interested in the Ultimate X: Origins. It is written by Jeph Loeb, whose work I know from Batman: The Long Halloween and other Batman tales. The guys also discuss and review the Robot Novels of Isaac Asimov. I’ve had those tales on my list of stuff to read for quite a while now. It may be time to buck up and start reading them.
Book lists and bibliographies:
- Passover is coming soon. If you want to learn more, The Prosen People blog offers some lists of books about and for Passover.
- This is not so much a book list as a list of items about books and reading. The Millions offers a guide to literary Tumblr websites. I am jotting this down so I can look it over later, maybe add a thing or two to my feed reader.
- Via Lambda Literary, the announcement of the finalists for the 24th Annual Lambda Awards. I always like keeping track of this list to get ideas for LGBTQ reading. The list always feature a very diverse range of genres and topics.
- Also via Lambda Literary, a small list of recent lesbian erotica by Sinclair Sexsmith in “Cliterotica:Winter 2012.” Yes, some of this may be NSFW for some folks. You have been warned.
- The Singing Librarian gives his list of books read in February 2012. The one I am interested in from the list is the one by Maurice LeBlanc.
- The Publishing Triangle, the association of lesbian and gay men in publishing, announced their finalists for the Triangle Awards. The final awards to be announced in April.
Once again, I have enough books to post a list in the continuing series of “Items about books I want to read.” It is Friday, so it is a nice time to go ahead and post this. As often is the case, there is a little bit of everything. I hope my three readers may find something good to read, or maybe they can share suggestions of what to read, in the comments.
Items about books:
- An excerpt of a book I found in the blog Vintage Lesbian got me interested in the book itself. The excerpt is about a protest event shortly after the Stonewall Riots. I will warn readers that, while this particular post from the blog is fairly tame, the Vintage Lesbian blog does cover erotica. Act accordingly. The book in question is Becoming Visible: an Illustrated History of Lesbian and Gay Life in the Twentieth-Century by Molly McGarry and Fred Wasserman. As I am interested in history, including LGBTQ history, I am adding the book to my list.
- Vintage Lesbian also pointed to another book that seems interesting for a different reason. It is about forensic crime scenes. The excerpt on the blog highlights a mug shot of a lesbian. Yes, at one point being lesbian meant you got hauled to jail (and if the Right Wing in this country gets its way, it may go back to that again, heaven help us). The book in question is Death Scenes: A Homicide Detective’s Scrapbook. Yes, I do find book leads in some unusual places. Well, unusual to others out there.
- Changing gears, let’s look a little bit at science fiction. It is not easy to find literature from around the world in translation. So, when some volume of the stuff comes along, I tend to pay attention, especially for things like science fiction. The Contemporary Japanese Literature blog reviews the anthology Speculative Japan: Outstanding Tales of Japanese Science Fiction and Fantasy.
- Katherine Dacey, The Manga Critic, recommends the first volume of the series GTO: 14 Days in Shonan. Sean Gaffney, at A Case for Suitable Treatment, also reviews the book.
- PhiloBiblos reviews the book Unpacking My Library: Writers and Their Books. I read that book already, which I found by serendipity in the local public library. However, I was not aware the book was part of a series, and that there was another book architects and their books. So, naturally I want to read the other book now. The book is Unpacking My Library: Architects and Their Books. My local library does not seem to have it, so I may have to request it from my campus library via Interlibrary Loan.
- Guys Lit Wire reviews the manga Pluto. I will admit I have seen the title in a bookstore or two (usually out of town), but I never thought about it much. The premise sounds interesting, so adding to the reading list.
- This is a review I found strictly via serendipity. You know how you sign into WordPress, it takes you to a front page highlighting some recent posts made by other WordPress.com blogs? Well, this review was there, and I looked at it. The review comes from The Alternative Project blog. The book they review is 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die. The review is positive overall, and they write that “this isn’t just a simple list or guide. This is like the history of comics and a comprehensive one.” It sounds like something I may want to buy for my personal collection. And no, unlike those bloggers, if the books is not wrapped in plastic, it is not an issue. I buy books to read them. So, if I see it, I am grabbing it.
- The Advocate posted an article on “5 Sexy and Unexpected Valentine’s Gifts.” The list has some neat items, but the one that caught my eye, and thus is the reason for posting here, is the book they listed. The book is Hanne Blank’s Big, Big Love: A Sex and Relationships Guide for People of Size (and Those Who Love Them). The book is described in the article as a book “which tackles relationships, sexuality, and big sexy confidence ‘for people of all genders, sizes, and sexual orientations who know that a fantastic love life doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with the number on the bathroom scale.’” It caught my eye because the topic is one you never really hear about during the Hallmark Holiday of February 14. Yet everyone does deserve and should have some loving, in my humble opinion. This may be a book to read and share. Do note the book was updated in 2011, so that is the edition to get.
- I like lists, as you can probably tell from the fact I am making a list in this post. I also like readig lists, especially trivia lists, things like that. So, this book entitled Lists: To-dos, Illustrated Inventories, Collected Thoughts, and Other Artists’ Enumerations from the Collections of the Smithsonian Museum seems right up my alley. It is a collection of lists made by artists that are held by the Smithsonian. Found via Notebook Stories.
- On the one hand, I do like some of the action movies of the 80s. On the other hand, there are others I am only lukewarm about. I bring that up because Katherine Dacey, The Manga Critic, reviews the first volume of Drifters in terms of an 80s action flick. The review is mixed, or it seems mixed to me, so this may be a book to borrow rather than buy.
- I keep adding books for the Horus Heresy to the list. I guess I have to buck up and pick up the first one in the series to get started because I keep hearing good things about the books. Anyhow, via My Favourite Books, here is a review of Dan Abnett’s book Know No Fear. This one really sounds good to me because it is about the Ultramarines and their founding primarch Roboute Gilliman. I did enjoy the first three novels in the Ultramarines series of WH40K, so I figure Abnett’s book will be a good reading choice.
- Via Lambda Literary, a review of Rick Worley’s comic series, now compiled, A Waste of Time (link to publisher as I could not find one on WorldCat). The book is described as “the tale of a big-headed narrator bunny, a sex-n-drug crazed fox, a teddy bear best friend, and ill-fated robot lovers that drink, smoke weed, look at porn, bonk guys and snort things they later regret. Or not.” I don’t care if you are LGBTQ or straight or whatever, that sounds like fun right there.
- Sure, I may be an academic librarian, but I like juvenile stuff and poop humor as much as the next guy. So, I have to check this book out sometime. The book in question is What Shat That? The Pocket Guide to Poop Identity. It is exactly what the title suggests: a field guide to various types of animal poop. As the back cover says, “it’s your guide to matching feces with the species.” What is not to love? The book was mentioned in the Awful Library Books blog; however, the bloggers were clearly pointing it out as an exception when they say “This is NOT an awful library book. It is awesome! “
- The Manga Critic reviews Yakuza Cafe, which she describes as “a pleasant surprise, a cheerful, smutty send-up of gangster manga that playfully mocks maid cafes, foodie manga, and yakuza culture.” To be honest, from the rest of the review, it sounds like something I may like, but more significant, my daughter might like it as well. I may have to pass this tip on to her.
- This book seems like the latest in the trend of “let’s see what profession we can slap magic and/or the paranormal into.” From private eyes to government agents to barmaids, it seems publishers and authors just come up with (or recycle) a story and slap a paranormal twist to it. Cute barmaid? She is a woman who is psychic and the vampires all fall for her, that sort of thing. Kind of like Star Wars books pretty much having the ability to absorb whatever genre is popular in video games, such as the Republic Commando novels, which are basically a take on the earlier trend of squad-based combat video games. Not necessarily judging on the quality of such books, but hey, let us call a spade a spade and point out the trend. Anyhow, John Scalzi featured this book as part of his Big Idea series on his blog, so I figure maybe I will give it a chance. The book is Myke Cole’s Shadow Ops: Control Point. It appears to be the first in a series. I would guess if it the book is anything like the Dresden Files, it may stand a chance. If it is more like those novels where they slapped Tom Clancy’s name to make a buck, like the Splinter Cell series, but with sorcerers, I don’t think any amount of magic will save it. We’ll see.
Lists and bibliographies:
- The Dirty Librarian is always a good source of reading ideas, and her January 2012 list does have a few items of interest.
These are some additional readings I found useful or meaningful as I was writing my recent “Making my stand” post. I think they should be shared.
- P.Z. Myers on “There’s Never a Shortage of Smarm Among Evangelicals.”
- Emily Nagoski on “I Don’t Respect You.” “When it comes to bigots who use their religion to justify their bigotry, intolerance, and hate, she says a lot that I want to say and agree with. She writes, “If you believe gay people – or indeed any people – are going to hell, then I don’t respect you. I don’t just not respect your beliefs, I don’t respect YOU. As a person. Morally. I feel morally superior to you. I have contempt for you and I think the world will be a better place when you are dead.” Read on for the argument of why she and those who think like her are not intolerant and certainly more decent than the so-called pious.
- Jeff Jarvis on “The Rutgers Tragedy.” I quoted a small part of this for my post, but the post overall is worth reading.
- And a little humor, because we can use some. Since the all the ignorant and bigots out there like to say that LGBT people have an agenda that they are pushing, the folks at YesButNoButYes suggest that such an agenda starts with “The Gay Alphabet.” Remember, you can’t push an agenda until you know its letters.