Member Blogs Archive > December 2015

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    Three Victorian Ghost Stories for a Spooky Christmas

    Mon, 21 Dec 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    Imagine Christmas Eve: Snow sifts down from the night sky, the fireplace glows red and crackles with warmth, and a stately looking family gathers in the living room with food and drink to regale each other with tales of the undead coming to life and psychologically taunting characters until they are driven to madness from fear. Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night? Yes indeed. Sweet dreams, little ones. For as odd as this scene might sound, the telling of ghost stories on the night before Christmas was and is a common tradition in England and throughout Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Case of the Fickle Mermaid: A Brothers Grimm Mystery by P. J. Brackston

    Sun, 20 Dec 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    Gretel has been hired to find a mermaid.  She's pretty enthused because it means she gets to do a sea cruise.  What fun!  It's also all paid for by the Captain of the ship.  What could be better?  A bigger ship, maybe?Pegasus and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be on sale January 25th.This whole series is a hoot.  Gretel always has Hansel along, mostly because it's not safe to leave him alone.  He has a love affair with food and is embarrassing.  There are times in these stories that the Read More
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    How Do Famous Authors Get Their Start?

    Sun, 20 Dec 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    There’s no clear-cut way to become a writer. A writer’s start, however, is almost always a small one. It takes a considerable amount of time to cultivate the talent that will amass attention, better pay, praise and prestige. That is, if those are the kind of things you’re into. But the road to artistic glory is necessarily a humble one. Few blossoming writers are in a position to turn down opportunities that pay and reach readers. And many times, a writer will settle for just the latter. In the end, these less glamorous ventures and gigs can prove essential to both the professional Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    Is That What We Want?

    Sun, 20 Dec 2015 07:36:28 Permalink
    There are three kinds of people in the world: wolves, sheep, and sheepdogs. – American Sniper, 2014 After decades of watching us do nothing to prevent hundreds of thousands of preventable deaths, I have a deep understanding of why gun control won’t work. Not only will it not work, it’s a bad idea in a […]The post Is That What We Want? appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Lizzie and the Lost Baby by Cheryl Blackford

    Sat, 19 Dec 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    Lizzie and her brother are uprooted and sent away because of the war.  Bombs are dropping, home is unsafe, and it's better that they go stay with another family in a safer place.  Safer maybe but not better if you're the one that has to leave home...HMH Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you.)  It will be published January 12th.Living with people you don't know is tough.  Especially when the lady that takes you in is in a deep depression.  Her sister lives next door and makes sure they Read More
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    Announcing a New Scholarship for Rare Book School

    Sat, 19 Dec 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    Here at Books Tell You Why, we're excited to announce a new scholarship for Rare Book School! Beginning in 2016, we will send one winner per year to a RBS course of his or her choosing.  Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Hour of the Wolf: An Inspector Van Veeteren Mystery by Hakan Nesser

    Fri, 18 Dec 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    It all started when he drank a bit too much and decided to drive himself home anyway.  It was raining, dark, and he needed windshield wipers.  When he suddenly hits something, he stops to check it out.  It was a young man who hit the culvert with his head; he's dead.  He can do nothing for him, so he leaves him there and goes home quickly.  He's safe, no one saw him.  Oh, yes, they did...Pantheon and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 12th.When he gets a blackmail letter, he Read More
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    Hector Hugh Munro: The Strange Ideology of Saki

    Fri, 18 Dec 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    Saki was the pseudonym of short story writer Hector Hugh Munro. He adopted the name in 1900, and it's believed to have been taken from a character from the works of the Persian poet, Omar Khayyam. Most famous for his short stories, Saki also wrote novels and many articles of journalism. He remains an important figure in the tradition of modern English writers, although his politics and ideas may seem somewhat distant to us today. Read More
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    Six-Gun Snow White by Catherynne M. Valente

    Thu, 17 Dec 2015 11:40:00 Permalink
    She's the daughter of a Crow Indian woman with a white man for a father.  Her mother dies giving her birth and she never sees her father.  He's busy hunting for silver and other mining activities.  However, he does use some of his money to entertain her.  She's fine with that.  The house is big, she likes her private circus and zoo, and she doesn't mind being alone.  Then he marries again...Saga Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can pick up a copy now.This is an odd Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    A Warm Welcome (High-Five Included) to the Newly Nominated Vice President of the ABAA!

    Thu, 17 Dec 2015 09:28:56 Permalink
    Our very own Vic Zoschak Jr. has been recently announced to be the new Vice President of the prestigious Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (the ABAA). We pick his brains about the new role (and how he is to be bribed when in said position…) below! So we are looking at the new Vice President of […] Read More
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    The Pirate's Tempting Stowaway by Erica Ridley

    Thu, 17 Dec 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    Clara has been told she has consumption.  She's sent her daughter away, even the postman won't come to her door.  She's just waiting to die...The author graciously gave me a copy of this ebook to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.Clara has a surprise coming.  A man comes to her door and isn't even afraid of the gun she has.  She tells him she's sick and he doesn't care.  He's come to take her to England.  He's being paid to do it but she doesn't know that.  That's where her Read More
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    More Than Just A Beer in the Glass: An Interview with Brooklyn Brewery's Garrett Oliver

    Thu, 17 Dec 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    For Garrett Oliver, beer is not simply a fizzy, alcoholic beverage we pull from the back of the fridge after a hard day at the office, or something we guzzle on Sunday afternoons while watching our team battle it out against a rival opponent. Sure, beer can be both release and celebration, but in Oliver’s book – well, make that books – beer is a window into our history as human beings and a glimpse at the things in life we value and hold dear. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Lady Who Lived Again by Thomasine Rappold

    Wed, 16 Dec 2015 11:05:00 Permalink
    Madeline was good friends with the other young women her age.  They flirted, danced, and had fun together.  In one unfortunate moment, all that changed...Lyrical Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It was published December 8th.When lightening struck, the horse on the wagon was scared and took off.  All the young women died, even Madeline.  However, Madeline woke back up.  Now the whole town thinks she was possessed by a demon.  Normal people don't rise again.  She also killed all those other girls.  She becomes a pariah in her own hometown.She doesn't Read More
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    Arvor's Schooldays By Jonathan Ferrier

    Wed, 16 Dec 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    Arvor is a young dragon.  When his father says it's time for him to start school, he's ready.  But is the school?The author and Publishing Push gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy at Barnes and Noble, Amazon.co.uk, Waterstones, Amazon.com, or Google Books.Arvor is smaller than most dragons, can't fly, and isn't very athletic.  That sets him apart from the main crowd.  He makes his own friends, though, so it's not all bad.I found this amusing and fun to read.  Arvor is always getting in Read More
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    Beatrix Potter: A Pioneer in Self-Publishing

    Wed, 16 Dec 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    When one thinks of Beatrix Potter and her literary legacy —her delicate illustrations and charming stories that have delighted children and parents alike for over one hundred years —one does not necessarily think also of writers like E.L. James, John Grisham, or Edgar Allen Poe. But these writers, though they differ greatly in genre and in time, all have something in common with the celebrated naturalist and storyteller. Each of these writers, like Potter herself, began their literary careers by self-publishing. From her first book, The Tale of Peter Rabbit , to Wag-by-Wall , the last of her stories published Read More
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    The Night Parade by Kathryn Tanquary

    Tue, 15 Dec 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    She doesn't want to go hang out at Grandmother's house.  Everyone else is home and doing wonderful things in the city.  There is NOTHING to do in the country.  Absolutely NOTHING.  And the internet connection there is impossible, too.Sourcebooks Jabberwocky and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 5th.This is like an Asian fairy tale but it's a bigger tale.  There's myth, legend and fantasy woven together here.  The author does a very nice job of making the impossible believable.Saki is a young girl who has some growing up Read More
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    Edna O'Brien and Her Country Girls

    Tue, 15 Dec 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    Today she’s known as the “doyenne” of Irish literature and a respected elder stateswoman of arts and letters throughout the English speaking world. Her awards are numerous and accolades esteemed, but when Edna O'Brien broke onto the international literary stage in 1960 with the publication of her novel The Country Girls, she was a struggling devotee of James Joyce working as a reader for a London-based publishing house. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Private Eye Deluxe Edition by Brian K Vaughan

    Mon, 14 Dec 2015 11:43:00 Permalink
    Can you imagine what life would be like without the internet?  How about what it would be like if all your information you had hidden in a cloud became common knowledge to all?  No more secrets, all your personal thoughts are public.  Would you hide behind a mask?  These people do.Image Comics and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published tomorrow, so you can grab it then.This is a graphic novel set in the future.  The main character is a man that uses a false name and acts as a private Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Mouse Scouts by Sarah Dillard

    Mon, 14 Dec 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    Violet and Tigerlily were so excited!  They're leaving the Buttercups behind and moving on to be Acorn mouse scouts.Yearling and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 5th.This little chapter book is a charming read with lots of little mouse characters.  Violet and Tigerlily are friends and work together most of the time.  This new level of scouts means they have to start earning their merit badges.  The first project they are given is raising a garden.The story is fun, with lots of mouse challenges to do the same Read More
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    Black Sparrow Reissues Charles Reznikoff Works

    Mon, 14 Dec 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    Are you familiar with the works of Charles Reznikoff? If you haven’t already encountered Reznikoff’s books of poetry, including Testimony (1965) and Holocaust (1975), we’d recommend visiting a bookstore and seeking out these texts as soon as possible. And because Black Sparrow Press recently reissued a number of Reznikoff’s poetry books, it’s easier than ever to obtain one of these books for your personal collection.  Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Camp Midnight by Steven T. Seagle

    Sun, 13 Dec 2015 11:10:00 Permalink
    Skye's parents are divorced.  Summer is here and she's spending it with her father and her "step monster".  At least she thinks she is.  Then she finds out they plan to send her to camp...Image Comics and Net Galley gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 12th.I like to read graphic novels so I watch for those who entice me to read them.  Being a stepmom myself, how could I not read about Skye's "step monster"?  She's really not so bad but she's not so nice either.  She's more than Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    A Murderous Mind: A Naomi Blake British Mystery by Jane A. Adams

    Sun, 13 Dec 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    A student is found murdered in her bedroom at the dorm.  No one heard anything.  The killing was brutal.  How did the killer get in?  Why kill her?Severn House and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 1st.The cast of characters in this story is varied.  There are several cops, some retired cops, students, and a couple of assassins.  Most of the characters have baggage from their past.  A dead cop comes back to haunt them.  There's lots of drama and it's an interesting story.The dead girl appears to be a Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    Some Questions for Wayne and the Boys…

    Sun, 13 Dec 2015 08:49:51 Permalink
    1. What are you so afraid of, anyway? 2. What kind of man are you if you need a gun to be a man? 3. Where is your Lord if you can’t rely on Him to guide you to your Destiny? 4. What happens to a country whose motto becomes “In Gun We Trust”?The post Some Questions for Wayne and the Boys… appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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    A History of Literary Fraud

    Sun, 13 Dec 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    It’s a writer’s job to play with the truth. We entrust the nonfiction writer with a little license: to render the real with a little flourish that the average eye doesn’t see. And, we trust the fiction writer to show us truth and beauty through a grand fabrication. Despite this understanding, we still hold our writers to delicate standards of integrity. We want engagement and artistry from memoirs and histories, but will not tolerate lies. Nor will we tolerate unoriginality or plagiarism from a writer of fiction. And, as a general rule, we like our books to be written by Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Ninth Life by Clea Simon

    Sat, 12 Dec 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's drowning and he's not going to make it.  Then someone grabs him and helps him on to land.  She's a young human with pink hair and is skinny, but she's his friend now.Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 1st.This is a new series about a cat named Blackie that is helping his human solve a mystery.  Who killed her friend and mentor who was investigating a case?  And why?The story is set in the squalid underworld of the homeless children living on the streets.  You Read More
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    Collecting Nobel Laureates: Thomas Mann & Herta Müller

    Sat, 12 Dec 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, and picking up where we left off last time, we’d like to feature two more German winners. Read on for tips and tricks for collecting the works of Thomas Mann and Herta Müller. Read More
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    Rat Queens Deluxe Edition Volume 1 (Rat Queens #1-10) by Kurtis J. Wiebe

    Fri, 11 Dec 2015 11:40:00 Permalink
    Mercenaries, monsters, war, death, fights, love and more abound in this book.  There's even female mercenaries...Image Comics allowed me to download this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 15th, so you can grab a copy then.This is graphic novel has lovely colorful illustrations (even if a lot of it is blood).  The main female characters are:  Hannah the Rockabilly Elven Mage, Violet the Hipster Dwarven Fighter, Dee the Atheist Human Cleric and Betty the Hippy Smidgen Thief.  With a group like that, how can you not have fun?This is definitely for mature audiences.  Constant death, lesbians Read More
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    Skin Like Silver: A Tom Harper Victorian police procedural by Chris Nickson

    Fri, 11 Dec 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    His day starts with the announcement a dead baby has been found at the post office.  Someone mailed it to a bad address and it sat in the back, unclaimed, until it began to smell.  That night, there's a major fire and they lose a fireman who is helping fight it.  But that's not the only body found...Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will published March 1st, so make a note to pick it up then.This is a Victorian mystery and it reflects the period well.  There's the very poor, Read More
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    The Fantastic Imagination of William Joyce

    Fri, 11 Dec 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    William Joyce is the multi-talented writer, illustrator, and genius behind some of the most beloved and well known children's stories, films, and characters of the past half century. Joyce's imagination has served him well, and his trademark style must be the fantastical ideas he portrays all while pushing boundaries and asking “what if?”. Read More
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    Blood Tracks by Matt Hilton

    Thu, 10 Dec 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    Tess is a private investigator now.  She used to be a cop so she has skills.  When the local district attorney asks her to find a witness for a court case, she needs the money.  Saying yes will bring her close to a sadistic murderer.  It also introduces her to a man she doesn't want to love...Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 1st.They've lost an undercover cop to a monster that enjoys inflicting pain on people.  Tess needs to find the witness before the murderer.  Her Read More
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