Member Blogs Archive > August 2015

  • from ten pound island book company

    "There's Something Happening Here / What it Is Ain't Exactly Clear"

    Sun, 23 Aug 2015 07:38:28 Permalink
    (Thanks, Katherine!) It had been a lovely two weeks at home – lawn mowing, bike riding, working in my garden, a little desultory cataloging, filling orders from Maritime List 231 (about 70% sold), and pleasant early morning walks, before the heat of the day settled upon us. In all, a perfect bit of summer. But […]The post “There’s Something Happening Here / What it Is Ain’t Exactly Clear” appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The White Shepherd: A Canine Mystery Set in Oxford by Annie Dalton

    Sat, 22 Aug 2015 10:00:00 Permalink
    Anna Hopkins is walking her dog in the park.  When Bonnie takes off and begins to whine, she runs after her to see what the dog has found.  It's a dead woman...Severn House and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 1st.The dead woman was the one Anna was waiting to meet.  She said she had some real exciting information to share with her.  What could that have been?  Two other dog walkers come to join her and they all wait for the police.  Since Anna can identify her, it isn't Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Recalled to Death: A Martha Gunn Police Procedural by Priscilla Masters

    Sat, 22 Aug 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    There's a dead man in the basement of an abandoned building that is open to visitors.  He looks homeless and is dirty as most are.  The only unusual thing about him is that his throat has been cut...Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 1st.The man is a mystery man.  He has no ID on him and nothing that gives any clues on who he might be.  Every place he's been, he's maintained a low profile and not stayed too long.  No one ever knew his name.  Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Six Interesting Facts About Ray Bradbury

    Sat, 22 Aug 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    Ray Bradbury revolutionized science fiction, bringing it to the forefront of American pop culture. He inspired and continues to inspire countless innovators and creatives who have come after him. The innumerable list of people who call themselves Bradbury fans includes vanguards such as Stephen King, Steve Wozniak, Steven Spielberg, Stan Lee, Ursula Le Guin, Hugh Hefner, Buzz Aldrin, R.L. Stine, and Neil Gaiman. Here are six interesting facts about the man who unlocked the doors to America's imagination. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Threads of Evidence by Lea Wait

    Fri, 21 Aug 2015 10:00:00 Permalink
    "Aurora" has been sitting vacant for twenty-five years.  When a famous actress wants to restore it to its natural beauty, she hires the local antique shop owner and the needlepoint business to help her clean and save what can be restored.  Angie thought it was all about needlepoint until someone tried to kill the actress...Kensington Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 25th, so you can grab a copy in a few days.Angie is actually a bit over head in this book.  She wants to do a good Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Cancans, Croissants, and Caskets by Mary McHugh

    Fri, 21 Aug 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    They have an opportunity to dance on a dinner boat in France.  Who doesn't want to go to Paris?  These hoofers aren't going to miss chance to perform in France and sight-see during the day!Kensington Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you.) It will be published August 25th, so you can grab a copy then.Reading this teaches you a bit about Paris, gives you French recipes and serves up a helping of murder, too.  The ladies are excited to see the sights and look forward to dancing.  They're all attractive, so they love being Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    The Inspiration Behind Herman Melville's Moby Dick

    Fri, 21 Aug 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    We often wonder at, marvel over, and debate the inspiration behind great works of literature. Is Philip Roth's work autobiographical in some cases? Was there an actual "Uncle Tom" figure who inspired Harriet Beecher Stowe? And so on. In the case of Moby Dick, Herman Melville's personal whaling experiences as well as accounts of the whale, "Mocha Dick," undoubtedly played a role in the novel's composition. However, one tale in particular must have had particular resonance. After reading the story of the doomed Essex, a whaling ship from Nantucket that came face-to-face with a seemingly deranged whale, Melville set out Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Ransom Canyon by Jodi Thomas

    Thu, 20 Aug 2015 10:00:00 Permalink
    Staten has his ranch and his wounded heart, and that's all he needs.  When things overwhelm him, he goes to visit Quinn.  She listens, doesn't judge and she's willing to sleep with him.  As long as he can control when he visits and doesn't have any ties to her, he thinks he's safe.  He's not...HQN Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 25th, so you an grab a copy then.This is a bit like a cozy western.  We have several developing romances, there are ex-cons in town Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Max the Brave by Ed Vere

    Thu, 20 Aug 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    Max knows his job is to catch mice.  His problem is that he doesn't know what they look like...Sourcebooks Jabberwocky and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review.  It will be published September 1st.  The illustrations in this book are striking:  Prime colors, simple lines, and a focus on the character on that page.  They add to the charm of this fun story.Since Max knows not what a mouse looks like, he asks the other animals.  They tell him no, they are not a mouse, but they saw one scurry by.  When he finally finds the mouse, the Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Quiz: How Well Do You Know the Brontës?

    Thu, 20 Aug 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    The Brontës remain one of history's most famous literary families. Of the six siblings, two died during childhood. The remaining three sisters, Anne, Charlotte, and Emily, became published authors during their lifetimes. Although all three died young, their writings have endured as literary classics. How well do you know the lives and works of this legendary family? Take a moment to test your knowledge with the following quiz: Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Mystery of the Zorse's Mask by Linda Joy Singleton

    Wed, 19 Aug 2015 10:00:00 Permalink
    The animal sanctuary has a zorse; that's part Zebra/part horse.  Becca has grown very attached to it and hopes she'll be able to keep him.  Unfortunately, someone says he has the paperwork to prove it belongs to his mother and he'll be up to collect it.  Becca is heartbroken...Albert Whitman & Company and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 1st, so you can grab a copy then.Leo and Kelsey feel bad for her but don't know how to stop him from claiming the zorse if he legally owns it.  Becca Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Curious Cat Spy Club by Linda Joy Singleton

    Wed, 19 Aug 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's sure she can hear kittens meowing.  Where could they be?  She's in an alley and doesn't see them anywhere.  Then she realizes they are in the dumpster...Albert Whitman and Company and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can find a copy now.This is written for middle graders and manages to cover a lot of issues besides rescuing pets.  Kelsey's father is unemployed.  Becca's Mom runs an animal sanctuary and is dating a boy that is a bully.  Leo is geeky and his parents are getting divorced.  Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    The Quotable Ogden Nash

    Wed, 19 Aug 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    “How are we to survive? Solemnity is not the answer, any more than witless and irresponsible frivolity is. I think our best chance lies in humor, which in this case means a wry acceptance of our predicament. We don't have to like it but we can at least recognize its ridiculous aspects, one of which is ourselves.” -Ogden Nash Truly, Ogden Nash's humor is still alive and well. A look at both his written verse and some of his off-handed remarks is delightful, and it proves just how impeccable his wit and timing continue to be. Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    "Knowledge Comes, but Wisdom Lingers": An Inside Look at One of the Most Quoted Writers of All Time

    Wed, 19 Aug 2015 02:40:04 Permalink
    In August of 1809, a boy was born in Lincolnshire, England, who would go on to become one of Britain’s best loved poets. This boy was talented as a writer early on, and together with two of his brothers published a local book of poetry by the time he had turned 17. His family grew […] Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    Down, Dirty and Distracted

    Tue, 18 Aug 2015 10:11:26 Permalink
      So busy packing for next weekend’s Papermania show in Hartford that I damned near forgot to write this week’s blog. But the topic has been on my mind all week, so I’ll just give you the down and dirty version as I run out the door to tend to business in PA, then shop […]The post Down, Dirty and Distracted appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Muirwood: The Lost Abbey #1 by Jeff Wheeler, Matt Sturges, Dave Justus, Alex Sheikman

    Tue, 18 Aug 2015 10:00:00 Permalink
    Maia is back again in this new telling of her tale.  This one is done in graphic form and it's lovely.  It eliminates the excessive words, simplifies the story and tells the story graphically.  I was thinking it would make a great movie while I was reading the book and this graphic series will give you an idea of how that would work.  I like it a lot.Jet City Comics and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 26th, and is the first of five comics in this series.  I Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Banished of Muirwood Covenant of Muirwood (Book 1) by Jeff Wheeler

    Tue, 18 Aug 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    She has powers but she doesn't know how much or how dangerous they are.  Even when she finds out, there's not much she can do about it...47 North and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today, so you can get a copy now.This is a tale of death and destruction with Maia, the banished princess, in the middle of all of it.  She has an assassin companion and her personal quest is to find her mother.  When her powers overtake her, she gets consumed by a Mystic One that won't Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Searching for Antiquarian Books in Kyoto

    Tue, 18 Aug 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    If you can’t read much Japanese, you’ll likely have some difficulty finding books of any particular authors on your list. However, that doesn’t mean you won’t wholly enjoy browsing in Kyoto’s antiquarian bookstores. Indeed, from Ukiyoe (woodblock prints) to handmade artists’ books, you’ll be amazed by the beautiful objects lining the shelves of the shops in Japan’s former imperial capital. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Candy Corn Murder by Leslie Meier

    Mon, 17 Aug 2015 10:00:00 Permalink
    Lucy Stone is back and finds herself forced to try to solve a murder.  After all, they've arrested her husband for the crime!Kensington and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 25th, so watch to grab a copy then.I've been reading about Lucy Stone for a while but this one is the best so far in my opinion.  It's a unique blend of a story from the past and a murder covered up then that merges into a current murder.  The murderers are not the same and motive for the murder Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Thoreau in Phantom Bog by B. B. Oak

    Mon, 17 Aug 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    Julia is in love with Adam, has been her whole life.  When his grandmother tells them they are cousins, she goes away to grieve over her lost love.  When she marries a kind man she met aboard the ship, she finds he's not a kind man.  He is also a slaver.  So she runs again, this time back to the states.  And it doesn't take long until she finds herself in Adam's arms again.  She finds out he's not really her cousin, his father was from another family.  She can't marry him because she's already married but she's still seeing Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    The Quiet Achievement of Evan S. Connell, Jr.

    Mon, 17 Aug 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    In the Santa Fe nursing home in which Evan S. Connell, Jr. spent the final years of his life, he spoke so little that some residents thought him to be mute. He kept to himself, generally, granting few interviews and was perpetually turning down teaching positions. Spouseless and childless, some might say Connell lived the definition of a solitary life. It seems as if writing was where he displaced the majority of his vitality. Connell has a reputation among writers and readers for valuing his writing above all else. There’s one anecdote where the author, upon seeing two attractive girls Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Anton and Cecil, Book 2: Cats on Track by Lisa Martin, Valerie Martin, Kelly Murphy (Illustrated by)

    Sun, 16 Aug 2015 10:00:00 Permalink
    Anton and Cecil are glad to be back home, enjoying the seaside and visiting with their Mom and more family.  But when a couple of mice search them out and give them a message from Hieronymus, Anton has no choice.  Hieronymus saved his life.  If he needs help, Anton must respond.  Cecil isn't excited until he finds out they need to get there by taking the train.  That's a new adventure!Algonquin Young Readers and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 25th, so you can grab a copy then.I really like Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Kill by Numbers: In the Wake of the Templars Book Two by Loren Rhoads

    Sun, 16 Aug 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    She keeps dreaming.  They are almost nightmares.  Some are of the past, some are of a past that never happened, and she keeps killing Gavin in all of them.  That never happened.  Is she losing her mind?Nightshade Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book (thank you).  It will be published September 1st, so you can grab a copy then.Raena was an assassin in the past but she's free now and should be thinking of the future, not dwelling in the past.The airship she's on has all kinds of aliens making up the crew.  I enjoyed reading Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Bernice Rubens: The Booker Prize Winner Who Was 'Better Than Most'

    Sun, 16 Aug 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    When asked about what makes good writing, Bernice Rubens replied: “The acid test of good writing, even if it is of violence or cruelty, is that it must make one’s ears water.” Scientific questions about the ability of one’s ears to water aside, that’s a bold statement from the second overall and first ever female winner of the prestigious Booker Prize for Fiction, which Rubens won in 1970 for her novel The Elected Member. And yet how truthful a sentiment, wrapped around something of a visceral, bombastic image. Perhaps how true to Rubens as a writer, as well.  Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Girl in the Glass: A McCabe and Savage Thriller by James Hayman

    Sat, 15 Aug 2015 10:00:00 Permalink
    A young woman's death mimics her grandmother's.  Who would have killed her like that and why?Witness Impulse and Edelweiss gave the me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 25th.Aimee is just graduating from high school as valedictorian and she's having a great time at the big party her father threw for her.  Her stepsister is there, too, but Aimee knows she's his favorite and she's dressed to match the large painting he's acquired of her grandmother.  She makes a grand entrance and is on top of the world.  She's young, beautiful Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Aoleon The Martian Girl Part 1: First Contact by Brent LeVasseur

    Sat, 15 Aug 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    Gilbert has been having bad dreams.  Not only that, but his nightmares repeat themselves.  Why is he even dreaming such odd dreams and what do they mean?Aoleon Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  This is a story told in five parts.  This first book has been published and you can start the series now.Gilbert can't sleep because his parents are fighting, so he gets up to look out his telescope.  He's looking at the stars until he realizes the movement he's seeing in the sky is not a falling star.  What could Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Five Interesting Facts About Sir Walter Scott

    Sat, 15 Aug 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    Sir Walter Scott is credited with popularizing the modern novel and making it a thing of respectability. Additionally, he helped form historical fiction as a genre and put Scotland on the map as a tourist destination. Here are five more interesting facts about the man who gave us the oft quoted line, "Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive!" Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Forgotten Voices: A Rina Martin British Mystery by Jane A. Adams

    Fri, 14 Aug 2015 10:00:00 Permalink
    Why would anyone want to kill Ellen?  She was a widow, had two children, and was washing dishes when someone she knew came up to the window in the back and shot her to death with a shotgun.  Who could have hated her that much?Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 1st, so make a note on your TBR list.The core of this story is related to past family history.  You have a half mad matriarch, a desire to keep old secrets hidden, and a huge sense Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Great Snapping Turtle Adventure by Susan Yaruta-Young

    Fri, 14 Aug 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    How often does someone offer you a snapping turtle for free?  And how often do you later visit an old graveyard and find the old woman's headstone already in the ground?  Was she a ghost?Secant Publishing and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It was published July 1st, so you can get a copy now.This is a sweet story of a stepdad taking his boys out to do some crabbing.  Fred is nice, has patience with the boys, and is willing to explore things most people wouldn't.  What more could a father do?Max and Read More
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    Tips for Collecting Caldecott First Editions

    Fri, 14 Aug 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    Winning a Caldecott Medal is the highest achievement for an illustrator, and it comes with a huge perk: your book will be remembered. Caldecott Medal (and honor) books are in print for years, and libraries are more likely to keep them on the shelf. These books represent the best and most innovative work in children’s book illustration, which also makes them highly desirable as collector’s items. Read More
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