Member Blogs Archive > October 2015

  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Silence of the Chihuahuas by Waverly Curtis

    Sat, 31 Oct 2015 11:59:00 Permalink
    Geri has a dog that talks to her.  Not as in barks at her but as in talks to her telepathically in English.  Really!Kensington Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published.What's bothering Geri is that Pepe isn't saying anything.  He's refusing to talk to her.  She can't do detective work very well without his help, he has good insights.  However, she's trying to find an older lady's admirer.  She doesn't want any pesky male around and he's entering her apartment and leaving her treats.  He's even left rose petals Read More
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    Look Both Ways by Carol J. Perry

    Sat, 31 Oct 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    Lee Barrett is excited about finding an old oak buffet that matched the one she had inherited from her grandmother and lost in a house fire.  She can't wait to bring it home and search in all the little secret compartments.  She's not expected any surprises, it'll just be fun to snoop.Kensington Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.She's surprised to find that the buffet belonged to a woman who was murdered.  It doesn't stop her from buying but she decides to Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Five of the Best Halloween Books for Children

    Sat, 31 Oct 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    Happy Halloween! We hope you’re able to share some tricks and treats with those you love today. In honor of the festivities, we thought we’d compile a list of some of the top Halloween children’s books. Snuggle up with your little ones and one or more of these favorites after a successful night of trick-or-treating, and you’re sure to round out your day in the best possible way. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    My First Peanuts: 123 - A Counting Adventure by Charles Schulz and My First Peanuts: ABC - An Alphabet Adventure Personalized Book by Charles Schulz

    Fri, 30 Oct 2015 10:00:00 Permalink
    What better way to learn your numbers than to count with Snoopy and his pals?  They are familiar characters, they have predictable behavior and they're fun!Put Me in the Story sent me a copy of this book for review (thank you).  You can order it now with your child's name in it.  It would make a nice Christmas gift.Woodstock is hanging around.  Lucy is still lifting up the football on Charlie.  But while you laugh and enjoy the illustrations, you'll also be learning how to use numbers.  There are more characters each page and you learn how to count to Read More
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    Rudolfo Anaya and Chicano Literature

    Fri, 30 Oct 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    On the whole, the term Chicano describes the culture of a people who live within the mixing currents of Mexican and American life. Other than that, the Chicano identity is predictably hard to pin down. Nonetheless, writers of the Chicano tradition have played a vital role in giving a voice to a people who have not easily found one. The Chicano tradition is notably vast and hybridized, coming from two already diverse nations. While there have been Mexican-American writers since the age of exploration, Chicano culture truly came into being after the Mexican American War, when many Mexicans found their Read More
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    Vengeance by Bryan Koepke

    Thu, 29 Oct 2015 10:00:00 Permalink
    He's an excellent engineer but he's become a private investigator since his father's death.  No one knows who killed him.  Reece is determined to find out.  What he never expected was to have his new case, looking for the mother of a young woman, merge with the cold case of his father's death...Publishing Push and the author sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published.  You can find a copy on Amazon.There is a lot happening in this story.  There's an illegal gambling scheme in the middle.  Three different parties are Read More
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    The Wrinkled Crown by Anne Nesbet

    Thu, 29 Oct 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's not to touch or play a lourka before she's twelve.  If she does, she'll get taken "away".  The voices come and claim you.  She's not like the other girls.  She escapes off her tether to go play in the forest.  (She's tethered to another girl so she won't be tempted, you see.)  After doing this for some time, she's managed to make her own lourka.  And when she plays it right before her twelfth birthday, something awful happens.  Her friend she was tethered to was taken away...HarperCollins and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  Read More
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    Five Bookish Costumes for A Literary Halloween

    Thu, 29 Oct 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    Whether you fancy the trick or the treat, Halloween may perhaps be the most polarizing holiday. Ask any Halloweener why they’re not quick to don a pirate get-up or nurse uniform and the answer is usually the same: "I don’t know what to dress-up as." Mummy? Cowboy? Prisoner? Political figure of the day? For a reader with a voracious imagination, these well-worn paths offer very little appeal and only heighten the anxiety about choosing the best costume to wow friends at your Halloween party. But this year, literary Halloween-goers can rest easy and indulge in a little more candy or Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Murder on the Last Frontier by Cathy Pegau

    Wed, 28 Oct 2015 10:00:00 Permalink
    Charlotte has come to Alaska to get away and to see her brother again.  She's running from her past and has no plans other than to do more journalistic work.  She's for female equality which, as you can imagine, doesn't go far in Alaska.  It doesn't take her long to alienate all the important people in town.Kensington Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 24th.Her first shock is to find that her brother is engaged.  The woman is pretty but she doesn't seem to be his type.  He Read More
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    Warren the 13th and The All-Seeing Eye by Tania del Rio

    Wed, 28 Oct 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    Warren's parents have died and he's living in the hotel started by Warren the first with his uncle as his guardian.  His uncle is lazy and naps a lot.  Warren works hard and tries to keep everything clean and functioning.  They had no business to speak of, but they got along.  Then his uncle gets married...Quirk Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 24th.Warren isn't the prettiest boy, but he's a nice boy and he means well.  His new aunt, Anaconda, is not nice.  In fact, she's a Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Revisiting Brideshead: 3 Surprising Facts About Brideshead Revisited

    Wed, 28 Oct 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    One could say Evelyn Waugh was something of an early 20th Century Anthony Bourdain. A novelist, essayist, biographer and travel writer, Waugh (1903-1966) was a renowned world traveler and played witness to some of the more seismic events of his era: the fall of the British Empire throughout South America, World War II, the struggles of a post-war Europe, and the emergence of the United States as a world superpower. All of these things Waugh maintained strong views upon and chronicled in his writings, both fictive and non. Perhaps his most well-known endeavor, Brideshead Revisited, is our subject today. Read More
  • from Gothica Books

    About | Spectral Visions: The Creative Journey

    Wed, 28 Oct 2015 02:56:05 Permalink
    Spectral Visions is a Gothic Society hosted by the University of Sunderland. Source: About | Spectral Visions: The Creative Journey Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (16) by Alexander McCall Smith

    Tue, 27 Oct 2015 10:00:00 Permalink
    She can't believe Mma Makutsi is suggesting she take a holiday.  She's never taken time off.  What would she do?  When her husband agrees it might be a good idea, she asks what she should do.  When they suggest she sleep in and relax, she's scandalized.  She never sleeps in.  And she doesn't know HOW to relax!Pantheon Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It's being published today.This series is set in Botswana.  It's slow moving, there's much thought given to actions, and it seems they always drinking tea and eating.  When Read More
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    The Worlds Traveler by M.L. Roble

    Tue, 27 Oct 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    They are gifted.  They are also hunted...The author and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  I enjoyed the first one in this series and was eager to see how the story continues.  This book will be published December 11th.Phillip is obsessed with getting his father back.  Natalie tries to calm him and keep him out of trouble but that's not working out well.  When he meets Delroy and finds he knew his dad and had seen him since his disappearance, he wants Delroy to use his special skills to locate him now.  He refuses.  Read More
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    The Noble, Doomed Search for the Philosopher's Stone

    Tue, 27 Oct 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    For something that never existed, the philosopher’s stone has shaped a great deal of history. To people like us — we rational and practical folk of the 21st century — its influence can be hard to comprehend. It was, after all, bad science. Part of its appeal was that it promised so much. Not only did it solve the alchemist’s problem of transmuting base metals into gold, it also provided the elixir of life, even immortality. Numerous civilizations, through a variety of centuries, set out on a quest for the imaginary stone. Was the pursuit a failure? Absolutely. But was Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    Happy Birthday to Lady Lazarus

    Tue, 27 Oct 2015 02:47:22 Permalink
      “I am terrified by this dark thing/ That sleeps in me; / All day I feel its soft, feathery turnings, its malignity.” The author of this quote, and many similar to it, was a haunted being. She struggled with depression throughout her life and eventually succumbed to the constant pain she felt and ended […] Read More
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    Happy Birthday, Lady Lazarus

    Tue, 27 Oct 2015 02:47:22 Permalink
    “I am terrified by this dark thing/ That sleeps in me; / All day I feel its soft, feathery turnings, its malignity.” The author of this quote, and many similar to it, was a haunted being. She struggled with depression throughout her life and eventually succumbed to the constant pain she felt and ended her […] Read More
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    A Pain in the Tuchis: A Mrs. Kaplan Mystery by Mark Reutlinger

    Mon, 26 Oct 2015 10:00:00 Permalink
    Vera was getting better.  Why did she die so suddenly?  Was it murder?Alibi and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review.  It will be published November 17th.  This is a fun series to read and I'm glad I found another one to read.Mrs. Kaplan thinks she's Sherlock Holmes.  Ida is not quite as smart but she hears or sees things Rose sometimes misses so they make a great team.  When Rose hears that Vera thought she was being poisoned, she thinks someone should check.  They do.  They also find that she was given a pill that conflicted Read More
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    Death Before Decaf: A Java Jive Mystery by Caroline Fardig

    Mon, 26 Oct 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    Juliet loves to sing but has debilitating stage fright.  She also loves to bake so she goes into the restaurant business.  That was going great until her fiance stole all the money, all the furnishings and ran away with the head waitress.  Now she's broke, lost her business, and is bummed on life.  She'll just stick her tail between her legs and go home, where she can run a small diner.  It's the best she can do now.Alibi and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 17th.  This is a Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Hardboiled Fiction and Hollywood

    Mon, 26 Oct 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    For decades, the Los Angeles area has captivated writers of hardboiled detective fiction. In the last 100 years, we’ve read about the exploits of Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe, and we’ve watched a variety of actors play these detectives on the silver screen. Indeed, as an epicenter of film production, Hollywood has brought cinematic narratives of the quintessentially American hardboiled detective to viewers across the globe. Let’s take a look at the novels that introduced gritty Southern California to readers and the film adaptations that followed them. Read More
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    The Necessary Murder of Nonie Blake: A Samuel Craddock Mystery by Terry Shames

    Sun, 25 Oct 2015 10:00:00 Permalink
    When she was fourteen, Nonie tried to hang her younger sister.  They sent her away to a mental institution and tried to forget they'd had her.  It was an unpleasant surprise to find her on their door stoop waiting to come in.  The mother knew she was coming but didn't share it with anyone else.  Why not?Seventh Street Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 12th.  This is the fifth book in this series, so you can check out the others while you wait.Nonie is only home Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    Bad Witch!

    Sun, 25 Oct 2015 09:40:18 Permalink
    Just in time for Halloween Witchcraft was an extreme clipper ship designed by Samuel Pook (see below) and built in Chelsea, Mass. By Paul Curtis. She was wrecked off Hatteras in 1861. According to Fairburn (p. 3946) this card was produced for her fifth voyage. He calls it a “slow and unfortunate passage and the […]The post Bad Witch! appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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    Nirvana: Nirvana Series Book One by J.R. Stewart

    Sun, 25 Oct 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    The world as we know it has gone.  First the bees died.  Then the crops and trees started to die.  Soon the earth was almost unlivable.  For those with skills, there were jobs.  And to make you feel better, you could visit Nirvana.  It’s a virtual world where you can still visit your favorite places or create new fantasies to make you happier. Blue Moon Publishers and Net Galley gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 10th. Kenders is in love with Andrew.  They’re engaged, they treasure their time together Read More
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    Taking Stock of Bonds: The Top Five James Bond Films

    Sun, 25 Oct 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    It was easy, back in 2012, to think of the just-released Skyfall as an elegant capstone to the long running James Bond film series. It dealt with Bond’s past in a way that showed a certain self-consciousness about the fifty year film legacy of the beloved super spy. It let us bid a teary farewell to Dame Judi Dench as ‘M.’ And, it presented us with a tightly crafted and emotionally gripping story. Now that Spectre, due in theatres this fall, is on the horizon, that feeling seems slightly misguided. More than a farewell, Skyfall may prove to mark a Read More
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    Amish Christmas at North Star: Four Stories of Love and Family by Cindy Woodsmall, Mindy Starns Clark, Emily Clark, Amanda Flower

    Sat, 24 Oct 2015 10:00:00 Permalink
    This book consists of four novellas about one Christmas season where an Amish birther (midwife) helps deliver four babies all in one night.  This is the story of their lives and loves in another Christmas season.WaterBrook Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It's already been published, so check with your local bookstore for a copy.These young men and women are yearning for their own love and family but they also are harboring doubt.  Some of the breakups were sudden and hurtful.  Some just walked away and didn't come back.  This Christmas Read More
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    Max Helsing and the Thirteenth Curse by Curtis Jobling

    Sat, 24 Oct 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    Max's whole family killed monsters.  Max does, too.  This time, though, it looks like the monsters may win...Viking Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 10th.  Max lives with an old former prize fighter and they work out a lot to keep in shape.  You need to keep in shape to fight monsters.  He also has a puppy.  It's a hellhound.  It's not real pretty but it's supposed to be useful.  The first clue Max gets that he's marked comes when his hellhound comes after him.  Read More
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    Jorge Luis Borges at the Keats-Shelley House in Rome

    Sat, 24 Oct 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    For hundreds of years, Rome has been a city of wonder and inspiration for writers from various parts of the world. From Johann Wolfgang von Goethe to John Keats, the Italian capital became a part-time home. If you’re in Rome and you’re facing the Spanish Steps, look just to the right: you’ll see the Keats-Shelley House. It was in this very apartment that John Keats spent his final days. The property is now a museum that holds significant works and materials related to the Romantic poets. But instead of focusing entirely on the materials of the Romantics, we’d like to Read More
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    The Enchanted Egg: The Magical Animal Adoption Agency Book 2 by Kallie George

    Fri, 23 Oct 2015 10:00:00 Permalink
    Mr. Jams brought home an odd egg from his last trip that Clover can't wait to see hatch.  They don't know what kind of animal it is so it will be a surprise.  She gets a bit nervous when he goes off to find an expert on magical animals but he says she'll be fine.  He said that last time, too...Disney/Hyperion and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 3rd, so you can get a copy then.I enjoyed the first book in this series, so I had to see what new Read More
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    The Sandman: Overture Deluxe Edition by Neil Gaiman, JH Williams III (Illustrated by)

    Fri, 23 Oct 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    When I was much younger, I found the Sandman graphic comics in Powell's bookstore in downtown Portland, Oregon.  I emptied my wallet and brought them home with me.  I didn't come up for air until I had read them all.  The Sandman and his sisters are all deep and dark characters.  Neil says they remind him of his dreams.  Those had to have been nightmares!Vertigo and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 10th, so you can grab a copy then.My mind doesn't travel where Neil's does and I Read More
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    Four Lesser-Known Poets You Should Know

    Fri, 23 Oct 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    The dream version of Babe Ruth that appears to Benny in the 1993 film The Sandlot said it best: “There’s heroes and there’s legends. Heroes get remembered, but legends never die...” While such a reference might not seem entirely applicable to a discussion of American poetics, there’s a profound truth to the sentiment that rings clear throughout the annals of poetry. The truth of the matter is, it’s impossible to identify which poets will leave an indelible mark on their craft and which will merely be but a footnote in discussions of poetic tradition.  That said, if we take a Read More
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