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August 31, 2010

New Releases Of Note 8/31/10 Edition

Filed under: Books,Film,New Releases of Note — mikecgannon @ 4:37 PM

First and foremost:


Also worth mentioning:

The Way Of Kings, by Brandon Sanderson

Triumff: Her Majesty’s Hero, by Dan Abnett

Clockwork Angel, by Cassandra Clare



August 29, 2010

I May Have Found A Temporary Replacement For My Jim Butcher Addiction

Filed under: Books — mikecgannon @ 1:27 PM

Simon R. Green’s Nightside Series is so far filling the gap nicely. It’s just a shame his books are so darn short.

All in all, great pulpy noir fantasy. Mind you, the action moves along at an almost feverish pace, and his Nightside Series reads like Raymond Chandler on an acid trip.

Not that there’s anything wrong with that. I’m perfectly happy to have been temporarily hijacked from reading Mockingjay, which, at two-thirds of the way through, has managed to redefine the entire concept of “anti-climatic”.

August 24, 2010

New Releases of Note 8/24/10 Edition

Filed under: Books,New Releases of Note — mikecgannon @ 2:52 PM

It’s been a good couple weeks for books!

Mockingjay, by Suzanne Collins

Legends of Shannara: Bearers Of The Black Staff, by Terry Brooks

Crimes Against Liberty: An Indictment of President Barack Obama, by David Limbaugh

August 10, 2010

New Releases of Note 8/10/10 Edition

Filed under: Books,New Releases of Note,News & Politics,Religion — mikecgannon @ 8:07 AM

Some good political books out recently, as well as a new collection of the teachings of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta. Enjoy!

Where There Is Love, There Is God, by Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Dismantling America
, by Thomas Sowell

The Post-American Presidency, by Pamela Geller, with Robert Spencer

The Truth About Obamacare, by Sally C. Pipes

Culture of Corruption (Paperback Edition), by Michelle Malkin

August 6, 2010

I Got My Life Back From Jim Butcher

Filed under: Books — mikecgannon @ 10:11 AM

I finished reading Changes the other day.

Now all that remains is to get caught up on the eight or ten books that I put on hold while plunging through the first twelve books of The Dresden Files. Because his next novel, Ghost Story, comes out March 29, 2011. Not that it will be too big of a hiccup when it does; his books take me, on average, about a day and a half to blow through.

And they say that I have an addictive personality. Psahh!

July 27, 2010

New Releases Of Note 7/27/10 Edition

Filed under: Books,New Releases of Note — mikecgannon @ 8:55 AM

Some of the new and recent releases out today that caught my eye.

Waking The Witch, by Kelley Armstrong

The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist, by Matt Baglio

A Princess of Landover, by Terry Brooks (Mass Market paperback release)

Dark and Stormy Knights, edited by P.N. Elrod

Grace Before Meals, by Father Leo Patalinghug

July 24, 2010

You Know Why I Hate Jim Butcher?

Filed under: Books — mikecgannon @ 7:35 PM

Because he writes fantastic, addictive fantasy novels, like The Dresden Files, that take me on average about a day and a half to burn through, and he writes new installments about ONCE A YEAR!

Seriously, I’ve got four and half books to go! I’ll be lucky not to be finished by the end of August! Do you know how long I’m going to have to wait once I get caught up for a new Dresden Files novel?

Eight months. Ghost Story comes out March 29, 2011.

Yet another reason I’m glad to be back in school. At least I’ll have something to do in my “free” time.

PS You know what my favorite aspect of these novels are? The major recurring bad guys, the Red Court of Vampires, are referred to casually as “The Reds”. No explicit mention yet of whether or not they are “dirty”, but being vampires, unclean is the safe bet.

June 8, 2010

New Releases Of Note 6/8/10 Edition

Filed under: Books,New Releases of Note — mikecgannon @ 11:07 AM

It’s Tuesday again! Here’s a look at five new book releases for this week that I thought you would enjoy!

The Passage by Justin Cronin. This apocalyptic vampire novel has been getting a ridiculous amount of buzz, and the author a ridiculous amount of money ($5.5 million between book and movie rights, and royalties haven’t even started rolling in yet). At 600 pages, it’s hefty, but by all accounts still an awesome read. Pair this with Blood Oath for this summer’s horror fix.

Speaking of vampire fiction, Stephanie Meyer released a novella which ties in with Eclipse this past Saturday, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner. It tells the story of one of the newborn vampires who attack the Cullens at the end of the third book of the Twilight series. As the title suggests, it ends with the eponymous vampire’s death at the hands of the Volturi, which was quite frankly my favorite part of Eclipse. Read your little sister’s copy; she’ll have one.

The Lion, by Nelson DeMille, for you mystery fans.

Medium Raw, the latest book by celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain.

The Only Game In Town, a collection of sportswriting from The New Yorker, edited by David Remnick. This is the latest in a series of similar collections of New Yorker articles; previous books have covered humor writing and cooking. This one actually looks like it could be interesting.


June 4, 2010

The Daily Bulletin 6/4/10

Filed under: Books,News & Politics — mikecgannon @ 3:48 PM

I’m combining my news and book features today into one gloriously condensed, readable post!

Talking about both books and politics, Amity Shales has a wonderfully insightful piece on why academia not only hates Glenn Beck, but is on the warpath against him.

Every author is glad to sell books. But the victory is far more Mr. Beck’s than any individual writer’s or publisher’s. His genius has been in his recognition that viewers do not want merely the odd, one-off book, duly pegged to news. They want a coherent vision, a competing canon that the regulated airwaves and academy have denied them. So he, Glenn Beck, is building that canon, book by book from the forgotten shelf. Since the man is a riveting entertainer, the professors are correct to be concerned. He’s not just reacting or shaping individual thoughts. He is bringing competition into the Ed Biz.

Charles Krauthammer opines on the evolution of Israel’s defense strategy over the past few decades, and how, short of committing national suicide, the Jewish state has done everything it can to appease its detractors. Sadly, Israel’s enemies won’t be satisfied with anything but its complete destruction, hence the not-backing-down on the Gaza blockade.

Elaine Ecklund’s new book, Science vs. Religion: What Scientists Really Think, looks fascinating and even-handed, on the basis of this review from the Washington Post.

The Times of London reviews a new biography of John Henry Cardinal Newman, the famous Anglican turned Catholic theologian and cleric, written by John Cornwell. I’m not a fan of Cornwell’s other works, particularly his pseudo-history Hitler’s Pope (see this book by Rabbi David Dalin for a devastating rebuttal), but with Cardinal Newman about to be beautified, this book warrants further examination.

Finally, it is always a pleasure to see when writers go from writing good literary fiction to writing good popular fiction, and are amply rewarded. Oh, and there are vampires. Scary, scary vampires. Not to jump on the bandwagon, but The Passage by Justin Cronin has been added to my summer reading list. Out on June 8.

Have a great Friday!

June 1, 2010

New Releases of Note May Edition

Filed under: Books,Film,General Interest,Music,New Releases of Note,News & Politics — mikecgannon @ 5:34 PM

Seeing as it would be counterproductive to go back over ALL the significant releases that happened last month, but that there were still some excellent titles put out that deserve to be highlighted, I’ll be giving you my top ten list for May releases. Here they are, in no particular order.

Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Allies, by Christie Golden

Blood Oath: The President’s Vampire, by Christopher Farnsworth

Rush Limbaugh: An Army of One, by Zev Chafets

The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest, by Stieg Larsson

A Wizard of Mars, by Diane Duane

What Washington Can Learn From The World of Sports, by George Allen

The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America, by Andrew McCarthy

The Father of Us All: War and History, Ancient and Modern, by Victor Davis Hanson

Hamlet, with David Tennant and Patrick Stewart

Hang Cool Teddy Bear, by Meat Loaf

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