Archive for December, 2010

What Do You Get Someone Who Has So Many Books?

Posted December 26, 2010 By Jandy
 

My family’s dilemma this year was as to what book to get for me. They didn’t want to duplicate what I already have. Instead, this was my mother’s solution:

There are also bookends shaped like books on a shelf, and of course, book gift certificates. That works nicely. Thank you, all!

By the End of 2010 Challenge

A River in the Sky by Elizabeth Peters
Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich
Dragongirl by Todd McCaffrey
The Search by Nora Roberts
The Waters Rising by Sherri Tepper
Black Out and All Clear by Connie Willis
Indulgence in Death by J.D. Robb
Secrets of Harmony Grove by Mindy Starns Clark
Happy Ever After by Nora Roberts
The X Factor by Andre Norton
Something from the Nightside by Simon Green
Blood Rites by Barry Nazarian
Side Jobs by Jim Butcher
Wesley the Owl by Stacey O’Brien
Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop by Otto Penzler

Graphic Novels

Posted December 19, 2010 By Jandy
 


In the last decade, comics have moved from the newspaper funny pages and comic books to slick graphic novels with meat and art. I have glanced at them, but didn’t have much personal interest in them. My daughter’s boyfriend is working on a graphic novel, but I don’t believe it’s near publication submission yet.

Then I was invited to a 14-year-old boy’s birthday party this weekend. He loves shows on Discovery Channel like Mythbusters and Shark Week. He also loves history. He had a great time at a local joust sponsored in the area a couple months ago. I didn’t have any ideas on what to get. His mom says he reads some, but not much. Perhaps a graphic novel would be just the thing. So I went to Mysterious Galaxy for help. I knew what I had in my head, but would they have it.

When the clerk helped me, the first thing she did was warn me to make sure the novel was age appropriate. Oh, yeah, I had almost forgotten these are written for all ages and some might really be graphic… We looked through books for ten minutes or so. I finally settled on the first Artemis Fowl graphic novel, although it didn’t feel right. As she was returning to the register to help someone else, she mentioned Feist’s books. As soon as I opened The Magician’s Apprentice Vol 1, I knew I had found what I wanted. Although a fantasy novel, it has the feel of midieval times. I purchased my first graphic novel.

When he opened it at the birthday party, he started flipping through it. His mom finally told him to put it down and open the other presents. I hope he really checks it out and likes it. It caught his interest, so there is a chance…

By the End of 2010 Challenge

A River in the Sky by Elizabeth Peters
Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich
Dragongirl by Todd McCaffrey
The Search by Nora Roberts
The Waters Rising by Sherri Tepper
Black Out and All Clear by Connie Willis
Indulgence in Death by J.D. Robb
Secrets of Harmony Grove by Mindy Starns Clark
Happy Ever After by Nora Roberts
The X Factor by Andre Norton
Something from the Nightside by Simon Green
Blood Rites by Barry Nazarian
Side Jobs by Jim Butcher
Wesley the Owl by Stacey O’Brien
Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop by Otto Penzler

Best Of for 2010

Posted December 17, 2010 By Jandy
 


Library Journal has published their Best of 2010 Lists:

Inaugural Top 10
More of the Best
Genre Fiction (sci fi, fantasy, mystery, suspense, romance)
Niche Nonfiction (includes graphic novels)
Audiobooks
YA Literature for Adults
Science and Technology

In looking over the books on these lists, I’ve read three of them. This Book Is Overdue is on the audiobook list, although I read it instead of listening. I gave high ratings to Velocity when I read it a couple months ago. I just finished Dragongirl last night.

Let’s face it, there are more good books than I’ll ever have time to read.

Science Fiction For Fun

Posted December 16, 2010 By Jandy
 

Here’s a great mash-up/video. Someone had the brains to put Star Wars and Dr Who together into a “movie trailer”. I couldn’t help but laugh

Lucky Person

Posted December 16, 2010 By Jandy
 

This is another non-book related post. I just had a nice long chat with my mother-in-law. I have gotten along with her since I first met her 35 years ago. But the even nicer part is that her son and I have been divorced over 7 years yet it hasn’t affected our relationship. She was as concerned as anyone else after my surgery in July. She was one of the first people I called when I was home (she lives in Ohio, I now live in California) to reassure her I was fine.

I know that many women do not do well with their mothers-in-law. I’m thankful for mine. (And yes, despite the divorce, she’s still my mother-in-law.)

As If There Aren’t Enough Books on Mt Bookpile

Posted December 14, 2010 By Jandy
 

Kirkus released its list of best science fiction and fantasy of 2010. I haven’t read any of them (one is on Mt. Bookpile, though) and a few sound interesting…

Easter? Isn’t It Christmas?

Posted December 12, 2010 By Jandy
 

It’s only two weeks before Christmas. Much of the United States is blanketed in snow. Today, though, it’s getting up to the 70’s here in Southern California. That usually means we hear the ice cream truck all year round. While putting away the clothes I just laundered, I heard that truck’s music a few minutes ago. The tune? Easter Parade. Two weeks before Christmas? Wha????

By the End of 2010 Challenge

A River in the Sky by Elizabeth Peters
Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich
Dragongirl by Todd McCaffrey
The Search by Nora Roberts
The Waters Rising by Sherri Tepper
Black Out and All Clear by Connie Willis
Indulgence in Death by J.D. Robb
Secrets of Harmony Grove by Mindy Starns Clark
Happy Ever After by Nora Roberts
The X Factor by Andre Norton
Something from the Nightside by Simon Green
Blood Rites by Barry Nazarian
Side Jobs by Jim Butcher
Wesley the Owl by Stacey O’Brien
Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop by Otto Penzler

Reading Oddities

Posted December 9, 2010 By Jandy
 

A River in the Sky by Elizabeth PetersEvery once in a while I find coincidences in my reading. This afternoon at lunch I was reading Elizabeth PetersA River in the Sky (1910). Ramses is with someone who has a fever. He tries to remember if his mother said aspirin was helpful in bringing down fevers, then gives one to the person, hoping it will help.

In Connie WillisBlack Out (1940), Eileen is caring for World War II evacuated children with the measles. One girl has a high fever. Eileen tries to remember if aspirin will help a fever since antibiotics haven’t been invented yet. She gives them to the girl in hopes that she’s right.

They’re both right.

It’s my family Christmas Cookie Baking Day this Saturday. This has been a tradition for around 25 years now. I’m looking forward to it.

I Love My Librarian 2010

Posted December 8, 2010 By Jandy
 

One of the websites sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) is ilovelibraries.org. They just released the winners of the 2010 I Love My Librarian Award Winners. Now that’s a pretty cool award.

By the End of 2010 Challenge

A River in the Sky by Elizabeth Peters
Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich
Dragongirl by Todd McCaffrey
The Search by Nora Roberts
The Waters Rising by Sherri Tepper
Black Out and All Clear by Connie Willis
Indulgence in Death by J.D. Robb
Secrets of Harmony Grove by Mindy Starns Clark
Happy Ever After by Nora Roberts
The X Factor by Andre Norton
Something from the Nightside by Simon Green
Blood Rites by Barry Nazarian
Side Jobs by Jim Butcher
Wesley the Owl by Stacey O’Brien
Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop by Otto Penzler

By the End of 2010 Challenge

Posted December 3, 2010 By Jandy
 

A River in the Sky by Elizabeth Peters
Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich
Dragongirl by Todd McCaffrey
The Search by Nora Roberts
The Waters Rising by Sherri Tepper
Black Out and All Clear by Connie Willis
Indulgence in Death by J.D. Robb
Secrets of Harmony Grove by Mindy Starns Clark
Happy Ever After by Nora Roberts
The X Factor by Andre Norton
Something from the Nightside by Simon Green
Blood Rites by Barry Nazarian
Side Jobs by Jim Butcher
Wesley the Owl by Stacey O’Brien
Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop by Otto Penzler

By the End of 2010 Challenge

Posted December 1, 2010 By Jandy
 

A River in the Sky by Elizabeth Peters
Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich
Dragongirl by Todd McCaffrey
The Search by Nora Roberts
The Waters Rising by Sherri Tepper
Black Out and All Clear by Connie Willis
Indulgence in Death by J.D. Robb
Secrets of Harmony Grove by Mindy Starns Clark
Happy Ever After by Nora Roberts
The X Factor by Andre Norton
Something from the Nightside by Simon Green
Blood Rites by Barry Nazarian
Side Jobs by Jim Butcher
Wesley the Owl by Stacey O’Brien
Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop by Otto Penzler

Hmmm, so far I’ve taken off three books – and added on three more. I mentioned Side Jobs already. It will be the last on my list to read. But I forgot about my book club book, so it has to be on this list. We’re reading Wesley the Owl by Stacey O’Brien. I know it should be quick. I also was sent Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop by Otto Penzler to review. I had agreed to take it a couple weeks ago. I try to read the ones I’ve agreed to take fairly quickly. Besides that, I’m looking forward to it. The short story authors look good. Sigh, I probably won’t make the challenge…