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Piracy 101



I refer to myself as the Bibliopirate and yet I’ve horribly let the pirate side of that equation slide. In order to rectify that I shall briefly discuss The Book of Pirates by Jamaica Rose and Captain MacLeod. They are very lovely people and editors of No Quarter Given a very fine pirate magazine.

This book is certainly designed for the young ones, and if you know a child who is interesting in learning more about historical piracy they need this book. It provides a wonderful outlook of pirates through history, you will find a real buccaneering 101 in the pages. It contains many references to movies about piracy including pointing out the historical deviations those movies took. I’m looking at you Black Swan.

Along with guides to the history they also provide fun activities, like easy way to make a pirate costume and they even provide a few recipes. Has your child ever wanted to try hardtack now they can? Afterwards I’m sure they’ll never complain about a regular home cooked meal again.

The Book of Pirates
by Jamica Rose and Captain MacLeod
ISBN: 978-1-4236-0670-3

I’m also currently reading Pirates of Barbary, and can hopefully provide some insight into that in a few days.

 
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Posted by on February 2, 2012 in Kid-Lit

 

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Pro Tips from Bookselling


Recently a book store owner posted 25 tips they learned from opening a bookshop
Some of my favorites that rang true are:

3.  If someone comes in and asks where to find the historical fiction, they’re not looking for classics, they want the romance section.

5. If someone comes in and asks for a recommendation and you ask for the name of a book that they liked and they can’t think of one, the person is not really a reader.  Recommend Nicholas Sparks.

23.  Everyone has a little Nancy Drew in them.  Stock up on the mysteries.

To read the rest of the list go here.

http://open.salon.com/blog/jlsathre/2012/01/11/25_things_i_learned_from_opening_a_bookstore

A few things I might add are,

26. Read behind the counter, people want to see you reading. (And this is the only job you should read on the job, take advantage of it.)

27. During election season if you display any political book you will offend someone.

28. If you don’t display any political books you will offend even more people.


 
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Posted by on February 1, 2012 in miscellany

 

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Moving to my own Hosting.


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,
The Biblio-Pirate

 
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Posted by on January 29, 2012 in miscellany

 

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Moby Dick on T-book



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.

 
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Posted by on January 28, 2012 in Fiction, miscellany

 

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John le Carre: The Pinnacle of Spycraft


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.


A Perfect Spy
by John le Carre
ISBN:978-0143119760

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
ISBN: 978-0345420435

 
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Posted by on January 28, 2012 in Fiction

 

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The Future of Books.


http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/booksblog/2012/jan/26/future-of-books-today

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.

Photo from http://darwinslibrary.com/2010/04/evolution-not-extinction/

P.S. I’m also happy to report I’ve now reached over 100 followers. Thank you all for stopping by.

 
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Posted by on January 27, 2012 in News

 

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The Giant Squid for the Kids



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
ISBN:978-0803731929
www.squidfire.com

The artist’s website also has some fantastic clothing designs, and I proudly sport a good number of his shirts.

 
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Posted by on January 27, 2012 in Kid-Lit

 

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Book Expo America



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.
http://bookexpoamerica.com/
http://www.sibaweb.com/

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2012 in miscellany

 

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Narcolepsy and Mystery: A review



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/

 

 

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2012 in Fiction

 

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Neil Gaiman Presents…


http://journal.neilgaiman.com/2011/10/neil-gaiman-presents-is-open-for.html
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 

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2012 in News

 

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