Member Blogs Archive > August 2017

  • from Books Tell You Why

    Best Books on Ireland

    Thu, 31 Aug 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Are you visiting Dublin or the Irish countryside anytime soon? Do you want to learn more about the history of modern Irish literature? Are you traveling to Belfast in the near future? If you answered with an emphatic 'yes!' to any of our questions, or if you’re interested in literary travel from the comfort of your sofa through a well-written novel, then we have some reading recommendations for you. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Just Another Viscount in Love (Season's Original #3.5) by Vivienne Lorret

    Thu, 31 Aug 2017 03:00:00 Permalink
    She's been shamed out of society many times now due to her father's bad reputation.  He's a conman and a thief and his name is not honored by anyone.  Too bad that's her last name, too.  Her aunt takes her out to the country to be able to travel in peace and get away from scorn.  She certainly didn't intend to have her meet the Viscount of a certain estate while she was cooling her feet in the pond on his property, but she's not unhappy about it...Goddess Fish Blog Tours and the author allowed me to read this book Read More
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    OTD in 1916 – Ernest H. Shackleton Rescues his Crew of the Endurance from a Year and a Half Ordeal on the Frozen Elephant Island

    Wed, 30 Aug 2017 12:04:14 Permalink
    What would be the roughest conditions you could see yourself surviving in? Deserted tropical island in a ‘Cast Away’ situation? Or what about lost in a forest with only a tent and a few cans of beans? I’ve got it! What about trapped in packed ice 720 nautical miles from civilization only to have your […] Read More
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    Embers of Destruction by J. Scott Savage

    Wed, 30 Aug 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is the third and final book in the Mysteries of Cove series.  After seeing what happened in Seattle, a group of six young explorers are flying their mechanical dragons to San Francisco with hopes of finding Kallista's missing father and any other Seattleites that might have survived.  What they find is beyond their worst nightmares...Shadow Mountain Publishing and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 26th.  That gives you time to read the first two books in the series if you haven't already.They are trying to kill the dragons that Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Blackbird Season by Kate Moretti

    Wed, 30 Aug 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    She's different from the other students.  She has almost white hair, wears a Goth look in black clothing, and she really doesn't fit in anywhere.  She tries, half-heartedly, but she gets rejected by everyone she thought was kind.  It's no wonder things worked out like they did.  No one understood her...Atria Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 26th.Her family has fallen apart.  Her mother left, then her father left, her brother uses drugs and is abusive, so she stays in the old paper mill.  She has an affinity Read More
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    Why Ernest Shackleton's Thrilling Story Still Captivates Us

    Wed, 30 Aug 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    As Ernest Shackleton left to explore a new land, a new world was being formed. A few days before the Endurance left England, on August 8, 1914, Europe had entered the Great War. Shackleton volunteered his ship and his men for service, but he was told to proceed on his voyage to the Antarctic. His crew reached Buenos Aires, then the south Atlantic island of South Georgia. By New Year’s Eve, Shackleton and his crew of 28 reached the continent. They were met by conditions that would have probably killed anyone else. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    99 Red Balloons by Elisabeth Carpenter

    Tue, 29 Aug 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Grace was coming home from school with her friends.  They stopped at the sweet shop for a treat.  Grace went in and came out but she never made it back home...Avon Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 26th.The tale of the present missing girl is very similar to another case that happened twenty-five years ago.  Another family lost a little girl who was kidnapped.  While it seems impossible, these two cases are related to each other.There's no end of trauma and heartbreak involved in this case.  Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Blood and Stars: Legend of Rhyme Series Volume 1 Book 5 by Jaime Lee Mann

    Tue, 29 Aug 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Ariana awakens at home but she finds her twin missing.  She really wants to find him but the queen of their land is in a coma and may not recover.  She's next in line for queen, so she has to stay home and out of trouble.  At least that was how it was supposed to work out...Blue Moon Publishers and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 12th.This series is all fantasy.  There are sprites, fairies, mermaids, octopuses, and more mixed in the magical people's world.  One mermaid is trying to Read More
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    Five 20th-Century Writers Who Went to Law School

    Tue, 29 Aug 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    The study of the law often is viewed in opposition to careers requiring creativity. Yet many notable novelists and poets actually have attended law school, and even more have actually graduated and practiced law in some capacity. While it might sound strange to think of fiction or poetry writing and the study of law being interwoven, we believe there’s a close relationship between the thinking and reading practices that occur in both fields. To give you a sense of some of the distinct and varied writers who went to law school, we’d like to provide some information about a handful Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    Running on Empty

    Mon, 28 Aug 2017 12:48:58 Permalink
    I was whining to a colleague during setup at this year’s Papermania about how desperate Hartford was in the summer time. To my surprise, he offered a dissenting opinion. “Nonsense,” he told me. “The weather is beautiful. Hartford is a wonderful city to walk around in – the parks, the riverfront – especially during the […]The post Running on Empty appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Sugar Pine Trail by RaeAnne Thayne

    Mon, 28 Aug 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Julia is the local librarian.  She's living in the family home now.  Both her parents are dead.  Her life is steady, quiet and almost boring.  She decides she should change that.  But she never envisioned a renter that would shake up her life and two boys who would change her life...HQN and Edelweiss let me read a copy of this book for review (thank you).   It will be published September 26th.When her friend suggests she rent out the upstairs apartment, she thinks that would be a good idea.  She could use the money to pay off her new furnace.  What Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Indigo Girl by Natasha Boyd

    Sun, 27 Aug 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Her father has been called back to war.  Her brothers are still going to school in England and will have to do their service time, too.  She's sixteen but has been running the household and working with her father.  She even has had some good ideas for plantation improvements.  He puts her in charge of his three plantations in South Carolina and heads off on the next boat.  She has challenges ahead of her.Blackstone Publishing and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 26th.This is a fictional story based Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Miss Seeton Quilts the Village (Miss Seeton #23) by Hamilton Crane, Heron Carvic

    Sat, 26 Aug 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Miss Seeton returns from vacation to find the policemen have been looking for her.  They need her help again...Farrago sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published September 7th.I love Miss Seeton.  She's not your typical detective but somehow she sees more than what is shown.  She instinctively picks up on the nuances:  Things felt but not seen.  And doing that has helped the Oracle solve several cases.  His current case seems almost like he's being set up to fail, so he hopes she can help him escape that trap.  For Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Invictus by Ryan Graudin

    Sat, 26 Aug 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    His whole life's goal was to become a certified time traveler.  He's excelled at everything.  He just has his final exam to ace to achieve it.  But someone has sabotaged his sim and he fails.  He can't fail but he did.  Now he has no hope of being a legal time traveler.  But he gets a note about a second chance...Little, Brown Books for Young Readers sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published September 26th.His second chance is to become a time traveler in the black market trade. You travel Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Guillaume Apollinaire: Master of le Mot Juste

    Sat, 26 Aug 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Like Walt Whitman, Guillaume Apollinaire contains multitudes. While he is largely known to English speaking readers as a important modernist poet, he was also a noted art critic and a writer of novels and plays. And while his poetic imagination was best displayed in his actual poems, one can’t help but wonder if it was also at work when it came to his success in that most fickle of businesses: the naming of artistic movements. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Alchemical Detective by Kirsten Weiss

    Fri, 25 Aug 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Riga has lost her magic powers so she's staying at Lake Tahoe and is trying to find them again.  She's not having any luck.  When she starts reading about another form of magic, the cops show up at her door.  Somehow she's become a murder suspect...The author shared a free copy of her book with me for a review (thank you).  It has been published and you can pick up a copy now.It seems there is a killer in the midst of Tahoe.  If that wasn't enough to keep Riga busy (they are killing everyone who has magic talents and Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Long Trail by Onias Bondo

    Fri, 25 Aug 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Buffalo is on the trail of the man who killed his wife.  He loved her, she was pregnant with his baby, and he still grieves for her.  When he checks with the sheriff in the next town he comes into, he finds out the man he's searching for robbed the bank there.  The sheriff suggests he become his new deputy because they killed his other two deputies.  He's going after the same man, why not work together?  Buffalo declines.  But before he can get out of the office, a fiery Mexican gal comes in yells at the sheriff.  He invites Read More
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    The Bond Dossier: Zero Minus Ten

    Fri, 25 Aug 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    A respect for the past, a glimpse toward the future. One could argue any relevant piece of art (be it a piece of music, a poem, a painting, or even an adventure/spy novel) must straddle this delicate line in order to pay homage to the traditions that came before while at the same time pushing the boundaries of what is possible within any given medium. After 14 years of Bond novels at the hand of British author John Gardner, the 007 baton was finally passed to American author Raymond Benson whose debut, Zero Minus Ten (1997), walked a tightrope between Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    H.A.L.F.: ORIGINS (H.A.L.F. #3) by Natalie Wright

    Thu, 24 Aug 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    What would you do if aliens came to earth and spread a virus across the land?  The politicians decide to lie and call it a terrorist attack.  Not that that's better but at least it won't cause world panic.  However, it's time for the world to panic.  Life as we know may be over if someone doesn't stop them...The author shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  It is being published today.  If you haven't read the others in this series, you should.  It will explain some references in the story.Everyone is still on the Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Devil's Triangle (A Brit in the FBI #4) by Catherine Coulter, J.T. Ellison

    Thu, 24 Aug 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    FBI Special Agents Nicholas Drummond and Michaela Caine are in a new position now.  They are good partners and they head the Covert Eyes division.  They're discrete, stay under cover, and take care of difficult situations.  They do what it takes to stop criminals in their tracks.  When they get a call from a thief they've met before, they get permission to help.  She's the best thief around and she has stolen an important artifact from a place that was totally secure.  Her customers take the artifact and then try to kill her...Gallery Books sent me a copy of this Read More
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    Four Contemporary Cuban American Writers You Should Be Reading

    Thu, 24 Aug 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    One of the most well-known Cuban American writers today is Oscar Hijuelos. Interestingly, as a result of a year long hospital stay in his childhood, Hijuelos lost his fluency in Spanish, the language his family spoke at home, but he gained fluency in English. This imbued him with a sense of separation from his culture, a feeling that he imparts in all of his novels. Are you interested in Latin American literature? If so, Hijuelos should definitely be on your list. But what other contemporary Cuban American writers should you be reading? Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Thornhill by Pam Smy

    Wed, 23 Aug 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a different story.  It has a ghost from the past and a little girl who's almost a ghost in the present.  The author does a great job of drawing you into the story.  The illustrations are done in black and white and they make you feel ghostly.  It's an abandoned house next door that abuts the garden below that draws Ella in...Roaring Book Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 29th.Ella can see Mary and she wants to make friends with her.  Mary is shy and Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Compostela (Tesseracts Twenty) edited by Spider Robinson and James Alan Gardner

    Wed, 23 Aug 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    This anthology of sci fi/fantasy stories contains some real oddities.  Stories that don't go far enough, stories that scare you, and stories that can be a challenge to read.  It was interesting and felt good to read a collection of stories that didn't do exactly what you wanted.  It kept it intriguing.Hades Publications sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.There are poems interspersed in the book which changes the pace for you.  The writers are:  Alan Bao, John Bell, Chantal Boudreau, Leslie Brown, Read More
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    Buying Rare and Antiquarian Books in Central Italy

    Wed, 23 Aug 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Are you traveling to Italy and planning to add to your book collection? The number of cities in Italy with rare and antiquarian bookstores is overwhelming. Indeed, the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) lists 110 booksellers in the country. As such, we’ve limited this particular article to rare and antiquarian shops in Central Italy, focusing primarily on stores in Rome and Florence. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Dam Keeper by Robert Kondo; Dice Tsutsumi

    Tue, 22 Aug 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This story is a bit sci fi and all fantasy.  A young pig is the Dam Keeper now, since his father went into the unknown.  There is a fog that approaches the city and only their windmill can hold it back with the help of the dam.  He does what he learned.  But then the fog changes...First Second Books and Net Galley let me read this graphic novel for review (thank you).  It will be published September 26th.Pig is alone.  His mother died, his father went insane, and he has almost no friends at school.  Fox is nice to him Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Best Tailor in Pinbauê by Eymard Toledo

    Tue, 22 Aug 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    He loves to help his Uncle sew.  He can cut pieces, tack them, and do all kinds of odds and ends.  His Uncle tells him stories while he does it.  And they make such colorful clothes.  Everybody loves his work!  Then the factory comes to town...Triangle Square and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 26th.Once the factory has arrived, all his Uncle's business is from the factory.  He makes grey uniforms for them.  It's not much fun but it is a source of income.  Then the factory buys the uniforms Read More
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    Four Interesting Facts About Annie Proulx

    Tue, 22 Aug 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    It’s no easy feat to top yourself at age 80. But this is exactly what Annie Proulx did last year with the release of her latest book, Barkskins. The novel tells a multigenerational tale, beginning with two pioneers in New France and the natural environment that supports them, which grows diminished and defaced with time. Even more staggering was the novel’s reception: reviewers called it “the masterpiece Proulx was meant to write,” and “perhaps the greatest environmental novel of all time.” With each passing book, Proulx proves herself to be an indispensable voice in American letters. Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    Post-Zombie Apocalype

    Mon, 21 Aug 2017 09:45:31 Permalink
    This morning I put my online books on vacation, changed my answering machine message, got Maritime List 252 in the can, and all my stock for Papermania packed (paper doesn’t take up as much room as books). Now I’m getting ready to drive down to the DC area to look at a collection of rare […]The post Post-Zombie Apocalype appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    An Echo of Murder by Anne Perry

    Mon, 21 Aug 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Monk is facing an awful case.  Someone is killing Hungarian immigrants.  They are single or windowed males and they are being killed with great anger and in the same way each time.  Since he doesn't speak Hungarian, it makes the case even more difficult.  It's like they don't want to talk to him since he's police.  He has trouble picking up the nuances in their conversations, too.  There's fear on both sides in this neighborhood.Ballantine and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 19th.The Hungarian doctor helps with translation but for Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Falcon Wild by Terry Lynn Johnson

    Sun, 20 Aug 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Karma found a falcon that had been raised by a human but was lost.  She saved it from death and then worked on training it.  She was very proud of it and used it at demonstrations on how the birds of prey are not as dangerous as they look.  Life was going well and she was hoping to train it to hunt for her when it suddenly injures her during a demonstration.  The worst part is that the previous owner has contacted the family and wants his bird back.  After the injury, her parents decide the bird's going back...Charlesbridge and Read More
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