Member Blogs Archive > March 2016

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    Brotherhood in Death (In Death #42) by J.D. Robb

    Sun, 20 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Eve is a good cop.  She's tough, resilient, and determined to do her job.  Not everyone she deals with likes her style but they have to admit she's fair.  This new case is going to take her in directions she doesn't want to go, but she has to follow the evidence...Berkley sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.This is a long-lived series that readers don't want to give up.  I've read a few but not the whole series.  You might want to start Read More
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    The Rhythm of a Writer: The Unlikely Journey of Bill Martin Junior

    Sun, 20 Mar 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Most of us who have children, or have been children, can find ourselves murmuring, “A told B and B told C, I’ll meet you at the top of the coconut tree” the way others absentmindedly hum a song from the radio. The knowledge that he once wanted his work to be compared to jazz music is no great surprise, as Bill Martin Jr. penned many books like Chicka Chicka Boom Boom—a story about an alphabet made up of naughty lowercase letters who climb up a coconut tree and are sent crashing down only to be rescued by their uppercase parents—all Read More
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    The Nocturnals: The Mysterious Abductions by Tracey Hecht, Kate Liebman (Illustrated by)

    Sat, 19 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    It all starts as a hunt for missing animals.  The hunters are all nocturnal and they band together to search for a missing wombat and some kiwis.  What they find is a real surprise...Fabled Films Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you). It will be published April 19th.Dawn is a smart fox, Tobin is a pangolin and Bismark is a sugar glider.  They form the core of searchers but they add more as they go along.This is written for middle graders and is a bit nonsensical but it's fun to read.  The Read More
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    Wandering Witch (Diary of Anna the Girl Witch #2) by Max Candee

    Sat, 19 Mar 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Anna has destroyed the child smuggling ring near her orphanage.  She's also finally got a letter from her Uncle Misha.  She's going to go find him and then see if she can find her father.  She's never even met him but she wants to know more about her family.  Mama bear raised her but it's not the same as a family...The author shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  You can buy it now on Amazon.I love this series.  It has all the elements of a good fantasy story.  There's good and evil, immortal and Read More
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    Collecting Winnie-the-Pooh

    Sat, 19 Mar 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    To know Winnie-the-Pooh is to love Winnie-the-Pooh. And thanks in large part to Disney and the commercialization of the beloved classic children’s literature character, almost everyone knows Winnie-the-Pooh. Walk into any store and you’ll see Pooh pajamas, Pooh placemats, Pooh picture frames, and countless other Pooh-inspired paraphernalia. It’s safe to say the image of Pooh is a familiar one. But what about the original A.A. Milne books that contain the stories and poetry that inspire the still-going-strong Pooh parade? They are what dedicated Winnie-the-Pooh collectors are seeking, and they are our focus today. Looking to add to or begin your Read More
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    Outlaws of Time: The Legend of Sam Miracle by N. D. Wilson

    Fri, 18 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    If you travel through time and it doesn't turn out well, would you want to go back and try again?Katherine Tegen Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 19th.This is a twisted tale with some horror involved.  It's not only time travel, it's done again and again.  Things change (how many ways can you die?) and things stay the same but there's an evil man in the world that has some magic in him and he's trying to control the world.  The only way he can be Read More
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    The Invisible Guardian by Dolores Redondo

    Fri, 18 Mar 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is new series called the Baztan Trilogy that was originally published in Spain.  It's the story of woman police officer who has a past she has hidden from her business colleagues and her husband.  Now she's investigating murders that are ritualistic and some try to blame the basajaun.  According to Wikipedia, "In Basque mythology, Basajaun (plural: basajaunak) is a huge, hairy hominid dwelling in the woods." That sounds a bit like our Bigfoot rumored to be up north.Atria Books sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can Read More
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    Why You Should Read the Works of Bohumil Hrabal

    Fri, 18 Mar 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Bohumil Hrabal was a Czech novelist and essayist whose work perhaps best depicts the tragicomedies of politics and everyday life. He was born in Brno, the second-largest city in the Czech Republic (after Prague), on March 28, 1914. At the time of Hrabal’s birth, however, Brno was one of many Eastern European cities within the Austro-Hungarian empire. And during Hrabal’s lifetime, he’d see those national borders that defined his urban life continue to shift as both Brno and Prague became part of Czechoslovakia (1918-1993) and later the Czech Republic. His fiction has been adapted for the screen on more than Read More
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    How to Catch a Leprechaun by Adam Wallace, Andy Elkerton

    Thu, 17 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    This Leprechaun likes to do a little mischief when he visits the houses on the block.  They decide to trap him...Sourcebooks Jabberwocky sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.Mr. Elkerton's illustrations are bright and full in color and demonstrate just how much damage this little Leprechaun can do.  Mr. Wallace's tale is light and full of fun.This little fellow keeps bragging about he can always get away.  He washes your shoes, paints your toilet green and puts glitter in your hair.  He steals Read More
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    Something Like Poetry: Harold Budd's (Beautifully Bound) Verse

    Thu, 17 Mar 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    In the literary world, talented people are always poised to surprise you. Winston Churchill, for instance, on top of being a tremendous statesman, also won the Nobel Prize in Literature for his historical and biographical writings. Legendary basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is in the midst of developing a literary name for himself. And while there are plenty of musicians, like Bob Dylan and John Lennon, whose literary forays didn’t stand the test of time, it’s not uncommon for the reverse to be true. John Darnielle from the Mountain Goats, for example, was recently long-listed for the National Book Award for Read More
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    The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl by Melissa Keil, Lawrence, Mike (Illustrated by)

    Wed, 16 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's a regular girl who likes to draw.  She plans to become a comic artist but, now that she's graduated, she's not sure she wants to leave.  When you throw in a potential apocalypse, an old boyfriend back in town, and life decisions, her little world of comfort is blowing apart.Peachtree Publishers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 1st.  This Aussie town is really small and her group of friends are tight.  When one of them sees a video that says the world is coming to an end Read More
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    Little Felted Dogs: Easy Projects for Making Adorable Pups by Saori Yamazaki

    Wed, 16 Mar 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Needle felting is amazing to me.  When I had the opportunity to look at how they are created, I grabbed it.I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.  It has been published, so you can get a copy now.This starts with very basic information and instructions to get you on the right path.  I had no idea that the way they turn out had to do with a felting needle.  This needle has barbs on it and creates the texture by pulling bits of yarn up.The author walks you through the beginning steps and then offers advanced Read More
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    Practically Magic: The Works of Alice Hoffman

    Wed, 16 Mar 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    The genre of magical realism is a favorite for many because it taps into the reality of what it means to be human while also immersing readers in magical elements that capture the imagination. One contemporary master of this well-loved genre is Alice Hoffman. Hoffman earned a Master of Arts in creative writing at Stanford University. During her time there, she published her first short story, At the Drive-In, in Fiction magazine. The story caught the eye of editor Ted Solotaroff and ultimately led to the publication of her first novel, Property Of, in 1977. Hoffman has been writing prolifically Read More
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    The Extraordinary Suzy Wright A Colonial Woman on the Frontier By Teri Kanefield

    Tue, 15 Mar 2016 09:30:00 Permalink
    I don't generally read nonfiction but this was the story of a woman who immigrated from England with her family.  She was a Quaker but, in the early 1700's, she was also a feminist.  She lived an nontraditional life compared to other women of that era.  I had to read her story...Abrams Books sent me a copy of this book for review (thank you).  It's being published today.This is a lovely book.  It's filled with photos, side stories, and odd facts about life in that era.  It also has the look of an old manuscript on the pages, which is Read More
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    Prayers the Devil Answers by Sharyn McCrumb

    Tue, 15 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Her husband is ill and she sits by his bedside waiting for him to get better.  It's not to be, pneumonia kills him.  He was still a fairly young man, who would have thought he could die from a cold?Atria Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 10th.Appalachian hill country people have their own ways.  They tend to take care of themselves, keep to themselves, and don't accept charity.  They'd rather do without than take charity.  They also aren't very social creatures.Once her husband dies, she has the women Read More
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    Five Influential Books by Nadine Gordimer

    Tue, 15 Mar 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    One of the most prominent literary voices for political freedom and racial equality in South Africa, Nadine Gordimer wrote fifteen novels, more than two hundred short stories, and numerous other essays and works of criticism. Gordimer resided in Johannesburg, South Africa, a city that features prominently in her fiction. After her death in 2014, literary magazines across the world published tributes to the writer and her role in the anti-apartheid movement. Gordimer’s literature remains essential to any consideration of the relationship between fiction and politics. With so many works to choose from, where should a reader begin? Tracking a career Read More
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    Masks and Shadows by Stephanie Burgis

    Mon, 14 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's come to visit her younger sister.  She wasn't able to attend the wedding, she's now a widow, and she wants to renew their friendship.  She never expected to find her sister acting as a Prince's consort...Pyr and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you). It will be published April 12th.This book has a different flavor from Ms. Burgis' other books.  It's deeper, darker, and written for an older crowd.  This one is set back in the days of Empresses and Emporers and Princes.  There's more than one evil plan percolating at this castle.  Read More
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    How Many Legs? Katja Spitzer

    Mon, 14 Mar 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Here's a cute counting book to help your child learn their numbers.  I like how it's put together.Flying Eye Books sent me a copy of this book for review (thank you).  It's available now so grab a copy.The illustrations are simple.  You learn how many of what are on each page (eight legs for the spider) and then it gives you a chance to count for yourself.  This will emphasize what the child just read and emphasize their comprehension skill.The book is sturdy enough for smaller hands.  It's also a good book to share so they can take turns counting.  Read More
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    Welcome to Middle Earth: Collecting Unusual Tolkien Publications

    Mon, 14 Mar 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    When you hear the name of certain authors, you immediately draw associations with a style or idea. Hemingway = ex-patriotism. Fitzgerald = The Jazz Age. Kerouac = The Beats and their nomadic existence. And J.R.R. Tolkien = bringing the fantasy and science-fiction genres into the mainstream consciousness. Read More
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    The Mechanical Mind of John Coggin by Elinor Teele

    Sun, 13 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    John can create a perfect casket.  He's learned to do it with all the right angles and produces a clean, good looking wooden casket.  He hates it.  He wants to do something else.  Anything else...Walden Pond Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 12th.This story has a mix of everything.  There's the mean aunt hoarding her money that John earns, his little sister, a circus, a little cuss that gets him trouble every time, a baker, a lady adventurer who's studying history, and more.  All these characters Read More
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    Cold-Blooded (Jocelyn Rush #2) by Lisa Regan

    Sun, 13 Mar 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Knox is a retired cop with not much time left.  He only has one open case and he's determined to find the answer before death.  He's not in good enough health to investigate and he's hoping new eyes will see something he didn't and find Sydney's killer.  He asks Jocelyn's private eye firm to help.  As a matter of fact, he comes directly to her home to ask her...I won this book in a giveaway by the author and I really enjoyed it.  It's been published, so you can grab a copy now.There was more than one victim and almost Read More
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    The Fitting Friendship of Kazuo Ishiguro and Caryl Phillips

    Sun, 13 Mar 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    A reader is commonly excited by a friendship between great authors. If only one could have eavesdropped on the conversations of Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville. Or to have been a fly on the wall in Geneva, as Lord Byron and Shelley chatted the night away (Percy Shelley, that is—Mary Shelley maintained a polite dislike for the Don Juan poet). These friendships, naturally, have perished with their authors. But that does not mean our age is without its own. One of today’s most remarkable literary alliances is to be found in the friendship between novelists Kazuo Ishiguro and Caryl Phillips. Read More
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    The Last Oyster

    Sun, 13 Mar 2016 01:33:17 Permalink
    Sitting on the 2nd floor patio of the Hampton Inn in St. Pete where, eight years ago (I looked it up), I sat in utter despair of my book business, inhaling melancholy cigars, sipping whiskey, and trying to imagine how I might survive. My overwrought idea was to start a new business called Heartbroken Sailor, […]The post The Last Oyster appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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    Changeling's Island by Dave Freer

    Sat, 12 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    When he gets upset, strange things happen around him.  He's trying to impress a pretty girl and shoplifts a DVD in a store.  He gets caught, she denies knowing him and says he's a stalker.  While he's being braced in the office about the theft, a fire starts in the air conditioner and they all have to clear the building.  His mother decides that's the last straw and calls his father looking for a solution.  Their solution is to send him to Australia to live with his grandmother...Baen and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review Read More
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    Shadow Magic by Joshua Khan, Ben Hibon

    Sat, 12 Mar 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Thorn was trying to find his father when he's caught by slavers.  They thought his father was the one who poached the deer but it was Thorn.  He was hunting for food for his family but no one cares.  Poachers get punished by the loss of fingers and eventually their lives.  Since his father was at the third and final stage, he runs.  And now Thorn has been gathered in by slavers and he's on sale at the market...Disney-Hyperion and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 12th.Right before Read More
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    Six Things You Didn't Know About Virginia Hamilton

    Sat, 12 Mar 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Children’s book author Virginia Hamilton was a writer of firsts. She was the first to win several major awards and distinctions as a children’s book author, woman, and African American. She was the first person in her family to receive a proper post-secondary education. She was the first writer to chronicle the adolescent African American experience. And she is the first in the minds of many when it comes to black, female writers who have ascended to the top of American literary landscape. Read More
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    A Murder in Time by Julie McElwain

    Fri, 11 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's going to avenge the deaths of her fellow FBI agents.  When so many died and it took so long for her recovery, she's amazed to find out that the major bad guy gets away by flipping and becoming an informant.  Why should a man who caused so many deaths be allowed to live?Pegasus Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 11th.When she visits a castle where a medieval event is being held to get close the man she hates, she finds an opportunity to play the Read More
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    Best of Apex Magazine: Volume 1 edited by Jason Sizemore and Lesley Conner

    Fri, 11 Mar 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Twenty-one stories of the future and all of them pure fantasy.  Short stories are my favorite reads, how could I pass this one up?Library Thing and Apex Publications gave me the opportunity to read this collection for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a copy now.This collection has a wide variety of stories.  Some focus on myths, some on sex, some on strange things the future may hold and some really got my attention.Here's the list of stories:    Jackalope Wives by Ursula Vernon (Issue 56)    If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love by Rachel Swirsky Read More
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    Caldecott Winners You Don't Know About...But Should

    Fri, 11 Mar 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    The list of Caldecott Award Winners—those books that have been recognized by the Association of Library Service to Children for being the most distinguished American picture book for children—is long and varied. The Little House, Madeline, Where the Wild Things Are, Frog Went A-Courtin’, and many more famous books might come to mind when thinking of the Caldecott honor. However, there are more than a few unusual treasures that you’ve probably never heard of. Now we bring them off the shelves, clear some dust, and introduce you to these winners of one of the highest honors in children’s book publishing Read More
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    Fever at Dawn by Péter Gárdos, Elizabeth Szász (Translated by)

    Thu, 10 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's been sent to a faraway hospital to recover from his injuries and illnesses from the war.  He's told that he only has six months to live.  He doesn't give up.  He starts writing letters to Hungarian women refugees, looking for a wife.Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 12th.What makes this book special is that this a fictional story about the author's parents.  He found out years after his father died that the letters still existed.  He used them to provide the bones of Read More
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