Itinerant Librarian on Books

Like others, I am trying this out after GoodReads sold out to Amazon. I am an avid reader, and I hope to keep track of what I read as well as share it with others who may be interested.

 

 A little more about me:

 

I have been an academic librarian since 2004, and I started blogging in 2005. Prior to this, I have been a high school teacher and a college adjunct instructor. One of my passions is to teach others how to know when they need information, how to find it, and how to make use of it in an ethical way. I have access to a diverse range of information sources, and I know how to use them. Plus, I arm people with facts and information. I am firm believer in teaching these very important skills.

I call my professional blog A Simple Scholarly Librarian (where, among other things, I read a lot of library literature so you don't have to, then I write about it. This blog is currently on hiatus). I also keep my book review and personal blog at The Itinerant Librarian.  Finally, I do have a commonplace/scratch pad blog at Alchemical Thoughts. Feel free to check my blogs out. Comments are always welcome.

Married to The Better Half, we have a daughter who reminds me innocence and wonder are great things. We also have two cats who keep life interesting.

Booknote: Battle Pope Presents: Saint Michael

Battle Pope: Saint Michael - Robert Kirkman

Link to my review of this.

 

This is a prequel to the Battle Pope series; I have reviewed the other titles of the series in my blog.

 

Click link above to check out this review.

Booknote: Appalachian Health and Well-Being

Appalachian Health and Well-Being - Robert L. Ludke, Phillip J. Obermiller, Richard A. Couto

Link to my review of this book. This review is a bit different. Since it is an academic text mainly to be used as resource, I am not rating it like I would other books. From my review:

 

"This note is a reference book review. We currently have this book in our collection at Hutchins Library; I saw it on our new reference books' shelf, and I decided to make this note both to help me better know this resource and to see if it can be helpful for our students here. In this note, I will mainly look at key features of the book, how it is organized, and why it may be useful and how."

 

Click on the link to read the full review and check it out.

Booknote: Browsings

Browsings: A Year of Reading, Collecting, and Living with Books - Michael Dirda

My review of this book over at The Itinerant Librarian. Check it out.

Booknote: Book by Book

Book by Book: Notes on Reading and Life - Michael Dirda

My review of Book by Book by Michael Dirda over on my blog.

Reading about the reading life: June 9, 2019 edition

The latest installment of the semi-regular series "Reading about the Reading Life" I do over at The Itinerant Librarian. This is where I collect stories about reading and the reading life, items related to reading, writing, literacy, and a few other things I think may interest my four readers. Check it out. Feel free to comment.

 

 

My review of March: Book Three

March: Book Three - John   Lewis, Nate Powell, Andrew Aydin

This is one of the books I left as "currently reading" when I took my break from BookLikes.

 

You can find my full review of it here at The Itinerant Librarian.

Coming back a bit at a time (seems world did not end...yet)

Back in 2016 I turned out the lights here and walked out when BookLikes basically went unstable and no one was really sure if they were coming or going. I went on to other places, mainly my main book reviews and personal blog, The Itinerant Librarian.

 

On the one hand, I did miss the place, plus the Tumblr debacle meant one less place online (for those who may have missed it, here is a link). On the other, seems this place has managed to keep some stability (though I am skeptical as this is the second attempt at this post since it failed to post the first one just now), so I am going to make a go at it again here. We'll see how it goes.

 

As always, if you want to find me, you can also visit me in these other places:

 

As I mentioned, my main book reviews and personal blog is The Itinerant Librarian.

 

My Twitter is @bloodravenlib (yes, this has changed from @gypsylib, long story).

 

My commonplace blog at Alchemical Thoughts. This is mainly odds and ends and some cartomancy content (another thing that has happened since 2016 is I've taken up study of cartomancy, mainly Tarot and oracle cards. Some of that will likely appear here too in BookLikes here and there).

 

My "Tumblr refugee" blog at Alchemical Annex. This is where I exported my Tumblr before I took it down. Also odds and ends, mainly short things.

 

My newest experiment. This is one of the Tumblr alternatives recently available. I am still figuring it out. One of the features I like is their ability to rate posts by levels from family-friendly to explicit, which allows a degree of isolation (better effort to keep kiddies and busybodies out or at least out of certain areas). I did rate my blog on the X side (though I rarely post anything explicit if ever) just to try things out. So when you see blog without blogging in, it will show any content lower than X, of which I have plenty and prompt you to log in to see the rest. It is an interesting idea and effort to keep a bit of better control and allow better free expression. Want to check it out? My blog is Alchemical Annex on nT over at NewTumbl.

 

So anyhow that is some of what I've been up to since last I was here. I hope to get back to reviewing books here, keeping track of what I read, crossposting a bit from Itinerant Librarian, and slowly getting back into the book community here. If you followed me before, and you are still here, hope you will come along. If I am new to you, check things out, feel free to comment even if to say hello.

 

I've also updated my list of the books I am currently reading. You can find that on the right sidebar. Finally, in a bit of housecleaning, I slightly changed the title of the blog here (because. . . reasons). For me, I am likely going to find a few broken links in other places where I linked here; I'll just fix as I find them. For you, I hope the effect is minimal.

 

Paz y amor.

 

In case BookLikes goes belly up (or making sure things are backed up)

It seems BookLikes was a nice experiment while it lasted. I'd say for at least a couple of months, this site has been having serious technical and usability issues, as in it can barely be used. I am not even sure this post will get posted (as I type, the browser is still spinning to finish loading the page). So, in case this post manages to make it through, for my few followers, here is where you can find me and my book reviews: I am always on Twitter: @gypsylib My book review blog is The Itinerant Librarian (http://itinerantlibrarian.blogspot.com). My commonplace blog is Alchemical Thoughts (http://itinerantlibrarian.wordpress.com) I am also on Tumblr at http://gypsylibrarian.tumblr.com Finally, my GoodReads profile, which I may have to go back to if I do not find a better option: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/190365-angel Good luck folks.

Booknote: Easy Tarot Handbook, with review on the Gilded Tarot deck

Easy Tarot: Learn to Read the Cards Once and For All! - Josephine Ellershaw

On the one hand, the book has some good advice for learners, especially about keeping a Tarot journal and overall for learning how to read the Tarot. Ellershaw offers a step by step system for learning how to read the Tarot cards. On the other hand, I did find some of the card meanings in this book a bit on the lighter side when compared to other books, such as Lyle's, but the meanings still fall within tradition for the most part, thus the book is still useful in that regard.

 

Read the full review, where I also provide a review of the Tarot deck that came with this book kit, Ciro Marchetti's Gilded Tarot, at The Itinerant Librarian. Simply click the link above.

 

By the way, if there are any Tarot users, readers, and/or collectors here in BookLikes, feel free to comment and say hello.

Booknote: Lando

Star Wars: Lando - Charles Soule, Alex Maleev

(Crossposted from The Itinerant Librarian)

 

From the book's description:

"Before he joined the Rebellion, before he ran Cloud City, Lando made his way in the galaxy getting by on some swindles, some swagger, and a smile. With the loyal Lobot at his side, Lando has a plan to steal a very valuable ship." 

 

 

This book is part of Marvel's new Star Wars comics under Disney ownership. In this comic, Lando finds himself in trouble when he has to settle a debt to a crimelord. To settle it, the crimelord gives Lando one big job: to steal a very valuable ship. Even better for Lando is that he can keep anything of value inside the ship. At the moment, the ship is in dock for repairs, which means minimal security and a great time to steal it. It looks like an easy payday, but Lando soon finds out things are not as they seem. When the owner finds out the ship is stolen, he sends a deadly assassin after Lando, and that may be the least of his worries.

This is a good, fast paced story of Lando Calrissian's early days. It's a good thieves' tale with plenty of action and charm. We see Lando as a smart and lovable scoundrel with a great gift for charm. The tale draws you in right away, and once you start, you keep reading right to the end. And it also has a fast, tense, and moving ending. Additionally, the tale provides more insight into the friendship and bond between Lando and Lobot; for fans of the original films, this may be of interest too. Plus, the art in this volume is very good.

Overall, this is a story I really liked. It did feel a bit short, but it packed in a lot in terms of action. If another volume comes out, I will seek it out. Star Wars fans, especially for The Empire Strikes Back, will likely enjoy this one. It is a good addition for libraries.

 

Booknote: The Blood Angels Omnibus

The Blood Angels Omnibus, Volume 1 - James Swallow

The novels and short story tell the story of Space Marine Rafen and his blood brother Space Marine Arkio. When Arkio comes into contact with the Spear of Telestro, an ancient Blood Angels' relic recently recovered, Arkio experiences new powers and visions. He then claims to be the reincarnation of Sanguinius, the Blood Angels' Primarch. Many of the Blood Angels rally to Arkio but not all. Rafen is one of those with doubts, and the novels lead to their inevitable confrontation as the Blood Angels are plunged into an internal conflict.

 

Check out the full review of this at The Itinerant Librarian by clicking on the link above.

Booknote: Tarot Cards

Tarot Cards - Isabella Alston, Kathryn Dixon

This is another small book, an art book of 95 pages showing a variety of Tarot card decks. It's a very nice book to look at. For Tarot card deck collectors, this book may incite their collecting lust a bit. The book starts with an introduction that sets up the book and gives a brief history of Tarot cards. This book looks at Tarot cards as an art form.

 

Check out the rest of my review at The Itinerant Librarian by clicking the link above. On a side note, the photo that BookLikes is using here is different than the cover of the edition I have, which is shown on my blog post.

Booknote: Battle Pope, Volume 3

Battle Pope, Volume 3: Pillow Talk - Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, Cory Walker

(Crossposted from The Itinerant Librarian)

 

After the events in the previous volume, Pope and Jesus are homeless. However, they soon find a new place to live along with the tenants of the previous building they lived in, who ended up homeless as well. Jesus and Pope are getting along slightly better as roommates. Meanwhile, Agnes, Pope's old landlady, keeps hitting on him, and if that was not enough, Pope has a crush on a female demon named Brenda. Could Brenda be true love for Pope at last? The volume also features a Christmas holiday edition, and the Virgin Mary drops by to visit her son for his birthday.

Pope continues to blast evil demons when he can, and he does get with the ladies as much as possible. Though the volume is not as humorous as previous ones, it is still amusing, and it does have some funny moments. The art is definitely a great reason to pick this up, and Image's restoration in full color makes this comic pop. The comic also features a short introduction by Chris Piers, and it also has a sketchbook so you can see early drafts and how the comic was developed. Overall, it was a fun read. As I've said for previous volumes, this is not a comic for young kids given violence and some very adult situations.

Booknote: Black Mass, plus some thoughts on the film

Black Mass: Whitey Bulger, the FBI, and a Devil's Deal - Gerard O'Neill, Dick Lehr

This is a story that on the one hand can be hard to believe. On the other hand, it is a story that is easy to believe given the reputation of law enforcement of often breaking rules they are supposed to enforce and making deals with criminals of dubious value. Sure, taking down the Boston Mafia was a noble goal, but the FBI basically sold its soul to Bulger and enabled his own rise to control organized crime in Boston. Add to this a serious lack of accountability, the FBI's own internal corruption, and a parade of barely competent FBI supervisors, and you get a recipe for a disaster the FBI will be trying to amend for years to come.

 

Click the link to read my full review at The Itinerant Librarian. This review includes my thoughts on the film, which I watched shortly after having read the book.

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Booknote: The Right Side of History

The Right Side of History: 100 Years of LGBTQ Activism - Adrian Brooks, Jonathan Katz

Cleis Press is running a virtual book tour for this book during National Pride Month in June, and I was happy when I got the invite to join in for this book. I wanted to read this for a couple of reasons. One, I enjoy reading history books, especially on topics I may need to learn more about. This book certainly fit that bill. Two, June is National LGBT Pride Month, so what better time of the year to read a book on the history of LGBTQI activism? The timing worked out for me. Overall, this was a good book I enjoyed.

 

Click the link to read the rest of my full review of this book over at my blog, The Itinerant Librarian.

Currently reading

Bone Parish, Vol. 1
Cullen Bunn, Jonas Scharf, Alex Guimaraes
The Hellbound Heart
Clive Barker
Progress: 30/164 pages
Suspended in Dusk II
Simon Dewar
Progress: 17/280 pages
The Complete Fiction
H.P. Lovecraft, S.T. Joshi
Progress: 32/1098 pages
Hell's Cartel: IG Farben and the Making of Hitler's War Machine
Diarmuid Jeffreys
Progress: 50/486 pages