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Here is another Kevin Corvelli mystery that is, in my opinion, a step above the first.  This is going to be fun to see what Corleone’s next novel will hold for us.  If you get in on the ground floor and follow the protagonist and his surrounding characters, it is an interesting psychological study to watch them grow as the author continues to let them develop as the story does.

Night on Fire by Douglas CorleoneNight on Fire is also available for your Kindle!

Here is Amazon’s write-up:

“Kevin Corvelli—a hotshot New York defense attorney who packed up his bags and hung his shingle in Hawaii to dodge the spotlight—is deep in his mai tais at a resort when an argument erupts down at the other end of the bar. It’s a pair of newlyweds, married that very day on the beach. And since Corvelli doesn’t do divorces, he all but dismisses the argument.

That’s at least until the fire breaks out later that night, and he barely escapes his hotel room. Most weren’t so lucky, including the new husband. His wife, Erin, becomes not only the police’s prime suspect for arson and murder but also Corvelli’s newest client, and she has a lot working against her, like motive and opportunity, not to mention a history of starting fires.”

That is the only spoiler you will get from me!  I will say that I was left scratching my head at the end.  Humans are strange sometimes.

The book might be even more entertaining for a reader if you are from Hawaii.  There are more things that tie the story to the State of Hawaii than I expected.  Like the Amazon quote says, Kevin Corvelli finds himself in a nice bar courting a lady whom he refers to as “the cougar” when he speaks about her — because the jerk that he is cannot remember her name.  They are getting ready to leave the establishment and the first stunning comment comes for Hawaii readers as Corvelli  is about to pay the tab. 

“I slide my blue Bank of Hawaii debit card across the bar, trying not to look any of the half dozen waitresses in the eye…”

Hey!  I could not believe what I was reading — I have two of those in my wallet!  Mr. Corvelli, very soon thereafter, finds his drunk self in the room of a burning hotel — with a door knob that is too hot to handle.  Freaking out and trying to make an escape via the locked door of the adjoining room, Mr. Corvelli has a discussion with that same card.

“…I fish around in my pockets for my Bank of Hawaii debit card.  I finally find the card in the last pocket left to search.  With the blue piece of plastic in hand, I rise to my feet and…”

Corvelli has done this before but he is now freaking, shaking, and probably wishing he had not chosen to have a fling with this “cougar” after all.

“As the smoke in the room thickens I stare down at the debit card, my eyes stinging, sweat pouring down my cheeks.  ‘You got me into this fucking mess,’ I mutter to the piece of plastic, ‘now you get me the hell out.'”

It did.  I never realized my bank card was so handy!  He got out of that burning building and thus begins the tale of the Night on Fire.  This also begins (or continues) the reader’s relationship with this peculiar attorney who is not always easy to like.  If you have read Douglas Corleone’s first Kevin Corvelli novel, then you know what I mean.  Corvelli always seems to find ways out of the drama he gets himself into! But, when it comes to his own health, his excessive intake of liquor, his arrogance, and his horrible taste in women, he is hopeless!

He does know how to pick a good financial institution and he does hold his own in the court room.  Corvelli knows how to make the law work in favor of his clients — if there is a way, he finds it!  Corvelli also starts to show a little piece of his humanity which, until now, has been somewhat lacking.  Part of that may be because of how self-absorbed he seems to be.  There is a young boy who adds a touch of humanity to things and there are times when we get a glimpse into Corvelli’s head, just a little bit.

“Does the method of murder matter?  Is there a ‘cruel and unusual’ standard that can be applied to homicide just as it is to punishment?  Should the age and gender of the victims be of concern?  Should I only represent the killers of men and not women and children?”

That got me thinking.  Corvelli answers himself by acknowledging that in his profession a line can “never be drawn.”  Defend them all or not at all.

If you are worried that I am being too harsh on Kevin Corvelli, attorney at law, do not concern yourself too much.  A reader does not have to like a character to understand his or her drama or appreciate the storyline.  In fact, Douglas (our author) wrote a guest  blog post about flawed characters on Debbi Mack: My Life on the Mid-List where he writes:

We all have our flaws, writers and readers alike.  So why shouldn’t our heroes be flawed, too?  I admit, it’s sometimes difficult to walk the fine line between creating a flawed protagonist and someone readers will dislike.  The hero, no matter how flawed, must still elicit sympathy in the reader.  The reader must still want to get behind his cause.  But that can be accomplished by a writer, even if his or her hero doesn’t always do the right thing, even if the hero is sometimes unsure about what is right and wrong.

Oh, good.  I really didn’t want to like the guy, I just wanted him to fix the problems!  I felt better after I read that.  Besides, like I said, Corvelli was getting a little more human as the story went along.

“Defendant in Makaha killed a peacock, Kevin.  With a baseball bat.”
“A peacock?” I say.  “Why in the hell would anyone do that?
“She said it was constantly squawking.”

His partner is furious when Kevin does not take the case when their firm needs the money very badly.

“This woman took a baseball bat to the head of a defenseless peacock, Jake.”
He stands there, mystified. “And?”
“And we’ve got to draw the line somewhere,” I say.

There is that proverbial line drawing again!  I was shocked again by that one.  Remember this story???  Corvelli gets kudos for not wanting to defend that crazy bitch!  Yes, the book is fiction but that story actually did happen and a lot of us were ticked at that woman!

One thing I did notice in moving from one novel to the next — the supporting characters in Mr. Corvelli’s world were much more likeable in the second novel and they seemed to have cleaned up their acts.  They always knew how to do their jobs, they just seriously needed to pull themselves together.

In recent years, Hawaii has lost its share of entertainers.  Most people are familiar with the name, Don Ho but not everyone is familiar with the name, Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, affectionately known as Iz.

“A local band takes the small stage and soon we’re somewhere over the rainbow again.”

Even if the name is not familiar to you, Israel’s version of Over the Rainbow has been a theme song for more than one recent movie — so you will recognize it when you hear it.  It is still played often here because we like it.

So, do I have any complaints about the book?  Just one.

“It typically takes forty-five minutes just to purchase a pack of Stride gum at the local 7-Eleven.”

That is so NOT true!  Corvelli is back on the bad list again!  Kevin is just lucky that I liked the court scenes so much!

In my failed quest to make it to at least one of the author’s book signings, I actually ended up with an extra signed copy from the Barnes & Noble in Ala Moana Shopping Center.  Since I missed that signing and Douglas Corleone completely, that signed copy, I have two, is not personalized.  What a great giveaway!

All you have to do it leave a comment on this blog and you will be entered into a drawing!  I am making the deadline for this a longer (until June 21st) since this post has been listed with the Book Review blog carnival that is scheduled to go live on June 19th.  I want the other carnival participants to have a chance to win.  If you are here after June 21 2011, I am sorry, the giveaway is over.  If this post has tweaked your interest, go get your copy of Night on Fire!

Facebook-ians, your comments must be left over here at The Writing Sprite’s blog  in order to be eligible.  Facebook comments are, of course, welcome but you need to follow that link and leave a comment on the blog as well in order to be eligible to win the book from this award-winning author!

Readers might want to think about getting  One Man’s Paradise (the first in the series) so that they can watch the characters develop!  In the third Kevin Corvelli novel by Douglas Corleone it is going to be interesting to see how the characters are carrying on with their lives!


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The Ultimate Book of Words You Should Know When there is a book store nearby, I just have to walk through it — even if there is no real reason to do so.  One day while taking a detour through the mini Borders at Mililani Town Center, this title popped out from the rest: The Ultimate Book of Words You Should Know.

“Really?  Well then, we need to buy it so we can be sure we know them then, don’t we!”  How can you avoid a snide comment like that?  Well, only a book junkie or a word nerd would buy a book like that with such an obnoxious title.  Yeah, I bought the book.

It looks boring on the outside but do not be fooled —  it is all about what you make out of it.  My mother and I have used this funny little book to play a reverse crossword game.  I give her a word and she provides the definition.  It is really amazing how she gets almost all of them.  Trust me, I do try to select words that are rather obscure and unfamiliar to me but she is still able to provide the definitions.  Mom has a great vocabulary!

In addition to finding a game or two to play, it helps to have a peculiar little writing blog like this one to not only talk about the book but to find useful words to share.  I started to dog-ear the bottom corners of certain pages where there were intriguing and/or useful words.

This book is full of fun little word treasures and I will be sure to add my favorites to the Wonderful World of Words page eventually, with a note about where they came from of course.  I have not done so yet but I will be sure to edit this part of this post when I do.

Opening the book to see the dog-eared pages.

Amazon.com, unfortunately, does not have any copies of The Ultimate Book of Words You Should Know for sale but they do have a link to copies available from these sellers.  You can get a copy for practically nothing!  BUT, Amazon does have a previous edition that is labeled The Big Book of Words You Should Know: Over 3,000 Words Every Person Should be Able to Use (And a few that you probably shouldn’t).  I like that title!  Some of my favorite words are probably among the “few that you probably shouldn’t” use.

Nobody would want my copy with all of its dog-eared corners and tiny little pen marks.  Besides, I cannot see myself parting with it anytime soon.  It has become an educational toy and I highly recommend this smorgasbord of words you can actually use — even if you are only using them to be extremely snotty at the next function you plan to attend.

With more than 3,000 words, this book is as complete a word reference you can get without reading through the dictionary. Each entry comprises a concise definition as well as an edified example, so you can augment your lexical knowledge without sounding unenlightened. So, keep this compendious reference close by and never find yourself at a loss for words again!

I guess this is a book review so I will include the following:

The Ultimate Book of Words You Should Know (or The Big Book of Words You Should Know: Over 3,000 Words Every Person Should be Able to Use)
by David Olsen, Michelle Bevilacqua, and Justin Cord Hayes
Published by Adamsmedia
Avon, Massachusetts

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The Mountains Bow Down by Sibella GiorelloI will start with my own take on this publication and then follow those observations with the remarks prepared and compiled for this blog tour.

Aside from having a great title, The Mountains Bow Down by Sibella Giorello is a great read.  I couldn’t even get out of the first chapter without “connecting” with the book and the protagonist, Raleigh Harmon.  There was a definite feeling of longing and understanding when presented with both her surroundings and the thoughts in her head.

As the first chapter moved along, the emotions that we all hope for in books and/or movies were all there!  I was excited, thrilled, disappointed, angry, irritated, worried, and more — just in the first chapter.  The author’s phraseology was really great stuff, and the writing is a lot more colorful than the bulk of publications I have seen recently.  Since the location of our story is based in Alaska, I think I’ll go as far as calling it an aurora borealis of word choice!  That might be an overstatement but not by much.  Read on and you’ll see what I mean!

Most of my dog-earring of pages was due to fun and/or fascinating phrases or word selections.  I had to suppress a giggle at the bald man whose “mustache made him look like a vandalized pumpkin.”  I got such a visual!  In addition, Sibella’s use of personification throughout this story had quite an impact.

We all know that we’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but nobody ever said anything to me about word choice.  I love that Sibella even used her gift of personification in her title.  There are people and events that can move mountains but needing to read about what makes “The Mountains Bow Down” is an enticing way to lead your readers into a story.

There is an aviary of birds that this author uses as her helpers to impact her readers.  “A raven crossed the sky, following the eagle’s retreat, and the oily blackbird cawed happily at our misfortune.”  I like that writing tool!

We cannot ignore that this is Christian writing.  The protagonist leans on her internal prayers and struggles often.

“Unable to speak, I headed for the elevators and kept my head down, sending up more desperate prayers for forgiveness, wondering when God would get as tired of me as I was.”

Don’t we all wonder that same thing from time to time?  How does He tolerate us?  Sometimes I wonder about myself, to be sure!

I also liked the way she referred to the medical examiner who had no gumption as an “invertebrate” and a lack-luster Federal Building as an “aesthetic crime.”  Hmmm… I think our Federal Building could be called that, too — I will have to think on that one!

There were dramatic moments that were blessed with emotional, thought-provoking quotes as well.  When Raleigh Harmon’s mother becomes unstable and starts behaving like an irrational nut case,  Raleigh holds her mother and shares the event saying, “I squeezed tighter, wondering that I had never held someone so close yet felt so far away.”  The story is just as tightly woven.  It is page-turning and fast moving in parts; then it slows in spots where the reader can savor the scenery and, in some cases, the moronic behavior of characters that need to be slapped! Yeah, they are that annoying!  Good job, Sibella!

The Mountains Bow Down is a Raleigh Harmon novel and part of a series.  The Mountains Bow Down is the fourth in that series but it is the first I have read.  It stands alone quite nicely and there is little to no impact on the effectiveness of the storyline.  The understanding of the characters and their various traits and/or instabilities fall into place as the text propels, or sails calmly, forward.

I have The Stones Cry Out (A Raleigh Harmon Novel) on my Kindle!  That is the first in the series.   It should be interesting to see where that one goes!  Go check it out, it is only $2.99 and an award-winning publication!  What a sweet deal!  You will, of course, also find the hard copy and even an audio CD on Amazon!  Not every book is available in an audio format!

Apparently both Amazon and the publisher figured out that this one is a keeper!  So have I!  As promised, what follows is the collection of write-ups for the Blog Tour.

About the Book and about the Author:

“Giorello won the Christy Award for this series’ debut (The Stones Cry Out). Each entry has proven better than the one before, and the latest installment is no exception. Crisp writing, fast-paced action, and beautiful descriptions of Alaskan landscapes make this an essential read for fans of Irene Hannon.” —Library Journal

Sibella Giorello has also received two Pulitzer Prize nominations.

To celebrate the book’s release Sibella is pulling out all the stops! She’s giving away a cruise during The Mountains Bow Down Cruise Giveaway and wrapping up the giveaway and blog tour with a Raleigh Harmon Book Club Party on Facebook!  See below for details.

About The Mountains Bow Down: Everything’s going to work out. Time away always makes things better . . ..

That’s what FBI Special Agent Raleigh Harmon believes as she boards a cruise to Alaska. A land of mountains and gems and minerals, The Last Frontier is a dream destination for this forensic geologist who’s hoping to leave behind a hectic work schedule and an engagement drained of romance.

But when a passenger goes missing and winds up dead, Raleigh’s vacation suddenly gets lost at sea. The ship’s security chief tries to rule the death a suicide, but Raleigh’s forensics background points to a much darker conclusion: Somewhere onboard, a ruthless murderer walks free.

Engulfed by one of her toughest cases yet, Raleigh requests assistance from the FBI and receives her nemesis-perpetual ladies man Special Agent Jack Stephanson. As the cruise ship sails through the Inside Passage, Raleigh has five days to solve a high-profile murder, provide consultation for a movie filming onboard, and figure out her increasingly complicated feelings for Jack-who might not be such a jerk after all.

And that’s only her work life. Family offers even more challenges. Joined on the cruise by her mother and aunt, Raleigh watches helplessly as disturbing rifts splinter her family.

Like the scenery that surrounds the cruise ship, Raleigh discovers a situation so steep and so complex that even the mountains might bow down.

About Sibella Giorello: Sibella grew up in Alaska and majored in geology at Mount Holyoke College. After riding a motorcycle across the country, she worked as a features writer for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Her stories have won state and national awards, including two nominations for the Pulitzer Prize. She now lives in Washington state with her husband and sons. Find out more about Sibella and her other books at her website. www.sibellagiorello.com

That was a great write-up!  Avid blog readers will appreciate Sibella’s website too!

NOTE: FTC regulation requires bloggers to disclose whether or not they have been given free products in exchange for a review.  I received a copy of the book at no charge.  This page helps to explain this requirement further.

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Logo for Sunday Salon

What’s the Sunday Salon?  Um, yeah, me too!  I wanted to figure this out and understand so I followed the links and found the original.  Now I get it!

What is the Sunday Salon? Imagine some university library’s vast reading room. It’s filled with people–students and faculty and strangers who’ve wandered in. They’re seated at great oaken desks, books piled all around them, and they’re all feverishly reading and jotting notes in their leather-bound journals as they go. Later they’ll mill around the open dictionaries and compare their thoughts on the afternoon’s literary intake….

That’s what happens at the Sunday Salon, except it’s all virtual. Every Sunday the bloggers participating in that week’s Salon get together–at their separate desks, in their own particular time zones–and read. And blog about their reading. And comment on one another’s blogs. Think of it as an informal, weekly, mini read-a-thon, an excuse to put aside one’s earthly responsibilities and fall into a good book. See below for how to join the Salon.

I can do that!  I wanna talk story too???

Last weekend I wanted so much to print out Straight Talk from the Editor by W. Terry Whalin and my printer wouldn’t work.  No matter what I did, it wouldn’t tell me why it would do nothing except give me unexplained error messages!    “Why won’t you print???”  Grrr!

So, off to OfficeMax for a new and different brand!  Well, there goes a nice chunk of change that I cannot afford to spend on such things.  We all need a functioning printer!  Money I don’t have.

It was a little more nerve-wracking since a trip to my Kaiser clinic for a CT scan the afternoon before is going to cost me who knows how much!  Money I don’t have.

I got my printer, I got it installed and it works very nicely.  I got my Whalin document printed and stayed up later than usual reading and marking it on Saturday night.  On Sunday morning I was feeling a little more educated, a little happier, and I really wanted to do the Sunday Salon thing for the first time!  As luck would have it I really didn’t get it moving before I had to leave for Church.  Shucks!

Then, I got a call from our Church’s landlord on Sunday after service.  “We did not receive your rent check.”  GASP!  As soon as I heard those words I knew exactly where the check was — in my bag.  I forgot!  So, Sunday afternoon I was on the road to their office to take them their check.  Late rent comes with a penalty.  My stupidity, my fault, and therefore, my bill.  My new printer was cheaper than the penalty!  Money I don’t have.

On my way back to town I was on the freeway and out of gas!  OMG!  Pull off by the airport to Chevron.  $3.97 a gallon???  WTH???  Almost 17 gallons to fill my little darling.  Do the math.  Money I don’t have.

Today it’s Sunday again and our turn to take snacks for coffee hour.  Lenten food is expensive because it’s healthy.  I’ve leaned on my Costco membership for shrimp and my Safeway and some farmer’s markets for veggies.  I’m not buying anything else.  I refuse!

This Sunday, I have tried to get through some readings so that I can talk about them, if I want to.  I’ve also finished reading Mr. Whalin’s ebook and have marked it nicely for future reference.  I like that Mr. Whalin is so willing to share his knowledge!  It reminds me of how the Internet used to be — when people would share and teach you things without any expected return.  They did it just because they wanted to, and to show off their expertise!  The Internet was wonderful then!  It still is but now it costs money for so many things that used to be free.

I love my new printer, I love my Kindle, I have a good medical provider, I have a wonderful Church, I have irreplaceable friends, my car is dependable, my husband is dependable, you’re all dependable.  Hey, guess what???  I’m rich!

Have a happy and Blessed Sunday!

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We all have our favorite authors but I have found that many book bloggers are becoming favorites of mine, for a variety of reasons.  It is truly an honor to host this 56th Edition of the Book Review Blog!

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A carnival dedicated to book reviews. If you review books, please submit a post to and sign up to host, the Book Review Carnival.

To join in the fun all you need to do is submit a post.  Read on and check out all of the people who did just that.  I’ve hosted carnivals before but this is a big one!  Make sure your pot of coffee is warm — you’re going to need at least two cups.

Read Aloud … Dad presents Today’s read aloud: Manners can be fun posted at Read Aloud Dad, saying, “The title of Munro Leaf’s classic may start to ring alarm bells in children’s heads as soon as it is vocalized, but – fortunately – the electric yellow cover of the book and kid-like sketches at the same time scream “Fun, Fun, Fun!!!” I can see why the kids might freak at that title but I’ll take Dad’s word that this might be a book you want them to judge by its cover!

Zohar presents Book Review: The Help by Kathryn Stockett posted at Man of la Book.  Here is one of my favorite book bloggers!  His taste in books is interesting and his readings always intrigue me, like this one does!  Dang it, Zohar, you’re going to end up being Man of la Kindle!

KerrieS presents Review: THE SKULL BENEATH THE SKIN, P.D. James – audio posted at MYSTERIES in PARADISE, saying, “The setting of a murder mystery that takes place on an island, with a very limited cast of characters, is one that has fascinated most of our great crime fiction authors. P.D. James is one of the great British crime fiction authors, so this book is a real treat.”  This review is refreshing to me.  I like the idea that what might be considered an “older” book is still on the list for being reviewed, and in some detail.  Thanks, Kerrie!

KerrieS shares another one:  Review: ANARCHY and OLD DOGS, Colin Cotterill posted at MYSTERIES in PARADISE, saying, “#4 in a crime fiction series set in Laos, centred on Dr Siri Paiboun, the 73 year old reluctant coroner in Vientiane.”  This one sounds like there may be more story than meets the eye.

Zohar presents Book Review: Kingdom Under Glass by Jay Kirk posted at Man of la BookSigh.  This one looks good too!  I’m not one to see animals killed just to mount them on the wall. I know hunters like to do such things.  I am very much into preserving the look and beauty of a magnificent animal once it’s gone, due to an accident or natural causes.  Taxidermy is a necessity in cases like that.

Jim Murdoch presents The Art of Struggle posted at The Truth About Lies, saying, “Michel Houellebecq is famous – infamous even – as a novelist. What’s not so well known outside France is his stature as a poet. His best-known work has now been translated into English and it’s clearly been a difficult task; this article talks about some of the problems. The result is intriguing. Fans of his prose will see some of the themes they are familiar with but in condensed forms and far less graphic. If people have avoided him due to his reputation this might be a good place to dip their toes in the water.”  Mr. Murdoch is another blogger who has led me to useful things and I was excited to see his name on the list of Carnival participants!

KerrieS shares yet another Review: THE BLOOD DETECTIVE, Dan Waddell posted at MYSTERIES in PARADISE, saying, “An unusual detective trio, two police officers and a geneologist, pit their wits against a serial killer who is emulating a series of murders committed in London 100 years ago. A very good crime fiction read.”

I need to read faster to keep up with you guys!

Zohar presents yet another Book Review: Last Night in Twisted River by John Irving posted at Man of la BookIn this post Zohar tells us that, “the plot revolves around Daniel becoming a writer and gives Mr. Irving the opportunity to take out his ire on “dimwitted” book reviewers and sensationalistic media, which I thought was hilarious given the context.”  That alone made me chuckle.  Sounds like another winner.

June Tree presents Generation Earn: A Guide To Spending, Investing and Giving Back (Book Review) posted at The Digerati Life, telling us something we all need to know more about — managing money!  Thank you, June, for having the patience to read it all and then share it with us!

Jim Murdoch presents The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (book review) posted at The Truth About Lies, saying, “Had ‘Catcher in the Rye’ been written in the 18th century what would it have been like? The answer is probably Goethe’s ‘The Sorrows of Young Werther’ a cult classic if ever there was one and if you thought merchandising began with ‘Star Wars’ think again. This detailed essay looks at the background to the book and also the controversy following its publication and why it was banned. What kind of book would cause young men to commit suicide?”  Oooh, controversy and a banned book!  Thank you, Jim, for doing the homework on this! You know that if it was banned, we have to read it!

Zohar presents Book Review: The Templar Salvation by Raymond Khoury posted at Man of la BookI have a book by this author. I have to admit that I did buy if for the combination of its cover and title.  I haven’t read it yet though.  Typical.  This is a title that they keep talking about and I was happy to read an assessment from someone like this!

Jim Edwards presents Book Review: How to Win Friends and Influence People! posted at EverydayChristianFamily.com, saying, “Old book that deserves a revival especially among the young unprincipled.”   Ditto!  Timing couldn’t be better to resurrect more books like this! One of my mother’s favorite sayings: “That is not the way to win friends and influence people!” Am I dating myself?

KerrieS presents Review: CITY OF VEILS, Zoe Ferraris posted at MYSTERIES in PARADISE, saying, “skilfully blends a murder investigation with a commentary on Saudi culture and in particular the status of women.”  The more authors write about these things, the more it helps us understand a culture still so foreign to many of us.  Thanks for sharing this one, Kerrie!

All of this is so fascinating!  I always like to “feed” Carnival participants in my Carnivals if I can.  We’ve got a lot more to cover so we’re going to need our strength!  Chicken anyone?

Evelyn Hunter (that’s me) feeds us by sharing a Book Review: Incredibly Easy Chicken posted at Writesprite’s Blog, saying, “There was nothing else to choose from on the list. There was no category for Cook Books!”

I told you we were going to need to be fed!  We’ve got several coffee table books to examine!

Erin Lenderts presents 40 Beautiful Coffee Table Books for Foodies posted at Bachelor’s Degree Online.

Corinne Reidy presents “15 Beautiful Art Books for Your Coffee Table.”

I loved this next idea when I saw it.  As I clicked the link I kept thinking that if Shel Silverstein wasn’t on the list I was going to stop reading!  He was 2nd and 3rd on he list. Edward Lear is there.

Bridget Nicholson presents 50 Best Poetry Books for Kids posted at Bachelor’s Degree.

Dr. Seuss is missing but I guess you can’t really call that poetry.  Can you?  Thanks, Bridget.

SenoraG presents Book Review – Care for Creation by Christy Baldwin – Tribute Books Virtual Tour posted at Reading, Reading & LifeIf we start them young, maybe they will grow up wanting to protect rather than destroy.  Thank you, Senora!

Angel R. Rivera presents Booknote: Ensayo sobre la ceguera (12 Books, 12 Months Challenge, Book 1) posted at The Gypsy Librarian, saying, “Preview from the review: “All it takes is some catastrophe or apocalyptic event, and all hell will break loose. If you remember events like Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, or just know some history of failed nations, you know that we are pretty much a step away from the hellish chaos.”  That’s a scary thought, Angel.  Good point!

Clark Bjorke presents A Dead Hand posted at I’ll Never Forget the Day I Read a Book!, saying, “Paul Theroux spoofs Paul Theroux in a mock murder mystery.”  Here is the host of your host!  Interesting notion — an author spoofing himself?  Sounds almost like something Hitchcock would have done.  Hmmm…   Thank you for sharing this, Mr. Bjorke, and for allowing me this opportunity!

This next blog is, for me, a case of judging the blog by its cover.  I was attracted to this blog recently because of its title.  I admit it.  So?

Jeanne presents Halfway Human posted at Necromancy Never Pays, saying, “A science fiction novel that even non-science-fiction-readers should try.”  This particular book Jeanne has shared with us sounds like a keeper for all.  I like your choice of books to relate this to, Jeanne.  Uncle Tom’s Cabin?  After reading your synopsis, I get it!  Thank you for turning us all on to this one!  Forgive me for loving your blog name so much!  Yeah, I’m sure you’re upset about that!

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Danette M. Schott presents A Regular Guy: Growing Up with Autism posted at Help! S-O-S for Parents.

Danette M. Schott presents The Adolescent Owner’s Manual posted at Help! S-O-S for Parents.

Both of these are wonderful topics, Danette, I thank you for sharing them here!

That concludes this edition.  Again, it was so wonderful to host the posts of book bloggers whom I have already come to admire and ones I have now been able to meet and discover!  You all have given me so many ideas of other things I want to share (including my opinion)!

Submit your blog article to the next edition of Book Review Blog Carnival using the carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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Teaser Tuesdays!  I love this meme!  It is so much fun to open a book to a page and try to find something tantalizing to share.   I just haven’t been “Teasing” people enough!  Here’s how it works:

teasertuesdays31 Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

It’s that simple!  Come on, let’s play!

I love the notion/plot idea of the book I’m reading and I managed to pull a teaser quote off my Kindle!  (With the Kindle you don’t flip pages, you just press a button a few times and stop.)  It works nicely I think.

“And the business of the evening had started so promisingly — three people down before any of them had even had a chance to cry out. Then is had all gone so maddeningly wrong.”

Three down one person left to go.  Just the baby.  But, the baby disappeared.  Where did he go?  Well, the graveyard of course!  A book after my own heart!  That’s where I like to go and hide!  Of course the baby had no idea where it was that he wound up.

Like I said, I love the concept and can’t wait to see where this goes.  The book is designed for young readers, I’m going to say ages 9 to 13 or so.  The title got me, what can I say?  I’ll keep you posted.

The Graveyard Book is written by Neil Gaiman and I would love to know where this thought process came from.  There are some nicely done illustrations that appear intermittently and add to the overall enjoyment of the text.  They are interesting in their own right.  The illustrations are done by Dave McKean who is responsible for illustrating several other books as well.

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Stack of books from the Page Turner blogWe always try to figure out how to start writing what we have to say.  Writers want to come up with a catchy phrase or a line that will draw readers in and make them want to continue reading.   Here is a blog meme, and its directions, that looks at what published authors have done with their introductory sentences.  I love that stack of books!

Book Beginnings on Friday is a meme hosted by Becky at Page Turners. Anyone can participate; just share the opening sentence of your current read, making sure that you include the title and author so others know what you’re reading. If you like, share with everyone why you do, or do not, like the sentence.

I am still reading One Man’s Paradise, and I will note here that I refuse to stop reading.  It’s getting good and I want to see what happens!

I am a terrible person for not getting through things faster!  But, it gives me more time to run into fun memes like this one.  Of course these darn full-time jobs and the resulting need for sleep are all such a nuisance!

Now, this one presents a small problem.  It has a first sentence but it says, “I am trying not to yawn.” That’s it.  But, it’s not really the first sentence because the book starts with a prologue.

“They pawed at each other against the black backdrop of night, the restless Pacific waters purring at their feet.”

Really?  Now that’s more like it.  Purr… I can relate.  It does kind of feel like a purr against your feet.  I never thought of it that way but, yeah, I’ll go with that.  Between that and two people pawing each other, you’ve got my attention.  But, does it work for the book?  Now that I’m more than half way through the book I can say, “Yes, it does.”    Trust me, it gets better too!

One Man’s Paradise, Douglas Corleone

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