Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The Ice Bear by Jackie Morris

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by Jackie Morris
Published by Frances Lincoln Children's Books, July 29, 2014
40 Pages • ISBN 978-1847805485 • Hardcover

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Book description:
Back in a time when people and animals lived together in harmony, a bear-child is stolen away from his mother. A hunter and his wife find the child and, wrapping him in sealskin, they sing him songs of the ice, the wind and the great white bears. One day the child wanders off and a bear comes to take him back to his mother. But by now the hunter is on the trail, determined to kill the creature that has taken his child...

Set in the pristine polar regions of the Arctic, Jackie Morris's beautiful story reminds us that we are caretakers of these wild creatures and our actions directly affect their future.


A short but poignant story that reads more like an old folk tale (and for all I know, it could be based on one), The Ice Bear is gorgeously illustrated and beautifully told. A mother bear gives birth to twins, but a raven steals one away and gives it to a human family who are without children. When the child and his bear brother meet again, it is the choice of the child that will determine the course of all their lives. I really enjoyed this story and accompanying illustrations, and think this would be ideal for both children and adults alike.

Monday, April 13, 2015

#acerocstars 1st delivery!



My first delivery as part of the Ace Roc Stars program has arrived! Included in the shipment are ARCs of Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine, Day Shift by Charlaine Harris, Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs, and The Lost Fleet by Jack Campbell; a sampler of various SciFi and Fantasy authors; and a small sampler of the new book by Jim Butcher, The Aeronaut’s Windlass, which includes the prologue and first chapter, and based on those two small bits alone, I can't wait for the release of the full book!

Happy reading!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Ace Roc Star!


So, I'm not entirely sure what all is involved with this yet, but I've been accepted to be a member of the Ace & Roc Books street team, the Ace Roc Stars! As I find out more about what's going on, I'll be sure to post it here.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The Welcome to Night Vale novel has a cover!

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STOP THE PRESSES. The Welcome to Night Vale novel has a cover and it is a thing of beauty and a joy forever.

Where is my TARDIS? I need to get to October 20, 2015, now.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

March 2015 Monthly Recap


Books Read
  1. The Poet and the Donkey by May Sarton
  2. A Dragon's Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans by Laurence Yep & Joanne Ryder, illustrated by Mary GrandPré
  3. Our Souls at Night: A novel by Kent Haruf
  4. As We Are Now by May Sarton
  5. Transformers: Robots in Disguise, Vol 1 by John Barber, illustrated by Andrew Griffith
  6. Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye, Vol 1 by James Roberts & John Barber, illustrated by Alex Milne & Nick Roche
  7. Avengers: Time Runs Out, Vol 2 by Jonathan Hickman, illustrated by Kev Walker, Stefano Caselli, Mike Deodato, Szymon Kudranski, & Mike Perkins
  8. Glamour of the God-Touched: Saga of the God-Touched Mage, Volume 1 by Ron Collins
  9. The Adventures of Sophie Mouse: A New Friend by Poppy Green, illustrated by Jennifer A. Bell
  10. Prometheus: Fire and Stone by Paul Tobin, illustrated by Juan Ferreyra
  11. Once Upon a Cloud by Claire Keane
  12. The Bet by Anton Chekhov

3136 pages total

Favorite Book of the Month
  1. A Dragon's Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans by Laurence Yep & Joanne Ryder, illustrated by Mary GrandPré

Gender of author
8 male
4 female

Year of Publication
1889 - 1
1969 - 1
1973 - 1
2012 - 2
2014 - 1
2015 - 6

Books Acquired
41 Total
13 - books purchased from Amazon
17 - used books purchased at local Indie
4 - books purchased at local Indie
1 - books purchased at author signing at local Indie
1 - book purchased from bn.com
5 - books received for my bad

2015 Year to Date Totals
Books Read: 32
Pages Read: 6330
Books Acquired: 92
Books Acquired Read: 7

The Bet by Anton Chekhov

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by Anton Chekhov
Narrated by Walter Zimmerman
Produced by Jimcin Recordings, 1979

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Book description:
"The Bet" is one of Chekov's most anthologized stories. A rich banker makes a bet with a poor artist that he cannot voluntarily stay imprisoned for a long period of time. The result of the bet is quite different than either man could have supposed.


To prove which is a worst way to die, capital punishment or life imprisonment, a banker and a lawyer enter into the bet: the lawyer agrees to imprisonment for fifteen years in exchange for 2 million. He can have as much wine, tobacco, and books, but will have no contact with any person for the fifteen years,being confined to a room in the banker's home. If the lawyer leaves the room for any reason, he forfeits the 2 million. The banker doesn't think he can do it; the lawyer is confident that he will. Fifteen years pass, and what both men have discovered in that time has changed them both in equally dramatic and unexpected ways. The story may be short, but it is powerful. It is amazing how Chekhov can create such an interesting character study in such a short work of fiction.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Once Upon a Cloud by Claire Keane

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by Claire Keane
Published by Dial Books, March 3, 2015
40 Pages • ISBN 978-0803739116 • Hardcover

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Book description:
Fresh from her work on Frozen and Tangled, Claire Keane brings her legendary talent to her debut picture book about finding the right present for someone you love.

Celeste wants to give her mother something special — but what? Her search takes her up into the skies, where she meets the stars, the moon and the sun, but she still doesn’t find the heartfelt present she’s been looking for. At the end of her journey, Celeste sees it — the perfect gift! Chosen with care and wrapped with love, it’s just what Celeste was hoping to find.


Celeste wants too give her mother the perfect gift, but as hard as she thinks about it, she can't seem to come up with the perfect gift. When she lies down to think about it some more, the winds come and pick her up and take her on an adventure into the sky, where she meets the stars, the moon, and the sun, and through these adventures, she realizes what it is she wants to give her mother as the perfect gift.

This book is beautiful. The story is charming, but the real strength in this volume lay in the art; Claire Keane's paintings are, in a word, stunning. I read through the volume once, and then have gone back about a half dozen times in the last week to just look at the artwork. It really is simply stunning. I'd highly recommend this to anyone, with or without children, who enjoy a lovely, whimsical tale.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Prometheus: Fire and Stone by Paul Tobin, illustrated by Juan Ferreyra

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by Paul Tobin, illustrated by Juan Ferreyra
Published by Dark Horse Books, April 21, 2015
126 Pages • ISBN 978-1616556501 • Paperback
I picked up an ARC of this book at #ALAMW15

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Book description:
When the Prometheus never returned from her fateful journey to LV-223, the questions surrounding the origins of man went unanswered. Now a new team of explorers seeks to uncover the dark mystery that holds not only the fate of the original mission, but possibly their own damnation. This is the first volume of Prometheus in a blockbuster crossover event featuring Aliens, Predator, and Prometheus!




Picking up after the events of the movie Prometheus, Paul Tobin's Fire and Stone event is running through the entirety of 20th Century Fox's scifi properties: Prometheus, Alien, Predator, and AvP. Prometheus provides the opening chapter, as a survey/salvage crew have been dispatched under the pretense of reclaiming a lost research vessel in order to make some decent money on the salvage. What they don't know is that this is really a cover up in order for part of the crew to complete the Prometheus' original mission. However, things on LV-223 have changed dramatically in the time since the Prometheus disappeared there.

This was a pretty decent follow up to Prometheus, even if it did read more like a Alien comic (but there is an Engineer in the story, so I guess that skews it more towards a Prometheus story). Tobin did an admirable job of answering some of the questions from Prometheus (is that even possible, though?), but of course, being the first chapter in a four part series, there are now also plenty of other questions related to this story that haven't been answered...

My only problem with the book is that there are far, far too many characters. Basically, there are three different crews involved in this mission, and you barely have time to figure out who everybody is before the story takes off and people start dying; characters show up towards the end of the book, and I honestly had no idea who they were. I think this story would have benefited greatly by paring down the number of characters and keeping it a tighter knit group, but that's just me.

I'm curious to see where Tobin will be taking this story, and will more than likely be picking up the rest of the volumes as they are release. For fans of the various franchises, I think this would be a great addition to your library.