The Essential Wonder Woman Encyclopedia by Phil Jimenez and John Wells

As with the Superman and Batman companion volumes to this, this book was published in 2010.  This date means something to me.  That was the year J. Michael Strazcynski scrapped all that had gone before and remade Wonder Woman into something she was never supposed to be -- a dangerous and bratty teenage girl with a … Continue reading The Essential Wonder Woman Encyclopedia by Phil Jimenez and John Wells

The Essential Superman Encyclopedia by Robert Greenberger and Martin Pasko

As with the Wonder Woman and Batman companion books, this book was published in 2010, the year J. Michael Strazcynski took over writing for the Man of Steel, turned him into something he wasn't, and walked away mid-arc, leaving cleanup for whomever followed behind him.  DC rebooted everything after that with the New 52, and … Continue reading The Essential Superman Encyclopedia by Robert Greenberger and Martin Pasko

The Illustrated World Encyclopedia of Knives, Swords, Spears & Daggers by Harvey J.S. Withers & Tobias Capwell

This is another one of those reference books that gets no cover-to-cover read, and so it's one that wouldn't otherwise get a review unless I pressed the issue.  And so here's that review. Let's just call this book for what it is: blade porn.  There's not a lot of detail in the text, but it's … Continue reading The Illustrated World Encyclopedia of Knives, Swords, Spears & Daggers by Harvey J.S. Withers & Tobias Capwell

Chambers History Factfinder by Editors of Chambers

It's incredibly difficult to catalog and cross-reference the complete outline of world history.  Let's face it, that's just too much for any book to handle.  But all things considered, this little book does a fairly decent job of it, and it does it in a way that's not remotely daunting.  It's organized by section.  The … Continue reading Chambers History Factfinder by Editors of Chambers

The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia by Stephen J. Sansweet, Pablo Hidalgo, Bob Vitas, and Daniel Wallace

This is a review for one of my many "project" books that  I don't read cover to cover (and hence otherwise don't review), but have nonetheless read several times out of order while researching specific subjects. Let me put this book into perspective.  This is a three-volume hardcover slipcase set from Lucasfilm insiders / super-fans that covers … Continue reading The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia by Stephen J. Sansweet, Pablo Hidalgo, Bob Vitas, and Daniel Wallace

George Lucas’s Blockbusting: A Decade-by-Decade Survey of Timeless Movies Including Untold Secrets of Their Financial and Cultural Success edited by Alex Ben Block and Lucy Autrey Wilson

This is a review for one of my many "project" books that I don't read straight through cover to cover (and hence otherwise don't review), but have nonetheless read several times out of order while researching specific subjects. I love movies, don't you?  There are many authorities out there on films.  If any one of them … Continue reading George Lucas’s Blockbusting: A Decade-by-Decade Survey of Timeless Movies Including Untold Secrets of Their Financial and Cultural Success edited by Alex Ben Block and Lucy Autrey Wilson

A Dictionary of Angels, Including the Fallen Angels by Gustav Davidson

I mentioned recently that one of the things I wanted to do this year was to finally review the various books that I've been picking at and poring over for a number of years now as part of my different research projects.  One of my largest and most in-depth projects has been angelology. This book … Continue reading A Dictionary of Angels, Including the Fallen Angels by Gustav Davidson