Member Blogs Archive > March 2018

  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Bermuda Connection (A Nick Randall Novel Book 2) by Robert Rapoza

    Sat, 17 Mar 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Nick Randall doesn't know how to stay out of trouble.  He knows he has assassins after him and instead of hiding, he attacks.  He knows how bad the danger is and he's willing to sacrifice himself to save the world.  The only regret he has is that now his two children are involved, too, as well as many of his friends.  How do you overcome overwhelming odds?The author shared a copy of this book with me for a review (thank you).  I found the first one in the series very interesting and the action doesn't stop in this one either.  Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Collecting Nobel Prize Winners: Seamus Heaney and George Bernard Shaw

    Sat, 17 Mar 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    Despite being a country of fewer than 5 million people, Ireland boasts four Nobel Prize in Literature winners: W.B. Yeats, George Bernard Shaw, Samuel Becket, and Seamus Heaney. For those of you keeping score at home, that’s the highest Literature Nobel Laureates per capita outside of St. Lucia, which counted the late poet Derek Walcott among its 150,000 or so residents, even without James Joyce (who was famously snubbed) to round out the list. (Sweden appears to be a close third, with 8 prizes and a population just under 10 million). In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we’ll be turning Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Verdict on Crimson Fields (World of Prime #4) by M.C. Planck

    Fri, 16 Mar 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Christopher accidentally fell through a portal on Earth is now on a medieval world full of goblins, witches, elves, various religious beliefs, dragons, hobgoblins and more strange creatures.  The one thing they all have in common is that they want to kill him...Pyr Science Fiction and Fantasy shared an ARC with me to review (thank you).  It will be published April 10th.With political plots and many of the characters working at cross purposes (the elves especially), there's plenty of intrigue and magic to hold your attention.  Even if you're killed, magic can bring you back to life.  But only if Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Hawthorne Heights: How John Updike Rewrote "The Scarlet Letter"

    Fri, 16 Mar 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    Remember the film Easy A (2010), in which Emma Stone stars as a high-school student ostracized for her (invented) promiscuity? In the film, Stone’s character eventually takes to wearing a read letter “A” on her person in reference to Nathaniel Hawthorne’s seminal novel of adultery and Puritanism, The Scarlet Letter (1850), on which the film’s screenplay is partially based. In one sense, it’s amazing that Hawthorne’s novel, which was one of America’s first important literary works, continues to assert its cultural relevance in the 21st century. In another sense, though, we really oughtn’t be surprised. After all, there have been numerous Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Why Kill the Innocent by C. S. Harris

    Thu, 15 Mar 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Hero slips on the ice and falls on the way home from the poor side of town.  To her dismay, she falls on a body.  Even worse, she knows who the lady is.  Because she was a music teacher for Princess Charlotte, her body is soon confiscated by the Royalty.  But Hero has seen enough to know it wasn't a natural death.  She has a head wound that would bleed profusely and there was no blood to speak of in the snow.  However, the case is closed as accidental death.  Hero and her husband decide to investigate themselves.Berkley and Net Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    John Steinbeck and the Nixon Novel that Never Was

    Thu, 15 Mar 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    John Steinbeck, born on February 27, 1902 in Salinas, California, would become one of American's most notable authors. Steinbeck established himself as an author in an era when accomplished authors held considerable clout. As a result, he one day found himself in a unique position: he held the upcoming United States presidential election in his hands. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Stone Girl's Story by Sarah Beth Durst

    Wed, 14 Mar 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a rip roaring fantasy tale of the type I really like.  Create unique characters, give them a quest, and let them find friends to help them succeed.  She's a girl made of stone by a master stonemason and he's died some time ago.  Their marks are beginning to wear off and she needs to find another stonemason so they don't turn back into rocks...Clarion Books and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 3rd.The big turtle has already frozen in place.  The others are starting to slow down.  Their marks Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Why Travel Can Be an Important Part of Book Collecting

    Wed, 14 Mar 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    With so much book shopping and book collecting taking place on the internet these days, it might be difficult to imagine why travel can be an important part of building a rare or antiquarian book collection. We’ve become so reliant upon the internet for almost everything these days, and book buying is one of them. However, let me emphasize just how valuable it can be to travel to different parts of the United States and, indeed, different regions of the world, as you build your collection. When physical bookstores are available, not only can you engage with the book as Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    A Different Kind of Evil by Andrew Wilson

    Tue, 13 Mar 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Agatha Christie is taking a trip to a tropical island to recuperate from her last excursion and to help her get over her pending divorce.  When someone in secret service asks her to look into the death of man stationed there, she agrees.  She doesn't realize how convoluted and confused the truth will be on this island...Atria Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.The first thing that happens is there is a suicide on board the ship and she witnesses it.  That's not helping her stress level.  Especially Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Murder by Mail by Bill Youngblood

    Tue, 13 Mar 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    A popular dentist is out jogging like he usually does when a black Mercedes pulls up and stops.  The driver calls him by name and then shoots him twice, leaving a newspaper article under his head...I found this one on Book Review Buzz and the author kindly sent me a copy to read.  You can buy it now on Amazon.As more deaths appear, it seems the common denominator is that they wrote letters to the editor.  They were a bit controversial but you wouldn't think someone would kill over it.As the cops weed through the facts and try to determine Read More
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    Unbury Carol by Josh Malerman

    Mon, 12 Mar 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Carol's lived her whole life with a very unusual condition.  She collapses and it's like she's dead.  She's not but there is no sign to indicate life.  Her heartbeat is slow and faint, she doesn't show her breath in a mirror, and those who don't know her secret think she's dead.  Her husband knows and he's too chicken to murder her but if she gets buried alive, who will know?Del Rey and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 10th.This story is a mix of paranormal, horror, and a touch of love.  Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Sea Creatures from the Sky by Ricardo Cortés

    Mon, 12 Mar 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    I asked to review this book because the illustrator is the #1 New York Times best-selling illustrator.  I wanted to see his artwork.  I didn't expect the story to charm me, too.Black/Sheep/Akashic Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review(thank you).  It has been published.There is minimal text but the graphics are enchanting.  You feel like you're in the water swimming with the other fish.  Even if you didn't read the story, the images are worth the price of the book.Now imagine you're a shark and you're looking up through the water.  He talks about the Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    How Do It Know?

    Mon, 12 Mar 2018 03:40:20 Permalink
    This entry starts out with the old joke about the thermos. You know the one… it keeps hot things hot and cold things cold. But it’s only a thermos. How do it know? That’s the story of the 2018 edition of My Big Fat New York Book Fair. Other parts of the event took place at the Park Avenue Armory As you may recall from last week’s blog entry, my prospects for this show seemed bleak – primarily because I’d sold most of my good stuff in San Francisco and Pasadena several weeks before. Continue reading How Do It Know? Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    To Die But Once by Jacqueline Winspear

    Sun, 11 Mar 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    It all started with a missing boy.  There's another war going on and the fathers who served in the last one are trying to protect their boys.  With the help of friends, they get them into government programs where they are protected from being called to serve.  What no one realized was that the government jobs were tampered with...Harper sent an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published March 27th.When Joe's parents don't hear from him for a while, they ask Maisie to check on him and see what's going on.  Joe has Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Lucknow by Annie Hall

    Sun, 11 Mar 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Rosie has a young child, a wonderful husband and a nice home.  At least she did until he came home late one night and told her he was leaving her and the child and moving to another country with another woman.  She can't believe it.  But when she gets escorted out of his workplace by security guards he called, she knows it's true...Threekookaburras and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.When she calls her parents they tell her there's no room in the house Read More
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    The Sky is Yours by Chandler Klang Smith

    Sat, 10 Mar 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is a tale of a dystopian world plagued by dragons, bad water, and lots of poor people who want what the rich have.  Dragons drew me in but they seem to be mechanical and that wasn't as much fun.  To read this book, you need to set your rational mind aside and just read... This book has been published by Hogarth.  I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.Nothing made a lot of sense in this book.  It was like taking a trip and never leaving the farm.  There's a character who knows which building the Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Cave of Bones by Anne Hillerman

    Fri, 09 Mar 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's a willful child that acts out because she doesn't think her mother loves her.  She's on a "vision quest" as part of a camp out her mother sent her on.  She doesn't follow the directions and gets lost.  What she finds scares her to death...Harper and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 3rd.Bernie has been forced to go give a talk to the girls at this camp.  When she arrives, the girl is missing and those plans go by the wayside.  The girl returns but the man who went to Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Wellspring Trilogy: The Crystal Key by Robert Gronewold

    Fri, 09 Mar 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is the beginning of an epic tale.  You have a world where the sun doesn't shine anymore.  They use fountains to provide light.  The dark hides monsters.  And some people have magic...Diamond Book Distributors and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review.  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.I was impressed by this book.  The author writes a well-bodied story with lots of action, some characters have taken on animal characterisitics, and the main character is young girl just beginning her career as a Turnkey.  It's unfortunate that she is caught up Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    'March' and the National Book Award for Young People's Literature

    Fri, 09 Mar 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    Whether you are searching for a new graphic novel to buy the kids or teenagers in your life, or if you are adding to an ever-expanding graphic novel collection of your own, we want to make sure you know about the March Trilogy. This three-book set from John Lewis, one of the key figures of the American Civil Rights Movement and current Georgia congressman, is a memoir about his “coming-of-age in the movement,” according to an article in The New York Times about the graphic memoir collection. The books are significant for anyone hoping to learn more about the history Read More
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    Twelve Women to Read on International Women's Day

    Thu, 08 Mar 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    International Women's Day is celebrated every year on March 8. It was inspired by a National Women's Day held in New York in 1909 as a response to a 1908 march for equal rights undertaken by 15,000 women. However, by the second year, the International Conference of Working Women decided that the holiday should expand worldwide. It was adopted by the United Nations in 1975 and declared an international holiday in all participating states. International Women's Day is dedicated to fighting for gender equality and to celebrating the social, political, and cultural achievements of women. While a common opinion today Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Sophie Washington: Things You Didn't Know About Sophie by Tonya Duncan Ellis

    Thu, 08 Mar 2018 03:00:00 Permalink
    Sophie is a middle grader who has a big crush on Tony.  Unfortunately, he seems more interested in her friend.  She spends a lot of time trying to get him alone but has no luck.  She's also the only one in class who doesn't have a cell phone.  She hates being different!The author and Goddess Fish Blog Tours gave me a copy of this book to read and review for their tour (thank you).  The book has been published and this is part of a series.  Each book has a message for the child reading it and it's presented nicely.  Read More
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    Portrait of a Murderer by Martin Edwards, Anne Meredith

    Wed, 07 Mar 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is the story of a dysfunctional family that was brought to its knees by greed.  When money is your first love, there's no room for loving anyone else.  They all came home for Christmas and their father dies on Christmas Eve.  Not from natural causes, either...Poisoned Pen Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 3rd.Each chapter offers the story of the different siblings and their husbands and wives.  They all have their own motivation and their own need for money.  But what do you do when Read More
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    A Deadly Engagement (Margot Durand #9) by Danielle Collins

    Wed, 07 Mar 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Margot is back at work and hates not being able to tell people she's engaged.  Adam doesn't want to take away from his cousin's upcoming wedding celebration so he asks her not to tell.  She doesn't have time to worry about that, though.  Her older friend who is like a father to her calls and says he needs her.  She leaves the bakery to her staff and goes to help him...Fairfield Publishing and the author let me read this book for review.  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.It seems her old friend had another wife Read More
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    How To Begin Collecting History Books

    Wed, 07 Mar 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    If you’re a history buff, you know that on March 7, 1530, King Henry VIII, who had his annulment denied by Pope Clement VII, separated himself from the Catholic Church and declared himself the new head of the Church of England, spurring on the English reformation. What better day to talk about how to begin collecting history books? Have you considered beginning a history book collection? What should you know before you do? Here are a few questions to get you started, and to help guide your collecting efforts. Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    Happy Birthday, Gabriel García Márquez!

    Tue, 06 Mar 2018 10:19:04 Permalink
    After his death in April 2014, the President of Colombia called this author “the greatest Colombian that ever lived.” Let’s find out why! Author Gabriel García Márquez was born on March 6th, 1927 in the small Colombian town of Aracataca. His father, a pharmacist, and his mother left him to be raised by his maternal […] Read More
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    The Knowledge: A Richard Jury Mystery by Martha Grimes

    Tue, 06 Mar 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is another author I read regularly.  Her Richard Jury mysteries are always intriguing.  He has his buddy who is a lord help him out.  This story is even better because it has a small gang of children who help.  They will pick your pockets or spy on people for you.  They see everything but they are too small to be noticed.  And one of the smallest ones is one of the most brave...Atlantic Monthly Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 3rd.This one was even better than usual.  Read More
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    A Killing in Kenya (Flight Risk #2) by Susan Harper

    Tue, 06 Mar 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Kendall is a flight attendant that has found a friend in Pauline, a rich older woman.  Pauline loves to travel and she invites Kendall to go along on a safari with her, all expenses paid.  She likes having company and they visit fun places together.  Kendall says yes.  On the flight over, she talks to another flight attendant and Pauline invites her, too.  She only has a few days off but she says yes.  She may regret that after the fact...Fairfield Publishing and the author shared a copy of this book with me for review.  It has been published, so Read More
  • from Kristian Strom, Bookseller

    Spiritual Trips and Long Stay Trips

    Tue, 06 Mar 2018 01:50:28 Permalink
    India’s rich culture and traditions set it apart from rest of the world, rich in holy places, traditions and rituals offer much for those seeking knowledge and awareness. India is the homestead of numerous gods, a plenty of festivities and peculiar rituals and rites. India is also the land of several ancient life-giving practices like […] Read More
  • from Kristian Strom, Bookseller

    Best Road Trips In India That You Must Take Once In A Lifetime

    Tue, 06 Mar 2018 01:46:07 Permalink
    Road trips are the best thing happens in everyone’s life. Either it may be a weekend trip or a long trip. Let it be a solo trip or a trip with friends road journeys always fun, entertaining and memorable. So here we discuss some of the best Road trips in India should take once in […] Read More
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