Okay, so it's been forever since I updated this. Let's start off slow...
Recently acquired books:
From Borders --
Campbell, Bruce: If Chins Could Kill
It's freakin' Bruce Campbell's autobiography! Bruce "The God" Campbell! I mean, shit!
Moore, Christopher: A Dirty Job
From the author of Island of the Sequined Love Nun, The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove, Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal, and so many more. This guy has made me laugh my tits off so many times, you'd think I was some sort of bad D&D monster. (Am I the only one who spent hours as a 12-year-old reading the Monster Manual?) Anyway, this one's about a guy who, through no fault of his own, finds he's become Death. Yes, I know it sounds an awful lot like Dead Like Me (which was also good). I can't describe how funny this guy is, so I just won't try. Still, pick up a copy of one of his books. Unless you don't want to lose your tits. In which case, just stay away from the "M" section of the fiction section in Chapters.
???: Book of Secrets
I have no idea who wrote this. It's a plain, black, vinylly-type book with just the title on it. I know -- it sounds like something from a bad horror movie (like that sequel to Blair Witch -- but that was "Book of Shadows"). But, surprisingly, it's actually a wonderful "useless facts" book. What really grabbed me was all the information about all the abandoned subway tunnels in London and New York. Makes me think of Morlocks! But I'm a reference junkie, and this'll fit right in on my shelf.
Vaidhyanathan, Siva: Copyrights and Copywrongs
Goldstein, Paul: Copyright's Highway: From Gutenberg to the Celestial Jukebox
Koepsell, David R.: The Ontology of Cyberspace: Philosophy, Law, and the Future of Intellectual Property
Gorman & Ginsburg: Copyright: Cases and Materials, 6/e
Gorman & Ginsburg: Copyright: Cases and Materials, 2005 Case Supplement and Statutory Appendix
These, I'm sure, don't seem all that exciting. But they're research books for my dissertation. Guess what it's on.
From a book fair --
Sharpe, Tom: The Midden
I started reading Tom Sharpe when I lived in Wales. It was a tiny, little town and the local library was pretty sparse. Over two years, I simply made my way through a number of the shelves. I read every Stephen King and Dean Koontz book they had (the Kings were uneven, and often tiresomely long; the Koontzs were all the same story). And I read every Terry Pratchett book (there’s something about reading the Discworld novels while living in Wales that felt right). Then I stumbled across Tom Sharpe’s books (in particular Porterhouse Blue, Grantchester Grind, and Blott on the Landscape). I thought they were an absolute howl! So, since returning to North America, I was dismayed to discover they’re not as easy to find here. I happened across Wilt at one point, and ate it right up. So when I found The Midden at $2.00, it was a foregone conclusion.
Macdonald, Gregory: Fletch Lives
Frankly, I wasn’t even aware that Chevy Chase’s "Fletch" movies were based on books. It didn’t surprise me to find out that much, but to stumble across the ninth in the series (again, not being aware of the previous eight) was a nice find. I’ve only just started reading this one, but it’s got the same wit and staccato rhythm of the movies.
Fry, Stephen: The Hippopotamus
I haven’t read anything by Fry before, but the opening few sentences of the foreword got me: "You can’t expect an arse like me to tell a story competently. It’s all I can bloody do to work this foul machine. I’ve counted up the words processed, a thing I do every hour and, if technology can be trusted, it looks as if you’re in for 94,536 of them. Good luck to you. You asked for it, you paid me for it, you’ve got to sit through it. As the man said, I’ve suffered for my art, now it’s your turn." As it turns out, this is the beginning of a letter by the protagonist to his editor upon completion of a manuscript. As a former editor myself, I loved it already.
Marshall, Robert: The Haunted Major
I’m really not sure what to make of this one. It seems to be about a ghost and a golf tournament. Okay, perhaps not the most auspicious beginning, but I grew up around golf, and I like a good ghost story, so who knows? Besides, for $1.50 in hardcover, I figure it’s worth a shot.
Bantock, Nick: Griffin & Sabine and Sabine’s Notebook
Two volumes of the Griffin & Sabine trilogy. I’ve read these gems before (several times), and loved them, but didn’t own copies. And, having read them, I’m okay with not owning the third in the series … yet. I know it’s going to bug me so much I’ll end up running out and paying full price for the third book, just to have it. It’s just the way I am. Oddly, while I prefer the trilogy, I own a few of Bantock’s other books – A Verse to Beasts, The Forgetting Room, and The Venetian’s Wife. Strange – but problem solved, I suppose.
Straub, Peter: Houses Without Doors and The Hellfire Club
Straub’s books are kind of hit-and-miss for me. Sometimes (as with Ghost Story) they’re fantastic. At other times (and, more often, it seems), I’m so bored by his writing, I can’t make it through 20 pages without putting it down. Six months later, I’ll pick up the same books, try to make another go of it, make it through the same 20 pages, and put it back down. The second book he wrote with Stephen King, Black House, has proven quite a nemesis in this regard. Anyway, Houses Without Doors is a collection of short stories, a format that seems to work better for King than his novels, so I figured Straub might have a chance here, too. And The Hellfire Club jacket proclaims it the best since Ghost Story. Now, I’m not taken in by marketing jacket copy, but for about $2.00 for each of these in hardcover, again, I figured it was worth the gamble.
Preston, Richard: The Hot Zone and The Demon in the Freezer
I read The Hot Zone years ago, and thought it was just fantastic – a startling account of a viral outbreak (if I recall correctly, it’s Ebola). It was my mom’s copy, though, so when I saw this one at the book fair, I figured it was worth having my own copy. There was also a paperback of Preston’s follow-up, The Demon in the Freezer, focused on the Smallpox virus. At fifty cents, even if it’s not as good as its predecessor, it’s probably still worth a shot.
Free copies from the publisher of texts I’ve written back-cover copy for --
Block et al.: Fundamentals of Financial Management
Cateora et al.: International Marketing
Brealey et al.: Fundamentals of Corporate Finance
Bodie et al.: Investments
Cawsey et al.: Cases in Organizational Behaviour
Good et al.: Building a Dream
McShane: Organizational Behaviour
Kapoor et al.: Personal Finance
Hahn et al.: Focus on Health
Garrison et al.: Managerial Accounting
Lind et al.: Basic Statistics for Business & Economics
Buckwold et al.: Canadian Income Taxation
Price et al.: College Accounting
Libby et al.: Financial Accounting
Belch et al.: Advertising & Promotion
Passer et al.: Psychology: Frontiers and Applications
Santrock et al.: Life-Span Development
Hetherington et al.: Child Psychology
Jones et al.: Contemporary Management
Siklos et al.: Money, Banking, and Financial Institutions
Nicholson et al.: Linear Algebra with Applications
Sayre et al.: Principles of Microeconomics
Sayre et al.: Principles of Macroeconomics
Corrado et al.: Fundamentals of Investments
Dess et al.: Strategic Management
Ross et al.: Corporate Finance
Colander et al.: Microeconomics
Colander et al.: Macroeconomics
Langan et al.: College Writing Skills with Readings
Balderson et al.: Canadian Entrepreneurship
Hill et al.: Global Business Today
Beamish et al.: Cases in Financial Management
Noe et al.: Fundamentals of Human Resource Management
Sabin et al.: The Gregg Reference Manual