Member Blogs Archive > October 2017

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    The Crooked Desert by Denis Hughes

    Sat, 21 Oct 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    McCade has seen a lot of things but he's never seen a dying man turned away from the door before.  He can't understand why the woman did that but he's not going to let her get by with it...Pioneering Press sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.When he goes back to the cabin, the woman is gone but he takes the man in and tries to make him comfortable.  He knows death is creeping up on him but he visits a bit and Read More
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    Hamlet and Opium: The Subtle Influence of Samuel Taylor Coleridge

    Sat, 21 Oct 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Samuel Taylor Coleridge is, quite simply, one of the most important English Poets. Full stop. He was praised in his time as a master of metrical techniques and wild imagery, helping to spearhead the Romantic movement (whose members would include Shelley, Keats, Wordsworth, Byron, and others), the impact of which can still be felt in contemporary poetry. Coleridge’s “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” (1798) remains one of the best known lyric poems in English (fun fact: the active member of Coast Guard with the most shipboard time and exemplary character is officially known as the Ancient Mariner), and its Read More
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    Franklin Library – The Ultimate Private Library

    Fri, 20 Oct 2017 10:02:32 Permalink
    Franklin Library – The Ultimate Private Library From the early 1970s until 2000, Franklin Library, a division of The Franklin Mint developed a following by providing beautifully bound editions that would not break the bank. Known for beautiful leather bindings, Franklin Library books were published in three styles, full genuine leather, imitation leather, and quarter […]The post Franklin Library – The Ultimate Private Library appeared first on HC Books. Read More
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    Polar Bear Postman by Seigo Kijima

    Fri, 20 Oct 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Two red cranes have lost their child.  They can't find it anywhere.  So they ask the Polar Bear Postman to help in a postcard.  After all, he delivers mail all over.Museyon and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 1st.What stood out in this story was the size of the characters.  Whoever was being questioned was larger than normal.  The polar bear questioned predators, friendly families he thought might have taken the baby in, and anyone he ran across but nobody had seen the bird.Then he gets another postcard.  This Read More
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    Anne of Green Gables by Mariah Marsden

    Fri, 20 Oct 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    This graphic novel is very well done.  The illustrations show Anne's frustration with her situation in life.  They also show the beauty she sees in nature.  This is an old classic and I'm glad they've created this edition.Andrews McMeel Publishing and Net Galley allowed me to read this book review (thank you).  It will be published October 24th.Her story begins when the brother arrives to pick up the child at the train station.  He's come to pick up the boy they wanted for chores.  He finds a red headed girl waiting for him.  There's nothing to be done, he takes Read More
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    Visiting the Leslie Marmon Silko Papers at the Beinecke

    Fri, 20 Oct 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Are you interested in learning more about the life and works of Leslie Marmon Silko? Yale University Library owns her papers, which are available to researchers at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Given the Beinecke’s extensive collection, many of the archives contained here are housed off-site. As such, researchers need to request them at least a few business days in advance of a visit. This is true of the Silko Papers, but it’s worth the wait. We visited the papers and were thrilled to see not only numerous pieces of correspondence, as well as drafts with Silko’s handwritten Read More
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    The Black Rider by S J Bounds

    Thu, 19 Oct 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    An unknown man rides into town and shoots the sheriff in cold blood on the street.  He's wearing all black along with a black mask, so they call him the black rider.  He's been pestering the big rancher who ran all the little ranchers off but this is the first death...Pioneering Press sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  The book is available for purchase now.The deputy has been after the black rider for the rancher's damage but murder of a friend just inspires him to do more.  It doesn't help that the sheriff's Read More
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    Beyond Bond: The Spy Fiction of John le Carré

    Thu, 19 Oct 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    During the 1960s and '70s, David Cornwell worked as a member of British intelligence while secretly publishing spy novels under the pen name John le Carré. By his third novel, le Carré had become an international success. He quit his job in order to focus on writing full time. He is a force in the world of spy fiction and many of his novels are considered to be some of the best of the genre. His recurring character George Smiley features in many of his Cold War era novels and is considered to be one of literature's greatest spies. Le Read More
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    Return To Lan Darr by Anderson Atlas

    Wed, 18 Oct 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Allan has a dream about Lan Darr that seems way too real.  He decides he needs to return because he thinks they need his help.  All he has to do is find the flower that will take him through the portal...Synesthesia Books shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.He spends a lot of time on the mountain with his Uncle and his girlfriend.  The problem is that the flowers are in limited supply and not easily found.  When he does acquire them and heads Read More
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    Collecting Melville's Masterpiece: Moby Dick

    Wed, 18 Oct 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Herman Melville's first novel Typee, was a critical and popular success. Indeed, it launched him headfirst into a massive literary career. However, his subsequent books did not receive as many positive reviews, and in his lifetime, he slipped into relative obscurity as something of a one hit wonder despite continuing to publish both novels and short stories. He died in 1891. It wasn't until what would have been his hundredth birthday that the “Melville Revival” began. His books were reprinted, scholars began studying and writing about him, and his unfinished works were released. Since this revival, Melville has taken his Read More
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    His Royal Whiskers by Sam Gayton, Sydney Hanson

    Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Here's a tantalizing little read with made-up words, an alchemist trainee and boy who just wanted to have fun.  As always, things don't always work like you planned.  It all started when they tried to put the potion on the warlord and it fell on on the prince instead.  The prince turns into a cat.  And the two partners in crime end up in the dungeon...Margaret K McElderry and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 14th.The only way they can save their heads is to try to reverse Read More
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    Court of Twilight by Mareth Griffith

    Tue, 17 Oct 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    She's found a great place to rent.  She has a roommate who loves plants and never goes out if she can help it.  It's in a good area of town, she doesn't mind doing her shopping and the rent is cheap.  So Demi is a bit weird.  Most people are.Parvus Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.It's when Demi goes missing and she finds an odd man in the flower box that Ivy realizes Demi might be more than a little weird.  The police don't care she's missing.  Read More
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    Little-Known Facts About Arthur Miller

    Tue, 17 Oct 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    The standard details about Arthur Miller’s life are well known. He was married to Marilyn Monroe. He testified before the House Un-American Activities Committee (and was convicted of contempt of Congress). He wrote Death of a Salesman, considered by some t0 be the great American drama. But there is much more to the life and work of this most American of American dramatists. Read More
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    Seattle, 2017

    Mon, 16 Oct 2017 11:36:43 Permalink
    Louis Collins and the Seattle book fair brain trust really outdid themselves this time. As I walked to work Saturday morning for the show’s opening, I was met by a crowd of thousands of people, all trooping down Mercer St. toward the Seattle Center! Come to find out all those people were marching for Heart […] Read More
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    Wallace the Brave by Will Henry

    Mon, 16 Oct 2017 10:24:00 Permalink
    This is a whimsical touch from the past.  It's a collection of comic strips about Wallace, who is a typical boy.  He gets in trouble a lot...Andrews McMeel Publishing and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published tomorrow.Wallace has a friend named Spud, a little brother, and he's friends with a tomboy.  She's really good at throwing things and is a bit of a smart mouth, too.  My favorite part of the comics was Wallace's interaction with his dad.  His father is willing to discuss silly things and imagine things most adults Read More
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    Sleep No More by P. D. James, Peter Kemp

    Mon, 16 Oct 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Here are six tales that look at murder from various angles.  Whether is from revenge, selfish greed, anger or even apathy, these people commit murder and expect to get away with it.  Some do, some don't.  But that doesn't help the victim...Knopf and Edelweiss gave the me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 14th.They are all a fascinating look at morality, character, and desires.  No one in these stories is very kind or understanding.  P D James saw the world the way it was, there's no sugarcoating here.The one that got Read More
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    Bear Hug by Susanna Isern, Betania Zacarias

    Sun, 15 Oct 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a very sweet story about a young girl who found a baby polar bear...NubeOcho and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 14th.He's a new baby and she can't find his mother anywhere so she takes him home with her.  He's cold, so she feeds him and then they sleep in her bed together.  She plays with him during the day and all is well until someone has raided the fish for the village.  They accuse her bear.  She knows he didn't do it but she also knows if she Read More
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    Seeds of Revenge: A Greenhouse Mystery by Wendy Tyson

    Sat, 14 Oct 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Megan is working on farming all year.  If she can sell fresh greens to the various restaurants, she'll be busy all year and have a steady income.  On her way home after leaving samples at the restaurants, she finds a car in the ditch.  The snow is deadly and started late, so she drives carefully looking for the driver.  Sure enough, she finds her.  And that's where her troubles begin...Henery Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 14th.The driver is a woman who was invited to visit her Read More
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    A Guide to Reading Tim O'Brien

    Sat, 14 Oct 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    World War II proved to be a reliable source of material for American novelists. Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five (1969), Joseph Heller’s Catch-22 (1961), Norman Mailer’s The Naked and the Dead (1948) and many other esteemed entries into the 20th century canon have delved by turns into the gritty reality and the existential absurdity of that pivotal moment in American (and World) History. With Vietnam the case is slightly different. While there are acclaimed American novels on the subject (like Karl Marlantes’ Matterhorn (2009) and, more recently, David Means’ Hystopia (2016)), it never produced a tremendously high number of literary blockbusters. Luckily, Read More
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    Canal Days Calamity: A Dog Days Mystery #2 by Jamie M. Blair

    Fri, 13 Oct 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    The last thing Cam wanted to was find another dead body.  Her husband won't like this at all...Midnight Ink and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 8th.Cam's sister is starting a new business, Cam is heading up the Canal Days celebration, and Cam has her stepdaughter living with her.  When they arrest Andy, her handyman, for the murder, the little mystery solving group she has forms again and they go after the real murderer.This is a light cozy mystery that was a pleasure to read.  Cam and her husband Read More
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    Arna Bontemps: African-American Novelist, Children's Author, Librarian, and More

    Fri, 13 Oct 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Arna Bontemps may not be as well known as his fellow Harlem Renaissance luminaries like Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, or Jean Toomer, but that does not diminish his contributions. His novel, God Sends Sunday, about a jockey who wins and prodigally spends his money, repulsed W.E.B. DuBois, who called it “sordid,” but it remains a quintessential novel of the movement. Bontemps’s further work spans not only poetry and novels, but children’s books, history, anthologies, biography, and, until his retirement, success as an archivist and librarian at Fisk University. His life was a mission engaged all at once in the Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    (SPOILER ALERT) Antiquarian Nursing Material Isn't Just for Nurses

    Thu, 12 Oct 2017 12:03:38 Permalink
    We recently wrote a short and sweet blog post on “Why You Should Be Collecting Antiquarian Cookery.” Now, we do enjoy getting Cookery items in and we do have quite a bit of knowledge around them, but technically speaking, cookery is not one of our ‘specialties’. However… Nursing is. We often have customers exclaim surprise […] Read More
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    The Gift: The Amish of Hart County by Shelley Shepard Gray

    Thu, 12 Oct 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's making a new start in a new community but the people seem stand-offish.  She wants to find out why but when she does, she'll wish she hadn't.Avon Inspire and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 7th.Susanna hears gunshots while she's on her trip home and tries to hurry her horse along.  One of the shots comes too close, and she's thrown off the carriage.  She almost dies from the exposure, but a man shows up and saves her.  She thinks it was an accident but all of a sudden Read More
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    Collecting Miniatures of The Master and Margarita

    Thu, 12 Oct 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    We love the idea of miniature books, especially when they’re clandestine printings of banned books or re-printings of censored novels. After all, what better way to hide a book than placing it deep inside a pocket or a bag such that it can’t be discovered? One of our favorite novels of the twentieth century, The Master and Margarita [Мастер и Mаргарита], couldn’t be published in the lifetime of its author, Mikhail Bulgakov. Bulgakov wrote the novel in the decade before his death in 1940, but he could share it only with close friends due to its thinly veiled criticism of Read More
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    Down and Out in Purgatory: The Collected Stories of Tim Powers Tim Powers

    Wed, 11 Oct 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Here's an interesting read in fantasy and science fiction.  This collection of stories takes you out of this world.Baen and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on November 7th.This is a mix of time travel, religion, and other nebulous things in the universe.  He travels through a portal to a time where he already was once earlier but he has no knowledge of it because he hasn't done it yet.  If you can get your head around that, you'll have no trouble with the other stories in the collection.The Read More
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    A William Morris FAQ

    Wed, 11 Oct 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    If there’s one problem with our literary landscape, it’s perhaps there are too many great writers and thinkers for the average reader to keep track. Whether you’re looking into a specific literary tradition, region, or movement, it’s easy to gloss over a handful of important writers or those literary artists who have in subtle ways influenced future generations of scribes. Because history is instructive and it’s impossible to understand where you’re going without realizing where you’ve been, this oversight can be a serious misstep for the literary enthusiast. Perhaps one of the greatest oversights—especially considering the width and depth of Read More
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    The Sorcerer's Appendix by P. J. Brackston

    Tue, 10 Oct 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Gretel is back and on another adventure.  She better be careful though.  They have to go into the deep dark forest they just barely escaped from in the past.  She doesn't want to find the witch is still alive!Pegasus Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 7th.I love this series.  Both Gretel and Hans are pigs.  They always get involved with another nursery rhyme character.  There's humor, silliness, danger, and Hans drinks too much.  I'm surprised they survive until the next adventure!Their case this time is a Read More
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    Murder for Christmas by Francis Duncan

    Tue, 10 Oct 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Imagine a Christmas tradition that has gone on for years.  The host is a bachelor and he invites his friends over.  There are songs, games, and presents for everyone.  There's also an undercurrent of tension.  It gets worse when they find Santa dead in front of the tree...Sourcebooks Landmark and Edelweiss gave the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.There's an extra guest this year.  He's a former tobacconist that dabbles in amateur sleuthing.  He was curious about the extra note on his invitation and came to find out what it meant.  It's Read More
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    Ivan Bunin: The Masterful Nobel Laureate Who Should Be Famous Beyond Russia

    Tue, 10 Oct 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    When Russian filmmakers delivered to the state censors a screenplay for a biopic about the writer Ivan Bunin, they were immediately shut down. Their objection was not to Bunin’s controversial work, but rather the film’s treatment of him: their saintly Nobel laureate portrayed as an egotistical, philandering, drunken, emotionally reckless artist. This portrait was not too exaggerated, but the film ministry was clear. They could not allow a movie to deface the image of one of Russia’s most prized artists. Read More
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    Blackbird by Michael Fiegel

    Mon, 09 Oct 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a very unusual read.  Why would an assassin pick up an eight-year old and take her with him after a kill?  He doesn't even know why he did it...Skyhorse Publishing and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 7th.This is written with two voices.  His is a bit larger print, hers is a bit smaller.  These two voices talk about the difficulty of a man who has never even been married trying to raise a child.  He can't let her go to school.  The things he teaches her will never Read More
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