- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Mira; Original edition (December 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0778327116
- ISBN-13: 978-0778327110
- Available on Amazon / Barnes & Noble
First of all,I would like to apologize to my cousin, Aik, for abandoning this blog for quite some time. In fact, I keep giving excuse that I don't have time to spare. But, I guess, for a bookaholic, you shouldn't say that to books. I really admire your spirit, couz. I wish I could learn that from you. Yes, I will try to adapt your habit. Don't worry I'm not kidding this time. =)
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What a week for bookstores! First, Borders in the US files for bankruptcy and then REDgroup over here in Australia (owners of Borders, Angus and Robertson, and Whitcoulls in NZ) goes into administration!
I am not sure what to think of this situation. Part of me is worried that this may be the beginning of the end for bricks and mortar bookstores, the other part says serve them right for charging such outrageous prices!
I mean, if you want to compete you need to be competitive. As it stands, both Borders and Angus and Robertson are pretty expensive places to shop. Last time I entered an Angus and Robertson store to buy a book, I was shocked to find it was $36. Dymocks were selling the same book for $30, Big W for $21.95 and Book Depository, $17.64. With prices like that, where would you buy that book from?
Not to mention the lack of customer service at Borders and Angus and Robertson stores. I was talking to a fellow book blogger about this today, and we agreed that customer service at these stores is pretty much non-existent.
You have to basically chase the staff around the store to ask a question and you are greeted with surly looks and a big *Sigh* that you would dare interrupt them while they are working.
It's not wonder REDgroup finds itself in such a bad position... and to make matters worse, Borders are not refusing to accept gift certificates unless the holder spends equal value to the certificate so they can redeem it.
Uuuum excuse me, Borders? You are telling your customers that although you have already taken the money for the certificate, you are going to charge your customers to redeem it?!
So I understand that they have gone into administration meaning they have no money... I get that. But they have ALREADY TAKEN THE MONEY FOR THE CERTIFICATES! Surely this is illegal? I am not an expert on these matters but this reeks of a money-grabbing scam.
I am happy I don't have a Borders gift certificate, but even if I did I think I would rather forfeit it than be forced to spend money to redeem it. Forcing customers to spend double is just wrong. Not to mention they are no longer accepting the use of gift cards on their online store (which is cheaper than their bricks and mortar store). They are not only forcing their customers to spend double, but to do so in store, hence spending even more!
Poor poor form, REDgroup. Poor form. Any support you may have had from consumers has pretty much been destroyed by this move. Enjoy the demise of your business.
Thanks to Velvet from vvb32 reads for nominating me!
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- I love playing the piano. K-Drama OSTs, Transcribed songs, Self-improvised songs and Chopin's easier pieces.
- I love reading modernized version of Shakespeare's stories. Merchant of Venice, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet...
- I don't drink coffee - Surprising, eh?
- I'm a night owl - You'll know that instantly when you see me, 'cos I'm the panda's distant relative.
- I wish I have the gift of the gap. I've always admired those people who can always think of a witty, high EQ remark/comeback without offending anyone.
- I wish I have the power to control time - make it stop, reverse, fast-forward...
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Good friend, for Jesus' sake forbear
To dig the dust enclosed here.
Blessed be the man that spares these stones,
And cursed be he that moves my bones.
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- Reading level: Young Adult
- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Puffin Books (March 7, 2002)
- ISBN-10: 0141312122
- ISBN-13: 978-0141312125
- Available at Amazon / Barnes & Noble / The Book Depository
At first, I was intrigued by the idea of "criminal mastermind", and I wanted to know what was he actually planning to steal. The first two chapters were quite interesting - Artemis and Butler (Artemis' Giant-sized bodyguard) went to Ho Chi Minh City to get a copy of "The Book" which contains fairy secrets from a drunken sprite.
BUT, even though many are raving about how good this book is, I couldn't convince myself to actually like the scenes in which the fey people and their high-tech gadgets were spotlighted. Those things were just not my stuff.
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Investigations; The Supernaturalist; Eoin Colfer's Legend of... books;
The Wish List; Benny and Omar; and Benny and Babe. He was born in
Wexford on the southeast coast of Ireland in 1965, where he and his four
brothers were brought up by his father (an elementary school teacher,
historian and artist of note) and mother (a drama teacher). He first
developed an interest in writing in primary (elementary) school with
gripping Viking stories inspired by history that he was learning in
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Michelle Moran was born in the San Fernando Valley, CA. She took an interest in writing from an early age, purchasing Writer's Market and submitting her stories and novellas to publishers from the time she was twelve. When she was accepted into Pomona College she took as many classes as possible in British Literature, particularly Milton, Chaucer, and the Bard. Not surprisingly, she majored in English while she was there. Following a summer in Israel where she worked as a volunteer archaeologist, she earned an MA from the Claremont Graduate University.
Michelle has traveled around the world, from Zimbabwe to India, and her experiences at archaeological sites were what inspired her to write historical fiction. She is the international bestselling author of Nefertiti, The Heretic Queen, and Cleopatra's Daughter. Her fourth novel, Madame Tussaud, was released on February 15, 2011.
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Case Closed?: Nine Mysteries Unlocked by Modern Science
by Susan Hughes (Writer), Michael Wandelmaier (Illustrator)
- Reading level: Ages 9-12
- Hardcover: 88 pages
- Publisher: Kids Can Press (August 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1554533627
- ISBN-13: 978-1554533626
- Available at Amazon / Barnes & Noble / The Book Depository
With her straightforward and highly-detailed explanations and the accompaniment of photos, maps, diagrams and coloured illustrations as evidences, Susan successfully creates a wonderful, entertaining book which guarantees fun and effective learning. We get to learn about mtDNA, for example, which is used to establish links between groups and civilizations, and to identify the time period a specimen may have come from. We also learn how people can manage to rediscover the Lost City of Ubar with high-end technologies and teamwork.
Cased Closed is a great book! I enjoyed this book thoroughly and will recommend it to everyone who is curious to find out the truths behind the 9 great mysteries! Pick it up, whether you're a science-loving kid, historical buff or a bibliophilic adult!
Many thanks to Susan Hughes and Octavia Sloley from Corus Entertainment for sending me a hardcover copy of this book for this review.
About The Book:
Poison Study (Study, #1) by Maria V. Snyder
And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly's Dust and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison. As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can't control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren't so clear....
Her handsome and strict mentor, Valek, is an assassin. Being a master of basic survival and combat, Valek possesses extraordinary wit and fighting skills. As the master-apprentice relationship between Yelena and Valek evolves into something more passionate, they also find out that one of the generals in the country is secretly planning a Coup d'état to overthrow the current leader of the country --- the Commander.
Pros: Everything about this book is good, I can't wait to read book 2!
Achievements of note for Poison Study include:
- Won the 2006 Compton Crook Award for best debut novel from the Baltimore Science Fiction Society
- Won the 2006 Reader's Choice Award from the Salt Lake County Library System
- Won Cover Cafe's 2007 Cover Art Contest (Trade paperback edition)
- Won Paperback of the Year from the Wirral Schools in the United Kingdom (wirral-libraries.net)