Member Blogs Archive > May 2019

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    Broken Sword by Phil Tomkins

    Fri, 31 May 2019 11:25:00 Permalink
    This story is historical fiction about the conflict between the English and the French on the east coast in Canada and the northern US.  It is also the tale of Lorcan Travis who emigrated from Ireland to fight for the British.  He thought Indians were brutal savages.  They were but they were more than that...BooksGoSocial and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.The fighting between the French and English was brutal.  I didn't know much about this history so that made it an interesting read Read More
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    Paper Son by S. J. Rozan

    Fri, 31 May 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    It all starts when her mother sends her to get a relative out of jail.  She's never heard of him so she asks her mother how she can be so sure of his innocence.  It turns out he's part of her father's side of the family.  To her mother, he wouldn't kill his father because he's from an honorable family.  So off go Lydia and Bill, her partner in the PI business, to see what they can do.Pegasus Books and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 2nd.When they get to Mississippi, Read More
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    Ten Walt Whitman Quotes From "Song of Myself"

    Fri, 31 May 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    First published in 1855, Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass was a continuous labor. Whitman spent much of his professional career creating and changing his work, resulting in vastly altered editions being printed. Included in Leaves of Grass, “Song of Myself” is written in Whitman’s usual free verse and simple language, appealing to a vast audience. Like the work as a whole, “Song of Myself” underwent many revisions throughout the years before becoming the poem now considered one of the most influential pieces of American poetry. Read More
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    Black Death by M.J. Trow

    Thu, 30 May 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Kit Marlowe gets a message from a man he doesn't like, and he's not even sure he wants to read it.  But when it says someone is trying to kill him, it gets Kit's curiosity up and he goes to visit.  Unfortunately, he's already died.  The autopsy points to a plant based poison.  Who poisoned him?Severn House and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 1st.The Black Plague is killing people in the poor part of town, so they close the theaters to avoid the spread of the disease.  It annoys Read More
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    The Prince of Paradox

    Wed, 29 May 2019 09:08:44 Permalink
    Who WAS G. K. Chesterton? According to many, he is one of the most prolific and best writers of the early 20th century – and yet he is not one often found on school curriculums or on the average household shelf. So the question is… who was G. K. Chesterton and how did he contribute […] Read More
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    Season of Darkness by Cora Harrison

    Wed, 29 May 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Inspector Fields showed Dickens and Collins the body of a young woman pulled from the river.  He never expected Dickens to recognize her and get involved in the case.Severn House and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 1st.Dickens helps pay for a house where female orphans are taken in.  He met her there but she didn't stay too long.  She was a little too mouthy and mindful to fit in well and she found another home where she could serve as a servant and she and her friend went there Read More
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    My Dog Made Me Write This Book by Elizabeth Fensham

    Tue, 28 May 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Eric gets to have a dog for his eighth birthday.  They go to the pound (he thinks of it as a home for orphaned dogs) and he picks out a puppy.  He expects it to be his new best friend but it loves his mom the most.  He's named it Ugly and when he takes it on walks it drags him along.  He's all discouraged about owning a dog...Sourcebooks Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published om July 1st.His Grandpa tries to help him and then asks Read More
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    Happy Birthday, Ian Fleming!

    Tue, 28 May 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Today we celebrate the birthday of Ian Fleming, the legendary author who created James Bond. Seven different actors have played 007 in 26 different movie adaptations. The runaway success of Fleming's books can be attributed to the author's background as a journalist and naval intelligence officer. Fleming certainly drew on these experiences as he crafted classic tales of espionage and intrigue. Read More
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    The Chestnut Challenge by Tracey Hecht

    Mon, 27 May 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    They are playing a game a lot like checkers and just having fun.  When one of them declares himself champion, a chinchilla comes out of the bushes to challenge the winner.  They play but the chinchilla distracts everyone...Fabled Films Press sent me a copy of this book to read and review (thank you).  It has just been published, so you can get a copy now.  I love this series.  The Nocturnals always have message for the young ones.While everybody is looking away, he moves the chestnuts so he has good plays.  When he's challenged on the placement of the chestnuts, Read More
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    Ten Patriotic Reads for Memorial Day

    Mon, 27 May 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    For many in the U.S., Memorial Day is the calendar date that marks the beginning of sweet summertime. Students become restless at their desks, pontoon boats are pulled out of winter storage, and Dads across the Midwest poke their head outside and casually suggest “throwing something on the grill" for dinner. In the midst of sunny afternoons spent living the American Dream, it is easy to forget that our freedom has never been free. Memorial Day is a time to honor those fallen in service to our country. Unless one has served in the military, it can be difficult to Read More
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    Memorial Day

    Mon, 27 May 2019 07:55:04 Permalink
    This is a copy of my DD-214, the document that signifies your discharge from the Armed Forces. It shows that, between 1967 and 1971, I served three years and nine months, two and one-half of which were at sea. It also shows that I made Shipfitter, Second Class – an E-5 government rating.What it doesn’t show is how I got there.I’d just graduated from college. Grad school would have gotten me a deferment from military service but I had no desire to pursue an academic career.Continue reading Memorial Day at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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    Lights Out at the Lighthouse (Hearts Grove Cozy Mystery Book 3) by Danielle Collins

    Sun, 26 May 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Henrietta is getting ready for a big dance being held by the city as a fundraiser.  She's using antiques from her shop, getting dresses ready to rent out for the night as costumes for the time period, and she even has some customers loaning furniture pieces they've purchased from her in the past.  The Mayor is worried about the turnout but she isn't.Fairfield Publishing and the author shared this book with me for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.When she hears the lighthouse owner has committed suicide, she doesn't believe it.  He Read More
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    A Family Affair (Glock Grannies Cozy Mystery Book 3) by Shannon VanBergen

    Sat, 25 May 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Nikki is settling in with the Glock Grannies.  She might not be able to scale a chain link fence yet but she's trying.  Hattie shows her how by quickly climbing up and over in seconds.  She tries again , swings her leg over and snags her pants on the fence.  Now she's stuck and they call 911.  How embarrassing!  Imagine a man cutting the pants right at your crotch...Fairfield Cozies and the author let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.There's a lot of humor in these stories.  Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Book Conservation, Book Preservation, Book Restoration

    Sat, 25 May 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    When you think of conservation and preservation, you may think of the environment. But for rare book collectors, conservation and preservation are the key to maintaining—and sometimes even increasing—the value of your prized investments. But what do the terms "conservation" and "preservation" actually mean in the world of rare books? Furthermore, what happens when you throw the idea of "restoration" into the mix?  Read More
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    Berlin Noir by Thomas Wörtche

    Fri, 24 May 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    These stories are even deeper and meaner than the other two books I read in this series recently.  Even with the wall down, it appears hatred still survives.  These stories are definitely dark enough for noir.Akashic Books sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a copy now.There are brand-new stories by: Zoë Beck, Ulrich Woelk, Susanne Saygin, Robert Rescue, Johannes Groschupf, Ute Cohen, Katja Bohnet, Matthias Wittekindt, Kai Hensel, Miron Zownir, Max Annas, Michael Wuliger, and Rob Alef. Translated from German by Lucy Jones.Of these, more Read More
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    Milwaukee Noir by Tim Hennessy

    Thu, 23 May 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Milwaukee is changing.  Old abandoned factories are being rehabilitated or demolished.  Rundown neighborhoods are being refurbished.  These stories are written about the places still in bad shape where people of the same nature (bad) hang out.Get ready to read dark stories, where people die over nothing and everyone carries a gun or a knife.Akashic Books sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a copy now.These are brand-new stories from: Jane Hamilton, Reed Farrel Coleman, Valerie Laken, Matthew J. Prigge, Shauna Singh Baldwin, Vida Cross, Larry Watson, Read More
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    A (Very) Subjective List of the Top Ten Children's Books

    Thu, 23 May 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Books are magical, especially for children. They are able to transport readers to strange worlds they could never have imagined on their own, and they're able to help readers grow. Without books, life would be duller with fewer friends to meet. All readers have their own preference: some prefer fantasy, while others wish only for realism. But what each book has in common is its ability to reach readers and change their lives. We've compiled a (very) subjective list of the top ten children books of all time. What would you add to the list? What would you remove? Read More
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    Happy Birthday, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle!

    Wed, 22 May 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Today is the birthday of Scottish author and doctor Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. His character Sherlock Holmes has inspired generations of crime fiction writers. Collectors who are interested in mystery and crime fiction on the whole, as well as those focused on specific authors within the genre, would do well to pay  Arthur Conan Doyle some attention. He has had a wide-reaching impact, and his books fit well in to a myriad of different collecting categories.  Read More
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    Fresh off the Starship by Ann Crawford

    Wed, 22 May 2019 03:00:00 Permalink
    Missy is a young wife in a coma.  She actually died and a spacebeing who was going to DC to help the president finds herself in Kansas with this farm family.  The woman she came to possess survived so she occupied the next available body.  Kansas isn't like DC.  She can barely understand these folks.  She has a mother and father as well as a husband and she doesn't know what to do with any of them...The author and Goddess Fish Blog Tours allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  The book has been published and you Read More
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    Edith Wharton, Sinclair Lewis, and a Pulitzer Kerfuffle

    Tue, 21 May 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Edith Wharton's accomplishments included not only authorship, but also design and philanthropy. Wharton was an active participant in literary circles, befriending personages like Henry James and Jean Cocteau. She would go on to forge relationships with Theodore Roosevelt and other important figures. Yet the most fascinating of Wharton's connections is possibly the one with Sinclair Lewis. Read More
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    Newspaper Quiz

    Tue, 21 May 2019 03:48:57 Permalink
    I’m swamped this week, but old friend Vince Golden of AAS has stepped in to fill the void with some fun quizzes. He writes,Below is a list of newspaper titles.  Can your clever readers pick out the three titles that are fake?Sucker and Farmer’s Record  (Pittsfield, IL) Widow’s Bite and Lincoln Advocate  (Cleveland, OH) Horseneck Truth-Teller and Gossip Journal (Greenwich, CT) Criminal Life of Albany  (NY) Honest Politician  (Washington, D.C.) Estabrook’s Great Public Chowder  (Boston, MA) Stephen H.Continue reading Newspaper Quiz at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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    Prairie Fever by Michael Parker

    Tue, 21 May 2019 03:00:00 Permalink
    Prairie fever took their two brothers and their mother was never the same after that.  She spent her life mourning them.   Their father followed all his money making ideas so he was never home.  The two girls grew close and took care of each other.  They went to school with a blanket pinned around them for warmth on the horse.  All was going well until they got a young male teacher.  He's courting the older one and it looks as if they will be married.  She goes off to college with a school debt to pay.  The teacher guaranteed it.Algonquin Read More
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    Return of the Evening Star by Diane Rios

    Sun, 19 May 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    There are speeding ambulances that run over animals and people.  They take people to the hospital but they don't help them.  They eventually take them out in a boat and dump them overboard.  When family members come to check on them, they become victims, too.  When Chloe and her friends hear of it and witness it, they are determined too stop it. Luckily they will have help.  Silas, the StarGazer, is creating an animal army to join them.She Writes Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book (Thank you).  It will be published June 4th.Chloe and her friends work on Read More
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    Houston Noir by Gwendolyn Zepeda

    Sun, 19 May 2019 08:30:00 Permalink
    Reading this book makes Houston sound more violent than it looked.  But I was only there in the daytime.  It's always more dangerous at night...Akashic Books sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.There are brand-new stories by: Tom Abrahams, Robert Boswell, Sarah Cortez, Anton DiSclafani, Stephanie Jaye Evans, Wanjiku Wa Ngugi, Adrienne Perry, Pia Pico, Reyes Ramirez, Icess Fernandez Rojas, Sehba Sarwar, Leslie Contreras Schwartz, Larry Watts, and Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton.Most of these authors were new to me but they know how to Read More
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    The Bobcat by Katherine Forbes Riley

    Sat, 18 May 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Laurelie was shy and kept to herself at college but one girl decides she's going to be her friend and soon Laurelie has several girlfriends.  They talk, they drink, they go to parties.  Laurelie isn't really comfortable there but after a few drinks it's OK.  Or it was until she was sexually assaulted.  Then she runs.  She finds another college and she doesn't make friends there.  She's hiding from herself in many ways...Arcade and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 18th.Laurelie babysits a young toddler that doesn't talk too well.  Read More
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    Cowboy Summer by Joanne Kennedy

    Fri, 17 May 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's going home to see how her dad is doing.  She's looking at a cool promotion at work and hates to leave, but she loves her father.  She loves the ranch, too, but she's not staying.  Especially since Cade is still next door.  She loved him but she wanted to see more of the world.  In the meantime he married someone else.  And it was a woman she didn't like.  So she'll ignore him.Sourcebooks Casablanca and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 25th.When she sees bales stacking up outside the Read More
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    Caldecott Winning Illustrators Series: Katherine Milhous

    Fri, 17 May 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    For American illustrators, one of the highest honors is The Caldecott Medal. The medal is awarded yearly to a book that exemplifies the very best in children's book illustrations. To even be named a Caldecott Honor book is to be deemed one of the best artists in the business. Children's books are one of the rare types of literature that appeal to everyone at one point in their life or another (and, in many cases, for one's entire life!). Whether a person comes to a children's book as a child or as an adult reading to a child, the stories Read More
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    The Curse of Greg by Chris Rylander

    Thu, 16 May 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Greg doesn't have much luck and nothing turns out quite like he planned but he still keeps trying.   Right now the council has sent them out to find monsters and make friends with them.  The first one isn't acting friendly and one of his team kills him.  Then he makes friends with a stone troll. This troll tells him about an elf plan to take over the world.  He talks to the council about it but they take no action.  So he and his team, including the troll, head out to see if it's true and to stop them if Read More
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    Make Your Own Damn Cheese by John A Chuback, MD

    Thu, 16 May 2019 08:30:00 Permalink
    Earl is a mouse who is unhappy with the maze he's in.  It's nice and quiet, he gets fed cheese every now and again, but it's boring.  He finally finds a way out under the structure he's housed in and he tries to tunnel to freedom with no success.  Then he meets an old mouse...PR by the Book shared a copy of this book with me for a review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.The first old mouse shares some knowledge with him and finds he's an excellent student so he asks him Read More
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    Why Pierce Brosnan Would be Borges' Favorite Bond

    Thu, 16 May 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Argentine literary giant Jorge Luis Borges died in 1986 at the age of 86 having left a behind a legacy that any writer would envy. His being snubbed for the Nobel Prize in Literature is, in its way, more memorable than the victories of other writers (how many of us remember Jaroslav Seifert’s 1984 win?), and even at the time of his death, it was pretty clear that his short stories had a much better shot at literary immortality than most of his contemporaries’ work. Still, his death came several years before the release of 1995’s Goldeneye, which means that Read More
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