Member Blogs Archive > May 2016

  • from ten pound island book company

    Birthday Girl and the Magic Tower

    Mon, 16 May 2016 02:47:11 Permalink
    The post Birthday Girl and the Magic Tower appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Storyteller by Evan Turk

    Sun, 15 May 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Sit down with this book and visit Morocco, the desert and the people.  You even get to "hear" a folktale that has an unusual consequence for the listeners.  Listen up!Atheneum Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 28th.The illustrations in this book are rich and luscious.  The colors are vibrant and you can feel the heat of the desert.  They really add to the tone of the story.A young boy asks an old man for some water.  He tells him he needs to listen Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Collecting the Legendary L. Frank Baum

    Sun, 15 May 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    L. Frank Baum created one of the most enduring settings in all of literature—Oz—not to mention some of our most beloved characters. What’s more, his collected works established a brand of American fairy tale that had never before been seen and has since been the inspiration and influence for countless other writers as well as for children of all ages who are looking to find their place and purpose in the world. L. Frank Baum was a master, and it’s not surprising that his works are some of the most sought-after by book collectors. What follows is a brief discussion Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Descender, Vol. 2 By Jeff Lemire, Dustin Nguyen

    Sun, 15 May 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Robots fascinate me and this series is intriguing.  TIM-21 has been taken captive by a group of robots and he has been introduced to TIM-22.  The robot leader tells him they are brothers.  Since robots don't usually have much of an emotional side, that doesn't seem to matter much.Image Comics allowed me to read an ebook of this compilation for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.  If you haven't read Volume 1, buy them both.TIM-21 is enjoying the robot station and the interaction with his "brother".  His companions are pretty sure they Read More
  • from Gothica Books

    The Eye Of The World Limited Edition: Wheel of Time Book 1 | Robert Jordan | First Edition Thus; First Printing

    Sun, 15 May 2016 05:07:01 Permalink
    London: Orbit, 2011. First Edition Thus; First Printing. Hardcover. 9.76 X 7.56 X 2.44 inches. Fine. Item #6223 ISBN: 9780356501529 Black cloth with gilt titles to spine with matching slipcase. ; The Wheel of Time; 688 pages. Source: The Eye Of The World Limited Edition: Wheel of Time Book 1 | Robert Jordan | First […] Read More
  • from Gothica Books

    Exclusive: first look at Sam Claflin and Rachel Weisz in Daphne Du Maurier's My Cousin Rachel

    Sun, 15 May 2016 04:58:45 Permalink
    Source: Exclusive: first look at Sam Claflin and Rachel Weisz in Daphne Du Maurier’s My Cousin Rachel Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Grayling's Song by Karen Cushman

    Sat, 14 May 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Her mother is a hedge witch who works with herbs and plants and trees to make potions.  She's learning a bit as she gathers supplies for her but her mother tends to think she's feebleminded and a bit worthless.  When their home burns down and her mother gets rooted to the ground, it's up to Grayling to find out why and work on undoing the spell.  Even if she doesn't know how to do it...Clarion Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 7th.When she finds her mother's Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    A Witch's Kitchen by Dianna Sanchez

    Sat, 14 May 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Millie just can't get her magic to work.  She tries spells and enchantments and they all backfire.  The only place she's got any "magic" is in the kitchen.  She's an excellent cook but she's not learning the witchcraft her mother is trying to teach her.  Then her grandmother, the current Baba, decides she should attend the Enchanted Forest school...Dreaming Robot Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  The book has been published so you can grab a copy now.Millie is thrilled to go school.  She can avoid her mom's lessons and her failures Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    The Magic of Artemis Fowl and Eoin Colfer

    Sat, 14 May 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Author Eoin Colfer, best known for his Artemis Fowl series, was born in Wexford, Ireland in 1965. His parents instilled in him a love of reading at a young age. He developed an interest in writing in elementary school. Inspired by a history lesson, he began writing adventure stories featuring vikings. Colfer studied education at the University of Dublin and followed in his parents' footsteps to become a school teacher. He spent several years teaching abroad. His first book, Benny and Omar, was inspired by his time in Tunisia and published in 1998. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Maggie Dove by Susan Breen

    Fri, 13 May 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Maggie and her neighbor are having problems.  He wants her to move her oak tree so he has a better view out his big windows at the top of the house.  He paints and he doesn't want the tree in his pictures.  He even offers to pay for her moving it.  She refuses to and he attempts to poison her tree!Alibi and Net Galley allowed me to read this ebook for review (thank you).  It will be published June 17th.Maggie is a Sunday School teacher that reminds me a bit of Miss Marple.  She's older, has her habits, and she Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Harry and Walter by Kathy Stinson, Illustrated by Qin Leng

    Fri, 13 May 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    This is a sweet picture book story about friendship.  Harry is four and three quarters and Walter is 92 and a half, but they both enjoy the company and play together.Annick 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.Harry is devastated when his parents decide to move.  He can't take Walter with him and he's going to miss him so much!  It's so bad Harry and Walter don't even say goodbye.  Walter stays in while they drive away.Harry can still rake up leaves Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Death at a Fixer-Upper: A Home Sweet Home Mystery by Sarah T. Hobart

    Thu, 12 May 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Sam is a new real estate agent.  She is still learning the ropes and is hoping for a sale so she gets a commission to live on.  When a big old estate comes up for sale, she's excited for the opportunity.  Her son will be proud of her if she can pull this one off.Alibi and Net Galley allowed me to read this ebook for review (thank you).  It will be published May 17th.This is a new series and I like Sam as a character.  Her husband deserted her years ago and her son has grown up and turned into Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Oddly Normal Vol. 3 by Otis Frampton

    Thu, 12 May 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Fignation isn't getting any better.  It's lucky that they have Frankie to do games because he loves them, is good at it, and his humpback brother can put him back together again.  Unfortunately, her instructor has designs on her and she doesn't want to do what he wants...Image Comics let me read this comic collection for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.This is fun series about a half-witch that doesn't fit in anywhere.  Not at home, not at Fignation.  She keeps on keeping on and trying to find her parents.When a witch Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Happy Limerick Day: A Brief History of the Limerick

    Thu, 12 May 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    On May 12 each year, the international poetry community stops to recognize a quirky, off-kilter poetic form: the limerick. Celebrated on the birthday of English artist, illustrator, and poet Edward Lear (1812-1888), the holiday pays tribute to the five-line, rhyming form and to Lear himself, who helped popularize the form throughout his career. Read More
  • from HCBooksOnline Blog

    Latest Folio Society Arrivals May 2016

    Thu, 12 May 2016 01:30:58 Permalink
    Latest Folio Society Arrivals May 2016 Just arrived a fine Folio Society collection; The Second World War Winston Churchill 6 Vols Folio Society 2000 6 Volume Churchill’s Second World War Folio Society First Impression No. 1046 This can honestly be called the definitive edition, using the final English texts, completely reset in Ehrhardt type, printed […] Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    With Malice by Eileen Cook

    Wed, 11 May 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    What if, when you woke up in a hospital with injuries, you find you can't remember what happened?  You can't remember the last six weeks of your life.  How worried would that make you?  It would be one of my greatest nightmares...HMH Books for Young Readers and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 7th.No one will share anything about the accident, they won't let her have a phone, she has no TV and she doesn't remember a thing.  She's having trouble associating words.  They're there but she can't access Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    The Triumphant Artistic Vision of Camilo José Cela

    Wed, 11 May 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    There are writers who write for the masses, those who write for fame, and those who write for the sake of art. There are others, like Camilo José Cela, who write with a voice to inform, excite, and evoke true response from others, all while still remaining true to himself. It is this virtue, this quest, that allowed the award-winning author to shape his nation’s literary heritage and earned him a spot in the canon of great writers. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Black Magick Volume 1: Awakening, Part One (Black Magick 1) by Greg Rucka (Author), Jodi Wynne (Artist), Chiara Arena (Artist), Nicola Scott (Artist)

    Wed, 11 May 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    This volume begins with a witches coven.  As the ceremony commences, a cellphone goes off.  One of the witches is being called back to duty.  Disappointed that she brought her phone and that they have to begin the ceremony anew, they understand that being a cop means you're always on duty.Image Comics allowed me to read this comic collection for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a copy now.Rowen Black is a good cop.  She keeps her witch side hidden.  Her life has been fairly normal, but that's about to change.When they have a hostage Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    "In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move." OTD in 2001, the Universe Lost … "a dreamer, a thinker, a speculative philosopher… or, as his wife would have it, an idiot."

    Wed, 11 May 2016 01:38:49 Permalink
    As a child, I was required to listen to many different things. Classical music, for one. Teachers getting annoyed with me for asking too many questions, for another. And… The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy quotes, for a third. For that last particular factor I have my father to thank. (Though actually, now that I think about […] Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Portrait of a Conspiracy by Donna Russo Morin

    Tue, 10 May 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    In 15th century Florence, women's lives were defined by their husbands.  That didn't mean women liked it or that they didn't know what was going on.  They had their own little activities where they met and chatted.  Who would have thought that painting was something a woman could be punished for?Diversion Books sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It is being published today, so you can grab a copy now.I wasn't sure if I would like this book.  Historical fiction about a conspiracy didn't really grab my attention.  However, the thought of a Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Miss Seeton Draws the Line by Heron Carvic

    Tue, 10 May 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Miss Seeton is a hoot.  She's always in the wrong place at the wrong time, gets involved in deadly cases and comes out unscathed, and she doesn't see why people get so excited.  She's also the subject of gossip in her little community.  It was so boring before...Farrago and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published now, so you can grab a copy.There are young children being strangled and killed.  The police are baffled so the Oracle asks Miss Seeton for help.  She likes the inspector and is willing to do Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    When Rivalry Begets Tragedy: The Astor Place Riot

    Tue, 10 May 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    In the 21st century, it’s difficult to imagine a theatrical performance sparking a riot. Even the early twentieth century riots surrounding Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring (1913) seem far-fetched to modern sensibilities. And the rowdiest of modern entertainments (like concerts or football matches) are only likely to produce mosh pits or individual exchanges of fisticuffs at worst. Perhaps that’s why the Shakespearean kerfuffle that sparked the Astor Place Riot stands out so noticeably in the historical record. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Shadows of the Dark Crystal #1 by J. M. Lee, Brian Froud (Illustrated by)

    Mon, 09 May 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a new fantasy series for young adults.  It's based on Jim Henson's Dark Crystal series and is set in the years before you enter his fantasy world.  I was not familiar with this series so I tried this one.  I'm glad I did.Grosset & Dunlap and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 28th.I recognized Mr. Froud's illustrations.  Nobody can take a drawing and make it breathe evil like he can.  His illustrations bring the monsters in this story to life.It's about a young Gelfling girl who longed for Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Death in Devon: A County Guides Mystery by Ian Sansom

    Mon, 09 May 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is the first in a new series about a Professor who is well versed in English history and writes essays and books about the countryside: What to see there, what to do, and info on historical monuments and moments of importance.Witness Impulse and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published tomorrow.The Professor is going to be giving a speech at a private school.  He's been invited by a personal friend.  He takes his daughter and his assistant along on the trip.  He also brings a couple of surfboards.The Professor Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Watership Down: An Improvised Classic and Bestseller

    Mon, 09 May 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Like many great successes, Watership Down began as a sort of accident. Richard Adams was driving his family to a production of Twelfth Night when his daughter asked him to tell a story. Put on the spot, he began with a humble sentence: “Once upon a time there were two rabbits, called eh, let me see, Hazel and Fiver, and I'm going to tell you about some of their adventures.” Soon enough, the invention of an entire world would follow. Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    Alterity

    Sun, 08 May 2016 08:25:44 Permalink
    So I’m sitting around the table with Anne Marie on Sunday night. We’ve had our cocktails and a fine Sunday dinner, and she’s working her crossword puzzle, and she says, more or less out of the blue, without even looking up, the way thoughts sometimes rise without being summoned, “I finally emailed Claire and Rosaleen […]The post Alterity appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Great Books for Mother's Day

    Sun, 08 May 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    On Mother’s Day, we pay a most humble tribute to our moms. For many of us, the love and care we receive from our mothers has no equal. If it were treated as a debt, we know a lifespan, let alone a day, would not provide nearly enough time to settle it. Luckily, it is no bill to be paid off. It is a ceremony of appreciation and tribute. And what better way to enrich this day than with some books? Perhaps you’re looking for a last-minute Mother’s Day gift. Perhaps you are a mother yourself looking for a timely Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Nobody Likes a Goblin by Ben Hatke

    Sun, 08 May 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    That's not true.  I like goblins, dragons, trolls, elves, fairies and more as long as they are nice.  I couldn't skip this children's picture book because the illustrations were so sweet and it tickled my fancy, too.First Second Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published the 7th of June and I've already got my order in on a copy.He's perfectly happy living in his cave with his books, rats, and a treasure that has a skeleton with it.  He visits the skeleton, they play with their treasure, and it's Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Body in the Wardrobe: A Faith Fairchild Mystery by Katherine Hall Page

    Sun, 08 May 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Savannah has it's own breed of hospitality and it is effusive.  Sophie married a boy from there but had no idea she would be overwhelmed by social butterflies.  It's going to hard to adjust.  Especially since Will keeps going away to work on a private eye case and isn't around much himself...William Morrow sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  This is an ongoing series and is available now.Sophie is the main focus of this story.  She's a newly wed living in a home that Will's stepmother is updating to sell.  She and Will Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Charcoal Joe: An Easy Rawlins Mystery by Walter Mosley

    Sat, 07 May 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Easy thinks his life is settling down finally.  He's got his own detective agency with two other private investigators.  He's going to ask his girl to marry him.  And then life will be great.  Unfortunately, when he goes to his girlfriend's house he finds out she came back from her trip with a new husband.  He's in a wheelchair and not very healthy but she's staying with him because he needs her.  So much for Easy's plans...Doubleday and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 14th.This is a series Read More
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