Summer Reads Make Me Feel Fine

30 May

Remember that old tune? “Summer reads make me feel fine”. Wait, I think that me the wrong lyrics. Anyway, summer reads are great, and I have a short list to keep me busy for a while. That’s not to say that reading is the only thing I have to do. Despite what many think, summer is not a total vacation for the educational sect. We have classes to prepare for; research to do; and, you never know when a problem might crop up on campus.

With that being said, we obviously have time for some leisurely reading. I am going to begin with the following.

The Columbus Affair: A Novel by Steve Berry. I have read Berry’s Cotton Malone series since its inception and like its mixture of action and historical mystery. It’s one of those things that started after the popularity of The Da Vinci Code and is far from high level intellectualism. That’s why I like it.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith. The students on the field trip said I have to read this. I plan on seeing the movie, so I also feel that I need to read it. It comes from the smash-up genre and shows Honest Abe as a killer of vampires. I can’t wait to see Franklin Roosevelt as a killer of werewolves and Barack Obama as the slayer of the people who voted for him zombies.

The Emerald Storm by William Dietrich. Another work from the genre of historical fiction, this book has a twist. The mystery takes place in the past with the adventures of Ethan Gage. I have also read all of these and was first attracted because one took place in the western frontier. Ethan has been all over the world in the employ of some of history’s most powerful people.

Where the Tall Grass Grows: Becoming Indigenous and the Mythological Legacy of the American West by Bobby Bridger. Only a work of history would have a title that long. We tend to spell things out right there on the cover, so I don’t have to do much explaining. It has a buffalo skull on the cover, so it must be good.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. Ever heard of HeLa cells? Apparently, they have become important in medical research throughout the world. This book is about the woman that they were originally taken from.

Howard Cosell: The Man, the Myth, and the Transformation of American Sports by Mark Ribowski. As a kid, I was fascinated by Howard Cosell and the people on Monday Night Football. My parents let me stay up long enough to see the Halftime Highlights and hear Cosell’s cadence as he said, “He. Could. Go. All. The. Way.” I can’t wait to delve into the life of the man behind the mouth.

That’s my list. If you have any other suggestions, then please let me know.

8 Responses to “Summer Reads Make Me Feel Fine”

  1. sj May 30, 2012 at 19:07 #

    No Wind Through the Keyhole? O.o

    • surroundedbyimbeciles May 30, 2012 at 20:05 #

      I have finished my travels with Roland and his ka-tet.

      • sj May 30, 2012 at 20:18 #

        Ohhhh, what did you think? I loved the Skin Walker story and the eponymous tale, but I couldn’t get into the parts with the ka-tet. Their voices felt false to me.

      • surroundedbyimbeciles May 30, 2012 at 20:55 #

        I agree. It was a good excuse for King to create a fairy tale. But, he has been gone too long from The Dark Tower. It’s finished, and he should let it go. Or, create stories about other people from Mid World.

      • sj May 30, 2012 at 21:03 #

        I think part of my problem with it wasn’t so much that he’s been away from it too long (because I loved young Roland, I thought that was WAY better than WaG, really), but that [SPOILERS FOR THE END OF THE SERIES in case any of your readers don’t want to know] except for Roland, I’ve made my peace with the fact that these characters are dead. I think he has, too, which was why their voices seemed less authentic than they did in previous volumes. [/END SPOILER]

      • surroundedbyimbeciles May 31, 2012 at 04:58 #

        That’s true. The tales of Roland and the gang have been completed. I would like to read more about young Roland. Also, he could write about the world before everything began to fall apart.

  2. Dr. Pierce June 7, 2012 at 13:12 #

    Let me know how you like The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. I’ve been interested in reading it, but haven’t gotten around to it.

    • surroundedbyimbeciles June 7, 2012 at 17:31 #

      I will. I am reading about Lincoln’s life with vampires at the moment.

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