Member Blogs Archive > August 2017

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    Park Bench by Christophe Chabouté

    Sun, 20 Aug 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    This graphic novel is unique.  It's the story of a park bench.  There are no words, only emotions on people's faces tell their story.  We see benches everywhere.  Do you see who sits on them?Gallery 13 and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 19th.I liked the simplicity of the story and was amazed to see how much could be conveyed by actions and expressions.  This is a tribute to the bench's life and I enjoyed reading it.It starts with a young couple, still in grade school.  He's carving a Read More
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    The Crows of Beara by Julie Christine Johnson

    Sat, 19 Aug 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    She has just gone through rehab for drinking and is working hard on not falling back into the same rut.  Then she does something stupid and her husband finds out about it.  It's the straw that broke the camel's back.  Their marriage is ending, she's moving out, and now her job is on the hook.  Will she be able to do this promotion or will she lose her job?  What happens is she finds her soul...Ashland Creek Press and the author sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published September 15th.The Read More
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    Master of Light Verse: Ogden Nash

    Sat, 19 Aug 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Poet Ogden Nash was born in 1902 in New York. However, due to his father's business work, the family moved often, and Nash never considered himself a New Yorker. He once wrote the verse “I could have loved New York had I not loved Balti-more.” He completed one year of his Harvard education before quitting to move to New York City where he first worked selling bonds, then as a writer at various jobs, including a stint on the editorial staff of The New Yorker. Nash moved to Baltimore in 1931 where he lived and wrote until his death in Read More
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    Pistil Books Annual Outdoor Book Sale - August 26

    Fri, 18 Aug 2017 11:56:00 Permalink
    Saturday, August 2610 am to 4 pm1415 E. Union, in the alleyon Capitol Hill in SeattleMore books than ever - around 2,000 books in all categories including fiction, science, history, art,music, nature, do-it-yourself, poetry. Many like new.Paperbacks $1, Hardbacks $2Free lemonade!(Will be re-scheduled if raining.) Read More
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    Nyxia by Scott Reintgen

    Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    When Emmett is called to the principal's office, he can't figure out what he did wrong.  Why would he want to see him?  The office has other people in it and they tell him it's like he's won the lottery:  He's been chosen to go to space and mine nyxia on a world called Eden.  He doesn't know how he could win when he didn't apply but the amount of money they are offering ends any questions...Crown Books for Young Readers and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 12th.There are Read More
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    Immigrant Fiction in England

    Fri, 18 Aug 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Britain has a very long literary history, indeed. Yet when we think about British literature, the recent and rich supply of British immigrant fiction doesn’t immediately jump to mind for most readers. We’d like to change that. What does British literature in the twenty-first century look like? In large part, it reflects the harms of British imperialism and the effects of decolonization in the twentieth century. At the same time, works of immigrant literature from England also reflect the advantages of a globalizing world and the possibilities of movement to, from, and around the metropole of London. Read More
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    An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:07:00 Permalink
    Living on a space ship is like living on island.  Those with money and power live in the best sections of the ship, those who are poorer are in the outlying sections.  Even in this imaginary world, there are race issues.  Those of darker color are treated like lesser beings.Akashic and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 3rd.Aster is a healer.  She's been working with the surgeon on patients and is learning techniques for healing.  She also learns from the women in the lower sections.  They've been healing Read More
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    Castle in the Stars: The Space Race of 1869 by Alex Alice

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    His mother is an adventurer and she takes off in her air balloon in search of aether.  She finds it but she loses her life...First Second Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this graphic novel for review (thank you).  It will be published September 15th.He and his father are deeply saddened and move on with their lives but it's not the same.  They are still working with hot air balloons.  When someone asks them to meet them in another location to get the wife's logbook, they go.  Then they find out the Prussians are after them!Escaping takes a Read More
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    When Dr. Seuss Went to War

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Before he wrote the bulk of the books that would make him a giant of children’s literature, Theodor Seuss Geisel took a stand. Fascism had spread across Europe, and the Third Reich was bringing war and slaughter to its neighbors and citizens. Congress and the press debated what role America should play in the growing conflict, but Geisel was sure of what had to be done. Nazism, he knew, had to be fought. Read More
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    The Bronze Skies by Catherine Asaro

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Major Bhaajan is an anomaly.  She came from the Undercity, became part of the military, and has retired from that.  She is now a private eye.  She lives above in the City of Cries, but she regularly visits the Undercity.  She has a kid's club down there she's training in martial arts and her boyfriend lives there.  But the new case she picks up is going to take her places she's never been before...Baen and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 5th.This is new fantasy world set on Read More
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    Major Modern Literature First Published in Periodicals

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    In Charles Dickens’ day, periodicals were the center of literary life. Many of Dickens’ novels, beginning with The Pickwick Papers (1837), were serialized in popular periodicals. The same is true of authors like William Makepeace Thackeray, George Eliot, Fyodor Dostoevsky, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (who first developed Sherlock Holmes as a character in serial format). At the height of the serial novel’s popularity, the anticipation over Little Nell’s fate in the final installment of Dickens’ The Old Curiosity Shop (1841) caused American readers to riot while waiting for the new volumes to be shipped. With the rise of television Read More
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    The Cult Following of Charles Bukowski

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 01:03:16 Permalink
    Charles Bukowski instills a strong response in many of those who read his poetry, novels, nonfiction and short stories. Readers are either impressed by his openness and honesty or repulsed by his abrupt and vulgar approach to sexuality, drugs and the seedy aspects of low living. Here in California I have heard more references to […] Read More
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    The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding A Fiendish Arrangement by Alexandra Bracken

    Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Prosperity has always been a bit different from the rest of his family, but he had no idea when he turned thirteen he'd suddenly be possessed by a fiend.  After all, the original contract was years and years ago.  He hadn't even known about it.  His relatives did though.Disney-Hyperion and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on September 9th.When he and his twin sister are summoned to their grandmother's home for a family event, they have no idea how dangerous it is.  They are testing the two to find out Read More
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    Why Don't We Read Sir Walter Scott Anymore?

    Tue, 15 Aug 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    When I think of a book by Sir Walter Scott, it is handsome and old. This is not an accident. In truth, it reflects my physical relationship with his classic novels, which are admittedly less popular than they were even 50 years ago. In my memory (and on my bookshelf), Walter Scott’s novels, like Waverley and Ivanhoe, are in brown hardcovers, purchased secondhand or inherited from grandparents. I can’t recall the last time I saw a Scott novel on a bookstore table, or in a hip new redesign like those an Edith Wharton or Charles Dickens title might receive. In Read More
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    Forged in Blood by Michael Z. Williamson

    Mon, 14 Aug 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    If you listen hard, this sword will talk to you...Baen and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 5th.This is the story of sword who is almost alive.  It hungers for blood and war.  And those who use it as weapon always seem to be fighting a war of some kind.These people wrote the stories in this anthology are:  Contributors: Zachary Hill Larry Correia Michael Massa John F. Holmes Rob Reed Dale Flowers Tom Kratman Leo Champion Peter Grant Christopher L. Smith Jason Cordova Tony Daniel Kacey Ezell Michael Z Read More
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    Warm Bath

    Sun, 13 Aug 2017 10:47:51 Permalink
    I never cease to be amazed at how different things are these days. I post a catalog on my website, send out a mailchimp e-blast and Wham! Half the items gone in 24 hours. Then nothing except the drudgery of wrapping and shipping the goners. Usually I stretch this task out over most of a […]The post Warm Bath appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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    The Adventures of Bella & Emily by Michelle Holland

    Sun, 13 Aug 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Emily has always longed for a pony but her parents aren't real sure she's ready for the responsibility.  When she asks if she can have one for her birthday, her father arranges a job for her on the local horse ranch.  She learns how to take care of horses and even how to ride.The author and Publishing Push sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can buy a copy now.  50% of any profit from the sale of this book will be donated to animal rescue charities and Read More
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    The Promise Bride by Gina Welborn, Becca Whitham

    Sat, 12 Aug 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    She enjoys her work but her father needs a healthier environment for his lungs and her brother is hanging out with bad boys.  She's twenty-one.  She decides to become a mail order bride.  She's real excited about making a new start in Montana.  When she takes her brother and sister with her on the train (her father will be joining her later), she never expected the Sheriff to meet her at the train depot.  Not only that, he wants her to go back!Kensington Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published Read More
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    StarPassage: Book Two, Heroes and Martyrs by Clark Rich Burbidge

    Sat, 12 Aug 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    The stories this author creates are very different from others I've read.  He mixes historical facts and dangerous times with time travel and a bit of religion.  As odd as it sounds, it works.  It all began when they found this old relic that looks like a star Christmas ornament in an antique store.  They found out what it could do and they know they have to protect it from the Trackers.PR by the Book sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.  You Read More
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    Eileen Chang and Chinese Modernist Fiction

    Sat, 12 Aug 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Why hasn’t Eileen Chang become a household name in modern literary studies? We’re not entirely sure, and we want to remedy that. She was born in 1920 in Shanghai, China, and passed away in her Los Angeles apartment in 1995. Chinese readers know the novelist and short-story writer as Chang Ai-Ling. In The New York Times obituary*, the newspaper described Chang as “a giant of modern Chinese literature.” She enrolled at the University of Hong Kong in 1939, but was unable to continue her studies as a result of the Japanese invasion during World War II. In 1941, following the Read More
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    A Mother Like Mine by Kate Hewitt

    Fri, 11 Aug 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Abby has returned to the small village she grew up with a child.  She was hoping for marriage with her boyfriend but he was killed in an accident and his parents didn't even tell her.  She left school and tried to leave the pain behind.  Now she's living with her grandmother and helping her run a small cafe.  Life was settling down and so was she.  Then when her grandmother meets her at the door and tells her that her mother's there, her life shatters again...Berkley sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It Read More
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    The History and Importance of Women's Literature

    Fri, 11 Aug 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Women's literature has often been defined by publishers as a category of writing done by women. Though obviously this is true, many scholars find such a definition reductive. What makes the history of women's writing so interesting is that in many ways it is a new area of study. The tradition of women writing has been much ignored due to the inferior position women have held in male-dominated societies. It is still not unheard of to see literature classes or anthologies in which women are greatly outnumbered by male writers or even entirely absent. The onus of women's literature, then, Read More
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    The Tiny Tale of Little Pea by Davide Cali

    Thu, 10 Aug 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a charming picture book about a very small boy.  He's tiny!Kids Can Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 5th.Sebastian Mourrain's illustrations make the story a joy to read.  You must have imagination to read this story.  If you've read about The Littles, that's about the size of Little Pea.  He doesn't have to hide like the Littles did, but he does have to have things cut down to his size to sleep eat and even go to school.  Watching him accomplish these normal activities was Read More
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    VLOG: The Evolution of the Printing Press

    Thu, 10 Aug 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    As early as the year 1040, the Chinese had made movable type out of clay and earthenware. The innovation, for a variety of reasons, did not catch on in the East, but four centuries later it became the center of a revolution in Europe. In 1439, the craftsman Johannes Gutenberg used movable type in his shop in Mainz. His screwpress method was so effective that for three and a half centuries little was done to improve its design. But evolve it did, becoming ever more complex and efficient, bringing the written word to ever greater swaths of the population. Read More
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    That Other Printer You Ought To Know

    Wed, 09 Aug 2017 11:03:01 Permalink
    Every single person reading this blog would (I hope) know the name “Gutenberg.” Right? Now here’s another major name in the printing world, perhaps not known by everyone… William Caxton. Maybe you know him, maybe you don’t. We aren’t here to judge your knowledge of the printing business. We’re just here to educate you! So […] Read More
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    Under the Bottle Bridge by Jessica Lawson

    Wed, 09 Aug 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    She and her uncle have a good life together.  She doesn't know who her father is and her mother died when she was very young.  She thought she was well adjusted and things were fine until she found a bottle with a note in it under the bridge she hangs out on...Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 5th.The notes in the bottle are cryptic and short.  She's not totally sure what they mean.  But she knows it's tied to her Read More
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    The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee

    Wed, 09 Aug 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    She's on her way to school when she sees these bullies beating on a young man.  She throws her backpack at them but the victim tells her he's OK and to carry on.  She does.  Then he shows up in her school, in her class, and walks across desks to tell her she's his...Amulet Books sent me an ARC of this book to read for review, (thank you).  It has been published.Genie only wants to stick to school work, volley ball and getting ready for college.  Having this cute guy hanging around is not part of the plans.  Especially since Read More
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    John Dryden: (Literal) Poet Laureate of Political Upheaval

    Wed, 09 Aug 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    The great English poets of the 17th century did not always fare especially well. John Milton, following the Restoration in May 1660, had to go into hiding until a royal pardon was issued exonerating him for the civic and poetic work he did during Oliver Cromwell’s reign (some of his poems in that era were seen as condoning Cromwell’s regicide of King Charles I). Even after the pardon was issued, Milton found himself imprisoned until Andrew Marvell convinced the monarchy not to execute him. Marvell himself, another poetic luminary of the era, had only narrowly avoided prison himself on the Read More
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    The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld

    Tue, 08 Aug 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    She finds lost children because she was lost once.  Some gypsies helped her get away.  She wants to save the children she can and to help the parents with closure if she can't.  There's something more about her own escape but she's blocked it out.  Working with the children is opening doors in her memory, though.Harper and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 5th.Madison disappeared three years ago while her parents were looking for the best Christmas tree.  It was snowing and searchers couldn't find her.  But her Read More
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    A Brief Introduction to the Works of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

    Tue, 08 Aug 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    A few days ago as my family was unloading groceries in the kitchen, some movement along the edge of the tree line caught our eyes. To our delight, we spotted the first fawn of the season, wobbling close to her mother in the dappled sunlight of our backyard. After a few minutes of awed observation, we saw the doe take off, and the fawn curl up behind a tree just off the side of our house. It is not uncommon for mothers to leave their newborn fawns unattended for hours at a time, as fawns do not yet carry a Read More
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