Member Blogs Archive > November 2017

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    Harry Moon Wand Paper Scissors by Mark Andrew Poe

    Thu, 23 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Harry Moon's town has a bully.  He likes to pick on Harry.  Little does he know that Harry has magical powers...Rabbit Publishing and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published.This series would be great for middle graders.  The stories are exciting and there are puns and jokes interspersed in the chapters.  After all, Harry Moon gets teased because the older boys mooned the younger ones when they were going by on the bus to go to the away game.  Now they call him "Hairy Moon" and laugh.When Harry was born, his mother Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    How Thanksgiving Became a Holiday

    Thu, 23 Nov 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    We’re all familiar with the old Thanksgiving narrative in the United States. The Mayflower came rolling into Plymouth Harbor in 1620, the Pilgrims tried to build a life for themselves (and weren’t doing a great job), and the Wampanoag tribe came to the pilgrims’ aid and taught them how to plant corn, fish, and hunt. This ultimately led to a beautiful friendship, which was celebrated with a community feast of gratitude—a tradition continued to this day. Right? Wrong. Read More
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    Ludlow Lost by Kate Robinson Dunne

    Wed, 22 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a fun middle school read.  It's fantasy filled with creatures humans don't believe in...Two Pigeons Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.He's kidnapped by a fairy, two goblins take him and the fairy to a boat filled with them and a banshee is the captain.  It's not looking good for Ludlow.He has several adventures on board as he adjusts to life at sea and to hearing a banshee wail.  Both are awful but he can used to the sea.  Not Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Happy Thanksgiving: The Books We're Most Thankful For

    Wed, 22 Nov 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    It’s that time of year when we stop, take a moment, and reflect on the things in our lives for which we are the most thankful. Family. Friends. Health. A good job. A nice home. These are usually the things that top the list. But as we discuss quite often on this blog, the books, poems, and stories that populate our lives can be just as important, meaningful, and influential to how we live our lives and our overall worldview. As Rob Gordon said in the novel High Fidelity, the pieces of art you like and identify with matter, and Read More
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    Little Pierrot V.1 Get The Moon by Alberto Varanda

    Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:30:00 Permalink
    He's an odd looking young boy and he likes to keep to himself.  His best friend is a snail...Lion Forge and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.This is simple picture book without much text.  Even small ones can enjoy the illustrations and antics of little Pierrot.  He visits the moon and the stars.  He even hooks his soccer ball in the moon slice and brings it down to earth by accident.This story is dreamlike and changes on each page.  Children will love imagining Read More
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    Christmas on the Coast by Rebecca Boxall

    Tue, 21 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This based on historical facts but it's fiction.  Despite that, this story makes a chill run up and down my spine.  Imagine being on a small island and the Germans come in to occupy the land...Lake Union Publishing and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.When Libby's best friend turns on her after her mother's death, she can't figure out why.  Stella tells her to ask her father.  She feels her family was betrayed by Libby's family.  She finally gets an opportunity to ask and he shares her great aunt's Read More
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    A Brief Guide to Great Writers from India

    Tue, 21 Nov 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    India’s literature is just as vast and complex as the diverse, densely populated nation that produced it. Even if we limit ourselves to Indian literature written in English, we are still presented with a multicultural tapestry stretching back more than a century, from Rabindranath Tagore, who won India’s first Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913 for his “profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful” poems and songs (eat your heart out Bob Dylan) to modern writers like Aravind Adiga (author of 2008’s Man Booker-winning debut The White Tiger). While one article can never encapsulate the entirety of an ever-growing canon, it can Read More
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    The Body in the Casket: A Faith Fairchild Mystery by Katherine Hall Page

    Mon, 20 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Faith is asked to cater a birthday party for an older man at his home.  He wants her to live in over the weekend for the party.  She's open to that and agrees.  Then he tells her the real reason he wants her there.  Someone sent him a casket and he thinks it's a death threat.  She can't argue about that...William Morrow and Edelweiss shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  It will be published December 5th.Faith works with his butler getting everything set up and learning her duties.  She finds that the owner has Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    The Dog Ate My Homework

    Mon, 20 Nov 2017 08:12:46 Permalink
    The Ten Pound Island mainframe is in the lab for overhaul, and I’m forced to do all my computer chores on my teeny weenie backup brain. Hence, the brevity of this blog entry, which reflects the drop in capacity from tera to giga to mega to kila. Actually, I’m quite fond of my little Toshiba […]The post The Dog Ate My Homework appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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    Accessories to Die For by Paula Paul

    Sun, 19 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This story was set in Santa Fe.  I live in New Mexico, have visited Santa Fe and I know about their Old World charm.  I had to read this book.Alibi and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 5th.Irene used to be an assistant district attorney in New York, but her mother has asked her to come home.  She's fearful of dying alone.  Irene's mother frustrates her but she understands her need for company.  She comes and she sets up a high end second hand store for recycled designer duds.  Read More
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    Somebody at the Door: British Library Crime Classics by Raymond Postgate

    Sat, 18 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Gossip can kill.  If only people minded their own business and not everyone else's.Poisoned Pen Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 5th.This story wanders around a bit.  You hear about other characters before you get to the meat of the story.  A man dies at home.  His wife finally calls the doctor.  The doctor isn't sure if the death was natural or not, so another doctor is called in.  The second doctor said someone had used mustard gas to kill him.  The unfortunate part of the tale Read More
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    Ten Quotes From Margaret Atwood, an Oracle of Our Time

    Sat, 18 Nov 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Readers have adored Margaret Atwood since her debut novel, The Edible Woman, animated the anxieties and torments of contemporary female life. Ever since, Atwood has continued to write first-rate fiction, exploring themes of feminism, oppression, dystopia, and environmental disaster, earning her a dedicated and enthusiastic readership. The times have only caught up with her, vindicating those concerns and speculative scenarios that seemed excessively alarmist forty, thirty, or even five years ago. It is no wonder that in her long career, Atwood is probably more famous than she has ever been, now with a smash adaptation of her 1985 novel, The Read More
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    Chained: A Kate Turner DVM Mystery #3 by Eileen Brady

    Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    When Kate visits a dog owner to examine a cut on the dog, the owner shows her an old bone the dog brought home with him.  The tone changes when Kate tells her the bone is human...Poisoned Pen Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 5th.Kate visits several homes to take care of their animals and she picks up gossip on the way.  When the body is identified as a high school student who disappeared ten years ago, his family asks her to look into it.  She takes Read More
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    Learning About the Baghdad Book Market

    Fri, 17 Nov 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    If you’re interested in rare book collecting or Arabic literature, we cannot emphasize enough the significance of the Iraqi literary and cultural traditions, and the importance of reimagining Baghdad outside the Western context of war, violence, and dictatorship. In 2015, the Los Angeles Times published an article entitled, “Iraq Book Market Comes Back to Life Seven Years After Bombing.” A number of other western and Arab media sites posted similar pieces, recalling a destructive bombing and signs of recovery in the nation’s capital city. Those stories were referring to Al Mutanabbi, or Mutanabbi Street, in Baghdad. For years, the street, Read More
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    Dead Man's Chest by Kerry Greenwood

    Thu, 16 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Phryne is off for a holiday, taking her girls, her companion Dot and the dog, Molly.  They are going to do some swimming, eating out when they like, and just generally do some relaxing.  When they arrive at their destination, she finds that the staff that wasn't to meet her is gone.  The back door was open, their furniture is gone, and there's no note or no sign of them...Poisoned Pen Press and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 5th.They search the house and grounds but find no one.  Luckily Ruth Read More
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    A Reading Guide to Kazuo Ishiguro

    Thu, 16 Nov 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    “There was another life that I might have had, but I am having this one.” ~ Kazuo Ishiguro It is not uncommon, late at night, to be struck with that taunting “what if” question. We wonder how things might have been different had we chosen a different school, taken a different job, or married a different person? What if we lived in the future, or had existed in the past? These thoughts don’t necessarily come out of discontent, even the happiest person on earth must poses some curiosity toward how their life might have been different. While many of us Read More
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    Quick Curtain: British Library Crime Classics by Alan Melville

    Wed, 15 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    The play was going well until the scheduled shooting ending up being too real...Poisoned Pen Press and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 5th.Inspector Wilson of Scotland is in the audience and he's quick to take action.  When they go to find the actor who fired the shot, he's hung himself in his dressing room.  Everyone is sure the case is already over.  One actor shoots another and then commits suicide.  But Inspector Wilson is not so sure.I enjoyed reading about the relationship of Wilson and his son.  It was Read More
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    A Snapshot of Great Eighteenth Century Poets

    Wed, 15 Nov 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    The written word has a long history of conveying our greatest passions. And poetry, in particular, has often been the chosen vehicle to express such feelings as love, hate, disillusionment, and snark. Poetry has looked different in different times, but no matter its form, it never ceases to convey a striking snapshot of the world surrounding it. Perhaps it is poetry’s economy of letters—that which requires the great poetic masters to pack more punch in, typically, less space—that makes it such an enduring form. It does, after all, hold immense power. Today, we’d like to explore a particular moment in Read More
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    Artemis by Andy Weir

    Tue, 14 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Jazz is a thief, a very good one.  She smuggles things in that aren't allowed.  She has to know every nook and cranny of the bubble towns that have been created on the moon to do it.  She does.  Her father wishes she didn't do what she does but she's trying to earn enough money to buy a suit to work outside.  They're very expensive.  When she's offered a large sum of money to stop the harvesters that bring in rock, she says no at first.  But when she hears the money being offered, she changes her mind...Crown Publishing and Read More
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    Ten Memorable Quotes From Pippi Longstocking Author Astrid Lindgren

    Tue, 14 Nov 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    When Astrid Lindgren wrote Pippi Longstocking in 1945, she created a character that would captivate children the world over. Ever since, young readers of all generations have been charmed by the preternaturally strong, independent, and daring young redhead. The supervision-less, irreverent character scandalized a few readers in Lindgren’s day, who determined the anarchic protagonist a poor role model, but Pippi’s charm won out. Lindgren’s work has since been translated into dozens of languages and sold over 80 million copies. Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    Let's Talk About Me!

    Mon, 13 Nov 2017 12:18:06 Permalink
    Congratulations to Betty Fulton and Julie Roper of Commonwealth Promotions and to Ken Gloss of the Brattle Book Shop – our “man on the ground” – for another successful Boston Book Fair. Thanks to their efforts this has become one of the best-run shows in the country. The Hynes Convention Center is a wonderful venue […] Read More
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    Not Safe After Dark by Peter Robinson

    Mon, 13 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This an anthology of short stories that has a few Inspector Banks stories thrown in.  I'd read about the Inspector in the past and that was what motivated me to read this book.  The author writes good mystery stories and this was a pleasure to read.William Morrow and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 5th.Mr. Robinson can tie up a mystery in a short story in not too many pages.  I admire an author that can write a complete tale concisely and succinctly in short form without excess Read More
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    The Splendid Baron Submarine by Eric Bower

    Mon, 13 Nov 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    W. B. Baron tells his class about his summer adventure when his teacher calls on him.   She tells him his story is fantasy and puts him in the corner in his dunce hat.  As he sits there, he tells the mouse who lives there the whole story.  Once you read this book, you'll understand why his teacher thought he was lying...Amberjack Publishing and Net Galley gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It's being published tomorrow.This is a perfect read for middle graders.  There are silly inventions that make things big or shrink them small, Read More
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    Death of Anton: British Library Crime Classics by Alan Melville

    Sun, 12 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Carey's Circus is in town and everyone is excited to go see the wonders, especially the seven Bengal tigers!  Detective Inspector Minto is there because his niece is getting married.  He's not too enthused about her potential mate but he loses interest in him when they find the lion tamer in the tiger cage dead.  Everyone thinks the cats mauled him but it was bullets that took his life...Poisoned Pen Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 5th.Anton figured out something he shouldn't have and he paid for Read More
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    The Very Very Very Long Dog by Julia Patton

    Sat, 11 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a very cute story about a dachshund.  He's a sweet happy fellow who lives in a bookstore and reads a book as he eats his meals.  He also likes to go for walks...Sourcebooks/Jabberwocky let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 5th.Wiener dogs are well-known as long dogs with short legs.  That doesn't do anything to slow down their enthusiastic lives.  His problem appears when he goes on walks.  He doesn't realize how long he is.When he finds the trouble he's caused he even goes and bites the offending animal.  He's quite Read More
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    Seven Interesting Facts About Fyodor Dostoyevsky

    Sat, 11 Nov 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    In spite of extremely stiff competition, Fyodor Dostoyevsky remains one of the most widely read and highly regarded Russian novelists of all time. His acclaimed novels, from The Brothers Karamazov (1880) to Crime and Punishment (1866) to Notes from Underground (1864), carved out a unique niche at the corner of psychological realism and existential philosophy. With the patina of great literature draped over these great works, however, we sometimes forget that these books were often strange, darkly funny, and oddly joyous—befitting, perhaps, the life of the man who penned them. Read More
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    The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

    Fri, 10 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    She has a choice.  She can either marry the old man her father chose or go to the convent.  She doesn't want to marry and she doesn't want to go to the convent either.  So she dresses herself as a boy and decides to go traveling...Del Rey sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published December 5th.This author's words resonate in my soul.  What she writes talks to me.  She uses some traditional fairy tale characters but changes the story enough to make it new.  She also doesn't make anyone very Read More
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    New Translations from the Margellos World Republic of Letters

    Fri, 10 Nov 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Have you been hoping that an exciting book written in a language other than English will find an English-language translator? Or were you recently thinking that a work of “classic” literature could use a new and updated English-language translation? The Cecile and Theodore Margellos World Republic of Letters series, published by Yale University Press, might be exactly what you’ve been seeking. The series describes itself as one that “identifies works of cultural and artistic significance previously overlooked by translators and publishers, canonical works of literature and philosophy needing new translations, as well as important contemporary authors whose work has not Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    We Have NOT Come to Suck Your Blood

    Thu, 09 Nov 2017 11:15:27 Permalink
    What are the greatest parts about fall? The crisp smell of apples, the chill in the air, the colors of the leaves… and the somewhat spooky feeling all around us! Just kidding, that’s just near Halloween. But you must admit, there is something about this season that may inspire you to revisit some of Poe, […] Read More
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    History of Horror: Five Early Horror Writers

    Thu, 09 Nov 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Grown organically from the Gothic genre, horror fiction has terrified and captivated readers since its beginnings in the late nineteenth century. It has its roots in novels like The Mysteries of Udolpho, which was itself famously referenced in Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey. Often dismissed as “penny dreadful”, the horror genre has grown to encompass books, television, and film in the modern age and is one of the most popular genres in each of those mediums. Authors like Anne Rice and Stephen King would not be so popular today without early horror writers paving the way before them. Here are five Read More
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