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Jun. 30th, 2030 08:31 pm
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I don't always get around to saying things that other people think are important to know.

So, this post is for you to ask a question. I'll answer truthfully, but I won't guarantee helpfully or completely.
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For what that's worth.
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Okay, I have turned in my term paper and final exam for Microeconomics. I have most certainly passed the class, the only question being whether I will get an A, or fall to a B.

Presuming no other shenanigans, I have now earned my Associate's Degree!

Green Line

Jun. 14th, 2014 12:39 pm
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The Green Line light rail between Minneapolis & St. Paul opened today. Blustery day, and I heard we may have severe weather coming in later this afternoon.

I went to the West Bank celebration. Some local special interest groups had booths, and there was a mini-food fest of local restaurants (with very reasonable prices by street fair standards!)

The weather being miserable, I sat in the music tent and listened to the Sunshine & Rainbows Family Band (folk-style).

I had taken the Green Line bus to get to the West Bank, but hopped the train back downtown. Very crowded, but not the sardine-packed ride there was back when the Blue Line opened. I plan to take the whole route later this week when I can get a good seat.

Almost done with class!
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I have a review blog!

Today's review is of a book titled "Jet Set", about the glamorous days of the US/Europe travel trips.

http://www.skjam.com/2014/05/30/book-review-jet-set/
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I had a great time, and my con report is up at my blog!

http://www.skjam.com/2014/04/22/open-thread-minicon-49/
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I am busy trying to get an Associate's degree in Business Management from Rasmussen College, so I have been reading rather more business-related books than I would prefer to. As a result, Goodreads has some suggestions based on my "business" shelf.

I don't know how many of these are likely to have been read by my Dreamwidth and LJ friends, but let's find out.

Brand Failures: The Truth about the 100 Biggest Branding Mistakes of All Time by Matt Haig
Brazen Careerist: The New Rules for Success by Penelope Trunk
Built to Sell: Creating a Business That Can Thrive Without You by John Warrillow

Call of the Mall: The Geography of Shopping by Paco Underhill
Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture by Ellen Ruppel Shell
Confessions of an Advertising Man by David Ogilvy

Different: Escaping the Competitive Herd by Youngme Moon
Do What You Are : Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type by Paul D. Tieger

Fascinate: Unlocking the Secret Triggers of Influence, Persuasion, and Captivation by Sally Hogshead

The Great A&P and the Struggle for Small Business in America by Marc Levinson

Herd: How to Change Mass Behaviour by Harnessing Our True Nature by Mark Earls

Mastering the Rockefeller Habits: What You Must Do to Increase the Value of Your Growing Firm by Verne Harnish

Numbers Rule Your World: The Hidden Influence of Probabilities and Statistics on Everything You Do by Kaiser Fung

The Pathfinder: How to Choose or Change Your Career for a Lifetime of Satisfaction and Success by Nicholas Lore
Poorly Made in China: An Insider's Account of the Tactics Behind China's Production Game by Paul Midler
Priceless: The Myth of Fair Value by William Poundstone
The Price of Everything: Solving the Mystery of Why We Pay What We Do by Eduardo Porter
Propaganda by Edward L. Burnays

Toxic Sludge is Good For You: Lies, Damn Lies and the Public Relations Industry by John Stauber

Uncharitable: How Restraints on Nonprofits Undermine Their Potential by Dan Pallotta
Unthinking: The Surprising Forces Behind What We Buy by Harry Beckwith

Your Call Is Important to Us: The Truth About Bullshit by Laura Penny

Zag: The #1 Strategy of High-Performance Brands by Marty Neumeier
Zen and the Art of Making a Living: A Practical Guide to Creative Career Design by Laurence G. Boldt


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Note the tendency towards overly long titles. Let me know if you've read any of these, heard some interesting buzz, or have a business-related book you really enjoyed.
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Today's Goodreads recommendations are based on my "art" shelf, where I put books about art, books about artists and books about the artistic process. I don't have all that many books on this shelf, thus this will be a short post.

The Animator's Survival Kit: A Manual of Methods, Principles, and Formulas for Classical, Computer, Games, Stop Motion and Internet Animators by Richard Williams
Breakdowns: Portrait of the Artist as a Young %@&*! by Art Spiegelman
Comics and Sequential Art by Will Eisner
Drawing Words and Writing Pictures by Jessica Abel
Fashion in the Time of Jane Austen by Sarah Jane Downing
Frank, Vol. 1 by Jim Woodring
Mythology: The DC Comics Art by Alex Ross
Perspective! for Comic Book Artists: How to Achieve a Professional Look in your Artwork by David Chelsea
The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How it Changed America by David Hajdu
What It Is by Lynda Barry

See if you can spot the odd book out. You know what to do otherwise.

Back at school,
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And now it's time to look at what Goodreads suggests based on my young adult shelf. I've been around since this category was called "juveniles", but most of the YA books I've read in the last decade or so were either manga or Harry Potter. So we're going to see a lot of manga and fantasy on here. (And a lot of what I read when I was actually back in junior high/high school was books off the adult shelves, which the librarian let pass because I was so clean-cut and a very strong reader.)

Alice 19th, Vol. 01: Lotis Master by Yuu Watase
Alichino by Kouyu Shurei
Angelic Layer, Vol. 01 by CLAMP
Angel Sanctuary, Vol. 1 by Kaori Yuuki
+ Anima 1 by Natsumi Mukai
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
Belgarath the Sorceror by David Eddings
Boys Over Flowers: Hana Yori Dango, Vol. 1 by Yoko Kamio
A Bride's Story 01 by Kaoru Mori

Chibi Vampire: The Novel, Volume 1 by Tohru Kai
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion, Vol. 1 by Ichirou Ohkouchi

Dawn of the Arcana, Vol. 01 by Rei Toma
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Descendants of Darkness, Volume 1 by Yoko Matsushida
The Devil Does Exist, Volume 1 by Mitsuba Takanashi
Dramacon, Volume 1 by Svetlana Chmakova

Electric Daisy, Vol. 1 by Kyousuke Motomi

Fablehaven by Brandon Mull
From Far Away, Vol. 1 by Kyoko Hikawa

Gakuen Alice, Vol. 01 by Tachibana Higuchi

Hana-Kimi, Vol. 1 by Hisaya Nakajo
Hetalia: Axis Powers, Vol. 1 by Hidekaz Himaruya

Kamichama Karin, Vol. 01 by Koge-Donbo
Kamikaze Kaito Jeanne, Vol. 01 by Arina Tanemura
Kare Kano: His and Her Circumstances, Vol. 1 by Masami Tsuda
Kekkaishi, Vol. 01 by Yellow Tanabe

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Love*Com, Volume 1 by Aya Nakahara
Love Monster, Volume 1 by Riko Miyagi

Mars, Volume 01 by Fuyumi Soryo
MeruPuri, Vol. 01 by Matsuri Hino

Nodame Cantabile, Vol. 1 by Tomoko Ninomiya
Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, Vol. 01 by Hiroshi Shiibashi

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Oresama Teacher, Vol. 1 by Izumi Tsubaki
Ouran High School Host Club, Vol. 01 by Bisco Hattori

Peach Girl, Vol. 1 by Miwa Ueda
The Prince of Tennis, Vol. 1 by Takeshi Konomi

Red River, Vol. 1 by Chie Shinohara

Saturn Apartments, Vol. 1 by Hisae Iwaoka
Skip Beat!, Vol. 01 by Yoshiki Nakamura
The Story of Saiunkoku, Vol. 1 by Kairi Yura

The Tarot Cafe, #1 by Sang-Sun Park
Terrier by Tamora Pierce
Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms by Fumiyo Kouno

Ultra Maniac, Vol. 01 by Wataru Yoshizumi

V.B. Rose Volume 1 by Banri Hidaka

Wandering Son: Volume One by Shimura Takako
We Were There, Vol. 1 by Yuuki Obata
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There's a lot of overlap here with previous lists, but if you find anything you know about we haven't discussed to death, let me know. (Oh, I should mention that I finally moved Love Hina to "to-read" status.)

SKJAM!
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Welcome to the list of books Goodread suggests based on my "sports and games" shelf. Here I put game rulebooks, books about games, books that have sports and games as a major focus or are about athletes. and gamers.

For some reason, this shelf breaks the usual rule and allows more than fifty books.

Another, Vol. 01 by Hiro Kiyohara
The Antipope by Robert Rankin

Beguilement by Lois McMaster Bujold
Black Bird, Vol. 1 by Kanoko Sakurakouji
The Borrowers by Mary Norton
A Bride's Story 01 by Kaoru Mori

City of Golden Shadow by Tad Williams
City of Masks by Mary Hoffman

Daughter of the Blood by Anne Bishop
Death on Demand by Carolyn G. Hart
Demon Love Spell, Vol. 1 by Mayu Shinjo
The Diamond Throne by David Eddings
Dragon's Milk by Susan Fletcher
Dragons of Autumn Twilight by Margaret Weis

Edwin of the Iron Shoes by Marcia Muller

Feed by Mira Grant
Flight from the Dark by Joe Dever
The Forests of Silence by Emily Rodda
Friday the Rabbi Slept Late by Harry Kemelman

Geekomancy by Michael R. Underwood
Generous Death by Nancy Pickard
A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

Happy Cafe, Vol. 1 by Kou Matsuzuki
Heidi by Johanna Spyri
Hooked by Liz Fichera
The House on East 88th Street by Bernard Waber

Ink by Amanda Sun
In the Last Analysis by Amanda Cross

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
The Lost Years of Merlin by T.A. Barron

Magyk by Angie Sage
Malice in Maggody by Joan Hess
The Merchant of Death by D.J. MacHale
My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett

Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman

One Coffee With by Margaret Maron

Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter

Search for Senna by Katherine Applegate
The Seventh Sinner by Elizabeth Peters
Shadowland by Meg Cabot
The Shamer's Daughter by Lene Kaaberbol
Sherlock Holmes and the Hentzau Affair by David Stuart Davies
So You Want to Be a Wizard by Diane Duane
Spirited Away, Volume 1 by Hayao Miyazaki
Stepping on Roses, Vol. 1 by Rinko Ueda
The Story of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting
Strobe Edge, Vol. 1 by Io Sakisaka

Terrier by Tamora Pierce
Thus Was Adonis Murdered by Sarah Caudwell
The Twins at St. Clare's by Enid Blyton

vN by Madeline Ashby

The Warlock of Firetop Mountain by Steve Jackson
Wit'ch Fire by James Clemens

The Year of Jubilo by Ruth Sawyer


As always, let me know if you have read any of these or heard interesting buzz. (I am a bit saddened that more RPG books didn't get suggested.)
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First, I finished the last of my homework, now it's just waiting to hear back if I did well enough to earn my Associates' degree. If so, it's time off from college and hopefully a new job somewhere!

And now, let's take a look at what Goodreads recommends based on my romance shelf. Here I put not only category romances, but non-fiction books about love and relationships, and fiction books where the romantic relationship is a major theme. (As opposed to, "oh, and the hero got the girl too."

You're going to see a lot of shoujo manga on this list.

Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye by Victoria Laurie
Alice 19th, Vol. 01: Lotis Master by Yuu Watase
All My Darling Daughters by Fumi Yoshinaga
Angel Sanctuary, Vol. 1 by Kaori Yuki

Bitter Virgin 1 by Kei Kusunoki
Body Movers by Stephanie Bond
Boys Over Flowers: Hana Yori Dango, Vol. 1 by Yoko Kamio

Cherry Juice, Vol. 01 by Haruka Fukushima
Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand

Dawn of the Arcana, Vol. 01 by Rei Toma
A Devil and Her Love Song, Vol. 1 by Miyoshi Tomori
The Devil Does Exist, Volume 1 by Mitsuba Takanashi
Dramacon, Volume 1 by Svetlana Chmakova

Electric Daisy, Vol. 1 by Kyousuke Motomi

Forbidden Dance: Volume 1 by Hinako Ashihara
From Far Away, Vol. 1 by Kyoko Hikawa

The Gentlemen's Alliance +, Vol. 01 by Arina Tanemura

Hana-Kimi, Vol. 1 by Hisaya Nakajo
Happy Hustle High, Vol. 1 by Rie Takada
High School Debut, Vol. 01 by Kazune Kawahara
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin

I, Spy? by Kate Johnson

Kamichama Karin, Vol. 01 by Koge-Donbo
Kamikaze Kaito Jeanne, Vol. 01 by Arina Tanemura
Kitchen Princess, Vol. 01 by Natsumi Ando

Love*Com, Volume 1 by Aya Nakahara
Love Hina, Vol. 01 by Ken Akamatsu

Maid-sama! Vol. 01 by Hiro Fujiwata
Mars, Volume 01 by Fuyumi Soryo
The Measure of Katie Calloway by Serena B. Miller
Melusine by Sarah Monette

The Nightingale and the Rose by Oscar Wilde
Nodame Cantabile, Vol. 1 by Tomoko Ninomiya

The One I Love by CLAMP
Oresama Teacher, Vol. 1 by Izumi Tsubaki
Ouran High School Host Club, Vol. 01 by Bisco Hatori

Phantom by Susan Kay
Pita Ten, Vol. 01 by Koge-Donbo
Pixie Pop: Gokkun Pucho, Vol. 01 by Ema Tōyama

Rasetsu, Vol. 1 by Chika Shiomi
Red River, Vol. 1 by Chie Shinohara
Rosario + Vampire, Vol. 1 by Akihisa Ikeda

Sakura Hime: The Legend of Princess Sakura, Vol. 01 by Arina Tanemura
Skip Beat!, Vol. 01 by Yoshiki Nakamura
Spying in High Heels by Gemma Halliday
The Story of Saiunkoku, Vol. 1 by Kairi Yura
Suppli, Volume 1 by Mari Okazaki
Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner

Tramps Like Us, Vol. 1 by Yayoi Ogawa

We Were There, Vol. 1 by Yuuki Obata


As always, let me know if you're read any of these, heard some interesting buzz, or know a romance book that you think will fit my tastes.
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Hi folks!

This time we'll look at what Goodreads recommends based on my "Religion & Philosophy" shelf. Here I put religious texts, philosophical works, books with heavy religious or philosophical themes, and works where a religious figure or philosopher is the main character.

Abide in Christ by Andrew Murray
The Alienist by Caleb Carr
American Men on Being Muslim by Wajahat Ali
The Antipope by Robert Rankin
Axiomatic by Greg Egan

The Big Time/The Mind Spiders and Other Stories by Fritz Leiber
The Black Tower by Louis Bayard
Bring the Jubilee by Ward Moore

The Call by Michael Grant
Castle Waiting, Vol. 1 by Linda Medley
The Club Dumas by Arturo Perez-Reverte
The Complete Tales of Uncle Remus by Joel Chandler Harris

Dawn of the Arcana, Vol. 01 by Rei Toma
Dealing With Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
Doctor Mirabilis by James Blish

Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen
Falling Free by Lois McMaster Bujold
The Far Side by Gary Larson
The Forgotten Realms: Campaign Set by Ed Greenwood
Foxe's Book of Martyrs by John Foxe

The Godly Man's Picture by Thomas Watson
Grace's Pictures by Cindy Thomson

The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis

Leaves of Grass: First and "Death-Bed" Editions by Walt Whitman
Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey
The Light Princess by George MacDonald

Maid-Sama! Vol. 01 by Hiro Fujiwara
Marzi by Marzena Sowa
Mission of Gravity by Hal Clement
Monster on the Hill by Rob Harrell
Murder and Magic by Randall Garrett

The New Teen Titans Archive, Vol. 1 by Marv Wolfman
The New Testament and the People of God by N.T. Wright

Only the River Runs Free by Bodie Thoene
Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper

Pearl of Great Price by Joseph Smith Jr.
The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald
The Pursuit of Lucy Banning by Olivia Newport

Sanctorum Communio: A Theological Study of the Sociology of the Church by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
The Scarlet Ibis: The Collection of Wonder by James Hurst
The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad
Sexual Ethics in Islam: Feminist Reflections on Qur'an, Hadith, and Jurisprudence by Kecia Ali
Spirit Nudges: Proof that Spirit Is Never Far Away by Michelle Rathore
Stranger at Stonewycke by Michael Phillips

Tune: Vanishing Point by Derek Kirk Kim

The Wednesday Witch by Ruth Chew
The Wendigo by Algernon Blackwood
Windchaser by Scott Ciencin
Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne (I would have thought "The Tao of Pooh" would be more apropos.)
Winnie the Pooh Treasury by A.A. Milne

I think some of these wander far afield from the subjects of philosophy and religion, to be honest. As always, let me know if you've read any of these, or heard interesting buzz.

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Hi folks!

This time we're looking at what Goodreads recommends based on my "military & war" shelf. Here I put both factual works and fiction about weaponry, armed forces and mass combat. So there's a mix of history, science fiction, war novels and other oddities. Let's see how many of the suggestions would also go on the shelf!

Armor by John Steakley

Battle Angel Alita, Volume 1: Rusty Angel by Yukito Kishiro
The Big Time/The Mind Spiders and Other Stories by Fritz Leiber
Blame!, Vol. 1 by Tsutomu Nihei
Blind Lake by Robert Charles Wilson

Castle Perilous by John DeChancie
Child of Fire by Harry Connolly

La Dame aux Camelias by Alexandre Dumas-fils
The Door Within by Wayne Thomas Batson
Downward to the Earth by Robert Silverberg
Dreamsnake by Vonda N. McIntyre
A Drunken Dream and Other Stories by Moto Hagio
Duncan's War by Douglas Bond

Firefox by Craig Thomas
A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge
The Fortune of the Rougons by Emile Zola
The 42nd Parallel by John Dos Passos
From Here to Eternity by James Jones

Gateway by Frederik Pohl
Ghost in the Shell by Masamune Shirow

Hard Spell by Justin Gustainis
The Hungry Moon by Ramsey Campbell

The Incompleat Enchanter by L. Sprague de Camp
The Ipcress File by Len Deighton
It Was the War of the Trenches by Jacques Tardi

Kingdom's Dawn by Chuck Black
The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell

Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey

The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham
Misspent Youth by Peter F. Hamilton
The Mortification of Sin by John Owen

Night of the Fox by Jack Higgins

Of Men and Monsters by William Tenn
On Basilisk Station by David Weber
Our Lady of Darkness by Fritz Leiber

The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald

A Question of Upbringing by Anthony Powell

The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment by Jeremiah Burroughs
Rasetsu, Vol. 1 by Chika Shiomi
Rogue Moon by Algis Budrys
Run Silent, Run Deep by Edward L. Beach

Saturn Apartments, Vol. 1 by Hisae Iwaoka
The Secret World Chronicle by Mercedes Lackey
The Story of Saiunkoku, Vol. 1 byKairi Yura

The Trouble Twisters by Poul Anderson
2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke

Under the Eagle by Simon Scarrow

The Year's Best Science Fiction: First Annual Collection by Gardner R. Dozois
Young Lonigan by James T. Farrell

Zuleika Dobson by Max Beerbohm

As always, please let me know if you've read any of these, heard interesting buzz or have other military & war suggestions.

Also, please visit my blog SKJAM! Reviews at http://www.skjam.com to see what I've actually been reading.

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Hi folks!

One of the less populated shelves on my Goodreads account is "foodie." Cookbooks, books about cooks, books about food and drink, books that include a recipe for something or other, that sort of thing. So the list of books Goodreads recommends to me based on it is rather short. On the other hand, it's a very different selection from my other shelves.

Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant: Confessions of Cooking for One and Eating Alone by Jenni Ferrari-Adler
Appetite for Life: The Biography of Julia Child by Noel Riley Fitch
The Apprentice: My Life in the Kitchen by Jacques Pepin

Between Meals: An Appetite for Paris by A.J. Liebling

A Cook's Tour: Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisines by Anthony Bourdain

French Lessons: Adventures with Knife, Fork, and Corkscrew by Peter Mayle

The Gastronomical Me by M.F.K. Fisher

Heat: An Amateur's Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker and Apprentice to Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany by Bill Buford
Home Cooking: A Writer in the Kitchen by Laurie Colwin
A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table by Molly Wizenberg

The Language of Baklava: A Memoir by Diana Abu-Jaber
Life, on the Line: A Chef's Story of Chasing Greatness, Facing Death, and Redefining the Way We Eat by Grant Achatz

The Man Who Ate Everything by Jeffrey Steingarten

On Rue Tatin: Living and Cooking in a French Town by Susan Herrmann Loomis

The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry: Love, Laughter and Tears at the World's Most Famous Cooking School by Kathleen Flinn
The Soul of a Chef: The Journey Toward Perfection by Michael Ruhlman
The Sweet Life in Paris: Delicious Adventures in the World's Most Glorious - and Perplexing - City by David Lebovitz

Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table by Ruth Reichl
The Tenth Muse: My Life in Food by Judith Jones

The United States of Arugula: How We Became a Gourmet Nation by David Kamp


In related news, I'm currently reading a book about energy drinks. Oh and the book "Frances Elizabeth Willis" I reviewed recently at my blog had a surprise guest appearance by Julia Child.

Let me know if you've read any of these, or heard any interesting buzz. Or failing that, just plug your favorite book about food.

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Hi folks! Busy busy busy, but need a break, so here's a look at what Goodreads recommends to me based on my "Martial Arts" shelf. What I put here is books that revolve around styles of personal combat, be that Eastern martial arts, boxing & wrestling or fencing. As you might guess, this includes a lot of shounen manga. But there are some surprises as well.

The Adventures of Robin Hood by Roger Lancelyn Green
Agents of Atlas by Jeff Parker
All My Darling Daughters by Fumi Yoshinaga
Annihilation: Book One by Keith Giffen
Arthurian Romances by Chretien de Troyes

Basilisk: the Kouga Ninja Scrolls, Vol. 1 by Masaki Segawa
Battle Angel Alita, Volume 1: Rusty Angel by Yukito Kushiro
Ben Hur by Lew Wallace
Black and White, Vol. 1 by Taiyo Matsumoto
Blame!, Vol. 1 by Tsutomu Nihei

Cerebus by Dave Sim
Crayon Shinchan, Vol. 1 by Yoshito Usui

La Dame aux Camelias by Alexandre Dumas-fils
Dragons of Autumn Twilight by Margaret Weis
A Drunken Dream and Other Stories by Moto Hagio

Eberron Campaign Setting by Keith Baker
Eden: It's an Endless World, Volume 1 byHiroki Endo

Finder, Vol. 01: Sin-Eater 1 by Carla Speed McNeil
The Forgotten Realms: Campaign Set by Ed Greenwood
From Far Away, Volume 1 by Kyoko Hikawa

Ghost in the Shell by Masamune Shirow
Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 1: Legacy by Dan Abnett

The Invincible Iron Man, Vol. 1: The Five Nightmares by Matt Fraction

Kare Kano: His and Her Circumstances, Vol. 1 by Masami Tsuda
Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
King of Thorn 1 by Yuji Iwahara

Lady Snowblood, Vol. 1: The Deep-Seated Grudge, Part 1 by Kazuo Koike
Love Hina, Vol. 01 by Ken Akamatsu

The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo
Marvel Masterworks: Atlas Era Journey Into Mystery, Vol. 1 by Stan Lee
Monster Manual II by Ed Bonny

Neon Genesis Evangelion, Vol. 01 by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

The Pioneers by James Fenimore Cooper

Rave Master, Vol. 1 by Hiro Mashima

Samurai Deeper Kyo, Volume 01 by Akimine Kamijyo
Samurai Executioner, Vol. 1: When the Demon Knife Weeps by Kazuo Koike
Saturn Apartments, Vol. 1 by Hisae Iwaoka
The Sea Wolf by Jack London
Secret Warriors, Vol. 1: Nick Fury, Agent of Nothing by Brian Michael Bendis
S.H.I.E.L.D.: Architects of Forever by Jonathan Hickman

Thor by Dan Jurgens & John Romita Jr. Volume 1 by Dan Jurgens
Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms by Fumio Kouno
The Twelve Chairs by Ilya Ilf
Twin Spica, Volume: 01 byKou Yaginuma

Uncanny X-Factor: Apocalypse Solution by Rick Remender

Wandering Son: Volume One by Shimura Takako
What a Wonderful World!, Volume 1 by Inio Asano

X-Factor: Madrox - Multiple Choice by Peter David


As always, let me know if you've read any of these, heard interesting buzz, or just have something to say.

Stay warm,
SKJAM!
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Hey, so I'm in my last quarter at Rasmussen if all goes well, and I suddenly have a temp job with weird hours. 2-5 weeks, probably on the low end.

But last night my apartment building had a problem. It's an old building that's actually four connected ones, as I have mentioned before, and there's a back porch/stairway that a lot of people use to get between the separate parts of the building. Someone has been jamming the back door on the fourth floor open so they can get back in without using a key. Sunday night, they left it open all night and a water pipe froze. Once the temperature rose, the pipe burst.

My apartment is two floors directly beneath the burst pipe. Fortunately, my clean clothes are kept in waterproof containers, but it did soak through my bedding pretty thoroughly. So I spent last night at Le Meredien Chambers, a boutique hotel that is not nearly as spendy as the name would imply. As long as you don't use the cash bar.

It was rather late in the evening when the pipe burst, so we had to call 911, and the fire department shut off the water.

Tonight, it's time to assess the damage, clean my apartment some, and see how things are going.

How's by you?
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One more for the road, shall we? This time we look at what Goodreads recommends to me based on my "published in the 1930s" shelf.

The major history things in the 1930s were the Great Depression and the first stirrings of World War Two in Europe and East Asia. It was the Golden Age of pulps, especially the character pulps and science fiction. Also, some really good children's books started in this decade.

The Atlas of Middle-Earth by Karen Wynn Fonstad

Belgarath the Sorceror by David Eddings
Berserker by Fred Saberhagen
Brain Wave by Poul Anderson

The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss
Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler
Downward to the Earth by Robert Silverberg
The Dragonbone Chair by Tad Williams
Dragons of Autumn Twilight by Margaret Weis
The Dreaming Jewels by Theodore Sturgeon

Five Children and It by E. Nesbit
The Floating Admiral by Detection Club
The Forge by Thomas S. Stribling

Hothouse by Brian W. Aldiss
The House on East 88th Street by Bernard Waber
The Humanoids by Jack Williamson
The Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith

The Instumentality of Mankind by Cordwainer Smith

Karlson on the Roof by Astrid Lindgren

Little House on Rocky Ridge by Roger Lea MacBride
Little Toot by Hardie Gramatky
Lord Foul's Bane by Stephen R. Donaldson

The Magic Bedknob by Mary Norton
A Man Lay Dead by Ngaio Marsh
Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag
Mission of Gravity by Hal Clement

Non-Stop by Brian W. Aldiss

Our Animal Friends at Maple Hill Farm by Alice Provensen

Past Master by R. A. Lafferty
The Pride of Chanur by C.J. Cherryh

Ring Around the Sun by Clifford D. Simak
Rocannon's World by Ursula K. LeGuin
Rogue Moon by Algis Budrys

The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright
Silverthorn by Raymond E. Feist
The Status Civilization by Robert Sheckley
Stone Soup by Jon J. Muth
The Story about Ping by Marjorie Flack
The Story of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting
Strong Poison by Dorothy L. Sayers

This Perfect Day by Ira Levin
Today I Will Fly! by Mo Willems
The 20th Century Children's Book Treasury: Picture Books and Stories to Read Aloud by Janet Schulman

The Very Lonely Firefly by Eric Carle
The Voyage of the Space Beagle by A.E. van Vogt

We by Yevgeny Zamyatin
Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne

Young Lonigan by James T. Farrell


Let me know if you've read any of these, heard interesting buzz, or have a favorite book of the 1930s.
SKJAM!
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Continuing our look at what Goodreads recommends to me based on my bookshelves (which says something about me, but possibly more about the Goodreads hive mind.) Today's shelf is "oldies", where I put any book written before the 20th Century. This includes many books we think of as "classic literature" and others that are the 19th Century equivalent of (insert your least favorite trendy book here). Many of these recommendations you may have read for school.

The Aeneid by Virgil
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: A Pop-Up Adaptation by Robert Sabuda
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

Betsy-Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace
The Burgess Bird Book for Children by Thornton W. Burgess

Callirhoe by Chariton
The Canterville Ghost and Other Stories by Oscar Wilde
Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling
Cesar Birotteau by Honore de Balzac
The Complete Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen

Duncan's War by Douglas Bond

English Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs
Even the Queen: & Other Short Stories by Connie Willis

Fairy Tales Every Child Should Know by Hamilton Wright Mabie
The First Men in the Moon by H.G. Wells
The Fortune of the Rougons by Emile Zola
Foxe's Book of Martyrs by John Foxe
The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: After Sir Arthur Conan Doyle by Richard Lancelyn Green

The Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith

Into the Woods by Stephen Sondheim

King Arthur and his Knights: Selected Tales by Thomas Malory
Kubla Khan by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The Lamplighter by Maria S. Cummins
The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson

The Mansion by Henry van Dyke
The Man Without a Country by Edward Everett Hale
Medea by Euripides
Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Robert Maturin
The Minister's Black Veil by Nathaniel Hawthorne
A Modest Proposal and Other Satirical Works by Jonathan Swift
The Monk by Matthew Gregory Lewis

Non-Stop by Brian W. Aldiss

An Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce

Perrault's Fairy Tales by Charles Perrault
Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment by Jeremiah Burroughs
Robin Hood by Alexandre Dumas
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
Roderick by John Sladek

The Scarlet Ibis: The Collection of Wonder by James Hurst
Sherlock Holmes of Baker Street by William S. Baring-Gould
The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin

The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories by H.P. Lovecraft
The Time Ships by Steven Baxter
The Turn of the Screw and the Aspern Papers by Henry James

The Vampyre and Other Tales of the Macabre by John William Polidori
The Vampyre: A Tale by John William Polidori

The Wild Christmas Reindeer by Jan Brett
The Willows by Algernon Blackwood
Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne


Goodreads really, really wants me to read that Polidori story, apparently.

Let me know if you've read any of these or heard interesting buzz about them or have a good story about pre-20th Century literature you'd like to share.
SKJAM!
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Keeping on posting, this time we're going to look at a slightly more controversial area, books Goodreads has recommended to me based on my "gender bender" shelf. This includes both fanciful stories of boys turning into girls (and vice versa) using impossible means, and realistic stories involving more believable trans people. Not a genre so much as a theme, so most of the recommended works do not themselves have gender bending in them.

After School Nightmare, Volume 1 by Setona Mizushiro
Aquaman, Vol. 1: The Trench by Geoff Johns
Arrows of the Queen by Mercedes Lackey

Beyond the Pale by Mark Anthony
Birds of Prey, Vol. 1: Trouble in Mind by Duane Swierczynski
Black and White, Vol. 1 by Taiyo Matsumoto
The Briar King by Greg Keyes
A Bride's Story, Vol. 01 by Kaoru Mori

A Carrion Death by Michael Stanley
Catwoman #0 by Ann Nocenti
China Trade by S.J. Rozan
The Coroner's Lunch by Colin Cotterill

Death of a Red Heroine by Qiu Xiaolong
The Drops of God 1 by Tadashi Agi
A Drunken Dream and Other Stories by Moto Hagio

Feast of Souls by C.S. Friedman
The Fire's Stone by Tanya Huff
From Far Away, Vol. 1 by Kyoko Hikawa

Gate 7, Volume 1 by CLAMP

Inda by Sherwood Smith

Kare Kano: His and Her Circumstances, Vol. 1 by Asami Tsuda
Kirith Kirin by Jim Grimsley

The Last Kashmiri Rose by Barbara Cleverly
Lion of Senet by Jennifer Fallon
Love Hina, Vol. 01 by Ken Akamatsu

The Marriage Bureau for Rich People by Farahad Zama
Mars, Volume 01 by Fuyumi Soryo
Medalon by Jennifer Fallon
Melusine by Sarah Monette
MeruPuri, Vol. 01 by Matsuri Hino
Miss Modern Vol. 1 by Waki Yamato
Moonlight Downs by Adrian Hyland
A Most Peculiar Malaysian Murder by Shamini Flint

100% by Paul Pope

Red River, Vol. 1 by Chie Shinohara

Saturn Apartments, Vol. 1 by Hisae Iwaoka
The September Society by Charles Finch
Supergirl, Vol. 1: Last Daughter of Krypton by Mike Johnson
Swamp Thing, Vol. 1: Raise Them Bones by Scott Snyder
Swordspoint by by Ellen Kushner

Tom Strong, Book 1 by Alan Moore
Transformation by Carol Berg

Vincalis the Agitator by Holly Lisle

Wandering Son: Volume 01 by Shimura Takako
What a Wonderful World!, Volume 1 by Inio Asano
Wife of the Gods by Kwei Quartey
The Witches of Eileanan by Kate Forsyth
Wonder Woman, Vol. 1: Blood by Brian Azzarello


The surprise repeat recommendation is Jennifer Fallon, who I have not heard of before.

As always, comment if you've read any of these or heard interesing buzz. The next shelf is likely to have a bunch of books you should have read; you'll see why when we get there.

Cheers,
SKJAM!
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Doing this while I still have a relatively high amount of free time before the New Year. Tonight we'll look at what Goodreads recommends to me based on my Europe shelf. Here I place books that are either set in Europe (other than the British Isles) or are written by European authors. Naturally, this results in a mixed bag of actual genres. There does seem to be a certain amount of overlap with the British shelf.

The Aeneid by Virgil
Air, Vol. 1: Letters from Lost Countries by G. Willow Wilson
Alice 19th, Vol. 01: Lotis Master by Yuu Watase

Batman and Robin, Vol. 1: Batman Reborn by Grant Morrison
Big Questions #1 by Anders Nilsen
Burned by Thomas Enger

Cesar Birotteau by Honore de Balzac
The Complete Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen

Doctor Mirabilis by James Blish
Drinking at the Movies by Julia Wertz
Duncan's War by Douglas Bond

English Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs
Epileptic by David B.

Firefox by Craig Thomas
The First Men in the Moon by H.G. Wells
The Fortune of the Rougons by Emile Zola
The 42nd Parallel by John Dos Passos
Freakangels, Volume 1 by Warren Ellis

Hoodoo Money, First Edition by Sharon C. Pennington
The Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith

Into the Woods by Stephen Sondheim
The Ipcress File by Len Deighton

The Leopard by Guiseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle
Lysias: Selected Speeches by Charles Darwin Adams

The Man Without a Country by Edward Everett Hale
Medea by Euripides
Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Robert Maturin
The Monk by Matthew Gregory Lewis

Night of the Fox by Jack Higgins

One Hundred Demons by Lynda Barry

Palestine, Vol. 1: A Nation Occupied by Joe Sacco
Perrault's Fairy Tales by Charles Perrault
Phantom by Susan Kay
Plaugues and Peoples by William Hardy McNeill

Q by Luther Blissett
A Question of Upbringing by Anthony Powell

Robin Hood by Alexandre Dumas
Run Silent Run Deep by Edward L Beach

Superman: Birthright by Mark Waid
Superman: Up, Up, and Away! by Kurt Busiek
Swamp Thing, Vol. 1: Raise Them Bones by Scott Snyder

The Trial of Colonel Sweeto and Other Stories by Nicholas Gurewitch

Unknown Soldier, Vol. 1: Haunted House by Joshua Dysart

The Vampyre: A Tale by John William Polidori

The Wanderer by Fritz Leiber
Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne

Yo! by Julia Alvarez
Young Lonigan by James T. Farrell


Please comment if you have read any of these or heard interesting buzz.

Also, can you recommend any good books (in English) set in Jamaica?

Happy New Year,
SKJAM!

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