Items about books I want to read #37
Posted June 7, 2013on:
Welcome once again to this semi-regular feature here on Alchemical Thoughts. This time, I got a good number of reviews from City Book Reviews. They don’t always have stuff I am interested in, but when they do, it’s like hitting a jackpot for me as a reader. As always, comments are open, so if you read anything mentioned here, feel free to comment and let me know. Also, reading suggestions are always welcome.
- Neon Genesis Evangelion (link to first omnibus) is one of those series I keep meaning to read. Apparently, new omnibus editions are coming out, and this may be the excuse I need to start. A Case for Suitable Treatment recently reviewed the omnibus with volumes 7-9.
- George Mann has edited yet another collection of Sherlock Holmes tales (i.e. written by people not Conan Doyle). Knowing me, I will probably go looking for it; I like Holmes too much not to take a chance at least. The book is Encounters of Sherlock Holmes: Brand-new Tales of the Great Detective. It was reviewed here at City Book Review.
- It’s Neil Gaiman. That is usually good enough reason for me to take a look. However, these are stories selected by him, but I think I would still take a chance. The book is Unnatural Creatures: Stories Selected by Neil Gaiman. It was also reviewed at City Book Review.
- Another one reviewed at City Book Review. This is on a serious topic, food security and hunger in the U.S. The book is a companion to the documentary of the same title. Sadly I had to say that there was a screening of the documentary here in town, but I missed it because I was out of town at the time, so hoping to read the book (and maybe order the documentary and book for our library later). The book is A Place at the Table by Peter Pringle.
- Via Lambda Literary, interview with Luis Negron, author of the short story anthology Mundo Cruel. They write that “Luis Negrón’s striking debut short story collection, Mundo Cruel (Seven Stories Press [this link to their review of the book]), mines the emotional lives of ‘a small community in Puerto Rico joined together by its transgressive sexuality.’”
- Via City Book Review, this sounds like a book more people in the U.S. need to read now. Contrary to the milquetoast review of “some people believe this, others that,” let’s face facts. The U.S. was not founded as a Christian nation no matter how much the Right Wingers and fundamentalists wish it to be so. This book addresses that. The book is In Freedom We Trust: An Atheist’s Guide to Religious Liberty.
- I used to be pretty good at drawing in my younger days. I have not done it in a while. Maybe this book will help me try it out again. Reviewed at City Book Review, the book is Just Draw It! The Dynamic Drawing Course for Anyone with a Pencil & Paper.
- This time I am getting a good number of book reviews from City Book Review. Here are two comic book compilations of classics. First, a review of Tarzan Archives: The Russ Manning Years, Vol. 1 (Link to publisher. For some reason, I could not find it in WorldCat. Wait, I did find it, but apparently a few librarians gave it a whole different title in cataloging it. Accurate? Probably. Searchable? Not so much. Anyhow, link to WorldCat now). Next, a review of Flash Gordon: The Tyrant of Mongo: The Complete Flash Gordon Library 1937-1941.
- Via Blogging for a Good Book, they review Mark Kurlansky’s The Food of a Younger Land. This book seems awfully similar to America Eats!, which I read. So I may or not pick it up and compare.
- This book has trivia, something I like. Also, it may remind us of those things our parents or other elders told us when we were young. So, let’s take a trip down memory lane and see how much truth our parents imparted or not in Because I Said So! the Truth Behind the Myths, Tales and Warnings Every Generation Passes Down to Its Kids. Reviewed at City Book Review here.
Lists and bibliographies:
- The 2013 Independent Book Awards have been announced. They have a lot of categories, and this year they totaled 382 medals. Worth a look. Odds are good you can find something to read from this big list.
- Want some science fiction and fantasy? The 2012 Nebulas have been announced. The announcement includes winners and nominees.
- Via the blog Papeles Perdidos, a list of “Once novelas para descubrir el corazón del mundo” (11 novels to discover the heart of the world). Article is in Spanish. A few of the titles are basically translations of international works into Spanish, which may be useful for Spanish readers.
- Not quite sure what to make of this news item, but since I am curious reader, who knows. I may seek some of this out down the road. BetaBeat (being a bit alarmist if you ask me) reports on Luna Loupe, an author on Amazon who writes erotica a bit off the beaten path. Basically mermaids, tentacles, etc. I don’t think it is that big a deal, but then again, being a bit alarmist does get the eyeballs to a website I suppose. Anyhow, the story does include links if interested. Here is her Amazon page.
- A few authors and scholars come together to give their lists of “5 Arabic Books to Read Before You Die.” Via Arabic Literature (in English).
- Bobbie Newman, at Librarian By Day, has a list of “Recommended Reading for New and Not-So-New Librarians.” From the list, I do recommend Sutton’s Book, The No Asshole Rule (link to my review) though maybe not for the reasons she suggests. That is a book every library manager does need to read, but also every librarian so they know when to leave Dodge City.