Member Blogs Archive > April 2016

  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Princess Juniper of the Anju by Ammi-Joan Paquette

    Fri, 22 Apr 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    The Princess' father is being held prisoner in his own castle.  Juniper intends to go free him.  All she has in her personal kingdom are children like herself but they have made a new home for themselves and she's determined to save her father.Philomel Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 24th.This is written for middle graders and it should hold their attention and amuse them.  Juniper takes a few people with her and goes to find their stolen horses.  What she finds is another settlement.  They Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Bluebonnet Bride by Pamela Tracy

    Fri, 22 Apr 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is the first novella of the Lone Star Brides collection.  I like Western romances and this was a bit over a hundred pages so it was a short read.  Just what I was in the mood for!Serenade Books sent me an ebook to read for review (thank you).  The book has been published, so you can grab a copy on Amazon now.Amy had a mother who wasn't much of a mom.  She took care of her own needs and ignored Amy for the most part.  She certainly didn't love her.  Now that Amy is old enough to be on Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Writing the PNW: A Literary Tour of the Pacific Northwest

    Fri, 22 Apr 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    You could argue the Pacific Northwest is a region with something of an identity crisis. On the one hand, it can be tough country: vast expanses of high desert; rugged, mountainous terrain; rocky coastlines; and unpredictable weather. But then on the other hand, the Pacific Northwest (PNW) is home to some of the most concentrated hipster and millennial-driven enclaves in the country. Cities like Portland and Seattle are famous for their artisanal coffee, farmers markets, fine food and beverage, and progressive attitudes toward culture and politics. If great writing is born out of conflict, of competing ideas or worldviews, then Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Fireman by Joe Hill

    Thu, 21 Apr 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    This book is horrifying because it could be true.  It's an airborne disease that travels through ash.  If the ash touches you, you get the disease.  It's an unusual disease...William Morrow and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 17th.Stress can set you on fire.  Dragon scales form on your skin just like tattoos and you either learn to control the fire impulse or it eats you up.  Watching people instantly combust in front of you is terrifying.As is usual, the government responds too slowly, the disease spreads and then vigilante Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Klickitat by Peter Rock

    Thu, 21 Apr 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Her sister is the only one who calm her anxiety attacks.  She lets her hold on until they have passed.  Vivian knows that she has to take the medicine the doctor gives her and her mother even counts the pills.  Audra tells her she needs to stop taking it, it's part of what is making her weird.  Who's right?Abrams Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a copy now.The question of who's right is the theme of this book.  Vivian doesn't want to lose her Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Visiting the Homes of Mark Twain

    Thu, 21 Apr 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Samuel Langhorne Clemens, or Mark Twain as he’s more commonly known, has become one of the most quintessential nineteenth-century American authors. Given his longstanding popularity, visits to regions of the country that influenced his work have become popular destinations for readers and fans of such novels as The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876), Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884), and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (1889). While some might argue that the whole of the Mississippi River and the many towns surrounding it play an important historical role in Twain’s collected works, there are a handful of sites where Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    "And then I spent two years wandering the Sahara Desert before being rescued by a wandering trio of exiled German princes who brought me along as their entertainment… a court jester, if you will…"

    Wed, 20 Apr 2016 12:07:38 Permalink
    Personal confession: normally I am a proponent of all types of blogging. Though I believe the (not-so-old) adage “Don’t believe everything you read on the internet” – I also find the internet to be a most useful place for information. Some of it genuine… some of it not quite so genuine… some of it kind, some […] Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Camp Rolling Hills Book 2: Crossing Over by Stacy Davidowitz

    Wed, 20 Apr 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    It's time for camp again and Melman can't wait.  Her first love in life is soccer but camp isn't far behind.  She's here to have fun and play soccer!Amulet Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published May 10th.This camp is unique.  No matter what you expect, you probably won't find it here.  However, you will find lots of things that are unexpected!Melman finds her friend and they go to stake their claim on beds.  She can't believe it when she finds the rest of the girls deciding which pink Read More
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    Camp Rolling Hills by Stacy Davidowitz

    Wed, 20 Apr 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Stephanie (who's been nicknamed Slimey at camp) is looking forward to going to camp and seeing her friends again.  While she's on the bus making her way there, she sees a cute boy in another seat.  She just barely manages to meet him when she drops her colored pencils and he returns them to her.  She's thinking she might like to talk to him at camp but doesn't have the chance right away.Amulet Books sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published May 10th.I've never been to camp but it sure Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Edgar Allan Poe: Father of Detective Fiction

    Wed, 20 Apr 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    American author Edgar Allan Poe is commonly associated with the horror genre. Indeed, poems like “The Raven” and “Annabelle Lee” and stories like The Telltale Heart and The Black Cat lend credence and validity to this association. However, what most don't realize is that Poe is responsible for the modern version of one of the most popular and enduring literary genres: detective fiction. Fans of mysteries and detective stories will recognize the author as the namesake of the prestigious Edgar Award for outstanding mystery novels.  Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Complete Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, Leah Moore, John Reppion

    Tue, 19 Apr 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Most everyone has read Alice in Wonderland at some point in their life.  I've read several different editions.  I have to say this graphic novel was one of the most fun ways to do it.  It's great for young ones who haven't met Alice yet, too.Dynamic Entertainment and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today, so grab a copy now.The graphics make this story come to life.  The story itself is a synopsis of the Lewis Carroll story and it makes it much easier to understand.  The Mad Hatter looks Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Red's Planet: Book 1: A World Away from Home by Eddie Pittman

    Tue, 19 Apr 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is a graphic novel that is a fun read.  Red doesn't like her foster home and keeps trying to escape.  When she does it for the third time, the cop tells her that now she's going to have to go to a facility instead of another home.  She tries to break out of the car but can't.  When the aliens come to visit, they pick up the classic cop car and take her into space...Amulet Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published today, so you can grab a Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    42: A Literary Celebration of Jackie Robinson Day

    Tue, 19 Apr 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” – Jackie Robinson It was just six days prior to the start of the 1947 season when baseball—and the world and culture in which the sport exists—would be forever changed. Jackie Robinson, baseball phenom and the first professional African American to play in the major leagues, was called up from a Brooklyn Dodgers minor league team to start at first base on Opening Day. Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    Jumping the Shark

    Mon, 18 Apr 2016 09:01:08 Permalink
    This was going to be one of those blog entries that writes itself. By last Thursday I had the basic idea figured out. Sunday, April 17 was going to be the day Marvin Getman jumped the shark. Over the past few years Getman had proved himself an energetic and innovative promoter, opening new venues in […]The post Jumping the Shark appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Thomas Middleton and British Playwrights

    Mon, 18 Apr 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    “Let me feel how thy pulses beat.” ―Thomas Middleon, The Changeling Entertainment is a word that can carry many different meanings. Before the days of Hollywood movies, Broadway musicals, and Netflix accounts, the world was enamored with the stage. Theatres in 16th century England brought tragedy, comedy, and romance to life—cultivated in the minds of brilliant writers, and brought into fruition by passionate actors. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Return of the White Deer by Robert Sells

    Mon, 18 Apr 2016 03:00:00 Permalink
    Pen's father is a farmer and his mother died during his birth.  Pen has the feeling he's something more than a farmer's son but he's not sure why.  He's taking sword and knife lessons for an old knight because he thinks he needs the skills for the future.  Maybe he's to be a soldier?  Just don't tell his quiet farming father about it...The author and Goddess Fish Blog Tours gave me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has already been published and you can pick up a copy now.This is set in medieval times Read More
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    The Giant Smugglers by Matt Solomon, Chris Pauls

    Sun, 17 Apr 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    How do you hide a giant?  Charlie doesn't know either...Feiwel & Friends and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 17th.This is a tale of a doctor who wants his son to excel at athletics so he'll be a medal winner.  The doctor was one notch down from being a winner and he's going to make sure his son doesn't feel that defeat.  How he decides to do it is evil though.Charlie finds the giant by accident.  He's home alone and bored so he decides to search out the Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    A Morning with Grandpa by Sylvia Liu, Christina Forshay (Illustrated by)

    Sun, 17 Apr 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    She's weeding in the garden when Grandpa comes out in the yard and begins doing tai chi.  She watches him until he invites her to try it.Lee & Low Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 15th.She can make the movements her Grandpa does but she does it too exuberantly.  She runs, jumps, dances and wiggles so much that she's not quite doing them.  But she has fun!Then she decides to show Grandpa some yoga moves she's learned in school.  He's a good sport and attempts the Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Chaucer's Day Job in the Court of the King

    Sun, 17 Apr 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Even when they’re successful, some writers prefer to keep their day jobs. For example, Wallace Stevens was an executive at a Connecticut insurance company, and he believed that work kept the poetic spirit properly anchored. Goethe worked as an enthusiastic civil servant and administrator long after the smashing success of Young Werther. To this camp also belongs Geoffrey Chaucer, who stayed gainfully employed despite being a prolific poet. Chaucer’s day job, however, was far from the typical cubical-and-office grind. He worked in the court of the King. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Tall Tail: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery by Rita Mae Brown

    Sat, 16 Apr 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Can actions from the days after the Revolutionary War come back to haunt those of us who live in this day and age?  Yes, they can...Bantam Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you). It will be published May 17th.Harry is best friends with the granddaughter of the retired governor.  He has leukemia and is elderly.  He's also close to death.  That's why it's so disturbing that the cousin who is running for office is trying to use the governor's popularity for his platform for election.  The governor doesn't like being used and Read More
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    The Significance of The Golden Notebook

    Sat, 16 Apr 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Rarely can a work be called “unique” and truly earn that qualifier. The Golden Notebook is that unicorn in literature that is recognized as one of a kind, or as the Oxford Companion to English Literature terms it, "inner space fiction." It's a novel in four parts, (or is it one?) that reflect the narrator’s feelings about communism, and include a novel within a novel, a personal diary, and then the final depiction wherein the previous three become one, glorious, Golden Notebook. Each part is revisited, overlapping with one another, and the whole thing is a reading experience like no Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Basil of Baker Street by Eve Titus, Paul Galdone (Illustrated by)

    Fri, 15 Apr 2016 10:41:00 Permalink
    Basil is an unusual mouse.  He hangs out with Sherlock Holmes (unseen, of course) and watches his techniques and his thinking.  He's going to be a great mouse detective.  He's already a good organizer.  He's moved his mouse village to Sherlock's basement!Aladdin and Edelweiss allowed me to read this story for review (thank you).  It will be published May 17th.When a distraught family comes running to Sherlock's door and tells him their children are missing, he has a case he can use his knowledge on.  He's sure it's a kidnapping and they will be sending their terms soon.  They do.  Read More
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    The Ship of Sight and The Hand of Shadow (The Natnat Adventures Book 2) by Brydie Walker Bain

    Fri, 15 Apr 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Here's the second in this series about young adults in New Zealand and the magic and mysticism that exists there.  The story goes back to the beginning of time and is being swept under the rug.  No one wants to remember the past, they just want to control the future...The author sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  You can get a copy on Amazon now.The woman that is after the legacy is determined to get it no matter what it takes.  She owns a very expensive helicopter that can take her anywhere she Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Happy Birthday to Nobel Prize Winner Tomas Tranströmer

    Fri, 15 Apr 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    On April 15, 1931, Tomas Gösta Tranströmer was born in Stockholm, Sweden. Although he passed away in March of last year, this Nobel Prize-wining poet’s legacy lives on in the books and broadsides that reflect a style described in his New York Times obituary of “deceptively spare language, crystalline descriptions of natural beauty, and explorations of the mysteries of identity and creativity.” We’d like to take the opportunity to celebrate Tranströmer’s birthday by looking into some of his most famous (and most collectible) works. Read More
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    A Robot in the Garden by Deborah Install

    Thu, 14 Apr 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    What would you do if you saw a robot in your garden sitting next a tree watching horses in the next field?  He can't stand it, he has to go talk to it.  It's not making much sense and it prefers the garden.  It won't stay in the garage.  And his wife is losing her temper with him.  If he wants a robot, she wants an Android, not an antiquated robot.  When she walks out on him, he decides he might as well try to get his robot fixed.  The glass tube that holds the robot's fuel is cracked and Read More
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    Street Magicks by Paula Guran

    Thu, 14 Apr 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Here's a nice collection of fantasy tales for the connoisseur of magic tales.  They are varied, most of them have a punch of some kind in them, and they aren't boring.Prime 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.I didn't find one story in this collection that disappointed me.  Some weren't my flavor, but they all were written well.My two favorites were Jim Butcher's Last Call (his stories sound like noir) and Speechless in Seattle by Lisa Silverthorne.  They are not at all Read More
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    The History and Significance of Dictionaries

    Thu, 14 Apr 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Language is fluid. In fact, the most recent edition of the Merriam-Webster dictionary boasts seventeen hundred new entries including "photobomb," "meme," "emoji," and "jegging." Looking back at the history of language, it's interesting to note that Noah Webster, the “Father of the American Dictionary,” came of age during the American Revolution. At that time, words had the power to define our national identity. Later, they had the power to reflect that new identity as it evolved. Webster believed that “Great Britain, whose children we are, and whose language we speak, should no longer be our standard...” and so he set Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    There and Back Again: a New York Book Fair Tale by Vic Zoschak

    Wed, 13 Apr 2016 12:18:56 Permalink
    So you have now attended your… what, 27th New York ABAA fair? How does it feel? Well, perhaps not quite that many, but have gone, either as an exhibitor, or as an attendee, pretty much every year since becoming an ABAA member in 1995.  I haven’t exhibited at the fair since sometime in the early […] Read More
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    Six Kids and a Stuffed Cat by Gary Paulsen

    Wed, 13 Apr 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    The school has a routine in place for storm warnings.  When it appears bad weather will hit them, the students are sent to the safest room to weather out a storm.  For these six kids, it happens to be the boy's bathroom.  That's an odd setting for a story.Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 10th.  Five of the boys know each other from classes, the sixth is a new student.  As they ask each other questions, they suddenly realize why some Read More
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    Beltrunner by Sean O'Brien

    Wed, 13 Apr 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    He's sort of a miner.  He visits unexplored asteroids and searches for valuable minerals.  Gold isn't worth much anymore but there are lots of other metals.  He makes a find and is happy to know he'll be able pay back some on his debt but he forgot about his ex-lover.  She hasn't forgotten about him...Edge and Library Thing gave me an ebook of this story to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.Collier is over a million dollars in debt.  He's getting worried about digging himself out of that hole and Read More
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