Member Blogs Archive > February 2018

  • from Books Tell You Why

    How Ian Fleming Began Writing His First James Bond Novel

    Fri, 16 Feb 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    Perhaps Ian Fleming is being self-deprecating when he calls Casino Royale (1953), the first of more than a dozen Bond novels and stories he would write in his lifetime, his “dreadful oafish opus.” Or, perhaps his alliterative turn of phrase is a sincere appraisal of a work that sprung from surprisingly humble origins. After all, at the time of the book’s writing, Fleming was a newspaperman but hardly a writer in the more elevated sense. Rather than serving as a reflection of any sincere desire to become a beloved author, it seems that Fleming’s inaugural Bond installment was written primarily as Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    A Congress. A Book Fair. A Blog.

    Thu, 15 Feb 2018 11:36:56 Permalink
    $400,000.00  Could I sell my first born male child to fund this purchase?  OMG, I so want[ed] this book.  But I leap ahead, for that yearning comes later in the week…  the week, actually 11 days, started with a road trip.  A Vanilla road trip, but nevertheless, a road trip.  Saturday morning, the 3rd of […] Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Wild Inside by Jamey Bradbury

    Thu, 15 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    I was expecting a tale of young girl growing up in Alaska and competing in the dog sled races.  Alaska can be cold and deadly and I thought it'd be a bit about survival, too.  What is, though, is really a horror story...William Morrow and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 20th.Tracy learned survival skills from her mother and she still follows those rules.  But she doesn't understand that she's almost more wild that the animals she traps.  She runs with her dogs and spends time in the woods alone.  Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Tweet Hearts by Susan Reagan

    Thu, 15 Feb 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Need a Valentine's Day gift suggestion?  Here's one for the little one in your life.Robin Corey Books sent me a copy of this board book for review.  It has been published and would work very nicely for a gift.  It's special because it has a pop up at the end of the book that says "I love you."Here are two birds tweeting themselves through the numbers from 10 to 1 as well as showing a lot of hearts. It's sweet and easy to read and those little fingers will be able to handle this book.Books are better than candy; they Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Collecting Yoko Ono's Artist Books

    Thu, 15 Feb 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    Collecting artist monographs and exhibition catalogues can be an especially exciting endeavor. In addition, many artists’ books are, themselves, pieces of art to be collected. For example, many artists created hand bound, limited editions that can be added to any discerning collector’s shelves (and, in most cases, can and should be displayed). Yoko Ono has an interesting personal history, as well as a fascinating role in the contemporary and conceptual art worlds. Prior to meeting John Lennon, Ono was involved in performance and conceptual art movements in New York City. Most notably, she participated in “happenings” involving many performers and Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Flicker of Old Dreams by Susan Henderson

    Wed, 14 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    She works in her father's mortuary.  Her mother died when she was born.  She and her father love each other but neither has a warm relationship with the other.  She has a better relationship with dead people than she has with live people...HarperCollins and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 13th.Mary is almost thirty and really hasn't even had a date yet.  She's a little too odd for the small town she lives in.  Everyone knows how she lives and what she does.  Who wants to be a mortician?When the Read More
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    Valentine's Day for Cynics: The 10 Worst Couples in Literature

    Wed, 14 Feb 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    For many people, Valentine's Day is a holiday filled with roses, romance, and affection. Giant teddy bears show up on people’s doorsteps, flower delivery services are swamped, and getting a reservation for two at a nice restaurant is nearly impossible. However, for us singletons and cynics, Valentine’s Day often causes more of a dull nausea in our stomachs than the sensation of little butterflies fluttering about. So if you, like me, take a Grinch-like approach to this fluffy pink holiday, I hope you find some solace reading about 10 of the worst couples in literature. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh

    Tue, 13 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Anna still misses her parents.  First her father committed suicide, then a year later her mother did.  She's devastated and can't understand why her mother would leave her alone.  Anna is now a mother of her own and she wishes her mother was still here.  Be careful what you wish for...Berkley and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 13th.Anna thinks she sees her mother around, out of the corner of her eye, standing in the shadows when she walks by.  When she tells her boyfriend about it, he tells Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    My View

    Mon, 12 Feb 2018 12:14:27 Permalink
    Looking down from my aerie at the inferno of Lost Angels, hard upon the Sea of Broken Dreams, the mountain stronghold of Boss Town looming behind.The hills above Pasadena, from which the inferno of Lost Angels might be glimpsed on a morning’s hikeMaybe it’s just a matter of putting things in perspective. My great Mexican War discovery turned our to be wrapped in falsehood.Continue reading My View at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    The 2018 Caldecott and Newbery Award Winners Are...

    Mon, 12 Feb 2018 11:45:00 Permalink
    Every year, we anxiously await the selection of the Caldecott and Newbery Award-winning books. These titles are the best of the best, and every year, we can't wait to see if they're in our collection already or if we need to run out and grab a copy. The American Library Association announced the 2018 winners this morning. And the awards go to Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions by Mario Giordano, John Brownjohn (Translated by)

    Mon, 12 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Auntie Poldi retires to Sicily.  She plans to drink herself to death.  Nothing in life interests her anymore.  Then the young man who did odd jobs for her ends up dead.  Nastily dead.  She now has a new interest...Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 6th.Since she found the body, the police look at her as a suspect.  At last one of the supervisors shows up and after a few questions, let's her go.  She begins by asking about the dead man and interviewing those he worked Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Plum Tea Crazy by Laura Childs

    Sun, 11 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    They're watching a water parade of pretty boats and displays from the widows walk on a big house.  When one of the guests topples over the railing and falls, they think he has been hit by a cannon from one of the boats.  No, it's worse than that.  He's got an arrow in him...Berkley and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 6th.This is a cozy mystery set in a tea shop with lots of discussion of tea flavors and food.  The rear of the book has some yummy sounding Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Guardian Angels and Other Monsters by Daniel H. Wilson

    Sat, 10 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is an interesting group of short stories that tantalize your mind.  They're fantasy but they are close enough to reality to scare you a bit...Vintage and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 6th.The description on Edelweiss said:  "In “All Kinds of Proof,” a down-and-out drunk makes the unlikeliest of friends when he is hired to train a mail-carrying robot; in “Blood Memory,” a mother confronts the dangerous reality that her daughter will never assimilate in this world after she was the first child born through a teleportation device; in “The Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    These Little Piggies Go to the Beach by Amy E. Sklansky, Christine Davenier

    Fri, 09 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    This story has the same rhythm and rhyme as the original nursery rhyme "This Little Piggy", but this time they are going to the beach.MoonDance Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 6th.The illustrations are whimsical and the story is cute.  There are calamities at the beach but they adjust and enjoy their day anyway.  I liked how the story was put together and the piggies played just like young siblings do.  Here's a fun story to read to your little ones! Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Wonderful Baron Doppelganger Device by Eric Bower, Agnieszka Grochalska

    Thu, 08 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    His parents are inventors and they create some doozie inventions!  When he tells his class about the inventions and the adventures they have, his teacher thinks he is lying.  He spends most of his time in the corner with the dunce hat on...Amberjack Publishing and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 6th.This is written for middle grade readers and is silly enough to give them some laughs.  It will probably make them wish they had some of these devices to play with, too!The Doppleganger Device can change anyone or anything into Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Graphic Novels About Irish Independence

    Thu, 08 Feb 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    If you’re interested in learning more about Irish independence and also love graphic novels, we have some exciting book recommendations for you. Gerry Hunt, an Irish artist, writer, and cartoonist who founded Dublin Comics, created a series of graphic novels depicting the Easter Rising of 1916 and the subsequent fight for independence from Britain. Have we piqued your interest? Let us tell you more. Read More
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    Ten of the Best Quotes from Charles Dickens

    Wed, 07 Feb 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    Charles Dickens is widely considered to be the most important writer of the Victorian age. Dickens' success came, despite the odds being stacked against him. He had to work in a factory from a young age to support his family; his father was in debtors' prison. Dickens was eventually able to spend two years in school after which he worked at a law office. An interest in theater eventually led to a job as a freelance reporter. He published the majority of his novels as weekly or monthly serials, beginning with The Pickwick Papers in 1836. He was an immediate Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    Why We Should Thank Charles Dickens on His Birthday!

    Wed, 07 Feb 2018 03:12:48 Permalink
    Every year we post a blog about Dickens around this date… it is his birthday, after all! What better way to honor our main man than keep his writing and memory alive? This year we thought we’d do something a bit different – instead of a long rambling blog about some aspect of his life, […] Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Exiled Otherkin by D. Lieber

    Wed, 07 Feb 2018 03:00:00 Permalink
    She's been banished from the Fae world by her stepmother after her father's death.  It's not fair but it's a rule she can enforce.  The stepmother even has her old boyfriend escort  her out of faerieland.  She has a mean streak and likes to bury the knife deep.The author and Goddess Fish Blog Tours gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  You can grab a copy now.The first thing that happens is Ember discovers her magic is gone and she has to hide her ears.  Then she happens upon an alley fight and defends the Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    As Bright As Heaven by Susan Meissner

    Tue, 06 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a novel about a young family who is moving to Philadelphia to learn a new trade and try to leave behind the pain of their baby son's death.  All is going well.  Uncle Fred takes them in and he intends to leave the business to their father upon his death.  They make friends at school and at home.  There is a war going on but they aren't affected by it yet.  Then the Spanish Flu comes to town and their father gets called to war ...Berkley shared an ARC of this book with me for review (thank you).  Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    UNEASY PREY: A Zoe Chambers Mystery by Annette Dashofy

    Tue, 06 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Zoe is part of the ambulance crew and when they go out on a call, she recognizes the address.  This elderly lady has fallen before and needed help.  The problem this time is that she is beyond help.  They try to keep her alive and she tells them she didn't fall, she was pushed.  When she dies at the hospital it turns into murder.  They also think they know who the killers are.  They have some burglars that steal from old people that they haven't found yet.  This might have been a burglary gone wrong.Henery Press and Net Galley let Read More
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    Don't Know Poet Rubén Darío? Here's Why You Should

    Tue, 06 Feb 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    Jorge Luis Borges said that all writers create their own predecessors. Bold, new writing doesn’t simply reveal its own concerns, it reveals an entire literary history leading up to its creation, and sometimes that history involves works that might not otherwise be widely read. In American literature, Ernest Hemingway held up Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884) as a kind of ur-novel to which all other American fiction can be traced. In Spanish-American poetry, that same considerable distinction is held by Rubén Darío. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Daughters of the Storm by Kim Wilkins

    Mon, 05 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    The king has daughters.  His daughters are all very different.  One is a warrior, one has magical abilities, one is in love with a man she can't have, one has turned promiscuous and one has adopted a forbidden religion.  When he gets sick from an elf shot, they are the ones who will protect him and try and make him well...Del Rey and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 6th.There is a lot going on in this story.  The warrior anticipates being the next "king".  Rose is hoping for another Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Beast in View by Margaret Millar

    Mon, 05 Feb 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    I read this author many years ago and was fascinated to find another of her books to read.  She messes with your mind.  This is a perfect example of her style and how she can lead you in any direction she wants to.  Get ready to read a book you won't forget...Soho Syndicate and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will publish tomorrow so you can grab a copy then.Helen has isolated herself and lives in her own little world.  When a girl from the past comes back into her life and threatens her, she Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    Life in the Cove

    Sun, 04 Feb 2018 10:06:47 Permalink
    South San Francisco is a weird place. Biotrech, big pharma, “life sciences,” and A-I have dumped countless millions of dollars into the area, like sewage overflowing,pushing out virtually every sign of what I would regard as normal life.Here, instead of phragmites or algae, covering the hills, we get acres of eruptions of mirror glass and shiny steel boxes that look like those conceptual drawings you see in zoning board presentations,with stick-figure humans on too perfect sidewalks.Continue reading Life in the Cove at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Woman Left Behind by Linda Howard

    Sun, 04 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Jina loves working with computers.  Everybody in her department plays computer games on their lunch break.  They don't realize that they are being tracked by the people they work for.  Not until they get new assignments...William Morrow and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 6th.When her boss tells her she has a new assignment, she's not sure she wants to go.  They are assigning her to a "Go-Team" that goes into dangerous situations and retrieves an informant or information or takes out whoever is causing the most damage.  It's not a Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Wizard for Hire by Obert Skye

    Sat, 03 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Ozzy's parents moved him from the big city to wilds of Oregon forests to hide from those who wanted what they knew.  It was great for a while and then those who were looking for them found them.  Ozzy's left alone at the age of seven.  He has food supplies, water and a roof over his head but he wants his parents...Shadow Mountain and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 6th.This is an entertaining read.  Ozzy manages with what he has but he really wants to find his parents.  He Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Muchly Fed Up Tortoise & Other NonSuch Poems by Florence Remmer

    Sat, 03 Feb 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is a sweet little poetry book that is fun to read and will make you laugh.  These nonsensical rhymes have twists and turns that will fascinate little ones...Publishing Push and the author shared this book with me for review (thank you).  It will be published shortly so watch for a copy.The drawings look like the ones my Mom did for me when I had to write a children's story for school.  I was better with words than drawing, so Mom took care of that.  When you share this book with your little one, you can point out the illustrations Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Darling Dahlias and the Unlucky Clover by Susan Wittig Albert

    Fri, 02 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    The Lucky Four Clovers barbershop group is going to a competition for the grand prize in barbershop singing.  But they aren't counting on trouble.  First one has throat problems and can't sing.  The next one ends up in an upside down car, dead.  What's going on?Presevero Press and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 6th.There's a new sheriff in town who is learning his trade.  He has a good deputy and he's got a good head but he has to think things through, he's not fast on his feet.  He Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Racing Manhattan by Terence Blacker

    Fri, 02 Feb 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Jay doesn't like school and her aunt and uncle are always complaining about having to care for her.  She's not high maintenance but she's not one of their kids either.  She loves her cousin but isn't sure about the parents.  When she finds out that her uncle has plans for her, she runs away.  She loves the ponies they have and race so she heads to a town that is full of stables and racing.  Surely she can find a job there...Candlewick Press and Library Thing sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It Read More
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