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Crossovers: A Secret Chronology of the World #1 (Crossovers, #1)
Great reference and fun read of multitudinous cross-overs among genre books and other media by one of the custodians of Philip Jose Farmer's Wold Newt...more
Aug 11, 2011
May 27, 2011
How To Draw Comics The Marvel Way
I loved and devoured this book when I was a kid (in the original edition). Alas, my drawing skills never quite developed and I put more energy into th...more
Jan 1979
Feb 22, 2009
Magic Words: A Dictionary.
An okay reference but a lot of wasted pages in my opinion; for every entry that fascinated and informed me, there were two that seemed a waste of spac...more
Jun 18, 2009
May 18, 2009
The Subversive Copy Editor: Advice from Chicago (or, How to Negotiate Good Relationships with Your Writers, Your Colleagues, and Yourself)
Highly recommended for all of us who work with words.

This book is a great read on a topic important to wordsmiths (or it ought to be, especially for t...more
Sep 23, 2010
Sep 23, 2010
Christmas Beer: The Cheeriest, Tastiest, and Most Unusual Holiday Brews
Great read about holiday/Christmas beers and winter warmers.

If you're like me and enjoy the year's end darker, richer spiced beers, this is a great g...more
Jan 2010
Jan 03, 2010
Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Core Rulebook (Pathfinder RPG)
It's a game rulebook! It's a massive weight and exercise tool! It's both!

In all due seriousness, Pathfinder RPG Core Rulebook is now ensconced on my...more
Aug 19, 2009
Aug 17, 2009
Lost London: An A-Z of Forgotten Landmarks and Lost Traditions
Interesting (but very light-weight) resource on random (but alphabetized for easy reference) sites long gone from the city of London. A fun read, but...more
Apr 25, 2013
Apr 27, 2013
Thrillers: 100 Must Reads
Incredible reference and a great read even if you're not usually a fan of "thrillers."

All I know is that, of the 100 noted within, I already read 18,...more
Mar 31, 2013
Mar 17, 2013
Oz and Beyond: The Fantasy World of L. Frank Baum
A good overview and linking together of Baum's OZ and other children's books. The book itself is mostly a synopsis and discussion of Baum's books with...more
Sep 13, 2009
Sep 11, 2009
The Detroit Almanac
Very very good overview book on Detroit and its history et al. I'm very glad I started some research with this book, as it directed me toward other so...more
Apr 28, 2010
May 03, 2010
Private Eyes: One Hundred and One Knights: A Survey of American Detective Fiction 1922�1984
Great overview and rundown of the best years (in my opinion) of detective/mystery fiction in America.

If you've not read much of the genre, this might...more
Feb 19, 2013
Feb 21, 2013
Bone Handbook
GREAT book for those who wondered what BONE was all about (though don't read this before you've read the books unless you enjoy spoilers).

Also a grea...more
Jun 14, 2012
Jul 18, 2012
Haunting Museums
Interesting book though a bit uneven in its execution. Some friends and fellow authors (Jeff Grubb, Kerrie Hughes, Jean Rabe) did good entries on fasc...more
Jul 19, 2009
Aug 19, 2009
How to Grow a Novel: The Most Common Mistakes Writers Make and How to Overcome Them
A good review of "things not to forget" while in the sargasso of writing a novel (as I am right now). Whether it's stuff you've learned before or neve...more
Jun 27, 2009
Jun 27, 2009
The Essential Superman Encyclopedia
Great book to skim and randomly read bits; it can be overwhelming to try and absorb all the changes and strangeness of a 72-year-old character/intelle...more
Dec 17, 2010
Nov 29, 2010
Tarzan The Centennial Celebration: The Stories, The Movies, The Art
Great coffee table book relating all things Tarzan from the initial stories, many of their republications & adaptations, and far more than I ever...more
Jun 11, 2013
May 30, 2013
The Oxford Companion to Beer
So much info in this book, but it's not one you'd want on the coffee table for browsing unless you're a brewer yourself. Still, lots of info and well...more
Jun 06, 2012
May 28, 2012
Thanks, But This Isn't for Us: The Compassionate Guide to Understanding What's Wrong with Your Writing and Leaving the Rejection Pile for Good
I would rank this as one of the best books for writers on how to prep your writing and work for publication. It's got a great sense of humor in its ve...more
Apr 04, 2010
Mar 12, 2010
Avengers: The Art of Marvel's The Avengers
Interesting look behind the development and artwork/process pieces leading to and through the making of the Avengers movie. Fun, but nothing I need to...more
Jun 11, 2013
Jun 12, 2013
Lego Batman: Visual Dictionary (Lego DC Universe Super Heroes)
Fun little catalogue of LEGO Batman products and interesting from a toy design standpoint in terms of how LEGO has changed the looks of various charac...more
Dec 04, 2012
Dec 09, 2012
Lester Dent: The Man, His Craft and His Market
Not the most amazing bio or discussion of either Dent or other pulpsters, but well done enough and inspiring me to read Will Murray's far more compreh...more
Jul 27, 2012
Aug 03, 2012
Prince of Stories: The Many Worlds of Neil Gaiman
Good overview of Gaiman's work across all media, though a lot of page count is synopses (so if you've read a lot of his work, it goes quickly).
Dec 22, 2008
Dec 28, 2008
Super Pop!: Pop Culture Top Ten Lists to Help You Win at Trivia, Survive in the Wild, and Make It Through the Holidays
2.5 stars. Amusing in places and fun read, but definitely the sort of thing I'd normally shelve in a bathroom for reading in fits and starts.
Feb 03, 2014
Feb 01, 2014
Legends of Literature: The Best Essays, Interviews and Articles from the Archives of Writer's Digest Magazine
Uneven mix of useful and dated articles chosen most likely for the fame/notoriety of the authors (either when published or after publication of such a...more
Mar 16, 2013
Feb 28, 2013
Bryson's Dictionary for Writers and Editors
Very good reference (and breezy read) for some of the more commonly hit grammatical speed bumps.
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May 30, 2013
Beyond Downton Abbey
Not terrifically deep but a fun and quick read (that was too easily set aside in favor of meatier reading) about other "great houses" of England/Brita...more
Feb 19, 2013
Jan 30, 2013
Manuscript Makeover: Revision Techniques No Fiction Writer Can Afford to Ignore

Very good book with coherent and cogent examples and suggestions for writers of every level.

The structure of this book is exemplar...more
Dec 04, 2010
Nov 04, 2010
The Time Traveler's Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century
I HAVE to get this for future reference. If you're a writer, whether you have any writing/work in this time frame or not, you'll find this an amazing...more
Nov 24, 2011
Oct 08, 2011
The Book on the Bookshelf

If you're interested in books and the history of their development, this is a very good book. In rereading this book, I've just been pulled back into...more
Jun 23, 2009
Aug 12, 2008
Silver Age Sci-Fi Companion
Fun read and good overview of DC's sci-fi comics of the 1960's, although without as much depth or insight on the creators as expected.
Jul 2010
Sep 12, 2010
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