Member Blogs Archive > May 2016

  • 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
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    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
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    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
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    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
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    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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    Collecting the Complicated Classics of Caribbean Literature

    Tue, 03 May 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Maybe you visited the Bahamas on a recent vacation. Or perhaps you’ve enrolled in a postcolonial literature course. Whatever the reason, we’re excited anytime readers want to begin collecting the complicated classics of Caribbean literature. Why are the classics complicated, you ask? In short, the Caribbean is a fluid region that has been shaped by many different cultural practices from various regions of the globe. Given that the islands in this part of the world have been subject to colonization by numerous European nations while also playing a key geographic role in the transatlantic slave trade, the layers of Caribbean Read More
  • from Gothica Books

    Book review: The Butcher's Hook by Janet Ellis | Women24

    Tue, 03 May 2016 02:28:15 Permalink
    The Butcher’s Hook is a beautiful ode to the classic Gothic novel, one filled with all-consuming intensity, passion and romance. Source: Book review: The Butcher’s Hook by Janet Ellis | Women24 Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Magruder's Curiosity Cabinet by H.P. Wood

    Mon, 02 May 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    If you like circuses, carnies and unusual people, you'll love this book.  There's something for everyone in this story of fantasy.  This is a story of love, hate, murder, a plague and people that society might not find acceptable.  What I saw was a group of unwanted people doing all they could to protect those they loved and to stay alive...Sourcebooks Landmark and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 7th.Kitty is lost and alone.  She and her mother checked into the hotel.  Her mother got sick and the doctor sent Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    You Are My Best Friend by Tatsuya Miyanishi

    Mon, 02 May 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    He's a T-Rex, the biggest, baddest dinosaur around.  He bullies everyone and loves to chase them.  What more could he want?  How about a friend?Museyon and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can buy a copy now.Ms. Miyanishi writes very nice picture books for little ones.  The illustrations are colorful, there's a lesson in the story, and they're quickly read.  They would work well for bedtime stories.When the big boy finds a dino who lives in the ocean and starts chatting with him, he finds out that he Read More
  • from Gothica Books

    Madame Tussaud and the weird world of wax women

    Mon, 02 May 2016 08:28:00 Permalink
    Source: Madame Tussaud and the weird world of wax women Read More
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    Władysław Reymont's Unlikely Journey to the Nobel Prize

    Mon, 02 May 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Before he won the Nobel Prize in 1924, Władysław Reymont lived like a vagabond. Trained to be a tailor, Reymont never worked a day in his trade. Instead, he preferred the company of traveling performers and dreamed of making it in show business. Life on stage took its toll, however, and Reymont returned home penniless and took up jobs he little enjoyed. He kept at his doomed theatrical dreams for a bit longer, that is, before he left them behind to become one of the greatest writers Poland has ever known. Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    Sorry Folks…

    Mon, 02 May 2016 06:43:47 Permalink
    …but I just posted Maritime List 236 and the response has been overwhelming. I’ve already missed a noon phone meeting and didn’t realize until a few minutes ago that I had a blog entry due. The blog was going to be about my trip to Virginia to buy a rare book that a library was […]The post Sorry Folks… appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • from Gothica Books

    The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley review – eerily good

    Sun, 01 May 2016 10:58:54 Permalink
    Andrew Michael Hurley’s gothic debut, set in his native Lancashire, is a perceptive exploration of landscape, faith and folklore Source: The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley review – eerily good Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Dead Loudmouth by Victoria Houston

    Sun, 01 May 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Lew is the police chief and she's surprised to get a call about a dreadful accident at a private local gentleman's club.  She sure didn't expect to find two naked people on top of a piano that were dead because the ceiling crushed them.  How many lounges have pianos that raise like that?Tyrus Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read the ebook of this story for review (thank you).  It will be published June 1st.What Lew finds is that no one is very enamored by either of the victims.  It also appears that this was no accident.  Who killed them Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Last Dragon by Jane Yolen, Rebecca Guay (Illustrated by)

    Sun, 01 May 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    She's the youngest of her sisters and she is training to be an herbalist like her father.  When she finds an usual plant and shows it to him, he tells her it's Dragon's Bane.  It shouldn't exist unless there is a dragon near but he tells her not to worry.  After all, the dragons have all been killed...Dark Horse Books and Edelweiss gave the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 10th.When her father goes back to get some of the herbs they had passed by, he never comes back.  Other people or Read More
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    Four Examples of May Day in Literature

    Sun, 01 May 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    For many bibliophiles, the month of May means the beginning of summer—longer days, warmer weather, and the unofficial start of “beach read” season. But May 1 packs a much more significant historical and cultural punch, the essence of which many authors have tried to capture in their stories and novels during the last 100 years. Read More
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