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Countdown to NEBA. [Mar. 16th, 2006|12:49 pm]
Since I'm not doing BEA in May [I'm just not comfortable going to Washington DC on my own], I am gearing up for NEBA in the fall, which will be held again in Providence. Hopefully I can find a quieter hotel this year.

To celebrate, here's one of those cheerful little tickers. I've put it on my LJ info pages.




Feel free to count along with me.

[crossposted to norda]
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Press release for this year's Robert's Snow [Nov. 6th, 2005|03:58 pm]
Reprinted with permission from Grace Lin.

Hello!

I'm pleased to announce that Robert's Snow 2005 (www.robertssnow.com)
begins
today, Sunday Nov. 6 at 5pm PST!!!

This is a wonderful chance to own an original piece of art by your
favorite
children's book illustrator. Not only are these snowflakes exclusive
(each
one comes with it's own certificate of authenticity) and beautiful (see
for
yourself at www.robertssnow.com), 100% of snowflakes sales will go to
the
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/The Jimmy Fund.

The 200 snowflakes are divided into 5 seven day auctions. The schedule
is as
follows:

Auction 1: Nov. 6-Nov. 13
Auction 2:Nov. 13- Nov. 20
Auction 3:Nov. 20-Nov. 27
Auction 4: Nov. 27- Dec.4
Auction 5: Dec.4- Dec. 11

Robertssnow.com will have a link to the live ebay auctions on its
homepage
(red snowflake icon). Also, when you view each snowflake individually,
the
date of their auction is posted. Furthermore, you can sort the
snowflakes by
auction number with the pull-down menu under "view snowflakes."

Please remember that no matter when you win your snowflake, it will not
be
shipped until Dec. 12--after our snowflake exhibits.

Thank you for your support and happy Bidding!

Best Wishes,

Grace Lin

Support Robert's Snow at www.robertssnow.com
see more about Grace at www.gracelin.com
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Late to the party. [Oct. 30th, 2005|09:26 am]
I finished DARKHENGE this morning. Absolutely delicious. Very interesting to read something the POV of the golden boy who's completely unaware that he's perceived as such. Full review in a separate entry.

I think, now that deadlines have passed for the Fall Review Project*, I can finally read HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE, before I dive back into the rest of my Winter 2006 galleys. It's a little too heavy to take to work with me, so I'll be reading something else on the side.... probably some Dunsany, or Papa Bear's ANDROMEDA novel that he sent me for my birthday, or perhaps the copy of TIME AND AGAIN that was a giveaway on the library's "Free Book" cart.

*I do have one more Fall 2005 book that could stand to get its own review even though it wasn't in time for the project. Alice Hoffman's THE FORETELLING was a passable read, although I would have liked it better when I was twelve than I did now at the age of 43.
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"The tree branched like a brain." [Oct. 23rd, 2005|01:02 pm]
Finally getting a chance to go through my swag, for Winter and Spring 2006 releases.

Catherine Fisher's DARKHENGE starts off deliciously, in a very Margaret Mahy vein.



I can't wait to finish it.
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Swag. [Sep. 24th, 2005|01:56 pm]
[Current Mood |happyhappy]

I have bags and bags of swag from NEBA.... galleys, signed books, and even a T-shirt. Not as much swag as I would have had if I'd remembered to pack my collection of cloth bags and a backpack. But plenty of good readin'.

My coup, however, was sweet-talking the PGW rep out of a copy of this...



Book info can be found here. I will definitely, definitely be carrying this as a permanent item for Mike's Comics, for as long as it stays in print.
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My entries in the NECBA Fall Review Project. [Sep. 24th, 2005|01:53 pm]
UNDER A STAND STILL MOON

Ann Howard Creel


Brown Barn Books

October 2005


$8.95


978-0-9746481-8-3

Ages 10 and up


Notable aspects: strong unconventional heroine, interesting setting, imagery, language


UNDER A STAND STILL MOON could easily be this generation's ISLAND OF THE BLUE DOLPHINS. It was a real page-turner for me, at 192 pages; I was sorry it was over so soon. It is intriguing historical fiction, set in the Southwestern United States around 900AD.

Echo is a spirited girl of the Anasazi, born under the Stand Still Moon, which comes once every eighteen years. She is not content to be merely a traditional wife and mother until she falls in love with her oldest friend. But fate intervenes in the form of Echo's timely rescue of a child, which brings her to the attention of her tribe's High Priests. She suddenly finds it her duty to forsake her one love and marry a much older man, the Sun Watcher, who proves to be kind and gives her the greatest gift of all.... his sacred knowledge of the sky and the seasons.

This knowledge, normally forbidden to women, becomes crucial when drought strikes the land and the People lose faith. But the author does not take the easy way out to have Echo save the day. She must watch as friends die and kin leave the settlements they have farmed for generations, in search of more fertile ground. But she is determined to continue watching the sky, charting the Earth's cycles, and waiting out the bad times, in the hopes of the beneficence of another Stand Still Moon.

* * * * *


INKSPELL

Cornelia Funke

Scholastic/The Chicken House

October 2005


$19.99

0-439-55400-4

For mature middle readers, young adults, bibliophiles, fans of fantasy and the Middle Ages


Notable aspects: lyrical language, rich and detailed settings, intricate plot twists, acknowledgement of consequences, mature themes

INKSPELL, the sequel to INKHEART, is dark. Unbelievably and unrelievably dark. It's a very mature book that pulls no punches in the telling of a much more involved tale than its predecessor.

Many new characters are introduced to round out the cast that we've already gotten to know. Meggie is a year older, somewhat wiser, but still the intrepid and curious young girl, who makes a young girl's mistakes. We get better acquainted with Farid, Resa, and Fenoglio, the latter of which still seems determined to control the story that he created but which has taken on a life of its own.

The darkness in this book is offset by its richness of detail. Although it is just as long as INKHEART, perhaps even longer, it moves at a much swifter pace and sweeps the reader away even more strongly.

I anxiously await the resolution of the ending set up in the final pages of INKSPELL.
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Crossover post. [Sep. 10th, 2005|12:55 pm]
[Current Mood |accomplishedaccomplished]

The fullscale Edgecliff Abbey site has been moved to its new server and has gone live. It can be found here. Just in time for NEBA next week.

Let me know what you think, since it appears that Mr. Michaels has not yet set up the e-mail addresses.

EDIT: Yes, I'm aware that the site currently only works in Internet Explorer. We're working on it so that other browsers can use it too.
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Two communities for bibliophiles. [Sep. 4th, 2005|04:25 pm]
[Current Mood |curiouscurious]

I just happened upon two interesting book communities and have Friended them.

storybookland and dusty_pages.

Both seem dynamic and thriving.

Enjoy.
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Racing against time. [Sep. 3rd, 2005|04:00 pm]
Needing to get book reviews written.

Two brief thoughts, as placeholders for this journal.

1] INKSPELL is unrelievedly/unbelievably dark. I mean DARK. Fans of the comparatively light-hearted handling of dire situations in THE THIEF LORD and DRAGON RIDER are going to be reeling.

2] UNDER A STAND STILL MOON is this generation's ISLAND OF THE BLUE DOLPHINS. No faint praise, there.

More later.
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1001 NIGHTS. [Aug. 13th, 2005|04:59 pm]
While looking for the publishing history of a New York City firm called Hurst and Company, in response to an antiquarian book want list, I came across this lovely site celebrating a number of different editions of THE ARABIAN NIGHTS, with links to illustrators.

Published editions.

Observant folk with recognize an icon I use on my main blog.
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