Archive for February, 2010

Calamity Jack by Shannon and Dean Hale

Calamity Jack by Shannon and Dean Hale

Lynn: We first met Rapunzel and Jack as they joined forces to clean up the mess at Gothel’s Reach in Rapunzel’s Revenge (Bloomsbury 2008). The main focus shifts to Jack in this second volume, Calamity Jack (Bloomsbury, 2010), and he wants to impress Rapunzel and show his mother that he is more than a scheming […]

Ingram MyiLibrary Audiobooks go to war
By February 20, 2010 1 Comments Read More →

Ingram MyiLibrary Audiobooks go to war

3,000 downloadable audiobooks plus 500 eBooks are available to all military branches worldwide through a Department of Defense agreement with Ingram Content Group. Now all military personnel, and their dependents, can download titles from major publishers to any digital device through portals maintained by the DOD’s Morale, Welfare & Recreation branch library web sites. Ingram’s […]

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Weeklings: Expensive E-books and Unapologetic Plagiarism
By February 19, 2010 6 Comments Read More →

Weeklings: Expensive E-books and Unapologetic Plagiarism

While agents and authors cheer Macmillan’s stand against Amazon, some e-book aficionados are angry at authors. In an anecdote-rich but fact-impoverished article in the New York Times, Motoko Rich and Brad Stone quote a bunch of people who are willing to pay a few hundred books for a gizmo — but balk at a few […]

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MALICE DOMESTIC
By February 19, 2010 0 Comments Read More →

MALICE DOMESTIC

The announcement has been made about this year”s nominees for the Agatha Award given out at the Malice Domestic mystery convention.  The Agatha Awards honor the “traditional mystery.” Here are the nominees: Best Novel: Swan for the Money by Donna Andrews (St. Martin’s Minotaur) Bookplate Special by Lorna Barrett (Berkley Prime Crime) Royal Flush by […]

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Audiobook / Book Club
By February 19, 2010 0 Comments Read More →

Audiobook / Book Club

Interesting post on CSA Word‘s Facebook wall: Csa Word – the Good Ship Book Group in Kilburn will be split down the middle for a new experiment on 16th March 2010…half will be reading the paperback of Orwell’s Down and Out in Paris and London and half will be listening to the unabridged audiobook version […]

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One Book, 2010

One Book, 2010

A “One Book” program is an excellent way to get people reading and talking about books. Here’s a rundown of some 2010 “one book” programs. One Book, One Philadelphia: The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. One Book South Dakota: What Is the What by Dave Eggers. One Book One Marin: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by […]

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Dick Francis, R.I.P.

Dick Francis, R.I.P.

Editor’s note: Connie Fletcher has been reviewing mysteries for Booklist for more than 30 years, including many titles by Dick Francis. The day before Dick Francis died, I was in my local bookstore, The Book Stall in Winnetka, Illinois,  and was stopped in my browsing tracks by a tiny display someone had taped to a […]

Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce

Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce

Cindy: I’m a big fan of British author Boyce’s books (Millions and Framed) so I was eager to read Cosmic (Harper/Walden Pond Press, 2010) even before it racked up five starred reviews. This one will be even more accessible to American children than its predecessors. The book opens with 12-yr.-old Liam feeling Completely Doomed on […]

February Themes
By February 16, 2010 0 Comments Read More →

February Themes

Here are ten themes that would serve your book group well for spirited discussion at a February meeting: 1. VALENTINE’S DAY Have your readers bring their favorite love stories to the group. This doesn’t need to be confined to conventional romances or even to fiction. 2. LOVE STINKS For a little counterprogramming fun, bring books […]

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Lucille Clifton, R.I.P.: A Poet Sails On
By February 16, 2010 0 Comments Read More →

Lucille Clifton, R.I.P.: A Poet Sails On

Messages began to accumulate like snow online over the weekend as the chilling news of poet Lucille Clifton’s death began to travel from one poetry lover to another. I feel bereft as so many others do because Clifton was the sort of poet who spoke to everyone about everything that matters with unfailing clarity, conviction, and […]