Saturday, January 22, 2011

A Book in Review: Zombie Notes

Zombie Notes: A Study Guide to the Best in Undead Literary Classics by: Laurie Rozakis, Ph.D
Non-fiction: classics, humor, paranormal 190 pages
Book Count: 5

This book is like a "Cliff Notes" version of books like " Pride and Prejudice and Zombies". It isn't actually for any of the already made books, but takes other classic literature and adds zombies, vampires and/or werewolves. It includes: background, cultural context, list of characters, main ideas and symbols, plot and meaning (with book excerpts),discussion and essay guide and quiz for all of the books. All are written in a way that could be used for making a zombie version of the whole book, there would just be some slight issues with historic accuracy as this book has a number of pop culture references (Most in describing the book or the quizzes) but more importantly they add guns into the storyline that were not invented yet. Some of the stories used are Hamlet, Moby Dick, Wuthering Heights, Frankenstein and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. This book has lots of great funny lines in it, including pointing out in a couple of the stories that the author didn't just write the most realistic outcome of an event, because then there wouldn't be a book.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

A Book in Review: Gothic

Gothic: Ten Original Dark Tales Edited by: Deborah Noyes
Fiction: YA, paranormal 234 pages
Book Count: 4

First, it is interesting that I am reviewing this book today, as it is Edgar Allen Poe's birthday today. And this book is Gothic as in the writing style. Many of the stories are modern updates to the style. There are no maidens in nightgowns running away from a scary castle at night, but many of the stories have aspects of that stereotypical Gothic tale. Also, reading the information on the writers in this book, you will see a number of names, books and/or awards that you know. This is an A list anthology. In fact, the one thing that I found wanting in most of the stories is that I wish there was more of it to read. Also, although it is labeled as a YA book, as Gothic novels usually have one of the main characters be a teen/early twenties female, it doesn't come across as necessary a YA book.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

A Book in Review: Dragon Girl Vol.1

Dragon Girl Vol.1 By: Toru Fujieda
Non-Fiction: Manga 498 pages
Book Count: 3

This is the story of a girl who is going to a high school that up until that year was an all boys school. Also, she wants to follow in her father's footsteps and be the captain of the school's cheering squad. The only problem is that the boys don't want her on the squad, and the student council doesn't even want the squad to exist.

Friday, January 14, 2011

A Book in Review: 200 Easy Homemade Cheese Recipes

200 Easy Homemade Cheese Recipes By: Debra Amreib-Boyes
non-fiction; cooking 369 pages
Book Count: 2

Over all I liked this book more then Home Cheese Making (link here). It told you how much of each ingredient to use, had tips throughout it, divided recipes by the methods used, wasn't preachy, and made things sound easy. That being said if you are new to cheese making and plan on making pressed cheeses you would want to read other books too, as it goes into pressing somewhat, but in the recipes instead of listing pounds of pressure you need it just says light, medium or heavy for pressing. Also, as each book has slightly different recipes, some even for the same cheeses, I almost want both of them (the 1st book I read was a library book). As I had the specialty ingredients that I needed this time, I used it to make a cheese as well as ricotta. The directions were as easy to follow as I thought they would be.

Monday, January 10, 2011

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A Book in Review: The Art of Zombie Warfare

The Art of Zombie Warfare - How to Kick Ass Like the Walking Dead By: Scott Kenemore
Non-fiction: Humor, Strategy 266 pages

Book count: 1

In this book you learn why zombies are the ultimate fighting force and how to
harness their fighting power. You learn important lessons like: marching forward, fighting with anything at hand, finding food as you go and fighting like the dead.

Friday, January 07, 2011

End of Year Book Count: 2010

Number of books read: 86
Pages read: 24381
Average number of days to read a book: 4
Average number of pages read in a day: 67
Average number of books read in a month: 7
Average number of pages read in a month: 2032

Thursday, January 06, 2011

November- December Book Count:

Number of books read: 13
Pages read: 3292
Average number of days to read a book: 5
Average number of pages read in a day: 54
Average number of books read in a month: 7
Average number of pages read in a month: 1646