Posts

Showing posts from August, 2010

7 Book Giveaway!!!! Contest!!!!

Image
This contest will end Sept. 30

1. These books are all ARCs that I have read once; that is an advanced reader's copy, though they may be called by different names such as bound galley, advance uncorrected galley, uncorrected proof, etc. If you've never seen one of these before, they look like trade paperbacks.

2. TO ENTER leave a comment below. That's it! No hoops to jump through, but I'd sure appreciate it if you signed up over there in the sidebar as a follower if you aren't already :-)

3. Leave ONE comment with the name of the book(s) you'd like to be entered for to win. You can enter for more than one book, but you can only WIN one book. So we will have SEVEN individual winners, each receiving ONE book. Make sense? OK!

4. If you leave more than ONE comment, extras will be deleted. Winners will be picked randomly using random.org. Winners will be listed sometime after Sept. 30. Hopefully the next day :-)

5. Open to US/Canada residents only. Sorry, but I can't…

172. Hail, Holy Queen by Scott Hahn

Image
Hail, Holy Queen: The Mother of God in the Word of God by Scott Hahn. Foreward by Father Kilian Healy, O. Carm., (Canada) - (USA)

Pages: 191
Ages: 18+
Finished: Aug. 23, 2010
First Published: 2001
Publisher: Image Books
Genre: Catholic, Religion
Rating: 5/5

First sentence:

Mothers are the most difficult people to study.
Acquired: Bought my own copy.

Reason for Reading: Personal edification.

When I started my conversion process to Catholicism, I immediately felt the welcoming, warmth and peace of our Mother, the Blessed Virgin. Marian theology is something I really wanted to fully understand and this book is truly wonderful in describing Mary's place in the Bible, in the Church and in every Christian's life.

Hahn explains biblically why Mary is honoured by Catholics, and her central importance in the Christian Life (not just Catholic). First he goes through who Mary really *is*, then shows the parallels between the Old Testament and the New where references to and promises of Mary are m…

The Strange Disappearance of Arthur Cluck by Nathaniel Benchley

Image
The Strange Disappearance of Arthur Cluck by Nathaniel Benchley. Pictures by Arnold Lobel (OUT OF PRINT)
An I CAN READ Book


Pages: 64
Ages: 6+
Finished: Aug. 23, 2010
First Published: 1967
Publisher: Harper & Row
Genre: Children, easy reader
Rating: 3.5/5

First sentence:

Arthur Cluck was a very young chicken
Acquired: Bought my own copy secondhand.

Reason for Reading: Ds read-aloud to me as his reader

Benchley and Lobel pair up once again for another book in this popular series. This is a cute story. Mrs. Cluck can't find her son, Arthur, one day and goes around asking all the farm animals if they've seen him. They are all absolutely useless until she comes to the cow who suggests she talks to Ralph the barn owl. Ralph tells her he can't help her in the daytime but when he goes out at night he'll look for Arthur. The story takes a turn as we follow Ralph as he searches the barn, farmyard and woods at night looking for lost Arthur Cluck. How he finds him is good for a gigg…

Monday: Books in the Mail

Image
A busy mailbox for me last M-W. It felt like it was raining delivery men! I was thankful Thurs & Fri. gave me some breathing room, though.

Here are the goodies:

From Harper Collins Canada:

To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.

Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son's bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

Told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic five-year-old Jack, ROOM is a cel…

171. Jack of Fables: Americana

Image
Jack of Fables: Americana by Bill Willingham & Matthew Sturges. Art by Russ Braun & Tony Atkins (Canada) - (USA)
Jack of Fables, Volume 4

Pages: 128
Ages: 18+
Finished: Aug. 22, 2010
First Published: Dec. 16, 2008
Publisher: Vertigo
Genre: Graphic novel, fantasy, fairy tales
Rating: 4/5

First sentence:

Somewhere along interstate 10, in New Mexico.
Acquired: Received a copy through Inter Library Loan. This one actually came from "the city" we used to travel to from our small town when I was a kid, Guelph, ON.

Reason for Reading: Next in the series.

The first four chapters, which covers the majority of the book, concern the title story arc, "Americana". Jack and Gary now have Humpty and Raven accompanying them on their travels and Humpty has just told them about "Americana" another land of Fables where all the American Fables live. There is a secret horde of gold there and Humpty has a map to the treasure and knows how to get there. Jack's greed readily …

170. A Family Affair by Caro Peacock

Image
A Family Affair by Caro Peacock (Canada) - (USA)
Liberty Lane Mysteries, #3

Pages: 440 pages
Ages: 18+
Finished: Aug. 22, 2010
First Published: 2009 UK (Jun, 22, 2010 US)
Publisher: Avon A
Genre: historical mystery
Rating: 4/5

First sentence:

London, June 1839

At one end of the lists the Knight of the Green Tree was fighting to control his horse, a raw-boned chestnut hunter of sixteen hands or so, over bitted- and nervous of the flags fluttering in the breeze.

Acquired: Received a review copy from Harper Collins Canada.

Reason for Reading: Next in the series.

I like to think of the Liberty Lane series as one of my guilty pleasures. I know I'm in for a quick dip immersion into the Victorian era with a light mystery and an easy read. I also know Liberty is not going to get into a romance with anyone, though someone will probably be trying to play matchmaker for her but Liberty has more important things to do as a "private intelligencer", a name coined for her line of work by her frien…

Inspirational!!

Have teens? Grab them now and watch this together! It should be required that every teen hear this guy speak. Amazing!

169. Death on the River by John Wilson

Image
Death on the River by John Wilson (Canada) - (USA)

Pages: 193
Ages: 15+
Finished: Aug. 18, 2010
First Published: Oct.1, 2009
Publisher: Orca Books
Genre: YA, historical fiction
Rating: 4/5

First sentence:

I pull back the thin blanket and swing my legs over the edge of the bed.
Acquired: Received a review copy through LibraryThing's Early Review Program.

Reason for Reading: John Wilson is a Canadian author whom I have read a few books of and enjoyed. I also enjoy reading Civil War historical fiction.

This is a dark, merciless book which shows one side of war, its heinous toll on life, the bloody injured victims and those people whose characters will let them take advantage of the less fortunate in any situation. The story is that of a just turned 18 year-old, Jake Clay, who joins the Union Army because his brother whom he looked up to was killed in the war. Fresh in uniform he is involved in a battle in which he is taken POW and sent to the Confederate prison camp at Andersonville, one of t…

168. Trackers by Patrick Carman

Image
Trackers by Patrick Carman (Canada) - (USA)
Trackers, Book 1


Pages: 224
Ages: 10+
Finished: Aug. 18, 2010
First Published: May 11, 2010
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Genre: Children, science fiction, intrigue
Rating: 4/5

First sentence:

How far back can you go Adam?
Acquired: Received a review copy from Scholastic Canada.

Reason for Reading: I became a huge fan of Carman's after reading the Atherton series and was excited to read another book by him.

A book entirely written as an interview, an interrogation. 15 year-old Adam is being questioned by someone to go back to the beginning and tell them what happened. We have no idea who is doing the interviewing, though the assumption is that is that it is high ranking officials, either military or government. Though whether that assumption is true I have not ascertained and part of me highly doubts. Right from the beginning we are teased with foreshadowing, told that something awful has happened and this foreshadowing continues throughout the boo…

OT: Archbishop Chaput calls for resistance to intolerance of Christianity

"Nobody gets to dictate to Catholics how to exercise our religion, and if you try, you'll have to kill us. That is all."

*I'm only going to post comments from those interested in the topic. Those who want to debate can go to the link and do so.*

167. Revolver by Matt Kindt

Image
Revolver by Matt Kindt (Canada) - (USA)

Pages: 192
Ages: 18+
Finished: Aug. 19, 2010
First Published: Jul. 20, 2010
Publisher: Vertigo
Genre: Graphic novel, post-apocalyptic, magical realism
Rating: 4/5

First sentence:

I do the same thing every morning.
Acquired: Received a Review Copy from the publisher.

Reason for Reading: Pure Plot. I love post-apocalyptic stories.

This is a dark, oppressive story from every angle and will not be for everyone. The art is done with stark, spidery sketches done in blue, black & tan which at first glance were quite different to what I'm used to but as the story progressed I felt they really added to the atmosphere of the plot and contributed to the stark, oppressiveness.

Sam is a lazy guy stuck in a dead end job, who is belittled by his domineering boss and is plagued by his materialistic girlfriend. One morning, on his way to work there is a 9/11 type attack on his office building in Chicago, in fact, airplanes are crashing into major citie…

166. Lukey Paul From Labrador by Adelaide Leitch

Image
Lukey Paul From Labrador by Adelaide Leitch. illustrated by Joe Rosenthal (Out of Print)
Buckskin Books, 10

Pages: 116 pages
Ages: 7+
Finished: Aug. 17, 2010
First Published: 1964
Publisher: Macmillan of Canada
Genre: children, historical fiction
Rating: 3.5/5

First sentence:

Lukey Paul ran to the outer rocks of Rattling Tickle.

Acquired: Purchased my own copy.

Reason for Reading: Read-aloud to the 10yo to go along with our history curriculum.

This little chapter book is part of the "Buckskin Books" series. Early chapter books meant for those who have just started reading on their own. The type is large and the line and a half spacing is used between text lines. The stories are all Canadian historical fiction and some popular Canadian authors & illustrators of the time pop up on the list of contributors.

Ten year-old Lukey Paul lives in Labrador and has caught himself a silver fox. He is especially proud as this fur is rare and should bring in a full winter's supply of provisi…

Monday: Books in the Mail

Image
I'm running behind schedule today so let's just get straight to it! Shall we.

My mailbox finds last week:

From Harper Collins Canada:

Before his death, Kazuki's father told many stories about Artemis, a magical star not unlike their own, Planeto. Now an orphan living with his brother, Kazuki daydreams constantly about Artemis, despite his brother's warnings that the planet doesn't actually exist. Then one day, Kazuki runs into a girl from Artemis...who disappears and is quickly replaced by another girl...who puts a curse on him that he can't remove unless he finds the witch of Artemis...who happens to be the first girl he saw! But when he finds her, he discovers she's much more than just your typical sorceress. Magic and the struggles of growing up intertwine in this tale of learning to follow your instincts in spite of your best - or worst - intentions.




From the author:

Fish--nicknamed for his incredible swimming abilities--is a twelve-year-old boy from a …

A Lovely Cup of Coffee

Image
My lovely Bodum coffee press arrived for review a couple weeks ago from CSN Stores. I received an email that the item has shipped and it arrived three -four days later - in Canada - which is excellent delivery time.

The product arrived in perfect shape. The Bodum itself was packaged in box as it would be straight from the shelf but it had been packed into the centre of a large square box that was filled with those packing bags filled with air so that it virtually floated its way across the border to me. Simple enough packaging to dispose of and all recyclable as well.

No complaints about about the press itself. It makes a lovely cup of coffee as expected and the colour is as I had expected as well. Not shown in the picture is the coffee scoop that comes with it; one scoop per cup. Easy to use and easy clean up, as well. Pull off the lid and the works are attached to the bottom and unscrew with a simple twisting motion and the parts can be washed quickly in the sink and even ea…

165. The Secret Fiend by Shane Peacock

Image
The Secret Fiend by Shane Peacock (Canada) - (USA)
The Boy Sherlock Holmes, His 4th Case

Pages: 244
Ages: 12+
Finished: Aug. 17, 2010
First Published: May 11, 2010
Publisher: Tundra Books
Genre: YA, mystery, historical fiction
Rating: 5/5

First sentence:

There have been many late knocks on the old apothecary's door.
Acquired: Received a review copy through LibraryThing's Early Review Program.

Reason for Reading: Next in the Series.

Shane Peacock has made it to the 4th book in this series and in my opinion the best one so far. I've been consistently rating the books a 4/5, knowing that Mr. Peacock had something more to give that was waiting for my full five rating and "The Secret Fiend" fits the bill. Oh, the case is a bit out there but then some of Doyle's cases were also so I won't hold that against an author who can hold it all together.

Sherlock, who has decided to wait until he has become a man to resume detecting, has been spending his time on his studies: acade…

164. Wilfred Grenfell: Adventurer to the North

Image
Wilfred Grenfell: Adventurer to the North by Vernon Howard. (Out of Print)
Children's Missionary Library Book 2


Pages: 32
Ages: 8+
Finished: Aug. 17, 2010
First Published: no copyright info given (I'd say 50's/early 60's)
Publisher: Bible Memory Association International
Genre: Children, christian, biography
Rating: 3.5/5

First sentence:

If you had lived a number of years ago near the River Dee in England, you might have seen two lively boys poling an awkward craft along the merry waters of the river.
Acquired: Bought my copy at a church sale.

Reason for Reading: Read aloud to the 10yo as part of our history curriculum.

This is a brief biography written in a narrative story format of Wilfred Grenfell a missionary doctor who came to Labrador, Canada to help the fishermen but ended up primarily concerned with the Inuit. He lived the majority of his life in the region and ended up establishing hospitals, an orphanage, schools, teaching the people trades and he first established co-o…

163. Graphic Novel Agatha Christie's Cards on the Table

Image
Agatha Christie: Cards on the Table by Frank LeClercq (Canada)
The Agatha Christie Adventures

Pages: 46
Ages: 12+
Finished: Aug. 16, 2010
First Published: 2009 France (July 27, 2010 English Edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
Genre: Graphic novel, mystery, YA
Rating: 5/5

First sentence:

If it isn't Hercule Poirot!

Acquired: Received a Review Copy from Harper Collins Canada.

Reason for Reading: I loved my first read of these graphic novels and am now a big fan.

This is a tour-de-force classic Christie where Poirot gathers together at a dinner party with some of his regular friends. Here we have Superintendent Battle, Colonel Race and Ariadne Oliver joining Poirot all at the same table! Poirot has been invited to a strange little dinner where his host has bragged of collecting criminals who have gotten away with the perfect crimes. Although reluctant Poirot accepts the invitation but is not surprised when the evening ends in a murder. This is very similar to the "locked room" my…

162. Fever Crumb by Philip Reeve

Image
Fever Crumb by Philip Reeve (Canada) - (USA)
Fever Crumb, Book 1

Pages: 385 pages
Ages: 12+
Finished: Aug. 13, 2010
First Published: 2009 UK (Apr. 1 2010 US)
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Genre: YA, Science fiction, post-apocalyptic
Rating: 3/5

First sentence:

That morning they were making paper boys.

Acquired: Received a review copy from Scholastic Canada.

Reason for Reading: The plot was intriguing and this is my type of book.

A foundling baby girl found by the Order of Engineers, a male society, is taken into the fold and raised to be one of them. The baby came with a note stating her name is Fever and since Dr. Crumb found her it was reasonable that he was the one who took the main caregiver role. 14 year-old Fever is now being sent off to assist an archaeologist, Kit Solent, in his home but when she arrives there she starts having memories of the place that are not her own. Kit seems to expect something from her and the memories become stronger. When riots hit the city, people co…

161. Neil Young's Greendale by Joshua Dysart

Image
Neil Young's Greendale by Joshua Dysart. illustrated by Cliff Chiang. foreward by Neil Young (Canada) - (USA)


Pages: 160
Ages: 18+
Finished: Aug. 11, 2010
First Published: June 15, 2010
Publisher: Vertigo
Genre: graphic novel, magical realism
Rating: 3/5

First sentence:

On a warm spring day way back in 1985, two precious children were born to Edith O'Reilly and Earl Green.

Acquired: Borrowed a copy from my local library.

Reason for Reading: Long-winded reason follows. (LOL) When I heard that this graphic novel was based on an album I though that was so cool and I suddenly had imaginations of what could come next, the graphic versions of Pink Floyd's "The Wall", Queen's "News of the World", Meatloaf's "Bat Out of Hell". It is an awesome concept. Now I don't like Neil Young as a singer {sorry} and have never heard of this album but was so intrigued with the concept and thought "Neil Young is Canadian so the book would qualify for the Can…

160. Graphic Novel Agatha Christie: Dumb Witness

Image
Agatha Christie: Dumb Witness by Marek. (Canada) - (US)
The Agatha Christie Adventures


Pages: 46
Ages: 12+
Finished: Aug. 10, 2010
First Published: 2009 France (English Trans. July 27, 2010)
Publisher: Harper Collins UK
Genre: mystery, Graphic Novel
Rating: 4/5

First sentence:

The events which I am going to narrate were not, of course, known to me until a long time afterwards.

Acquired: Received a review copy from Harper Collins Canada.

Reason for Reading: My 11yo niece introduced me to this series when I visited with her in Edmonton this spring and I'd love to read them all!

This is a typical Agatha Christie story in that the possible suspects is a small group of people. Old Aunt Emily invites her remaining family down for the weekend which include a nephew and two nieces, plus one respective husband. The house also contains two servants and lastly involved is the local doctor's assistant, who happens to be the other niece's fiance. Emily has never given the family any money or even …

Monday: Books in the Mail

Image
It's that time of the week again to report on what the mail brought me last week in way of books. I had an average week with most packages arriving early in the week. I also had one non-book item arrive for review. Here's what filled my mail box:

From Simon & Schuster Canada:

In the near future, the federal government creates a committee to rid society of books it deems unsuitable. The libraries vow to protect their collections, and with the help of local governments, form a military group to defend themselves---the Library Forces! When the director of the Kanto Library Base gets sick, a temporary replacement is assigned, according to regulations. But Iku and her roommate Asako discover a trail of missing books that lead back to the temporary Director. Has he betrayed everything the Library Forces stands for and handed books over to the enemy?!





From Candlewick Press:

Mary’s second adventure as an undercover agent forces her to relive some harrowing childhood experiences a…

Aug. 15: The Assumption of Mary

Gentle Woman, Silent Light

159. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Image
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (US) - (Canada)
The Hunger Games Trilogy, book 1

Pages: 374
Ages: 12+
Finished: Aug. 8, 2010
First Published: Sept. 14, 2008
Publisher: Scholastic
Genre: YA, science fiction, dystopia
Rating: 5/5

First sentence:

When I wake up, the other side of the bed is cold.

Acquired: Purchased my own copy.

Reason for Reading: A bit of a story, actually. We went for a day trip and just as we hit the city limits I realized I had forgotten my book. The day promised lots of reading opportunities plus the long drive there and back. Needless to say I was quite upset but dh said we'd gone too far and he wasn't turning back. So ... when we saw a Wal-Mart on the outskirts of the next town along the highway we made a quick stop while I ran inside to grab a book to read. The whole book case of Harlequins was out, that left me with one case to find a book. It was slim pickings. Every book there I had either read, had a copy at home to read or had no interest in reading.…

157-158. Hanako & The Terror of the Allegory Vol. 1 & 2

Image
Hanako and the Terror of Allegory, Vol. 1 by Sakae Esuno (US) - (Canada)

Pages: 224 pages
Ages: 16+
Finished: Aug. 7, 2010
First Published: 2004, Japan (Mar. 2010 US)
Publisher: Tokyo Pop
Genre: YA, graphic novel, horror, manga
Rating: 3.5/5

First sentence:

Folklore. These tales are alive. These legends come into public consciousness and grow exponentially.Acquired: Received a review copy from Harper Collins Canada.

Reason for Reading: Folklore and Japanese horror, couldn't pass up giving this one a try!

An allegory in this series refers to a story of the people, folklore, whether centuries old or a new urban legend that is popular and well-known but when certain people hear it they actually believe it for whatever reasons; it scares them, it touches their consciousness or their guilt. The the allegory becomes real and they are haunted/stalked by strange creatures. Daisuke Aso is an Allegory Detective, he's not fond of allegories, but since he is cursed by two himself, it makes him pe…