Archive for October, 2006

News Flash: Casino Royale coming soon (TBS)

Casino Royale by Ian Fleming is arriving in film form on 17 November. This book has the distinction of being the only James Bond one that I have actually read. I wonder if any of the plot lines will appear intact. I mean, The Bourne Identity had a couple of plotlines that were recognizable in the Matt Damon film, so why not the first Bond?

Posted on 31st October 2006
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A Mysterious Bookstore in San Mateo, CA… (TBS)

I know that some of my readers live in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. As such, I thought that you might like to know about a fabulous mystery book shop in San Mateo. M is for Mystery is a fabulous resource for the mystery fan. I need to go over and get another M is for Miranda/M is for Mystery mug. They make good writing mugs. (Yes, I have a mug specifically for when I write…)

Check it out! –

Posted on 28th October 2006
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News Flash: Theodore Taylor has left us (TBS)

Theodore Taylor, author of such classic books as The Cay, Teetoncey, and The Trouble with Tuck , died Thursday at the age of 85. Theodore Taylor came to my Elementary school once, and I remember reading his books and being a bit over-awed at seeing the person who had written them. I still have my copy of Teetoncey and Ben O’Neal.

Posted on 28th October 2006
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The Harry Potter Trivia Tournament (TBS)

So, last evening I volunteered at the 7th annual Harry Potter Trivia Tournament in Vacaville, CA. Over one hundred kids and teens met to test their trivia skills and help raise money to support local literacy efforts. As always, I was very impressed by their knowledge and their costumes. Mind you, we ended up with a few non-Harry Potter costumes this year. Go figure. The folks in grades 2-6 were quizzed on books 1-3, and the junior high and high school students encountered questions about books 4-6. This year even saw some really great raffle prizes. We had a wand from Alivan’s, a stuffed Hedwig, and a phoenix puppet just to name a few. This year, I went dressed as a random Ravenclaw.

Here’s a link to the article in the paper, complete with a couple of photos,:
There’s also a photo gallery on the front page of the site. Look for the Dementor Kissing Booth!

Posted on 27th October 2006
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News Flash: The Art of Wendy Froud is finally on its way (TBS)


Wendy Froud’s new book was due out in September, but due to some technical difficulties it was delayed. Apparently, orders will now begin shipping on 13 November. I have been looking forward to The Art of Wendy Froud since it was announced over on the World of Froud site. Ever since The Dark Crystal I have been a fan of both Wendy and Brian Froud. Someday I hope to actually own one of Wendy’s Faery figurines. Her Faery art populates the pages of this lovely art book. So, if you want to know what the heck I’m talking about go here to see the book and here to see some of her Faery figurines.

It’s pretty stuff. So, I thought I’d let y’all know.
Checkout the Froud’s Website: World of Froud

Posted on 23rd October 2006
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News Flash: My Friend Flicka a film again (TBS)

So, it seems that lately classic books previously made into films are becoming films again. My Friend Flicka by Mary O’Hara has become Flicka which opened yesterday here in the USA.
I just thought that y’all might like to know.

Posted on 21st October 2006
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Is it December 15th yet? (TBS)

Yet another of the books I like is being made into a film.
Sadly, Eragon won’t be out until December. Sigh.
Eragon by Christopher Paolini is work of high fantasy particularly popular among boys. How can you go wrong with an adventure that includes dragons and destiny?

More info about the film: IMDB

More info about Eragon and Eldest (book 2):

Posted on 19th October 2006
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News Flash: New Book by Tamora Pierce arrives soon (TBS)


Tamora Pierce (pronounced “Tamara”) has a new book due in stores on the 24th. It is called: Terrier, and is the first in the new “Beka Cooper” series. This book takes place 200 years before the events in her Alanna books.

I love Tamora Pierce’s books. I own most of them. So…I believe I have a date with a bookstore on Tuesday next…

Posted on 18th October 2006
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News Flash: Stormbreaker now in theaters (TBS)

Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz, a spy thriller for teens, has been made into a film.

I am really looking forward to seeing this one. I feel that there is a dearth of good books for teen boys. Stormbreaker is the book I tend to offer to those seeking an “adventure book.” I enjoyed it, and one of my co-workers recently inhaled the series in a very short span of time. (He’s one of the children’s librarians). Hopefully this film will do it justice. The reviews that I have seen are mixed. I guess i just have to make up my own mind on this one.

Check out the pictures on the IMDB.

Posted on 18th October 2006
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Celebrate National Novel Writing Month! (TBS)

November is National Novel Writing Month. What is National Novel Writing Month? Well, the goal is to write a 50,000 word book during the month of November. Difficult? Yep. Exhausting? And how. Fun? You betcha. I have participated in NaNoWriMo a couple of times so far, and no, I have not yet managed to finish in time. I have a couple of solid starts, though. I’m going to attempt a spot of non-fiction this year. Hopefully, all of this blogging will help improve my writing skills. Either way, I’m sure to have fun.

For more information, and to sign up check out: .

Now, get out there and give me something new to read.

Posted on 16th October 2006
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