Posts tagged ‘hit or miss’

October 1, 2012

Hit or Miss, September 2012

Here’s what I’ve been reading and viewing for the past month.  (You can click on the links for short reviews or comments I’ve left elsewhere.)

Hits

  • Zoheleth (J. Francis Hudson)
  • Northern Girls (Sheng Keyi)
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything (Bill Bryson)
  • Icarus Airlines (Taylor Mali)
  • Vulcan’s Workshop (Harl Vincent)
  • The Plague (Albert Camus)
  • Hachi (movie)
  • From the Cables of Genoside (Lorna Dee Cerventes)
  • Source Code (movie)
  • Moneyball (movie)
  • Player Piano (Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.)
  • White Deer Plain (movie)
  • Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (onstage)
  • Orlando (Virginia Woolf)
  • Edgar Allan Poe Collection
  • Six Degrees of Separation (John Guare)

Along with the most recent issues of several magazines, including:  Beyond Centauri, Star*Line

Misses

  • none!

Neither Hit Nor Miss

  • The Future of Ice (Gretel Ehrlich) – this one is hard to rate, because there were things I loved and things I loathed

So how was September reading and viewing for you?

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August 31, 2012

Hit or Miss, August 2012

Here’s what I’ve been reading and viewing for the past month.  (You can click on the links for short reviews or comments I’ve left elsewhere.)

Hits

  • Winterflight (Joseph Bayly)
  • Vamps (James S. Dorr)
  • Falling Through Nothing (Scott Nicolay)
  • The Commentaries and The Gallic Wars (Julius Caesar)
  • Edible Zoo (David C. Kopaska-Merkel)
  • The City of a Thousand Gods (Marge Simon and Malcolm Deeley)
  • Wild Hunt of the Stars (Ann K. Schwader)
  • The Devil’s Disciples (George Bernard Shaw)
  • 《独自上场》 李娜
  • Self-Reliance (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Along with the most recent issues of several magazines, including:  Beyond Centauri, Star*Line

Misses

Neither Hit Nor Miss

  • The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck)

So how was August reading and viewing for you?

July 31, 2012

Hit or Miss, July 2012

Here’s what I’ve been reading and viewing for the past month.  (You can click on the links for short reviews or comments I’ve left elsewhere.)

Hits

  • A Distant Shore (John Houghton)
  • A Prisoner of Birth (Jeffrey Archer)
  • The Amazing Spiderman (movie)
  • The 2012 Rhysling Anthology
  • Signs & Wonders (Jennifer Crow)
  • How to Write Tales of Horror, Fantasy, and Science Fiction (J. N. Williamson, ed.)
  • Virgin of the Apocalypse (Corrine de Winter)
  • The Tortilla Curtain (T. C. Boyle)
  • The Poetry Home Repair Manual (Ted Kooser)

Along with the most recent issue of Dreams & Nightmares

Misses

  • There were no misses

Neither Hit Nor Miss

  • None here either!

It’s always a good thing to post an all-hit list!

So how was July reading and viewing for you?

July 1, 2012

Hit or Miss, June 2012

Here’s what I’ve been reading and viewing for the past month.  (You can click on the links for short reviews or comments I’ve left elsewhere.)

Hits

  • The Cyberiad (Stanislaw Lem)
  • The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins)
  • Shakespeare in Love (movie)
  • Puss in Boots (movie)
  • Black Maria (Kevin Young)
  • 《我的心中每天开出一朵花》畿米
  • The Personifid Project (R. E. Bartlett)
  • Snow White and the Huntsman
  • Legends of the Fallen Sky (Marge Simon and Malcolm Deeley)
  • The Civil Servant’s Notebook (Wang Xiaofang)
  • The Phantom World (Gary William Crawford)

Along with the most recent issues of several magazines, including:  parABnormal Digest, Scifaikuest

Misses

  • There were no all-out misses

Neither Hit Nor Miss

  • 贴身感觉》张小娴
  • American Empire:  Blood and Iron (Harry Turtledove)

So how was June reading and viewing for you?

June 1, 2012

Hit or Miss, May 2012

Here’s what I’ve been reading and viewing for the past month.  (You can click on the links for short reviews or comments I’ve left elsewhere.)

Hits

  • The Mark of a Christian (Francis A. Schaffer)
  • The Avengers (movie)
  • 《下面,我该干些什么》(阿乙)(What Should I do Next, by A Yi)
  • Beast (Erin Donahoe)
  • Selected Poems (Tony Harrison)
  • Through the Woods (Erin Donahoe)
  • Big Shot’s Funeral (movie)
  • Stellar Possibilities (John Dunphy)
  • Up is Down (Mikal Trimm)
  • Contemporary Haibun, vol. 13 (Edited by Jim Kacian, Bruce Ross, and Ken Jones)
  • Pitch (Todd Boss)
  • Men in Black 3 (movie)
  • The Case for Working with Your Hands (Matthew Crawford)

Along with back issues of several magazines, including:  Scifaikuest, The World of Chinese (x2), Star*Line (x2)

Misses

  • There were no all-out misses

Neither Hit Nor Miss

  • 《1988: 我想和这个世界谈》韩寒 (1988:  I Want to Talk with the World, by Han Han)
  • The Curious Lore of Precious Stones (George Frederick Kunz)

So how was May reading and viewing for you?

April 30, 2012

Hit or Miss, April 2012

Here’s what I’ve been reading and viewing for the past month.  (You can click on the links for short reviews or comments I’ve left elsewhere.)

Several were close calls for me, with a few of the things I ultimately ranked “Hits” being fairly borderline calls, and one of the “Neither Hit nor Miss” reads being a good candidate for an all-out miss.

Hits

Along with back issues of several magazines, including:  Chinese Newsweek, Aoife’s Kiss

Misses

  • There were no all-out misses

Neither Hit Nor Miss

So how was April reading and viewing for you?

April 1, 2012

Hit or Miss, March 2012

Here’s what I’ve been reading and viewing for the past month.  (You can click on the links for short reviews or comments I’ve left elsewhere.)

Several were close calls for me, with a few of the things I ultimately ranked “Hits” being fairly borderline calls, and one of the “Neither Hit nor Miss” reads being a good candidate for an all-out miss.

Hits

  • The Red Room (H. G. Wells)
  • Kylie’s Kiss (Delia Latham)
  • Nanjing 1937 (Ye Zhaoyan)
  • The Dream of Reason (Anthony Gottlieb)
  • Becoming Madame Mao (Anchee Min)
  • The Apartment (Greg Baxter)
  • Much Ado About Nothing (onstage)

Along with back issues of several magazines, including:  The World of Chinese, Newsweek, Aoife’s Kiss

Misses

  • There were no real misses, though “The Ice Palace” came close.

Neither Hit Nor Miss

So how was March reading and viewing for you?