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Leading up to our 27th Birthday - on July 1st ALL USED BOOKS are on Sale during June.

Collectible/Used Books 99¢ to $30 are 10% off & $31 & up are 25% off!

This applies to all our books on Biblio.com as well!

So come on in and grab that book you've seen in our shop but couldn't quite justify buying, now is your chance! Treat your shelves with some new-to-you books! Remember if you are looking at that shiny collectible book - get here sooner rather than later! (Plus we just recieved a large collection of used paperbacks - of the non-collectible variety! Most are priced betwee .98 - $4.98! So come on in and see our "new" used books!)                                                   

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New Releases!

New Author Signings

August 5th at Noon - Glen Erik Hamilton signs Every Day Above Ground

A dying ex-con tells Van about a hidden stash of gold, which the ex-con wants to be used to ensure his pre-teen daughter’s future. Of course, Van would get a cut, and he really needs the money. But nothing’s ever easy, and when the girl is threatened, Van has to kick things into overdrive.

Saturday July 29th at Noon – Kevin O’Brien signs Hide Your Fear

Caitlin Stoller and her children recently moved into a charming old Tudor-style house in the coastal town of Echo, Washington. The place was a bargain, but as weeks pass, Caitlin starts receiving messages first friendly, then unsettling, hinting at the property's dark past . . .

Caitlin's teenage daughter, Lindsay, isn’t fitting in at school. To make matters worse, there are stories about local high school students who’ve disappeared without a trace all star athletes, like Lindsay. Then there are the rumors that their new home is cursed. Caitlin doesn’t want to believe the whispers, but something strange is going on. Personal items go missing, and there are too many accidents . . .

The Watcher knows how to get inside the Stollers home and inside their heads. The rumors are true . . . but the full horror is even worse. There's no escaping the nightmare that started here long ago….

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Joseph Kanon - Defectors

Guess who stopped by and signed books?!!!! Joseph Kanon! We are pleased as punch to have a limited supply of signed 1st editions! Grab them before they are gone!

In 1949, Frank Weeks, fair-haired boy of the newly formed CIA, was exposed as a Communist spy and fled the country to vanish behind the Iron Curtain. Now, twelve years later, he has written his memoirs, a KGB- approved project almost certain to be an international bestseller, and has asked his brother Simon, a publisher, to come to Moscow to edit the manuscript. It's a reunion Simon both dreads and longs for. The book is sure to be filled with mischief and misinformation; Frank's motives suspect, the CIA hostile. But the chance to see Frank, his adored older brother, proves irresistible.

And at first Frank is still Frank--the same charm, the same jokes, the same bond of affection that transcends ideology. Then Simon begins to glimpse another Frank, still capable of treachery, still actively working for "the service." He finds himself dragged into the middle of Frank's new scheme, caught between the KGB and the CIA in a fatal cat and mouse game that only one of the brothers is likely to survive.

Michael Connelly - The Late Show

1st in a new series. Renee Ballard is a nightshift LAPD detective who investigates crimes until dawn – when she hands them over to the day shift detectives. She was given the assignment as punishment for filing a sexual harassment complaint against her superior. One night she catches two cases that she doesn’t want to give up – and against her partner’s and department’s wishes investigates these crimes during daylight hours…

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What We've Been Reading

Benjamin Percy - The Dark Net

Fran Recommends:

We've all heard of the Dark Net, that subterranean underworld where all things are for sale and anything goes.

"Listen. Let me explain something to you. The NSA knows your movement from site to site, can track your GPS, can track your credit card purchases, can hack the camera on your phone or computer and spy over your shoulder. They can follow every email you've ever sent, including edits, deletions, whether you were picking your nose or drinking a root beer when you wrote it. They know everything about you, and if you make a wrong move, they throw you in a cell and pipe Britney Spears through the loudspeakers all night and rip out your toenails until you confess to what they already know. If that's what the good guys are capable of, imagine the bad. The bad guys are on the Dark Net."

Hannah is twelve, and she's had retinitis pigmentosa all her life, so while she wasn't born blind, she doesn't remember a time when she could really see. Now, though, there's this experimental thing called the Mirage, and it would bypass the damaged outer retina and send images, through advanced wiring and a nifty Star-Trek-like eyepiece into her inner retinas, so she could see again. Hannah's mother isn't sure about it, but Hannah's game.

Lela's a technophobic journalist - and Hannah's aunt - who's stumbled into a story breaking in downtown Portland, OR, and she can't let go of it, even long enough to meet Hannah and Cheryl for a congratulatory lunch. Because what Lela's uncovered is shaking her very pragmatic belief systems. "She's always said - show me proof, where's the evidence - and now here it is. Maybe the feeling won't last. Maybe this night will fade like the bad dream it seems. But right now, she believes. The New Testament, the Qur'an, the Tipitaka, the Book of Morrmon, the Sruti and the Talmud and the Tao Te Ching. All of it. Everything is true. Anything is possible."

There's something moving in the Dark Net. Something ancient and evil, and we're all hooked into it. "People checking scores, stocks, the weather, email, text messages, social media. Who to hook up with, who to meet up with, where to go for drinks, how to get there. everyone minutes away from watching something, checking something, their devices like a part of their mind that needs constant access, a prosthetic cerebrum."

No doubt you can sort of see where this is headed - it's the classic dark vs. light, good vs. evil match-up, and of course you're right.

But remember we're talking about Benjamin Percy here, and his take on things like this is truly strange and wonderful, and while he takes it perhaps one step farther into the horrific than we're ready to believe, that doesn't change how gripping and wonderfully deeply enthralling The Dark Net is. All you have to do is look around you to see how plugged in everyone is, and this book takes on a disturbing reality all its own.

Besides, what he does to Powell's is truly horrendous!

And Benjamin Percy loves books, make no mistake. "'Books are like batteries,' he says. And you grow a little stronger by reading them, surrounding yourself with them." That's what makes the Powell's incident even more awful for those who love books!

The Dark Net isn't a book for everyone, but for people who like a dose of otherworldly horror that's beautifully and terrifyingly written, Benjamin Percy's got something great for you!   

Mavis Doriel Hay - Murder Underground

Amber Recommends:

This book is an interesting one. The book begins with a very staccato sort of pace - with a good deal of confusion as each member of the story learns of the death of Miss Pongleton on the steps of the tube station. I became annoyed as I read because after their initial congregation to discuss the ghastly demise of a universally disliked old spinster, each member of the Frampton boarding house (where the old lady lived and each sleuth has some connection to) blundered about on their own parallel - yet not intersecting investigations.

There was no one person in the story who knew the whole, no singular sleuth with whom the information flowed the in order to facilitate the solving of the crime. Each member of the Frampton had their own thread to pull on to try and untangle the whole mess and didn’t really discuss their knot with another. The only investigators you don’t read about at any length is the police. So I continued to slog my way thru the book, which while I found annoying, the mystery did have me interested, until it dawned on me.

The person with whom all the information flowed thru was the reader! Me! This book is the ultimate in fair play. You are the sleuth (though the fourth wall in the book isn’t broken - that would have been really weird, but anyways) sifting through statements, evidence and alibis to figure out who did it. Nothing is hidden from the reader until the last chapter, which I suspect the author did in order to give her characters their big reveal in front of the fire with everyone gathered together again in the sitting room.
I don’t think I have ever read anything written quite like this and by the end I was really invested in discovering who did it! My early annoyance evaporated completely.

Which is why I am giving you a heads up about Hay’s style here - to perhaps mitigate any frustration you might feel when reading this mystery. Plus if you are a fan of golden age mysteries Murder Underground incorporates a number of staples of the style - set in England, with a universally disliked victim, off stage violence, a smallish closed cast of characters/suspects and a traditional sitting room which bookended the mystery.

Plus the people which populated the narrative make this book worth checking out. In fact it has one of my new favorite characters in it - Mr. Blend who like a nice “tidy” murder…But you have to read the book to fully appreciate him - but it is more than worth it.

Overall I think this book is worth the time it takes to read it. Just keep in mind that you are the detective and you’ll be fine!

Cory Doctorow - Walkaway

Fran Recommends:

I’ve heard people call the new Cory Doctorow novel, Walkaway “dystopian, but I respectfully disagree. It’s post-dystopian. Something has happened that has left the world reduced to mega-cities, leaving huge swathes of land where cities and towns used to be vacant and rotting. In the civilized “default” world, you have the incredibly, massively wealthy – the zotta-rich – and everyone else. Parents go into huge debt to get their kids into charter high schools, hoping they’ll be able to support their parents when they can no longer work. No one retires.

But there are always rebels, and at the beginning of Walkaway, we meet Hubert, Seth and Natalie. Hubert, known as Hubert, ect. because his full name is Hubert Vernon Rudolph Clayton Irving Wilson Alva Anton Jeff Harley Timothy Curtis Cleveland Cecil Edmund Eli Wiley Marvin Ellis Nicholas Espinoza is caught in the dilemma of being too old for the crowd he’s hanging out with but wanting to hang out with Seth, his best friend. They’re at a Communist party, where twenty-somethings party hard in abandoned warehouses, while extruding furniture (or whatever the warehouse used to make) for free to give to all the poor people who always need something. In this case, it’s chairs and tables. The parties run until the cops come.

Natalie is the daughter of zotta-rich parents, and she’s in full-rebellion mode. After this particular party, when things go horribly wrong, she and the two guys decide to go “walkaway”. Walkaways simply walk away from cities, going to live in the abandoned areas and live simple lives. They can use abandoned extruders and leftover material to create anything anyone needs, so there’s no need for money. It’s a true collective ideal – everyone works at what they do best, and everyone shares in the bounty.

Of course, because people are involved, things aren’t that easy. And Natalie, who changed her name to Iceweasel when she walked away, isn’t supposed to do something like that, so she’s always aware that her father could come after her at any time.

Walkaway is filled with all kinds of concepts and people, and it made me think, expand my awareness of social constructs. I chose not to expand my knowledge of computer coding, which is an integral part of the society Cory Doctorow has created, but I don’t feel like I missed any of the story because of it.

And as always with me, it’s all about the people. The first chapter is told from Hubert’s point of view, the second from Limpopo’s, and the rest is really Iceweasel’s story, but there are lots of other people we get to meet and experience.  And I love them all, even when I don’t much like them. These are complex, dynamic and passionate individuals who can’t always explain why they’re doing what they’re doing, but are driven to accomplish things anyway, and often against terrible odds.

Walkaway is a solid exploration of how people interact, what brings out the best and worst of us, and leads us into the territory of questioning immortality: if it’s possible to achieve it, should we? But deep concepts aside, this is a fast-paced, exciting and fabulous piece of writing, and Cory Doctorow has walked that fine line between concept and action, moving the story forward without losing pacing to exposition. I’m going to have to re-read it, because I suspect I’ll get more out of it with each reading.

 

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Craig Johnson - The Cold Dish

On Sale - 25% off! You Save $52.50!

Book Condition - Very Good / DJ Condition - Near Fine

New York: Viking , 2005. First Printing. Hardcover.

Signed and dated on the title page, "2.8.05". Faint shelf wear to edges of boards, tail end corners are just this side of bumped and tail end of spine is faintly rolled. DJ has faint faint shelf wear and is clean and bright otherwise in a mylar cover.

After twenty-five years as sheriff of Absaroka County, Walt Longmire's hopes of finishing out his tenure in peace are dashed when Cody Pritchard is found dead near the Northern Cheyenne Reservation. Two years earlier, Cody has been one of four high school boys given suspended sentences for raping a local Cheyenne girl. Somebody, it would seem, is seeking vengeance, and Longmire might be the only thing standing between the three remaining boys and a Sharps .45-70 rifle.

Louise Penny - A Rule Against Murder

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Book Condition - Very Good / DJ Condition - Very Good

New York: Minotaur Books, 2008. First Printing. Hardcover.

Signed on the title page. Faint shelf wear to bottom edge of boards, the tail end of the spine is lightly rolled and the page edges are lightly sun darkened (mainly the top). DJ is clean and bright in a mylar DJ cover.

 

New In YA Mysteries

Linda Bailey - The Tiny Hero Of The Ferny Creek Library

Eddie, a passionate reader and a shiny green bug, saves the school library in this funny, heartwarming tale that fans of Flora & Ulysses and Charlotte's Web will love. Includes black-and-white illustrations throughout from Newbery Honor Medalist and New York Times-bestselling author-artist Victoria Jamieson.

Eddie is a tiny green bug who loves to read and who lives behind the chalkboard in the fourth-grade classroom with his parents, his 53 brothers and sisters, and his aunt Min. But when Aunt Min goes to the school library to read a book and never returns, Eddie leaves the comfort of his home for the first time and makes the dangerous trek through Ferny Creek Elementary School to find her. After dodging running sneakers, falling books, and terrifying spiders, Eddie reaches the library, where he discovers Aunt Min stuck in a perilous situation To top it all off, there's a substitute librarian who aims to close the library for good and get rid of all the books.

Victoria Schwab - Our Dark Duet

Kate Harker is a girl who isn't afraid of the dark. She's a girl who hunts monsters. And she's good at it. August Flynn is a monster who can never be human. No matter how much he once yearned for it. He has a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.

Nearly six months after Kate and August were first thrown together, the war between the monsters and the humans is a terrifying reality. In Verity, August has become the leader he never wished to be, and in Prosperity, Kate has become the ruthless hunter she knew she could be. When a new monster emerges from the shadows--one who feeds on chaos and brings out its victim's inner demons--it lures Kate home, where she finds more than she bargained for. She'll face a monster she thought she killed, a boy she thought she knew, and a demon all her own.

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Books We Love

Ernest Cline - Ready Player One

In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade's devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world's digital confines--puzzles that are based on their creator's obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them.

But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade's going to survive, he'll have to win--and confront the real world he's always been so desperate to escape.

Georgette Heyer - Why Shoot A Butler

On a dark night, along a lonely country road, barrister Frank Amberley stops to help a young lady in distress and discovers a sports car with a corpse behind the wheel. The girl protests her innocence, and Amberley believes her?at least until he gets drawn into the mystery and the clues incriminating Shirley Brown begin to add up?

In an English country-house murder mystery with a twist, it's the butler who's the victim, every clue complicates the puzzle, and the bumbling police are well-meaning but completely baffled. Fortunately, in ferreting out a desperate killer, amateur sleuth Amberley is as brilliant as he is arrogant, but this time he's not sure he wants to know the truth?

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Bronte Aurell - Scandikitchen: Fika & Hygge

FIKA is a Swedish word meaning to meet up for a cup of coffee or tea over something delicious. It is also the word for the delicious treats themselves. Swedes traditionally stop twice a day for fika: taking a much-needed break from the daily grind. People fika with family, colleagues, friends, children, and even go on fika dates. HYGGE (pronounced hue-guh) is a word that originated in Norway but is now mainly used in Denmark. It means "a sublime state of cosiness you feel when you are with loved ones and nothing else matters." Hygge can be enhanced by the addition of a log fire, a good movie, a cup of something warm, and a sweet treat...hence the ideal combination of the two terms.

Chapters are divided into Biscuits and Cookies, Tray and No bakes, Everyday Fika, Little Fancy Cakes, Celebration Cakes, and Bread and Batters. This beautifully illustrated, authentic guide is a celebration of Scandinavian baking in all its glory. It is evocative of cosy days shared with friends, slowing down and taking the time to enjoy simple, homemade, wholesome pleasures--encouraging a lifestyle to aspire to. With features on special Scandi winter celebrations, their baking traditions and how to bring fika and hygge into your life.