Member Blogs Archive > March 2016

  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Kuma-Kuma Chan's Home by Kazue Takahashi

    Thu, 10 Mar 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    He gets an invitation from his friend, Kuma-Kuma, to visit.  He lives quite far away but the boy doesn't hesitate.Museyon and Net Galley gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 1st.He has to travel by train, bus and foot to the home of Kuma-Kuma.  When he arrives he's invited in for a visit.  There's not much conversation, mostly just camaraderie.  They have snacks, a meal Kuma-Kuma cooks and chat a bit.  It's a very mellow visit and the illustrations are simple and small.This would make a good bedtime book.  It's Read More
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    The Origins and History of the American Short Story

    Thu, 10 Mar 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    The short story and jazz music have taken quite the similar journey through the cultural consciousness of American society. Now relegated to niche art forms, both flourished in the early and mid-parts of the 20th Century, reaching a level of popularity that transcended age, race, and regionalism. Simply put, everyone listened to jazz and everyone read short stories, and everyone talked about them as important exports of American culture. Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    Be on the Lookout! Come to the Sacramento Antiquarian Book Fair for…

    Wed, 09 Mar 2016 09:42:40 Permalink
    The Sacramento Antiquarian Book Fair is coming up and as usual we will have some hot new items with us for your perusal! Check out our list below for the latest acquisitions that may be of interest. Also, please feel free to ask us to bring anything you may want to take a look at […] Read More
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    Aunty Lee's Chilled Revenge: A Singaporean Mystery by Ovidia Yu

    Wed, 09 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Aunty Lee's restaurant is doing a good business.  She has lots of repeat customers, a few employees, and she enjoys feeding people.  If only she hadn't sprained her foot falling off a ladder.  Soon, she has more than that to worry about.  A luncheon meeting at her restaurant looks like it's going to be a bit tense, so she joins the party to find out what's going on.  While they wait for the person meeting with them, someone kills her.  Who cares about an ankle now?William Morrow Paperbacks and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review Read More
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    On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis

    Wed, 09 Mar 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Denise is trying to get her mother to leave and go to a shelter.  The comet is going to hit and they can't wait any longer for Iris.  But her mother doesn't want to leave without Iris.  It doesn't help that she's high and not functioning normally.  When they leave late, Denise is sure they won't make it on time.  Then she finds a teacher from school who has a companion that has broken her leg in a fall.  They load them in the car and there's hardly any time left.  The teacher takes them to another "shelter".  Instead of Read More
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    Five British Journalists Who Made a Difference

    Wed, 09 Mar 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    The role of journalist is a multifaceted one. Between investigating, thinking, writing, and trying to be heard, journalists have the propensity to make a huge impact on society and their readers. This is a list of five such British journalists who—through actions, words, and a desire to shape the minds of the citizens they wrote for—changed the world.  Read More
  • from Pistil Blog

    Moomin Madness

    Wed, 09 Mar 2016 02:30:00 Permalink
    Moomins are not as well-known in the United States as they are in Europe, but the albino trolls are stepping up their world-wide quest for domination of the child mind-- and the alternative adult mind too.  Moomins are the invention of Swedish-speaking Finnish authoress and artist Tove Jansson (1914-2001).  To your correspondent they look like unarticulated relatives of the Michelin Man (1894), or bestial cousins to the Pillsbury Doughboy (1965).  Others have compared them to upright hippopotami.  Moomins came to fruition in 1945 when they appeared in the first of the Moomin books, The Moomins and the Great Flood.  You Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Cold Between: A Central Corps Novel by Elizabeth Bonesteel

    Tue, 08 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's on shore leave with the rest of her crew but she's not having fun.  They're drinking too much and she's heard all their stories.  She'll just sit here at the bar and until she can sneak back to the ship.  She never expected to meet a pirate and spend the night with him...Harper Voyager and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.She certainly never expected him to be accused of murdering one of the crew, especially since he was with her and couldn't have done it.  She goes Read More
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    The Trolls Will Feast! (The Creeps #2) by Chris Schweizer

    Tue, 08 Mar 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    The creeps are an odd group of friends that have become their own tribe.  They protect and defend each other.  Others pick on them and they try not to notice.  This time though, trolls are too big to ignore...Amulet Books sent me an ARC of this book for review (thank you).  It will be published today.They can't see what's bothering them but when Jarvis is being held in the air by his pant leg and something crunches on his bicycle helmet, they can tell they're in trouble!  It's a good thing he has a pants ejector to save himself!This is Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Robert Sabuda and the Art of Pop-Up Books

    Tue, 08 Mar 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Nothing holds so little interest and yet so much possibility as a blank piece of paper. It is a canvas for the written word, to be sure, but in its original state, it lacks dimension, texture and movement. With a few simple folds, however, it can be transformed. It can become an airplane and soar, taking one’s imagination with it. Accomplishing even this rudimentary task requires that one respect the limitations of the material and simultaneously coax out its potential.  Pop-up book artist Robert Sabuda is a master at doing just that.   Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Diary of Anna the Girl Witch Book 1: Foundling Witch by Max Candee

    Mon, 07 Mar 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Her uncle said he found her in a cave with a mother bear and her cubs.  He raised her until she was six and then took her to the lawyer handling her inheritance.  He puts her in an orphanage.  She doesn't know who her parents were and how she ended up in a cave with a bear...Helvetic House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.The sisters at the orphanage are pretty tough but the girls and boys need to learn discipline.  Everyone wants Read More
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    Collecting Nobel Laureates: Giosué Carducci and Grazia Deledda

    Mon, 07 Mar 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    We’ve recently been offering collecting tips and ideas for those looking to acquire the works of German Nobel laureates. Now, we’d like to make an Italian pit-stop. After all, Italy and the arts go hand-in-hand. From Ancient Roman times to Michelangelo to modern-day thought leaders like Umberto Eco, it’s safe to say that a huge amount of artistic work is produced in and pours forth from Italy. For those who may be interested in collecting the works of Italian Nobel Prize in Literature winners—there have been six Italian authors awarded the prize in total—today, we spotlight and present book collecting Read More
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    But Back to the Matter at Hand

    Sun, 06 Mar 2016 09:45:24 Permalink
    Have I already written the Groundhog Day blog? Hard to know for sure. There’s a way in which each of these book fairs is the same, year after year, with only the slightest variation each time. Wasn’t that how the Bill Murray movie proceeded? Or, as the enigmatically grinning Hutch – AKA William Hutchison Books […]The post But Back to the Matter at Hand appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Tale of a No-Name Squirrel by Radhika R. Dhariwal, Audrey Benjaminsen (Illustrated by)

    Sun, 06 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Squirrel was the last slave.  He had no name, he just delivered the mail.  It was hard work but it was his job.  When a big local wedding comes around and he gets invited, he doesn't even have clothes to wear to it!Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave the opportunity to read this book for review.  It will be published April 5th.This animal tale is filled with dogs, cats, the squirrel and even a crow.  It all starts when Squirrel makes the mistake of drinking the special wine for the married couple.  He was tempted into Read More
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    Cast Adrift by Mannah Pierce

    Sun, 06 Mar 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Jax is hoping to become a cabin boy on a spaceship.  That would eliminate some of the danger to him.  He's the heir apparent of a major clan who owns many assets.  His father and mother were killed by his uncle and now he's after him.  The only problem he has is that he doesn't know who he's supposed to be meeting.  They need to show him a special signal...The author and Publishing Push sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can find a copy on Amazon.There are Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Familial and Literary Influences: The Making of Gabriel García Márquez

    Sun, 06 Mar 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Nobel laureate Gabriel García Márquez is undoubtedly Colombia’s best known and best loved literary export. His novels, often placed under the umbrella of Magical Realism, bring an unmatched blend of styles and ideas to the rendering of love, death, and loss in his native South America. Though his works—including One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967), Love in the Time of Cholera (1985), and many other internationally acclaimed novels—are unmistakably his own, much of his success has come from the inimitable ways he draws on his literary influences. Read More
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    Chasing the North Star by Robert Morgan

    Sat, 05 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's a runaway slave.  He's punished for stealing a bible even though it was a gift from his owner's wife.  He can't admit he can read or that he got a gift.  So he's whipped and shamed as a thief.  When night comes, he runs...Algonquin Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 5th, so make a note on your TBR list.Jonah is eighteen and in good shape when he starts his journey north but that doesn't last.  As he gets more hungry, he finds himself stealing what Read More
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    'Great Santini' Author, Pat Conroy, Dies at Age 70

    Sat, 05 Mar 2016 08:34:25 Permalink
    Pat Conroy, best known for his novels The Prince of Tides and The Great Santini, has died. Conroy's books are filled with memorable characters and compelling story-lines. His stormy childhood and strained relationship with numerous family members were often the inspiration for his relatable brand of Southern Literature. In 2009, Conroy was admitted to the South Carolina Hall of Fame. Read More
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    Poptropica Mystery of the Map by Jack Chabert

    Sat, 05 Mar 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    They're just going on a hot air balloon ride, that should be safe enough.  They are visiting with their parents and seeing the sites and it's great.  Until their pilot takes them off course...Amulet Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can get a copy now.This is a graphic novel with chapters that is written for younger readers.  I found it amusing and fun to read.  Kory Merritt did the illustrations and they are lovely.  Lots of colors,  big-eyed characters and odd looking animals populate the pages.When Read More
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    A Brief Introduction to Howard Pyle

    Sat, 05 Mar 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
     As a college student, I have once again found myself reacting to illustrations with the same partiality that I had as a child. In addition to cultivating strong academic habits and earning a degree, being at a University has challenged me in the lost art of doodling. Three-dimensional flowers curl their way around my history lecture notes, thriving on the lightly-shaded raindrops that pour down from the upper right hand corner of my loose–leaf paper. My work is mediocre at best, but it brings an element of zest to the notes that cling to the page in flat obedience. If Read More
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    Why Are We So Obsessed with Sherlock Holmes?

    Fri, 04 Mar 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    As far as popular entertainment goes, we modern folk can have rather nineteenth century tastes. Our love of vampires can be traced to the vision of Bram Stoker. Our Christmas traditions are heavily indebted to the stories of Charles Dickens. Sherlock Holmes—kept alive by a menagerie of TV shows, films, memorabilia, and readers—is no different. But what is it about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous character that endures so well? Read More
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    Hill House by Blair Howard

    Fri, 04 Mar 2016 03:00:00 Permalink
    Harry Starke is a real interesting character.  He's a private eye that reminds me a bit of Philip Marlowe.  He's mean, tough, and has women trouble.  He also has soft spots.  When his former  girlfriend calls and asks him to come and look at a dead body, he knows it has to be something strange.  After all, she's a cop.  It has to be unusual if she wants his help.The author and Goddess Fish Blog Tours gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  You can buy a copy on Amazon for your Kindle now.There's really Read More
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    Thirteen Brother Pirates: The Journey Begins by John R Mattox II

    Thu, 03 Mar 2016 09:30:00 Permalink
    They are orphans living on the street until they find shelter.  The house that takes them in expects work from them and any food is shared amongst all.  When they decide to have a picnic on the beach, no one expected to be pressed into service by Navy.  Too bad, they're herded on board and are given tasks to do.  If they do them incorrectly or slack off when working, they're punished.The author and Publishing Push sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now Read More
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    The Somewhat True Adventures of Sammy Shine by Henry Cole

    Thu, 03 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Sammy is just a little mouse who is happy living in his box with his shavings and eating peanuts.  It's when his human's older brother decides he should be a test pilot for a model airplane that everything changes...Peachtree Publishers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 1st.When the two brothers fight about Sammy going up in the plane, the older brother steps on his control mechanism and destroys it.  Sammy goes up and away.  They figure they have lost both the plane and Sammy...Mr. Cole makes Sammy Read More
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    New Orleans Noir: The Classics Edited by: Julie Smith

    Thu, 03 Mar 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    This anthology really has the feel of New Orleans.  I found several stories to like in this grouping and I bet you do, too.  Since it includes classic stories, you even get some from the late 1800's.Akashic Books sent me an ARC of this book for review (thank you).  It has been published.I really liked the older stories in this collection.  Of course, I've always had a fondness for the past but the style of writing then was more subtle.  They expressed horror but didn't describe it like they do nowadays.  No details, you just visualized your own horrors.The best Read More
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    Join Us at the 2016 Florida Antiquarian Book Fair!

    Thu, 03 Mar 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    We are rapidly approaching the 35th annual Florida Antiquarian Book Fair and it promises to be a good one! It's the oldest book fair in the Southeastern United States and can be relied upon for fascinating books and literary conversation. If you find yourself in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area between March 11-13, be sure to stop by. We'll even provide you with free tickets. Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    "You're wrong as the deuce, and you shouldn't rejoice. If you're calling him Seuss – he pronounces it Soice." (But then changed it to Seuss, so…)

    Wed, 02 Mar 2016 11:58:05 Permalink
    If someone says “Children’s Books” to you, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Picture books? Perhaps here is the better question… what author first comes to mind? I would venture to bet that at least 90% of you come up with the same name. However, did you know that the name […] Read More
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    The Night Wanderer by Alys Clare

    Wed, 02 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Lassair answers her door to find a young boy yelling about an injured man.  She's a healer, so she grabs her bag and heads towards the river.  When she gets there, she knows there is nothing she can do to help the man.  A good portion of his throat has been torn out and he's dead.Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 1st.I like this series.  It's a bit magic and a lot of fantasy.  There's a love interest, the mysteries are good, and I'll be reading Read More
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    Stockholm Noir (Sweden) Edited by: Nathan Larson and Carl-Michael Edenborg

    Wed, 02 Mar 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is another in the Noir series created by Akashic Books.  This one shows you the dark corners of Sweden.  My mind pictures white blondes in ski clothes.  That's not who you read about in these stories...Akashic sent me an ARC of this book for review (thank you).  It has been published now.There are thirteen stories, all quite different and all interesting.  Some of the characters you meet are evil, some are warped, one's a vampire, and all are people I don't want to meet.The scariest story was Nineteen Pieces by Carl-Micheal Edenborg.  He knew how to write a story Read More
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    What Influenced Dr. Seuss?

    Wed, 02 Mar 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    “Most authors will not disclose their source for fear that other, less successful authors will chisel in on their territory. However, I am willing to take that chance. I get all my ideas in Switzerland, near the Forka Pass” –Dr. Seuss, on where he got his ideas. No one can question the influence of Dr. Seuss. But questioning minds have always wondered, what influenced the man himself? Today, we'd like to dive in and explore a couple of theories. Read More
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