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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Lee Houston, Junior said:

Baron:

When you get a chance, could you please post some more details about #67?

 

What I said in the Dark Shadows thread:

 

Finished the book this morning. It wasn't bad - I'd never read any other Dark Shadows books, so it was all new to me. It was interesting. The part describing the Silver Age Dark Shadowers trip to Pinewood was kind of depressing, it sounds as though Frid is pretty doddery.

 

Essentially, the book is a sort of potted history of the show, told largely from Scott's point of view. It covers their visit to the set of the new movie, Scott's experiences on the show and in the two movies they made, as well as various re-makes that were attempted over the years.

 

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What was the Verne book like, Baron?

 

Some of the reviews of the Bradley book at Amazon are very critical. Freemasons have often been demonised, so it's a subject where there's a chance of sensationalism.

The Verne book was OK - not one of his best, but an interesting concept. Worth a look if you get a chance.

 

The Bradley was one I picked up on a whim from the cheapie bin at Barnes & Noble.  Not one I would rely on as a serious source - he seemed a touch too credulous to me.

Thanks. Of Verne's other less-known works, I read The Green Ray a couple of years ago. It's a travel story/romance set in Scotland, without fantastic elements. The climax takes place at Fingal's Cave.

Updated. Brave Story is a good book, but it was 816 pages long, so now I want to read something shorter.

Just finished The Sorrows of Young Werther, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. By the end of it, I was ready to shoot the little wastrel myself.

Sorrows of Werther

 

Werther had a love for Charlotte

Such as words could never utter;

Would you know how first he met her?

She was cutting bread and butter.

 

Charlotte was a married lady,

And a moral man was Werther,

And, for all the wealth of Indes,

Would do nothing for to hurt her.

 

So he sighed and pined and ogled,

And his passion boiled and bubbled,

Till he blew his silly brains out,

And was no more by it troubled.

 

Charlotte, having seen his body

Borne before her on a shutter,

Like a well-conducted person,

Went on cutting bread and butter.

 

-William Makepeace Thackeray

Yup, they quoted that poem in the introduction.

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