Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Di Bruno Bros. House of Cheese:

Di Bruno Bros. House of Cheese: A Guide to Wedges, Recipes, and Pairings By: Tenaya Darlington
Non-Fiction: Cooking/Food, 243 pages
Book Count: 33

This book is a guide to artisanal cheeses.  It includes info on the taste, "personality", food to eat with, and wine and beer to drink with each cheese.  It also has info on many cheese makers, the store Di Bruno Bros., recipes using cheese, and other beginner info on cheeses.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Note to Self: The Great Gatsby:

The Great Gatsby By: F. Scott Fitzgerald
Fiction: Classics 180 pages
Book Count: 32

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Born To Kvetch:

Born To Kvetch: Yiddish Language and Culture in All of Its Moods By: Michael Wex
Non-Fiction: Religion 303 pages
Book Count: 31

This book deals with many common Yiddish words and phrases, their meanings, history, and pronunciation.  Do to the nature of the language you also learn about the history of Jews in Europe, the Jewish religion, and Jewish way of thinking.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

The Queen is Dead:

The Queen is Dead (The Immortal Empire 2) By: Kate Locke
Fiction: Mystery, Sci-fi/Fantasy 333 pages
Book Count: 30

This book is the second in the series of the book that I reviewed 2 days ago.  In this book Xandra's half brother, Val (same Vamp dad, different courtesan mother) is kidnapped in connection with the group that is running test on half-bloods.  Once again Xandra must work to find him. Although this time she has the help of Vex her werewolf Alpha of a boyfriend, Penny Lane (Val's half sibling who is the best cross-dresser in London and also works at the club he disappeared from), her half sisters, and the goblins, she is still wrapping her head around what she learned about herself in book one.  And not only do unknown aristocrats hate her, the Human League (an anti non human terrorist group) are after her, and she and Queen Victoria aren't all that friendly. 

Friday, August 09, 2013

Better Than Fiction:

Better Than Fiction: True Travel Tales From Great Fiction Writers Edited By: Don George
Non-fiction: Travel, Memoir 320 pages
Book Count: 29

The title of this book tell you most everything you need to know about this book.  It is 32 true stories about travel that were written by fiction authors. Before each story is a short Bio on each writer including things that they have written in the fiction world.  The stories themselves cover a range of emotions and locations.

Thursday, August 08, 2013

God Save the Queen:

God Save the Queen (The Immortal Empire 1) By: Kate Locke
Fiction: Mystery, Sci-Fi/Fantasy 348 pages
Book Count: 28

The main premise of this story is that the plague caused changes in the DNA of the royalty. Some became vampires, some werewolves, and some goblins.  Queen Victoria is still on the throne in her 175th year of rule.  She is a vampire, the werewolves live in Scotland and the goblin live in the London underground and are seen more as animals then people.  Most of the people are still humans and there are half-bloods, which work mainly at jobs protecting the vampires and werewolves.   As you can tell this book is alternative history book, that feels a little steampunk at times (their clothing is still Victorianish) but although there are different names for things cars run on gas, computers and cell phones on electricity etc.

The main character is Xandra a half-blood with a vampire duke as a father and a human courtesan who is a carrier of the plague DNA as a mother.  Her half sister (same father different courtesan mother) is taken to Bedlem (with is still a mental hospital in this world) and then kills herself.  Or at least that is the story.  Xandra doesn't believe that she is dead.  First because of her gut feeling, but when she sees the horribly burnt  body she notices that one of the few parts of her body that is still recognizable (her teeth) aren't right.  This sets her up on a mission to find the truth that leads her to find our much more then she wanted to about herself, her family, and the world around her.

Saturday, August 03, 2013

Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong:

Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong By: Prudence Shen & Faith Erin Hicks
Non-fiction: Graphic Novel, YA 280 pages
Book Count: 27

The first thing you need to know about this book is the title on the cover runs out of space and does the curve down to fit it in. So you know it in fact will go wrong.  This story is a twist on the classic nerds vs. jock story.  Both the robotics club and the cheerleaders want the same money for each of their groups. The captain of the basketball team is friends with the leader of the robotics club and dated the captain of the cheerleaders, so he gets stuck in the middle of the argument. First the robotics club leader runs for student president to get the money.  So the cheerleaders sign the basketball captain for president and campaign for him as he won't. Both campaigns get messy and that's when the story takes a surprising turn.

Friday, August 02, 2013

The Henchmen's Book Club:

The Henchmen's Book Club By: Danny King
Fiction: Humor, Literature, Pop Culture, E-book
Book Count: 26

This book is about a British guy who starts a book club.  Sure he works for a secret organization that supplies super villains with their help. Sure he is a henchman, goon, hired thug, etc. He isn't really a bad guy or anything, most of the time he's guarding the vending machines.  In short this book is a humorous spoof of movies like the James Bond series and Arnold Schwarzenegger films. And fact two of his nemeses in the book is a British spy that has to always makes witty comments and innuendos (but don't call him a civil servant) and an American with unusually large muscles who's answer to everything is violence.
 But he only wants to get out of the job alive and with some money, which he only gets if the boss doesn't screw everything up with their need for drama and overly complicated plots.  To pass the time he and some other henchmen start a book club. Then his book club becomes a secret organization with in a secret organization which leads to the dramatic ending.

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Other People's Rejection Letters:

Other People's Rejection Letters: Edited By: Bill Shapiro
Non-fiction: 192 pages
Book Count: 25

As the title points out this book is full of rejection letters.  There are from people of all ages, from the many different years, and on many different things.  It includes break up letters, firings, and much more.  Some famous rejection letters include a military report on Jimi Hendrix, F. Scott Fitzgerald's opinions on his daughter, and an art museum rejection for Andy Warhol. Although, there is only the actual letters in the body of the book, there are some that are groupings for one person's many rejections and at the end there is stories and more information on some of the letters.