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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It’s cool. The pieces move similarly to chess pieces, but there are additional pieces with different moves. The board is bigger, too, 9x9 squares instead of 8x8. When you move your pieces beyond the “promotion zone” (into your opponents territory) you have the option of flipping the pieces over for additional (or different) movement. [Depending on your strategy, you may or may not choose to promote your piece. You may promote your piece later in the game by re-crossing the zone.] Another difference is that, for your turn, you may choose to drop one of your opponents captured pieces anywhere on the board as your own. [You may drop you piece beyond the promotion zone, but it doesn’t promote until it crosses the zone in play.] As you might suspect, these rules lead to entirely different strategies than those of chess. Defense is key, and a large part of it entails using your other pieces to build “castles” to protect your king. Each of the castles has a different (and poetic) name, much like the different hands in a game of Mah-Jongg.

I learned on an Americanized board, with the movements of the pieces stamped on the pieces themselves. In addition to Kings and Queens and Knights, other pieces included Lances, Silver Generals and Gold Generals. Just about the time I moved to Texas, we were learning to read the authentic Japanese symbols on and authentic set. Before that, I had my dad make a board and set of pieces for me out of wood; it was the last thing he made for me before he died. My friend also found several variations of the game online played on boards of different sizes, including Dai-Shogi (and I’ll bet you know what that means).

Damn! Now I wanna play Shogi!

I always stunk at chess - I seem to be constitutionally incapable of conceptualizing a strategy more intricate than "Hulk smash!", so I'm very impressed by folks who can play these kinds of games.

Updated.  The Mitsuse book was interesting - Siddhartha and Asura travel the world of the far future, trying to discover the secret behind the destruction of the universe, whilst avoiding being assassinated by Jesus of Nazareth.

Finished MM9.  A very enjoyable book, it follows the activities of a government agency tasked with helping the SDF fight off giant monster attacks.  Lots of fun, with many references to classic monster movies, both Japanese and Western.

Finished Mishima's Thirst for Love, a story about a woman whose husband dies and who moves in with her in-laws, but becomes obsessed with a male servant.

Finished One Hundred Frogs, which was an interesting discourse on Japanese poetry forms, particularly the origins and structure of haiku, and the difficulties of translating it.

Hmmm... My book still isn't on there. I'm offended! ;)

What's your book called, Mr.S?

 

Hey Baron - it just came out for the Kindle today (of course there's a print version too): Amazon

Title: "The 100 Best Movies Ever Made ...Mostly Suck". It's satire, poking fun at the endless online film reviewers who have no idea what they're talking about.

Cool. What is this "Kindle" you speak of?

I think it's that which one uses to start a fire.

I avoided releasing a Kindle version for a long time, but it seems to be the wave of the future. Or at least the fad of the moment. I prefer a big heavy book I can hold, myself.

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