Thursday, July 23, 2009

And Away We Go...

After six months or so of messing about with re-reading old favorites and slowly reading a few new books by favorite authors, I think I'm back in the groove. Of course it's just in time for back-to-school preparation (teaching TWO new classes... AP Biology which requires a ton of prep work, and Zoology). None-the-less, I hope to get my blog up and going again and start racking up some reviews and new material.

Also, it's just in time for the 2009 Gateway nominee pre-reader reviews, which I will be bringing you in early August. All in all I'm a bit pumped about some of the stuff I'm reading and getting ready to read.

So to start off: you all know I love apocalyptic stuff and I came across this sweet gem mentioned or reviewed somewhere... Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse by Victor Gischler. I picked it up B&N earlier this week and received a strange look from the lady who helped me find it on the shelf... but I'm unapologetic when it comes to AF. I also grabbed Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse ed. by John Joseph Adams (website here).

Working my way through The Coyote Road ed. by Terri Windling & Ellen Datlow, and really liking it. Some of the stories are exceptional, and even the ones I don't like I have no trouble finishing. More when I finish.

Completed books in the last 4 weeks or so:

Dies the Fire by S.M. Stirling; reread
Relic by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
Skeleton Canyon by J.A. Jance
Divine Justice by David Baldacci
Pride Runs Deep & Sink the Shigure by R. Cameron Cooke

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

AP Biology

I get to teach a new class (new to me and to Poplar Bluff High School at least) called Advanced Placement Biology. Students taking this class have an option to take a test in May 2010. If they pass the test they will receive 3 hours of college credit for biology accepted nearly every college in the country.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Scout Camp Take 1

I attended Camp Geiger (north of St. Joseph, Missouri) as a boy scout from 1970-1973. My son crossed from cub scouts to boy scouts this last March. Soooo, even though we now live in SE Missouri, the boy and I went to Camp Geiger with his troop. And had a great time.