Posts Tagged ‘lists’
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.
Last year, I read Anne Fadiman’s Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader. The book is a nice, little collection of essays on books and reading. At the end of the book, Fadiman provides a list of books for further reading. I am jotting down here some of the titles from that list to read later. For some, it may take me some time to find, but there is no rush.
- Holbrook Jackson, The Book about Books: The Anatomy of Bibliomania.
- Robert Burton, Anatomy of Melancholy. (not quite sure why I jotted this down at the time, but Fadiman lists it. I may choose to read it or not).
- Holbrook Jackson, ed., Bookman’s Pleasure.
- Alexander Ireland, The Book-Lover’s Enchiridion.
- Gerald Donaldson, Books.
- Laura Furman and Elinore Standard, eds., Bookworms.
- Steven Gilbar, ed., Reading in Bed.
- Marshall Brooks, The Romance of the Book.
- Dale Warren, What is a Book?
- William Targ, ed., Bouillabaisse for Bibliophiles and Carrousel for Bibliophiles.
- Vincent Starrett, Penny Wise and Book Foolish.
- W.E. Gladstone, On books and the housing of them.
As of this writing I see that my library has some of them, which is good. I also see that for the ones that I would need to do ILL, that they are in libraries nearby, so I should be able to get them relatively soon once I request them, which is also good.
I have not posted one of these in a while, but with the move to a new town and a new job, blogging here fell by the wayside. I do have a lot of book clippings to go through, so I have material for future posts. Now that I am settling into the new job, I am starting to feel that I have some time to read for fun and learning as well as blog here and in the other blogs. So, without further disclaimers, here is the 33rd list of items about books I want to read. As always, if anyone out there finds something useful to read from these lists, feel free to leave me a comment and let me know what you thought of a particular book.
Items about books:
- Featured at The Advocate, a book of photographs of drag performers around the world by Christopher Logan. The book is Dr.a.g. I am adding this because I always like a good photography book, and I am curious to learn more on the topic.
- The topic of how neo-nazis and other assorted right wing hate groups as well as criminals and gang members have been infiltrating the U.S. military is not really new. However, there is a new book on the topic. The book is Irregular Army: How the US Military Recruited Neo-Nazis, Gang Members and Criminals to Fight the War on Terror. Given the U.S. persists on fighting wars abroad, something had to give, and it in this case, what gave were the standards to join the military forces. You can read an excerpt of the book here at AlterNet.
- Boing Boing mentions that one of their friends had work featured in the book The New Erotic Photography, Volume 2. I happen to like erotic photography, so adding the book to my list.
- Via Readers Read blog, a short review of the graphic novel The Art of War.
- Some science fiction. Via Bookgasm, a review of the anthology The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, Volume 6 edited by Jonathan Strahan. I tend to prefer science fiction over fantasy, but this may be worth a look, especially since it is by volume 6, so it is showing signs of surviving. I know the Better Half, who reads in both genres pretty voraciously, would probably like it.
- Also via Bookgasm, something for the old school men. The book is The Gentry Man: A Guide for the Civilized Male. It is a compendium of articles from Gentry magazine. The reviewer makes it sound like it will also appeal to fans of the show Mad Men.
- Alison Bechdel has another memoir, this time focusing on her mother. The graphic novel is Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama. You can read an interview with her discussing the book and the writing of memoirs at Lambda Literary.
- A little something that may go nicely with the 2012 U.S. election season. Via Readers Read blog, a review of a new book from the Library of Congress. The book is Presidential Campaign Posters from the Library of Congress.
- Staying a bit more with the politics and government theme, a book on comic books issued by government agencies, usually for educational reasons. Highlighted at Free Government Infomation blog here. The book is Government Issue: Comics for the People, 1940s-2000s.
- Via A Case for Suitable Treatment, a review of the short story (rakugo) collection Fallen Words.
- Via My Bookish Ways, a review of the first book of the Alex Verus series, Fated. If you like Jim Butcher, you may like this one as well. I have read Butcher’s work in graphic novel form, but not in full prose.
- The next item is a romance novel set in a steampunk environment. It may be something more suited for the better half, but it sounds intriguing enough I may give it a spin. I am fairly willing to try things out when it comes to books. Anyhow, the book is Geared for Pleasure by Rachel Grace. You know the title already gives a hint or two. The book is highlighted in Reading Between the Wines. For some reason it makes me think of the Kushiel series (link to first book in series), but I would not know for sure until I read it.
- On a different track, a book on bookshelf design. I think this one is more of an art or coffee table book, which may be a nice contrast to The Book on the Bookshelf, which I recently read. The book in question is Alex Johnson’s Bookshelf, and it was reviewed on NPR here.
- The folks at Guys Lit Wire review China Miéville’s Railsea.
Lists and bibliographies:
- Via Comics Alliance, a very useful and interesting list of “50 Comics and Characters That Resonate with LGBT Readers.” There are some titles I have read, but there are others I will be adding to my TBR pile.
- Via Smart Bitches, Trashy Books, they have highlighted “An Annotated Bibliography of Contemporary Romance Scholarship on Romance Readers.“
- The Manga Critic has some “Short Takes” on a couple of titles.
- Via Lambda Literary, a list of new books in May 2012 (yea, I know, I am running a bit behind). There are some titles on this list I may be interested in later.