Member Blogs Archive > August 2015

  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Drift & Dagger by Kendall Kulper

    Mon, 31 Aug 2015 10:00:00 Permalink
    Mal loved Essie and never expected her to betray him.  Tempers get out of hand and mean things can be said.  That was what happened the day she told the village he was a "blank".  He had no magic.  And soon he had no home either...Little Brown Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).   It will be published September 8th.Mal drifts along through life finally finding a friend in Boone, an older boy.  Together they steal magical relics and important charms and potions and sell them.  They work again Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Hanging Girl: A Department Q Novel by Jussi Adler-Olsen

    Mon, 31 Aug 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    Carl is not the world's most ambitious policeman.  He'd prefer to take a nap at his desk.  So when a cop from another city calls about a crime and asks for his help, he says no.  After all, it's a cold case, happened twenty years ago, and they think it was an accident.  Why dig into it now?  When the cop kills himself at his retirement in front of everyone, Carl doesn't think much about it.  But Rose tells him it's his fault and they must investigate... Dutton and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Literature and Contemporary Chinese Politics

    Mon, 31 Aug 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    What is the relationship between literature and contemporary Chinese politics? China has a long literary tradition, but works written in both Classical Chinese and Vernacular Chinese haven’t always been available in translation to Western audiences. As such, many of us don’t have as much knowledge as we’d like to have about the links between fiction and current sociocultural matters. Let’s remedy that, at least in part, by thinking about some of the greatest known Chinese writers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and the role their fiction plays in our understanding of Chinese politics. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Summer at Hideaway Key by Barbara Davis

    Sun, 30 Aug 2015 10:00:00 Permalink
    This story reminds me a quote: "'Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all." (Alfred Lord Tennyson)  Lily Mae spent her life protecting the people she loved.  The problem was that left her with no one to love her.  But there was someone who did...NAL Accent sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can find a copy at your local bookstore now.The tale begins with the present day Lily coming home for her father's funeral.  She and her mother get along as Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Kingdom of the Sun and Moon by Lowell H. Press

    Sun, 30 Aug 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    Reminiscent of Watership Down, this is a tale of mice.  They, too, have warriors, a King, and can be called into a life of service.  Sommer and his brother Nesbit would prefer not to.  But when you're summoned you have no choice.Parker Mills Publishing and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 10th, so you can grab a copy then.The story begins with the guard coming for more mice for their army.  They pick Sommer, who is older and stronger.  Nesbit gets a bit too mouthy and is asking to Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Narratives of Great Explorers and Their Cathartic Value

    Sun, 30 Aug 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    As history documents, Ernest Shackleton and his fellow crew members embarked on the Imperial Trans-Atlantic Expedition to walk across the Antarctic continent in 1914. Trapped in ice floes, they were forced to abandon ship several months into their journey and retreat. We struggle, at times, to understand why we're captivated by such endeavors. They failed, after all, and walking across the continent doesn't seem to be an especially worthwhile project. However, there is a measure of catharsis available to all who hear these stories. Just as Aristotle describes the cathartic nature of the theatre, the legends of these explorers bleed Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    Thanks, Bruce McKinney!

    Sun, 30 Aug 2015 05:18:52 Permalink
    Every once in a while we encounter events that we know will be benchmarks in our careers as antiquarian book dealers. The first shop, with its smell of fresh cut pine shelving, the first big buy, the first book fair, the biggest book fair, the biggest buy, the luckiest find, the first whale (dealer slang […]The post Thanks, Bruce McKinney! appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Dance of the Bones: A J. P. Beaumont and Brandon Walker Novel by J. A. Jance

    Sat, 29 Aug 2015 10:00:00 Permalink
    It was a murder many years ago, but it is still tied with current events.  People will do anything for money...William Morrow and Edelweiss gave the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 8th, so you don't have long to wait.I've been reading Ms. Jance's books for a long time.  She writes a good mystery, I like the Indian traditions she shares and she really makes her characters feel like long time friends.  Anything she writes is well worth reading.This is really a tale of an avarice-filled female who is beautiful and knows Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Mister Max: The Book of Kings: Mister Max 3 by Cynthia Voigt, Iacopo Bruno (Illustrated by)

    Sat, 29 Aug 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    Mister Max has determined where his parents are located and that they need help.  But how can a boy of twelve help a King and Queen of a foreign country?Knopf Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 8th, so watch for a copy then.This whole series has been fun to read.  Max's parents are part of a theatrical group.  They are also spies.  Max dresses up as an older boy to run his solution business.  That way he makes some extra money to help his grandmother.  He's Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Maurice Maeterlinck and the Mystery of Life

    Sat, 29 Aug 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    Maurice Maeterlinck was a Belgian playwright and essayist who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1911. If Maeterlinck’s name is new to you, as it may well be, it’s likely because his work is of an uncommon variety. What has certainly hurt the playwright’s longevity is that he chose to pick sides...and lost. Maeterlinck staunchly resisted the aesthetic tides of naturalism and realism, instead aligning himself with the aims and sensibilities of the Symbolist movement. The problem is, of course, that the realistic style has prevailed to this day, while Symbolism has ostensibly perished. Yet, Maeterlinck’s defiance of the Read More
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    Smoked by Mari Mancusi

    Fri, 28 Aug 2015 10:00:00 Permalink
    Emmy is being held captive in a government lab.  She's not alone, Scarlet is there with her.  But Trinity wants her dragon back, so they mount a rescue attempt.Sourcebooks Fire and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 1st, so all you who are waiting for the final book in the series can grab it then.  If you haven't been reading the series, you can still enjoy this book.  I did.Connor and Caleb are twins, but they are not always on the same side.  They also are both in love Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's Notable Quotes

    Fri, 28 Aug 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    “More light!” —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s last words In a letter to Carl Friedrich Zelter, the iconic German poet and playwright Johann Wolfgang von Goethe wrote, “All poetry is supposed to be instructive but in an unnoticeable manner; it is supposed to make us aware of what it would be valuable to instruct ourselves in; we must deduce the lesson on our own, just as with life.” If his words are to be taken at face value, that makes Goethe himself one of the most valuable teachers the world has ever known. Read More
  • from Pistil Blog

    Outdoor Book Sale Rescheduled

    Fri, 28 Aug 2015 05:46:00 Permalink
    The weather forecast shows a 90% chance of rain and wind tomorrow, so we're re-scheduling our annual outdoor book sale.  We think we'll have it next Saturday, Sept. 5, but will confirm closer to the date.Books and rain go well together when the books are inside and the rain is outside! Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Resist (Resistance, #2) by Tracy Lawson

    Thu, 27 Aug 2015 10:00:00 Permalink
    Tommy and Careen are on the run.  They've found out the truth about the antidote and they don't want to take it anymore.  When they meet members of the Resistance, they're more than willing to join them.PR by the Book sent me an ebook of this story for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.  This is the second book in the series.Careen is eighteen and hasn't met as many disillusioned and apathetic people as I have.  She thinks she's helping when says things but many of them backfire.  After all, she has Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Counteract (Resistance, #1) by Tracy Lawson

    Thu, 27 Aug 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    Careen is good responsible student who does what she's told.  She's also living in a world I never want to see here.  Big Brother has nothing over the "god who would be", a man who believes he can run the country and control the people and have everything he wants...PR by the Book sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can get a copy now.The Office of Civilian Safety and Defense is "protecting" the public.  They are doing this by shutting down concerts, sporting events, social media, no Read More
  • from HCBooksOnline Blog

    The Madness and Modernism of Virginia Woolf

    Thu, 27 Aug 2015 08:44:16 Permalink
    The Madness and Modernism of Virginia Woolf Virginia Woolf was a prolific author and one of the most important modernists of the early twentieth century. She was also one of the most famously mentally unwell writers of the same period, with her personal life attracting nearly as much attention as her works. Whilst her battle […] Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Ira Levin: Coupling the Creepy with the Conventional

    Thu, 27 Aug 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    “Mr. Levin’s suspense is beautifully intertwined with everyday incidents; the delicate line between belief and disbelief is faultlessly drawn.” -Thomas J. Fleming, on Rosemary's Baby in The New York Times Book Review Ira Levin, master of all things creepy, knew as early as the age of 15 he wanted to be a writer. Early aspiration lead to early success, and his senior year at NYU, he entered a half-hour television script he'd written into a contest hosted by CBS. While the script didn't win, it was a runner-up, and shortly after the contest Levin sold it to NBC. So, after graduating Read More
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    A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn

    Wed, 26 Aug 2015 10:00:00 Permalink
    Veronica chases butterflies.  Don't laugh.  She's traveled all over the world and is good enough at it she gets paid for her specimens.  She's come home to care for her aunt, who was in declining health.  As she attends the funeral, she's already planning her next trip.  That all goes awry when she finds someone destroying the house.  She tries to fight him off, he tries to abduct her, and it's only when the strange man at the funeral comes to her rescue that things right themselves.  When the man says she needs to go to London with him, she's Read More
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    The Paris Key by Juliet Blackwell

    Wed, 26 Aug 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    What if you've lost all direction in your life and you're not sure you even like who you are now?  How do you start over?Penguin Books sent me a copy of this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 1st.When Genevieve found out her husband was having an affair, her marriage was over.  She had to admit it was really over a long time ago but they were both still going through the motions.  She was in a boring job, had a boring life and now she had nothing.  What was she to do?  She had one Read More
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    A List of Authors' Famous Last Words

    Wed, 26 Aug 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    If you spend your entire life writing, it makes sense to make your last words count. Mark Twain recommended employing one's final breath in a deliberate, dignified message. Death is too important an occasion for improvisation or whimsy. Twain wrote, “There is hardly a case on record where a man came to his last moment unprepared and said a good thing — hardly a case where a man trusted to that last moment and did not make a solemn botch of it and go out of the world feeling absurd." After all, no author ought to die failing in the Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    New Acquisitions at Tavistock Books

    Wed, 26 Aug 2015 01:18:15 Permalink
    Before the hectic Book Fair season begins, we thought we’d give a quick run-down of a few of our most interesting acquisitions in the recent past! Click on the pictures or follow the links to be directed to the item in question. Enjoy! Ambrotype of Mr. & Mrs. James M. Lilley of Virginia, circa 1860s: […] Read More
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    The Secret Mission of William Tuck by Eric Pierpoint

    Tue, 25 Aug 2015 10:00:00 Permalink
    William couldn't believe it.  The British marched his brother over to tree and killed him right in front of his family.  He memorized the face of the man that gave the order and made the decision that he would right this wrong.   Even though he knew his parents would grieve for him, too, he left a message and took the drum he had and set out to join the patriots.  If they could kill his brother for his war activities, then he'd take war to them, too.  He's 12 but he's not going to let that stop him!Sourcebooks Jabberwocky and Read More
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    LOVE volume 2: THE FOX by Frederic Brremaud

    Tue, 25 Aug 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    This graphic comic series has the best illustrations!  I read The Tiger and was pleased to find another issue was out.  It's especially touching because there are no words.  Even with no words, the message comes across...Magnetic Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 10th.  Make a note on your TBR list and pick up the first one in the series if you haven't read it yet.These are nature stories.  The first book was set in the jungle; this one is set further north where polar bears and Read More
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    Bret Harte, Mark Twain, Pioneer Fiction, and a Play Gone Wrong

    Tue, 25 Aug 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    It’s 1876 and two of America’s most revered writers have decided to collaborate on what turned out to be one of the most disastrous plays in American dramatic work – and one that would severely damage a budding literary friendship. Read More
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    Hunter by Mercedes Lackey

    Mon, 24 Aug 2015 10:00:00 Permalink
    Monsters.  The things from myth and imagination arrived after the Diseray.  It was an apocalypse that didn't take; it turned in the Diseray.  To be safe, you had to be in a place that was fortified.  You needed defenders and that's how the Hunters came to be.  They trained for it, were tough, and they fought the monsters from the Otherworld.Disney Hyperion and Net Galley allowed to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 1st, so you'll want to snag a copy then.Joy was orphaned early in life and her Uncle brought her to the Read More
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    Jade Dragon Mountain by Elsa Hart

    Mon, 24 Aug 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    Li Du was in exile.  He'd been a librarian and was unfortunate enough to be friendly with a man the Emperor disciplined.  Since then, he was exiled and spent most his time in the mountains and forest.  The peace he found there was worth the cost of leaving his job behind.  When he drops in to visit his cousin on way to a new location, he gets asked to stay.  The Emperor is coming and his cousin needs help dealing with the arriving diplomats.  He agrees.  He never ended to get involved with murder...St. Martin's Press and Net Galley gave Read More
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    Libraries and Special Collections: The New York Academy of Medicine

    Mon, 24 Aug 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    There is no limit on the subjects worthy of a special library collection – comic books, calligraphy, automobiles, you name it. But there is something extra special about medical library collections. Medical knowledge has changed drastically in the past 500 years or so, and to see that history with your own eyes can really knock your socks off. The New York Academy of Medicine Library is a phenomenal institution that aims to preserve medical history and make it just as relevant to audiences today. Read More
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    Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho

    Sun, 23 Aug 2015 10:00:00 Permalink
    Zacharias had never wanted to be the Sorcerer to the King.  Of course, he hadn't wanted Stephen to die either.  He doesn't like being in the public eye, he knows the fact that he is a freed slave is also detrimental to him, and he doesn't like most of the politicians he has to work with.  The problem is that Stephen was Sorcerer before him and he's inherited this position, along with the staff that grants him power.  What's he to do?Penguin Group and Net Galley gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will Read More
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    The Dogs by Allan Stratton

    Sun, 23 Aug 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    Cameron is tired of running.  His mom moves him from one house to another, all miles away from each other, to keep them away from his dad.  He didn't think his dad was that bad, but his mother is still scared to death of him.  Cameron's dad says one thing, his mother another.  Who's telling the truth?Sourcebooks Fire and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 1st, so check for a copy then.This is a scary story.  There's a ghost, a story from the past, evidence in the locked coal room Read More
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    Visiting Halldór Laxness's Home

    Sun, 23 Aug 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    Have you ever thought about taking a trip to Iceland? If you fly into Reykjavík, you’re only a short drive from Gljúfrasteinn, the home of the Nobel Prize-winning novelist Halldór Laxness. Laxness was born in 1902 in Reykjavík, and he traveled through Europe in his 20s before settling down in Iceland. Some of the author’s most prominent works include The Great Weaver from Kashmir (1927), Independent People (1935), The Atom Station (1948), The Fish Can Sing (1957), and Under the Glacier (1968). A short while ago, we took a tour of his home and learned more about Laxness’s possessions, writing Read More
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