Thursday, Nov. 26th, no one will be here.
The shop will be closed. (We’ll be closing at 5pm on Thanksgiving Eve, too)
We’ll be taking the day off. ‘Cause it will be Thanksgiving.
November 28th! Small Business Saturday Line-Up!
10-Noon: Urban Waite, honorary bookseller
Noon: Neil Low signing his new Seattle historical mystery, Wages of Sin
1-3pm: Ingrid Thoft, honorary bookseller
3-5pm: Candace Robb, honorary bookseller
These are fluid times. The authors are welcome to stay as long as they want but, if you want to see one of them or talk to them about books they recommend, come in during those times.
And – of course – The Return of Blind Date with a Book! Spend $10, get a bag of free books!
And mark your calendars: Saturday, Dec 5th is Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day. This is an international effort to introduce new generations to bookshops and reading.
- They’re available in Whatever Denomination You Want.
- They Don’t Expire.
- You can Order Them by Phone, e-mail or through the Website, and we can Mail them directly to the recipient if you’d like.
Our website has a Wish List capability. If folks want to know what you’d like for a given holiday or birthday, it is easy to point people to our website. Amber has put together a dandy blog post explaining it and how it works.
Links of Interest:
We’re coming into the busy shipping season, we have wonderful books, and we’ve already experienced some issues, so here’s what we’re planning, regarding insurance - totally optional but for your consideration:
On shipments of under $100, nothing changes.
For shipments totaling the following amounts, you can elect the following options:
$100 – $200 will cost an additional $4
$200 - $300 will cost an additional $5
$300 - $400 will cost an additional $6
$400 - $500 will cost an additional $7
$500 - $600 will cost an additional $10
Over $600, we need to talk, but it’s cool.
We don’t want to take chances with your books, and we know you want the peace of mind that comes with knowing you’re covered by insurance. If you opt out of insurance, we’ll have a tracking number and we’ll know when the post office says your package was delivered, but after that, there’s nothing we can do to help you out.
Thank you, as always, for supporting us!
While we specialize in mystery and crime books, we can order virtually any new book that you might want, no matter what its topic.New Signings (with authors who will be visiting the shop):
Saturday March 5th at Noon, J. C. Nelson signs The Reburialists (Feb., Ace pbo, $7.99).
At the Bureau of Special Investigations, dead people aren't the problem. Keeping them dead, that's the bigger issue. And when Agent Brynner Carson stakes a recently undead corpse, he's in for a surprise. Turns out this corpse has a message for him, written in bloody hieroglyphics, about Carson's father. Turns out dear old dad stole a priceless relic from a long-dead god, and now that god wants it back. But dad didn't say what he'd done with it, and now it's a race to save the world.
[Reserving ahead of time is HIGHLY recommended. For the most part, we’ll be ordering only enough for those who reserve. You don’t have to pay until you pick it up or we mail it. Ask us to hold a copy for you!]
See the calendar of all currently-scheduled events on our website and the website calendar contains plot synopses. Click Here.
Neil Low, Nov 28
Robert Crais, Dec 2
Stella Cameron, Dec 5 - CANCELED
Maia Chance, Janine A. Southard, Raven Oak and G. Glemans, Dec 12
Tracy Weber, Jan 16
Ian Rankin, Jan 2??
Gigi Pandian, Jan 23
Feb 19, Andrew Chapman
Feb 20, Matt Ruff
Mar 8, Lisa Lutz
And there are always more on the way!
Remember, too, that while it is always fun to come in and meet the author in person, that isn’t always possible. So reserve a signed copy to be mailed to you or for you to pick up later. Those who reserve in advance get the copies in the best condition!
Word of the Week:
banjax: A transitive verb – to damage, ruin, smash. First known use dates to 1939 but of unknown origin, mainly of Irish useage. (thanks to merriam-webster.com)
You can browse our collectable and hard-to-find books, as well as signed copies from earlier author events, on Biblio.com. You do not have to place an order through them, especially if you’re a long-time customer and we have your ordering info. Just email us to order.
What We’ve Been Reading:
Mercedes Lackey – Hunter (Hyperion, hc, $17.99)
Years ago the barrier between our world and another weakened - to the point that what was on the other side was able to cross over into ours - and it’s never fluffy bunnies, unicorns or rainbows which make the trek. No, it is always monsters, and these have very big teeth, magic and really seem to enjoy killing us.
But whatever looks out for us humans - be it god, a giant crocodile or Great Panjandrum - gave humans a bit of magic of their own to wield in defense of a crumbling world. The magic comes in the form of spirit hounds. Only a small percentage of people can call hounds, but if they are able to summon a pack (2-8) their lives are irrevocably changed. They are trained to become Hunters, people who seek out and destroy the horrors which now inhabit our world.
Joyeaux Charmand is one such Hunter. Her parents were killed in an “Otherside Incident” when she was very young. Her only living relative is an Uncle, a Prefect for the Apex (very important) and he’s sent for her…. and when Apex and the police call, you have little choice but to go. When she arrives in Apex she discovers Hunters are treated far differently in Apex than at home. Here, they are the height of celebrity, they spawn fandoms and their lives & hunts are constantly streamed to for the population to watch. But what Joyeaux finds most disturbing is the fact that Apex’s population is being lied to, and Hunters are inadvertently part of the conspiracy. Which she slowly discovers is much bigger than she initially realized.
This book is good. There is a lot to learn about in a short amount of time (and my summary doesn’t do this book justice) and Lackey is a master in giving you a lot of information without boring her reader.
But what is most tantalizing about this book are the hints, small kernels of information, which Lackey places in the narrative which make you wonder what is coming next! What led to the barrier being weakened? Who are The Folk? How are the monsters getting through the barrier? Who tried to kill Joyeaux? Is her Uncle in danger? The questions go on and on. This is why I say Hunter is a good YA book - there is a lot of world building, the story is strong, but the world details edge it out by just a hair - but the next book I have a very strong suspicion will be excellent! However it will be one of those things that you will have to start on the ground floor and read Hunter first to know/understand exactly what it going on.
Now don’t get me wrong, while the book places these small kernels for you to wonder, agonize and theorize over, the main storyline of the book is wrapped up in a satisfactory way so the book didn’t leave me with a hollow empty feeling when I finished. It just made me VERY keen to know what happens next!
*BTW - I have tried to read Lackey many times over the years and this is the very first book by her which I have really enjoyed read (aka finished)! If this helps at all!?
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On This Date:
Nov 24, 1868 – Scott Joplin was born. A century later, his music would regain popularity in a movie about Depression-era con men, The Sting
Nov 24, 1897 – future mobster Charlie “Lucky” Luciano was born Salvatoré Lucania in Lercara Friddi, Sicily
Nov 24, 1908 – future mystery writer, and creator of Rabbi David Small, Harry Kemelman was born in Boston
Nov 24, 1925 – conservative thinker and editor – and espionage novelist – William F. Buckley, JR, was born in NYC
Nov 24, 1946 - future psychopath and serial killer Ted Bundy was born in Burlington, VT
Nov 24, 1963 - Ruby shot Oswald on national TV
Nov 24, 1971 – Dan Cooper dropped out of a jetliner somewhere over the Columbia River and into history
Nov 24, 1974 – the all-star Murder on the Orient Express premiered. The 84-year-old Agatha Christie attended the premiere and said Albert Finney came the closest to her ideal of Poirot than anyone else ever did
Nov 24, 1981 – “Simon & Simon” premiered
Nov 25, 1889 – W.R. Burnett was born in Springfield, OH. He wrote three American classics: Little Caesar in ’29, High Sierra in ’40 and The Asphalt Jungle in ’49
Nov 25 – a BIG day for authors: Francis Durbridge (1912, Yorkshire), Clive Egleton (1927, Middlesex), William McIlvaney (1936, Kilmarnock, Scotland), Gerald Seymour (1941, Surrey), and Julie Smith (1944, Annapolis) and Charlaine Harris and Arturo Perez-Reverte (1951, Tunica, MS, and Cartagena, Spain)
Nov 25, 1911 – pulp illustrator Malvin Singer was born in Brooklyn
Nov 25, 1925 – Noel Neill was born in Minneapolis, MN. In 1951, she came into the living rooms of America as Lois Lane on ‘Superman’
Nov 25, 1952 –Agatha Christie's murder-mystery play The Mousetrap opened at the Ambassador’s Theatre in London and has become the longest continuously-running play in history
Nov 26, 1853 - future lawman and sports writer Bat Masterson was born in Henryville, Quebec
Nov 26, 1859 – first appearance of Wilkie Collins’ The Woman in White began serialization
Nov 26, 1905 – Welsh playwright Emlyn Williams was born in Mostyn, Wales. Known for his mystery plays, he also, in 1967, wrote an account of an actual crime, a best-selling key book in the history of true crime
Nov 26, 1942 – Casablanca premiered in NYC
Nov 26, 1942 - Lesley Grant-Adamson was born in London
Nov 26, 1976 – 3rd Son of Sam shootings
Nov 26, 1983 – 6 thieves broke into the Brink’s-MAT warehouse at London’s Heathrow Airport and made off with £26 million worth of gold, diamonds and cash
Nov 27, 1934 – “Baby Face” Nelson was shot down by the FBI in Barrington, IL.
Nov 27, 1897 - future mob boss Vito Genovese was born in Rosigliano, Naples
Nov 27, 1940 – Bruce Lee was born in San Francisco. Most of us would first be exposed to his stunning talents on ‘The Green Hornet’ in 1966. His first US film was the James Garner movie Marlowe, the adaptation of Chandler’s The Little Sister.
Nov 27, 1978 – Mayor George Moscone and City Supervisor Harvey Milk were murdered in their offices
And Have a Relaxing and Book-Filled Weekend!