Member Blogs Archive > March 2019

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    Last Dream of her Mortal Soul by K Bird Lincoln

    Thu, 21 Mar 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's come home from Japan.  Her father is still unconscious but she's brought him with her.  She's been summoned back to help solve a murder by the head of the Portland Kind.  First she stops to see her sister but she doesn't want to visit her.  She has her boyfriend over and they're spending their time in bed.  He's not who she'd like her sister to hang with but she really has no say over it.  She meets him and then takes her leave.World Weaver Press sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It Read More
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    Book Collecting Basics: The Structure of a Book

    Thu, 21 Mar 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Before taking to the skies, a pilot learns the inner workings of an airplane. Rare book collectors should do the same with books. It's important to understand how a book is put together so it is easier to recognize the signs of fine craftsmanship, to spot reproductions, and to assess the value of potential additions to your collection. Here are the basics of book assembly. Read More
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    The Library of Ever by Zeno Alexander

    Wed, 20 Mar 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Libraries have always been my friend.  The books are treasures to me and I was always afraid of running out of things to read.  But the one at home was nowhere near as exciting as this one!Macmillan Children's Publishing Group and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 30th.Lenora's parents on vacation and have left her with a nanny.  All the nanny wants to do is shop.  Soon, Lenora is bored, bored and bored.  Then the nanny takes her to the library.  She sneaks away from her and goes looking Read More
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    Manufactured Witches by Michelle Rene

    Wed, 20 Mar 2019 08:30:00 Permalink
    He's a young man riding the rails and hoping to find work here and there.  He's an orphan.  He knows riding the train can be dangerous but he has no choice.  He has no animal to ride.  He barely has enough to feed himself.  When he gets off at this town that looks to be big enough he might get a job, he finds a young girl chained to a tree outside a store.  He asks her why she's there.  She doesn't want to speak but he's persistent.  She says her father says she's a witch and she won't get Read More
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    A Veil Removed by Michelle Cox

    Tue, 19 Mar 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Clive and Henrietta are on their honeymoon.  They had big plans but when his father dies, they have to leave them all behind and return for the funeral.  It's even more saddening when Clive begins to believe his father's death was no accident.  He's pretty sure someone pushed him in front of the train where he "fell".  The police don't believe him though and don't intend to any investigation.  But Clive will.She Writes Press and Edelweiss gave the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 30th.He tries to keep Henrietta out of it Read More
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    Didi Dodo Future Spy: Recipe for Disaster by Tom Angleberger

    Tue, 19 Mar 2019 08:30:00 Permalink
    His Super Secret Fudge Sauce ingredient and recipe are missing.  When he's called the cops and is despairing over having his cookies done in time for competition, in comes Didi Dodo on roller skates.  After flipping over the front counter and landing in the cookie dough, she tells him she's come to save him and find his recipe!Amulet Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It is being published today.Koko can't tell her what the secret ingredient is because he doesn't know.  It was part of the recipe that is missing.  But Didi Read More
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    Free of All That Noise: A Philip Roth Round-Up

    Tue, 19 Mar 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    "Everybody else is working to change, persuade, tempt and control them. The best readers come to fiction to be free of all that noise." ~Philip Roth in Conversations with Philip Roth Philip Roth was one of the great, American literary geniuses of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Through his works, he explored the idea of self. He also highlighted the social and political climate of the time in which he wrote, often with satire and his particular brand of literary panache. When Roth died in 2018, he had been awarded two National Book Awards for Fiction, two National Book Critics Circle awards, three PEN/Faulkner awards, Read More
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    Tales of Japan: Traditional Stories of Monsters and Magic by Chronicle Books, Illustrated by Kotaro Chiba

    Mon, 18 Mar 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    This book is filled with short stories that intrigue your interest and introduce you to monsters, unusual magic and more.  I enjoy reading fairy tales from other lands and this is a very nice collection with beautiful artwork.Chronicle Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you) and it will be published April 23.From a monster with no face and a goblin with no body, I found each tale satisfying.  There are even ghosts included.  There is humor hidden in some of the stories.  There's a message in others.  You have fifteen tales to read here Read More
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    Beast Rider by Tony Johnson and Maria Elena Fontanot De Rhoads

    Mon, 18 Mar 2019 08:30:00 Permalink
    His brother has gone to the states to get a good job and send money home.  Manuel misses him.  His home life is simple and he's happy there but he wants to join his brother.  He doesn't know how long and dangerous the journey is...Amulet Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It is being published March 19th.He works and prepares to go.  He's going to hitch a ride on the train which everyone calls the Beast.  The train kills many of them, they have to jump on when it's traveling or they'll Read More
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    Book Spotlight: The Curious Case of Sidd Finch by George Plimpton

    Mon, 18 Mar 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Baseball has long been America’s pastime. Heroes have thrilled fans and achieved glory. Lore has shrouded the sport in expectations and fantasies. But what about when someone uses America’s pastime to fool Americans? George Plimpton, editor, writer, and sportsman, did just that when he published The Curious Case of Sidd Finch.  Read More
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    Boiled Dinner

    Mon, 18 Mar 2019 06:28:28 Permalink
    I would like to write about boiled dinner. It being St. Patrick’s Day weekend this past weekend, and me being a huge fan of boiled dinner, I ate one each night. My first one, Thursday night, was pretty good, but a little too salty. It was served as soon as cooked, and the flavors had not sufficiently blended. However, Coleman’s mustard was available, which redeemed the evening. The second one, which I ate at the sports bar in the strip mall down the way from the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Greenwich, CT was abominable. Continue reading Boiled Dinner at Ten Read More
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    Beautiful Bad by Annie Ward

    Sun, 17 Mar 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    She was visiting her best friend.  They went to a party and she met him there.  Jo had her eye on him but he liked her best.  They dated a bit.  In time they got married.  He moved her to a safe place in England but he's still going out on jobs.  He finally goes into business with his brother and they soon have lots of money.  He plans to retire and stay home with his wife and baby.  They've married for years and she loves her young son and she's in love with Ian.  He has PSTD and she's Read More
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    No Country for Old Gnomes: The Tales of Pell by Kevin Hearne; Delilah S. Dawson

    Sat, 16 Mar 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    The halflings have started a war against the gnomes.  They're bombing their homes, killing random families, and attempting to run them out of their homes.  They are also winning.  The only ones brave enough to resist are the children.  They begin their quest to stop it by starting out to visit the men in charge...Del Rey and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 16th.As the gnome begins his journey, a girl gnome with witch powers joins him.  Then he comes across an almost sheep-like person who is also journeying and Read More
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    The Hummingbird Dagger by Cindy Anstey

    Fri, 15 Mar 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    When his younger brother takes the carriage and careens out onto the roadway at high speed, James shouts at him to slow down but he doesn't hear him.  When Walter hits the bridge, he also hits another carriage and both fly off the bridge.  James races down on his horse and sees his brother and his friend have not been injured.  The other carriage had a young woman in it and she's been injured.  The driver and his companion are recovering but she's not moving.  James demands that she be relinquished to him so he can take her home and Read More
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    Mostly Harmless: How Eion Colfer Took Over The Hitchhiker's "Trilogy"

    Thu, 14 Mar 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    One of the best running gags in fiction (in this writer’s humble opinion) comes, unsurprisingly, from Douglas Adams’ beloved Hitchhiker’s Guide to Galaxy series (1979-2008). On the cover of some editions of the series’ fourth book, So Long and Thanks for All the Fish (1984), readers are helpfully informed that they’ve picked up “the fourth in the increasingly inaccurately named Hitchhiker’s Trilogy.” The original cover of the fifth book contained, mutatis mutandis, the same joke—Douglas Adams’ wry comment on the fact that, in terms of plotting out the series, he was just making it all up as he went along. Sadly, Read More
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    Star Marque Rising by Shami Stovall

    Thu, 14 Mar 2019 03:00:00 Permalink
    Welcome to a world where space travel is common, there are superhumans, cyborgs, enhanced humans and defects, and the superhumans run the government.  Clevon is an enhanced male who has learned to a warrior.  He has other skills, too, but not too many are on the right side of the law.  He fights a battle that could end badly for him but he sees it as the only way out of the hell hole he's in...The author and Goddess Fish Blog Tour let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a Read More
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    Cheer Up, Mr. Widdicombe by Evan James

    Wed, 13 Mar 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    They've moved to an island and are fixing up a house for them to use as a retreat.  A place for the family to visit and recharge when life gets too heavy.  Life is being a bit heavy for everyone right now...Atria Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 26th.There's not much of a plot in this story.  It's more like a psychological profile of all the characters.  You read about what influences them, why they are trying to make changes, and how they all interact.  The author Read More
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    A Dangerous Collaboration by Deanna Raybourn

    Wed, 13 Mar 2019 08:30:00 Permalink
    Veronica has an opportunity to collect a very rare butterfly and bring it to her museum at home.  She's going to stay on an island with the family that lives there and Stoker's brother is going to accompany her.  Stocker wants to go, too, but his brother tells him to say home...Berkley sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It was published yesterday.  Veronica is told she will have to act as his fiance during the stay so they don't scandalize the family.  She's not much worried about her reputation but she agrees.  It's hard Read More
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    Collecting Interesting Editions of the Work of Leo and Diane Dillon

    Wed, 13 Mar 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Leo and Diane Dillon are world-class illustrators, Caldecott Award winners, and a formidable team. The couple met at the Parsons School of Design in New York where both were students. Leo came upon a still life of an Eames chair displayed among student work at a school exhibition. He was struck by it, and set out to find who had done the work. That person—whom he assumed was a “he”—was, in fact, Diane Sorber. The two entered in to a sort of rivalry, trying to place higher than each other at competitive art shows. In the end, they married and Read More
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    Pilu of the Woods by Mai K. Nguyen

    Tue, 12 Mar 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    This graphic novel does three important things.  It teaches you about nature, about grief, and about how to fix fix arguments.  Talking about how you feel is a good way to communicate but you must listen, too.Oni Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 16th.Willow gets tired of her big sister telling her what to do.  She has a temper, she misses her mother, and she convinces herself she doesn't care about what her sister thinks.  She gets in a fight at school.  No one is sure what to Read More
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    When Charley Met Emma by Amy Webb, Merrilee Liddiard

    Tue, 12 Mar 2019 08:30:00 Permalink
    Charley's mother has taught him that being different isn't bad.  He understands that when he applies it to himself but he has a bit of a hard time when he meets his first handicapped person...Beaming Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It is being published today.Emma has two different legs, one longer than the other and no hands.  The first thing he says is that she's weird but his mother talks to him about how he's learned being different is OK and tells him that's rude.  He apologizes to Emma, who did Read More
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    A Lasting Mark: The Legacy of Virginia Hamilton

    Tue, 12 Mar 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Esteemed children's book author Virginia Hamilton was born the youngest of five children in Yellow Springs, Ohio in 1934 during the great depression. Her maternal grandfather came to the state on the Underground Railroad, and the family always prized the freedom to pursue education, creativity, and freedom. The encouragement she received in her home environment helped Virginia Hamilton graduate at the top of her class and receive a full scholarship to Antioch College. Hamilton later transferred to Ohio State University where she studied literature and creative writing, actively pursuing the field in which she would eventually succeed. During her lifetime, she won Read More
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    Summer of a Thousand Pies by Margaret Dilloway

    Mon, 11 Mar 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Cady is living with her dad and they are both homeless.  When her mother died, he started drinking and he's never stopped.  They lost the house, most of their goods, and only have each other.  They live in his van.  But everything changes once he gets arrested.  She's been in foster homes before while he sobered up and met conditions, but this time she gets sent to her aunt that she has never met.  It's her mom's sister.  As they look each other over, neither is too sure how this is going to work out, but it's what her dad Read More
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    Mon, 11 Mar 2019 02:15:53 Permalink
    This was without a doubt the smoothest load-in and load-out I’ve ever experienced at the Sandy Smith New York International European Book Fair – and I’ve been doing them since the 1980s.One of the side effects of standing in your booth at the Sandy Smith New York International European Book Fair for 30 years is that people get to know you, and you get to know them.Continue reading $12,840.00 at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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    A Snapshot of Murder: A Kate Shackleton Mystery by Frances Brody

    Sun, 10 Mar 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Kate likes photography and belongs to a photography club.  They decide to do some traveling together as a club activity.  The first place they go is to an opening of a Bronte Museum.  Seven go.  Only six come home...Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 9th.In the midst of the ceremony when everyone is crushed together in a crowd, the president of the club falls over dead.  It's no accident or health problem, he's been stabbed.  But by whom?The cops won't let them go home, so they Read More
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    Murder from Scratch: A Sally Solari Mystery by Leslie Karst

    Sat, 09 Mar 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Sally is very busy running the restaurant she inherited, trying to keep her employees happy and working well together, and just taking care of regular duties.  When her father asks her to take in her cousin whose mother had just died, she feels a bit resentful.  She's blind and will need to have someone around to tour the house, learn where everything is and help around town.  How's she going to be able to do all that in addition to running a restaurant?Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will Read More
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    Daniela the Pirate by Susanna Isern

    Sat, 09 Mar 2019 08:30:00 Permalink
    Blac Croc is the most feared ship on the sea.  It's filled with pirates and they will steal all your goods.  Everyone tries to stay away from it.  Except Daniela.  She wants to find them and join as a pirate!NubeOcho and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.This story made me feel good.  I've been a tomboy all my life and today is International Women's day so it fits the mood of this story.She finds the ship and tells the Captain and his crew that Read More
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    Eight Mickey Spillane Quotes That Show His Writing Style

    Sat, 09 Mar 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Mickey Spillane, one of the most popular American mystery writers of the twentieth century, is known for his gritty, gruff writing. His work is violent, dark, and utterly successful; his first novel sold over one million copies. Known for the character Mike Hammer, Spillane’s work on his mystery novels did not limit his work as a writer. He wrote television shows, movies, and children’s books, winning the Junior Literary Guild award for his 1979 story, The Day the Sea Rolled Back. However, his writing is best remembered for his use of vivid descriptions, short words, and fast transitions to help immerse Read More
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    The Door at the End of the World by Caroline Carlson

    Fri, 08 Mar 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Lucy's boss has disappeared.  She was going to visit another gatekeeper and she never returned.  Lucy isn't supposed to leave her post nor is she to use the gate.  But she's afraid her gatekeeper is in trouble.  It gets even worse when a boy enters her world by accident.  He doesn't know how he got there.  And she needs to get him back home but the key got stuck in the lock and now the door won't open...HarperCollins and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 9th.Lucy goes to find help but Read More
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    The Lost Horse by Mark Nicholas

    Fri, 08 Mar 2019 08:30:00 Permalink
    One day at the art museum, they find the bronze horse gone from its place by the man.  It's too heavy to lift easily.  So who took it and where did it go?  It went where it was needed...Tate Publishing sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.This is precious fantasy tale about a lonely young girl who lives in large, tall building all by herself.  She wishes she had a horse and one day she finds he comes to her.  He stays a Read More
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