Alchemical Thoughts

Items about books I want to read, #32

Posted on: July 6, 2012

Once again, a bunch of links with some comment about books I would like to read at some point. As always, links for the books are to WorldCat unless noted otherwise.

Items about books:

  • From A Case for Suitable Treatment, a review of Alice in the Country of Clover: Bloody Twins. This is not a series I have read before, but a take on Alice in Wonderland, to me at least, sounds like something to try out.
  • This may go a bit past my usual boundaries, but then again, I am a curious reader. Plus, challenging the comfort zone once in a while can be a good thing. Anyhow, via Bending the Bookshelf, a review of S.L. Armstrong’s Like it or Not (link to publisher. I did not think WorldCat would actually have this). The stories in the collection are described as “are all high charged, very erotic stories, but they do have their often times shocking, and sometimes violent moments.”
  • Also via Bending the Bookshelf, a review of Wilde Stories 2012: The Year’s Best Gay Speculative Fiction (record link to Amazon. As much as I hate Amazon, the  publisher, Lethe Press, did not have this one listed yet it seems). Whether gay or straight or in between, I do like reading speculative fiction. If it is good writing, I am there, and the label does not really matter to me. Some description: “Prepare to skew your view of the world: where jinni in the clouds of a future Tel Aviv aren’t spirits but powerful computer programs; where a suburban garden hiding unrecognizable bones; to a planet colony that outlaws color; or the night when a lonely lab tech finds a spambot flirting with him.”
  • And another one from Bending the Bookshelf. Here is a review of Bound By Lust, which is described as “romantic couples-focused erotica” with a BDSM slant. It is published by Cleis Press, which has a good reputation for this kind of book. By the way, I will admit to being a bit impressed it had a WorldCat record. Sounds like another possibility to share with the Better Half.
  • Bookshelves of Doom mentions Alan Moore’s Neonomicon. Unfortunately, it is not a review, but a mention of some library asshattery where they pulled the books of the shelf because some parent had the vapors when their daughter picked it up in the adult (as in grown up) book section of the library. Because heaven forbid the parent does some actual parenting and instead raises hell so no one else can read the book. Anyhow, sounds like a cool graphic novel to check out.
  • Via My Bookish Ways, a review of the scifi novel Kop Killer by Warren Hammond. John Scalzi also presented this book as part of his “The Big Idea” series on his blog here. The book is third in a series.
  • Via Bookgasm, a review of Carnacki: Heaven and Hell   (link to publisher, not listed on WorldCat). If I am understanding this right, William Meikle, the author of this book, is using a character created by William Hope Hodgson (this guy’s works are on WorldCat, may be worth a look to get a feel for the original too). The reviewer describes the character as “Carnacki is an occult detective often called in to help resolve a supernatural mystery. Think of him like a Victorian-age Dr. Strange, or Sherlock Holmes, if he were written by M.R. James.”
  • Via Bookshelves of Doom, the first volume in the Marvel YA series Runaways. They also mention The Graphic Canon, Vol. 1.
  • Via Bookgasm, a review of The Sword and Sorcery Anthology. Off the top, a couple of reasons I think I may like this. One, it is edited by David G. Hartwell, and I have liked other anthologies he has edited. Two, it is sword and sorcery, which I do like. The reviewer states that this book “could be best described as sort of Whitman’s Sampler of the fantasy subgenre. The work is surely welcome since it’s so well-balanced.”
  •  Bookgasm also features a review of  the 99 Days graphic novel. From the sounds of it, fans of works like 100 Bullets, a series which I have enjoyed and continue reading, may enjoy it too.
  • Let’s toss in a little nonfiction. From the folks at Guys Lit Wire, a review Buzzed: the Straight Facts About the Most Used and Abused Drugs from Alcohol to Ecstasy. The book is in a third edition now, which is the one I have to make sure I note when I place that ILL request later.
  • And a couple of books in the LIS field, also known as for me as “shop talk.” From Ariadne magazine, a review of Being an Information Innovator and a review of From Lending to Learning: The Development and Extension of Public Libraries.
  • Via Guernica magazine, a review of What Money Can’t Buy. From the review, the book “is troubling in the best sense of the word—it ‘troubles’ the complacency with which Americans have received the rapid encroachment of the market into private life. In the post-Freakonomics world, economics has expanded exponentially, not only into the global market but into areas of life not previously governed by market forces.”

Book lists and bibliographies:

  • Via RT Book Reviews, an article with a list of futuristic erotica works. This really means science fiction and fantasy romance for the most part. If this is up your alley, this list may be for you. I am mostly jotting it down for reference. And ok, I do like science fiction, and if it has a bit of erotica in it, cool. Besides, maybe something to share with the Better Half, who is also a big scifi and fantasy reader.
  • The 2012 Indie Book Awards have been announced. This list has a bit of everything, so odds are good almost anyone can find anything to read here. The list includes winners and finalists, which is how I like it. I like when the lists include not only the winners, but the other nominees so I can get the full picture.
  • Announcement and list of winners for the 24th Annual Lambda Literary Awards.
  • There are a few items of interest for me from the Dirty Librarian’s May 2012 list.
  • List of 2012 Nominees for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Translation Awards. They are to be announced later in July 2012.
  • Via RT Book Reviews, “Beyond E.L. James’ 50 Shades of Grey.” Do yourself a favor if you feel a need to read the Grey book. Look over this article, check out the book list, and find something better. There is plenty of good erotica out there. Life is too short to waste it on the so-so stuff. But if you used James’ stuff as your gateway, hey, keep on rolling and read other things.
  • The 2012 Mythopoeic Awards Finalists have been announced. Winners to be announced August 2012.
  • John Scalzi, who is president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, announces the winners of the 2011 Nebula Awards on his blog. You can see previous winner lists at the SFFWA site here.

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