Books Books and MORE Books…

Well, I’ve got one heck of a list for you here.

I used the gift card my wife and son gave me for Fathers day and picked up several books as well as going to a book fair this afternoon in Midtown Harrisburg.  Quite a few picked up there.  It was $1.00 for paperback/soft cover and $2.00 for hard cover.

I also picked up a book from another local author and had it personalized.  But more on that one in another post.

I also picked up a book that was published in the 1800’s.  THAT one, I got for $2.00 and I’ll be giving it it’s own posting.

Needless to say, I’ve got at least 20 books to post here, so…on to the books.

Rudolf Kippenhahn – Code Breaking: A History And Exploration

Astrophysicist Kippenhahn (One Hundred Billion Stars, Princeton Univ., 1993) attempts to introduce the general reader to the history of cryptology, with much of his book covering the events and intrigue surrounding World War II and the German cipher machine known as Enigma. Sadly, Kippenhahns use of narrative prose with stodgy technical jargon leaves the reader with neither a good story nor hard science. The documentation used in the text is sparse at best, and the annotated bibliography contains a mere handful of titles; no glossary of terms is included. Though a generous selection of illustrations is sprinkled throughout, this in no way offsets the inherent weaknesses of the volume. Not recommended.Dayne Sherman, Southeastern Louisiana Univ., Hammond

Robert Graves – The Greek Myths: 1

In a work that has become a classic reference book for both the serious scholar and the casual inquirer, Graves retells the adventures of the important gods and heroes worshipped by the ancient Greeks. Each entry provides a full commentary which examines problems of interpretation in both historical and anthropological terms, and in light of contemporary research.

Robert Graves – The Greek Myths: 2

Part 2 of the previous

Don Helin – Thy Kingdom Come

Helin brings together an international cast of terrorists, from white supremacists to the Quebec Liberation Front, in this disorganized and casually misogynistic debut thriller. Retired Col. Sam Thorpe infiltrates the training camp of the Patriots, a well-armed militia group led by disgruntled ex-marine Quentin Oliver. Their goal is to steal nuclear material and construct a dirty bomb. Aided by sexy undercover FBI agent Alex Prescott (whose professional skills get far fewer mentions than her breasts) and CIA agent Bob O’Brien, Thorpe plays a dangerous game, training the militia members while secretly feeding intelligence to his government contacts. Despite a timely and topical threat and Helin’s knowledgeable descriptions of military training and antiterrorism procedure, the uneven plotting and superficial characterizations fail to generate suspense. (Mar.)

K. W. Jeter – Blade Runner 2: The Edge of Human

K.W. Jeter picks up the tale of Rick Deckard, the `blade runner’ created by Phillip K. Dick and popularized by Ridley Scott’s cult classic film. Consistent with the sordid vision of 21st century Los Angeles crafted by Dick and Scott, Jeter creates a stylish piece of thrilling, futuristic suspense that finds Deckard not only in the role of hunter, but also hunted. Again, Deckard is on the trail of an replicant, not knowing that it may be the most elusive and dangerous android of all.

Mike Sager – Scary Monsters And Super Freaks (Stories of Sex, Drugs, Rock’N’ Roll and Murder)

This strong collection of Sager’s articles over the past 20 years for Rolling Stone and GQ demonstrates his skill as a reporter whose main interest is investigating America’s dark and lurid corners. Most of the articles divide roughly into two groups. The first focuses on well-known subjects such as porn star John Holmes’s drug-induced decline (“The Devil and John Holmes”), actor Rob Lowe’s infamous sex tape (“Rob Lowe’s Girl Trouble”) and funk-rocker Rick James’s obsession with freebase cocaine and violence (“The Rise and Fall of a Super Freak”). The second explores lesser known but often more horrible incidents, such as “The Death of a High School Narc” in Midlothian, Tex. Sager incorporates in all the articles such journalistic devices as scene-by-scene construction, realistic dialogue and third-person point of view, completely capturing everyday details of a subject’s life. But two articles are especially compelling. One is an intimate portrait of Janet Cooke (with whom Sager was once involved), the journalist whose Pulitzer Prize-winning, and fake, story about an eight-year-old heroin addict got her fired from the Washington Post; the other is a lengthy, detailed look at the life and death of author Carlos Castaneda.

Peter Berresford Ellis – The Celts A History

By the third century B.C., at the height of their greatest expansion, the Celts had spread from their Rhineland home as far west as Ireland and east to Turkey’s central plain, as far north as Belgium and south to Cadiz in Spain. They had crossed the Alps and defeated the armies of the Etruscan empire and had occupied Rome and invaded the Greek peninsula. Formidable warriors armed with iron weapons, they would find their way to Egypt and into Queen Cleopatra’s elite bodyguard. Tracking the progress of the Celts through the ancient world, this compelling history celebrates more than their warfare, for the Celts also developed agricultural techniques that even the Romans adopted. They cut the first roads through impenetrable European forests, displayed exuberant genius in their metalwork, monumental stone carvings, glassware, and jewelry, exerted influence on Greek philosophers and Roman surgeons, and made Irish the third literary language of Europe, after Latin and Greek. Bringing new material from anthropology and archaeology to this engaging illustrated survey, Ellis explores the remarkable achievements of a people who have survived three millennia, their heritors the Irish, Manx, Scots, Welsh, Cornish, and Bretons who speak a Celtic tongue to this day.

Lois H Gresh and Robert Weinberg – The Science of Anime (Mechanoids and AI Super Bots

Anime, the name given to Japanese superhero animation, has swept the United States. More than two dozen Japanese cartoon series already appear on U.S. television, with more on the way. And with the vast leaps being made in animation technology, the anime explosion shows no sign of abating.One of the main topics of anime is advanced technology and how it will affect the human race. Movies like Akira have touched upon the power of the atom and the advances and tragedies nuclear power will bring to the Earth. Stories like Ghost in the Shell explore the limits of human and machine interface and artificial intelligence. More than any other genre in the entertainment field, anime explores the future of science and technology, and The Science of Anime provides a fascinating and fun look at the science behind it.

Richard Morris – The Universe, The Eleventh Dimension, and Everything: What We Know and How We Know It

Some books have a hard time living up to their titles, but The Universe, the Eleventh Dimension, and Everything does just fine. Physicist and writer Richard Morris seeks to explain the current state of knowledge in cosmology and subatomic physics; as if that weren’t enough, he goes on to give us his take on how scientists do their work. What would have been three short works in the hands of a lesser writer becomes a challenging, enlightening book that pushes readers forward from the first page. Morris’s gift for explanation is a wonder–few can get across the intricate ephemera of superstring theory without losing the audience at some point, but before we know it, we’ve already covered the scary stuff and are on to something new.

Richard Russell Lawrence – The Mammoth Book of Special Ops

The shadowy activities of special forces have grown into an increasingly exposed element of 21st century warfare and anti-terrorist activity. Here, in one giant volume, are 30 of the most dangerous special operations of modern times. Drawn from the flashpoints of the world, and above all Iraq and Afghanistan, these first-hand and reported accounts of missions by the Delta Force, Green Berets, SAS, Commandos, and other forces will leave you on the edge of your seat. The accounts include Blackhawk Down — the US Delta forces debacle in Mogadishu, Somalia, 1993; British Special forces fight Al Qaeda at close quarters in Afghanistan 2003; Task Force Raider — US Special forces teams track down of Saddam Hussein, 2003; the British ‘Blackhawk Down’ — Paras shoots their way out of trouble in Majar, Iraq 2003; and the capture of insurgent leader Chemical Evil Fat Mama, Fallujah, November 2003.

Andrew Langley – The Da Vinci Kit

Uncover the secrets of Leonardo da Vinci’s highly debated masterpieces with this interactive investigation of the original Renaissance man. Our Da Vinci Kit will satisfy fans of Brown’s book who hunger for more information about the enigmatic Leonardo da Vinci, his masterpieces, and the Renaissance era that defined him–in an appealing, interactive format!

Simon Berthon and Joanna Potts – Warlords

Recounting WWII from the point of view of the era’s four political giants is an original idea, and it works: while not exactly revisionist, Berthon and Potts’s book delivers some good jolts. Where popular writers often portray the good guys, Churchill and Roosevelt, as friendly partners, the authors refuse to soft-pedal controversies that erupted after America declared war—especially over Churchill’s reluctance to support a cross-Channel invasion and F.D.R.’s pressure on Churchill to free Britain’s colonies. Readers will wince to be reminded of Roosevelt’s conviction that Britain’s imperial ambitions were a greater threat than Stalin’s and his belief that Stalin was a sensible fellow one could do business with. Those accustomed to the stirring History Channel depiction of WWII as a crusade against evil will cringe to read of Stalin’s persistent, insulting treatment of his allies and of the unspeakable atrocities he committed against his own countrymen. Using diaries, correspondence and personal accounts, the book cuts back and forth among its subjects as they direct the war. This cinematic style succeeds (the authors work in British TV), and the scholarship is solid—so solid that readers convinced WWII was less squalid than other wars may be provoked to reconsider. (Mar.)

J.R. “Bob” Dobbs – Revelation X The “Bob” Apocryphon

You think you know satire. You’ve seen Jon Stewart, you’ve read Mad magazine. But you’ve never encountered anything like “Bob” and the Church of the SubGenius. The SubGenii have reached the limits of satire and pressed further, and in doing so have created a brand of satire that curtails its own absurdity and heightens our awareness of the world we live in. The SubGenii have never been as relevant as they are today. Fundamentalist religion in the extreme, there are no limits to “Bob’s” influence. In Revelation X we get answers to difficult questions: We learn the 10,001 Essences of “Bob” and He tells of His Very Own Conspiracy. Revealed for the first time are the Lost Gospels, the Epistles, the history of Mondo Connie, and a detailed description of “Bob’s” Heaven and Hell. Also included are the 273 Damnable, Venial, Black, White, Deadly, Menial and Trivial Sins, which include Buffalo Frenching (#4), Luck Listening (#40), Wedbetting (#76), and Reading judgmental lists of so-called “sins” (#273).

Jonathan Maberry – The Forensics of the Living Dead: Zombie CSU

When there’s no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth…
And law enforcement is ready to take them down!

Night of the Living Dead, zombies have been a frightening fixture on the pop culture landscape, lumbering after hapless humans, slurping up brains and veins and whatever warm, fleshy matter they can clench in their rotting limbs. But what if they were real? What would happen if, tomorrow, corpses across the nation began springing up out of their graves and terrorizing the living?

Employing hard science and solid police work not—to mention jaw-dropping (literally!) humor—
Zombie CSU is the only guide you need to make it through alive—not undead. At last you can:

Investigate zombie crime scenes, collecting and analyzing evidence of zombie attacks, and create a “murder book”

Examine the psychology of the zombie and develop a perp profile.

Observe medical science pros as they probe felled zombies for forensic clues.

Devise a zombie apocalypse survival scorecard and more!

Complete with lists of must-see zombie flicks from around the globe and tons of tips for kicking undead butt, Zombie CSU features hundreds of interviews with real zombie experts, forensics experts, detectives, filmmakers, and more.

Special guest stars: Tony Todd, Brian Keene, Patricia Tallman, David Wellington, James Gunn, Robert Kirkman, Dr. Wade Davis, Robert Sacchetto, Zombie Squad, Ramsey Campbell, Kim Paffenroth, Jamie Russell, Michael CJ Kelly, Bruce Andy Bohne, and dozens more!

Department Of The Army – U.S. Army Zombie Combat Skills

Basically, It’s an Army Field Manual about the combat skills necesarry to fight zombies.


~ by Normanomicon on June 27, 2010.

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