Tuesday, September 08, 2015

2014 Reading Log

Those Feet: A Sensual History of English Football by David Winner
- When something is as big in a culture as Football is in England, looking at it from a cultural standpoint makes sense.

AROD lawsuit
- I so wish he would have followed through on this just to have Bud Selig under oath admitting that the owners and management always knew about the steroids.  He was never going to win, but baseball is dirty on this and deserves to be brought to account.

Program or be Programmed: Ten Commands For A Digital Age by Douglas Rushkoff, Illustrations by Leland Purvis
- Basically a call to action to remain technically adept in an age when that does matter and to not fall further behind.

Distant Corners: American Soccer's History of Missed Opportunities and Lost Causes by David Wangerin
- 2nd book by Wangerin looking at US Soccer history.  He digs in deep looking at where mistakes have been made when there were real opportunities.

The Numbers Game: Why Everything You Know about Soccer Is Wrong By Christopher Anderson
- Part of me wishes that a lot of the statistical analysis today was not so accurate, but the sophistication of statistical models is more and more viable.

Sounders FC, Authentic Masterpiece: The inside Story of the Best Franchise Launch in American Sports History By Mike Gastineau
- Kind of a love letter, but true.  The people who launched MLS really have done so much right.

Husbands by Brad Bell
- Graphic novel collection of the comic web series about the online web series.

Hell Bent by Devon Monk
The Callahan Chronicals by Spider Robinson
The Complete Irish Pub Cookbook: The Best of Traditional and Contemporary Irish Cooking by Love Food Editors
Guardians of the Galaxy (Volume 2): Angela by Brian Michael Bendis and others

- Part one of two and technically book ten.

Black Holes paper by Stephen Hawking
- Way over my head in 4 short pages.

Inverting the Pyramid: The History of Soccer Tactics By Jonathan Wilson
- My 4th grade team played a 2-3-5 and the first HS assistant job I had played a 5-3-2.  The 4th grade team won.

Stone Cold by Devon Monk
- I got an ARC copy, there is a review on this blog from April 7.

Born of the Gods Players Guide
- Part two of the Theros block.

The World Is A Ball: The Joy, Madness, and Meaning of Soccer By John Doyle
- Having traveled to foreign lands for the World Cup, I enjoy stories of those who do the same.

Finding the Game: Three Years, Twenty-five Countries, and the Search for Pickup Soccer By Gwendolyn Oxenham
- More than just a recounting of Pelada, it really gets to the root of how it was made.

Feet of the Chameleon: The Story of African Football by Ian Hawkey
- The development of the game across the continent.

However Tall The Mountain: A Dream, Eight Girls, and a Journey Home by Awista Ayub
- Pre and Post Taliban gender and sports.

- Actual text of the released SCOTUS ruling on campaign finance limits.

Africa United: Soccer, Passion, Politics and the First World Cup in Africa by Steve Bloomfield
- A journalistic look at the way soccer and politics have blended across Africa, written during the build up to 2010 in South Africa.

Long-Range Goals: The Success Story of Major League Soccer by Beau Dure
- The business side of MLS was really patient and I hope the current rapid expansion works out.

Stamping Grounds: Exploring Liechtenstein and its World Cup Dream by Charlie Connely
- I totally understand the obsession with a team no one else has similar feelings for. It's sort of the whole point of my own Oxymoron Project.

Babysitting George by Celia Walden
- What this book really shows is the celebrity tabloid industry behind the scenes and the notion of how celebrity translates over time.

More Than Just a Game: Soccer Vs. Apartheid: The Most Important Soccer Story Ever Told 
by Charles P. Korr
- One of the most interesting books I have read in some time.

Chew Volume 7
- I have reached the point where I read several series like this in collected form as they come out.

Fairest: In All The Land by Bill Willingham
- I understand why Bill is ending things, but I hope he revisits it now and then with other GNs.

On The Physical Condition Of The Supernovae by Cecilia Payne Gaposchkin
- An old science paper from a scientific pioneer.

FBP: Federal Bureau of Physics (Volume 1): The Paradigm Shift by Simon Oliver & Robbi Rodriguez
- I see so much potential in this.

Donald Sterling response to NBA Charges
- Goodness, the man should just shut up, cash the check, and go away. This was posted as a pdf on ESPN.

William's Doll by Charlotte Zolotow & William Pene Du Bois
- A wonderful parenting lesson.

Girl Genius Volume 12: Agatha Heterodyne and the Siege of Mechanicsburg by Phil & Kaja Foglio
- Finally almost current.  Now to read 13 this summer and then keep up online better.

Journey Into Nyx Players Guide
- part 3 of Theros

Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb
- Was given this and will read more of the series eventually.

The Sexy Book of Sexy Sex by Kristen Schaal & Rich Blomquist
- I am a big fan if Kristen, so this was pretty funny.

Girl Genius 13
- I am now finally current on the series and read it online every few weeks to keep up.

M15 Players Guide
- And from this sprung forth my slivers deck.

- Collection of stories from back in the day.

The Brothers Grimm Volume 2: 110 Grimmer Fairy Tales by Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm, Margaret Hunt (Translator)
- Some of these are short and sweet, but not many are to feel warm and fuzzy from.

- Making a few of these.

- Bringing the Neil Gaiman creation into the Marvel universe.

Star Wreck: The Generation Gap by Leah Rewolinski
- Parodies like this need to be short like this or the jokes wear thin fast.

Old Man's War by John Scalzi
- Now to eventually read the rest.

The Princess and the Queen by George RR Martin
- Prequel stuff.

The Rogue Prince by George RR Martin
- More prequel.

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
- I could not stop reading this and kept reading everything else he published in one huge binge.

The Princess and Mr. Whiffle: The Thing Beneath the Bed by Patrick Rothfuss
- Not for children.

Mercycle by Piers Anthony
- There are reasons for me reading this.

The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains by Neil Gaiman
- It is.

The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
- Part two.

The Slow Regard of Simple Things by Patrick Rothfuss
- Read the other books just to understand this.  I love it so much.

How Old Holly Came To Be by Patrick Rothfuss
- A lovely piece about a tree.

The Lightning Tree by Patrick Rothfuss
- A day in the life of Bast.

The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle Part II: The Dark of Deep Below by Patrick Rothfuss
- More not for kids.

Omega Point by Don DeLillo
- The guy still has it.

After Dead: What Came Next in the World of Sookie Stackhouse by Charlaine Harris
- Little pieces about all the characters of note.

Drama by Raina Telgemeier
- I have a teenage daughter.

Smile by Raina Telgemeier
- I have a teenage daughter.

House Immortal by Devon Monk
- Book one of three.

Cold Copper by Devon Monk
- Third in her steam punk series.

Geronimo: Leadership Strategies of an American Warrior by Mike Leach and Buddy Levy
- Not many schools have their football coach on the bestseller list for something like this.

Breaking the Map by Kim-An Lieberman
- A remarkable work from a remarkable woman.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
- I need to have a midnight dinner. I love everything about this book.

Exo by Steven Gould
- He is taking the Jumper world to interesting lengths.

Redshirts by John Scalzi
- Fun and meta science fiction satire.

New JK Rowling short stories in the Harry Potter universe
- Fun little pieces on Pottermore.

The Adakian Eagle by Bradley Denton
- Short piece in a collection.

The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer
- A good and brutal read.

Stalking the Zombie by Mike Resnick
- Collection of John Justin Mallory short pieces.

Tamsin by Peter S. beagle
- Autographed copy I got for a variety of reasons.

The Best in the World: At What I Have No Idea by Chris Jericho
- Third book by Y2J.

Asterix the Gaul by Albert Uderzo & Rene Goscinny
- References to this in other media got me to finally read and enjoy this.

Night Shift by Lilith Saintcrow
- Book one of six in the Jill Kismet series.

Khans of Tarkir Players Guide
- Part one of the Tarkir block.

Irkadura by Ksenia Anske
- This one kicks pretty hard and is hard to put down.

A Cup of Normal by Devon Monk
- Finally got this short story collection.

Rosehead by Ksenia Anske
- A nice little twisted tale on inheritance.

Wonder Struck by Brian Selznick
- I enjoyed this almost as much as Hugo.

Short Story Collection by Ksenia Anske
- A nice little collection.

Blue Sparrow: Tweets on Writing, Reading, and Other Creative Nonsense by Ksenia Anske
- A collection of tweets and musings.

Corners by Ksenia Anske
- This is a draft from online that has apparently been changed a lot in future drafts. It also now has a different title The Badlings.

I Could Pee On This
- The internet is for cat things, so are poetry books.

House of Cash: The Legacies of My Father, Johnny Cash  by John Carter Cash
- An intimate portrayal.