Member Blogs Archive > April 2018

  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Probable Claws by Rita Mae Brown

    Mon, 30 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a tale of the past and present times in Virginia.  I almost found it confusing.  I was interested in both stories but in one chapter you're in one era and the next you're in present day.  I found myself wavering between which story I wanted to follow the most...Bantam and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 29th.The history was interesting.  It's set in the early days of the formation of the states and they have negro slaves and breed horses.  There's more than one formidable woman Read More
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    Life During Wartime by Katie Rogin

    Mon, 30 Apr 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Surviving during a war doesn't make life easier.  You come home injured, either in body or mind, and have to set about trying to be normal.  There is no normal in war...Mastodon Publishing sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published May 15th.Jim is still trying to come to terms with 9-11 and the loss of his brother.  They never even found anything to bury.  He's existing but he doesn't have any enjoyment in life anymore.  Then his sister-in-law calls and tells him Ryan's daughter is missing.  She just came back Read More
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    The Absolute Coolest Thing

    Mon, 30 Apr 2018 06:20:30 Permalink
    As readers of this blog or subscribers to my online catalogs probably know, I’m nuts about clipper ship sailing cards. I buy too many, pay too much, and have a hard time selling them for more than I paid. This might be acceptable for a collector, but it is a bad idea for a dealer. It creates a situation in which Collector Greg is competing against Book Dealer Greg. A lose-lose proposition if ever there was one.Continue reading The Absolute Coolest Thing at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • from Kristian Strom, Bookseller

    How To Bbecome the Best Blogger of All Times

    Mon, 30 Apr 2018 01:34:00 Permalink
    The main work of a travel blog is to create interest among people to visit interesting places that they might have left out because of lack of knowledge about the place. All places are not popular among all people and they need to know more about the places in order to plan a tour to […] Read More
  • from Kristian Strom, Bookseller

    How To Become the Best Blogger of All Times

    Mon, 30 Apr 2018 01:34:00 Permalink
    The main work of a travel blog is to create interest among people to visit interesting places that they might have left out because of lack of knowledge about the place. All places are not popular among all people and they need to know more about the places in order to plan a tour to […] Read More
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    The Dark Angel by Elly Griffiths

    Sun, 29 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Ruth is invited by an old friend to visit Italy and look over some unusual bones he's found in an archeological dig.  She and her daughter and a lady friend and her son decide to go together.  It's a very old body with few signs to identify its age but it was buried upside down and with a stone in its mouth.  That's an oddity that might make it easier to age.Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 15th.This is a tale of past history, Read More
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    Abigail Adams, Pirate of the Caribbean (Time Twisters #2) by Steve Sheinkin

    Sun, 29 Apr 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    I love pirates and I couldn't see Abigail Adams acting like one.  So I asked to read this story...The author graciously sent me a copy to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.She might be the second first lady but she's real tired of living in a white house that isn't finished and hanging her laundry inside so it will dry.  He's busy with business but she's bored.  So she decides she'd like to be a pirate.  After all, even if she can't get her husband to listen about equality for Read More
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    Rosetown by Cynthia Rylant

    Sat, 28 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Flora is nine years old and she loves the small town they live in.  It's quiet, the people are nice and she's making a new friend.  She even gets to read the children's books in the used bookstore her mom works part time in.  They do have a family challenge.  Her parents are separated and live in separate homes.  She spends time with each and is hoping they will get together again...Beach Lane Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 15th.This has the feel of the old Read More
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    A Shimmer of Hummingbirds by Steve Burrows

    Fri, 27 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Domenic loves where he lives, his girlfriend and his job.  His cases have been complicated and hard to figure out but his staff is good and he's smart so they've been successful.  Now if he could just save his brother...One World Publications and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 8th.Domenic takes some time off and goes out birdwatching.  His love knows he's also looking for clues about why what happened happened to his brother.  His brother took a man deep in the jungle to find an elusive hummingbird and the Read More
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    Riders of the Realm Across The Dark Water by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez

    Fri, 27 Apr 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    The Sandwen clan use flying horses to protect themselves from intruders.  There weren't any wild flying horses.  And then some flew over the Kingdom.  Where were they from?HarperCollins sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published May 1st.Rahkki has a special relationship with the flying horses but he's afraid of heights.  When one wild horse is captured, another comes to join her.  The captured one is more like a pet, the one that surrendered is more of a warrior.  She came back to help the other one escape.  That is going Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Collecting Civil War Literature

    Fri, 27 Apr 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    Interested in starting or adding to a collection of Civil War literature? We think the anniversary of the death of Ulysses S. Grant is a good day to discuss some titles and editions that are important to keep in mind for anyone interested in this period in United States history. Indeed, Grant himself has a noteworthy memoir that graces our list. Beyond the Union general, however, you’ll see that a collection of Civil War literature can span from novels to poems to autobiographies and everything in between. Happy collecting! Read More
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    Spindrift and the Orchid by Emma Trevayne

    Thu, 26 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Spindrift lives with her grandfather in his magic shop.  He knows where everything is and his customers love shopping there.  She manages the counter when he's out although she can't find everything they want, sometimes they have to come back.  It's only when this man comes in and almost threatens her that she gets scared.  When her grandfather returns, he tells her not to talk to the man again, he'll deal with him.Simon & Schuster Books for Young Children and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 8th.What she finds is Read More
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    The Hidden Kingdom: The Nocturnals Book 4 by Tracey Hecht (Goodreads Author), Sarah Fieber (Goodreads Author), Kate Liebman (Illustrations)

    Thu, 26 Apr 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    The Nocturnal team is back again and on another unusual adventure.   They are having a drought and when they go to look for water, they find the pond that's always there has been drained.  Who took all the water?Fabled Film Press sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  The book has been published and you can grab a copy now.I like this series.  Where else do you find pangolin as a major character?  The flying squirrel annoys me, but I love Dawn, the red fox.  They are always learning something new and when they Read More
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    Book Spotlight: The Last Stop on Market Street

    Thu, 26 Apr 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    The Last Stop on Market Street, published in 2015 by Penguin, was written by Matt de la Peña and illustrated by Christian Robinson. The book tells the story of CJ who is taking a bus ride with his grandmother after church, as they do every Sunday. While riding the bus, CJ glimpses one of his friends riding in a car with his family and asks why their family doesn't have a car, thus beginning a series of questions CJ asks his grandma based on the things and people he observes on their ride. Why do we love this book so Read More
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    Death Rides the Ferry by Patricia Skalka

    Wed, 25 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    There's a musical performance going on that the Sheriff takes a day off to attend.  He enjoys the show but also has his eye out for wrong doers.  Unfortunately, the wrong doing took part on the ferry...University of Wisconsin Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 8th.It's initially thought that she died of a heart attack but it was a strange chemical that killed her.  As he searches for her killer, he finds that it ties back to the first time that performance was done on the island.  Then Read More
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    David's Christmas Wish by Lisa Reinicke

    Wed, 25 Apr 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    All he wants for Christmas is a goldfish.  Forget the other presents.  Just get him a goldfish.  They did but it died right before Christmas...The author shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.The only thing they can do is try to buy another one.  However, they're in the middle of a blizzard.  Dad can't even find the car.  So he dresses warmly and sets out for the pet store...The story is cute and heartwarming.  Scot McDonald's illustrations make the snow feel cold.  This story Read More
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    Learning More About the Heinemann African Writers Series

    Wed, 25 Apr 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    In 1962, the Heinemann African Writers Series (AWS) began with Chinua Achebe’s novel Things Fall Apart (1958) as the first book in the series. The AWS has become synonymous, in many ways, with the global circulation of African literature in the second half of the twentieth century. Do you know how it started and why it’s significant? And perhaps more pressingly, would you like some recommendations for books to seek out from the AWS? We’d like to tell you more about the Heinemann series and to mention some of our favorite books from it that you might add to your Read More
  • from Pistil Blog

    Lunch and Books

    Wed, 25 Apr 2018 07:44:00 Permalink
    On Wednesdays, we have "Pistil lunch" for whomever happens to be working that day and sometimes guests.  After a rainy spring, we've had a gloriously sunny week here in Seattle.  Consequently, our lunch moved today from the round table in front of the gas fireplace to the red Formica table in the nook off the kitchen, which has a door opening onto our sunny balcony.  Our meal was only slightly marred by the yappy little white dog in the yard across the alley...Today it was just Kam and Amy and we had fried rice (with carrots, celery, onions, peppers, shitake Read More
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    The Ghost, The Owl by Sara Richard Franco

    Tue, 24 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a fascinating fantasy tale that captures your imagination.  When an owl finds a ghost, he doesn't know what to do...Action Lab Entertainment and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 8th.The ghost is not sure why she's there either and while they chat about that, the owl notices a man harassing the lady who had saved him when he was a baby.  She fed him, helped him heal, and then released him into the wild to live his life.  He helps her fight off the man.  This gets him Read More
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    Oothar the Blue by Brandon Reese

    Tue, 24 Apr 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Oothar is depressed.  He doesn't want to do any of his regular duties.  Slaying dragons and all the other barbarian activities that he normally does just don't have any charm for him anymore.  What's he to do?Lion Forge and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 15th.As he goes out and walks around he just gets more depressed and angry.  He finally has a fit and starts acting out.  He's cutting things, destroying stone and more.  When a Minotaur shows up he intends to kill him.  But the Minotaur Read More
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    Anne Rice: Four Decades of Horror Fiction

    Tue, 24 Apr 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    Celebrated writer Anne Rice is known for her horror, religious, and erotic novels. Though she writes in drastically different and seemingly contradictory genres, throughout all of her books, Rice displays lush and sensuous description, complex plots that focusing on history, art, and mythology, and an ongoing discussion around the nature of good and evil and what it means to have or lose faith. Rice has been actively publishing fiction since 1974 and is one of most commercially successful living writers today, as well as perhaps the most famous female living writer of horror. Read More
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    A Day (and-a-half) in the Life

    Mon, 23 Apr 2018 10:36:56 Permalink
    Got my trunks packed for the London fair then rose at 4 am the next morning to get on a 6 am flight to the west coast, where I arrived about 9:30 am. Rented a car and drove to the house of an old customer and friend who was considering selling his collection. Looked at the collection all day. Made an offer.Next morning we discussed the offer and looked at the books again.Continue reading A Day (and-a-half) in the Life at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Surface Tension by Mike Mullin

    Mon, 23 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    He races bikes and is doing very well at it.  That means he practices a lot and he has several routes he takes.  He sure never expected to run into a bunch of trucks on the back road he was on.  What's worse is he saw something they didn't want him to.  He's hurt, left for dead, but survives.  That's not the end of them trying to murder him...Tanglewood and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 8th.What's most terrifying about this story is that the terrorists are home grown.  Read More
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    This Is a Taco! by Andrew Cangelose, Josh Shipley

    Mon, 23 Apr 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is a fun book to read that should charm the young ones.  He's actually a squirrel but he only agreed to be in the book because they said there would be tacos...Lion Forge and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be available for sale May 1st.This starts as an educational book about squirrels.  But the squirrel rewrites the book, removing the predator, and creating a lunch scene.  He wants tacos!The illustrations are charming and the storyline makes you laugh.  What more could you want? Read More
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    Furyborn (Empirium #1) by Claire Legrand

    Sun, 22 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is the story of two women in different time periods who have magic powers.  No one really trusts them, they're afraid of what they can do.  But they think it might be the prophecy coming true.  Just which one of the queens is it?Sourcebooks Fire sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published May 22nd.The tale is told in alternating chapters; one in present day and one in the past.  I found it a bit confusing because both women are strong characters and they are facing similar challenges.  This is Read More
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    The Inventors at No. 8 by A. M. Morgen

    Sat, 21 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Just how far would you ride on a mechanical bird that can really fly?  George is still trying to decide that...Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on May 8th.This story is great fun.  The girl across the street is a great inventor, has lots of imagination and tells good tales.  She says she's telling the truth but not everything is the true.  When a man tries to rob George of his last asset in life, a map from his grandfather, her mechanical raven Read More
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    The Otter of Death by Betty Webb

    Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Teddy is counting otters and checking for any dead ones along the coast line.  When she sees her favorite, she sees that the tool she's using to open shells is a cell phone.  She lures her close, grabs the phone, and then the search changes.  She calls the cops and now it's a search for a dead man...Poisoned Pen Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 2nd.The man who was killed was married to a young woman with money.  It didn't make him stay true to her Read More
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    Tips For Collecting Mark Twain Books

    Fri, 20 Apr 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    Born November 30, 1835, Samuel Langhorne Clemens (pen name, Mark Twain) would become one of the most beloved American writers of all time. As a writer, humorist, speaker, and publisher, Mark Twain became a household name. His works are perennial favorites among readers and collectors, and in recent years, rare Mark Twain books and ephemera have gained even more value. Let's reexamine his remarkable life and work. Read More
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    Bats in the Belfry by E.C.R Lorac, Martin Edwards

    Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Inspector Macdonald starts with a missing person's case which quickly turns into murder...Poisoned Pen Press and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 2nd.As he checks into the case, it becomes more disturbing.  They are a married couple but they each have lovers.  She has the money since his book sales have dried up and he doesn't want a divorce.  They live in the same house but don't sleep in the same bed.  Did he skip town?  Did he run away with his lover; that's doubtful because he'd lose the money he Read More
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    R. Buckminster Fuller Collection at Stanford University

    Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    Who was R. Buckminster Fuller? In Stanford University Library’s description of the R. Buckminster Fuller Collection, the description describes Fuller as a “20th century polymath,” while the Buckminster Fuller Institute describes the man as “a 20th century inventor and visionary who did not limit himself to one field but worked as a ‘comprehensive anticipatory design scientist’ to solve global problems.” He was, indeed, a person of many interests, many academic pursuits, and many talents. Fuller lived through most of the twentieth century and published novels and essays, wrote poetry, designed architectural geodesic domes and works of contemporary art, and built Read More
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