Member Blogs Archive > May 2017

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    The Apache Wars: The Hunt for Geronimo, the Apache Kid, and the Captive Boy Who Started the Longest War in American History by Paul Andrew Hutton

    Wed, 31 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a very comprehensive collection of facts about the Apaches, the military and the Mexicans.  Trying to corral the Indians on a reservation was almost impossible.  They were nomads and moved where the crops grew, the game was plentiful and the weather acceptable.  The white man just wanted to get them out of the area he wanted to develop.  The Indians wouldn't leave.  War ensued...I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.  The book has been published and you can grab a copy now.I was familiar with Geronimo because I live in southern NM and they Read More
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    Common Myths About Rarity in Book Collecting

    Wed, 31 May 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    The concept of rarity in book collecting is tricky. While many novice collectors might believe rarity is the most important element in assessing a book’s value or worth, seasoned collectors understand rarity is in fact one of the more insignificant elements in judging what a volume is worth or its place in the landscape of rare books. The murky nature of rarity in book collecting stems to some degree from the ill defined character of the term. Essentially, rarity is too nebulous and relative a term for book sellers and collectors to base any substantive, concrete value. However, because the Read More
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    Ultimatum by Anders de la Motte

    Tue, 30 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Everybody has secrets but these secrets threaten livelihoods, promotions, marriage and more.  It's all balanced like a house of cards but all that has to happen is one card falls and they all go down...Atria Books sent me an ARC of this story to read for review (thank you).  It will be published today.This is an intense read with death thrown in here and there.  The men involved are politicians and policemen and they use the secrets they know to blackmail the others in the department.  They don't mind stepping on someone as they rise to power.  They also don't Read More
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    From Fiction to Film: Movie Tie-Ins for Alain Robbe-Grillet

    Tue, 30 May 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    When most readers hear the name Alain Robbe-Grillet, they think about experimental fiction, or the reemergence of the avant-garde in novel form in France at mid-twentieth century. Indeed, Robbe-Grillet became famous for his narrative works of fiction, including the novels The Erasers (1953), The Voyeur (1955), Jealousy (1957), and In the Labyrinth (1959). These works made Robbe-Grillet famous as one of the “New Novelists” reinventing the forms of fiction. Others included writers such as Michel Butor and Nathalie Sarraute. Yet for cinema-goers, Robbe-Grillet’s name might not even sound familiar until there’s a mention of Alain Resnais’s film Last Year at Read More
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    Memorial Day, 2017

    Mon, 29 May 2017 12:46:57 Permalink
    This past weekend was my 50th college reunion. I would’ve liked to see my old college pals, but there was one memory that gave me pause. Back in 1967, when I was a senior, hanging around campus until graduation day, the class of 1917 had their 50th reunion. The highlight of this event was the […]The post Memorial Day, 2017 appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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    Treasure Hunting Mysteries: A Collection of Short Stories by Lois D. Brown

    Mon, 29 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is an anthology of stories about searching for riches.  As is usual, it's greed driving the people looking for it.  They aren't nice folks and it's always tempting to kill off some of the team so the shares get bigger.  Even when they find it, it may not be what they expected...The author and InstaFreebies gave me an ebook to read for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy on Amazon now.From the assayer who is taken on a hunt and finds not only gold but trouble and ends up divorcing his wife Read More
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    The Last Gig by Norman Green

    Sun, 28 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Al was never real close to her father.  He was gone a lot in military service and he was not a loving dad.  What he taught her were survival skills for the streets.  No man was going to take advantage of his daughter.  She learned those skills and added more to her repertoire as time progressed.  Right now, she's one mean machine.Witness Impulse and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you). The book has been published and you can grab a copy now.She's working for an ex-cop that's an "ex" because he walked back and forth Read More
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    The Last Train by Michael Pronko

    Sat, 27 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    He works for the Tokyo police department following white collar crime.  He likes that.  He can work alone, even nap at his desk, and it's satisfying to prove where and how they were stealing.  Unfortunately, he can also speak English so he gets drawn into any investigation that has to do with American foreigners.  This time it's suicide.  Or is it?Raked Gravel Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 31st.With the various characters all having names that sound similar, it takes a bit of concentration to keep up with Read More
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    A Herman Wouk Reading Guide

    Sat, 27 May 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Herman Wouk has been described as America’s Leo Tolstoy for the enduring power of his detailed, vividly imagined, and expertly researched historical epics. While that’s not a comparison to be taken lightly, it’s also worth noting that he has had more time than most in which to accomplish his various literary feats. Wouk, who turns 102 today, has published more than a dozen works of fiction and non-fiction alike over the course of an illustrious career dating back to the early 1940s. And, he's won a Pulitzer Prize in the process. For fans of historical fiction, it would be foolish Read More
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    Crazy About Cats by Owen Davey

    Fri, 26 May 2017 10:31:00 Permalink
    I love cats so I couldn't let a chance go by without reviewing this book.  It's full of facts about big cats as well as small and all of them are wild.Flying Eye Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published the first of June.With tidbits on each page and big illustrations, you can see spots, stripes, and other distinguishing marks on the different breeds.  The tiger is the biggest but the other big cats all have their own specialties.  The lion is a strong predator.  The cheetah runs the Read More
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    Raisins and Almonds by Kerry Greenwood

    Fri, 26 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Phryne has her eye on a young man.  He dances well, he's handsome and he has an eye for her.  Her lover is away on business so she's free and planning to fill her bed with him.  Then it appears he's being summoned away.  To her surprise, his father wants to see her, not his son...Poisoned Pen Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 6th.He asks Phryne to investigate a death.  A woman has been charged with the murder but she's his tenant and he knows she Read More
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    Visiting the Home of William Faulkner

    Fri, 26 May 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Whether you’re simply visiting Oxford, Mississippi and the University of Mississippi (“Ole Miss”), or you’ve plotted out a road trip to the Deep South to visit the home of William Faulkner, we’d like to tell you more about “Rowan Oak,” the home of the Nobel Prize-winning writer. Located a short drive off I-55 in Mississippi, Rowan Oak is now owned by the University of Mississippi and is open to the public as a museum space. Faulkner owned the home for much of his adult life. Visitors to the home can learn more about Faulkner’s private life, his working space, and Read More
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    About a Dog by Jenn McKinlay

    Thu, 25 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Mac is finally coming back to town.  When her fiance left her at the altar for another woman, she left town and moved away to make a fresh start somewhere else.  Now she's coming back for her best friend's wedding.  She's not sure how she feels about it.  They'll be marrying in the same church she was using.  She'll see the man she shared her sorrow with after being left at the altar.  And she might even run into the ex and his wife.  But she's going to face all that to be there for Emma.First to Read shared this Read More
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    The Bond Dossier: Octopussy and The Living Daylights

    Thu, 25 May 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    At some point in their careers, most great bands release a collection of B-sides. Songs that were recorded but were deemed not quite appropriate for official release on a record or CD. These songs often stray from the band’s usual sound and find the musicians experimenting with style, genre, length, instrumentation, and so on. With an author as prolific as Ian Fleming, it stands to reason there would be some B-side material with the world-renowned James Bond stories, which is where we find the 1966 volume, Octopussy and The Living Daylights.   Read More
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    Archival Cataloguing for Booksellers: Notes Toward a Guide

    Thu, 25 May 2017 05:54:10 Permalink
    By Kate Mitas archive n. ~1. Materials created or received by a person, family, or organization, public or private, in the conduct of their affairs and preserved because of the enduring value contained in the information they contain or as evidence of the functions and responsibilities of their creator, especially those materials maintained using the […] Read More
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    The Child by Fiona Barton

    Wed, 24 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    She left her hospital room for a few minutes to take a shower.  Her baby was sleeping peacefully and she wouldn't be gone long.  But when she came back, the baby was gone!Berkley and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 27th.When the reporter was looking for general interest stories, she ran across a small article about baby bones being found at demolition site.  That sounded intriguing and she began digging into it.  What she discovers will change her life.The body is found in an area that has been deteriorating Read More
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    The Recent Translations of Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky

    Wed, 24 May 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Any lovers of twentieth-century Russian literature should learn about—and purchase as soon as possible—the recently translated works of Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky. The Soviet author was born in Ukraine and studied law before traveling across much of Western Europe. In 1922, when he was thirty-five years old, he moved to Moscow, where he wrote most of his works in that same decade and shortly thereafter. His fiction was never published during his lifetime, likely due to the threat of Soviet censorship. Some have called him a postmodernist, trapped in the post-Revolutionary world of the Soviet Union in which literary dissent was unwelcome Read More
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    The Birdwatcher by William Shaw

    Tue, 23 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    When his next door neighbor is killed, he's involved in the investigation and they use his house as a base during the investigative work.  He doesn't do murder investigations.  He stays as far away from them as he can.  He has a secret he doesn't want anyone to know...Mulholland Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 27th.South lives on the Kentish coast and watches birds in his spare time.  He enjoys the wide open desolate land.  Birds migrate and the birders keep track of how many, when, and Read More
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    Tue, 23 May 2017 08:26:06 Permalink
    This is a picture of the library I bought Sorry to be a little late with this week’s entry. I was on the road yesterday, going to buy a collection of about 200 books that were right in my wheelhouse. Three or four power items, a number of important titles, and a good foundation of […]The post Sometimes… appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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    The Short Life of Feminist Margaret Fuller

    Tue, 23 May 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    American writer Margaret Fuller is well known for her roles as a journalist, novelist, critic, and feminist. Her untimely death in 1850 resulted in the loss of the manuscript that by all accounts would have been her masterpiece, but the legacies she left behind in women's history, feminism, and transcendentalism are more than enough to cement her place as one of the most important writers of the early 19th century.   Read More
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    My Aunt Manya by Jose Patterson

    Mon, 22 May 2017 04:28:00 Permalink
    This children's story is based on a true story.  My father's parent immigrated here from Czechoslovakia so a story like this was easy to relate to.The author shared a copy of his book with me for a review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.  Sarah's father has gone to America to live with his sister and work with the intentions of bringing Sarah over later.  Russia isn't a safe place to live as a Jew anymore.  The problem is that he gets killed in a road accident and Sarah loses her only parent.  Read More
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    Agatha Parrot and the Thirteenth Chicken by Kjartan Poskitt, Wes Hargis

    Sun, 21 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Agatha is back again and she makes just as big a mess as the last time you read about her.  She's a character who does what she wants how she wants to.  I like her!Clarion Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 27th.It's a new school year and Agatha goes back hoping for more playground equipment.  Nope.  But there has to be a surprise somewhere.  There is:  her class will be raising baby chicks this year.  First she has to wait until the eggs hatch.  When they do, the Read More
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    Making Scents by Arthur Yorinks

    Sat, 20 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a silly story that is mostly fun and a bit sad.  He was an abandoned baby that is adopted by a man and his wife who raise dogs.  They train the boy just like they do the dogs...First Second Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 27th.He loves his parents and his "brothers and sisters" (the dogs).  He has some trouble learning to use his nose well for dog work but he tries hard and manages to find his father's glasses so he's well on his Read More
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    A Fine Madness by Elizabeth Essex

    Sat, 20 May 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    She's grown up with her maiden aunts after her father's death.  She never even knew she had another aunt until the trunk arrived along with a letter.  Once she knew, she went back on the carriage to meet this new aunt.  It changes her world.ERB Publishing and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can pick up a copy now.Elspeth shows up with a small satchel containing her other clothes and goods.  Her aunt looks for her luggage and is amazed she has so little.  Soon Elspeth is going shopping Read More
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    Revisiting Arthur Koestler's Darkness at Noon

    Sat, 20 May 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    In 1940, Arthur Koestler’s novel Darkness at Noon appeared in English. While Koestler, a Hungarian-born author and journalist who later immigrated to Britain, wrote in German early on, he later began writing and publishing in English. The novel has an interesting backstory to it. Koestler wrote the novel in German (indeed, the last novel that he wrote in German), yet for decades, readers, scholars, and other interested parties had only known the novel in its English translation. While attempting to escape to the U.K. during the early years of World War II, Koestler convinced his lover, Daphne Hardy, to translate Read More
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    The Secret of Black Rock by Joe Todd-Stanton

    Fri, 19 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Erin wants to go to sea so badly but her mother won't let her.  It's too dangerous.  After all, there's a big black rock in the sea that shows up where you least expect it.  All the adults are afraid of it.Flying Eye Book sent me a copy of this book to read for review.  It will published June 13th.When Erin manages to hide from her dog on the boat and actually goes to sea, she meets the Black Rock up close and personal.  She falls out of the boat!  Instead of drowning, the Rock picks her up and holds Read More
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    Books that Medaled: Lesser Known Caldecott Winners

    Fri, 19 May 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    When my girls had library day at school or took home a book order form in their oversized backpacks, they were always excited to make their book choice. When you consider it, children actually have a fairly small number of things in their life on which they get to make the final decision. In their quest, I’m certain they carefully circled the library shelves at school as well as the pictures and descriptors in the fliers—usually with brightly colored hi-lighters if memory serves. I’m not sure when or how this happened, but nothing tipped the scales more or caused greater Read More
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    Stack the Cats by Susie Ghahremani

    Thu, 18 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Here's a sweet book about counting that features cats.  One cat sleeps, two cats play, three cats stack...Abrams Appleseed sent me a copy of this book to read for review.  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.I love cats so I had to read this.  The cats are colorful, fluffy, and they all hang out together.  When your little one follows along with the story watching what the cats do, they'll learn their numbers without even knowing it!  This would also make a good read aloud book.  Soon you'd have children helping you read it.This is Read More
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    Top Five Memorable Ian Fleming Characters (Who Are Not James Bond)

    Thu, 18 May 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    There's nothing like a good spy thriller to get your imagination running wild. And perhaps no one was better able to give his readers such a trip as the legendary Ian Fleming. Indeed, the titular hero of his James Bond series of books started out as an intentionally flat character, someone onto whom readers could project a more complex identity. And project they did. 26 film adaptions (and original reimaginings of the character) later, James Bond is one of the most well-known and well-loved characters in Western film and literature, his exploits having evolved over the years into a full-fledged Read More
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    The Little French Bistro by Nina George

    Wed, 17 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Her life is not her own.  She lives in her husband's shadow and does whatever he allows her to do.  She's been doing that for years and she suddenly despairs.  She tries to drown herself.  Unfortunately, someone saves her...Crown Publishing and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 13th.When she wakes up in the hospital, all her husband has to say is how much she has embarrassed him and he's leaving without her.  She can come home after the hospital releases her.  She doesn't wait for the hospital to release Read More
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