Posts Tagged ‘information literacy’
I have reached 70 of these lists. Never ceases to amaze me how many interesting books I keep finding that I want to read someday, and if any of my readers find a reading idea in these posts, that is cool too. As some of you may know, I recently started studying Tarot, so that explains why you may find a book or two on Tarot on these lists once in a while. So, let’s see what has made the list this week.
Items about books I want to read:
- While I am not sure I would personally get a tattoo (I have speculated on what I would get if I ever decide to do it), I have mentioned previously that I do find tattoo art fascinating, especially when it is well done. So naturally, a book on tattoo art can be of interest to me. Via Boing Boing, I found Mitch O’Connell’s new book of his tattoo art: Mitch O’Connell Tattoos Volume 2.
- Also via Boing Boing, a chance to look back at a bit of my childhood with a book on toys from the 50s, 60s, and 70s. The book is Toys of the ‘50s, ’60s and ’70s.
- Coloring books are a craze these days with adults, and there is one for just about any topic under the sun. For instance, there is a Sex Toy Coloring Book (link to publisher, warning cover is slightly NSFW). The book was reviewed at Bea’s Book Nook. Sounds like something you and your special someone can share in fun.
- In Llewellyn’s blog, Barbara Moore writes a bit about the book Psychic Tarot and how to integrate some of its advice. The book sounds intriguing to me as I continue my learning journey in Tarot and oracle cards.
- Also at the Llewellyn blog, Moore also speaks on how some Tarot books specific to one deck can still have information you can use with other decks. While at it, she mentions the book The Ultimate Guide to Thoth Tarot. Down the road, I would like to learn and study the Thoth Tarot deck.
- My interest in Tarot and oracle cards continues. At the moment, I just read the cards for myself mainly as a meditation tool. So a book on how to read better for yourself is something I would be interested in. The Tarot Lady interviews Courtney Weber, author of Tarot for One.
- Meanwhile, Tarot with Jeff has been doing a bit of Tarot history reading with the book A Wicked Pack of Cards.
- Marion Nestle at Food Politics highlights the book Ten Restaurants that Changed America.
- Via The Information Literacy Weblog, link to the free information literacy e-book Got a Minute? This is billed as a collection of essays for busy instruction librarians. It’s the kind of quick refresher I can always use.
- Dark Horse has a 30th anniversary edition of their Aliens comics. The book is Aliens 30th Anniversary: The Original Comic Series, and it was reviewed at Wink Books.
- Apparently, Salvador Dali at one point put a cookbook together. Being Dali, it is a surrealist cookbook. Turns out that Taschen is reprinting the book, and I would love to take a look at it. The book is Les Diners de Gala, and I heard about it at the Fine Books & Collections blog.
- With the election of Donald Trump, some wonder if the signs were there. I can say that yes, they were. If people had paid attention and heeded the lessons of the past, and actually gave a damn about their fellow human beings, the Con Man of Mar-a-Lago would not be headed to the White House; some people have labeled him as Caudillo of Mar-a-Lago, but that is an insult to what caudillo actually means (I am Latino, believe me, I know a thing or two about real caudillos). But let me move past digression. Some folks have been looking around to see if works anywhere predicted the election. Here is one that could be convincing in that regard. The New York Times highlights the book Achieving Our Country by Richard Rorty. They highlighted three paragraphs from the book that are now all over the Internet, reviving interest in the 1998 book. I am not usually one to pick up books that go viral, but the passages have made me curious enough to be interested because they pretty much reflect other things I have read that confirm what the book’s author wrote. Hat tip to 3 Quarks Daily. The signs were definitely there.
- I have mentioned before that I find old books interesting. Here is How to Speak with the Dead from 1918, which you can read for free online thanks to archive.org. Tip via Daily Tarot.
- And speaking of the dead, here is a book of essays and photos of the dearly departed. The book is Memento Mori, and it was reviewed at Wink Books.
- Staying a bit more with the odd and curious, here is a book of botanical images that looks interesting. The book is Cabinet of Natural Curiosities, and it was reviewed at Wink Books.
- Wink Books also recommends B.P.R.D. 1946-1948. I already like Hellboy and the B.P.R.D., so I do not need too much arm twisting to pick that one up.
- Again, here is another of those illustrated books that show how things work that I just love to look over. The book is Food Anatomy, and it was highlighted at Wink Books.
- This one may help me get a bit of LGBTQIA reading in, and it is a graphic novel too. The book is Queer: a Graphic History, and it was presented at Lambda Literary.
- Based on a True Story reviews a new book about marijuana and cannabis. The book is Brave New Weed.
- Wink Books reviews a cook book by Alton Brown that seems to channel his Good Eats show days (before he went downhill). The book is Alton Brown: EveryDayCook.
Lists and bibliographies:
- Horror Novel Reviews offers a list of “10 Horror Novels That Deserve a Big Screen Adaptation.” For me, this is also a list of possible reading suggestions.
- Recent reviews and responses to the book Hillbilly Elegy have been mixed to say the least. If you want to read other things instead of that book or to supplement if you already read it, here is a list of other books you may be interested in. Via The Booklist Reader.
- I always wish I had to the time to improve on my handwriting ( do write in a pretty good cursive, but there is always room to improve) and even learn calligraphy. In the meantime, I can read a bit about it, so here is a list of books that can help you learn hand lettering and calligraphy. Via BookRiot.
The list of books I wish to read some day keeps growing, but the time to read them does not always grow to match. Still, I do enjoy making these posts so I can keep track of things I find interesting. In sharing them, I hope it helps a bit in terms of reader’s advisory for folks looking for ideas on books to read.
Items about books I want to read:
- Here is a book that asks how can bankers live with themselves when they ruin people’s lives and crash economies. In many cases, they can live with themselves just fine, and some even brag about their misdeeds. The book is Among the Bankers: A Journey Into the Heart of Finance. The Atlantic had a story on it.
- Here is a book on industrial meat production. The book is Chickenizing Farms and Food, and it was mentioned at Food Politics.
- Adding a little horror to my list with Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt. It was reviewed at Horror Novel Reviews.
- Barbara Moore has a new Tarot book out, Your Tarot, Your Way. She writes about it and about how Tarot has evolved over time for Llewellyn’s blog. The book can be acquired individually or as part of a kit with the Llewellyn’s Classic Tarot deck. I do like Moore’s work, so I will likely be getting it down the road, and often, getting it in the kit is often not a bad deal, and it happens to be a deck I like.
- One more Tarot selection. Barbara Moore also writes this post for another book at Llewellyn’s blog, this one by Marcus Katz and Tali Goodwin entitled Tarot Face to Face.
- And speaking of Tarot, Tarot with Jeff reviews an older selection: Complete Book of Tarot Spreads.
- Here is the story of two American teen boys who went on to become child soldiers and hit men for the Las Zetas drug cartel in Mexico. The book is Wolf Boys: Two American Teenagers and Mexico’s Most Dangerous Drug Cartel and it was discussed at Vice.
- Annie Downey, author of Critical Information Literacy, is interviewed at the Library Juice blog.
- If you want to learn more about the Encyclopaedia Britannica, especially the famous 11th edition, this book may be for you. The book is Everything Explained That Is Explainable. The book was reviewed at The Decolonized Librarian.
- Want to delve into the mind of corporate criminals like Bernie Madoff? HBS Working Knowledge has a book excerpt and interview with the author of Why They Do It: Inside the Mind of the White-Collar Criminal.
- Horror Novel Reviews looks back at an old classic of horror: The Dice Man by Luke Rhinehart. It turns out Rhinehart wrote a series of sequels as well, listed in the blog post.
- Speaking of old classics, Book Riot looks back at a series I saw a lot of back in younger days, Thieves’ World (link to first book of series). They recommend it for those who need a fix after Game of Thrones. I personally do not give much of a hoot over Game of Thrones, but I have been curious about Thieves’ World before, so this may be the time I finally try to pick it up. To be honest, Thieves’ World is a shared world anthology series, and if you ask me what I think is closer in feel and concept (i.e. a shared world anthology), I’d probably say the Wild Cards series (link to first book of series), which incidentally is also by George R.R. Martin.
- Library Juice highlights a new publication (well, as of this post, it is new to me), Class and Librarianship.
- Via Signature, an article on the book Modern Potluck. This reminds me of books I have read previously such as America Eats, and Being Dead is No Excuse.
- Via Bookgasm, this is a book I have been curious about for a while. I am not a huge fan of memoirs, but this does sound interesting. The book is My Father the Pornographer.
- Heading out now to the Victorian/Edwardian era with the book Lost Envoy: The Tarot Deck of Austin Osman Spare (No WorldCat record as of this post, so link goes to the publisher). The book is reviewed at Wink Books. What would make this better? An actual copy of Spare’s deck along with the book. I can always dream.
- Another one reviewed at Wink Books. This one is an oldie. I may have mentioned this, but as a child I loved pictorial dictionaries and similar books. As an adult, I still find them interesting. Wink Books this time looks at Mann’s Pictorial Dictionary and Cyclopedia.
Lists and bibliographies:
- With the easing of relations between the United States and Cuba, you may want to read a bit more about the island nation. Via Signature, here are “Literature Libre: 9 Great Books to Understand Cuba.” From the list, I read Oscar Hijuelos’ The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love and Christina Garcia’s Dreaming in Cuban.
- The Library Company of Philadelphia has an online exhibit entitled “Capitalism by Gaslight: the Shadow Economies of Nineteenth-Century America.” It includes various vintage items such as “A List of Gay Houses and Ladies of Pleasure.” You can read these online. A hat tip to Dangerous Minds.
- Here is a list of “9 Great Arab Cult Classics.” I found it at Arabic Literature (in English).
- Like audiobooks? Book Riot has a list of “11 Websites to Find Free Audiobooks Online.“
- Want some more horror reading suggestions? Book Riot offers “5 of the Best Horror Books to Make You Love Being Afraid.” From the list, I am interested in The Fireman, The Graveyard Apartment, and Hex. I mentioned Hex up above in this post. Curiously enough, I have mentioned The Fireman twice in this blog, here and here. Probably time I get to it.
You know the drill folks. These lists keep growing, but I still hold on to hope. I just keep finding interesting books I would like to read some day. These are also books I think some of my readers may find of interest. If any of you out there do read any of these, please feel free to comment and let me know your thoughts.
Items about books I want to read:
- I remember reading a while back the book Freakonomics (link to my review of the book) where it discusses how local drug dealers often lived with their moms and were not doing as well as many people think. However, like in many other major businesses, the guys on top usually do pretty well. NPR now highlights a new book that suggests that drug cartels are run a lot like Walmart and McDonald’s. The book is Narconomics.
- Also via NPR, a cookbook on Korean food. The book is Koreatown.
- I often remember seeing the ads for various tricks and pranks on the backs of comic books. Wink Books reviews a book looking at one of the companies that made such products: the S.S. Adams Company. The book is Life of the Party.
- Another art book reviewed by the guys at Wink Books. This time it’s one of my favorite artists: Frank Frazetta. The book is Testament: A Celebration of the Life and Art of Frank Frazetta .
- OK, one more from Wink Books because I really like the subject of this one: vintage postcards. The book is Postcard America: Curt Teich and the Imaging of a Nation, 1931-1950.
- Joshua Kim wonders why people are not reading Move: Putting America’s Infrastructure Back in the Lead. It is an important topic in the United States, and you likely will not hear about it from any single mainstream politician in the 2016 election (Democrat or Republican).
- Let’s put in a little something related to work. Via The Decolonized Librarian, a review of The Dialectic of Academic Librarianship.
- Via Marion Nestle’s Food Politics blog, a note that the book Forked is out. The book is about low wage restaurant workers. As the book summary states, this book deals with “what we don’t talk about when we talk about restaurants: Is the line cook working through a case of stomach flu because he doesn’t get paid sick days? Is the busser not being promoted because he speaks with an accent? Is the server tolerating sexual harassment because tips are her only income?” and other questions that not only we should be asking but addressing.
- Via Arabic Literature (in English) blog, a novel about Lybian dictator Muammar Ghaddafi. The novel is The Dictator’s Last Night. I have not read it, but it reminds me of Vargas Llosa’s La Fiesta del Chivo (The Feast of the Goat), which is about Dominican Republic dictator Trujillo.
- This could be interesting. It alleges to be a history of the reference shelf; this is something that appeals to the librarian in me. The book is You Could Look It Up, and it was reviewed on NPR.
- Why are people fleeing Central America? The violence is a big reason according to a new book discussed at In These Times. The book is A History of Violence: Living and Dying in Central America.
- Via Manga Report, a review of the first volume of Bloody Mary.
- A Case of Suitable Treatment looks at Shigeru Mizuki’s Hitler. This made me think of the five-volume series Adolf by Osamu Tezuka, which I read a while back. (Link to to my review of the first volume).
- Apparently Tim Burton draws even in napkins, and someone put some of that art in a book. The book is Things You Think About in a Bar (link to Amazon, since as of this post, WorldCat does not have it) and it was reviewed at Blogcritics.
- Via Based on a True Story, a review of a new book on the rise of coffee behemoth Starbucks. The book is Starbucked.
- On the one hand, this sounds like one of those hipster mixology books where the cocktails are made with all sorts of ingredients the average person will never find in a lifetime. On the other hand, the story of the bar that inspired the book sounds interesting, so there is just enough to catch my attention. The book is The Dead Rabbit Drinks Manual, and it was reviewed at Drinkhacker.
Lists and bibligraphies:
- Via Bookgasm, some Eurocomics that may be of interest.
- Also via Bookgasm, a recommendation to read the Quarry novels.
Rolling right along in adding books to the ever growing TBR list. Let’s see what we got this week:
Items about books I want to read:
- This book is probably not one for vegetarians and vegans. The book is In Meat We Trust: an Unexpected History of Carnivore America, and it was featured in San Francisco Book Review. Apparently, according to the book, meat helped make America. I will have to read and see.
- Staying with the food theme, this one was also featured in San Francisco Book Review. Now this one is more about food choices and sustainability. The book is Food Choice and Sustainability: Why Buying Local, Eating Less Meat, and Taking Baby Steps Won’t Work. This is probably not one for the carnivores who may be reading the previous book, though probably eating a little less meat may be a good thing. I am not quite ready to just stop eating all meat.
- Let’s look at lack of food now. Marion Nestle has written a foreword to an updated edition of the book Breadlines Knee-Deep in Wheat: Food Assistance in the Great Depression.
- And now let’s go for a little dessert with Bourbon Desserts. The reviewer at Drinkhacker claims that “novices, experts, and destructive cooks alike can approach this book with confidence knowing that in the end, bourbon makes everything taste better.”
- The great actor Christopher Lee passed away this year. He did some of his fine horror work for Hammer Films, but did you know Hammer Films made more than just horror films? Apparently, they also did a series of psychological thriller and suspense films too. You can learn about them in the book Hammer Films’ Psychological Thrillers 1950-1972. The book was reviewed in Bookgasm.
- Also reviewed at Bookgasm, a new collection of short stories by Ed Gorman. I admit, I am not terribly familiar with that author, so there is a possible reason to add the book to my list. “The 14 tales range from straight-up crime to peeks into a bizarre future. ” The book is Scream Queen and Other Tales of Menace.
- A couple of books in LIS and related to my work as instruction librarian. Both of these reviews come via The Journal of Librarianship and Information Science (the review links lead to PDF pages from the journal).
- A new to me manga that does look like it may not be easy to get. That is often the case with manga in the U.S.; good stuff may come over, barely gets published, goes out of print before anyone notices let alone the publisher gives it a decent chance, and vanishes. Anyhow, the title this time is Maka-Maka: Sex, Life, and Communication, Vol. 1. There may or not be a volume 2 out (WorldCat found a French edition of the second one), and that may be about it. It was reviewed at Experiments in Manga.
- This seems to be a case where the movie may be better than the book or vice versa, depending on where your preferences lie. The book is Ring, from which the movie was adapted. The book is translated from Japanese. It was reviewed in Contemporary Japanese Literature. On a side note, my library, Hutchins Library at Berea College, has a copy, so I may get to it sooner.
- To this day, and likely for some years to come, we are recuperating from the 2008 economic collapse. Matt Taibbi offers a look at those times in his recent book The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap. The book was reviewed at Blogcritics.
- Via Wink Books, this looks very nice. The book set is Dian Hanson’s History of Pin-Up Magazines. It is one of those nice editions Taschen puts out.
- On a more serious note, a new book on invisible work, that is important work that is often done behind the scenes, say like U.N. translators. The book is Invisibles: The Power of Anonymous Work in an Age of Relentless Self-Promotion. In some ways, the work of many librarians could well qualify as invisible work by this metric, say catalogers (let’s be honest. If a good cataloger does his or her work well, you never hear of the person, you only see the great work in the catalog they create for us) for example or just good librarians who do the good work daily without blowing their horns every ten minutes it would seem. You know the ones. Anyhow, the book was reviewed by Joshua Kim in Inside Higher Ed.
- I am not sure if this book will answer the old joke, but it certainly sounds interesting. The book is Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road? The Epic Saga of the Bird That Powers Civilization. By the way, have you noticed how often these microhistories are all “sagas” and often they are “epic sagas” of however the subject saved or powered civilization? Anyhow, the book was featured at Blogging for a Good Book.
- Every other librarian seems to be talking about this book, which usually means either the book is a big deal, or it is not that much a deal and folks are just getting on another passing fad. At any rate, I am adding it to my list so I can keep it on my radar, but I am not sure if I will read it right away or not, and books like this tend to need reading right as they come out. This seems another one of those “yea, libraries are great, and they will survive even with Google around” books. I am not sure I need yet another book to tell me that. Although, it seems a lot of librarians do need a book to tell them just that; our profession is amazingly insecure, go figure. So, maybe by the time I get to it, the fad will pass unless it does have a message meant to remain. We shall see. The book is BiblioTech, and it is being reviewed at PhiloBiblos.
Lists and bibliographies:
- If pegging is among your fetishes, then this list may be of interest for erotica readers who enjoy it. While it is not a big topic of interest for me, I have read a tale or two in the genre I have found to be OK at least. As I have said before, I am always willing to read new things. The list is “Peg This: Six Erotic Pegging Stories You Must Read.” It was published at RT Book Reviews.
- Do you like stories set in dirigibles and air ships? Bookshelves of Doom has “Airships Ahoy! Thirteen Stories Set on Dirigibles.“
- Like milk? Shelf Talk has “Got Milk?” highlighting two books on the history and uses of milk.
Here we go again with another compilation of books I would like to read. The TBR list keeps growing, but I am cool with that. I won’t be running out of things to read any time soon, and that is a good thing. Plus if my two readers here find something to read from this series of posts, that is cool too. If you do, feel free to comment and let me know what you read and how you liked it or not.
Items about books you want to read:
- I have read about company towns now and then, including Hardy Green’s The Company Town. Here is a photography book about the town that Kodak built, a look back at a time when Kodak was a strong company (via The Morning News). The book is Kodak City.
- Via the 365 Letters blog, a review of Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Celebrating the Joys of Letter Writing. Personally, I am fascinated by letters, and I do find it sad people just don’t write as much as they used to, aside from some people who persevere in the art.
- And speaking of writing, a forthcoming book on stationery. Discussed at The Well-Appointed Desk, the book is Adventures in Stationery, due out in May 2015 (with a different title for the U.S. apparently. Read the post for details).
- For me, a new Eduardo Galeano book is a good thing. Mother Jones features some excerpts from his book Mirrors: Stories of Almost Everyone. Personally, I like reading Galeano in the original Spanish, so here is the link to the Spanish edition too.
- My four readers may know that I do watch porn now and then (sometimes even with the Better Half). I came of age during the 1980s VHS porn heyday when part of watching the movies was some of the ridiculous or cheesy attempts at plot just as much as the sex. The art in those VHS covers often promised way more than a movie might deliver. Now, there is a book that looks at the best of the porn movie posters of the 1970s and 1980s. Reviewed at Bookgasm, the book is Sexytime: the Post-porn Rise of the Pornoisseur. The blog post also includes links to other books that may be of interest too.
- I am not a sports fan, but I find books with human interest like this one to be interesting. The book is Bull City Summer: A Season at the Ballpark. It was reviewed in Mother Jones magazine. My interest is that I hope it is similar to Josh Peters’ Fried Twinkies, Buckle Bunnies, and Bull Riders, which I read.
- In the mood for some horror? Like Lovecraft? Perhaps The Book of Cthulhu II will be to your liking. It is reviewed here at Bookgasm. I have not read some good horror in a while, so maybe this will fit the bill nicely.
- I have mixed feelings at times about movies adapted into comics and graphic novels. Some work well; others do not work as well. Bookgasm looks at an old classic, Alien: The Illustrated Story. Looks like an interesting artifact of its time.
- A book by or edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel is usually a pleasure for me to read. Running a bit behind on this, but this time she is editing some nonfiction in Best Sex Writing 2013. It is reviewed in San Francisco Book Review. They also reviewed her erotica anthology anthology Twice the Pleasure: Bisexual Women’s Erotica. By the way, if folks are interested I have read and reviewed the following erotica anthologies edited by Ms. Bussel: Serving Him, the oral sex themed Going Down, and her Best Bondage Erotica 2014. By the way, I have the 2015 edition up on my reading cue, so you will see a review of that soon over at The Itinerant Librarian.
- And let’s add a little related to information sciences (a.k.a. talking a little shop). Library Juice highlights another of their fine books on information studies. The book is Feminist and Queer Information Studies Reader.
Book lists and bibliographies:
- Not so much a list of books to read. This is really something for amusement. BuzzFeed had a list of “27 Books You Won’t Believe Actually Exist.” This is worth a laugh or two.
- If you like cooking, here is a list of 20 amazing cookbooks, according to The Advocate. There are a couple of celebrity books, but there are also one or two that seem interesting.
- The Art of Manliness has a list of “Essential Jeremiads: 16 Cultural Critiques Every Man Should Read.” From the list, I did read Allan Bloom’s book ages ago, and I did not particularly think much of it back then. Still, the jeremiad is a solid literary tradition, it should be part of your information diet, and as the bloggers write, a “jeremiad can challenge your assumptions, shake you out of apathy, spur reflection, and inspire changes in your beliefs and habits.” So, I am adding this list so others and me can challenge ourselves a bit.
- Via the Los Angeles Review of Books, a review of three books about libraries. From the list, I already read the Dawson book, and I will put up my review of it soon.
- I do not know about folks out there, but I am willing to admit it: yes, I do read in the bathroom when making a “longer” necessary visit. Shelf Talk features a couple of books not about reading in the bathroom but about those very necessary acts we all have to do sooner or later.
My goodness. Life has really been happening, which means I have not been able to keep up here. Among other things, over the summer, I took part in the Appalachian Tour the college I work for sponsors for faculty and staff (I will eventually post my blog posts about that experience. I can tell you that I learned a lot), and then the fall academic semester started. Once the semester started, it was warp speed. Life happened. So, for the next few posts, I will be catching up on my lists of books reviewed for the month. As noted before, these were the reviews I managed to put up over at The Itinerant Librarian in a given month. It does not reflect what I read, which is often more than what I list. Anyhow, feel free to check these reviews out, and if any of the books interest you, go check them out. If you do check out any of the books, let me know, leave a comment. I am always interested in seeing what other folks read. Links in book titles go to the reviews.
- Robert Ripley had quite a life, much like his oddities. Much like a Horatio Alger story, Robert Ripley made a fortune with his creation of “Ripley’s Believe It or Not!” He had a great sense of adventure and curiosity, and in many ways, he was as odd as the many oddities he documented. I learned about him by reading A Curious Life: the Strange and Brilliant Life of Robert “Believe It or Not!” Ripley.
- If you like some suspense, a little drama, and some supernatural tales with witches, this may be for you. The book is Coffin Hill, Volume 1: Forest of the Night.
- Here is a book for librarians involved in instruction: Active Learning Techniques for Librarians: Practical Examples.
- A graphic novel featuring Zatanna and Black Canary may be of interest to some folks: Black Canary and Zatanna: Bloodspell.
- Here is a book that may be just in time for the midterm elections in the U.S., or perhaps a book that could motivate some people to say “fuck it!” when it comes to the elections. The book is It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism.
- I understand a Batman and Superman movie is coming down the road. For fans interested in that, it could be a good time to pick a comic like this one: Batman/Superman, Vol. 1: Cross World. It is part of DC’s The New 52 series.
- Like whiskey? Want to learn a thing or two about it? Would you like to do so reading a book that is accessible and easy to read? Then Daniel Yaffe’s Drink More Whiskey! Everything You Need to Know About Your New Favorite Drink may be for you.
- Archer Coe is a hypnotist, also known as The Mind’s Arrow in a lounge act. He gets hired by a wealthy client to help hypnotize his wife and cure her of frigidity. Then people start dying in this noir comic.
- If you like Iron Chef (the original Japanese show, not the new American clone) and tales of truckers in space, this is the comic for you. The comic is Wonton Soup.
- Here is another one for librarians: Library and Information Science: a Guide to Key Literature and Sources. Just part of my routine to keep up with the library literature.
- I finished reading this, and I have to say I was disappointed. The subtitle gave so much promise: “the people, the planes, the glamour, and the romance in aviation’s glory years.” Yes, once in a while, I read a dud. If you are curious, the book is Jet Set.
- This is definitely a book for folks who collect beer cans. The book is Canned! Artwork of the Modern American Beer Can. I always like books with somewhat esoteric topics like this. For me, books like this are nice discoveries.
- Want some fantasy? Some swords and sorcery? Like comics? Then Red Sonja: Unchained may be for you.
- In terms of appeal, if you like the television show Arrow, you will probably like this. The book is Green Arrow, Volume 4: The Kill Machine.
Welcome once again to another edition of “Items about books I want to read.” This is the semi-regular feature (as in I do it when I have time or feel like it, or just have enough items to make a post) where I highlight books that sound interesting and that I think I would like to read. Consider this my ongoing TBR list. If you have read any of these, you are welcome to comment. Maybe you can convince me to move a particular book up the cue (or you want to spare me what could be a terrible book).
Items about books:
- I did not know that Carlos Fuentes had a take on Dracula. Guys Lit Wire discuss his novel of the count in Mexico, Vlad. I linked the title to a Spanish edition, but it has been translated into English for those who prefer that.
- Bookgasm highlights Robert Rosen’s Beaver Street: a History of Modern Pornography. Given I like history, and yes, I will admit that I do like some porn and find the industry a topic of interest, this seems a book not to pass on.
- From what I have seen, John Joseph Adams is getting to be quite the anthologist in fantastic and speculative literature. If you are interested in science fiction and fantasy that deals with world building, he has a book for you. That book is Other Worlds Than These. It was reviewed in Bookgasm. I am betting this is one the Better Half would enjoy given how much she enjoys short fiction in science fiction and fantasy.
- I like Sherlock Holmes, so when I see a book about the great detective, it gets my attention. My Bookish Ways reviews Guy Adams’ book Sherlock Holmes: The Army of Dr. Moreau. Hey, Holmes and Dr. Moreau? That deserves a look. The book was also reviewed at Bookgasm.
- Some more short fiction. From Bending the Bookshelf, here is a review of The Collection: Short Fiction from the Transgender Vanguard. Like many anthologies, it is not perfect, but the reviewer still gives some encouragement to read it: “Like I said, it’s an uneven collection, but that’s likely to be the case when you have such a wide variety of authors tackling such a wide variety of genres. Fortunately, the stand-out pieces are well worth the price of admission. . . . ” The book was also reviewed by Lambda Literary.
- Another one reviewed at Lambda Literary. This one is an art book, and I do appreciate all kinds of art books. What can I say? I like pictures. The book is Gorgeous Gallery: the Best in Gay Erotic Art. The reviewer writes, “. . . this isn’t a book for art historians or researchers. This is a book that you’ll enjoy perusing at leisure. David Leddick has a sweet job, deciding which images to include in Gorgeous Gallery, and he’s done a great service in putting together a collection that’s rich in visual content but light on analysis, which is just perfect for discovery, something you look forward to doing with a new friend. ”
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- I like a good cocktails now and then, as my four readers know. I also like to read cocktail books, even if I can’t fix a lot of the recipes. So, what’s one more cocktail book? Via Drinkhacker, here is a review of The PDT Cocktail Book.
- The Intoxicated Zodiac also has a cocktail book recommendation. She claims that this book is the perfect cocktail book. When I read it, I will be the judge of that, but in the meantime, her word is certainly good enough for me to take a chance. The book is The New Old Bar by Steve McDonagh and Dan Smith.
- As a librarian, I like books that are short introductions, things you need to know, and similar types of books on my reading radar. I am a generalist, so books like that help me learn about many things, usually in a fairly accessible way. Via Blogging for a Good Book, they recommend the book Mormonism: A Very Short Introduction. The book is part of Oxford University Press’ series of “very short introductions.”
- Adding a little manga to the list. Sean Gaffney reviews Vertical’s new re-release of Paradise Kiss, Vol. 1.
- In 2012, Jackie Huba announced that she was working on a book. That tells you how long that item sat in my feed reader cue. Well, the book is out now, and the book is Monster Loyalty: how Lady Gaga Turns Followers into Fanatics. I think there may be a lesson or two here libraries could use. Stay tuned because when I read it, I will certainly review it.
- Apparently, we can learn lessons from psychopaths. Scientific American magazine has an excerpt of Kevin Dutton’s book The Wisdom of Psychopaths. I could make a joke or two here about certain coworkers and/or bosses I have known, but I will refrain. A hat tip to 3 Quarks Daily.
- Via Inside Higher Ed, a review of the book Hidden America by Jeanne Marie Laskas.
- The folks at Papeles Perdidos (Spanish language) take another look at El Astillero, a classic 1961 novel by Juan Carlos Onetti.
- Via the blog Contemporary Japanese Literature, a review of the book Speculative Japan 3.
- Good Show Sir is one of those blogs dedicated to highlight bad or funny book covers, especially for old books. It’s a blog I do find amusing. However, once in a while they also find a book that I think may be worth reading. This time they found The Playboy Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Sure, the 1968 cover is a little creepy, but the stories may be well worth a look. It is certainly one of those anthologies the Better Half would appreciate.
Lists and bibliographies:
- Bee Wilson discusses how to reconcile the cook and the food writer while highlighting a couple of her books in this article out of Powell’s.
- The Information Literacy Weblog highlights a couple of IL books published by Chandos. For those of you outside of academic librarianship, Chandos is one of the “high end” publishers in our field. If we want to get snarky, we can say “fancy pants.” They are owned by Elsevier, and there is no lost love between Elsevier and academic librarians for various reasons. However, as an instruction librarian I need to be aware of some of these books and read some now and then.