Archive for May, 2012

Dusty Book: Medicus by Ruth Downie

Dusty Book: Medicus by Ruth Downie

Singled out as one of 2007′s  Best Crime Novels, Medicus by Ruth Downie is an engrossing historical mystery with a very contemporary hero. Gaius Petrius Ruso is like the Spenser of the Roman Empire–world weary, heart of gold, doesn’t suffer fools gladly, apartment a bit of a cave. An army doctor on the outs with […]

Echo reading for beginning readers

Echo reading for beginning readers

Audio + book = fluency. Parents & teachers have long used audiobooks to enhance literacy. Now kids have picture book apps – in my opinion read-along audiobooks on steroids – to achieve the same goals. Watch the video below to see how first graders use OceanHouse Media’s Dr. Seuss apps to echo read. My three year old […]

Posted in: Audiobooker, Audiobooks, News
The Lola Quartet: Another Literary Mystery from Emily St. John Mandel

The Lola Quartet: Another Literary Mystery from Emily St. John Mandel

Emily St. John Mandel writes literary stories with quiet mysteries at their core. Her books are perfect for readers who don’t consider themselves mystery readers or for readers you enjoy language and character. Mandel is so good at writing these lovely, fluid, melancholy stories about disaffected people adrift in life. Gavin Sasaki left Sebastian, Florida  […]

The Obsidian Blade by Pete Hautman

The Obsidian Blade by Pete Hautman

Lynn: I’ve made four starts on this review and each time it turns into pure gushing adoration so I’m just going to give up and go with that.   The Obsidian Blade (Candlewick 2012) just blew me away.  So much for a detached reviewerly evaluation!  Sorry readers but Pete Hautman simply amazes me.  Is there […]

Recommendation Exploration, Pt. 2

Recommendation Exploration, Pt. 2

A week ago I explored the best techniques for recommending books to others in a book group setting. Today I’d like to look at how well various institutions do in making suggestions, particularly recommendations based on a reader’s expressed preferences. At Williamsburg Regional Library, we’ve made our “Looking for a Good Book” service a point […]

Is James Patterson Killing Book Reviews?

Is James Patterson Killing Book Reviews?

At Booklist, we take our work seriously . . . but not too seriously. In the tradition of “Reading Is My Business,” “The Read,” and “A Novel Idea,” I would like to present a groundbreaking thriller: “James Patterson’s Books: A Novel Not by James Patterson.” An author who writes books faster than readers can read them—it must […]

Posted in: Likely Stories
Partners in Crime Pt. 3

Partners in Crime Pt. 3

I interviewed Louise Penny, author of the Three Pines mystery series, & narrator Ralph Cosham, the voice of Inspector Armand Gamache for my Booklist audiobook column “Voices in My Head.”  I want to share every word with you here on Audiobooker, as the column has their abridged remarks due to my single-page limit. It has been a […]

Crime Factory: If You Don't Know Them, It's a Crime

Crime Factory: If You Don't Know Them, It's a Crime

Crime Factory started production in the year 2000, in Melbourne, Australia, as a print-only magazine focused on hardboiled and noir fiction. In 2003, after nine issues, the Factory went dark until 2010, when original contributor Cameron Ashley and several henchmen restarted the ‘zine as a PDF publication. Offering fiction, features, interviews, and reviews in a variety of formats—including e-reader and […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: A NYC Daily Double

Book Trailer Thursday: A NYC Daily Double

This week’s MM BTT celebrates the city so nice they named it twice by featuring TWO New York City mystery book trailers, one taking place in Manhattan and the other in Brooklyn. That’s right–two out of five boroughs represented! While a 40% might not be a passing grade anywhere else, when you consider that this […]

Posted in: Likely Stories, Video, YA
Chomp by Carl Hiaasen

Chomp by Carl Hiaasen

Lynn: I confess that since coming home from the Newbery deliberations I have been indulging myself shamelessly and have been reading for pure fun!  I haven’t taken a single note, searched for deeper meaning or examined the use of literary elements.  Glorious!  One of the  fun books I’ve read is Hiassen’s newest romp for middle grade […]