Posted by unicorntreebooksboss on 19 August, 2008
Today makes it exactly 2 years that I have in fact been the unicorntreebookshopboss!
Yes indeed on this day 2 years ago I did in fact sign over all the worldly goods I did not possess and indeed the hope of having them! in exchange for the messy little bookstall that was at the time browse awhile books! and now two years on it’s not so messy, not so little and indeed not so bad!
I am still impoverished and tortured by minions, but at least its my poverty and my minions and in exchange I have the ability to read whatever book I want ’cause I have thousands of them!
I have a range of speciality genres and markets that match my likes!
The newest of these of course being the Christian Books (completely with its own unit! see not so little!) and I am so glad to have these on board, to be able to spend some of each day discussing a subject I absolutely love is phenomenal and a real dream continuing on.
Today’s discussion was on the Shack and the imagery presented as to God and if it is indeed heretical and if so why?
This addition hasn’t come without pain and heartbreak, but what it has come with is a continuing commitment and fervour to serve and reach out, after all pretty much all my book career had been in this section of the book trade and leaving it was painful (though also thrilling and enjoyable on another level as I was moving into the sphere of all books and not just one section!) but I remained resolute and with God’s grace and a smidgen of faith in face of adversity it came to be that I got it back this year, lets hope that together we can all continue to grow it – oh and did I say that Advent Candles and Advent & Nativity Books and Christmas Play material came in this week?? No? well it did – so if you are a church then get in touch as we are now taking Advent & Christmas orders!
Then of course we have the Craft section – formerly an independent business in its own right this came into our safekeeping a year ago and now lends itself wonderfully to our creative talent discussions and displays – believe it or not I am in fact a whizz at tea-bag folding, usually after they have been dried out from the copious cups of tea needed to cope with minion antics! This is still called Al’s Arts & Crafty Bits, but of course its now housed in Unicorn Tree Books!
Next is the LGBT section which is continuing to build a following and reputation and expanding as time goes on. The yaoi manga has been going phenomenally well.
All in all I am pretty proud of the changes that the shop has undergone and hope that in the years to come these will continue to grow and develop as we go forward together in faith, hope and community commitment!
So as its a new year we have old news to report on and new resolutions to put forward!
So old news – our sponsored charity, Great Ormond Street Hospital Childrens Charity was given £373.00 in the end, given our target was originally for £200 I think we did pretty well together!
Thank you all who gave their change, those 1p’s soon add up, as of course does the tithe we make from our sales – actually truth to be told that’s apportioned from the bookshopsboss wage as we still aren’t quite there enough to say its from the profits – its a commitment I made and so its one I keep!. We really do believe it is right to give to others when we can, as in giving we receive, even when we don’t know it or see it. After all sharing is caring!
So anyway this year we are continuing with the Children’s Hospital theme but this time its Alder Hay hospital that will be the recipient of our donations and tithes:
(though of course come October there will of course be our Christmas Charity to give to as well – last years Christmas Charity was Habitat for Humanity and we gave £50.00, lets hope we can give more this year when we decide on the Charity!).
So anyway I want to say thank you all for using us, supporting us and following along with us – if you want to come in and celebrate with us, then please do and remember my favourite celebration tipple is a Caramelatte from Nero’s or a Caramel Macchiato from Starbucks!
Thanks guys for the last two years, and I look forward to serving and working with all of you in the next few ahead!
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Posted by unicorntreebooksboss on 15 August, 2008
OK, now I know this is just too extreme, but never the mind it is nonetheless a true fact, Christmas has indeed arrived and not just in the make your own cards craft department! (which yes, Al’s Arts has indeed had in a bumper load of Christmas decoupage and sold over half of it already so you better get your skates on and jingle bell down if you are making your own cards!)
Yes indeed to go with the 2009 Diaries and Calenders, Parsons Pocket Books and Church Lectionaries, we did indeed have into stock today the Church Advent Candles (both Purple and Red Sets!) – actually this timed very well with the arrival of the new and very smart Advent and Christmas Order Forms from the printers (though these were down to be sent out next month – not this one!!).
Ahh but was it only Church Advent Candles that would be one thing – but no it was the Dated ones as well – lots of them! and then to add insult to injury a box arrived and in it were… yep you guessed it – Advent Calenders!!!
So there we go, not even the middle of August and already Christmas Silly season begins! ohh but get this, in the same box as the Calenders was…
NATIVITY SETS & CHRISTMAS CARDS!±
So there we go, lets get out the mistletoe and wine and have an Australian Christmas – well come on Christmas in Summer we must be in the southern hemisphere and never noticed.
So ok, on a non-christmas theme, the Gluten Free Wafers finally came in today, as did some wonderful new incense named after st Luke. Very nice and tastily pungent when the temperature heats up a bit – however no need to fear on this front now as the Air Conditioning Unit really is working a treat – so much so all the other should be working somewhere on the market staff keep coming in on the pretext of looking for books and then hogging the cool delightful stream of swift blowing air! the cheek of it.
Also the Long awaited ‘Acheron‘ (9780749908669) by Sherrilyn Kenyon is now in and is going like hot cakes! probably because we were the only ones to have had stocks in up until at least 2pm today! now whether Waterstones and WHSmiths have no had theirs in I cannot say, but I can say if you want one you better hurry as we only have a couple left on the shelves now! and by gum is it a mighty brick of a book or what, but three of those that purchased them on Wednesday have been back in today to extol the virtues of the book and story and get new books because they had finished the 700+ pages it is that good a read!
We also have in the New Stephanie Meyer Book ‘Breaking Dawn’ (9781905654284) – another mighty book and worth the read!
Here’s an odd conundrum for you all, Josephine Cox – top British author – has had her new book ‘Songbird’ (9780060896980) come out in paperback in the states before it has here! and not just a few days before but almost 2 months before!
So it’s just as well we are a specialist in US Imports, otherwise you would all have to wait until the 1st October before you could read it in paperback!
The first one on the shelf this afternoon sold within 7 minutes! So look likely ladies as once this batch are gone it will be another 7 days before the next batch gets in from the States!
So there we go, bah humbug but some cool (but not yule! though actually there are some advent books and nativity play books in now!) reading knocking around the shop.
Come by and visit and remember to bring the bookshopboss a coffee (caramelatte or caramel machiatto preferably) if you are feeling kind as due to minions wanting time and other such supposedly pressing urgent things this BookshopBoss has yet again not had a day off and deliveries by the shock loads!
By the way does anyone else spot the problem with shortening the BookshopBoss’s title?? The minions say its too long and they believe it should be abbreviated to the BSBoss!!! I am pretty sure they are being less than polite again – so census time people, let me know what you think – should I be thoroughly offended or are the minions just that oblivious? what action would you take on that one!
OK enough now, books to be ordering! see you in the shop tomorrow.
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Posted by unicorntreebooksboss on 25 July, 2008
You know at the minute this bookshopboss is not amused!
It would seem that the americans are conspiring against me this week – first the issue relating to the post before and now INGRAMS (this is said in the same tone and intonation as a very bad swear word at the minute!).
I have now been waiting for nearly a week for a delivery to leave the US warehouse and make it to these shores so I can share the lovely books inside with you my lovely and desperate customers – well don’t hold your breaths as US systems transpire again to thwart the UK bound.
They can’t send it as the card details they have to transact the payment expires this month – and because in the US that would mean the card had actually expired, their cards expire on the first day of the listed month it would seem, and would be unusable their system automatically keeps declining my card – even though in the UK our expiry date means the last day of the month its dated! So they won’t be able to send the books until the 1st of August when the new card becomes active!! all because of an automated system that does the payment transaction and the fact that it would seem they cannot overide the system and do a manual transaction!
So ok moving on – it has been unbearably hot in the shop for the last few days – well thats what happens when you work in a glass roofed building – its like being an orchid in a hot house – and yes as you all know I really am that dainty, delicate and blooming wonderful!
Still we have the fan going, the doors open and the books in to help you all keep your cool and enjoy the time basking in the garden, on the beach or wherever with your books!
This week we have had deliveries of more books – a great set of christian books, including some great kids ones and a snuggly sunday bunny! great fun and at good proces (*edit: that was my ‘allo allo’ british fake french accent in honour of my friend Aude, the continental market that was in town and the fact that I can’t actually type!!)too. We also have an offer going on some NT to give away this summer – they are only £1.50 instead of £3.99, and we are offering £1.00 off Richard S. Taylors ‘What every Christian ought to know’ (9781853453168) as well! For a review of this book go here its a site I am very involved with and even review for on occasion and I heartily endorse it for impartial christian reviews!(but whatever you do remember to come back to me to buy it!!!) : http://www.thegoodbookstall.org.uk/review/1853453161/richard-s-taylor/what-every-christian-ought-to-know/
Oh we had gifts in too! Very Very cool wooden toys – a Noahs Ark! A Nativity Set in a String Bag and some square blocks – 26 of them with words and pictures of them – the people in the pictures look a bit like BOD! I love it. There are also some BOD like magnet sets as well – a nativity set and a Life of Jesus set as well. Honestly they are great – I am thinking of going over to the kids corner and playing with them as stress relief from the week.
In the craft section we have had in some new stuff too, Christmas Card making materials and a whole load of pens, glitters, glues and other fun stuff to make a mess with over the summer while you pretend to be getting ready for Christmas!
Ohh talking of Christmas Cards – I did the Christmas Card order this week, lots and lots of Christmas cards will be in at the end of August – charity ones and normal ones! and the Christmas nativity and gift order is going in this week too! they too will no doubt arrive much to soon – there are some lovely Christmas ornaments going to be coming in.
and talking of charity -
So anyway come by and see – bookshopboss vent and share over now! going to have a coffee now. See you soon.
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Posted by unicorntreebooksboss on 15 July, 2008
So Ok, for anyone not visiting the shop today – and that was quite a few of you! It was unbearably hot in the giant green house that is Central Market today. ( That is why I don’t blame you for not visiting today – i bet you were all in the garden or at skeggy with the deckchair and knotted hankies on!)
Honestly I keep telling everyone about my market garden idea of growing my own Tomatoes, peas and lettuces on top of the shop but everyone keeps telling me I can’t! I think it is just wrong of them – the swines!
Anyway today was swelteringly hot and so as per my usual want I was doing a bookshop shuffle again – this time in unit 3 – Unicorn Tree Christian Books!
Yes that’s right – I was taking out bookcases and putting in slat wall and new units and it looks much bigger, brighter and better!
I have cleared out a lot of floorspace with judicious use of new units and slat wall that allows nice shiny things and gift cabinets to be suspended in the air, and there is also a new card unit that rests on top of nice new half shelving units that tidily display the multitued of candles we now have to keep in stock. It really does look good and not only did it tidy it up, make floor space and more gift and card space but believe it or not we fit in more books too!
Honestly with time and ingenuity I can build a tardis and disguise it as a bookshop!
So anyway we now have lots of gifts in to fill in the space we created – some very nice statues of the good shepherd and some nice standing Crosses as well. And Kids badges and notebooks came in from Hughes and Coleman as well.
Then add to that another delivery arrived and it was Atkinsons Parsons Pocket Books!
timed nicely to arrive with the Marston delivery of SPCK Church Pocket Book & Diaries! So there we go 2009 is here and it isn’t even August.
So anyway then my rep arrives and begins showing me Christmas and Advent books – and believe it or not she even had some Lent 2009 material in her folder! Scary scary thought.
having said that I need to remind people that I will soon be placing my Advent Candle order and so if they could let me know in advance what size, type and colour sets they require then that would be good to ensure their orders are fulfilled!
So anyway I finish the shuffle, empty the boxes, enter them onto the machine and see the rep (by the way did i mention that minion no.1 was off yesterday and today with a summer flu! hence me being so hot, sticky and industrious?? and i had to give up my day off! minions and their germs! and they still expect to take time off to go on holiday working as a guide leader at Poachers later this month and they reckon thats not resting, what kind of minions are being germinated these days – no stamina!) so anyway as I was staying I have finished all this hard work and am just about to sit down and melt quietly in a corner when a delivery of 7 big boxes arrives! and this at gone 1pm!
That would be the Calender and Diary order for the general shop! yes we now have over 14 different styles of 2009 Diary in stock and and 19 different calenders for 2009! and even better yet I already sold some before I had priced them! and still people keep asking me for this years diary – sorry no we don’t have any left in stock – its JULY already – you were supposed to get them in January at the latest, we even had them in February but we don’t have them now as it would appear to be time for next years crop already!!!.
So thats the Calenders and diary’s done – well at least the ones from that supplier, that just left the 3 boxes of stationery, stickers and over 24 jigsaws to do!
Yes we have fresh jigsaw designs in again – at the minute we are averaging selling a small jigsaw a day and a large jigsaw every 3 days! we are puzzled at how fast our lovely customers can do these things! – more trains and vintage cars in this batch than the last one.
Then there was an Ingram delivery as well – full of paranormal goodies, some manga and the new Batman Graphic novel! Lush.
- Talking of Lush and their glitter bath bombs, the new stickers that came in were all glitery too! wonderful Disney Princesses, WTP (that’s Winnie the Pooh – it took me a good 2 minutes to figure that out when trying to match up what I had to the silly invoice -a lot of oh piglets was happening due to silly acronyms!) and Diego & Dora, along with stars and smiley faces – all with a glitter thing going on! Sparkly! -
anyway back to deliveries in today.
We also have a copies of ‘The Shack’ in – we have sold quite a few of these already and this was a top up order just in, along with it came one of Todd Bentleys books – just in time for God channel to take it off screen I note. Hmm I feel sorry for the fill-in pastors as I suppose it could feel a bit like a slap not being worthy of air time if it ain’t Mr Bentley doing the impartation! Still God moves in myserious ways, His wonders to perform! Back to the Shack though, as thats also a book that shows God doing wonders in a different way than we would necessarily expect.
The Shack is a good book and well worth the read – feeling lazy here so instead of reviewing it myself I am including a couple of links for you all to follow to find out more about the book – except to say i heartily endorse the book, it is a great read!
This gives the publishers blurb (by the way this site is an excellent site for all types of Christian Book reviews! and is well worth looking at regularly – not least because the bookshop boss that is I does regular reviews for it – nothing like self aggrandisement there!)
http://www.christianbookshops.org.uk/reviews/shack.htm - Phil Groom’s great website offers this review which is independent of the publisher!
By the way just ignore all the buy from someone else buttons on the sites please folks and remember to come back to me, after all we miss you and amuse you much more than they do!
So anyway as you can tell today was a busy day and it really is well worth popping in and visiting the shop, take in the new look at unit 3 and maybe check out a jigsaw or 24!
Anway its late and I am still hot and feeling tired so am going to say tattybye and see you in the shop tomorrow!
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Posted by unicorntreebooksboss on 7 June, 2008
Well if you have been in this week, which I know of course you will have been! then you will know that the week was totally disrupted by the comedy duo and all round great guys – Dennis & Brian – the electricians who had the delightful job of trying to sort out something like 10 years of messed up wiring! we are talking attack of the killer cables, light switch from hell and find the hidden live socket! Its been fun and noisy, dusty and generally crowded in the space usually dedicated to browsers and books! still at least I can sleep well now knowing that my bookshop will not be an electrical short short of a blazing inferno!
I took this time to sort out some older stock that was cluttering up the place and got moved to make space for ladders and electricians and am now having a buster of a sale – hardbacks are marked at 20p each or 10 for £1.00 and once those are gone there will be no more hardback fiction taken in as it just is a dying medium to a larger extent ( though personal complaint here – I wish the darn publishers would stop with this stupid US type large paperback format – again its functionally useless as it don’t fit a bag so wrecks the concept of portability, everyone complains at the extra price, and it ruins the look & flow of a bookcase – so come on guys can we just have standard paperbacks please, and if you ahve to keep a larger format then go with a special edition hardback for collectors!).
So anyway hardbacks done, overstocks of paperbacks – well there’s the secondhand ones at 50p each or 5 for £1.00, and then on the unread and never owned before stock we have a yellow sticker offer going – any 4 yellow stickered books for only £5.00 – again top authors and titles.
I also rejigged the Jigsaws! as we had a new batch of over 6 large box loads in – new fantasy and gothic jigsaws in, a great collection called ‘Wanted” where hidden in the wonderfully manic pictures are wanted characters you have to find – these are great!
For the kids we have glow in the dark scooby doo! (did I ever tell you all that the worst nightmare I ever had involved Scooby Doo! he was behind me as we ran up a never ending staircase trying to get away from what I now know to be the demon hoards of minions incapable of alphabeticising and the customers whose favourite puzzle mags got misdirected to aberdeen! I mean how do you mistake aberdeen for lincoln??), so anyway along with Scooby and gang there are some fantastic Famous Five jigsaws, which include the story that you read, a jigsaw to do and in the jigsaw the clues and answers that allow you to solve the mystery – again great concept fun. Jigsaws just seem to get cleverer!
On the Christian Side, well ok the 2009 Church Diairies are in -out – and in again!!, The 2009 Lectionaries are in – and there’s a shed load of new books in this week from SCM-Canterbury, Church House, SPCK and Alban, along with Jeff Lucas’s new book – well worth a read though at the minute I am reading his ‘Prodigal Friendly Church’ (Zondervan – 97803102678249 – £8.99) which is an excellent read and really speaks volume I can agree with!
Lots more cards now in and all in all the shelves are pretty full – but luckily people are beginnning to come in more now, oh yeah and Book Agents are now being canvassed for, there is a cool new leaflet all about the schemes we are offering on this one, but we are offering the service not just to churches but to Schools and other community groups and ventures too!
News – SSG declared Bankruptcy in the US Courts under Chapter 11 protection, but then founded a new managment company called ENC Management and told all remaining staff there jobs were gone and they would have to apply to the US courts if they wanted redundancy or their currently owed wages, however they could apply for their jobs to ENC and this would not be covered by TUPE – there are questions as to the rights of this situation, and at last report they had recanted on the last part whilst they sort a legal opinion! http://www.thebookseller.com/news/61032-st-stephen-the-great-files-for-bankruptcy.html & http://www.thebookseller.com/news/61032-st-stephen-the-great-files-for-bankruptcy.html & http://www.chesterchronicle.co.uk/chester-news/local-chester-news/2008/06/13/jobs-worry-at-bookshop-59067-21065437/
cool or what – this raises a wonderful ethical question – how many ways can be found to hurt people and continue to try it on??
So anyway its an interesting proposition going on here – I tell you if this was fiction non of us would buy the book as it would be just way too unbelievable!
More details on all this can be found here:
OHH and we want to say congrats to the minion no.2 also known as Snowflake (and Eunice to her mum!) as she just got a new full time job (though she assures me she will still be available for saturday cover – after all she is the only minion that doesn’t sing the alphabet whilst tidying the shelves!!).
As I am sure you will all remember she was one of the staff sacked by email without notice by the SSG bookshops directors based in Texas! well done Eunice and enjoy – we know without doubt that you will be an excellent edition to your new employers team and will excel at the job as thats just who and how you are!
So that leaves one of the four
that were so wrongly treated by them still looking for a job – again I put out a plea to you all that if you know of a job for a hardworking dedicated member of staff that has excellent office based, and shop based, skills, that was in charge of SPCK Lincolns Goods Inwards operations, then please get in touch and I will pass the details on! I can personally vouch for this member of staff and can assure you she is well worth hiring and a committed team player but more than able to organise herself and others (yes even bookshop bosses! so that just shows you what amazing skills she has!).
Oh yeah and we now have our LGBT Fiction section up and running now – we are intending our shop to be one that really serves the needs of Lincoln’s Communities and outreaches, networks and welcomes everyone – after all its through our actions that we build community and show the light! – especially now the electricians have put new fittings and tubes in.
Ok other news and worthy mentions -
i want to wish my cohort Pinky ( who is also of course the teams Childrens Section Advisor) a big hug and get well soon as she fell off her Scooter last week (probably practicing dangerous curby stunts as pinky knows no fear!) and has broke her leg in two places and is in plaster to her knee! As you can imagine this puts a bit of a damper on our regular schemes to take over the world during the next 6 weeks while she heals up – but we are sure we can find other things to do to amuse ourselves! ( the colouring books are incredibly good fun and amazingly therapeutic, but we are not sure what people mean when they keep telling us that there are other colours to use then red, black, purple & Pink and we are meant to colour inside the lines!)
Minion no. 1 might provide some enjoyment for us yet! though of course she is taking up her Counselling Placement in the next few weeks (don’t panic this has been arranged as a day off thing, so she will still be in store three days a week for you all to torture!) – for which we wish her all the best – we are sure that she will find all the help she needs!
oops of course we mean we are sure that she will recieve lots of assistance as she continues to grow her own skills as a training counsellor! No really we are sure minion no.1 will rock at this and many people will benefit from her assistance and we wish her all the best and are proud of her.
Anyway so ok then thats about all the news from the bookshop for now and the bookshop boss seriously needs a rest after all the activity of the week – yay sunday!, so I shall see you all in the shop next week!
(This post has been edited as a safeguard – for the reasons as to why this may have been necessary visit http://www.cartoonchurch.com/blog/category/save-the-spck, Oops now wait you cant – I guess you better go here instead: http://www.mattwardman.com/blog/series/cease-and-desist-notice-on-dave-walker/ Should I be notified personally and directly by the concerned parties of anything then I will of course let you know and then take any further necessary actions as may be required)
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Posted by unicorntreebooksboss on 27 November, 2007
There really are some days the dragon wins, and there are some days it just doesn’t win but it chews you up, spits you out and then flame roasts you to top it off! and today was one of those days.
First of all everyone is suffering cold symptoms thus making the day feel full of fun from the start, then its Christmas decoration time (Bah humbug – can we say carbon emmission protocols! what’s with the lights and electricity overuse!) so lights are going up and thats a lot of work for the minions to do – though they seemed to be enjoying it and after decorating one space wanted to continue on! maybe i should get them some elf ears to go with the red noses from the cold symptoms??
So anyway thats all going on and customers are coming in ( that we like) and we are getting on with the serving when in the middle of trying to do one thing, I am expected to multitask another job. so not fair and the day goes on.
Anyway suffice to say slightly later on we have a minion meltdown – probably caused by an excess of christmas lights and cold symptoms – but one of the minions has a dosey of a meltdown and goes home. Lets hope it all blows over soon and they are back at work as normal in due course as life without minions is so unfulfilling at times.
Anyway life goes on after minion, and I begin to re-enter the order that the computer ate on Saturday – I kid you not, saturday was a busting day – very christmas shopper busy – lots of Military and Steam Engine DVD’s whizzing out the store, along with books, jigsaws and Paint by Numbers and to top it off I had a spinner and four massive boxes of Velvet Arts delivered – very nice designs of Playboy Bunnies being Exterminated by Daleks whilst Betty Boop stands and screams and Homer Simpson wonders whats going on! hey whizzed out the shop too, well at £1.25 or 5 for £5 they are just too good a bargain to stay still!
So anyway they came in and i had 2 bumper boxes of Fairway Christian Books to get on the system and out, so i duly batch them through like a trojan, all scanned found and entered, and then shelved – I then whizzed on to putting out the 186 secondhand books that were sitting on the counters waiting to be stickered and shelved – did that just to have a woman bring in 56 Josephine Cox books that then have to be dealt with – and I do, but then someone else comes in with 27 various sci-fi authors, I tell you it was never ending! but by the end of the day it was all done! yahhoo!
However today i go to do stock re-ordering and find that the fairway books that have been sold are showing as not on the system!!! so i dig deeper as that cannot be right! and sure enough it isn’t right, they are on the system – they are there, i did not dream entering 37 lines oh no – I did indeed enter them but in the wrong darn database! it would seem that there are 2 databases on the system and that on saturday the wrong one was opened for some reason and all the days work was entered onto the old dead database and not the nice new live one! and can they be transferred? no they have to be re-input!
Still at least it explains why the database seems to sometimes eat titles we know we have had in! They are there in the wrong database! so what causes the wrong database to open occasionally – well on that one we do not have a clue, but at least we now know to check the database first thing in the morning so we can rectify any future fiasco’s like this.
Talking of dragons!
Anne and Todd McCaffrey’s latest dragons of Pern book is now on the shelves, both American and UK covers are in!
It’s called Dragon’s Fire (ISBN: 978-0345480293) and is priced at £6.99 and is an absolutely brilliant book for Pern fans, what is so brilliant about it for me though is that one of the main characters in it is disabled, he cannot speak, and this really adds some extra dimension to the story. So anyway this is a really good book and well worth a read – I must admit to liking the collaborative books between ms McCaffrey and her son in the pern-verse and this one is good – pop in and get it ( oh and the US cover is much more colourful than the UK edition!).
So anyway that was the fun today, being a bookshopboss is sometimes a lot like work! see you in the shop tomorrow.
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Posted by unicorntreebooksboss on 6 July, 2007
Ohh read the New Smoke book from Ms Huff, and it is excellent!
Published by Daw books on the 5th June, 0756404150 and selling at £6.99, Smoke and Ashes is fantastic. Tony has really come into his own in this one, oh and hey at the end of the book he finally gets his man!
This time we have a human demongate and a sex demon trying to get through! that being said the one thing you don’t find in Tanya Huff books is gratuitous and pornographic sex scenes, in fact they are generally alluded to and pretty much left to your own interactive imagination – in many ways much more satisfying and less disruptive to a great story!
Like I said it is a fantastic read.
The newest fantastic read I am reading (whilst waiting for customers between the horrendous torrential downpours, thunder and lightening and other delights the great British weather is throwing at us this July you understand – after all there is only so much dusting I can do and after all you don’t buy a bookshop because you don’t want to read the stock!!) is Kelley Armstrong’s book, Bitten, 9781841493503, £6.99 by Orbit Books. A great Werewolf book, with strong and believable characters and a really strong storyline that goes on. Small writing and lots of pages, something to really get your paws on and sink your teeth into late into the moonlight nights!
The female protagonist in this is not in any way shape or form wishy washy, nor is she unbelievable. She is in fact a very believable character and forms a great backdrop to the story. The action is reasonably fast paced but with a great degree of finesse for something about werewolves. Excellent read – now if only I could just sit and finish it rather than dust the shelves and serve you customers, and no I am not selling it to any of you and I don’t care how sad you look, but a new copy from me and stop trying to crib my copy as a cheap secondhand one!! Its worth the cost new!
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