Member Blogs Archive > May 2016

  • 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
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    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
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Five Little Known Facts About Robert Browning

    Sat, 07 May 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Renowned English poet Robert Browning was born in 1812 in the London suburb of Camberwell. Finding school irritating and uninteresting, Browning left formal institutional learning behind and was educated at home by a tutor. He also utilized his father's six thousand volume personal library. By the time he was twelve, he had written his first volume of poetry, though the manuscript does not survive. The course of Browning's writing career is an interesting one. Initially, his poems and dramatic monologues were well received; Charles Dickens even offered him praise for his monologue, Paracelsus. But, as he continued writing and honing Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Wages of Sin: An Ozarks Mystery by Nancy Allen

    Sat, 07 May 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Elsie is an assistant prosecutor.  She's good at her job and enjoys winning her cases.  The County Prosecutor, Madeline, doesn't like her much but she likes her results.  With a case where Madeline is going to ask for the death penalty, she's forced to work with Elsie because the other assistant doesn't believe in the death penalty.  When the prosecutors are already feeling conflicted and stressed you can tell this isn't going to be an easy case.Witness Impulse sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can pick up Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Ink and Bone by Lisa Unger

    Fri, 06 May 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Finley can see ghosts.  If it wasn't bad enough having ghostly companions, they talk to her.  She doesn't understand what they are talking about but she can hear them.  Her mother tries to stop her awareness of this skill, so she moves in with her grandmother.  She has the power, too.  Everyone's power is a bit different, so she'll have to learn how to use hers on her own with a bit of guidance.Touchstone Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 7th.When a retired cop asks her grandmother for Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Picture Miss Seeton by Heron Carvic

    Fri, 06 May 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Miss Seeton is going to the country to stay in a home she has inherited from her godmother.  She's getting close to retirement and is thinking about moving to the village in the country to relax and enjoy her retirement.  Miss Seeton being Miss Seeton manages to get in trouble before she leaves.Farrago and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It was just published, so you can grab a copy now.Somewhere in mystery travels, I have met Miss Seeton in the past.  She's a lovely lady who taught school and never goes anywhere without Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    The Enduring Relevance of The Grapes of Wrath

    Fri, 06 May 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Since its publication in 1939, John Steinbeck’s magnum opus The Grapes of Wrath has been one of the most read, most studied, and most talked about works of American literature. The novel earned Steinbeck a National Book Award and a Pulitzer Prize in addition to being cited by the committee that awarded him the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1962. Indeed, Steinbeck’s depiction of the Joad family’s journey across Dust Bowl era America has been adapted for both stage and screen, in addition to being marked indelibly into the American imagination, finding new relevance with each passing generation. Read More
  • from Yesterday's Muse

    Birth, Death, and Rediscovery

    Fri, 06 May 2016 03:08:15 Permalink
    Today is my birthday. As such, through the magic of social media, dozens of friends and colleagues have taken a moment out of their day to acknowledge this, wish me well, and recommend that I enjoy myself in a number of ways. Most of these involve consuming good food, drinking alcoholic beverages, and relaxing, so […] Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Lost Twin by Sophie Cleverly

    Thu, 05 May 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Her sister was dead.  She had been going to an expensive school that their father paid for and Ivy had stayed with her grandmother.  Her grandmother needed a caretaker so that was a good thing, but Ivy couldn't understand how her twin died.  Then she got a letter that told her she was chosen to fill the open spot at the school.  She wasn't sure she wanted to, but her grandmother told her to go...Sourcebooks Jabberwocky and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published.When Ivy arrives at the station, she's met Read More
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    Queen of Hearts (Queen of Hearts Saga #1) by Colleen Oakes

    Thu, 05 May 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is not the traditional Wonderland story.  Alice is not in the story.  This is the story of Dinah, the King's daughter.  Her mother died long ago and now she's coming of age and will be declared Queen.  Then her father asks her to attend dinner with him and he makes a big announcement.  He has another daughter from an alliance during wartime...Harper Teen sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has just been published, so you can grab a copy now.There is a Mad Hatter.  It's her little brother.  He's been insane Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Five Mexican Authors You Should Read on Cinco de Mayo

    Thu, 05 May 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Contrary to common American belief, Cinco de Mayo is not, in fact, Mexican Independence Day, which is actually September 16. Rather, Cinco de Mayo is a holiday celebrating the Mexican Army's victory over French forces in the Battle of Puebla. The battle was fought in 1862 in response to Napoleon III invading Mexico in an effort to claim debts owed and establish an empire in Latin America. While this victory itself did not win the war, it boosted the army's morale and proved to Mexican citizens that their country stood a chance against the greatest army in the world. Today Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    "It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both"… As we lose one "Prince", We Study Another

    Wed, 04 May 2016 11:17:42 Permalink
    Niccolò Machiavelli is a name known to many. We all know (with a name like Niccolò… it’s pretty obvious) he was Italian, we know he wrote “The Prince” and we know that he is quoted by posh academics. Often. And at length.  But what else is known about our man Machiavelli? For instance, did you […] Read More
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    Wedding Girl by Stacey Ballis

    Wed, 04 May 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Sophie is going to have the most perfect wedding day.  She planned it all out and paid no attention to cost.  She put it on her credit cards without a care because her new husband would help her pay it back.  When he's a bit late, it bothers her.  But when she finds out he's not even in the country and has married someone else, she's devastated!  She tells everyone to eat, drink and be merry because she's going to be.  It even makes the social media...Berkley sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  Read More
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    The Vagrant by Peter Newman

    Wed, 04 May 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is a tale of a world I hope we never see.  An evil force that is green and mist-like fights one of the great guardians and kills her along with her knights.  It then creates itself a physical being using the corpses of the dead.  Doesn't that sound like your worst nightmare?  And now it's after the last Seraph Knight.  And he doesn't want to be caught...Harper Voyager and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 10th.This one has the flavor of Stephen King's Gunfighter series.  He has Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Quo Vadis & Beyond: Henryk Sienkiewicz's Notable Works

    Wed, 04 May 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Polish-born author Henryk Sienkiewicz made a name for himself in his homeland as a journalist and novelist. His influence was great, and his writing was highly esteemed, and in 1905, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Sienkiewicz was the major literary figure in turn-of-the-century Poland. Still, having peaked in popularity and winning the Prize over a century ago, one may assume that much of Sienkiewicz’s work has faded into history, but the contrary remains true. Thanks to numerous quality translations, movie adaptations, and Sienkiewicz’s own ability to write compelling pieces, a number of his works are still quite Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

    Tue, 03 May 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    This story teases you, taunts you and the author manipulates you.  Ms. Mackintosh messes with your head.  It starts with the death of a five year old who was running across the street and it gets worse.  But I couldn't stop reading...Berkley sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published today.The child's death was a hit and run.  The mother saw nothing to report because she was trying to help her son and then shock set in.  The detectives are trying hard, but it was dark rainy evening and no one Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Rutabaga the Adventure Chef: Book 2: Feasts of Fury (Adventure Chef #2) by Eric Colossal

    Tue, 03 May 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    How could I not review a book that is named after one of my favorite stew vegetables?  Not only that, there's a pot that's magical.  It can walk, fly, and run errands.  What more could you want?  How about some gubblins?Abrams Books sent me an ARC of this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today, so you can grab a copy now.This is a silly fun story filled with outrageous antics, monsters, and food recipes you will never want to try!  It begins with Rutabaga on a journey to find the best things to cook.  He wants Read More
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