Sunday, December 12, 2010

Blog Carnival #58

The Book Frog is proud to present the 58th edition of the Book Review Blog Carnival. This edition showcases twenty-six different reviews from nineteen different reviewers. Topics range from mainstream fiction to thrillers, business books to narrative nonfiction, computer books to romance novels, urban fantasy to etymology, and any number of others in between; we even have several children's books thrown in. I hope you'll take your time and savor as many of these reviews as possible. 

A note: clicking on the site name for each entry will take you to the site's home page, while clicking on the book title will take you to the review in question.

Further note: the reviews are not organized in any fashion, although multiple articles from a single reviewer are grouped together.

Writing on the blog Do More With Software, Jennifer Saksa discusses The On-Demand Brand by Rick Mathieson, which "takes a look at how our culture has become increasingly demanding, seeking instant gratification." Her review explores her "thoughts after reading The On-Demand Brand and how some of the ideas relate to software."

On her Book Diary blog Kathy Glackin presents her review of Unbroken by Seabiscuit author Lauren Hillenbrand. She says, "Unbroken has a hero for the ages, adventures so fantastic as to be unbelievable, unforgettable characters, life affirming redemption and forgiveness all written in the most elegant readable prose. Read this book!"

Writing on Master's Degree dot net's blog, Kate Rothwell submits this list of 20 Essential Works of Asian-American Literature. Starting off the list is American Born Chinese by Gene Luan Yang but, as Rothwell says, "Plenty of other excellent books and authors did not make this list due to space and time constraints, but they certainly warrant attention."

Cameron, whose Verbose Vantages exults "Too many words with which to play," reviews Jacqueline Carey's Namaah's Kiss with the headline: Destined for Magic: Jacqueline Carey Kisses and Bespells


Tracy Falbe says The Pendant by Mirella Patzer, reviewed at Her Ladyship's Quest, is "An intense historical romance that thrusts you into Medieval Italian dungeons, banquets, weddings, and bedchambers. Full of passion and desperate duels, The Pendant makes romance readers hold their breath for the heroine on every page." 

Sarah reviewed Girl in Translation on her blog Small World Reads. She says of the book, "Girl in Translation will absolutely go on my Top 10 list of the year. Please read it!" 

Clark Bjorke--who is, by the way, the coordinator of the Book Review Blog Carnival--reviews Skipjack by Christopher White on his blog I'll Never Forget the Day I Read a Book!. Bjorke tells us that this work of narrative nonfiction is "The story of a year the author spent living on Tilghman Island and drudging orsters in the last sailing fishery in North America."

Zohar, blogging over at Man of la Book gives us a quartet of reviews. Jack Weatherford's  The Secret History of the Mongol Queens "tells a gripping story of lost history and the role the female heirs of Genghis Khan played in his Empire." In a completely different vein, The Flock by James Robert Smith "is a fast paced thriller with wonderful pulp elements peppered in the novel." Next up, Three Seconds by Anders Roslund and Borge Hellström, which "won the prestigious Best Swedish Crime Novel of the Year in 2009." And finally, a review of one of my favorite books about the English language, The Mother Tongue by Bill Bryson. Of this book, Zohar says, "I highly recommend [The Mother Tongue] to any bibliophile or trivia enthusiast (triviaphile?)"

A pair of reviews from Jim Murdoch, from his blog The Truth About Lies. First, Pereira Maintains by Antonio Tabucchi, "Probably the most intriguing thing about this novel is the way the story is told. Rather than simply using a first person narrator the entire book, Dr Pereira’s testimony, is ‘read’ to us which is why, every now and then the reader inserts “Pereira maintains” into his reading. At its core it’s a political thriller set in Lisbon in 1938 but really what it is is a story of a man’s awakening to what’s going on around him. In many respects Pereira is a tubby Winston Smith, a newspaper editor who would love nothing more than to be left alone to get on with his work."  Next up, The Meat Tree by Gwyneth Lewis, "In a novel approach to bringing the Welsh Mabinogion to modern audiences, author Gwyneth Lewis sets her adaptation aboard a deserted spacecraft in the future. As the Inspector of Wrecks and his young apprentice try to solve the problem of the missing crew they find themselves drawn deeper and deeper into a virtual world where they take on the roles the last game the crew appear to have played and, in doing so, begin to lose to lose themselves."

What's going on with Read Aloud Dad's quest for the perfect edition of Pinocchio? I'll let him tell you: "You decide to search for the best unabridged and illustrated (non-Disney) version of Carlo Collodi's classic The Adventures of Pinocchio. How difficult can it be? I mean, it's Pinocchio! How much time do you need to find a great edition of the puppet boy? Five minutes? Thirty minutes? Five hours? Well, five minutes was my original guess as well. Guess again." 

New Delhi biker and blogger Ankur presents two reviews, both published on his blog Ultimate Novel Reviews. First up, Tick Tock, by  horror Grand Master Dean Koontz, of which Ankur says, "If you're looking to read something light and breezy and have never tried horror comedy, this novel might be a really good start." And of Stephen King's Desperation, "The first part of the book is really good and if you want to read a survivor story done in Stephen King style, this just might be the book."

From Stargazerpuj's self-titled book blog we have a review of Chris Benjamin's Drive-by Saviours. "This first novel by freelance writer Chris Benjamin is such a great read. Spanning the globe from Canada to Indonesia, it follows the lives of two very different people who come together through a series of strange occurrences."

Jim Edwards, of, reviews The One Minute Manager by Kenneth H. Blanchard. Of this work on effective management technique Edwards says, "The One Minute Manager teaches 3 systems to manage people from homes to businesses."

A trio of reviews from Enrique over at Enrique Freeque's Forum. First up, his take on a popular picture book, Walter the Farting Dog, written by the always interesting William Kotzwinkle (The Fan Man, The Bear Went Over the Mountain). Enrique declares, "I think, whatever it's worth, that Walter the Farting Dog stinks." Ratcheting up the disgust factor a level, he reviews William T. Vollman's The Royal Family, a novel of life in the "fringe netherworlds of San Francisco's Tenderloin District," the reading of which is "akin to viewing macabre masterpieces like the The Exorcist or Alien, watching with one eye open and one eye closed as the gross images elicit visceral reactions that shock and shock and shock some more." Rounding out Enrique's submission is his review of Sadika's Way: A Novel of Pakistan and America by Hina Haq. He says, "Do yourself a favor and buy this underappreciated Pakistani-expat American debut."

BWL, writing on the website Christian Personal Finance, submits this review of Generation Earn: The Young Professional's Guide to Spending, Investing, and Giving Back, by Kimberly Palmer. About the book BWL says, "This book is geared toward the forty year old and younger professional person that is a college graduate."

Evelyn Hunter, The Writing Sprite, reviews Newbery Award winner The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. She says, " I dearly loved the title and now I dearly love the book! My only hope is that I will love the movie, which is actually in the making!"

Jeanne, who maintains the delightfully named Necromancy Never Pays blog reviews Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat, "A non-guiltifying discussion of how to treat animals ethically," by Hal Herzog. While you're there reading the review, please be sure to let your eyes roam to the sidebar, where you'll find the story behind the blog's name.

From the website Vision of Earth Ben Harack submits this review of No Logo by Naomi Klein. He points out, "This review was actually written by another member of my team, Kyle Laskowski. In it, he looks in detail at a concept introduced to him in the book No Logo by Naomi Klein."

From Help! S-O-S for Parents Danette M. Schott reviews Asperger's on the Job by Rudy Simone. She calls the book "a go-to book for people with Asperger’s or HFA and their employers, educators, and advocates so that everyone can learn to work effectively and productively together."

Thank you to all who participated in this edition of the Book Review Blog Carnival. Submissions are now being accepted for edition #59, which will be hosted by Colloquium and will go up on December 26.


EnriqueFreeque said...

Good work Becky!

And an amazing amount of work you just exquisitely put together!

Clark said...

Great job! BTW Them's orsters they're drudging on Tilghmans, though the folks from Deale say arsters.

writesprite said...

Thank you for hosting, Rebecca. This was nicely put together! There are some interesting and unfamiliar titles to explore. Thanks again! :)

Danette said...

Rebecca, thanks so much for hosting this blog carnival. You did a wonderful job of presenting all the books. Thanks for including me!

Jeanne said...

Glad you like my blog's name, and the explanation! Thanks for organizing the carnival; I particularly like the way you've grouped reviews by the same blogger together.

Rebecca Glenn said...

Clark, I'm so embarrassed! I've fixed the typo I created when I, well, thought I was fixing a typo. Orsters, indeed!

Man of la Books said...

Thank you for hosting Becky. Wonderful setup and very well put together.

ham1299 said...

Wow! I love the way you pulled it all together! Great job! (I might have to copy you next time I host! LOL) said...

Hello Rebecca!

Super duper version of the carnival!

Thanks for making it such a fun edition and so easy on the eyes.

Absolutely superb.

Big hug from

Read Aloud Dad