Archive for December, 2009

Amazing book trailer: Going West
By December 31, 2009 0 Comments Read More →

Amazing book trailer: Going West

New Zealand National Book Council’s promotion for Maurice Gee’s novel: Thanks to the Huffington Post for the link!

Red Ted and the Lost Things by Michael Rosen

Red Ted and the Lost Things by Michael Rosen

Lynn: A fat little red teddy bear is left behind on a train by his beloved Stevie who, says Red Ted, “loves me as much as she loves cheese.” A man in a hat places Red Ted on a shelf in a room housing other lost things, including a dejected crocodile who has been there […]

New Year’s web crush

New Year’s web crush

I’m not going to start off with any of that New Year’s resolution nonsense, because, let’s face it, have any of us ever made it through the year sticking to the guns we loaded last January? Do we know anyone who has? Let’s just all agree to be on a perpetual journey of self-improvement with […]

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A Lovely Lamentation
By December 30, 2009 0 Comments Read More →

A Lovely Lamentation

I’m a firm believer that book groups of all varieties would do well to add genre fiction to their schedules. Ken Scholes’ first novel, Lamentation, makes a fine case in point. Lamentation is the story of a post apocalyptic world, possibly our own, where an order of monks have carefully catalogued and guarded the fragments of […]

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Craig Johnson's Sheriff Catches a Firebug
By December 30, 2009 1 Comments Read More →

Craig Johnson's Sheriff Catches a Firebug

It’s been a quiet week here at Likely Stories, a perfect time to sneak a few minutes of reading for pleasure, not work. As he did last year, Craig Johnson (The Dark Horse) e-mailed his fans a short story for Christmas–this one came so late on Christmas Eve that it likely crossed paths with the jolly old […]

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What about the not-so-literary books?
By December 30, 2009 6 Comments Read More →

What about the not-so-literary books?

Earlier this month, I wondered if groups would read long books.  Now I’m wondering, would you convince your group to try a “mainstream” fiction title?  There are lots of genre-based groups out there (groups who read only mysteries, or SF, for example) but, what if someone proposed a Stephen King book?  Many readers automatically dismiss […]

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Upcoming Masterpieces

Upcoming Masterpieces

I’ve been an avid Masterpiece Theatre (now known as Masterpiece) viewer for longer than I care to admit. I especially like the adaptations of literary classics, and I’m looking forward to the new round of adaptations scheduled for 2010. First up is Return to Cranford, a sequel to the two-parter starring Judi Dench that aired last […]

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Reading with The Star

Reading with The Star

A couple of times this past year I’ve written about a special book group I facilitate, The Kansas City Star’s FYI Book Club. This collective has been around since 2000 and shows no sign of slowing down. In fact, when The Star thought the project may be running out of gas, they turned to their […]

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Blurbs: A Topic That Just Keeps on Giving
By December 28, 2009 0 Comments Read More →

Blurbs: A Topic That Just Keeps on Giving

In “What’s the Point of Blurbs?” Daniel Kalder provides a nice entry in the Guardian‘s continuing coverage of blurbs, building on the work of Chris Power (“How to Judge a Book by Its Cover,” which mentions Irvine Welsh, as Kalder does) and William Leith (“Blurb Your Enthusiasm,” which mentions Nick Hornby, as Kalder does)–but couldn’t he have just blurbed […]

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The Story of Snow by Mark Cassino with Jon Nelson

The Story of Snow by Mark Cassino with Jon Nelson

Cindy: There’s nothing more fun than catching the first snowflake on your tongue or admiring one on your mitten, unless it’s reading The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter’s Wonder (Chronicle, 2009). Cassino provides clear text explaining the formation of snow crystals and snowflakes with stunning photographs of nature’s creation. Elementary teachers will delight […]