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Comments for On My Wishlist: March 12, 2011
Last week I spent some of my spare time updating my GoodReads account. I've kept a list of books I've read since 1987 and I'm slowly putting that data into the website. The downside of entering all that data in is that sometimes I come across other interesting sounding books. Those books in turn get added to my wishlist.
I also managed to read a couple more books from my wishlist. Geektastic wasn't quite what I was hoping. The other book, The Book of Murder by Guillermo Martinez surpassed my expectations. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoyed The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo books.
This week's list of wishes are from January 18 through Janury 24, 2011. I add books faster than I can post them on this weekly meme.
Modern Ruins: Portraits of Place in the Mid-Atlantic Region by Shaun O'Boyle and Geoff Manaugh (recommended by The Black Sheep Dances)
A collection of photographs and essays focusing on postindustrial landscapes and abandoned buildings in Pennsylvania.
The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan
Ever since the gods of Ancient Egypt were unleashed in the modern world, Carter Kane and his sister Sadie have been in trouble. As descendants of the House of Life, the Kanes have some powers at their command, but the devious gods haven't given them much time to master their skills at Brooklyn House, which has become a training ground for young magicians.
Cranes in My Corral by Dayton O. Hyde
Four sandhill cranes, raised by humans, dominate life on an Oregon ranch.
The Water Wars by Cameron Stracher (Recommended by Book Purring)
Welcome to a future where water is more precious than gold or oil-and worth killing for
Vera and her brother, Will, live in the shadow of the Great Panic, in a country that has collapsed from environmental catastrophe. Water is hoarded by governments, rivers are dammed, and clouds are sucked from the sky. But then Vera befriends Kai, who seems to have limitless access to fresh water. When Kai suddenly disappears, Vera and Will set off on a dangerous journey in search of him-pursued by pirates, a paramilitary group, and greedy corporations. Timely and eerily familiar, acclaimed author Cameron Stracher makes a stunning YA debut that's impossible to forget.
Ice by Arthur Geisert (Recommended by Scope Notes)
A gorgeously rendered wordless tale of discovery and adventure that is meticulous in architectural detail and bursts with inventiveness. Arthur Geisert's ingenuity engages the child's imagination as well as the adult's through seamless storytelling and zany wit. Invested as always in his porcine universe, here Geisert tells the story of a community of pigs that is suffering from the heat. Rather than be sapped of energy and miserable, they go on an adventure in search of ice. The pigs' inventiveness and great can-do spirit create a joyful tale of change and adventure. The illustrations bring the action to life, making this a real page-turner and a great read-aloud book!
Time's Edge by J.M. Dattilo (Recommended by Rick)
Commander Michael Blayne of the Galactic Armed Forces is highly suspicious of his orders to retrieve a malfunctioning probe from an Old Earth sidetime. After all, the job is a basic training mission, not a usual assignment for an officer of his rank and caliber. However, his Chief-Commander, Alrick Zartollis, has assured him that he is perfect for the mission so he prepares to depart accompanied by a smart-mouthed, know-it-all computer named Max.
The "simple assignment" rapidly becomes complicated when he meets Kate, a young woman who prevents him from retrieving the lost probe. When he and Kate are literally blasted from Old Earth to another place and time, Michael realizes he has been set up by his esteemed Chief-Commander. "Probe retrieval, indeed," he mutters as he surveys his new surroundings and the odd individuals who live there: Edgar, a mechanical servant, who disdains the implication that he is a robot. "The robot was my ancestor," he sniffs to Michael, "just as the amoeba was yours."; Jafrey, an irreverent old man with a long gray ponytail, sharp tongue, and a dangerously powerful talent; Nick the giant Sarzonian monster who can quote Shakespeare; Ivar, the master of a mysterious place called Belencourt, who got so tired of powerful visitors blowing up his electromagnetic door that he had it replaced with an old-fashioned hinged door which was less susceptible to strong auras.
Good Night, Tiptoe by Polly Dunbar (Recommended by my 1stdaughter)
The inspired Polly Dunbar wraps up her series about Tilly and Friends with two beguiling new adventures.
"I'm not sleepy," insists Tiptoe as Tilly gives him his goodnight kiss. Tilly tries singing him a good-night lullaby, but the rambunctious rabbit is busy banging away on his drums. ItÕs not until Tilly reads a bedtime story that Tiptoe finally seems to drift off. But who will tuck TILLY in and kiss HER good night?
Moon Flower by James P. Hogan (Recommended by SFF Chat)
Something strange is happening on the planet Cyrene, which is in the early phases of being "developed" by the mammoth Interworld Restructuring Corporation. Terrans from the base there have been disappearing. Myles Callen, a ruthlessly efficient "Facilitator," is sent to investigate. Also with the mission is Marc Shearer, a young, idealistic quantum physicist, disillusioned with the world, who's on his way to join a former colleague, Evan Wade. On arrival he finds that Wade too has vanished and doesn't want to be found by the Terran authorities. Wade has arranged contact via the Cyreneans, however, and accompanied by two companions that he has befriended, Shearer embarks on a journey to find his friend that will change Cyrene and Earth itself.
Emitown by Emi Lenox (Recommended by Permanently Weird)
From the whimsical to the tragic, EMI LENOX brings you into her world with superb cartooning, a brilliant cast of characters, and an innocent perspective often left on the cutting room floor of other diary comics. With a broad range of styles, everyday is an adventure from the morning breakfast burrito to metaphoric tales of superheroes and battlefields of love. Emi proves that life is never dull in her first annual collection of EmiTown!
Based out of her hometown, Portland, Oregon, Emi has spent the last year doodling everyday in her diary sketchbook and taking on internships within the comics community. Having been raised on manga (via her Japanese mother) she has dreamed about becoming a cartoonist at a young age. In her early twenties the works of Jeff Smith, Adrian Tomine, and Craig Thompson entered her life and super inspiration struck! This is Emi's first published work. Introduction by JAMIE S. RICH
Alexander, Who's Not (Do You Hear Me? I Mean It!) Going to Move by Judith Viorst (Recommended by my son)
The rest of Alexander's family is moving a thousand miles away, but there's NO way Alexander is going to leave his best friend, his favorite babysitter, or all the places and people he's known all his life. Even if he has to live in a tree house or a tent or a cave!
Comment #1: Saturday, March, 12, 2011 at 23:26:33
Your books sound interesting, especially the Water Wars and Time's Edge.
Comment #2: Monday, March 14, 2011 at 20:17:32
Thanks. I hope to get them read either this year or early next year.
Comment #3: Saturday, March, 12, 2011 at 23:49:01
The water wars has been on my list since it came out, then i got to hear the author speak about it and it sounds even better. Let me know if you read it.
Comment #4: Monday, March 14, 2011 at 20:20:20
When I get it read I will review it on my blog.
Comment #5: Sunday, March, 13, 2011 at 00:10:38
The one that I want to read from your list is The Water Wars. I love that cover, it really catches my eye, and the story sounds really interesting, too.
Thanks for checking out my blog!
Comment #6: Monday, March 14, 2011 at 20:22:01
I agree. The cover is certainly eye cathcing.
Comment #7: Sunday, March, 13, 2011 at 05:50:24
Time's Edge and Water Wars look fantastic! Hope you get them soon. :)
Comment #8: Monday, March 14, 2011 at 20:22:55
I am reading through my wishlist mostly in the order I compiled it. So it might be the end of the year or next year before I get to these two books.
Comment #9: Sunday, March, 13, 2011 at 08:44:22
Thanks for commenting (:
Great picks - I really want to read The Water Wars, too!
Comment #10: Monday, March 14, 2011 at 20:24:24
Thank you. Water Wars seems to be a popular wish right now.
Comment #11: Sunday, March, 13, 2011 at 10:16:11
Good Night Tiptoe sounds cute!
I know what you mean about wishlists. Mine is forever evolving. Happy reading this week!
Comment #12: Monday, March 14, 2011 at 20:28:24
Thank you. My reading looks like it will be research focused again. I won't get a break from that until mid May.
Comment #13: Sunday, March, 13, 2011 at 21:38:38
Since 1987? That's incredible! That must be quite the list.
Comment #14: Monday, March 14, 2011 at 20:30:13
Yes. It's two handwritten volumes. I'm up to 5531 entries.
Comment #15: Monday, March, 14, 2011 at 22:14:46
Oh I have Water Wars on my tbr. I need to get to that one. Hope you get them all!
Comment #16: Monday, March 14, 2011 at 20:30:13
I am reading as many as I can via my local library. Those I can't find there I will eventually buy. But that will have to be after I finish school and find a new job.
Comment #17: Tuesday, March, 15, 2011 at 19:04:47
Wow, listing all the books you've read since '87 (the year I was born), that sounds exhausting. I only started reading a few years ago, so it didn't take that long.
I'm really looking forward to The Water Wars.
Comment #18: Monday, March 21, 2011 at 13:53:30
In 1987 I was in seventh grade. I was trying to remember the name of a book I had read the year before and couldn't for the life of me remember the name! That was a big part of the inspiration to keep a list of what I had read. That later lead to the book blog.