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Monday, August 30, 2010
It's a Book by Lane Smith is an adorable tongue in cheek reflection on a potentially endangered species: books. In a world that is so focused on technology (one where the art of the written letter is all but totally lost), one has to wonder about the fate of the printed book. In Smith's picture book we meet a mouse, a monkey and a jackass (and this is what will give some parents pause, the use of the word jackass as opposed to donkey.) Slapstick humor ensues in an armchair face-off when one character, reared on a diet of 21st Century technology simply has no idea what to do with a book. He wants to know "how you scroll down, can he blog with it, can he make the characters fight?" Finally, in exasperation monkey hands the book over. The immediate response is "too many letters" and changes it to text speak. Still he is intrigued by this strange thing called a book. The reader watches as he becomes fascinated with it for hours. As with any good picture book, the illustrations are key to getting the full story and they pull the reader deeper into this story. The book ends with a somewhat off color response to the suggestion that the book will be "charged up" before returned to the owner. The use of the label jackass rather than donkey may cause some parents to shy away from purchasing this clever book for their children. That would be a real shame as the book is a great advocate for reading.
It's a Book - book trailer
Friday, August 27, 2010
I liked this book, but how much I liked it depends on whether is the first book in a series or whether it is a stand alone story.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
This is my favorite of all the Booktown Mysteries. In this installment mystery bookstore owner Tricia Miles must solve the mystery surrounding a gas explosion that killed the owner of the local history book store owner and injured Tricia's sister's boyfriend Bob Kelly, who also happens to be head of the Chamber of Commerce. Tricia has never been too keen on Bob, but out of loyalty to her sister Angelica, who is off signing copies of her new cookbook, Tricia looks into matters. Things are complicated by the fact that list of suspects continues to grow. Even the victim's mother doesn't seem to have liked him very much. Tricia barely has time to crack open a book as she is kept busy trying to solve the mystery as well as trying to cover Angela's cookbook store and her café all the while worrying about the financial woes of her employees.
I've always enjoyed this series, but in this book the characters, even the secondary characters, really seem to come into their own. Once I started reading I couldn't stop. If you enjoy books, food and mysteries, then you should rush out and purchase a copy of Chapter and Hearse for your collection.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
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Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Sookie Stackhouse is a mind reading waitress living in Bon Temps, LA. Things are quiet in the small town until the vampire shows up. Not only is he handsome, but his mind is a blank – at least to Sookie. This is a great relief to Sookie who has spent her entire life trying to block out the thoughts of others. He’s the one person she can’t “hear.”
Unfortunately, not everyone is as happy as Sookie is to the see the vampire. Vampires have only recently entered society explaining their condition as a “virus” and surviving on synthetic blood and vampire groupies. Many humans still regard them with caution. To complicate matters young women known as “fang bangers” start turning up dead. When Sookie’s brother is suspected of the crimes and then her beloved grandmother is murdered, Sookie must solve the mystery in order to clear her brother, protect her new vampire friend Bill and get justice for her grandmother.
This is a wonderful vampire story for adults. There’s mystery, romance and sex (caution: while the book is not as graphic as the HBO show True Blood, which is based on this series, there is still some mature content. Young middle school girls enthralled with the Twilight series should look elsewhere for their next vampire read.) Sookie is a breath of fresh air. She’s a strong character (no dumb blonde here) who is not afraid to do what is needed to protect those she loves. Bill, the handsome, brooding vampire provides the love interest. Sookie’s boss, the mysterious Sam also adds a little spice. This series has a lot to offer: the supernatural, the mysterious and romance. What more could you ask for? Can’t wait to read the other books in the series.