Check out what’s new on the shelves of Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore from this post on Sally Cronin’s blog.
Welcome to the Friday edition of the Cafe and Bookstore where I share recent reviews for the authors on the shelves.
The first author today with a recent review is Jean Lee for her YA/Dark Fantasy Fallen Princeborn: Stolen
About Book 1 of the omnibus, Fallen Princeborn: Stolen
Over the Wall, they came to hunt humans. But now, a human’s going to hunt them. This girl’s nobody’s prey.
In rural Wisconsin, an old stone wall is all that separates the world of magic from the world of man—a wall that keeps the shapeshifters inside. When something gets out, people disappear. Completely.
Escaping from an abusive uncle, eighteen-year-old Charlotte is running away with her younger sister Anna. Together they board a bus. Little do they know that they’re bound for River Vine—a shrouded hinterland where dark magic devours and ancient shapeshifters feed, and where the seed of love sets root among…
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Check out the book, Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey, by Janice Spina in this post from her blog.
I wrote this story, Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey, for my youngest grandson when he was only three. He still has his monkey with him when he sleeps. He is now five years old.
Children will learn that is it important to be kind to animals as well as others. All Jemsbooks children’s book carry life lessons that will encourage children to be respectful of others, listen to your mother, accept differences, love oneself, be the best you can be, it is okay to be different and believe in yourself.
This is a fun and musical adventure for children. They learn as they read along or are read to by their parents. Young children in preschool and kindergarten love this book! There are fewer words on each page and more colorful animals to enjoy! Cover and illustrations by John Spina.
Also available on Barnes & Noble.
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Check out the book, Madness, Murder and Mayhem: Criminal Insanity in Victorian and Edwardian Britain, by Kathryn Burtinshaw and John Burt, as featured in this post from the Quiet Knitter blog.
- Title: Madness, Murder and Mayhem: Criminal Insanity in Victorian and Edwardian Britain
- Authors: Kathryn Burtinshaw and John Burt
- Publisher: Pen & Sword History
- Publication Date: 2nd October 2018
Copy received from publisher for review purposes.
Following an assassination attempt on George III in 1800, new legislation significantly altered the way the criminally insane were treated by the judicial system in Britain. This book explores these changes and explains the rationale for purpose-built criminal lunatic asylums in the Victorian era.
Specific case studies are used to illustrate and describe some of the earliest patients at Broadmoor Hospital – the Criminal Lunatic Asylum for England and Wales and the Criminal Lunatic Department at Perth Prison in Scotland. Chapters examine the mental and social problems that led to crime alongside individuals considered to be weak-minded, imbeciles or idiots. Family murders are explored as well as individuals who killed for gain. An examination…
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Check out this book review of Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma Built as featured in this post from the Leaders are Readers blog.
The impact of Alibaba is not fully appreciated outside China as much as
it is within China. Outside China, people may have known the big IPO of Alibaba
($25 billion in 2014) and perhaps some odd founder but I don’t think they
understand how much the Internet has changed people’s lives and, particularly,
companies such as Alibaba boosted that process. Without the internet, it’s hard
to imagine how China would have evolved over the last few decades and how the
private sector would have driven the county forward.
When it comes to Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba, he is presented as a
very entertaining person. The book goes back to his youth, the struggles and
the failures that he had in the past. Jack is a self-made man, not interested
in the government-connected privileged Harvard types. Moreover, he is a kind of
icon in China as he did not…
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Check out this book review of Weapons Of Mass Instruction By John Taylor Gatto as featured on the Breakaway Consciousness blog.
April 4, 2019
For quite some time there has been a growing undercurrent of displeasure and outright disdain for the current public schooling system and its repeated failures throughout the years. Predictably, driving reason for these displeasures are the consistent failures of students within a public schooling.
No matter how many new additional methods are added and no matter how much more money – usually in the hundreds of millions – is employed, the dumbing down of society continues, like clockwork. And yet, the same suggestions by government and school officials keep getting mentioned, even though the results are abysmal at best, and exactly what some want, at worse. Didn’t a wise man once say that doing the same things over and over again and expecting different results is text book lunacy?
A voice of reason that came out swinging in this battle against pedagogical
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Check out this post from my author blog.
What comes first in your writing, the plot or the characters?
Characters. Every time. I think about someone that would probably have an interesting story to tell, like an eco-tour boat captain and a wildlife photographer. I know they’ll provide me with lots of background I’m familiar with, and I have a feel for who they are before I begin to build a mystery or drama around them.
In the case of my second Wake-Robin Ridge book, A Boy Named Rabbit, a little boy alone in the wilderness came into my mind as I was falling asleep one night. I could swear I heard Sarah Gray (from Book 1) tell me he needed for his story to be told, and by the time I woke up, I knew exactly who he was and why he was alone. I went straight to the computer and started writing down every word of…
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