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Reviews
Andy McBean and the War of the Worlds by Dale Kutzera
Bad Kitty School Daze by Nick Bruel
Boy Writers: Reclaiming Their Voices by Ralph Fletcher
Buzz! by Ananth Panagariya
David Hockney: A Bigger Picture by Tim Barringer
The Death of Bernadette Lefthand by Ronald B. Querry
Ghouls, Ghouls, Ghouls by Victoria Laurie
Grandpa Green by Lane Smith
Hard Truth by Nevada Barr
How To by Julie Morstad
J. C. Leyendecker by Michael Schau
Listening for Lucca by Suzanne LaFleur
Moby Duck by Donovan Hohn
Moonhead and the Music Machine by Andrew Rae
My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss
The Necropolis Railway by Andrew Martin
A Night in the Lonesome October by Roger Zelazny
Paul Is Undead: The British Zombie Invasion by Alan Goldsher
Phoebe and Her Unicorn: A Heavenly Nostrils Chronicle by Dana Simpson
Sammy the Seal by Syd Hoff
Satan's Prep by Gabe Guarente
Satellites in Outer Space by Isaac Asimov
The Seer of Shadows by Avi
Sneakers, the Seaside Cat by Margaret Wise Brown
Stars by Mary Lyn Ray
The Tail of Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessler
A Touch of Gold by Joyce Lavene and Jim Lavene
Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life by P.J. Hoover
When You Are Alone/It Keeps You Capone by Myra Cohn Livingston
Zombie in Love by Kelly DiPucchio

Miscellaneous
No students! or My First Bookstore
On deja vu or why I keep a list of what I read
Replacing ARCs with Research
Why I'm no longer accepting review copies

Previous month

Rating System

5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

Reading Challenges

My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8



Replacing ARCs with Research: 04/26/15

Exit 13 on HWY 101 in Washington

Sometime later this year you will start seeing reviews of research books I've read. After an encouraging chat with a Twitter friend, I decided to restart a research project I abandoned in 1997. It was going to be my PhD thesis when I was still thinking of working towards a PhD in film theory but those plans didn't work out.

Now I'm just doing the research for fun, meaning I can take the project at my own pace and in as many directions as I see fit. It also means the research doesn't have to be as film and TV centered as originally planned.

The central theme of my research is the interplay between the English language (and more specifically U.S. English) and the road. In the middle of all of this is the road trip story, or even the experience of the road trip as a form of vacation.

Before I can jump into the analysis of road trip stories, I'm building an understanding of the history of the American road, its highways, turnpikes, motels, road signs, etc. From this history I'm building a lexicon which will then feed into the story telling process.

While I'm posting my research, thoughts, quotes, etc., on Tumblr, I'll be reviewing individual books I've read here. The time spent on reading for research is time once spent on ARCs. It seems only fitting that the books themselves take up the space cleared out by the ARCs.

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