Member Blogs Archive > September 2018

  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    A Killing by the Sea by Kathleen Bridge

    Sat, 22 Sep 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Living by the sea and working in her aunt's hotel is fun and she loves her aunt and tales of what she did in the past.  She never expected to find a dead man on the beach.  The worst part is she knows him...Lyrical Underground and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 25th.They determine that his death was not accidental but was murder.  But who on the boat did it? She and her boyfriend visit Jake's house and learn he must be doing more than he's supposed to be on those Read More
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    Analog: A Cyber-Dystopian Noir Volume 1: Death by Algorithm by Gerry Duggan, David O'Sullivan

    Sat, 22 Sep 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    It's 2024 and nobody uses the internet anymore for anything but porn.  The net is no longer secure or private and things have gradually gone back to paper...Diamond Books and Edelweiss shared a copy of this book with me for review.  It will be published October 9th.He never knows what is in the locked metal briefcase, he just delivers it to the person waiting for it.  But there are others that want the info and are willing to take it if they can get it away from him.  It's not an easy job.  It gets even more dangerous when the Read More
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    The Music Box 1: Welcome to Pandorient Script by Carbone / Art by Gijé

    Fri, 21 Sep 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Her mother is gone.  Since it's her birthday she wishes her back but her father tells her it's a useless wish.  But he has a special gift for her:  her mother's old music box.  It's made of glass and it's magical.  Just how magical she doesn't know yet.Europe Comics and Net Galley let me read this book for review.  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.She sees a mini girl in the globe who is asking for her help.  She finds she can shrink and enter their world.  Once there she tries to help them save Read More
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    Dry County by Rich Tommaso

    Fri, 21 Sep 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    His life is boring.  He works in an office writing comics during the day and drinks at night.  It isn't until he goes down to do laundry that he meets someone interesting...Diamond Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this graphic novel for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.She's an attractive blonde with a good personality and he finds himself wanting to see more of her.  He dates her for a while and then one of her ex-boyfriends kidnaps her.  Can he find her again before she gets hurt?  Or is he Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    The Man With Many Names: Collecting Stephen King

    Fri, 21 Sep 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    Even the task of summing up Stephen King’s career and body of work is daunting. The New England-based literary giant has published more than 50 books, including acclaimed works of sci-fi, fantasy, suspense, horror, supernatural fiction, literary fiction, and, no doubt, other genres as well. He is so famous that even his pseudonyms are household names, and his works have been adapted for the screen more times than it would be in any way reasonable to recount in this space.  Read More
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    Mardi Gras Murder: A Cajun Country Mystery by Ellen Byron

    Thu, 20 Sep 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    The city has flooded again and when they clean up the debris at the bridge base, they find a body.  He's not from around there and he's been murdered, not drowned in the flood.Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley let me read this for review (thank you).  It will be published October 9th. If that's not bad enough, one of the judges for the queen for this year, is shot and killed, too.  Is it because he opposed the Orphan Train Exhibit?  Or did someone want their daughter to win and his vote was going elsewhere.  Or was it something Read More
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    Owl Love You by Matthew Heroux, Wednesday Kirwan

    Thu, 20 Sep 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is a very sweet picture book of a mother owl and her baby.  It's a great way to assure your child you will always be there for them.Cameron Kids shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.The owl and the play on words drew me into asking to read this one.  I'm glad I did!The illustrations are lovely and easily show the love between mother and child.  Reading it reminded of my mom and her love.  She would have said:  "Owl always love you..."  Read More
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    A Closer Look at Fine Press Books

    Thu, 20 Sep 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    Made in limited quantities, fine press books elevate publishing to an art. They are highly sought after by art lovers and book collectors alike. If you've been reading our blog for any length of time, you know of our affinity for fine press books. We love seeing what the likes of Heavenly Monkey, The Golden Cockerel Press, Nawakum Press, and more create. Do you have a fine press collection? Or are you interested in adding fine press titles to your library? Read More
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    Homeward Hound by Rita Mae Brown

    Wed, 19 Sep 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    It's winter months but the fox hunts go on.  They come in early, switch days, but they don't give up totally.  When the snow arrives early and turn into a blizzard, they head back home.  The only problem is they are one person short.  There's no sense in trying to find him in a blizzard.  They'll have to wait until the next day...Ballantine Books and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published tomorrow.They search for the missing man without much luck.  Finally, the dogs start digging and the humans take over.  They've found Read More
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    Death and Daisies: A Magic Garden Mystery by Amanda Flower

    Wed, 19 Sep 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's opening up a new flower shop and is anxiously awaiting opening day.  It's awful inconvenient when the local minister is found dead on the same day...Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 23rd.He'd already threw her out of church and publicly embarrassed her.  He's been in the store once causing trouble.  But she didn't kill him.  So who did?As she snoops about she gets closer to the truth and she starts getting threatening notes.  The killer wants her to back off.  Her boyfriend wants her to Read More
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    Celebrating the Legacy of Illustrator Arthur Rackham

    Wed, 19 Sep 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    English artist Arthur Rackham is widely considered to be one of the most important and influential illustrators from the Golden Age of British Illustration. What really cemented his position as one of the preeminent illustrators of his day were his color illustrations for Washington Irving's Rip Van Winkle and J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens. Some of his notable works include illustrations for The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving, Christina Rossetti's Goblin Market, and The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, which was published after Rackham's death. On the anniversary of his birthday, let's take a look at the enduring legacy of one of England's Read More
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    The Lost Carousel of Provence by Juliet Blackwell

    Tue, 18 Sep 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Cady takes pictures of carousels,  She's got a contract to do a picture book of them.  When she finds a burned and broken one, she suggests a book on the condition of it and the restoration.  They say they'll think about it.  Now if the old grouch will let her do it, she'll have it made...Berkley and NetGalley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.Being in Paris is a new experience for her and she finds she likes it.  She also likes the man she meets but they have different agendas.  He will Read More
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    The Good Demon by Jimmy Cajoleas

    Tue, 18 Sep 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    She knows she's possessed by a demon but she's like having a sister.  She's good company, tells her stories, and she enjoys having her around.  At least she does until she takes possession of her...Amulet Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It is being published today.When she almost gets raped, the demon takes over and bites the boy badly.  Her stepfather has a preacher in to get rid of the demon.  She feels lost and alone and wants her demon back.  What she doesn't realize is the cost she will have to Read More
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    O.J. Simpson's If I Did It: The Road to Publication

    Tue, 18 Sep 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    We are always fascinated by a book’s road to publication. From its author’s efforts to get his or her story on paper, to its editor’s work, to the actual publishing of the book, it’s a nuanced process, filled with highs and lows. O.J. Simpson—the most notorious subject in a criminal trial in the last century—penned If I Did It (with the help of a ghost writer), and the book’s publication history is an interesting one, making first editions highly collectible. Read More
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    A Scandal in Scarlet: A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery by Vicki Delany

    Mon, 17 Sep 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's out for a walk with her dog when she discovers a fire in the West London Museum.  There's a lot of damage done, so they decide to have an auction to raise funds.  But before the auction begins, the Museum Board Chair is found dead in the back room...Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 23rd.Gemma tries to keep her nose out of it but the shopowner across the street asks for her aid.  They are looking at her for the murder...The dead woman was Read More
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    Dark Tide Rising: A William Monk Novel by Anne Perry

    Mon, 17 Sep 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Monk is asked to escort a rich man to an dangerous place where he will pay the ransom to get his kidnapped wife back.  Unfortunately, they take the money but his wife is dead...Ballantine books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published tomorrow.Monk has always been a favorite character of mine.  He gets used in this story but doesn't discover it until the end.Since it appears the kidnappers knew what routes they were using to attack them, one of his cops must have betrayed them.  He's searching for the kidnappers and Read More
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    The Most Beautiful Village in the World by Yutaka Kobayashi

    Sun, 16 Sep 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    His family raises fruit to sell at the market.  They sing while they harvest it.  Life in their village is good.Museyon and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 1st.This year the younger brother gets to go the village with his father.  His brother is away, fighting the war.  After they have sold their goods, his father buys them a lamb to take home.While it may be the most beautiful village in the world, when winter comes the war claims the village and there is a village no more.  The Afghanistan Read More
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    In Peppermint Peril: A Book Tea Shop Mystery by Joy Avon

    Sat, 15 Sep 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's catering a big event at a home she used to frequent as a child.  The lady who owns the house is going to read her new will to them.  Before that happens a diamond goes missing and the gardener is found dead in the conservatory.  Maybe they shouldn't have catered this event!Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 23rd.The man was killed with a screwdriver so they go after the handyman first.  Then they go after Ben who walked by the conservatory.  The cops are jumping Read More
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    The Circus Thief by Alane Adams

    Sat, 15 Sep 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    He tries to get his dad to give him an allowance but he won't pay him for regular chores.  However, he will take him to the circus...Spark Press and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 6th.His son gets to ride the circus horse.  He finds they plan to get rid of the circus horse, which bothers the son.  Then the horse takes off and the circus officials accuse the boy of stealing the horse.  His father saves him and the horse.  Thank goodness! Read More
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    Happy Birthday, Agatha Christie!

    Sat, 15 Sep 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie is the most popular mystery writers of all time. Her two most well-known characters, Mrs. Marple and Hercule Poirot, are icons in the world of detective fiction, on par with literature's most famous detective, Sherlock Holmes. Christie has served as inspiration for generations of writers who came after her, and her books are still tremendously popular years after the publication of her final novel. In honor of what would have been her 128th birthday, let's take a look at the life of one of fiction's most beloved authors. Read More
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    Report on the Sacramento Antiquarian Book Fair, Pt. II

    Fri, 14 Sep 2018 11:15:24 Permalink
    Answers by Samm Fricke So Samm! This is (a bit confusingly) your second Sacramento Antiquarian Book Fair. Could you tell us a bit about your experience, prep and overall impression of the previous Sacramento fair you attended in March of this year? For those of you that don’t know, Samm was brought onboard the Tavistock Books train […] Read More
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    Blood Highway by Gina Wohlsdorf

    Fri, 14 Sep 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's surviving on her own.  She goes to school, pretends to be a waitress so she can eat other peoples leftovers, does a little pocket pickin', anything to keep from bothering her crazy mother.  Then she comes home and finds her mother has committed suicide...Algonquin Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published.She finds out her father has been released from prison and that's why her mother killed herself.  She'd told her he was dead, so this is quite a surprise.  It's even more of a surprise when he shows up Read More
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    The Bookshop Girl by Sylvia Bishop, Poly Bernatene

    Fri, 14 Sep 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Her parents took her to a bookstore and left without her.  She hid in the lost property box.  When they found her, they took her in and called her Property.  She loved the bookshop and they even slept there at night.  Then they win another BIG bookshop!Peachtree Publishers and Edelweiss let me read this book for review.  It will be published Oct. 1st.The new bookshop is magical.  The shelves rotate up and down so there is much more in there than you expected.  The desert adventures section has sand and other desert amenities.  It's a wonderful store.  Then in comes a Read More
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    Smoke and Mirrors by K. D. Halbrook

    Thu, 13 Sep 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's part of the trapeze artists in this circus and she loves it.  She doesn't love going to school though.  There's a bully there that picks on her.Paula Wiseman Books and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.They have a gray smoke that hovers around and causes trouble.  It's from a magician who has lost the one he loves.  She transformed into a whale and he can't transform, too. So he blames the circus and causes them trouble.When the girl get disillusioned by school and the Read More
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    The House of Lost and Found by Martin Widmark

    Thu, 13 Sep 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Niles lives alone in his old dirty house of memories.  His children live far away, his wife died several years ago, and he lives with his memories.Floris Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published tomorrow.One evening, after he's in bed, he hears someone knocking on his door.  He goes down to see who is bothering him and finds a young boy who is holding a flower pot.  He asks if he will water his plant while they are on vacation?  He grabs the pot, closes the door, and throws the Read More
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    Caldecott Winning Illustrators Series: Virginia Lee Burton

    Thu, 13 Sep 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    Children’s books are loved by people of all ages, not just kids. Some of the most loved books in this genre are from author Virginia Lee Burton. Her seven books all have whimsical drawings and an appeal that even modern children are drawn to, despite being written over 50 years ago. Burton’s talent was recognized in 1942 when she was awarded the Caldecott Medal for her fourth book, The Little House. Since then, Burton’s work has enthralled and inspired generations of children, adults, and collectors. Read More
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    Salt by Hannah Moskowitz

    Wed, 12 Sep 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Their parents went off to kill a monster and never returned.  The children left behind assume the monster won that battle.  But the eldest wants to go see what happened. She runs the ship, so off they go.Chronicle Books and Edelweiss shared this book with me for a review (thank you).  It will be published October 30th.They are killing monsters on the way, so it's not a direct trip.  Her brother meets a pretty lady, sleeps with her, and then finds out she's a pirate.  When they back to their boat she's taken all their weapons and the sail!Their way Read More
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    Thomas Harris, Hannibal Lecter, and a Literary Legacy

    Wed, 12 Sep 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
     "You must understand that when you are writing a novel, you are not making anything up. It's all there and you just need to find it." -Thomas Harris Thomas Harris is one of the few authors whose novels have all been made into successful films. Born April 11, 1940 in Jackson, Tennessee, Harris grew up in the South. He went to Baylor University, where he majored in English. Throughout college, Harris worked as a reporter for the local paper. He covered the police beat, which undoubtedly stoked his own interest in crime and law enforcement. By 1968, Harris had made his Read More
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    Report on the Sacramento Antiquarian Book Fair, Pt. I

    Tue, 11 Sep 2018 09:45:40 Permalink
    by Vic Zoschak, Jr. Reading colleagues’ comments with regard to the recent Brooklyn event, allow me to put in a plug for the Sacramento Antiquarian Fair, held this past weekend.  A semi-annual event, hosted by Jim Kay, I suspect it doesn’t have the panache of Brooklyn, but that said, it has come to be beloved […] Read More
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    Christmas Gift Idea – Dickens at Christmas

    Tue, 11 Sep 2018 09:41:22 Permalink
    Christmas Gift Idea – Dickens at Christmas Somehow, Dickens and Christmas have become almost synonymous. It is the very spirit of Christmas which Dickens conjured from his fertile and so charitable mind – and this is the kind of celebration of the Yuletide Feast which over the years we have come to accept as being […]The post Christmas Gift Idea – Dickens at Christmas appeared first on HC Books. Read More
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