Monday, November 24, 2008

It's Booktender Booklist Time!

In most parts of the country this is the reading season. Well, between eating and celebrating and football watching and other holiday-related activities.

Anyhoo, your loyal Booktender and her pals have been hard at work making lists and lists of lists of good reading for your winter pleasure. Here are some links to lists that, for better or worse, could change your winter!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Good News, Bad News, Weird News

Many people in the Great Northlands have already figured out that Frozen Water does, in fact, work like Ice.

In fact, here is a list of people and things who have experienced this phenomenon:
Sarah Palin
All Ice-Fisherman in Minnesota
Vehicles of all descriptions

Thanks to Fail Blog for, well, never failing

Really Bad News:
Court orders Arizona to allow 'Choose Life' license plates from All News Feeds: Honest to Pete. First crosses in one of the Carolinas, now this. If you want to announce your political views on your car or truck, just get a freakin' bumper sticker and stop wasting taxpayer money.

Police: Man Attacks Library Patrons, Employee With Rock from by Steven
Good Lord! One of the victims was a 67 year-old librarian. That just is not right. On the other hand, a colleague in another local library system was fatally stabbed a number of years ago. Better a rock than a knife.

Good News!
‘Wi-Fi library’ finally gets a toilet from by Steven - “I used to say ‘We’re the Wi-Fi library without a pot to piss in,’ ” said library Director Susan D’Amico.”
I don't know which is worse, not having a toilet or having cleaning the staff toilet (in an unheated room in Iowa) listed as part of your professional job duties. Yes, the latter happened to your loyal Booktender in the 1980s. Still, hats off to this spunky, funky, little library!

Weird News
Brothers Honored For 'Chitty Chitty,' Other Ditties
from NPR Topics: Arts & Culture
"Songwriting brothers Richard and Robert Sherman were honored at the White House Monday for all the songs they've written for family movies, including the theme for the movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The brothers, who also wrote "It's a Small World (After All)," received the National Medal of Arts from President Bush."

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The Big Snark-Off: Tuesday Night Edition

To keep both of my readers on their toes, I'm sneaking in a Tuesday Night Snark-Off! Can you feel the love????

Focus On The Family In Free Fall from The United Church of Christ by Rev. Chuck Currie
Wheeeeeee! Yipppeeeee! Don't let the ground hit you one the way to visit basement-cat!

Priest: No communion for Obama supporters from All News Feeds
"A South Carolina Roman Catholic priest has told his parishioners that they should refrain from receiving Holy Communion if they voted for Barack Obama because the Democratic president-elect supports abortion, and supporting him "constitutes material cooperation with intrinsic evil.""
Guess we'll file this one under: Dude, Crazy. Fortunately cooler heads have prevailed and said priest has recanted.

And in related news:
Is Obama the Antichrist? from All News Feeds

Silly Business

From Reading the Past: Tacky Tuesday:
""To restore the honor of Rome and of his own family, Severus Varus left the decadent life of Rome... his only hope was to join the barbarians.""

Good move Severus. Judging from the craggy face and unkempt hair I'd say a little more decadence is in order. Good Golly, Man! Let's have some pride of appearance! Srsly, you're starting to look like some of the homeless dudes at the library!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

What's a Good Book to Read?

Apparently I have a second reader! I am soooo psyched! VicGent asks a very good question. And, Bravo, VicGent! You have happened on the scariest question a librarian gets.

Nope, it's not "can you get me a book to identify this poisonous snake I have in my bag" or even "you wanna go out later?"
The scariest question a librarian ever gets is "can you recommend a book to read?" I mean, there you are. Your butt's out flyin' in the wind. No one can save you.
You may have to disclose something about yourself. You may have to figure out something the reader might want but is outside your comfort zone. And, worst of all, the customer might decide you are now his or her best buddy. ACK!

Fortunately, VicGent is interested in Fiction. So at least we're in the same huge genre. As my readers may have noticed, Fiction R Me. What VicGent may not be aware of is that I'm currently stuck in Contemporary Romantic Suspense mode. Not the most appealing to most men, but if I can swing a few people into the fold, my blog frequently covers the subject.

Fortunately, your gentle Booktender does have a tool for the average reader who likes to know what's up where and how to find other stuff that appeals. In fact, I have a boat-load of tools you can use to look for good stuff.

Booktender's Rules of Keeping Up With Good Reading:
1. Setup a newsreader and subscribe to newsfeeds. GoogleReader could not be easier. And it looks prettier than Bloglines. Both are great. Just go to the blog that has a newsfeed, get the rss code, put it in your reader and read your reader on a regular basis. Tons of good stuff

2. Set yourself up on to track what you've read and what you want to read. When I'm reading in series I can easily track which one I read last and search for the next one. And you can see what other people who have read the book have read and on and on. Great tool.

On to the feeds:
First off, the Readers Advisor Online's blog is the BOMB. You have all the living greats of the reader's advisory world talking reading. Top notch. Add it to your reader. Or go to the website weekly. Just read it.

Lots of people hear about books while commuting. NPR has lots of feeds mentioning what books were talked about when. And I do believe both of my readers are NPR fans!
NPR Topics: Authors

Media Mentions and Library Professional blogs keep me up to date on both fiction and non-fiction. I follow these:

Specific genres, like SF, romance, mystery, etc. have a plethora of feeds. As you might guess, I've narrowed mine just down to "my" genre: Romance
and even academic sites that discuss the genre: Teach Me Tonight

And if all else fails, my GoogleReader's shared items go to the "Anon's Shared Items" stream found at Libraryland Roundup. I don't put every review I stumble across onto the feed and there are lots of other libraryland related things sprinkled in there but, between me and my fictious cohorts, a lot of good stuff gets up there.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Whatta Man!

To the Edge (Bodyguard Series, Book #1) To the Edge by Cindy Gerard

My review

rating: 4 of 5 stars
Uffdah! I want to keep Nolan. Dang what a man! Nevermind that he's years too young for me. Dang! And salsa-dancing too. AND he can wear a tux and behave in high society? SWOON! Where are these guys in real life?

OK, mixing reality with fantasy again. Not good not good not good. Behave and on with the review.

This is a fast-paced book with emotionally and intellectually matched characters. I particularly appreciate Jillian's skill at reading Nolan and bringing him out of his tormented past.

The only problem I had was the setup. Proving to a client that they need to be guarded by doing a little B&E seems a bit overdone. Then again, it must be a popular device as it is also done in Cindy Gerard's Kill Me Twice (Bullet Catcher Series, Book #1). I guess the hero and heroine have to meet somehow.

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Sunday, November 09, 2008

The Big Snark-Off : Random Edition

My how the days fly...only last week we had campaign stuff galore to snark about. Fortunately, there's a whole lotta other crap to fill the void.

Director Back For Act 3 Of 'High School Musical' from NPR Topics: Arts & Culture
3? My gosh! I have to rush out and rent 1 & 2 again so I'm ready. Oh pray, tell me I'm not too late!!!

Little House On The Prairie Museum Sued from NPR Topics: Arts & Culture
The Little House on the Prairie Museum, located near Independence, Kan., on the site where the Ingalls family once settled, has been sued by the production company behind the Little House on the Prairie TV series. At issue is who really owns the rights to the name "Little House on the Prairie."
I'm just guessing here, but wouldn't the descendents of the Wilder family want a say in this? Can't we all just get along? That's what Pa would want.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Anacondas - Now Chlorinated For Your Protection!

Hide and Seek (T-FLAC Series, Book #3) Hide and Seek by Cherry Adair

My review

rating: 2 of 5 stars
This one had some major problems for me. Things that I would hope an editor would have caught. Let's kick it off with the heroine's name, shall we? Delanie. Does that rhyme with Melanie or is it pronounced Delaney? My brain ticked back and forth on that one like a metronome on speed. Each time I read it my brain wiring had to stop, start, and then restart again.

Then let's talk undergarments, shall we? At various times throughout the book we are told that at the main characters first meeting Delanie was wearing red and black underwear and a filmy yellow halter dress. Filmy yellow. Red and black. Unless you're parading it down your local hooker-alley, no woman wears that combination. That red and black will be accentuated by the filmy yellow, not hide it.

The coup de gras was the anaconda in the swimming pool. To the best of my knowledge, anacondas and chlorine don't mix. Ever. And we know the pool was chlorinated because the hero smells it in her lovely hair shortly afterward.

And what's up with the drugging and the sadism? Puhleeze. Lets leave that kind of fantasy to the 80s bodice-ripper, k?

Fortunately, I have read the next book in the series and found it a little delight. The next book, not this book, saved this from a lowly one-star read. Knowing the next book is better has encouraged me to read a few of the following books. Cherry Adair is not out of the running with me - yet.

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Craaaaaazy Love

Crazy Love (Steele Street #5) Crazy Love by Tara Janzen

My review

rating: 4 of 5 stars
These books are preposterous. Really preposterous. And yet the rough and tumble characters are loveable and emotionally accessible. The action fast-paced. Shucks, you can't help but like the series. Nice wrap up to a long-longed-for romance between two characters and hints about the next book. Steele Street is always a bit of fun.

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