Monday, January 27, 2014

quote for the day

"If you’re proposing a dramatic increase in outcomes and performance to reach social and academic goals that have never been reached before, and your primary investments are standards and tests that serve mostly to document how far you are from reaching those goals, you either don’t have a very good plan or you’re planning something else. The Common Core, like NCLB before it, is failing the funding credibility test before it’s even out of the gate."

Stan Karp, The Problems with the Common Core

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Dave's 2013 booklist

“Books are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent. What I wonder is why everybody doesn’t carry a book around for those inevitable dead spots in life.”

- Stephen King

Well, good grief, here's this years list, such as it is. It's not one of my best lists, quite frankly. It's rather short (for me) and there's not a single Non-Fiction title finished, though the partials listed below I highly recommend. Mostly what I seemed to read this year was webcomics (but I'll admit to spending hours on Tumblr, much to my shame). I also spent a lot of time reading blogs at lunch rather than my usual book, for reasons I cannot really explain.

This year's list:

Aguirre, A. A. - Bronze Gods
Ashby, Madeline - vN
Brocklehurst, Judith - Darcy + Anne
Carriger, Gail - Blameless
Carriger, Gail - Changeless
Carriger, Gail - Etiquette + Espionage
Carriger, Gail - Heartless
Carriger, Gail - Soulless
Carriger, Gail - Timeless
Cherryh, C. J. - Chanur's Homecoming
Cherryh, C. J. - Chanur's Venture
Cherryh, C. J. - The Kif Strike Back
Crusie, Jennifer + Stuart, Anne + Rich, Lani Diane - Dogs And Goddesses
Czerneda, Julie - A Thousand Words For Stranger
Czerneda, Julie - Ties of Power
deLint, Charles - Forests Of The Heart
Dicks, Matthew - Something Missing
DuFresne, John - Deep In The Shade of Paradise
Fairview, Monica - The Other Mr Darcy
Fantoni, Barry - Harry Lipkin, Private Eye
Fforde, Jasper - The Last Dragonslayer
Fforde, Katie - Restoring Grace
Fisher, Sharon Lynn - Ghost Planet
Flint, Erik + Spoor, Ryk E. - Portal
Gilmore, Susan Gregg - Looking For Salvation At The Dairy Queen
Gutteridge, Rene + McKay, Cheryl - Greetings From The Flipside
Herbert, Brian + Anderson, Kevin J. - Hellhole: The Awakening
Hiaasen, Carl - Bad Monkey
Hodgell, P. C. - Bound In Blood
Hodgell, P. C. - Honor's Paradox
Janowitz, Brenda - Recipe For A Happy Life
Kadre, Richard - Aloha From Hell
Kadre, Richard - Devil Said Bang
Lafferty, Mur - The Shambling Guide to New York
Lathan, Sharon - Miss Darcy Falls In Love
Maberry, Jonathan - Extinction Machine
MacHale, D. J. - SYLO
Martinez, A. Lee - Chasing the Moon
Martinez, A. Lee - Emperor Mullusk Versus The Sinister Brain
Mitchell, Syne - Technogenesis
Mosher, Howard Frank - The Great Northern Express
Niven, Larry + Harrington, Matthew, Joseph - The Goliath Stone
O'Malley, Daniel - The Rook
Oyeyemi, Helen - Mr Fox
Palwick, Susan - The Necessary Beggar
Planck, M. C. - The Kassa Gambit
Pratchett, Terry - Dodger
Pratchett, Terry - Snuff
Pratchett, Terry - Unseen Academicals
Pratchett, Terry + Baxter, Stephen - The Long War
Rowling, J. K. - Harry Potter And The Chamber of Secrets
Rowling, J. K. - Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone
Sage, Angie - Flyte
Sage, Angie - Magyk
Simonsen, Mary Lydon - The Perfect Bride For Mr Darcy
Smolinski, Jill - The Next Thing On My List
Steele, Alan - Spindrift
Thomas, Jeffery - Deadstock
Tropper, Jonathan - One Last Thing Before I Go
Varley, John - Red Thunder
Wodehouse, P. G. - The Girl In Blue

Unfinished Non-Fiction:

Beattie, Alan - False Economy: A Surprising Economic History of the World
Kahneman, Daniel - Thinking, Fast and Slow
Nader, Ralph - The Seventeen Solutions

Web comic archives (the best ones, anyway):

Between Failures
Errant Story
Max Overacts
Ozzie And Millie
Schlock Mercenary

Previous Lists: 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004.