Hello Dear Bibliopirate Readers,
I’m letting you know that I’m moving from a wordpress.com hosted site to my privately hosted site. The new address is www.bibliopirate.com . I’m doing this in large part to be able to join an affiliate program to help sell and distribute the books I love to you, and also make a bit towards supporting the site and my reading addiction.
I hope you will still join me over there, to sample my book reviews and news. How else will you hear about the wonderful happenings like Moby Dick being printed on 6 different rolls of toilet paper?
Thank you for reading,
Monthly Archives: January 2012
Hello Dear Bibliopirate Readers,
Lately the publishing world has been turned upside down by the e-book revolution, and many people are theorizing that the days of traditional publishing are coming to an end. Out of the mess I’ve now seen one unique option out of the massive amount of book options, a t-book. What is a t-book it is my phrase for a toilet paper book. Some one has taken it upon himself to type out all of Herman Melville’s classic on a few rolls of toilet paper.
They’ve recently tried to sell it on Ebay, and somehow it didn’t manage to sell. Maybe next time. It could be that not everyone is over the moon with Moby Dick, and that Nathaniel Philbrick’s new book “Why Read Moby Dick” deserves to be read. Or perhaps nearly $1000 is just too much to pay for 6 rolls of aged toilet paper.
Just think if you were equipped with a t-book, you’d always have something to read while being indisposed in the water closet. I see good things in the future of the t-book.
With the release of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy I’ve recently gotten back into reading John le Carre’s books. I had already loved and greatly enjoyed Tinker Tailor and its two sequels The Honorable Schoolboy and Smiley’s People. To be honest I definitely did feel the movie did the book justice it was just to intricate to be summed up in 2 hours, but hats off to them for trying.Since the movie I’ve read two more of his books.
The first A Perfect Spy. This book delves into why Magnus Pym went into the intelligence business and also why he disappeared from that world. Unlike most spy stories this isn’t a true thriller, it is much more a psychological exploration of the character of Pym and is told through a few different voices and we get to see how Pym views himself, how his wife saw him and even through his boss Jack Brotherhood’s perspective. All of this interpretations are slightly and subtly different. With this novel you are left with no doubts as to why le Carre is trumpeted as bringing spy novels into the ranks of literature instead of just fiction.
The book also apparently carries a semi-autobiographical themes as le Carre had a similar upbringing and was brought into the service in similar way.
The other book by him I just read was The Tailor of Panama. These two books were about as different as could be. The Tailor of Panama was about an ex-con turned tailor getting black mailed to spy on his clients. The tone is much lighter and felt comedic. The book was a ton of fun and is certainly perfect for a day at the beach or for a flight.
The Tailor of Panama
by John le Carre
This is a great little article in which we get to hear Neil Gaiman’s thoughts on the future of books. He gives traditional publishing about 5 to 10 more years, but like the most of us see more books being created. He then draws a comparison with what happened to the music industry by saying, “There are fewer rock stars travelling the world in their private jets than there were in the old days, but there’s a lot more good music.”
Publishing is certainly heading for new and turbulent times as they sort out how to properly handle the e-reader revolution, but at least for the moment more people are getting published. We may lose our bestsellers but it looks like we are gaining so much more.
P.S. I’m also happy to report I’ve now reached over 100 followers. Thank you all for stopping by.
So I realize now that I haven’t reviewed any books for the little ones, and today I’m going to rectify that with the picture book I’m the Biggest Thing In the Ocean by Kevin Sherry. This book is absolutely adorable. The basic tale is of a giant squid that is thrilled beyond belief that there is nothing bigger than him in the ocean, he proceeds to swim about pointing out how he is bigger than various sea animals providing a child with a basic introduction to the different animals that occupy the ocean.
That is until a giant whale came us and swallows him and the rest of the creatures up. They survive, and the squid is slightly disheartened up until he realizes that he is the biggest thing in the whale!
I’m also a great fan of the art work, which is in a very cool style that I don’t think I’ve seen before.
This is a perfect book for any child that loves the sea or animals.
I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean
by Kevin Sherry
The artist’s website also has some fantastic clothing designs, and I proudly sport a good number of his shirts.
I’m very excited to announce that this summer I will be going to Book Expo America in NYC. Which as it proudly claims is the premier publishing event in the United States, while there I will also be attending the Book Bloggers Convention.
I’m not entirely sure what to expect while there, I just know I love conferences and conventions. Have any of you been to Book Expo before, or are planning to go again. We could meet up and get a drink. I’m sure I still remember a fun place or two from my time living in NY while working in theater.
A few weeks prior to that I should also be attending the SIBA (Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance) Tradeshow in Charleston, SC.
As I’m sure I mentioned in my review for Already Dead, I love a good pulp story and a classic noir tale. I especially love it when someone does something new within that genre and that is exactly what I got with The Little Sleep by Paul Tremblay.
We are treated to the first and perhaps only narcoleptic private detective, a certain Mark Genevich. Narcolepsy which I admit is a disorder I know little about, effect Mark in many more ways than just having him fall asleep at inconvenient moments. He is also prone to hallucinations and a few waking dreams, which leads him to taking a case from a woman who whose finger tips have been stolen. When he wakes up there is a folder on his desk with money and revealing pictures of the woman he dreamed of. Making him ask the questions of who hired him and what was he hired to do.
This book is marvelous. Well written and fast paced with a case that is entrenched in a deadly intrigue involving a certain Distract Attorney and a hero that is constantly hitting the barrier of not knowing whether something is in his head or actually in the world around him.
I have to make this disclaimer if you want a straight narrative and a reliable narrator this book is not for you. If you want to be taken on a ride through a gritty and corrupt world while falling in and out of hallucinations, you can do no better than this book.
The Little Sleep by Paul Tremblay ISBN-13: 978-0805088496 http://www.paultremblay.net/
I’m a huge fan of audio books and of Neil Gaiman, which is why I was thrilled when I learned that Audible has offered Neil Gaiman (Author of American Gods and Good Omens) a record label so he can produce an audiobook versions of books that he loves.
This looks like a great little project and I’m currently downloading The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break as I type this post. I look forward to seeing more great books brought to us by this titan of modern fantasy.
To see a full list of the Neil Gaiman Presents line click here
If you live in Charlton, Massachusetts you better return your books on time or else you may experience a brief visit from local law enforcement. After amounting some late fees and a few letters asking you to return the books the police will make a visit to your house as they have done to some 14 houses in Charlton.
Although the police haven’t been arresting anyone, and as far as I can tell they’ve been nothing but polite. Some people feel that sending the fuzz out for library books is taking things a bit too far. I can’t help but agree with them. I understand that libraries need to get their books back in a timely manner, and many people have responded to the police presence by returning over due books, and a few that weren’t due back yet. I would like to know how many of them checked out more books.
I know if the police came to my door about library books, I would probably be too nervous to continue checking books out. It would just send me to my local bookstore the next time I needed books.
This is absurd, absolutely and unquestionably wrong. The Tea Party is apparently trying to get any references to slavery removed from history textbooks in Tennessee. I know slavery was a horrible practice, but I’m proud we were able to abolish it. I just don’t understand trying to force us to delete anything in history that might make us look bad.
If we remove slavery, let’s also claim that African-Americans and women always had the same rights as white men. We can say whatever we want, we’ll be the real life version of this comic strip from