Saturday, April 05, 2014

Baseball Scouting Reports & More

Misc. years from 1956 to '99. First 2 stacks arrived today, 3rd stack has been here a while. They need a new home! Last chance, 1 wk only - 4/7 to 4/12.

Stats & charts for your fave players!
One million and one uses!

Don Schiffer 1956 Baseball Almanac
Tom Seaver's 1989 Scouting Notebook
Bill James Player Ratings Book 1995
Sporting News Official Baseball Register 1996 Edition
The Whole Baseball Catalogue
Bill James STATS Major League Handbook 1990, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999
The STATS Baseball Scoreboard
The Scouting Report 1985, 1987, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994
The Scouting Notebook 1995, 1986, 1997, 1998, 1999
The 1992 Elias Baseball Analyst
The 1989 Baseball Encyclopedia Update
The Sporting News Baseball Guide - 1990
USA Today Baseball Weekly 1997 Almanac
1992 Baseball Almanac

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Spring Break at Bonnett's Books

Whether you're buying a Mark Twain classic as a surprise gift, researching sensitive information (like a medical condition, or controversial subjects) or picking up a bit of sexy entertainment, no one has to know what you buy from Bonnett's! Your secrets are safe with us. We've held the trust of our customers for 75 years, dealing in used books, comics, magazines, photo sets, movies, and more.

Mardi Gras, Saint Patrick's Day, and Spring Break have recently reminded me of Girls Gone Wild (don't visit their old websites, they now redirect your browser to other sites). It was just a few short years ago when it seemed like GGW was everywhere, even here in Dayton, Ohio!

Girls Gone Wild bus parked at VEX on 4th & St. Clair - Jan. 9, 2010 © Kevin H. Bonnett

This Spring Break, if you can't hit the beach, hit Bonnett's! We've just discovered a stash of Girls Gone Wild DVDs to add to our sexy selections.

         "GIRLS GONE WILD! - Real! Raw! Uncut!"
  • GGW: America Uncovered - with Doug Stanhope
  • GGW: Beach Babes & Forbidden Spring Break, 2 Vol. Set - on 1 disc
  • GGW: Doggy Style - Hosted by Snoop Dogg
  • GGW: Endless Spring Break - 15 vols., sold separately
  • GGW: Girl Power - 5 vols., sold separately
  • GGW: Road Trip - 2 vols., sold separately
  • GGW: Sex Starved College Girls, Vol. 2
  • GGW: Ultimate Spring Break - 2 vols., sold separately
Of course, there's a LOT more here than Girls Gone Wild - which only came to mind due to recent events.

Local and World History (and Dayton's role in it all) - Arts and Crafts (from Renaissance Art to Puppetry) - DIY Home & Auto Repair - Landscaping & Gardening - Food Prep (from growing or catching to cooking, nutrition & entertaining) - Sports (local, college, & pro) - Outdoor Activities (Cycling, Sailing, Climbing, etc.) - Fitness, Exercise, Nutrition, Health & Wellness - Humor, Jokes, & Satire - Mysteries, Thrillers, Westerns, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Historical Fiction, Paranormal Romance, Pulp fiction - Straight, Fetish, & LGBT topics & erotica - Archaeology, Photography, Poetry, Essays, Travel, Plays, Drama, Thrillers, Suspense, Religion, UFOs, Occult Studies, Psychology, Biographies, True Crime, Civil War, World War II, Aviation, Railroads, Children's & Young Adult books, plus all manner of comics, magazines, & DVDs.

There are literally thousands of reasons to "Like" Bonnett's Book Store. Please do! Bonnett's Facebook
We're also on Google+, Twitter (@BonnettsBooks), Pinterest, Goodreads, Tumblr, Instagram, Flickr, & Foursquare.

      Shopping in BONNETT'S you'll have
NO browser history, cookies, or temp files to worry about.
NO social media sites serving ads based on your searches & telling everyone what you 'Like'.
NO product recommendations related to things you've bought online.
NO 'Big Brother' looking at your data.
      And:
YES! Have the freedom to buy what you want without judgement.
YES! Pay with your credit or debit cards without an item description on your bill.
YES! Surprise someone with a perfect book or movie gift, even if they find the receipt.
YES! Save the planet and your money! Buying used is recycling and inexpensive.
YES! Trade in your quality Used Books, Comics, Magazines, & Movies for extra savings
YES! Support a Local, Small Business that's been serving the Dayton, Ohio area for 75 years.

If you've been here before, we look forward to seeing you again. If you've never been here before, bring a friend and come explore! Bonnett's Book Store is part of a complete date night - wait for showtime at The Neon, or for your table to open, or browse while your dinner settles, or come down just to visit Bonnett's!
We hope to see you soon! :-)

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Romeo & Juliet - Many Editions

With Saint Valentine's Day around the corner I can't help but think of Romance, and the holiday's namesake massacre brings Tragedy to mind. There's no greater romantic tragedy than "Romeo and Juliet". Here are some of the many versions available now at Bonnett's Books!

● Dell Lit Romeo and Juliet & West Side Story [In one book! How cool is that? "Very!", if you ask me.]
● Cambridge Oxford Updated Edition
● Oxford Press
● Penguin Pelican Shakespeare
● Signet Classics
● Storti Story of Romeo & Juliet (English Edition) [just the tale, not the play]
● Washington Square Press (WSP) Folger Shakespeare Library (Includes Detailed Explanatory Notes)

MORE of The Bard:
Marchette Chute's Stories from Shakespeare, Richard Armour's Twisted Tales from Shakespeare - illustrated by Cambell Grant, and Michael Maerone's Timeless Wisdom of Shakespeare

AND STILL MORE:
Hamlet, Othello, the gang's all here... Honestly, far too many plays and playwright's to list now.

Alternative:
Romance not your thing? Try our Adult, True Crime, Role Playing Games, History, Biography, Arts, DIY, Westerns, War, Humor, Crafts, Hobbies, Sports, and more, including Comics and DVDs.

To take a peek at the possibilities look us up and check out our feed in your favorite website or app. If you can't find us orvwant to know more just let us know!

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

OCTOBER? Already?

Tonight I had time to notice that I haven't updated the blog since April. That April post included a (then) up-to-date visitors guide to Dayton, Ohio's Historic Oregon District. In these few short months that guide has changed quite a bit. With HAUNTFEST on FIFTH drawing near, and Holiday shopping around the corner, I figure I'd better set things right.

Oregon Shop Guide Update:
16 Brown Street remains home to Color of Energy Gallery, but is now shared with 2 brand new businesses: Hicks' The Bearded Barber & Spice Paradise. But what of The Record Gallery and Sew Dayton?

Never Fear! Sew Dayton moved a couple of blocks and around a corner to 261 Wayne Avenue, near PRESS Coffee Bar; and The Record Gallery joined forces with ReCreate Music Shop next to Feathers Vintage.

New to the scene are Lily's Bistro, Salar, and Wheat Penny restaurants, and Toxic Brew Company brewery.

Also, I've just noticed that our friends at Clash Consignment were neglected in the April guide, as well as Found Treasures 4 You. Corrected.

AND, as the April guide was aimed at a younger crowd, I intentionally left off Exotic Fantasies, Gem City Tattoo Club, and Glenn Scott's Oregon Tattoo Team, as well as the local bars known more for party-fun than dining: Pulse Nite Club, Club Vex, Newcom's Tavern, and Ned Pepper's!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Winter Guard International World Championships in Dayton

Winter Guard International (WGI) World Championships return April 11-20, 2013!

Info for Daytonians:
What is Winter Guard? Winter Guard Championships are really two separate competitions. Flag Corps and Drum Corps. I lived near a hotel as a kid and used to enjoy watching teams practice in the parking lot. If you really want to know about Winter Guard they'll explain it best themselves. Just visit http://www.wgi.org!

Info for Visitors:
There are plenty of great things to see and do in the Dayton, OH area. Too many to list them all! Here are some highlights in the immediate vicinity of our shop, Bonnett's Book Store (our Facebook profile -we're also active on Twitter and Foursquare (check-in here for a discount)!

Our neighborhood is known as the Oregon District, the O.D. for short, the Oregon Historic District, and/or the Oregon Arts District. We're Historic for being Dayton's First neighborhood, and we're Arts for being home to a concentration of Galleries, Craft, Vintage, and Thrift shopping. Add to that numerous one-of-a-kind Taverns and Restaurants only found in Dayton, and it all adds up to one great way to exercise free time and grab a bite to eat!


What's here?
In order by geography, West to East - entirely walkable in good weather.
All parking is FREE in lots and streetside, but be careful not to park in a private lot. 
Bold listings may be of special interest to WGI visitors.
Italic listings represent places to eat.


130 E Fifth St - The Neon Movies - An independent cinema; the place to see quality films you won't find at the multiplex. I like to enjoy a beer with my popcorn!

120 S Patterson Blvd - Hauer Music - New and Used Drums, sheet music, and just about any musical instrument you might want. Brass, strings, keys, you name it!

200 E Fifth St - Smokin' BBQ - If you like barbecue you've gotta give this a try. Homemade sides and sauces! My favorite is the pulled pork sandwich.

225 E Sixth St - Jay's Seafood - Fine dining, steaks, and Always Fresh Fish!

318 E Fifth St - Omega Music - A huge selection of New & Used music on vinyl and more!

336 E Fifth St - The Oregon Express - By Day, a great place to take the family for the O.D.'s best pizza. By Night, a fine music destination. In warm weather, visit the deck for a nice view of downtown Dayton.

11 Brown St - Thai 9 - Excellent Sushi and Thai food. 9 levels of spicy hotness. Pad Thai is my favorite, and level 4 is hot enough for me.

16 Brown St (shared space) - The Color of Energy Gallery -  A Mike Elsass Art Gallery

16 Brown St (shared space) - The Record Gallery - Collectible Vinyl, CDs, Posters, Memorabilia, and more!

16 Brown St (shared space) - Sew Dayton - Fabrics, Classes, Accessories, Alterations, Repairs, and vintage flair! 

416 E Fifth St - 5th Street Wine and Deli - Fabulous sandwiches, a great selection of soft drinks, carry-out craft beer and wine, candy, gum, chips and more!

101 Pine St - Wiley's Comedy Niteclub - Dayton's First and Ohio's Oldest Comedy Club!

430 E Fifth St - Blind Bob's - Excellent specialty hamburgers, waffle fries, and more. Great place to have lunch or dinner during the day, and a fun place for drinks with friends at night! 

438 E Fifth St - ReCreate Music Shop - Used Musical Equipment, Service and Repair of Instruments, Amps, and Electronics.

440 E Fifth St - Feathers Vintage - Clothing, knick-knacks, memorabilia, toys, records, and more!

464 E Fifth St - Brim - Awesome hat shop! No ball caps found here.

501 E Fifth St - Goodwill - Need something cheap in a hurry? Belts, blouses, ties, shirts, and much more! I mean, everyone knows about Goodwill, right?

502 E Fifth St - Bonnett's Books (our Facebook page) - Discount used books, YA, manga, box sets, music books, DVDs, classics, comics, vintage magazines, and more!

504 E Fifth St - Practice Yoga - See their site for schedule and pricing. Drop-in beginner classes available!

506 E Fifth St - Derailed Salon - Need a haircut while you're in Dayton? Mindy and Austin can help you out.

508 E Fifth St - Gallery 510 & Peace on Fifth - Art, hand-made gifts, cards, accessories.

510 E Fifth St - Eclectic Essentials - Decor and more!

511 E Fifth St - Sterling Studio - Jewelry, gifts, originals, custom work!

520 E Fifth St - Lucky's Taproom and Eatery - Great food, beer battered fish - you choose the brew!

524 E Fifth St - Roost Modern Italian Restaurant - The most recent addition to the Oregon District's culinary extravaganza!

530 E Fifth St - The Trolley Stop - Pitas, burgers, quesadillas, tacos, soups, and vegan menu, and a great patio dining area!

601 E Fifth St - Ohio Budokan - Martial Arts and Japanese Culture Center - one free class for visitors!

605 E Fifth St - Jimmy Modern / Vintage - Great selection of mid-century modern decor, furniture and more!

300 Wayne Ave - The Dublin Pub - Last on the list, but definitely not least, outstanding food and great atmosphere!


Three blocks of awesome! And this is only a partial list! We hope you enjoy your visit to Dayton. Good luck to all WGI competitors from Bonnett's Book Store!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Literary Fiction vs. Genre Fiction

Via Goodreads.com we recently received an invitation to join a small group-discussion board concerning Literary Fiction vs. Genre Fiction. I've read some of each, but I lean toward the Science Fiction genre, or works becoming known as Speculative Fiction. The invitation to that group inspired some thought on the subject, as follows:

Many now classic works have been labeled with a genre which were composed prior to the existence of that genre. Clearly, without a genre for which to write Frankenstein is a literary work by default - not horror or sci-fi, just Lit.

Perhaps I'm jaded, but these days it seems difficult to find Genre fiction written with Literary intent. I don't blame authors. Few authors would spend the vast amounts of time and effort required for publication if they didn't have a strong desire to write, or an idea they simply couldn't contain. I'm sure responsibility falls primarily on the shoulders of publishers, who buy what they think will sell. Author's, then - to make a living, must write what publishers buy, becoming 'jobbers' rather than 'artisans' out of necessity.

The most prominent examples of Literary Genre fiction which come to my mind are hardly current: Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, George Orwell's 1984, Anthony Burgess' A Clockwork Orange, Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow, and Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale are good examples. Of this group, only Bradbury might be branded a genre writer.

In my opinion one of the most well-known spec-fic writers, Philip K. Dick, was not a very good writer, but neither was he a sell-out. His concepts and ideas are the stuff of legend, in print and on the big screen, but he doesn't seem, to me, to have been an artisan. He was more a philosopher than a writer, driven to share his ideas and concepts. Rather than explore the craft, he needed to expel demons. So, rather than Lit or Genre, it's Fascinating Ideas which have sold his works.

Two fellows whose skill I admire greatly today are Michael Chabon - a true literary artisan, and William Gibson, also a craftsman - though perhaps not as widely recognized as such.

Gibson is almost single-handedly responsible for inventing the now-fading sub-genre of Cyberpunk Sci-Fi in his novel Neuromancer. He and Bruce Sterling co-wrote The Difference Engine, which was crucial to the rise of modern Steampunk. Furthermore, Gibson's literary contributions since have helped lead to the current trend of re-designating much of what had been known as science fiction with the term I used above, Speculative Fiction. Gibson puts the writing first, to better convey his ideas, and seems to have only been grafted with the sci-fi moniker as a side effect of the success of his early works, which were indeed sci-fi.

He's since become far less a science fiction author than he is the teller of well-written and interesting stories. His latest books likely wouldn't be considered science fiction at all to those unaware of his earliest works, though I'm not sure what tag I would apply.

My point in all of the above is really just to say that the writing of Lit and/or Genre begin with the intentions of the writer. One must choose to be Literary first. Applying a Genre to one's work is simply the vehicle used on a great Literary road-trip. Whether or not it will sell is anyone's guess.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Modern Age of Super-Hero Cinema

I've mentioned before, we can't help but love movies. So many Books serve as inspiration for Films that it's a near impossibility not to enjoy both, sometimes.

My brother and I grew up in the age of pre-super-hero cinema. I count Tim Burton's Batman as the birth of the super-hero age of film. Certainly, others would disagree, calling out Christopher Reeve era Superman, but there's a distinct difference between that Superman (1978) and Batman (1989), aside from the decade-plus span between them.

Superman was a wonderful movie in it's time, but it was a film made of Hollywood rather than of Comics. I'll try to explain...

Film, being a visual medium, has lent itself, since it's silent-film beginnings, to offering up spectacular new worlds. A Trip to the Moon (1902) by Georges Méliès and Fritz Lang's Metropolis (1927) are two prime examples of the earliest silent-film spectacles, and prime examples of movie-making as well! A Trip to the Moon was a present-day (at it's time) frolic of fun, fantasy and frivolity, while Metropolis delves into societal woes and political commentary in a stunning future world... To help bridge the rather distant topical gap between those two movies, let me include F.W. Murnau's Nosferatu (1922) - a horror fantasy both thoughtful and fun, in the way that scary movies are fun. Each of those were visual spectacles.

There's no denying the hundreds of great films which have lacked high-levels of Spectacle, but they're not often easily recalled. Even the great real-world dramas in film history have been spectacular in some way or another. Alfred Hitchcock had a remarkable ability to spectacularize the mundane. His movie Rear Window (1954) is one of my very favorite movies, and it's entire story takes place from the viewpoint of one room in an unremarkable apartment building, featuring characters who were just regular people that any of us might know; yet, it was spectacular in its filmic ingenuity.

The point of all this is that Spectacle is not a bad thing. It's what makes us want to go to the movies, even when a movie is billed as "The Greatest Love Story of ALL Time!" A great romance, then, IS the spectacle.

Now, getting back to the Christopher Reeve Superman... the tagline for that movie was "You'll Believe a Man Can Fly!" The spectacle was the thing selling it. Cinema had reached a turning point in visual innovation. Maybe it was technology, maybe it was studio greed, maybe it was an audience clamoring for MORE! Probably all of the above. The years leading up to Superman included big hairy fistfuls of effects heavy classics. From Jaws and the first remake of King Kong - for robotic special effects, to the Planet of the Apes movies and Logan's Run - for unusual sets and make-up effects, to Star Wars, Close Encounters, and Indiana Jones for new uses of miniatures, mattes, and some more make-up and physical effects. Superman came out at a time when Hollywood needed the most spectacular spectacle available, a being from another planet "who came to Earth with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men!" The risk in making Superman was the same risk as in the making of any other big-budget picture, but thesubject was no risk at all, having been mostly popular since his inception nearly 4 decades earlier. And so, the big-red "S" smashed it's way into our hearts all over again.

And, then what? Three sub-par sequels... Meanwhile, Star Wars rose to galactic popularity, and multitudes of copycats followed. Science Fiction films blossomed beyond their previous pinnacle in the 1950s. Alien crept from the ductwork, Jason, Freddy, and Michael Myers slashed at us, and Indiana Jones dug into ever more treacherous tombs. All of this Flash Gordon-y pulp horror and adventure caused some older viewers to reflect on things they'd grown up with... Reflection led to nostalgia, leading to more reflection, then rediscovery, and finally a realization that some of the most memorable stories ever sold had come from movie serials and 10-cent comic books. Indiana Jones, archaeologist and tomb raider, helped us rediscover our own entertainment history.

Coincidentally, during this same period of time, comics were going through some growing pains of their own. Year after year of declining sales wasn't helped by rising competition from TV toy-cartoons, and the birth of video games. Also, a budding industry of Indie Comic publishers had been whittling away at the major publisher's market share by releasing grittier, bloodier, and sexier comics, many of which also had intriguing stories with more mature elements than the major publishers could print - thanks to the Comics Code Authority (CCA).

The CCA was established in the 1950's after a big stink rose from the bowels of one Dr. Frederic Wertham. His book, "Seduction of the Innocent" made claims that violence in comics was corrupting the youth. He included in the book the results of interviews with problem youth, whom he claimed had pointed the finger at comics, TV, and movies as their inspiration for doing bad things. It has recently been discovered that Wertham intentionally skewed some of this information in the effort to prove his misguided point.

Major comic book publishers voluntarily submitted their works for CCA approval for about 45 years, until the indie publishers started to gain popularity. At this time, in the 1980s, Marvel and DC began experimenting with edgier stories, re-packaging older stories into large volumes of collected works, and so, the Graphic Novel was born.

Many of the newer edgy stories were new works with all-new casts of characters. But some stories featured our favorite heroes in times and places previously unknown. The first of the Great Graphic Novels in this new age of comic publishing was "The Dark Knight Returns" by Frank Miller. Frank Miller had been working in comics to great acclaim in Marvel's "Daredevil" series and had built up enough klout to get a chance at a darkly futuristic Batman story with "The Dark Knight Returns." In DKR crime is rampant throughout Gotham City following the retirement of the Batman. Able to stand it no more, old man Bruce Wayne dons the cape and cowl once more. Along the way he picks up a new Robin - a girl Robin! - and crosses paths with multiple gang armies, and Superman even makes an appearance. The Dark Knight Returns is beginning to feel a little dated, but is unquestionably one of the greatest works in comic-book history, not just for it's great story, but for introducing new ways of presenting a story in comics form. I re-read it often, and I recommend it, highly.

The astonishing success of The Dark Knight Returns is the root of modern super-hero cinema. If not for Frank Miller and DKR we never would've had the Tim Burton "Batman" which borrowed a number of story-telling elements directly from Frank Miller's DKR. Burton made this "Batman" his own, but this movie existed, not as a Hollywood showcase, but because it had become clear through DKR that comics could have compelling stories and boatloads of spectacle at the same time. And that's why Batman begins the modern super-hero movie era, instead of Superman.

Following on the heels of Batman came a flurry of other pulp and comic-book-inspired movies: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Mask, The Rocketeer, The Shadow, and more; through more Frank Miller creations like "300" and "Sin City", all the way to our most-modern and greatest super-hero movie yet, "The Avengers."

I'll add some interesting and fun links to this later, but I thought you should know, this piece was inspired by the Oscar win of Jennifer Lawrence for "Silver Linings Playbook." Jennifer Lawrence played the young Raven Darkholme (aka Mystique) in "X-Men: First Class" which reminded me that Halle Berry, who played Ororo Munroe (aka Storm) in X-Men, X2:  X-Men United, and X-Men III: The Last Stand... which in turn reminded me that Ellen Page, who played Rogue throughout X-Men I-III had also won*. Considering their male co-stars - Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, and Hugh Jackman - one is almost forced to wonder "What's up with that?"

*Corrections/additional info (via http://awardsdatabase.oscars.org):
  • Ellen Page did NOT win, but was nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role for Juno.
  • Ian McKellen has had two nominations, 1st for Actor in a Leading Role for Gods and Monsters, 2nd for Actor in a Supporting Role for Fellowship of the Ring.
  • Halle Berry won Best Actress in a Leading Role for Gods and Monsters and is the only Oscar winner to have portrayed multple 'supers' - Storm in X-Men 1-3 and Catwoman.
  • Jennifer Lawrence has been nominated twice for Best Actress in a Leading Role, 1st for Winter's Bone and receiving the statuette for for Silver Linings Playbook.
The intent was to illustrate that only female X-Men have won Oscars for Leading Roles, albeit in other films.
Many other Oscar notables have appeared in super-hero films (non-acting awards have not been included here):

Jack Nicholson and Kim Basinger appeared together in Tim Burton's Batman and have each won Oscars - Basinger as Actress in a Supporting Role for L.A. Confidential and Nicholson as Best Actor for Cuckoo's Nest, Supporting Role in Terms of Endearment, and Leading Role in As Good as it Gets.
Michelle Pfeiffer - Catwoman in Batman Returns has 3 nominations, 2 of which were for Leading Role.

Tommy Lee Jones - Two-Face in Batman Forever - has had 3 Supporting Role noms, winning for The Fugitive, and one Leading Role nomination.
Uma Thurman - Poison Ivy in Batman & Robin - was nominated for Supporting Role in Pulp Fiction.

There are many more items like these, but too many to include here. I'll leave it to you to look up your favorites. ;-)

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