Oooh, I Want to Read This #18

Hello everyone, and welcome back to “Oooh, I Want to Read This”! Going to keep this short and sweet, because we’ve got a few to dive into today, and I’m actually writing this right before this is supposed to go up.  Whoops! Anyway, on with the post!

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Atlantis lies between Europe and the East Coast of Terranova. For many years, this land of opportunity lured dreamers from around the globe with its natural resources, offering a new beginning for those willing to brave the wonders of the unexplored land.

The man who got me into alternative history with his series on the South winning the Civil War, dives into questioning about if Atlantis really existed, and what role would it play out in the world.

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‘It’s America in 1962. Slavery is legal once again. The few Jews who still survive hide under assumed names. In San Francisco, the I Ching is as common as the Yellow Pages. All because some twenty years earlier the United States lost a war—and is now occupied by Nazi Germany and Japan. This harrowing, Hugo Award-winning novel is the work that established Philip K. Dick as an innovator in science fiction while breaking the barrier between science fiction and the serious novel of ideas. In it Dick offers a haunting vision of history as a nightmare from which it may just be possible to wake.

Seems that I want to be in alternative history fiction today. The Man in the High Castle, which now has a TV series, is very intriguing, and I really want to dive right on in the pages.

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Harry Potter is lucky to reach the age of thirteen, since he has already survived the murderous attacks of the feared Dark Lord on more than one occasion. But his hopes for a quiet term concentrating on Quidditch are dashed when a maniacal mass-murderer escapes from Azkaban, pursued by the soul-sucking Dementors who guard the prison. It’s assumed that Hogwarts is the safest place for Harry to be. But is it a coincidence that he can feel eyes watching him in the dark, and should he be taking Professor Trelawney’s ghoulish predictions seriously?

Well, if you checked out my reading list that I posted the other day, you’ll know that this book is at the top of the list.  And, I’ll be diving into it really soon, for I’m almost done (at the time of this posting, I have about 55 pages left in The Eye of the World).

That’s all I’ve got for you folks.  Tune in next time for more books! Until then, I am the Baumeister, and I have been, obediently yours.

Reading List!

Hello everyone, and welcome to…my reading list! I’m going to try to keep to this as best I can.  Things may change from time to time, and that’s ok.  This shouldn’t be intended to be something that I should keep to a strict schedule, unlike the last reading list that I left for myself which I followed pretty well until I lost it.

Anyway, click on the covers and they’ll send you to their respective Goodreads’ pages.

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There.  That seems like a good enough start, am I right? Until next time, I am the Baumeister, and I have been, obediently yours.

Stacking the Shelves-Special Edition

Hello everyone, and welcome to a Special Edition blog! I usually don’t do a lot of these special editions, but since I acquired a lot of books, I figured I’d go ahead and do a “Stacking the Shelves” edition.  What is Stacking the Shelves, you might ask? Well, for one, it’s ran by Tynga’s Reviews, and it goes something like this:

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

So, without further hesitation, let’s dive right on into my first ever haul! And remember, click on the covers to go to their Goodreads’ pages!

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Well, there’s my list of books for you.  Did you enjoy it? I eventually would love to do more, but I should probably get into the habit of actually buying books first, am I right? Anyway, thank you for stopping by.  I hope that you find something that you might want to pick up. Until next time, I am the Baumeister, and I have been, obediently yours.

Oooh, I Want to Read This #17

Hello everyone, and welcome back once again to “Oooh, I Want to Read This”! Are we ready for some more featured books? Yes? No? Maybe so? Or has life got you discombobulated that all you want to do is riot on the streets, which only adds to the problem, and is not the solution for anything.  Anyway, that aside, let’s move on to the selections today!

And as always, covers and synopsis are pulled from Goodreads.com

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A riveting historical narrative of the heart-stopping events surrounding the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, and the first work of history from mega-bestselling author Bill O’Reilly

The anchor of “The O’Reilly Factor” recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America’s Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln’s generous terms for Robert E. Lee’s surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln’s dream of healing a divided nation, with the former Confederates allowed to reintegrate into American society. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices, perhaps reaching into the highest ranks of the U.S. government, are not appeased.

In the midst of the patriotic celebrations in Washington D.C., John Wilkes Booth—charismatic ladies’ man and impenitent racist—murders Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre. A furious manhunt ensues and Booth immediately becomes the country’s most wanted fugitive. Lafayette C. Baker, a smart but shifty New York detective and former Union spy, unravels the string of clues leading to Booth, while federal forces track his accomplices. The thrilling chase ends in a fiery shootout and a series of court-ordered executions—including that of the first woman ever executed by the U.S. government, Mary Surratt. Featuring some of history’s most remarkable figures, vivid detail, and page-turning action, “Killing Lincoln” is history that reads like a thriller.

I’ve been interested in this book ever since I first heard about it…all those many years ago.  And one of these days, I’m finally going to pick this book up and actually open it up to read it.

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A REMOTE SUMMER CAMP becomes a lurid crime scene when the bodies of two teenagers are found in a bloody, real-life rendering of a classic Grimm’s fairy tale. Trapped in the wilderness, the remaining counselors must follow a trail of dark children’s fables in order to outwit a psychopath and save the dwindling survivors before falling prey to their own gruesome endings.

Drawing on the grisly, uncensored details of history’s most famous fairy tales, Grimm Woods is a heart-pounding thriller about a deranged killer who uses traditional children’s stories as tropes in elaborate murders. Set against the backdrop of modern-day Michigan, it’s a journey through the mind of a dangerous zealot and a shocking glimpse into the bedtime stories you thought you knew.

Slasher meets fairy tales? SIGN ME UP!

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There is a patch of ground in Tennessee dedicated to the science of death, where human remains lie exposed to be studied for their secrets. The real-life scientist who founded the “Body Farm” has broken cold cases and revolutionized forensics . . . and now he spins an astonishing tale inspired by his own experiences.

Renowned anthropologist Dr. Bill Brockton has spent his career surrounded by death at the Body Farm. Now he’s being called upon to help solve a baffling puzzle in a remote mountain community. The mummified corpse of a young woman dead for thirty years has been discovered in a cave, the body bizarrely preserved and transformed by the environment’s unique chemistry. But Brockton’s investigation is threatening to open old wounds among an insular people who won’t forget or forgive. And a long-buried secret prematurely exposed could inflame Brockton’s own guilt—and the dangerous hostility of bitter enemies determined to see him fail . . . by any means necessary.

I’ve really enjoyed the entire series, and now that I have pretty much the entire series, I should probably go ahead and dive into it all, right?

That’s all I’ve got for you today folks.  Find any reads that catch your eye? Do you have any suggestions for any future reads? Thank you for stopping by.  I am the Baumeister, and I have been, obediently yours.

Oooh, I Want to Read This #16

Hello everyone, and welcome back once again to another edition of “Oooh, I Want to Read This”! Now, a quick question before I dive into this week’s selection: do any of you schedule yourself time to read? Since the new year rolled over, and my work schedule has straightened out a little bit, I have started to get in the habit of reading for 45 minutes in the morning, usually starting at 8:45. It helps me not only work on getting through my TBR pile, but also gets me going on getting my day focused.  I was just curious if any of you did the same thing, but maybe for longer periods of time? Let me know!

Anyway, on to the books, and remember, covers and synopsis come from Goodreads.com.

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If the past is prologue, then George R. R. Martin’s masterwork—the most inventive and entertaining fantasy saga of our time—warrants one hell of an introduction. At long last, it has arrived with “The World of Ice and Fire”.

This lavishly illustrated volume is a comprehensive history of the Seven Kingdoms, providing vividly constructed accounts of the epic battles, bitter rivalries, and daring rebellions that lead to the events of A Song of Ice and Fire and HBO’s “Game of Thrones”. In a collaboration that’s been years in the making, Martin has teamed with Elio M. García, Jr., and Linda Antonsson, the founders of the renowned fan site Westeros.org—perhaps the only people who know this world almost as well as its visionary creator.

Collected here is all the accumulated knowledge, scholarly speculation, and inherited folk tales of maesters and septons, maegi and singers. It is a chronicle which stretches from the Dawn Age to the Age of Heroes; from the Coming of the First Men to the arrival of Aegon the Conqueror; from Aegon’s establishment of the Iron Throne to Robert’s Rebellion and the fall of the Mad King, Aerys II Targaryen, which has set into motion the “present-day” struggles of the Starks, Lannisters, Baratheons, and Targaryens. The definitive companion piece to George R. R. Martin’s dazzlingly conceived universe, “The World of Ice and Fire” is indeed proof that the pen is mightier than a storm of swords.

First off, has anyone seen this book in person? The cover on this thing is GORGEOUS! I’m not one to gush over covers, but dang, this thing is a beauty.  Anyway, I love A Song of Ice and Fire series, and to have a book that covers the very extensive past of this monstrous series is a good thing.

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“Thou shalt kill.”

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.

I was tipped off to this book by Beth, who said that I might be up my alley.  And after reading the synopsis, I have to say that yes, yes it is right up my alley.

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Just days before a massive exhibition opens at the popular New York Museum of Natural History, visitors are being savagely murdered in the museum’s dark hallways and secret rooms. Autopsies indicate that the killer cannot be human…

But the museum’s directors plan to go ahead with a big bash to celebrate the new exhibition, in spite of the murders.

Museum researcher Margo Green must find out who-or what-is doing the killing. But can she do it in time to stop the massacre?

This was a very intriguing read when I first picked it up, and I really enjoyed getting to meet Agent Pendergast for the first time.  I really want to pick up more in this series, but first, I need to start at beginning, and take it one book at a time.

Well, that’s all I’ve got for you today folks.  Did you enjoy the selections for today? Are you a reading schedule reader? Until next time, I am the Baumeister, and I have been, obediently yours.

Oooh, I Want To Read This #15

Hello everyone, and welcome back once again to another edition of “Oooh, I Want To Read This”! How are you doing on your reading lists for this year? I’m doing…alright.

Alright, alright.  I can’t lie.  This post was written on New Year’s Eve.  So, I’m not going to get going on a list that I haven’t even started yet.  So there.  Anyway, let’s get to this week’s post.

Remember, covers and synopsis come from Goodreads.com

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The definitive portrait of one of the most important cultural figures in American history.

Walt Disney was a true visionary whose desire for escape, iron determination and obsessive perfectionism transformed animation from a novelty to an art form, first with Mickey Mouse and then with his feature films–most notably “Snow White”, “Fantasia”, and “Bambi”. In his superb biography, Neal Gabler shows us how, over the course of two decades, Disney revolutionized the entertainment industry. In a way that was unprecedented and later widely imitated, he built a synergistic empire that combined film, television, theme parks, music, book publishing, and merchandise. Walt Disney is a revelation of both the work and the man–of both the remarkable accomplishment and the hidden life.

My sister got me this book for Christmas years ago.  I think it’s about time that I need to dive into the book and polish it off.  It looks interesting, and I’d love to learn more about the man behind the Mouse.

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A terrifying tale of a young family who move into an apartment building next to a graveyard and the horrors that are unleashed upon them.

One of the most popular writers working in Japan today, Mariko Koike is a recognized master of detective fiction and horror writing. Known in particular for her hybrid works that blend these styles with elements of romance, “The Graveyard Apartment” is arguably Koike’s masterpiece. Originally published in Japan in 1986, Koike’s novel is the suspenseful tale of a young family that believes it has found the perfect home to grow in to, only to realize that the apartment’s idyllic setting harbors the specter of evil and that longer they stay, the more trapped they become.

This tale of a young married couple who are harboring a dark secret is packed with dread and terror, as they and their daughter move into a brand new apartment building built next to a graveyard. As strange and terrifying occurrences begin to pile up, people in the building begin to move out one by one, until the young family is left alone with someone… or something… lurking in the basement. The psychological horror builds moment after moment, scene after scene, culminating with a conclusion that will make you think twice before ever going into a basement again.

This looks very, very scary.  I’m looking forward to finding a copy of this book one of these days and diving right on into the terror.

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What of the penetrating cold terror of an old hotel, a haunted place of seductive evil with a malevolent will of its own—and a five-year-old boy of innocent beauty whose mind mirrors the nightmarish secrets of its past?

Behind every door of the Overlook’s 110 empty rooms there is a chamber of horror. Little Danny knows of these things because he has the terrible power—The Shining.

This is a great book, and it gives us one of the more iconic films based on King’s work.  It’ll be a fun time to re-read this book, like it will be re-reading any of his pieces.

That’s all for this week! Did you find something that you might want to read? Until next time, I am the Baumeister, and I have been, obediently yours.

Oooh, I Want to Read This #14

Hello everyone, and welcome back to another edition of “Oooh, I Want to Read This”! Except, I suppose this time, it should be “Oooh, Take a Look at What I Read”, because this week, I’m taking a look at my 2016 reads.  It’s going to be a bit of a short list, because I only finished 23 books this year (Yes, I started Carrie in 2016, but I didn’t finish it before the 31st). So, that being said, let’s take a look at the books I read, in order.

Yes, this post is going to be a little scroll heavy, but maybe there’s a read you might enjoy. All covers come from Goodreads.

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Read December 31, 2016 to January 5, 2016.

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Read January 6, 2016 to January 11, 2016

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Read January 11, 2016 to January 19, 2016

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Read February 19, 2016 to April 6, 2016

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Read May 20, 2016 to May 26, 2016

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Read May 26, 2016 to June 17, 2016

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Read June 17, 2016 to July 1, 2016

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Read July 2, 2016 to July 29, 2016

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Read July 29, 2016 to August 11, 2016

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Read August 11, 2016 to August 27, 2016

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Read August 28, 2016 to September 10, 2016

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Read September 10, 2016 to September 23, 2016

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Read September 23, 2016 to October 4, 2016

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Read October 4, 2016 to October 29, 2016

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Read October 29, 2016 to November 1, 2016

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Read November 1, 2016 to November 5, 2016

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Read November 5, 2016 to November 9, 2016

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Read November 9, 2016 to November 15, 2016

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Well, there you have it folks.  My reading list from 2016. What do you think? I’m aiming for some more diverse reads next year, but just how diverse? Well, we’ll just have to find out, now won’t we? Thank you for sticking around on this very long post.  Until next time, I am the Baumeister, and I have been, obediently yours.