Member Blogs Archive > August 2018

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    Isaac Asimov, Pioneer of Science Fiction

    Mon, 20 Aug 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    Isaac Asimov celebrated his own birthday on January 2. He was born sometime between October 4, 1919 and January 2, 1920 in Russia. According to his father, he was one of the healthiest children around, a fact put to the test when he contracted pneumonia at age 2. Asimov was one of 17 children to fall sick in the town where his family lived, and the only child to survive. The family moved to United States the following year, and Isaac Asimov grew up in Brooklyn, New York.  Read More
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    Look What I Found!

    Sun, 19 Aug 2018 10:47:40 Permalink
    Hoola van Nooten, Berthe. Fleurs, fruits et feuillages choisis de la flore et de la pomone de l’ile de Java. Brussels: Faubourg de Louvain, 1866. Large folio. (6) pp. plus 40 chromolithograph plates with text descriptions by van Nooten. $7500 As a specialist book dealer I walk a kind of tightrope. I need to conserve my limited resources to purchase items within my specialty. At the same time I have to be able to take advantage of a good deal when I see one, even if the item is beyond the pale in terms of subject matter. Continue reading Look Read More
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    An Accidental Corpse by Helen A. Harrison

    Sun, 19 Aug 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    They are on vacation, but after witnessing an accident, they find themselves drawn into the case.Dunemere Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.It's an awful car crash that kills the driver, one of his passengers and injures the other badly.  The only problem is that the dead passenger was already dead.  Someone had strangled her to death.  There's no end to who might have killed her.  Most of the men in the community knew her.  The only clue that might help is that Read More
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    A Double Life by Flynn Berry

    Sat, 18 Aug 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    This book is unusual and a bit boring but it picked up at the end.  She's trying to find her father...Viking and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.Her father came back to their home and killed the young woman downstairs and attacked his wife, too.  His friends tell her mother she must be mistaken, he wouldn't do a thing like that.  They also help him escape.  No one can find him.  But his daughter won't give up...When she finally manages to find his location Read More
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    The Princess and the Absolutely Not a Princess (Miranda and Maude #1) By Emma Wunsch and Illustrator Jessika von Innerebner

    Sat, 18 Aug 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Miranda is a very spoiled princess whose teacher has retired.  She wasn't the best teacher to start with but Miranda really, really doesn't want to go to school.  The kids will be noisy, the school smells bad, and she's behind the other students...Amulet Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.Maude sits next to Miranda and looks her over.  She's wearing a pink dress and fancy shoes.  She and Maude couldn't be more different.  Especially since Maude likes to eat hardboiled eggs and Read More
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    A Brush with Death: A Susie Mahl Mystery by Ali Carter

    Fri, 17 Aug 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    When the Earl is found dead n the churchyard, it was assumed it was a natural death.  After all, he was 75.  But it wasn't.  Someone helped him along.Oneworld Publications and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.The Earl had come out to use nature as his lavatory, so he had  no company.  The young people (Susie included) who found him confirmed his death but didn't happen on him until he was down.  Who could have hit him and ended his life?With no real suspects Read More
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    The Dress and the Girl By Camille Andros and Illustrator Julie Morstad

    Fri, 17 Aug 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Her mother made her a dress and she wore it everyday.  She wished for something a bit more extraordinary but she loved her dress.  Then her parents decide to migrate to America.  Everything gets packed up, including her dress.  But some how they leave that trunk behind...Abrams sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a coy now.Since the girl has gone, the dress goes to look for her.  It travels all around the world and years later ends up in the states.  It's now in a Read More
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    Smoky Summer Night

    Thu, 16 Aug 2018 12:22:00 Permalink
    Kam, our friend Barbara, and I had dinner on the balcony this evening.  The city has been very smoky for the past two days from forest fires burning, and the air is deemed "unhealthy."  This smoky atmosphere happened last year too, and a headline on the local paper suggested this might be the "norm" for Seattle summers now.  It makes for a pretty red sunset anyhow.For dinner tonight we had hummus, tzatziki, feta cheese, olives, tomatoes, grilled sweet peppers, avocado, artichoke hearts, pita bread, and sparkling wine.What we're reading:I am reading a monograph on Joseph Urban, the art deco theater Read More
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    Fear on Four Paws by Clea Simon

    Thu, 16 Aug 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    The call is about a trapped bear.  When Pru gets there, the animal control officer is snoring louder than the bear...Poisoned Pen Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.This is one that Pru has trouble getting a handle on.  Not only are they trying to capture a bear, they've killed a man.  She's sure her friend didn't do it, but how to prove it? She's getting advice from the animals around her but she doesn't get what they are trying to tell her.  That's Read More
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    Apollo's Raven: New Edition by Linnea Tanner

    Thu, 16 Aug 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    While the Kings fight for power, Catrin is learning what it means to be the Raven.  She's been trained as a warrior and she's always had a relationship with ravens but it's turning into some thing more...BooksGoSocial and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.When Catrin falls in love with a Roman hostage, her mother is enraged.  She accuses him of rape.  Then she gives her daughter to the care of the druid they have.  Not a good move; the druid is working with the Read More
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    Ten of the Most Beautiful Sentences in Literature, Part 2

    Thu, 16 Aug 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    Sentences can bring both joy and pain. The joy brought from a well crafted sentence lasts far longer than the pain a poorly written one inflicts on readers. Even when a beautiful sentence helps readers feel the pain present in the work, the contentment felt when remembering the beauty of the sentence far outweighs the momentary fleetingness of the emotion. It is the word choice, the flow, the structure, and the skill of the author that all combine to create something truly beautiful. We all have sentences we love. Certain elements draw each of us to different authors and sentences, Read More
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    Burning Ridge: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery by Margaret Mizushima

    Wed, 15 Aug 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Mattie is looking forward to seeing her brother again after so many years apart.  They share bad memories and she'd rather not relive them but seeing him would be good.  She never imagined he'd be dead when she saw him next.Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this for review (thank you).  It will be published September 21st.When Cole and his girls go for a horseback ride in the high country, he's horrified when his dog brings them a boot with a remainder of a foot in it.  That sets off a search.  Not only do they Read More
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    Creature vs. Teacher: A Book of Rhyme By T. Fuller Illustrator Alex Eben Meyer

    Wed, 15 Aug 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    The creature is huge, the teacher is small.  Will they get along?Abrams Appleseed sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.The creature is all full of action ideas, the teacher talks about what you learn in class.  Each suggestion rhymes.This board book is colorful and fun to read.  I especially liked the ending.  Here's an easy way to teach your little one about rhyming. Read More
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    Julia Child's Life and Legacy

    Wed, 15 Aug 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    Cooking is a skill everyone must utilize with varying degrees of success. There are people who struggle to turn on the correct stove burner when making pasta, others who are able to manage something edible, and some who create food to be savored, not just eaten. But after the skill-less, mediocre, and expert, there is another type of cook. These cooks are able to bring about new innovations and introduce previously foreign tastes to the public. One such cook was Julia Child who is credited with introducing French cuisine to the American public through her cookbooks and television shows. Read More
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    In Want of a Knife: A Little Library Mystery by Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli

    Tue, 14 Aug 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    It starts with a dead body out on the road.  She's a young girl who has not been abused but died from asphyxiation.  While they are trying to find out where she was and what happened to her, another girl goes missing...Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 11th.The missing girl is a little handicapped and she trusts everyone.This is not a good thing when evil comes to town.  The majority of the story is about the search but you get background on some of the families Read More
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    Excess Baggage: One Family's Around-the-World Search for Balance by Tracey Carisch

    Tue, 14 Aug 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Why not walk away from their daily life full of duty and commitments and make that trip they were talking about in their twenties?  It sounded like a good thing to him, too.  He can still work as long as he has WIFI.  So off they go with their three children.  They learn a lot while traveling...PR by the Book and the author sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It is being published today.What I found most interesting were the tales of the various places they visited and the people they met.  They Read More
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    Examining the Life and Work of Nobel Prize Winner V.S. Naipaul

    Tue, 14 Aug 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    V.S. Naipaul once said that no woman writer could be his equal. He did not win any points with feminists and those striving for gender equality, but it's hard to argue with his literary output. Again, we have to ask ourselves, how do we separate an author's ideology from the work he or she produces? Do we? Can we? Should we? Born August 17, 1932, Nobel laureate V.S. Naipaul died on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at the age of 85. The author is considered one of the modern legends of literature. Read More
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    In Cold Chocolate: A Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery by Dorothy St. James

    Mon, 13 Aug 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    They are going down to the beach to guide the new baby sea turtles to the ocean.  But none hatch.  That's not their biggest problem, though.  One of the members decides to put out the lights on a beach house with her gun and suddenly they have a dead body...Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 11th.Charity doesn't think the accused woman was the killer so she starts looking for other suspects.  She also finds out that the other relatives are trying to get her chocolate shop Read More
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    This Isn't About That

    Mon, 13 Aug 2018 08:33:17 Permalink
    No books all week, nary a one. Unless you want to count the two texts I ordered on eBay for my gun studies. (I love buying stuff on eBay because I can buy it with PayPal dollars which, because they come to me for rare book and manuscript sales through the Interweb, aren’t real dollars, so I can spend as much of them as I want. Until they run out, which is another blog for another time…) No books all week because I was down in Atlanta GA, teaching and auditing classes at Gun Sense University, which is the annual Read More
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    Remembering Legendary Author Ian Fleming

    Mon, 13 Aug 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    Everyone has a favorite super spy—a character whose cunning nature, quick thinking, or pure mental and physical strength keep us rooting for them long after their books, TV series, or films have reached "the end." Before common names like Jack Bauer, Ethan Hunt, and Jason Bourne dotted the super spy landscape, another famous spy arrested our imagination: James Bond. The dashing and debonair 007 was the creation of Ian Fleming, who has earned a reputation as a legendary author. Yesterday marked the anniversary of Ian Fleming's death. In his honor, we take a look back at his life and his Read More
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    Read and Gone: A Haunted Library Mystery by Allison Brook

    Sun, 12 Aug 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    The last thing she needed was her father showing up after years of absence.  Not only that, but he wants her help to get his half of the gems he helped steal in his last heist.  She says no.  But it's not that easy.Cooked Lane Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 11th.She loves her father but hates his thieving.  The next thing you know, the man hoarding the jewels is dead and her father is accused of murder...With her boyfriend trying to recover the gems, her father Read More
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    Dark Sky Island: A Jennifer Dorey Mystery by Lara Dearman

    Sat, 11 Aug 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    It all starts when a bunch of bones are found in a cave.  She's sent to get a story.  She gets one, but it's not the one she went for...Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 11th.She decides to investigate her father's death while she's there.  She doesn't think his death was a fishing accident.  It wasn't but what it was involves the whole island and makes it a very dangerous place to snoop.  Not even the police are safe there.Another death overshadows the bones and the Read More
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    My Nana was a Free-Range Kid by Nancy Peek Youngdahl

    Sat, 11 Aug 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Her Nana was a lot like me when I was young.  I climbed trees, hung out by the creek, rode my bicycle, played in the barn and did anything I could to keep from being bored.  No one worried about me.  Life was different then.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.Nana climbed trees and hung from them mimicking the trapeze artists in the circus.  When she falls and knocks all the breath out of her, her brother helps her recover.They also pretended Read More
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    Hitting the Books by Jenn McKinlay

    Fri, 10 Aug 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Who's trying to kill Theresa?  And why?  She has no enemies.Berkley and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 11th.A pile of library books in the car used for hit and run is one clue.  But they were checked out by the victim's soon to be step daughter.  Why would she want to kill her?  Then someone tries to suffocate her with a pillow.  They're serious about this. There are secrets from the past and the present.  Lies are being told, and they don't have much time to stop murder.  Can they Read More
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    When Anthony Rathe Investigates by Matthew Booth

    Thu, 09 Aug 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    He investigates now because he's driven by guilt.  One of his cases went badly and he can't forgive himself.  So he is going try to find justice for those cases he's asked to help on.Sparkling Books Limited and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 18th.These are short stories of several cases, all of them sad.  Trying to prove who the real villain is can be hard and unrewarding but Rathe doesn't give up.  He's trying to balance the scale and make his life feel right again.The stories aren't easy to Read More
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    Best Books About Weddings

    Wed, 08 Aug 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    Wedding season is upon us. Indeed, August recently surpassed June as the most popular month for couples to walk down the aisle making now a perfect time to look at books that center around weddings. Whether you’re looking for inspiration for your own affair, trying to pass the time before the big day, or searching for a wedding-themed book to add to your collection, here are some of our favorite books about weddings. Read More
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    The Cycle of Harm by M H Snowy

    Wed, 08 Aug 2018 03:00:00 Permalink
    Jeffery is a big mellow man but when he puts the helmet on, he becomes a killing machine...The author and Goddess Fish Blog Tours allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.Montague is a magician and Jeffery's best friend.  He tells him when to wear the helmet, goes into battle with him, and collects a fee from the village elders for saving them.  He uses his magic to make Jeffery forget the battle.  That saves him from guilt and regret.  They travel with a group of berserkers Read More
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    Under a Dark Sky by Lori Rader-Day

    Tue, 07 Aug 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's still lost after the death of her husband.  She decides to go on a trip he had planned before his death.  That was a mistake...Wm Morrow and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 7th.She anticipates a guest house where she can put the past to bed and move on.  Instead, she finds out she's sharing it with another group and she has a separate suite.  She almost goes right back home.  She should have.  This is a deadly group...Everybody in this group were friends in college and this is a Read More
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    How Terry McMillan Got Her Groove Back

    Tue, 07 Aug 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    Terry McMillan, author of bestselling novels Waiting to Exhale and How Stella Got Her Groove Back, was born October 18, 1951 in Port Huron, Michigan. She was the oldest of her four siblings and after her parents separated, she was left to care for her brother and sisters. Although forced to grow up at an early age, she found solace in her personal retreat: the Port Huron library. There, she fell in love with reading—relishing the works of classic writers including Henry David Thoreau, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Ralph Waldo Emerson. As much as she enjoyed their writing, she was discouraged that great works Read More
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    Pachyderm: A Catherine Kint mystery by Hugh McGinlay

    Mon, 06 Aug 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    It begins with the death of an elephant and ends with the death of humans.  If Catherine is not careful, she could be part of the body count...Threekookaburras and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.Catherine doesn't usually visit the zoo but it's a big event with free champagne, so why not?  Then she meets a cool zoo keeper and things are looking even better.  That is until he's found in the wild dog enclosure, almost dead.  They decide it was a suicide attempt.  She Read More
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