Alchemical Thoughts

Books Reviewed: April 2014

Posted on: May 9, 2014

Photo from Flickr user Raider of Gin (fairerdingo). Image used under terms of Creative Commons 2.0 Generic Attribution License.

Photo from Flickr user Raider of Gin (fairerdingo). Image used under terms of Creative Commons 2.0 Generic Attribution License.


Here is the list of books I reviewed during the month of April 2014. The links lead to my book review blog, The Itinerant Librarian. These are not all the books I read in the month. They are the books I managed to write a review during the month. Feel free to click the links and check them out. Comments are always welcome here or over on the main blog.

  • Simon Oliver’s FBP: Federal Bureau of Physics, Vol. 1. We find ourselves in a world where the laws of physics are suddenly no longer set in stone: gravity fails in places, wormholes appear out of nowhere, and so on. By now, these events are so common that the federal government has an agency to deal with them: the Federal Bureau of Physics (FBP).
  • Matz’s The Killer Omnibus, Vol. 1. This was a great discovery for me, a hit man who is also a very practical man. I am listing this one as one of the best reading experiences I have recently enjoyed.
  • The New Naked: The Ultimate Education for Grown-Ups. I pretty much bucked the system on this one. It seems a good number of hotshot reviewers (read professional reviewers and such) like this one. I thought it was not worth it, and it even has some amounts of misinformation and stereotyping. One I do not recommend both as reader and librarian.
  • Carol Leifer offers great advice about career and life in her new book How to Succeed in Business Without Really Crying. In addition to her stand-up comedy, Leifer is known for her writing on popular television shows like Seinfeld.
  • Instead of post-apocalyptic, go pre-apocalyptic in Sheltered, Vol. 1. This volume compiles the first five issues of the series.
  • Here is one for librarians who do readers’ advisory and need a little help in the horror genre. The book is the second edition of The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Horror. I found it useful, and I even jotted down a few of their book suggestions to read later. So, stay tuned. I may be reviewing some more horror titles down the road.
  • If you like the video game Mass Effect, you might like Mass Effect: Foundation, Vol. 1. For this one, I found that it may be better enjoyed if you play the game or at least are familiar with the game’s storylines and characters.
  • From video games, let’s move to good classic pulp heroes. The Green Hornet and The Shadow team up in The Shadow/Green Hornet: Dark Nights. This is much more than an adventure tale. It is a very good piece of alternate history that is carefully researched for accuracy and authenticity. History buffs will be delighted with the many references, trivia pieces, and historical figures making appearances.
  • And finally one for folks who enjoy fairy tale retellings and re-envisionings. By Pat Shand, we have Realm Knights. This is part of the Grimm Fairy Tales Presents series from Zenescope.


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