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So far out of my budget

I am currently reading Dave King’s King of Russia, which makes me really want to read more about Anatoly Tarasov, the architect of the Soviet/Russian hockey program.  There’s not a huge amount written about him in English, bookwise, as far as I can tell, mostly short mentions in books about the Summit Series, Miracle, hockey encyclopedias, etc.  ABE and Amazon both show a 1997 biography, which I’m very curious about…but it is OOP and costs more than $900, well over my book budget 😦  It looks like at least one of his dozen books on tactics has been translated but is also OOP.  (And, tbh, tactics are generally beyond me, although I love looking at the beautiful skating and passing.)

I love this quote from his NYT obituary:  a hockey player “must have the wisdom of a chess player, the accuracy of a sniper and the rhythm of a musician.”

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On my wish list

Since I’ve declared a book buying moratorium for the time being — I’m in the process of winnowing my book collection as a move looms large in my near future — I’ve been adding books to my wish list.

  • The Lost Carving: A Journey to the Heart of Making by David Easterly.   A memoir by a modern woodcarver in the style of Grinling Gibbons.  
  • Jambusters by Julie Summers.  An account of Britain’s Women’s Institutes in World War II.
  • Collapse:  How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond.  His Guns, Germs, and Steel was good, so…
  • The Story of English in 100 Words by David Crystal

The new JR Ward book comes out next week.  I’m sort of tempted, just to see what she does with a gay relationship.  But the last couple I read were so badly written and downright offensive in some ways that I’m not willing to pay to read what I’m pretty sure will be a hot mess.  So I guess I’ll wait for the library to have a copy.  

Another series with the mess potential is Charlaine Harris’s wrap up of the Sookie Stackhouse series.  I’ve said before that she went on some odd tangents in order to make some pieces of plot work, which kind of skewed the story arc (IMO), and also has engaged in some character assassination that I find problematic.  Also, Sookie is a gigantic Mary Sue who is hypocritical and uneven in her judgment and treatment of supernaturals while clinging to her so-called christian status.  So I’m ambivalent about this book, due out in May, also.

Two authors whose historical series I’ve abandoned have new books in different setting coming out soon, and both intrigue me. [I’m hoping they’ll appeal and that my declining interest in their other work is a result of series-itis rather than their writing generally.]

  • The Ashford Affair by Lauren Willig
  • A Spear of Summer Grass by Deanna Raybourn

And now that I’ve pined over books I can’t have right now, I’ll go back to clearing out more shelves…

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Nonfiction I want

I’m sure there’s fiction coming soon that I want to read, but nothing springs to mind right now.  Instead I’m wishlisting a bunch of nonfiction.

Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients by Ben Goldacre — available in the UK, not available in the US until January 2013.  But in the meantime, I’ve also got Goldacre’s Bad Science: Quacks, Hacks and Big Pharma Flacks.  Goldacre is a research fellow and psychiatric registrar in the UK.

Seward: Lincoln’s Indispensable Man by Walter Stahr.  Most people probably think of Alaska if they think of Seward at all, but he was pretty awesome as Lincoln’s Secretary of State.

The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail – But Some Don’t by Nate Silver.  I’m interested mostly because I’ve been watching Silver’s numbers for the election and am curious to get a peek into his philosophy.

Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace by D.L. Max.  What it says on the tin.  I don’t quite get the DFW adulation that so many feel.  Yes, he wrote beautifully, but no more so than many others.  Yet his suicide in 2008 seems to have lead to a literary canonization of sorts.  Maybe this will help me understand it.

(Okay, what is up with all the colons and subtitles? Can’t nonfiction writers and publishers come up with simpler titles?)

A People’s History of London by Lindsey German and John Rees.  Ackroyd’s London histories are just too dense and intimidating but this looks manageable, maybe as a jumping off point.

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The wish list

In addition to the books I’ve pre-ordered (the upcoming K.A. Mitchell, Ilona Andrews and Lois McMaster Bujold), I’ve got a fairly lengthy wish list of books.  These are books that I want but am not immediately inclined to buy or pre-order based on price or format or whatever-other-reason.  Periodically I clear the list out based on what I’ve borrowed from the library or found used or been given as a gift, etc.  Sometimes when I review it, I find books that I wanted desperately at some point but which…don’t seem as urgent any longer.   Today’s skim of the list didn’t do that, but it did reveal that a few of the books are available at reasonable used prices (under $5 plus shipping).  [Just what I needed to do, buy more books now that I’ve gotten rid of another 100 or so unread books that were gathering an embarrassing amount of dust.  It’s a sickness.]

Some of the books still on the wishlist:

  1. Little America:  The War Within the War for Afghanistan by Rajiv Chandrasekaran.  I appreciated his Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq’s Green Zone and various reports/articles published by the Post.  Out in June.
  2. Kill You Twice by Chelsea Cain.  Mystery, book five of the Archie Sheridan series, due out in August.
  3. Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia by Gabrielle Gutierrez y Muhs.  Due out next week.  The price ($49.95) is the hold up on this book — it’s a lot (for me) to spend on a book for entertainment rather than work/research purposes.
  4. Molotov’s Magic Lantern: Travels in Russian History by Rachel Polonsky.  Modern Russian history written by a British journalist living in Russia.
  5. The Hand That Trembles by Kjell Eriksson.  Swedish-set mystery.
  6. Our Bodies, Our Crimes: The Policing of Women’s Reproduction in America by Jeanne Flavin.

And many, many more…

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Sunday evening

Sunday evening always seems like a wistful sort of stretch of time to me.  The weekend is ending, so no more relaxation, and it’s time to gear up for the week ahead.  Dinner made and cleaned up, lunches for the week planned and/or packed, wardrobe planned so I’m not staring vacantly at a godsawful hour in the morning and wondering what I ought to wear and do I have any meetings that make a suit more appropriate than business casual.

What I read this weekend:  not much fiction.  Did finish Gravitational Attraction by Angel Martinez, a m/m science fiction novel; the sci-fi worked well but the romance aspect was too tell-tell-tell and fated mate for me.

Saw on Twitter that New Approaches to Popular Romance Fiction is available for Kindle at $9.99, which is a much more attractive price than the $40 paperback.

Oddly, Ahmed Rashid’s Descent Into Chaos is not available for Kindle…but the update to it *is* available for $2.99.  WTH, Amazon?  Rashid’s new book on Afghanistan and Pakistan is available, but I’d like to read the other one first, please.

The next K.A. Mitchell book, But My Boyfriend Is, has a page with a blurb and pre-order button already even though it is not due out until August.  Want!  *sigh*  So impatient.

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