Just for chuckles, I thought I'd try another one of these.  The period will cover from today, 10/31/2011 through 10/29/2012. (There's a "Leap Day" next year.)

 

1)H.P. Lovecraft's Book of the Supernatural, edited by Stephen Jones. Started: 10/31/2011, Finished: 11/4/2011.

2)The God Delusion, by Richard Dawkins. Started: 11/4/2011, Finished: 11/6/2011.

3)The Book of Cthulhu, edited by Ross E. Lockhart. Started: 11/6/2011, Finished: 11/10/2011.

4)The Jedi Path: A Manual for Students of the Force, by Daniel Wallace. Started: 11/10/2011, Finished: 11/11/2011.

5)The Stupidest Things Ever Said Book of All-Time Stupidest Top 10 Lists, by Kathryn & Ross Petras. Started: 11/12/2011, Finished: 11/12/2011.

6)Ward No. 6 and Other Stories, by Anton Chekhov. Started: 11/11/2011, Finished: 11/19/2011.

7)Cthulhu's Reign, edited by Darrell Schweitzer. Started: 11/19/2011, Finished: 11/21/2011.

8)Kokoro, by Natsume Sōseki. Started: 11/21/2011, Finished: 11/23/2011.

9)All She Was Worth, by Miyuki Miyabe. Started: 11/21/2011, Finished: 11/26/2011.

10)Beautiful Fighting Girl, by Saitō Tamaki. Started: 11/26/2011, Finished: 11/28/2011.

11)The Devil's Whisper, by Miyuki Miyabe. Started: 11/28/2011, Finished: 12/3/2011.

12)Sci-Fi Movie Freak, by Robert C. Ring. Started: 12/3/2011, Finished: 12/4/2011.

13)Doctor Who - The Brilliant Book 2012, edited by Clayton Hickman. Started: 12/7/2011, Finished: 12/7/2011.

14)The Beautiful and the Grotesque, by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa. Started: 12/4/2011, Finished: 12/9/2011.

15)The Book of Heroes, by Miyuki Miyabe. Started: 12/9/2011, Finished: 12/10/2011.

16)The Adventures of  Hergé, Creator of Tintin, by Michael Farr. Started: 12/10/2011, Finished: 12/11/2011.

17)Thousand Cranes, by Yasunari Kawabata. Started: 12/11/21011, Finished: 12/12/2011.

18)An Artist of the Floating World, by Kazuo Ishiguro. Started: 12/12/2011, Finished: 12/13/2011.

19)Harp of Burma, by Michio Takeyama. Started: 12/13/2011, Finished: 12/14/2011. 

20)Doctor Who - The Encyclopedia, by Gary Russell. Started: 12/9/2011, Finished: 12/14/2011.

21)Secret Rendezvous, by Kobe Abe. Started: 12/14/2011, Finished: 12/18/2011.

22)Audition, by Ryu Murakami. Started: 12/18/2011, Finished: 12/20/2011.

23)Shadow Family, by Miyuki Miyabe. Started: 12/20/2011, Finished: 12/21/2011.

24)The Woman in the Dunes, by Kobo Abe. Started: 12/21/2011, Finished: 12/23/2011.

25)Snow Country, by Yasunari Kawabata. Started: 12/23/2011, Finished: 12/24/2011.

26)Crazy Stuff Long Island, by Camille Smith Platt. Started: 12/25/2011, Finished: 12/25/2011.

27)Crossfire, by Miyuki Miyabe. Started: 12/24/2011, Finished: 12/30/2011.

28)50 Things You're Not Supposed to Know - Religion, by Daniele Bolelli. Started: 12/30/2011, Finished: 12/30/2011.

29)Elisabeth Sladen - The Autobiography, by Elisabeth Sladen, with Jeff Hudson. Started: 12/31/2011, Finished: 1/1/2012. 

30)God and Sex, by Michael Coogan. Started: 1/1/2012, Finished: 1/3/2012.

31)150 Movies You Should Die Before You See, by Steve Miller. Started: 1/3/2012, Finished: 1/4/2012.

32)Silence, by Shusaku Endo. Started: 1/4/2012, Finished: 1/6/2012.

33)The Time Traveler's Guide to Medieval England, by Ian Mortimer. Started: 1/6/2012, Finished: 1/9/2012.

34)The Chronicles of Narnia, by C.S. Lewis. Started: 1/9/2012, Finished: 1/15/2012.

35)Rude Hand Gestures of the World, by Romana Lefevre. Started: 1/15/2012, Finished: 1/15/2012.

36)Geek Wisdom, edited by Stephen H. Segal. Started: 1/15/2012, Finished: 1/16/2012.

37)A Little History of the World, by E.H. Gombrich.  Started: 1/16/2012, Finished: 1/19/2012.

38)Where Europe Begins, by Yoko Tawada. Started: 1/19/2012, Finished: 1/20/2012.

39)MetaMaus, by Art Spiegelman. Started: 1/20/2012, Finished: 1/21/2012.

40)Lovecraft Unbound, edited by Ellen Datlow. Started: 1/21/2012, Finished: 1/25/2012. 

41)The Penguin Book of Japanese Verse, translated and with introductions by Geoffrey Bownas and Anthony Thwaite. Started: 1/25/2012, Finished: 1/27/2012.

42)Legends of the Samurai, by Hiroaki Sato. Started: 1/27/2012, Finished: 1/31/2012.

43)The Life-Giving Sword, by Yagyu Munenori. Started: 1/31/2012, Finished: 2/1/2012.

44)The Secret History of the Lord of Musashi and Arrowroot, by Junichirō Tanizaki. Started: 2/1/2012, Finished: 2/6/2012.

45)Admiral Tōgō: Nelson of the East, by Jonathan Clements. Started: 2/6/2012, Finished: 2/7/2012.

46)The Master of Go, by Yasunari Kawabata. Started: 2/7/2012, Finished: 2/8/2012.

47)10 Billion Days & 100 Billion Nights, by Ryu Mitsuse. Started: 2/8/2012, Finished: 2/12/2012.

48)MM9, by Hiroshi Yamamoto. Started: 2/12/2012, Finished: 2/13/2012.

49)Thirst for Love, by Yukio Mishima. Started: 2/13/2012, Finished: 2/15/2012.

50)One Hundred Frogs, by Hiroaki Sato. Started: 2/15/2012, Finished: 2/19/2012.

51)Let Me In, by John Ajvide Lindqvist. Started: 2/19/2012, Finished: 2/24/2012.

52)The 100 Best Movies Ever Made...Mostly Suck, by Nigel S. Started: 2/24/2012, Finished: 2/25/2012.

53)Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman, by Haruki Murakami. Started: 2/25/2012, Finished: 2/27/2012.

54)The Wavering of Haruhi Suzumiya, by Nagaru Tanigawa. Started: 2/27/2012, Finished: 3/2/2012.

55)The Cage of Zeus, by Sayuri Ueda. Started: 3/2/2012, Finished: 3/9/2012.

56)Handling the Undead, by John Ajvide Lindqvist. Started: 3/9/2012, Finished: 3/13/2012.

57)Looking Backward 2000-1887, by Edward Bellamy. Started: 3/13/2012, Finished: 3/16/2012.

58)Five by Endo, by Shusaku Endo. Started: 3/16/2012, Finished: 3/16/2012.

59)Death March on Mount Hakkōda, by Jirō Nitta. Started: 3/16/2012, Finished: 3/17/2012.

60)A Princess of Mars, by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Started: 3/17/2012, Finished: 3/19/2012.

61)Things Japanese, by Basil Hall Chamberlain. Started: 3/19/2012, Finished: 3/25/2012.

62)In Search of Japan's Hidden Christians, by John Dougill. Started: 3/25/2012, Finished: 3/27/2012.

63)Those Guys Have All the Fun, by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales. Started: 3/27/2012, Finished: 3/31/2012.

64)ICO: Castle in the Mist, by Miyuki Miyabe. Started: 3/31/2012, Finished: 4/2/2012.

65)Al Jaffee's Mad Life, by Mary-Lou Weisman. Started: 4/2/2012, Finished: 4/2/2012.

66)I am a Cat, by Sōseki Natsume. Started: 4/2/2012, Finished: 4/7/2012.

67)Dark Shadows: Return to Collinwood, by Kathryn Leigh Scott and Jim Pierson. Started: 4/7/2012, Finished: 4/8/2012.

68)Fake ID, by Mariko Tamaki. Started: 4/8/2012. Finished: 4/8/2012.

69)The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson. Started: 4/8/2012, Finished: 4/11/2012.

70)After the Banquet, by Yukio Mishima. Started: 4/11/2012, Finished: 4/13/2012.

71)The Onion Presents: Love, Sex, and Other Natural Disasters, by the Staff of The Onion. Started: 4/13/2012, Finished: 4//13/2012.

72)Basket Case, by Carl Hiaasen. Started: 4/13/2012, Finished: 4/16/2012.

73)Invasion of the Sea, by Jules Verne. Started: 4/17/2012, Finished: 4/18/2012.

74)Secrets of the Freemasons, by Michael Bradley. Started: 4/18/2012, Finished: 4/19/2012.

75)Brave Story, by Miyuki Miyabe. Started: 4/19/2012, Finished: 4/26/2012.

76)The Sorrows of Young Werther, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Started: 4/26/2012, Finished: 4/27/2012.

77)The Anthology of Really Important Modern Poetry, by Kathryn & Ross Petras. Started: 4/27/2012, Finished: 4/27/2012.

78)The Girl Who Played WIth Fire, by Stieg Larsson. Started: 4/27/2012, Finished: 5/2/2012.

79)Samurai - The Japanese Warrior's Unofficial Manual, by Stephen Turnbull. Started: 5/2/2012, Finished: 5/3/2012.

80)The Diary of a Madman and Other Stories, by Nikolai Gogol. Started: 5/3/2012, Finished: 5/5/2012.

81)The Shooting Gallery & Other Stories, by Yūko Tsushima. Started: 5/5/2012, Finished: 5/8/2012.

82)March Was Made of Yarn, edited by Elmer Luke and David Karashima. Started: 5/8/2012, Finished: 5/10/2012.

83)The Supervillain Handbook, by Matt. D. Wilson. Started: 5/10/2012, Finished: 5/10/2012.

84)The Tale of the Heike, translated by Helen Craig McCullough. Started: 5/10/2012, Finished: 5/19/2012.

85)Awa Maru - Titanic of Japan, by Rei Kimura. Started: 5/19/2012, Finished: 5/19/2012.

86)Robot Ghosts and Wired Dreams, edited by Christopher Bolton, Istvan Csicserv-Ronay Jr., and Takayuki Tatsumi. Started: 5/19/2012, Finished: 5/28/2012.

87)The Box Man, by Kobo Abe. Started: 5/28/2012, Finished: 6/1/2012.

88)Napoleon's Privates, by Tony Perrottet. Started: 6/1/2012, Finished: 6/2/2012.

89)The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, by Stieg Larsson. Started: 6/2/2012, Finished: 6/14/2012.

90)Why Does Batman Carry Shark Repellent?, by Brian Cronin. Started: 6/14/2012. Finished: 6/14/2012.

91)Facing the Bridge, by Yoko Tawada. Started: 6/14/2012, Finished: 6/18/2012.

92) A Man for All Seasons, by Robert Bolt. Started: 6/18/2012,Finished: 6/18/2012.

93)The Last Days of Socrates, by Plato. Started: 6/18/2012, Finished: 6/21/2012.

94)Leviathan, by Thomas Hobbes. Started: 6/21/2012, Finished: 7/3/2012.

95)Botchan, by Natsume Sōseki. Started: 7/3/2012, Finished: 7/5/2012.

96)Almuric, by Robert E. Howard. Started: 7/5/2012,Finished: 7/6/2012.

97)Jonathan Edwards: Basic Writings, edited by Ola Elizabeth Winslow. Started: 7/6/2012, Finished: 7/13/2012.

98)Good Luck, Yukikaze, by Chōhei Kambayashi. Started: 7/13/2012, Finished: 7/16/2012.

99)The Sound of Waves, by Yukio Mishima, Started: 7/16/2012, Finished: 7/20/2012.

100)The Ark Sakura, by Kobo Abe. Started: 7/20/2012, Finished: 7/28/2012.

101)Doctor Who - Monster Miscellany, by Justin Richards. Started: 7/28/2012, Finished: 7/28/2012.

102)Doctor Who - 100 Scariest Monsters, by Justin Richards. Started: 7/28/2012, Finished: 7/28/2012.

103)America's Geisha Ally, by Naoko Shibusawa.  Started: 7/28/2012, Finished: 8/2/2012.

104)Moju: The Blind Beast, by Edogawa Ranpo. Started: 8/2/2012, Finished: 8/2/2012.

105)Future Lovecraft, edited by Silvia Moreno-Garcia & Paula R. Stiles. Started: 8/2/2012, Finished: 8/4/2012.

106)Gush, by Yo Hemmi. Started: 8/4/2012, Finished: 8/7/2012.

107)Bodies of Memory, by Yoshikuni Igarashi. Started: 8/7/2012, Finished: 8/13/2012.

108)The Intrigues of Haruhi Suzumiya, by Nagaru Tanigawa. Started: 8/13/2012, Finished: 8/16/2012.

109)The Sound of the Mountain, by Yasunari Kawabata. Started: 8/16/2012, Finished: 8/19/2012.

110)Was Superman A Spy?, by Brian Cronin. Started: 8/19/2012, Finished: 8/20/2012.

111)In Godzilla's Footsteps, edited by William M.Tsutsui and Michiko Ito. Started: 8/20/2012, Finished: 8/25/2012.

112)The Psychopath Test, by Jon Ronson. Started: 8/25/2012, Finished: 8/26/2012.

113)Doctor Who: Shada - The Lost Adventure by Douglas Adams, by Gareth Roberts. Started: 8/26/2012, Finished: 8/27/2012.

114)Japan's Longest Day, compiled by the Pacific War Research Society. Started: 8/27/2012, Finished: 8/29/2012.

115)The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway, Started: 8/29/2012, Finished: 9/16/2012.

116)Mythology, by Philip Wilkinson. Started: 9/16/2012, Finished: 9/21/2012.

117)Baseball in Blue and Gray, by Geroge B. Kirsch. Started: 9/21/2012, Finished: 9/22/2012.

118)Four Major Plays of Chikamatsu, translated by Donald Keene. Started: 9/22/2012, Finished: 9/28/2012.

119)The Threepenny Opera, by Bertolt Brecht. Started: 9/28/2012, Finished 10/1/2012.

120)Bacchae and Other Plays, by Euripides. Started: 10/1/2012, Finished: 10/5/2012.

121)Nippon Wars and Other Plays, by Takeshi Kawamura. Started: 10/5/2012, Finished: 10/9/2012.

122)Dean & Me, by Jerry Lewis and James Kaplan. Started: 10/9/2012, Finished: 10/9/2012.

123)Theogony and Works and Days, by Hesiod. Started: 10/9/2012, Finished: 10/10/2012.

124)How the Other Half Lives, by Jacob A. Riis. Started: 10/10/2012, Finished: 10/16/2012.

125)The Mabinogion, translated by Jeffrey Gantz. Started: 10/16/2012. Finished: 10/21/2012.

126)Wonderful Life With the Elements, by Bunpei Yorifuji. Started: 10/21/2012, Finished: 10.21/2012.

127)The Book of the Bizarre, by Varla Ventura. Started: 10/21/2012, Finished: 10/22/2012.

128)The Temple of the Golden Pavilion, by Yukio Mishima. Started: 10/22/2012, Finished: 10/26/2012.

129)American Nations, by Colin Woodard. Started: 10/26/2012, Finished: 10/29/2012..

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I was in B&N a couple of weeks ago looking for a book they did not have in stock. The clerk “helpfully” suggested I could get it cheaper on their “Nook” product, then I pointed out, “Sure, then a couple hundred for the device to read it,” when another customer chirped up telling how much she loves hers. She went on to cite all of her initial objections, and I said to the clerk, “What she said… except I mean it.”

There are free alternatives that let you read Nook and Kindle books, but truth be told I read enough on the computer as it is. If I can get a paper copy, that's what I want. If you're patient and don't buy them the day they come out, most books get cheap fast. And then there's this "library" place I've heard about...

Finished Let Me In, which was the novel that the films Låt den rätte komma in and Let Me In were based on. Quite a good book - there were some interesting elements in there that weren't in either of the film versions.  Not sure what I'll read next.

Updated. Finished the Ueda book. Interesting, a sci-fi novel about a terrorist attack against a race of bi-genders living on a space station orbitng Jupiter.  Well-written.  Dunno yet what I'm going to read next.

Just finished Handling the Undead, by John Ajvide Lindqvist, an interesting take on the "living dead" genre.  In the book, a bizarre electrical "event" causes the recently-deceased of Stockholm to re-animate. These aren't "Romero" zombies - they're not carnivorous as such, or infectious. There's only a few of them, so it's not a "collapse of civilization" story. Instead, it deals with a handful of characters as they deal with the emotional and social impast of having dead relatives come back. It's interesting stuff - this is the second book of Lindqvist's that I've read - I find him to be a good writer that draws in one's interest.

Just finished Looking Backward 2000-1887, by Edward Bellamy, a book published in 1888, which was quite influential in its day, but is perhaps not so widely remembered today. The protagonist is a young Bostonian who falls into a mesmeric trance in 1887 and awakens in the year 2000, to find himself living in a utopian society. The bulk of the book is a detailed description of how the future society works and is the best possible social organization for human prosperity.  The society in the book is run along the lines of a sort of socialistic state capitalism.  It's a bit of a dry read, but interesting as a historical document - it's very much of a "Nineteenth Century" utopia, and very overoptimistic. As with most of these "predictive" books, a big part of the fum is in seeing how spectacularly wrong the author got it.  If anything, I fear that we are living in what Bellamy would've thought of as a dystopia.

I know I've read that in the past, but I've retained no impression of it at all.  Have you read Well's When the Sleeper Wakes, which is ...ummm ... not utopian?

I Know I've read the Wells book at some point, but I don't remember many details. 

Finished Five by Endo, a collection of five short stories by Shusaku Endo.  Only 84 pages long, but good stuff.  Not sure what I'll read enxt.

Updated.

What did you think of that one, Baron? I've not read Burroughs's Martian books in a long while, but I loved the series as a kid.

 

The next two books in the series form a trilogy with Princess, after which Burroughs moved onto protagonists other than Carter until Swords of Mars. Carter is also the protagonist in Llana of Gathol and John Carter of Mars. The latter book collects two novellas, one of which was apparently intended as the start of a novella sequence, and the other of which is a rewritten version of a Big Little Book story written by Burroughs's artist son John Coleman Burroughs, who illustrated his later books and was the artist of the John Carter newspaper strip.

 

Burroughs reused the suspended ending approach of Princess in the first books of several of his other series. I think they're some of the most memorable bits in his books.

 

Wikipedia has a page on "Mars in fiction" here that includes a list of works set on Mars to 1910. Richard A. Lupoff argued that Burroughs's inspiration was Lieutenant Gullivar Jones: His Vacation (1905) by Edwin L. Arnold, and that John Carter was modelled after the protogonist of another Arnold novel, Phra the Phoenician. Apparently others have argued that Burroughs was influenced by Journey to Mars (1894) by Gustavus W. Pope. I'm not sufficiently familiar with the fantastic literature of the period to know which resemblances between the works might prove something and which are more likely to be due to ideas being generally in the air. Lieut. Gullivar Jones has an American hero, but is actually a British book and reportedly didn't have an American edition until it was published by Ace as Gulliver of Mars (with a cover by Frank Frazetta).

Well, so far, I've just read the introduction and part of the first chapter - I expect to get alot more of it read today. The Old Man was a big Burroughs mark, but I haven't read much of him yet - I picked this one up on a whim as it was being pushed in connection with the film.

 

Death March on Mount Hakkōda, the previous book I read, was quite interesting - it's a fictionalized re-telling of an event in the lead-up to the Russo-Japanese War.  Nearly two hundred Japanese soliders were lost on a winter training exercise in northern Honshu due to poor planning and incompetent leadership.  Fascinating stuff.

 

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