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Welcome to another post here at Alchemical Thoughts. I read quite a bit during the month of July. I also got quite a few reviews done. This was in part because a few requests I put in at NetGalley came due pretty close to each other (that whole expiration thing they got on their galleys), so I had to read a bit more than I usually do. However, it was worth it overall. Plus, there are a couple of items that made it into the reviews this month I had read a while back.

As always, comments are welcome. If you read any of these, let me know what you think. If you have a book you think I should read, let me know too. I might consider it. So, without further fuss, let’s see what got reviewed last month.

 

Welcome to another week here at Alchemical Thoughts and a few more additions to my ever growing TBR (to-be-read) book list. As always, if you read any of these, please feel free to come back and let me know how you liked a book or not. Who knows, you may convince me to move that book up in my reading cue and read it sooner. Finally, a small reminder that all book title links go to WorldCat so you can find it in a library near you unless noted otherwise.

CuriousGeorgeReadingItems about books I want to read:

  • Since I moved to eastern Kentucky and the Appalachian region, I have taken a bit more of an interest in rural news. The Daily Yonder is one of the sources I use to keep up on that topic, and recently they had a couple of items on books that sound interesting and are also relevant to rural communities. This first article discusses options and caveats about rural communities trying to bring manufacturing jobs back to their areas. The article also highlights the book Selling the State, ” that traces the evolution of Kentucky’s industrial and economic development policy over much of the last half of the twentieth century.” The book is actually freely available online (link to the book’s PDF) from Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs. That book may be a bit more technical than what I usually read, but I am also posting about it here in case others, say librarians in the state, need to know about it. So I may not get to this book anytime soon, but I think folks need to be aware of it. The second article is a book review of The Internet is NOT the Answer. This is relevant to rural communities where Internet access can be sketchy and in some areas barely existent. However, the book should interest anyone in information sciences, including information literacy librarians.
  • Want to learn more about horror films? Do you ask what makes a horror film a horror film? Which are the best ones? Which should you avoid? Perhaps the book Horror Films FAQ can help. It was reviewed at San Francisco Book Review.
  • The one book I read by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro ages ago, which was a Saint-Germain novel, was one I enjoyed, so I have always wanted to read more by her. So, I am adding another one to my list. This time it’s Night Pilgrims, and it was also reviewed at San Francisco Book Review.
  • Like whisky? Want to learn more about it? Maybe some new ways to mix it? For instance, coconut water and whisky, which by the way, when I traveled to Puerto Rico for my mother’s funeral I discovered is a fairly popular drink down there. And you do use good whisky for it. The book Whisky: The Manual may be of interest. It was featured in Liquor Snob.
  • Let me toss in next some work-related items in my quest to keep up in my profession:
  • I always looking at good photography books, especially ones where I can learn new things or see rare things. This book is right up that alley. The book is Before They Pass Away, which features photographs of tribal groups that may be in danger of vanishing forever. It was featured at Wink Books.
  • Also via Wink Books, a different book on a different set of tribes, this one about Japanese street tribes’ fashions. The book is Tokyo Adorned.
  • Next we have a history book that aims “’to show that there are other US histories than the standard Anglo narrative’ by focusing on Hispanic influence in the country’s past and future’”. The book is Our America: a Hispanic History of the United States. It was reviewed at the Times Literary Supplement.
  • Let’s have a look at the early days when forensic science was starting out. The book is The Poisoner’s Handbook, and it was featured in Blogging for a Good Book.
  • I wonder how well or not this book may go in my campus, which does have a pretty strong wellness obsession (some could say a bit much, this kind of thinking is not new or unique to the campus). The book is The Wellness Syndrome, and it was reviewed at Inside Higher Ed.
  • Marion Nestle provided a blurp for this book on pigs and the pork industry. It does sound interesting. The book is Pig Tales: An Omnivore’s Quest for Sustainable Meat.

 

Lists and bibliographies:

  • This is one that has been sitting on my feed reader cue for a while, and it is time to add it here and share it. Via The Advocate, this is “Yaoi: The Art of Japanese Gay Comics.” The article serves as a primer as well as a short list of some reading suggestions. And yes, I do read yaoi (and yuri, and so on).
  • Many readers, especially women, get their erotica fix via Amazon and the Kindle. However, Amazon is notorious for censorship of erotica titles. In this piece published a while back at BDSM Book Reviews, you can find a list of alternative online sites that will sell you erotica without the prejudice and fuss.
  • I was not terribly interested in this piece on culture shock and other discoveries new academic librarians make. Maybe because I experienced some of it. At any rate, the piece out of ACRLog does mention a couple of books I would be interested in reading.
  • If you are interested in learning more about the Philippines and Filipino libraries and culture, you are in luck. Vonjobi has just published a great list for beginners at Filipino Librarian: “The Philippines for Beginners: Book Recommendations.
  • Bisexual Books has compiled a “Black Queer and Trans* Reading List.” From the looks of it, is it intended to be updated as needed.

These are the books I reviewed during the month of June 2015. If you missed any of these, feel free to check them out. As always, comments are welcome. This month we have a bit of everything, including some reading I did for LGBTQIA Pride Month, which falls in June. Although I read a lot during June, I did not get around to writing as many reviews, so we were a bit lean last month. Book links go directly to the book review.

 

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

  • If you want to learn more about Jewish delicatessen and deli in general, you may want to check out David Sax’s Save the Deli.
  • I continued reviewing the manga series Adolf. In June, I reviewed the last two volumes of the series: volume 4 and volume 5.
  • The highlight of the month for me has to be the book The Right Side of History: 100 Years of LGBTQI Activism. I read this for a Pride Month book blog tour that Cleis Press organized, but I have to say it was a good read for the month overall.
  • I reviewed a new graphic novel with a different look at superheroes. The book was Jupiter’s Legacy, Volume 1.
  • Finally for June, if the art of letter writing interests you, this book may be for you. The book is To The Letter.

CuriousGeorgeReadingWelcome 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. ”
    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. – See more at: http://www.lambdaliterary.org/reviews/09/29/gorgeous-gallery-the-best-in-gay-erotic-art-by-david-leddick/#sthash.qlmx9U4E.dpuf
    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. – See more at: http://www.lambdaliterary.org/reviews/09/29/gorgeous-gallery-the-best-in-gay-erotic-art-by-david-leddick/#sthash.qlmx9U4E.dpuf
    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. – See more at: http://www.lambdaliterary.org/reviews/09/29/gorgeous-gallery-the-best-in-gay-erotic-art-by-david-leddick/#sthash.qlmx9U4E.dpuf
    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. – See more at: http://www.lambdaliterary.org/reviews/09/29/gorgeous-gallery-the-best-in-gay-erotic-art-by-david-leddick/#sthash.qlmx9U4E.dpuf
  • 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.

 

CuriousGeorgeReadingWelcome 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:

  • A bit of steampunk from Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden. Mignola is well known for Hellboy, so I don’t think I will go wrong here. The book is Joe Golem and the Drowning City, and it was reviewed here on Guys Lit Wire. This is an illustrated novel.
  • The folks at Lambda Literary wrote that “somebody needed to do this: compile a knowledgeable, historical collection of queer comics.”Justin Hall has done it, and the book he created is No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics. It’s published by Fantagraphics; I’ve read other stuff put out by them, so I am willing to bet this is pretty good too.
  • Also via Lambda Literary, a review of The Ultimate Guide to Kink by Tristan Taormino. This is nonfiction, and it comes from Cleis Press. I have read other books published by Cleis, so again, going by reputation I am sure I cannot go wrong here. As the reviewer writes, “the book truly has something for folks of all experience levels, from a beginner who’s curious about exploring to more experienced readers interested in being challenged by discussion of kink community/culture, edge play and consensually pushing our limits.” For any of my four readers curious, I would fall in the beginner category.
  • Once I discovered the Horus Heresy series, I was hooked. Now, it has not all been a smooth ride. I have enjoyed some volumes better than others, but overall, I have been pleased with the series. My Favourite Books has a short review of James Swallow’s entry in the series, the novel Fear to Tread. Speaking of James Swallow, I recently read a different novel of his part of the Warhammer 40,000 universe: Hammer and Anvil. My review of that is here.
  • Via A Case for Suitable Treatment, a review of Sakuran.
  • Because you might get thirsty while you read, well, you may want to have a good cocktail. Or you like reading about good cocktails. I know I do. So, via Liquor Snob, here is a short review of Destination Cocktails: the Traveler’s Guide to Superior Libations.
  • As much as I read science fiction, Philip Jose Farmer is a gap that I need to remedy. This book of his, The Other Log of Phileas Fogg, may be just what I need. I like Jules Verne, so this should be up my alley I hope. It was reviewed in Bookgasm here.
  • Getting now on a serious track. The folks at Powell’s Books often pick out interesting books, like this selection they describe as “a haunting cross-country journey through the individual lives of America’s increasingly neglected working class.” The book in question is Someplace like America: Tales from the New Great Depression.
  • Here is an interesting discovery: an anthology of science fiction erotica. The book is Fantastic Erotica: the Best of Circlet Press 2008-2012. The book is reviewed at Bending the Bookshelf.
  • I have to say that as a librarian who strives to keep up with what is going on my profession, LISNews is just not what it used to be when they started out. I am not sure why I keep it on my RSS reader other than pity or nostalgia I guess. I used to comment on a story there now and then, but then it seemed the place just fizzled away. At any rate, once in a while they would highlight a good book here or there, and this is one of those rare times. They are mentioning a book by Alex Johnson entitled Bookshelf.
  • I always enjoy a good art and/or photography book. A book about comics? Even better, so this should be right up my alley: a book about old comic book covers. Via Bookgasm, the book is Action! Mystery! Thrills!: Comic Book Covers of the Golden Age, 1933-1945. This is the kind of stuff folks refer to when they say that they don’t make them like that anymore.
  • Greta Christina is promoting her book, Coming Out Atheist: How to Do It, How to Help Each Other, and Why. In this blog post, she highlights some positive blurb. Personally, I was hoping to borrow it via ILL (interlibrary loan to my non-librarian friends), but WorldCat is not listing many locations. Having said that, ordering it for our library is certainly a possibility.
  • Via Bookgasm, a collection of three novels featuring Judge Dredd simply entitled Dredd. Though it seems to have use a photo from the recent movie, the book collects three earlier novels. I have usually read Judge Dredd in comics, so this may be an interesting new way for me to read more on this character.
  • Dr. Myers, a while back, highlighted the book Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients. According to his note, “drugs that don’t work, dangerous side-effects concealed by legalistic loopholes, blatant biases in drug testing…and the data are hidden away from the conscientious doctors who try to give informed recommendations. It’s all scary stuff.” Sounds like quite a read.

Lists and bibliographies:

  • A list of “Top 10 Most Provocative Books Coming Out This April [2014]” via Tampa Bay’s Creative Loafing. From the list, I have read The New Naked (add review link), which I do not recommend. There are a couple other titles on the list I would not mind checking out.
  • Again, running a bit behind on some things. Dirty Librarian’s September 2012 list has some items of interest. From that list, I did read the Who is Jake Ellis? volume. Here is also her October 2012 list. From that list, I have the Johnny Hiro volume on my TBR shelf at home. The blogger seems to have disappeared after April of 2013. A pity really given she does read some interesting things.
  • Some Spanish language books. Via Papeles Perdidos, “Los 20 libros de 2012.”
  • I always enjoy books about books, reading, and the reading life. So naturally, I have to take note of this list of such books from the folks at Book Riot.
  • Marion Nestle highlights two books on first-hand food industry work.

Well, we reached a big 4-0 on this semi-regular series of posts on items about books I want to read. Realistically, yes, I know I may not get to read everything I add to these TBR lists, but as any active reader will tell you, one keeps adding to the list anyhow. So, here are the additions this week.

Items about books I want to read:

Lists and bibliographies:

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:


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