books i've read.. or want to read
The Dracula Tape (Dracula Series 01)Author: Fred Saberhagen
ISBN: 0812523830
1st book in the Dracula series ... really neat to see how Dracula himself would have put the accounting of the book. Not a bad read.
The Holmes-Dracula FileAuthor: Fred Saberhagen
ISBN: 0812523849
Sherlock Holmes meets Dracula... 6 years after he comes to London and is 'chased out', he decides to revisit and Holmes crosses his path. Lame kinda ending, but what'd you expect.
An Old Friend of the FamilyAuthor: Fred Saberhagen
ISBN: 0765314983
Jump forward after the Holmes tale and see the descendants of Mina pick up the adventures. This sets the theme for the rest of the series. Joe becomes a key player and helps Vlad come to the assistance of the family of Mina.
ThornAuthor: Fred Saberhagen
ISBN: 0812503163
This one was neat as it helped fill in what happened to Vlad before he was turned, as well as gives you a glimpse of what a vampire might do in his 'off time'. I liked it.
DominionAuthor: Fred Saberhagen
ISBN: 0812523865
the 5th book in the Dracula series. not as neat as it brings in way more than just vampires into this realm... which was lost on me as it seemed to just 'plug in' some other supernatural without really explaining them...
A Matter of TasteAuthor: Fred Saberhagen
ISBN: 0812525752
Kind of neat as in it uses a back story for Vlad, but fails to be anything more than just a Die Hard style book of vamp-vs.-vamp.
A Question of TimeAuthor: Fred Saberhagen
ISBN: 0812525779
This one was totally out of left field, and I think didn't really need to belong in a Dracula series as there was hardly any Vlad in it at all. Sure there was another vamp, but really nothing vamp about him other than he was overpowering. Just weird.
A Seance for a VampireAuthor: Fred Saberhagen
ISBN: 0812533488
This got back to the style of book I liked in the early series. Holmes comes back into it and they have to solve a mystery that involves another vamp. Again, as is typical, alot of 'take it for granted' non-explanations, but still a good read.
A Sharpness on the NeckAuthor: Fred Saberhagen
ISBN: 0812550056
Now this one interested me, and could definitely have been explored more, as it deals with a Vlad backstory; his brother Radu. As I used to love to read about the true Dracula and the history, this was good. The 'current adventure' wasn't as exciting.
A Coldness in the BloodAuthor: Fred Saberhagen
ISBN: 0765300451
ooh, didn't know there was a 10th... can't wait to find it to read.
The Genie in the Bottle: 67 All-New Commentaries on the Fascinating Chemistry of Everyday LifeAuthor: Joe Schwarcz
ISBN: 0805071385
How can you just not devour this book?
Radar, Hula Hoops, and Playful Pigs: 67 Digestible Commentaries on the Fascinating Chemistry of Everyday LifeAuthor: Joe Schwarcz
ISBN: 0805074074
More of the good stuff from Dr. Joe
That's the Way the Cookie Crumbles: 62 All-New Commentaries on the Fascinating Chemistry of Everyday LifeAuthor: Joe Schwarcz
ISBN: 1550225200
My FAVOURITE author. Really, he is MY hero in terms of a science author. He has such a flair for the funny, and VAST amounts of knowledge. I love how he debunks old wolrd mythology of science and quackery. Definitely a good read... any of his books!
Dr. Joe and What You Didn't Know: 177 Fascinating Questions About the Chemistry of Everyday LifeAuthor: Joe Schwarcz
ISBN: 1550225774
Again... just excellent chemistry readings!
Let Them Eat Flax: 70 All-New Commentaries on the Science of Everyday Food & LifeAuthor: Joe Schwarcz
ISBN: 1550226983
MMm... who doesn't love flax. I love how he totally debunks those people who THINK they know stuff.
The Fly in the Ointment: 70 Fascinating Commentaries on the Science of Everyday LifeAuthor: Joe Schwarcz
ISBN: 1550226215
If you're a chemistry major, or even just a plain ol' Science major, you should read these books. I steal articles from them all the time for my science class.
DuneAuthor: Frank Herbert
ISBN: 0441172717
First book in the series. I had seen this movie at work (one of our demo movies) a thousand times, so I thought I should read what this horrible movie is about. (it never explains anything). The book was ok, not that great, but definitely better.
Dune MessiahAuthor: Frank Herbert
ISBN: 0441172695
2nd book. So this book got me into the series. The first I wasn't so pleased with, but this one got me hooked. I notice a trait with most of this type... the hero always is maimed in some way.
Children of DuneAuthor: Frank Herbert
ISBN: 0441104029
3rd book. The chronicling of Muad'dib's kids. Very interesting I thought to see what their powers were and how they would develop. The sandworm fusing with Leto was a little... weird (they didn't really explain it all that well).
God Emperor of DuneAuthor: Frank Herbert
ISBN: 0441294677
4th book. We see what has happened to the galaxy with Leto II ruling as emperor. What is the Golden Path, and what has it led to. What I liked was how it got away from the Atreides line and focussed a little more on the rest of the galaxy (mainly Duncan
Heretics of DuneAuthor: Frank Herbert
ISBN: 0441328008
5th book. Focussing on the Bene Gesserit, this was a fairly interesting read as they look for a new Rakis. A little perturbing with the focus on sex, but it was still an interesting read.
Chapterhouse DuneAuthor: Frank Herbert
ISBN: 0441102670
6th book. Too bad he died, this had an interesting ending that SCREAMS of a sequel waiting. I should get my hands on Brian's sequel (taken from his father's notes). But very good. There were a few weird happenings that aren't really explained well.
1984Author: George Orwell
ISBN: 0451516753
One of those classic movies you have to go and read. And I did, and maybe parts of the book I didn't agree with (a little too harsh, and a poor ending, IMHO). But the 'idea' of it intrigued me to no end. Especially the idea of newspeak.
A Canticle for LeibowitzAuthor: Walter Miller
ISBN: 0060892994
I was made to read this book in like grade 10... but it was very cool. These books where you see the effects of time really clicked with me. Very neat. A nice little chide towards the church and the crazy way little things can be interpreted.
Deception PointAuthor: Dan Brown
ISBN: 0671027387
This was also an interesting read from Dan Brown... better than The Davinci Code I thought. A little far fetched at points, but c'mon, it's fiction.
Digital Fortress : The Ultimate Code. It's Powerful, Dangerous-and Unbreakable..Author: Dan Brown
ISBN: 0312995423
Not a bad book by him as well... I read it to finish out his 'series.' Just very predictable read if you've read any of his others.
Angles & DemonsAuthor: Dan Brown
ISBN: 1416524797
I think if anybody's going to start to read any of his books, you should start with this one. It's really his best of them all.
The Davinci CodeAuthor: Dan Brown
ISBN: 1400079179
Yup... I fell in line with the rest of the populous to read the latest fad. But it was a not bad read. A little too much fact than fiction. But then again, i think the story could have held on it's own without all the neat facts he spews.
Do Fish Drink WaterAuthor: Bill McLain
ISBN: 0688179088
Haven't read it yet, but it looked like definitely the stuff I'd read!
The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy OmnibusAuthor: Douglas Adams
ISBN: 0434003484
This I used to listen to on the comedy hour on the radio, so I had to find the book. Opened me up to reading again. Really hilarious style of writing in sci-fi. The world misses people like Douglas Adams.
Restaurant at the End of the Universe: Commemorative EditionAuthor: Douglas Adams
ISBN: 0330262130
the 2nd book in the HHGTG
Life, the Universe and EverythingAdd author
ISBN: 1590072650
book 3 in the HHGTG series
So Long, and Thanks For All The FishAuthor: Douglas Adams
ISBN: 0671745530
the penultime book in the HHGTG series
Mostly Harmless: Complete & UnabridgedAuthor: Douglas Adams
ISBN: 185695837X
the HHGTG finale.Really cool... I mean Arthur as a "Sandwich guru."
Dracula (the annotated version)Author: Bram Stoker
ISBN: 0517520176
The first time I ever read a 'real' book, it was this version of Dracula (annotated by Leonard Wolf... i think). And I read this book like at least 8 times before I finished grade 8. I think besdies liking the vampire, I liked the anotations by the edito
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American DreamAuthor: Hunter S. Thompson
ISBN: 0679724192
LOVED the movie, so I had to read the book... WOW! Great read... Chris warned me about this "gonzo" style... and man I loved it.
FrankensteinAuthor: Mary Shelley
ISBN: 0486282112
An amazing book that really strikes home for anybody who's a scientist and has the struggling debate of religion vs. science. It was neat to find out that the 'monster's name was not Frankenstein, but Adam. Frankenstein was the scientist!
Lord of the Rings (3 Volume Boxed Set)Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
ISBN: 0261102389
This isn`t the book set that I own, but close to it. A truly amazing saga. Tolkien truly had a gift for being able to write and not only describe the scene, but the history of it as well.
Mysterious IslandAuthor: Jules Verne
ISBN: 0451529413
I had liked some of Jules' other work so I thought I'd give it a shot... and I reallly liked it. That survival throw know-how are always cool for me.
Of Mice and MenAuthor: John Steinbeck
ISBN: 0142000671
I remember watching this movie as a kid, and being awed by it... I had always seen the last half of it. Then I read the book and got the first half.. What a great book. Definitely a must-read.
The Count of Monte Cristo, V1Author: Pere Alexander Dumas
ISBN: 1404346872
Such an exellent read. It was LOOONG... and very involved in each of the little mini plots, but talk about revenge. I can see everybody loving this book.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeAuthor: Mark Haddon
ISBN: 0385659806
Great book. Really gives a fairly good insight into the mind of autism.
The Dark Tower Book 1: The GunslingerAuthor: Stephen King
ISBN: 0670032549
This was a slow read... but it was recommended as a good series, so I thought I'd give it a shot. In the end it got really good, and the rest of the series you just couldn't put down. I couldn't finish the book fast enough it seemed.
The Dark Tower Book 2: The Drawing of the ThreeAuthor: Stephen King
ISBN: 0670032557
Roland, after losing Jake, Roland comes to the beach and gains himself new allies from the doors. "And as always, there was a door."
The Dark Tower Book 3: The Waste LandsAuthor: Stephen King
ISBN: 0670032565
Roland, Eddie and Susannah make their way along the path of the beam to find themselves meeting up with Jake again.
The Dark Tower Book 4: Wizard and GlassAuthor: Stephen King
ISBN: 0670032573
A neat little back story on who Roland is, and how he came to be.
The Dark Tower Book 5: Wolves of the CallaAuthor: Stephen King
ISBN: 0743251628
Probably my favourite book of the series. The Gunslinger and his trio teach a town to stand up to the Wolves that take their children. In the important side of the story, they are able to find a door to return to the past and secure the vacant lot.
The Dark Tower Book 6: Song for SusannahAuthor: Stephen King
ISBN: 1416521496
Susannah is taken from the group so that Mia can get the baby that was promised her. Jake and the Priest follow after her,while Roland and Eddie pursue the writer.
The Dark Tower Book 7: The Dark TowerAuthor: Stephen King
ISBN: 1416524525
The long awaited finale of the series. Roland and Susannah go after the Crimson King. We see the totality of how lonely the life of a Gunslinger is.
The Quirks & Quarks Question Book: 101 Answers to Listeners' QuestionsAuthor: Cbc
ISBN: 0771054483
I used to love listening to this radio station. And now they have it... in book form.
The Velocity of Honey: And More Science of Everyday LifeAuthor: Jay Ingram
ISBN: 1560256540
Another book by Jay. Answers questions like "does a piece of toast always land butter side down" or "why do curling rocks curl?"
Science Of Everyday LifeAuthor: Jay Ingram
ISBN: 0143056638
From one of my favourite tv scientists Jay Ingram. I found this book WAAAY in the back of an old book store in Washburn. Very good find. Answered my favourite question "do you get wetter if you run in the rain?"
The Wheel of Time Book 1: The Eye of the WorldAuthor: Robert Jordan
ISBN: 0812511816
Cool start to a neat series on a fantasy universe. It almost can rival Tolkien.
The Wheel of Time Book 2: The Great HuntAuthor: Robert Jordan
ISBN: 0812517725
Rand struggles with the idea that he may be het Dragon Reborn, or at the least a man who can channel.
The Wheel of Time Book 3: The Dragon RebornAuthor: Robert Jordan
ISBN: 0812513711
Rand takes Callandor and proves to the world, for the most part, that he is the Dragon Reborn. But what does that mean? It was only 1 prophecy.
The Wheel of Time Book 4: The Shadow RisingAuthor: Robert Jordan
ISBN: 0812513738
Just getting back to re-reading this book now. Rand goes to Rhuidean to see if he is the Aiel's Car'a'Carn. Perrin (my fav charcter) returns ot Emonds Field to help protect it from a siege of Trollocs.
The Wheel of Time Book 5: The Fires of HeavenAuthor: Robert Jordan
ISBN: 0812550307
So, mostly this book was about Rand bringing his Aiel over the Dragonwall and going after the Shaido and saving Cairhienin. We get to see Mat develop his new talent. Alot of Elayne and Nynaeve (which I never really liked as a whole side story).
The Wheel of Time Book 6: Lord of ChaosAuthor: Robert Jordan
ISBN: 0812513754
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The Wheel of Time Book 7: A Crown of SwordsAuthor: Robert Jordan
ISBN: 0812550285
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The Wheel of Time Book 8: The Path of DaggersAuthor: Robert Jordan
ISBN: 0312857691
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The Wheel of Time Book 9: Winter's HeartAuthor: Robert Jordan
ISBN: 081257558X
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The Wheel of Time Book 10: Crossroads of TwilightAuthor: Robert Jordan
ISBN: 0312864590
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The Wheel of Time Book 11: Knife of DreamsAuthor: Robert Jordan
ISBN: 0812577566
Finally read it... just waiting for the 12th book... it's definitely a sensing of closure, but still alot to overcome.
Why Do Men Fall Asleep After Sex?: More Questions You'd Only Ask a Doctor After Your Third Whiskey SourAuthor: Mark Leyner & Billy Goldberg
ISBN: 0307345971
2nd book of the "Why Do Men Have Nipples" people. Haven't got to it yet, but it sounds good!
Why Do Men Have Nipples? Hundreds of Questions You'd Only Ask a Doctor After Your Third MartiniAuthor: Mark Leyner & Billy Goldberg
ISBN: 1400082315
Cool little 'insights' book into weird things you'd wnat to know about your body. I love these kinds of books. Like little trivia stuff, but with some good explanations
On a Pale HorseAuthor: Piers Anthony
ISBN: 0345338588
1st book in the "incarnations" series. Really cool. I mean, you kill death, then you become death? Very much like the show "Dead Like Me" that I liked it.
Bearing An HourglassAuthor: Piers Anthony
ISBN: 0345313151
2nd book of the Incarnations series. Definitely not as great as the 1st. I mean the 1st was amazing comparitively, but at this point alot of the setup is taken out and all that is happening is replacing the main character and plopping in another incarna
With a Tangled SkeinAuthor: Piers Anthony
ISBN: 0345318854
this one started out with alot of potential, as in "how do you govern fate"... however it failed to do so, and petered out with alot of the 'side-story/fantasy' he writes in with... setup the framework of who Mars is, and made me look forward to the next
Wielding a Red SwordAuthor: Piers Anthony
ISBN: 0345322215
Looked really cool... and had a nice start as the beginning story was interesting, especially as it intertwines more with the others... but, like the others, some piddly little 'adventure' really ends up boring me before the end... the end wasn't too bad
Being a Green MotherAuthor: Piers Anthony
ISBN: 0345322231
Book #5 of the incarnations
For Love of Evil: Book Six of Incarnations of ImmortalityAuthor: Piers Anthony
ISBN: 0380752859
almost finished the series... book #6 of Incarnations of Immortality
And EternityAuthor: Piers Anthony
ISBN: 0380752867
the final book for Incarnations