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Thursday October 8th – John Sandford and Ctein sign Saturn Run - Stock Signing Only

The year is 2066. A Caltech intern inadvertently notices an anomaly from a space telescope something is approaching Saturn, and decelerating. Space objects don't decelerate. Spaceships do.

A flurry of top-level government meetings produces the inescapable conclusion: Whatever built that ship is at least one hundred years ahead in hard and soft technology, and whoever can get their hands on it exclusively and bring it back will have an advantage so large, no other nation can compete. A conclusion the Chinese definitely agree with when they find out. The race is on, and an remarkable adventure begins an epic tale of courage, treachery, resourcefulness, secrets, surprises, and astonishing human and technological discovery, as the members of a hastily thrown-together crew find their strength and wits tested against adversaries both of this earth and beyond. What happens is nothing like you expect and everything you could want from one of the world's greatest masters of suspense.

Friday October 30th - Lisa Scottoline signs Corrupted - Stock Signing Only

14th in her Rosato & Associates series. A case from 13 years ago comes back to haunt Bennie Rosato. Bennie Rosato, the founder of the Rosato & DiNunzio law firm, hides her big heart beneath her tough-as-nails exterior and she doesn't like to fail. Now, a case from her past shows her how differently things might have turned out. Thirteen years ago, Bennie Rosato took on Jason Leftavick, a twelve-year-old boy who was sent to a juvenile detention center after fighting a class bully. Bennie couldn't free Jason, and to this day it's the case that haunts her. Jason has grown up in and out of juvenile prison, and his adulthood hasn't been any easier. Bennie no longer represents those accused of murder, but when Jason is indicted for killing the same bully he fought with as a kid, she sees no choice but to represent him. She doesn't know whether or not to believe his claims of innocence, but she knows she owes him for past failures - of the law, of the juvenile justice system, and of herself. Forced to relive the darkest period of her life, Bennie will do everything in her power to get the truth, and justice.

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Jon Talton - A Brief History of Phoenix

Though the new metropolis is one of America's largest, many are unaware of Phoenix's rich and compelling history. Built on land once occupied by the most advanced pre-Columbian irrigation society, Phoenix overcame its hostile desert surroundings to become a thriving agricultural center. After World War II, its population exploded with the mid-century mass migration to the Sun Belt. In times of rapid expansion or decline, Phoenicians proved themselves to be adaptable and optimistic. Phoenix's past is an engaging and surprising story of audacity, vision, greed and a never-ending fight to secure its future.

Chronicling the challenges of growth and change, fourth-generation Arizonan Jon Talton tells the story of the city that remains one of American civilization's great accomplishments.

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What We've Been Reading

John Sandford & Ctein - Saturn Run

Reserve Your Copy Today! This will be a quick stock signing with no time set. Sorry but there will be no time to get older titles from your collection signed.

Fran Recommends:

It's been a long time since I've read a book that I felt compelled to just carry around with me, simply to be next to the words, it was that good.

Saturn Run is straight up science fiction, a thriller set about 50 years in the future. Technology has progressed quite a bit, but not out of the reach of today's knowledge. The US has a manned space station that can be routinely visited in a matter of hours.  The Chinese are planning on a visit to Mars, ostensibly just to visit but it's an ill-kept secret that they're planning on colonizing.

Then Sandy Darlington, playboy reprobate whose job at Caltech Astrophysics Group was obviously purchased for him by his extremely wealthy father, notices an anomaly in one of Saturn's rings. He brings it to his superior's attention and it goes quickly up the chain of command to President Santeros. The object Darlington saw was decelerating, stopping in the ring. Aliens are no longer theoretical.

And the race is on. The Chinese scramble to repurpose their colony ship while the US tries to figure out how to retrofit the space station into an interstellar vehicle. Who gets to the technology out there, who makes First Contact, will determine the Earth's future, and each country is determined to be that superpower.

In addition to being a world-acclaimed photographer, Ctein is a physicist, and he made sure that the actual physics necessary to make those ships functional within a tight timeline actually work, and that they're understandable to those of us, like me, who didn't fare well in high school physics. There's an explanation at the back of the book that you MUST NOT READ until you've finished the book (serious spoilers), that explains how the two authors came up with the calculations and designs they ultimately utilized. It's fascinating and completely over my head, but I suspect engineers everywhere are going to go glassy-eyed considering possibilities.

That's not enough, though, to take this from a good book to a great one. John Sandford has a proven ear for dialogue, a talent for pacing and action and humor, and a true sense of story that makes Saturn Run the fabulous book it is. The breakneck pace and the ratcheting tension are further proof of his incredible talent, but it's the people. Oh good heavens, the people.

I cared. I cared about all of them. There's the possibility of a saboteur, and the idea that it could be one of these folks whom I have come to admire and trust was disturbing. Literally, I stayed up nights thinking about it, and I hated my conclusions.  And I must admit to a tear or two during some of the scenes, I care that much. Just amazing. With a cast this big, keeping all the personalities separate and distinct takes huge talent, which Sandford has in spades.

In the interests of fairness and honesty, I have to admit there is one kind of clunky bit that I found a bit disappointing, but that's a small bit in comparison to the overall brilliance of the book, and I can say with absolute certainty that it will take something beyond spectacular to knock Saturn Run out of first place in my Best of the Year list.

Yasmine Galenorn - Autumn Thorns

Signing - Saturday October 31st at Noon

Fran Recommends:

Advice for Visitors to Whisper Hollow:

1. If you hear someone call your name from the forest, don't answer.

2.  Never interrupt Ellia when she's playing to the dead.

3.  If you see the Girl in the Window, set your affairs in order.

4.  Try not to end up in the hospital.

5.  If the Crow Man summons you, follow him.

6.  Remember: Sometimes the foul are actually fair.

7.  And most important: Don't drive down by the lake at night.

Yasmine Galenorn has built plenty of worlds before the one in her new "Whisper Hollow" series, but this may very well be her best yet.  In Autumn Thorns, we meet Kerris Fellwater, newly returned to her hometown of Whisper Hollow following the death of her grandparents. Kerris is called to follow in her grandmother's footsteps as the spirit shaman of the town, the one who helps - or forces - spirits to the other side of the Veil.

But Kerris is untrained, and Whisper Hollow has kept its secrets hidden for hundreds of years. And now there are those that would take over the power building in this small town on the Olympic peninsula. In fact, they started long ago, and a novice spirit shaman can't possibly be strong enough to stop them. Or can she?

It was obvious to me from the first page that Yasmine Galenorn loves these people and this town, that she is fully invested in Kerris and Bryan and Peggin and Ellia and all the other residents of this troubled but beautiful town. Whisper Hollow is a complex and multi-layered place, and I think that all the books she has written before have prepared her to dive into this series. We, the readers, learn about Whisper Hollow along with Kerris, since so much has changed while she's been gone, and it's exhilarating and wonderfully disturbing.

If you're already a fan, you're going to love the "Whisper Hollow" series, and if you've never read Yasmine Galenorn's work before, Autumn Thorns is a brilliant way to begin. I almost wish she didn't have two other series going, because I want to know what happens next! I can already tell this is a series that begs to be re-read, once for the story and again for the nuances. I actually wish for a “director’s cut”, if you will. In traditional Yasmine Galenorn style, this is fast action, diving right into the problems to be faced, and in a way, I wish it was a slower build, if only because I so enjoyed spending time with all the characters. Yeah, it’s that good.

Athony Horowtiz - Trigger Mortis

JB Recommends:

In Trigger Mortis, Athony Horowtiz pulls off a neat trick. He’s written a book in 2014 (figure that’s when it was written though it was just published in 2015) that reads as if it was written and published in 1959/60, when it is set – just weeks after the end of the Goldfinger affair.

Does that mean it is dated? Yes and no. Yes, it reads as a book from that time would but, no, that doesn’t date it. If anything, I thought it made it read even more like an Ian Fleming novel.

James Bond, Pussy Galore, M, Moneypenny and Major Boothroyd, housekeeper May and his Bentley with the hidden Walther – and SMERSH. About the only missing regular was Felix Leiter. What the hell, you can’t have it all!

In true Bond fashion, his mission is to do one thing (which he does exceedingly well, of course) but he notices something else and by pulling that string he’s lead into an even larger bit of ugliness. As with the Fleming novels, the gadetry is minimul, the action is hardboiled, the dames are willing yet self-reliant, the villians tough and unrelenting.

As an aside – Fleming wrote a number of scripts for a possible 007 television show. When the movies took off, there was no point to the TV version. Some of the scripts became Bond short stories. Trigger Mortis comes from that time. One of the scripts had Bond involved in Grand Prix racing and the estate allowed Horowitz to use that script as a basis for the novel, even allowing him to use some passages written by Fleming. So this is as close as we’re going to come to getting “new Fleming” as we’re ever likely to get.

And Horowitz has made the most of it. The pace is as quick as the Mazeratti Bond drives in the German race, or the subway tunnels where he battles to the death with Sin.

Yeah – that’s a tease.

Lastly, back to the question, is the book dated: Horowitz manages to get one thing amusingly right. Even the allure of the dynamic 007 can’t change Pussy Galore. We may scoff at the end of the book and movie but here she rides off into the sunset with another woman. Modern and timeless at once. It’ll more than hold you til the new movie this winter.


Banned eBooks


Banned Collectibles

David Guterson - Snow Falling On Cedars

Book Condition - Very Good / DJ Condition - Very Good

Florida: Harcourt Brace, 1994. First printing. Hardcover.

Winner of PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. Slight shelf wear, ends slightly rolled, spine slightly cocked, shallow dents to top pages, tiny stain on top pages, shallow dents to bottom boards. DJ has small crease on upper spine, some minor shelf wear and is in a protective mylar dj cover.

San Piedro Island, north of Puget Sound, is a place so isolated that no one who lives there can afford to make enemies.But in 1954 a local fisherman is found suspiciously drowned, and a Japanese American named Kabuo Miyamoto is charged with his murder.In the course of the ensuing trial, it becomes clear that what is at stake is more than a man's guilt. For on San Pedro, memory grows as thickly as cedar trees and the fields of ripe strawberries--memories of a charmed love affair between a white boy and the Japanese girl who grew up to become Kabuo's wife; memories of land desired, paid for, and lost. Above all, San Piedro is haunted by the memory of what happened to its Japanese residents during World War II, when an entire community was sent into exile while its neighbors watched.


YA/Kids Mysteries: Banned Books

Richelle Mead - Vampire Academy

Enter the complete saga of the international #1 bestselling Vampire Academy series!

Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with an unbreakable bond to the earth's magic. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa's best friend, makes her a Dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making her one of them. Rose and Lissa must navigate through this dangerous world, confront the temptation of forbidden romance, and never once let their guard down, lest the Strigoi make Lissa one of them forever.

J. K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Sorcer's Stone

Harry Potter has never been the star of a Quidditch team, scoring points while riding a broom far above the ground. He knows no spells, has never helped to hatch a dragon, and has never worn a cloak of invisibility.

All he knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley - a great big swollen spoiled bully. Harry's room is a tiny closet at the foot of the stairs, and he hasn't had a birthday party in eleven years. But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to an incredible place that Harry - and anyone who reads about him - will find unforgettable.For it's there that he finds not only friends, aerial sports, and magic in everything from classes to meals, but a great destiny that's been waiting for him...


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Staff Historical Favorites!

Deanna Raybourn - A Curious Beginning

Amber Recommends:

Since the last full length Lady Julia Grey book in 2011, The Dark Enquiry (I haven’t read the novellas as they are only available as ebooks) I have been jonesing for a new mystery novel from Deanna Raybourn and now I can happily say she is back with a whole new series! With a fantastic new heroine!

Victoria Speedwell a lepidopterist of some renown. She has traveled all over the world to find new and exotic flitting, bright butterflies to write about and sell. But for the past couple of years, her wings have been clipped as she’s been bound to a small English village caring for her aunt through her last illness. After the elderly lady is buried, Miss Speedwell has plans to travel the world in pursuit of her elusive winged friends. Well that’s the plan anyway.

Everything goes pear shaped when, upon return home from her aunt’s funeral to retrieve her travel bag Miss Speedwell discovers that her home is being burgled. After a scuffle and a surprising rescue, Miss Speedwell finds herself embroiled in machinations she knows nothing about and cannot fathom. She is teamed up with another naturalist, a Mr. Stoker (no relation to Bram, thank goodness) who swears an oath to his oldest friend promising to keep her safe from persons unknown. The situation quickly devolves to simple flight as Miss Speedwell needs to keep moving or a past she never knew she had is going to catch up with her….

Lepidopterist is the term used for people who collect and/or study butterflies and moths (although Miss Speedwell would never be caught among the “moth people”). This term was coined by Carl Linnaeus, a Swedish scientist who is known as the father of modern taxonomy (he came up with the universally accepted method of naming living things) and is one of the fathers of modern ecology (among other notable accomplishments). And to complete your quota of random trivia for the day, Vladimir Nabokov the author of Lolita, was an avid lepidopterist who wrote several highly technical papers about the subject! Who knew? I certainly didn’t.

The only two mysteries I found that featured lepidopterist charecters are in The Hound of the Baskervilles and On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. But in neither case does this passion/obsession figure into the stories in any truly meaningful way (or so I am told). In A Curious Beginning, this winged fascination is used with the utmost care by Raybourn. It provides motivation for Miss Speedwell: her traveling, her men and her living are all wrapped up in this scientific field. But what it does not do is take over the entire story; this book is not a themed novel - you will not have to worry about a whole string of butterfly themed books being published in the furture. Raybourn does a great job of keeping lepidoptery from overwhelming the story. Instead, it lends believability. I never once found it distracting; in fact I found it fascinating. So unless you suffer from Lepidopterophobia or Mottephobia (phobia of butterflies and moths as Nicole Kidman is rumored to have) I would recommend this book to you!

This is a lively adventure/mystery! It starts off with a bang and it is all go until the end and I had quite an enjoyable time on the ride! It does have a dollop of romantic tension without any bodice ripping present. The focus of the book is on Miss Speedwell and the adventure she inadvertently finds herself in. Now this is a historical mystery set in 1887 London, just so you know, and Miss Speedwell enjoys speaking her mind and doing things her own way - much to the shock and consternation of those around her.

My only critique for A Curious Beginning is a small one: in it Raybourn presses up to just this side of the line of having too many coincidences occurring in her story. But if you step back and look at the book as a fun adventure/mystery book, like Agatha Christie’s The Man In The Brown Suit, the issue melts away into a lively narrative which I found thoroughly enjoyable. I cannot wait until the next installment comes out! (Raybourn blogged she turned in the manuscript for the second book in the series at the end of August and I am really excited for it to come out!).


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We Can Order Non-Mysteries As Well!

David J. Peterson - The Art Of Language Invention

From master language creator David J. Peterson comes a creative guide to language construction for sci-fi and fantasy fans, writers, game creators, and language lovers.

Peterson begins with a brief history of constructed languages from Tolkien’s creations to Klingon to the thriving global community of language construction. Then, using examples from a variety of languages including his own creations, Peterson offers a captivating and lucid overview of language creation, providing a basic foundation of essential linguistic tools for inventing and evolving one’s own lexicon. Along the way, behind-the-scenes stories lift the curtain on how he built languages for television series and movies like Dothraki for HBO’s Game of Thrones and Shiväisith for Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World, and an included phrasebook will start fans speaking Peterson’s constructed languages. An inside look at a fascinating culture and a perfect entry point into an art form as old as civilization, The Art of Language Invention is a wild linguistic adventure that will have readers ready to rub shoulders with horse lords and dark elves.