15 posts tagged with books by ocherdraco.
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Guidebook for a high schooler interested in the US Navy

My early high school age cousin has been expressing interest in joining the military (specifically the US Navy) over the past year and a half. It's not something I'm super excited about, but it seems likely she'll follow through. Does there exist a book that gives really good, honest information about how the different branches of the US military work, how to approach it if you want it to be your career, not just a short term thing, etc? The kind of information she wouldn't necessarily find in a recruiter's office. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Dec 6, 2015 - 8 answers

Great, detailed "how this one thing works" books for kids

My 3.5 year old nephew adores Brian Floca's book Locomotive. I know he enjoys trains, but I'm curious if he might like books on other, non-transportation subjects, but still super detailed about parts, what they're for, and how they work. For example, has anyone made a similarly detailed children's book about how sewing machines work? Or elevators? Or computers?
posted by ocherdraco on Sep 21, 2015 - 16 answers

What are the best sites for science fiction and fantasy book reviews?

I like reading reviews of books, both to learn about new things to read, and to gain insight on things I've already read. Right now, almost all the books I'm reading are science fiction and fantasy. What are the best, most comprehensive sites that review books in these genres? I'm looking for review quality above your standard Amazon reviews—not just rehashing the plot with "I liked it" or "I didn't like it", but thoughtful, high quality analysis.
posted by ocherdraco on Sep 24, 2013 - 8 answers

Books about Vermont

We just got back from a lovely weekend in Vermont. I like reading about places I visit. Your favorite non-fiction books about Vermont, please!
posted by ocherdraco on Feb 25, 2013 - 18 answers

The best books on the history of Brazil

I just got back from Brazil and want to read about its history. What are the best books in English? I'm particularly interested in the period from the arrival of the monarchy in 1808 to the founding of the republic in 1889.
posted by ocherdraco on Jun 1, 2012 - 4 answers

I want to be the Usain Bolt of Gen. Chem.: Fast and Flawless

Help me go from good to great in my general chemistry course. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Mar 8, 2012 - 14 answers

Help me generate a list of ISBNs for books I own

I need to input a large number of ISBNs off books I own into a document (the better to sell them with!). Is there a way to do this quickly without scanning barcodes? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Jun 2, 2011 - 20 answers

Beyond "Feeling Good": resources for my depressed sister

Beyond Feeling Good: My sister is experiencing depression for the first time in her life. What can I give her to read that will help her understand depression—especially that it's not her fault—and the things she can do to treat it? Potentially relevant: she is both married to an experimental scientist (she's swayed by facts, data, and studies from universities whose names she recognizes), and a devout Catholic (approaches to depression from a Catholic point of view would particularly appeal to her). [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Mar 21, 2011 - 8 answers

I would do it myself if I only knew how.

I'm looking for good books and blogs on furniture building and other diy home improvement projects for apartment dwellers. I like building things, and am interested in making my own furniture, but I'd like to use a book that's geared toward small spaces and spaces where one can't actually make "built-ins" but can replicate the look.
posted by ocherdraco on Jan 19, 2011 - 9 answers

Please don't tell me I'll have to print this photo book on Bible paper...

What is the best strategy for self publishing a very lengthy photo book? I'm looking for the sweet spot of quality and price. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Dec 28, 2010 - 7 answers

I feel kind of like that scale in "Sesame Street at the Metropolitan Museum of Art" that determines that Egyptian kid's fate, only I'm not Osiris, and these are books, not souls.

What strategies can I use for culling books? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Jan 17, 2010 - 28 answers

"So a feminist is like Susan B. Anthony?" Biographies for my favorite 8-year-old.

Frabjous day! My eight-year-old cousin likes biographies. What are good biography resources that are age appropriate? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Dec 30, 2009 - 22 answers


I've got some questions about romance novel blogs. Are there good ones that focus on historical romances, or that look at romances from a feminist perspective? What about blogs that are just plain good (on books or otherwise), and whose writers happen to write about romances from time to time? Are there any bloggers who write about romances and about other kinds of books as well? I'm trying to get a handle on this particular corner of the web, and would appreciate any insight. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Nov 30, 2009 - 12 answers

"No longer alive to obstruct the process."

John Updike's death reminded me that I have a book of his short stories. Which ones should I read first? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Jan 30, 2009 - 9 answers

Is there any good info in Publishers Weekly?

BookPublishingFilter: I've been an editorial assistant for six months, and I'm trying to figure out how to best learn more about the business. I read Publishers Weekly every week, but I have yet to understand what I'm supposed to get out of it. Folks in the business (past or present): do you find PW useful? If so, how? What parts of it are good? If not, what industry pubs are good? (Or should I just stick to things like the NYTBR and Bookforum?) [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Mar 20, 2008 - 10 answers

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