Member Blogs Archive > November 2018

  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Dear Earthling: Cosmic Correspondent by Pen Avey

    Fri, 30 Nov 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Dethbert Jones is an average ten year old.  He just happens to be an alien.  He's excited about having an earthling pen pal and they both learn a lot about each other by reading their letters.Common Deer Press and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 3rd.The planet is named Crank.  He has a pet chicken snail and a best friend named Andi Social.  Puns are alive and well in this story.  Dethbert has a crush on his neighbor girl who wishes he would go away.  And he tells his pen Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Mark Twain and the First Great American Novel

    Fri, 30 Nov 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    It's hard to overstate the influence of Mark Twain. Ernest Hemingway once wrote, "All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn," and many critics now cite this work as the first "Great American Novel." While the majority of those in the English-speaking world have heard of Mark Twain, and his two most famous novels, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, they may not know as much about this classic American author as they may think. To start with, Mark Twain is not even his real name. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Playing with Fire: A 1960s British mystery by Patricia Hall

    Thu, 29 Nov 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    A young girl falls to her death from a night club.  She was too young to be there, nobody seems to have seen her, and nobody has reported her missing.  Who is she and did she fall or was she pushed?Severn House and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 1st.Harry can feel Soho changing.  There's a new group in town that's playing rough and demanding protection money.  He's not sure who they are but it's not the old group.  Not only that, there are new drugs on the street.  Maybe Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Four of Louisa May Alcott's Lesser Known Novels

    Thu, 29 Nov 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    Louisa May Alcott is best known for Little Women and its sequels. The different adaptations of the March family’s adventures all too often overshadow Alcott’s other work. All of her work possesses well written, intricate plots that often—in a manner similar to Jane Austen—promote a feminist ideal of women’s role in society. She shows the importance of more wholesome, old-fashioned values rather than the opulent lifestyle free of responsibility and traditional morals many of the wealthy were participating in. All this Alcott accomplishes in her novels without sounding preachy or alienating her audience. Here are four of her lesser known works Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Darkest Before The Dawn by Mike Martin

    Wed, 28 Nov 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Sgt. Windflower is happily married, they have a new baby and he has his collie.  All is good in his personal world.  So why can't his work life settle down?BooksGoSocial and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.There's not much crime in the town he lives in and he likes it that way.  Then they find a dead body.  As if that weren't bad enough, another dead body shows up.  They have no clue why these people were killed and they are relative strangers Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    The Quintessential Swiss-ness of Johanna Spyri's Heidi

    Wed, 28 Nov 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    As of this writing, some 50 million copies of Johanna Spyri’s Heidi have been sold. A precursor to children’s book heroines from Pippi Longstocking to Eloise, Heidi has earned herself a place in countless childhood memories. Intelligent, caring, effervescent, often in the face of considerable challenges, it is not so hard to see why Heidi continues to be beloved by millions. Amid such artful successes, it can be easy to forget what its author Johanna Spyri contributed to the culture and posterity of her native Switzerland. Read More
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    The Body in the Attic by Judi Lynn

    Tue, 27 Nov 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Jazzi and her cousin Jerrod flip houses to make a living.  Some they do real well on, some they don't make much on.  They can do their own work with the help of a contractor and they enjoy it even if it can be hard work.  But they never expected to find a dead body in a trunk in the attic.  Now Jazzi knows what happened to her aunt...Lyrical Underground and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you). It is being published today.This death was a long buried secret.  The man who lived in the house Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Crow Flight by Susan Cunningham

    Mon, 26 Nov 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Gin is in her senior year.  She's taking classes to make her application to Harvard look better.  When she notices a cute new male student, she tries to get his attention subtly but it doesn't work.  She does most of her work with programs she's created that can help her with life.  She's very logical and data oriented.  Unfortunately, he doesn't come up as a match for her in the dating field.  But he does get paired with her for a programming class...Amberjack Publishing and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Cyber Monday: Your Rare & Antiquarian Book Buying Guide

    Mon, 26 Nov 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    After the whirlwind of Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Small Business Saturday last week, today gives feasters and shoppers a chance to sit back and get some holiday shopping taken care of online. Everyone is offering deals of the century, but we have some items that you can’t find on Amazon. If you’re still in the market for a good book for anyone on your list, take some time on this Cyber Monday to browse our site. In this post, we’ve included several great titles and categories to get you started. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Trail Boss's Bride: inspirational historical romance (Journeys of the Heart Book 3) by Erica Vetsch

    Sun, 25 Nov 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Steve is taking a large herd to market so he can save the ranch his parents owned.  His father had taken a loan to improve the place.  It did, but it also laid a big debt on the place.  Now he and his little brother are on the trail and hope to get where they are going in time.Wild Heart Books shared this book with me for a review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.  (You can get all three in one package on Amazon.)What Steve didn't need was to find an apparently Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    It's That Time Again… (Already!)

    Sun, 25 Nov 2018 05:07:37 Permalink
    Well, the Boston book fairs are in the rear view mirror, I’m down to my last turkey sandwich, all the wet paper has been removed from the flooded basement and is getting wetter in the dumpster, Maritime List 266 is nearly finished and, best of all, my 2019 Dayminderjust came in the mail from eBay. I’ve heard that some people keep track of appointments in their phones. But I find that hard to believe.Continue reading It’s That Time Again… (Already!) at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Road Home: inspirational historical romance (Journeys of the Heart Book 2) by Winnie Griggs

    Sat, 24 Nov 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's taking two young children to their uncle.  Their parents died in a fire and they have no other relatives.  The uncle really doesn't want them but there's nowhere else for them to go except an orphanage.  What he didn't plan on was having to chase them down numerous times because they keep running away!Wild Heart Books shared this book with me for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.They're missing again and when Wyatt gets off the train, he sees a circus.  He's sure that's where they went and starts out after Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    A Reading Guide to William F. Buckley, Jr.

    Sat, 24 Nov 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    William F. Buckley, Jr. is well known for his conservative political views and witty writing style. With over 75 published works, it can be difficult to determine where to start when first discovering his writing. If leaning towards fiction, Buckley’s Blackford Oakes series follows a CIA operative as he fights against Communism in a style reminiscent of James Bond. His travel books tend towards the philosophical hidden in a more upfront topic. One aspect all of his books have in common is the total command of language and wit that immediately identifies Buckley’s work.  Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Gentleman's Quest: inspirational historical romance (Journeys of the Heart Book 1) by Camille Elliot

    Fri, 23 Nov 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Honoria hasn't had a good relationship with men since her brother's death.  First her cousin took over the house they lived in and thrust them out because she wouldn't accept his advances.  Then her mother's brother let them live with them but complained every day.  To get her mother and herself out of that household, she will have to marry.  She has no dowry.  She's not beautiful.  The man who wants to marry her is old and lecherous.  But he wouldn't be as bad as the other two.Wild Heart Books let me read this book for review (thank you).  It Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Six Books You Should Give as Gifts This Holiday Season

    Fri, 23 Nov 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    Happy Black Friday, shoppers! We hope you all enjoyed a lovely Thanksgiving Day here in the United States. If you are hitting the sales early this morning or easing in to the day, we have compiled a brief list of classic Christmas books that make for stellar gifts. Put one (or several) in your virtual shopping cart, and start checking names off your list. In case you missed it, last Friday, we rounded up all sorts of books that we think make excellent gifts. You can find that post here. Enjoy! Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Cowboy Brave by Carolyn Brown

    Thu, 22 Nov 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Emily grew up on a ranch.  She didn't mind ranch work but when they wanted her to take over the books and stay inside all day, she refused.  She got a degree and worked first with children and then with elderly folks.  The elderly folks are almost the same as working as with children...Forever and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 8th.When her little group wants to go stay on a ranch and remember their pasts and make some new memories, she can't say no.  When she goes Read More
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    Ten of the Best Children's Books for Thanksgiving

    Thu, 22 Nov 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    Thanksgiving is known for many things: turkey, parades, football, and, of course, Pilgrims and Native Americans. With all of the distractions and celebrations, it can be easy to forget the meaning and history of the holiday. An easy, fun way to remember why we celebrate, for both old and young, is through children’s books. The simple presentation of facts and intriguing illustrations allow readers to remember what Thanksgiving means and why we celebrate.  Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    We Give Thanks

    Wed, 21 Nov 2018 11:36:05 Permalink
    As those of you who don’t live under rocks are aware, around this time of year immense attention is placed on discovering what we are grateful for and giving thanks. We here at Tavistock Books are grateful for many things indeed – a finely mixed Manhattan, a wonderful dinner with like-minded bibliophiles… the San Francisco Giants. […] Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Sydney Noir by John Dale

    Wed, 21 Nov 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    These short stories include drugs, murder, sex and gangs.  I've never been to Australia but after reading these stories, I'd almost be afraid to go...Akashic Books and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 8th.Some stories have cuss words, most all have evil of some sort in it, and all of them are unique.  It reads up fairly quickly because they are short stories.Brand-new stories by: Kirsten Tranter, Mandy Sayer, John Dale, Eleanor Limprecht, Mark Dapin, Leigh Redhead, Julie Koh, Peter Polites, Robert Drewe, Tom Gilling, Gabrielle Lord, Philip McLaren, P.M. Newton, Read More
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    Lies Come Easy by Steven F Havill

    Tue, 20 Nov 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    It begins with a two and a half year walking along the road in the snow, his parents no where around.  When they find his father, he hasn't much to say.  To jail he goes...Poisoned Pen Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published today.There's a missing range tech, his girlfriend is dead from a gunshot, the father of the young boy has died of a gunshot and all the cops have are questions.    They are pretty sure the range tech is dead, too.  The problem is that everyone in the Read More
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    John Gardner: James Bond Books and Beyond

    Tue, 20 Nov 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    Today is the birthday of John Gardner. Gardner, in most circles, is not so much of a household name as James Bond or Ian Fleming, but he was responsible for keeping the intrigue and excitement of the legendary spy and his author alive in the hearts and minds of fans for nearly two decades. Indeed, from 1981 to 1996, John Gardner penned 16 original James Bond novels. In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look at several of his titles. Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    This Time It's All About Me

    Mon, 19 Nov 2018 05:05:10 Permalink
    Or, as several of my colleagues have observed, it’s always about me, with a thin veneer of news from the trade applied, observing the pretense of modesty. So let’s proceed on that basis. The 2018 version of the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair was one of the best-run affairs in recent memory. Betty Fulton, Julie Roper, and the Commonwealth Promotion crew have the drill down pat, and enough of the 120-plus dealers from around the globe are familiar enough with the load-in and load-out routines that things went off without a hitch. Continue reading This Time It’s All About Me Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Sophie Washington: Secret Santa by Tonya Duncan Ellis

    Mon, 19 Nov 2018 03:00:00 Permalink
    When Sophie gets a package in the mail, there's no return address on it.  When she opens it, it has a gift and a motivational note in it.  She didn't sign up for a Secret Santa this year.  Who could be sending it?Goddess Fish Blog Tours and the author shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you). It's on sale for only 99 cents during this tour, so you can grab a copy now.Sophie is a fun character to read about.  She's determined to find out who is sending the gifts and looks over her classmates Read More
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    Lackbeard by Cody B. Stewart and Adam Rocke

    Sun, 18 Nov 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    The youngest brother has dreamed of being a pirate since he was small.  His mother told him he had the heart of one.  But she died before he was very old and he and his older brother are in an orphanage.  The bad news?  They are being moved, separated, and being sent quite a distance from each other.  He refuses to do it.  He's going to become a pirate.Common Deer Press and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).   It will be published December 3rd.This story is a bit silly and a bit far-out but it's Read More
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    Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery

    Sun, 18 Nov 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    She's an orphan and she's a girl.  She's sad to have no home but isn't worried about being a girl until she finds out the folks who were going to take her into their home wanted a boy...Sweet Cherry Publishing and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.This is a classic story from the past that I read long ago and liked.  I didn't remember much about it so I decided to read it again and see how it stood up after so many years.  Read More
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    Hooks Can Be Deceiving: A Crochet Mystery by Betty Hechtman

    Sat, 17 Nov 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Molly Pink has enough to do with an upcoming TV show, a crafter's group that meets, and her regular job at the book and yarn shop.  But when a young woman who is a companion to another dies on the lawn from electrocution, she's not sure the young woman was the intended victim.  The lady she worked for is worth a lot of money and her brother wants the property.  She took a walk around the property every evening.  Was she the intended victim?Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Raymond Benson: The Fourth Man behind James Bond

    Sat, 17 Nov 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    Though the James Bond films were originally based on the novels by Ian Fleming, more recent movies are written in the spirit of Fleming's work. After Fleming's death, other writers have been invited to take up the James Bond mantle. First was Kingsley Amis, who wrote one Bond novel under the pseudonym Robert Markham. John Gardner penned the next 14 novels, along with two film novelizations. Raymond Benson was the next author to continue the Bond legacy, writing from 1996 to 2003. Read More
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    25 Years Ago Today

    Sat, 17 Nov 2018 07:21:00 Permalink
    Pistil Books & News opened its doors to the public for the first time on November 17, 1993.  Our retail store was a former garage on Pike Street in an area that was in transition from "Auto Row" to retail and other businesses.  Cafe Paradiso had opened up in the same block just a couple of years earlier.  The Wild Rose, Seattle's only lesbian bar, anchored the corner, The Comet Tavern was nearby, and Ronnie's Upholstery occupied the basement of our building.Before we opened, Sean and a hired carpenter constructed our eight and ten foot high bookshelves.  Friends helped us Read More
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    The Polar Bear Explorers' Club by Alex Bell

    Fri, 16 Nov 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    She wants to go on an expedition with her father but girls are not allowed.  He refuses to take her until her aunt wants to send her to finishing school.  She's got her scheduled to start as soon as Felix leaves.  He tells her no and foils that plan by taking Stella with him.  She is going on the expedition!Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.Stella has no idea how exciting and scary this trip will be.  Read More
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    An Early Holiday Gift Guide

    Fri, 16 Nov 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    Black Friday is one week away. Are your shopping plans made? Or are you still puzzling over the perfect gift for someone in your life? Maybe you won’t even think about the holiday shopping rush for another month. In any case, we’ve put together a list of some lovely collectible books as well as some stellar reading copies that might prove to be the solution to even the trickiest of gift-giving cases. From art books to fine press titles, sports stories to suspense, we’ve got something for everyone on your list. Be sure to follow the links for more information Read More
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