Member Blogs Archive > November 2015

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    The Musical and Satirical Legacy of W.S. Gilbert

    Wed, 18 Nov 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    As a genre of literature, few forms are as likely to be neglected as musical theatre. Musicals are meant to be seen live. Or, if you are barred from that option, you may listen to the cast recording. But who reads the libretto of a musical? It contains neither performance nor music, none of the elements we are drawn to the theatre for. It’s a common dismissal, and it's one often made unconsciously. It's one that also ignores the contribution musical theatre makes to the grand scope of literature. Among the greatest writers in this important tradition is English author, Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Dead in a Park by B L Blair

    Wed, 18 Nov 2015 03:00:00 Permalink
    Leah is just going for a walk in the park with her dog, Harry.  She never expected to find a dead man.The author and Goddess Fish Blog Tour gave me the opportunity to read and review this book.  It's available on Amazon and other eBook sites. Ms. Blair writes a pretty good mystery.  She gives her main character a couple of men friends that come in and out of her life and gives the story a touch of romance.  She creates a nasty side of Leah's family and throws in a bit drugs and you have a nice mix of Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Detective Gordon: The First Case by Ulf Nilsson

    Tue, 17 Nov 2015 10:00:00 Permalink
    When the squirrel comes wailing into the police station complaining about stolen nuts, Detective Gordon has his first case.  There's not a lot of call for police action in the woods, but he's ready.  Now he has to decide what to do...Gecko Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a copy now.This is a cute story that young ones will enjoy.  The detective is a frog.  He decides to watch the tree and see who is snitching the nuts.  He does catch somone but he's Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Oddly Normal Book 2 by Otis Frampton

    Tue, 17 Nov 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    Oddly Normal has a witch for an aunt.  She needs to have someone because she made a wish on her birthday and both her parents were taken away.  Now she's working on getting them back.Image Comics and Net Galley allowed me to read this graphic novel.  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.This series appeals to me.  There are "far out" characters, lots of magical happenings, and more.  Oddly is human looking except for her green hair.  She's the product of a witch mother and a human father.  Most of the kids don't like her but Read More
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    Collecting Pop Up Books

    Tue, 17 Nov 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    For children and adults alike, the magic in turning the pages of a pop up book to see what creation awaits is second to none. Pop up books have a long and storied history, and their variety and construction make them fascinating collectibles. Truly, they have the power to transport readers to different worlds, and the intricacy of the mechanisms used for the "pop" is an art form in and of itself. Today, we want to discuss some different starting points for the pop up book collector and offer several tips and ideas for those interested in this form of Read More
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    My New Business Plan

    Mon, 16 Nov 2015 10:52:28 Permalink
    In days of old, it is said, herds of buffalo stretched twenty-five miles across the great plains of America; flocks of carrier pigeons darkened the sky for hours as they flew past. That’s the way it was, more or less, last Friday at the opening of the 39th Annual Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair. The […]The post My New Business Plan appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Night Children by Sarah Tsiang, Delphine Bodet

    Mon, 16 Nov 2015 10:00:00 Permalink
    This is a haunting story.  It's about the children of the day and the children of the night.  I was afraid of the dark, so it probably wouldn't have been a good book for me.  The story isn't scary and Ms. Bodet's illustrations are frame worthy.Annick Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so check for a copy at your local bookstore.This book reminds children to go home when darkness is coming.  I liked the fact that there are children of different colors and cultures represented.When the night children Read More
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    The Politics of José Saramago

    Mon, 16 Nov 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    José Saramago was born to landless peasants in Azinhaga, Portugal in 1922. He grew up and spent his formative years under the Estado Novo (New State) regime. Estado Novo was a fascist, corporatist, and conservative government. The exploitation or Portuguese peasants by the ruling class lead Saramago to become a staunch communist and an atheist. In what may be a rather large understatement, the politics of Saramago's time greatly influenced his life and work. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    A Bone to Pick: A Peggy Henderson Adventure by Gina McMurchy-Barber

    Sun, 15 Nov 2015 10:00:00 Permalink
    Peggy loves archaeology.  She enjoys the challenge and the discoveries.  So she's sure her adult friend will take her on the new dig.  Even when she finds out it's to be a class on how to do it, she's ready to volunteer her help.  Unfortunately, they don't need her help...Dundurn and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 15th.  This is a series so you can read the earlier books while you wait.I especially liked this story.  The author weaves a Viking story with a modern day discovery.  The Read More
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    Collecting Nobel Laureates: Gerhart Hauptmann & Günter Grass

    Sun, 15 Nov 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    Collecting Nobel Prize in Literature winners makes sense: there’s a list to follow; a new author is chosen each year from all around the globe, allowing for an eclectic reach; and your collection will be filled with the best of the best. Today, we continue our efforts to spotlight Nobel laureates as we feature two German winners. Read on for tips and tricks for collecting the works of Gerhart Hauptmann and Günter Grass. Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    Robert Louis Stevenson's Shocking Christmas Tale

    Sat, 14 Nov 2015 11:09:47 Permalink
    We Interrupt your Weekend Activities to Bring You this Very Important Blog Honoring this Friday the 13th Birthday… On November 13, 1884, Robert Louis Stevenson received a request from the Pall Mall Gazette. The editors wanted a sensational story to publish in its special Christmas issue, and they offered Stevenson a generous £5 per 1,000 […] Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Splinter the Silence: A Tony Hill and Carol Jordan Novel by Val McDermid

    Sat, 14 Nov 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    Carol is a very stubborn woman.  She's at dinner in a neighbor's home and decides she's through being social.  She won't let anyone drive her home; she's OK.  Unfortunately, a breathalyzer test shows she's not...Atlantic Monthly Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 1st.I enjoy Ms. McDermid's writing.  She doesn't pull punches, she makes her characters both strong and weak, and she mixes love with hate.  Every character is complex and sorrows from the past still affect those carrying on.  Carol thought she was getting over the Read More
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    Walking the Tightrope: Five Must-Read Biographies

    Sat, 14 Nov 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    Memoir? Science fiction? Fantasy? Sure, these genres of writing present their own unique challenges. But ask any number of writers about the most troublesome and potentially problematic genre and you’ll hear the same response time and time again: biography. Setting about the task of capturing the life and essence of an individual in a few hundred pages is daunting, especially the more complicated, convoluted, and complex the subject. Biographers are often faced with a number of difficult decisions in terms of what events and moments are crucial to the biography, and those that can be discarded in service of painting Read More
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    Collecting Rare Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

    Fri, 13 Nov 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    Robert Louis Stevenson, the Scottish writer and thinker best known for works like Treasure Island and Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, has an influence that’s stretched to envelop readers, writers, and collectors for over a century. To be sure, collecting his works is not for the faint of heart (or pocketbook), especially if you’re going after rare and limited editions. Here, we’ve compiled a list of information on some of the rarest editions of books from Mr. Stevenson’s illustrious hand. These make for splendid collectibles. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Beast of Barcroft by Bill Schweigart

    Fri, 13 Nov 2015 03:00:00 Permalink
    Before you buy a house, be sure to check out the neighborhood.  Some people are difficult to deal with as neighbors...Hydra and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 17th.Ben's next door neighbor is the neighbor from hell.  She started out rehabilitating raccoons and then started feeding the birds and taking in cats.  It turns out that rats were attracted.  And soon something else is, too.This situation causes enough strain that Ben's fiance moves out on him.  She says he's angry all the time.  Now he's alone, buried in debt Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    A Cold Creek Christmas Story by RaeAnne Thayne

    Thu, 12 Nov 2015 10:00:00 Permalink
    She's a small town librarian and she enjoys it.  She especially likes reading to the children.  She even wrote her own book for children.  Her sister illustrated for her and, to her surprise, it becomes a best seller.  Now they want to do an animated film about it.  Does she want to do that?Harlequin and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be available November 17th.Celeste is getting ready for Christmas with her family.  They do a big celebration, offer sleigh rides and other activities and just enjoy the holiday.  What she doesn't Read More
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    Cardiac Arrest by Lisa Q. Mathews

    Thu, 12 Nov 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    They might be a retirement community but that doesn't mean everyone is old and decrepit.  In fact, some of them are still pretty naughty...Carina Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a copy now.Dorothy pretty much keeps to herself.  There's one busybody in the residents who loves to find her and express her views but Dorothy keeps her mouth shut.  She does notice when the new resident who must be a guest (she's underage) manages to dive in and splash the loudmouth.  She appreciates it, Read More
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    A Guide to Ten Classic Children's Illustrators

    Thu, 12 Nov 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    A picture is worth a thousand words, and the illustrations in children’s books are no exception. While the author weaves enchanting tales that ignite our curiosity, the illustrator brings the story to life. Here are ten classic children's illustrators who have made their mark on literary history. Read More
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    Domnall and the Borrowed Child by Sylvia Spruck Wrigley

    Wed, 11 Nov 2015 10:00:00 Permalink
    Domnall is getting old and wants to do nothing more than sit by fire and have a good drink.  He's still a scout, though, so he gets sent out to find bluebells.  They drink the dew that gathers in them.  When he returns, he finds out he's got another assignment...Tor and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has just been published, so you can grab a copy now.I love stories about the fae.  That's part of what made me name my business the Book Faerie.  When I see a new one that isn't Read More
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    The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow by Jessica Haight

    Wed, 11 Nov 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    Fairday does not want to move.  She likes where she lives, has friends and keeps herself busy.  However, her family restores houses and they found a big one to work on.  It sure is big; it looks like a haunted castle!Delacorte Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 1st, so you can grab a copy then.The Begonia House is big, hasn't been lived in for years, and the last owner died there.  That's enough to give you creeps.  But when you think you saw Read More
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    Thomas Bailey Aldrich: Father of "Bad Boy" Literature

    Wed, 11 Nov 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    "Lord, I loathe that woman so! She is an idiot—an absolute idiot—and does not know it ... and her husband, the sincerest man that walks...tied for life to this vacant hellion, this clothes-rack, this twaddling, blethering, driveling blatherskite!" -Mark Twain, referring to Thomas Bailey Aldrich’s wife, Lillian To be called "the sincerest man that walks" by Mark Twain, one of the fathers of American fiction and whose contributions still loom after more than a century and a half, is certainly a rare honor. You have to imagine, however, that New England-born poet, novelist, travel writer, and editor Thomas Bailey Aldrich Read More
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    Dorothy Parker Drank Here by Ellen Meister

    Tue, 10 Nov 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    It was a conjuring trick come true.  Everyone at the grand event signed the book, mostly as a joke.  It was supposed to keep them alive in spirit and connected to this world.  And now Dorothy Parker finds herself haunting the Algonquin Hotel.  It'd be OK except everyone who joins her is looking forward to moving on and doesn't stay.  Dorothy is content to stay in the here and now, even as a ghost.  Will she never find some company to have a good conversation with?Berkley and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It Read More
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    The Vicar of Wakefield: Edition by Edition

    Tue, 10 Nov 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    As a great song is covered once and again by a multitude of bands spanning musical genres and aesthetics; a great story is illustrated time over time by a variety of visual artists, each imbuing the work with their sensibilities and vision. Nothing short of a true classic can inspire generations of artists to revisit a piece—to dig deep into its inner workings in an attempt to unearth some hidden meaning glossed over by previous editions or iterations. And this principle is most certainly true with Oliver Goldsmith’s Victorian novel, The Vicar of Wakefield, first published in 1766, which has Read More
  • from The Book Trout

    E-list No. 1: Art Books

    Mon, 09 Nov 2015 09:05:19 Permalink
    We recently issued our first e-list featuring a selection of books from our art shelves. Many of these titles are still available. A pdf of this e-list with more photos can also be viewed at this link from our bookstore website.1) 1950-1965 Abstraction on Paper, NY: Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, 2001. Very Good; Stiff illustrated wraps. Catalogue for an exhibition held at the Michael Rosenfeld Gallery September 13 - November 3, 2001. Each page contains a color plate of a work by the artists included in this exhibition: Norman Bluhm, Jay DeFeo, Beauford Delaney, Burgoyne Diller, Fritz Glarner, Grace Hartigan, Eva Read More
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    Santa is Coming to my House by Steve Smallman

    Mon, 09 Nov 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    What better gift for a young one than a Christmas tale that is personalized?Put Me in the Story sent me a copy of this book to review (thank you).  It can be ordered now and will be personalized for your child and here in time for Christmas Eve.There are several places in this tale for a name which makes it seem like it really is THEIR book.  The illustrations are charming thanks to Robert Dunn.  The story by Mr. Smallman is fun.  It's a book about Santa but he has a slightly different adventure this year.I would have loved having Read More
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    Ivan Turgenev and Eight Other Essential Russian Authors

    Mon, 09 Nov 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    This month marks the 197th anniversary of Ivan Turgenev’s birthday. It's as good a time as ever to reflect on the contributions of this important figure of Russian literature's Golden Age. He rubbed shoulders with the classic authors of his time and brought the eye of the West to one of the world's great literary nations. Turgenev holds a remarkable legacy, and it is strengthened even more when one considers the other voices of his country he helped to amplify. Today, we explore Turgenev and eight other essential Russian authors. Read More
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    My Old Friend David Porter

    Sun, 08 Nov 2015 10:43:31 Permalink
    I love it when Amazon suggests I buy my own book… Finally finished painting the south side of the house. Got the dry wood stacked. And most of the rest of it cut and split. Then it was time to start pulling books for next weekend’s Boston Book Fair. Arrgh! One of the things that […]The post My Old Friend David Porter appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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    Scrap City by D.S. Thornton

    Sun, 08 Nov 2015 10:00:00 Permalink
    What would you think if a pile of junk at the junkyard started walking?  Would you run or would you talk to it?Capstone Young Readers and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.Jerome is just killing time while his father, who works in real estate, tries to talk to the old man that owns the junkyard.  He's trying to convince him to sell but that's not going far.  When Jason goes down one row, he sees an old ice box and thinks it might Read More
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    Hilda and the Troll by Luke Pearson

    Sun, 08 Nov 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    I like Hilda.  She's a no-nonsense little girl with an odd pet that goes out for long walks and explores.  Sometimes she finds things she doesn't want to...Flying Eye Books sent me a copy of this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can find a copy at local bookstore now.Hilda and Twig go off on adventure.  She's going to draw pictures of rocks.  She's having a wonderful time when she notices that one of the rocks has a nose.  That means it's a troll!  To keep a troll from bothering you, you put a bell Read More
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    Kazuo Ishiguro: Surprising User of Spontaneous Prose

    Sun, 08 Nov 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    “That’s not writing, that’s typing” -Truman Capote on Jack Kerouac’s On the Road (1957) Writers and readers alike are taught to be dubious of first drafts. “The first draft of anything,” Ernest Hemingway said, “is sh*t.” By that same reflex, many seem to find themselves wary of anything written too quickly. Detractors of National Novel Writing Month tend to express their disapproval by way of this wariness. They intimate, or sometimes say outright, that nothing of value could possibly be written that quickly. Read More
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