Member Blogs Archive > November 2017

  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The House of Unexpected Sisters by Alexander McCall Smith

    Thu, 02 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Precious and Botswana are back again.  She's still doing her detective work with her partner.  You couldn't find an odder pair.  Precious likes to think things over and figure out a plan of attack.  Mma Makutsi trusts her own instincts and attacks right away.  She also is very easily offended.  Of course, Precious can be accused of that too.  How they manage to solve a crime is a bit of a mystery in itself.Pantheon and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 7th.A salewoman was fired from a store Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Tales from the Rim by Bonnie Milani

    Thu, 02 Nov 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Here we have two fantasy stories that are out of this world.  The first one is set in a bar and it's not an upper class bar...BooksGoSocial and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy it now.The bartender is a Lupan and he's a bad ass.  That's why people in his bar behave.  The guards are on to him, though.  They think he's the one killing slavers.  So they bring a slaver in the bar with a young woman.  His new help he hired is very interested Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Ten of the Most Scandalous Books in Literature

    Thu, 02 Nov 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Throughout the history of literature there have been books that were challenged and even banned due to their depiction of incendiary topics. From race to religion to sexuality to violence, all manner of morally suspect topics have forced books to the forefront of philosophical debate. Whether challenged by protective parents or forbidden by an outraged government, the following books scandalized enough people that the debate surrounding them grew to epic proportions. In fact, many of these so-called scandalous books are still challenged today. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Alive in Shape and Color by Lawrence Block

    Wed, 01 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Sixteen famous paintings and the stories they created are the basis for this anthology.  When I took Creative Expression in high school that was one of the ways our teacher had us write stories.  She'd put up about twenty pictures and she'd say, "Take a look at them and write the story you see."  It always amazed me when someone chose the same picture and had a totally different vision than I did.  Some of the visions in this book are amazing, too.Pegasus Books sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Hooks & Eyes: Part 1 of The Ambition & Destiny Series by VL McBeath

    Wed, 01 Nov 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is the story of a widow back in Victorian days.  She has two children and she's living with her aunt.  She decides to get a job so she will have some spending money to use for her children's clothes and shoes.  Her aunt isn't sure she approves but she allows it.  Before the story is done, she's going to regret that decision.BooksGoSocial and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can pick up a copy now.I never would have made it in this day and age.  Doing what Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Six Interesting Facts About Stephen Crane

    Wed, 01 Nov 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Stephen Crane accomplished much in his short life. Dead from tuberculosis at 28, the author left behind a body of work that captivated readers and significantly influenced writers like Ernest Hemingway. His first novel, Maggie, narrated the titular character’s fall from grace with a frank moral ambiguity that is now ubiquitous in contemporary fiction, film, and TV, but at the time was essentially unseen. Yet not only did Crane help pioneer modern narrative style, of course his most famous book, The Red Badge of Courage, remains well-read and enjoyed to this very day. Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    Happy Birthday to the Ever-Young Stephen Crane

    Wed, 01 Nov 2017 04:53:52 Permalink
    At the tender age of 28, author Stephen Crane succumbed to tuberculosis and passed away at a German health spa. Despite his young age, Crane had accomplished what many take several decades of adulthood to achieve – fame, success, scandal, sickness and health. He lived a full life and was not afraid of standing up […] Read More
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