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We're thrilled to welcome her back to town for the publication of her first novel. I think the best thing to do here is hand the floor over to our buyer Jason Kennedy: "Wesley Chu has been on my radar for a couple of years. I had heard that The Lives of Tao was roller coaster ride of a read. Being in the book business, occasionally you let authors earlier works slip by, and in sci-fi it makes it hard to go back and pick them up as the one book becomes a series.
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When I learned of Wesley Chu coming for an event on July 21st, I decided this was my time to make up some ground. To find out that the book was the beginning of a new series made it so much easier to jump in feet first. There was a golden age at some point between where we are and where Time Salvager goes, and something went horrible wrong.
Humanity is running out of resources, energy, food--the Earth's oceans have a solid layer of dead brown muck on top of it and most cities are vast wastelands of abandoned and crumbling buildings. At times, this book reminded me of some of the best of the dreariest sci-fi ever, something akin to a Philip K. Dick or Paola Bacigalupi story.
Having a lack of resources and with the world tumbling ever downward, the only hope humanity has is to look to the past.
His job is to pillage the past and bring back resources for the present. It is not an easy job. There are laws governing time travel and what can be taken from out of the past. ChronoCom controls all time jumps and sets up where and when a chronman will go and take his target. The target can be an energy source, a valuable item that was destroyed, or something else that is about to leave existence as to ensure that the time line does not become compromised.
This reminded me a bit of the sci-fi b-movie Millennium, where the time travelers would replace airplane passengers with dead bodies just before a plane crash was to happen. And he notes that he read two Chus in the month, calling The Lives of Tao "a brilliant amount of kick butt fun.
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Wednesday, July 22, 7 pm. We regret to announce that our event with Mary Robinette Kowal, author of Of Noble Family and other Glamourist Histories, had to be cancelled, due to family medical issues.
We hope to have the author back for a future appearance. Can you believe we can say that we hosted an author six years ago? I can't. With wit and wisdom, Eileen Flanagan shares the engaging journey that brings her from midlife spiritual crisis to fulfillment and hope—and, briefly, to jail. There are some strong recommendations here. From Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth and Deep Economy: "Drawing on her Irish family history, Eileen Flanagan shares a poignant, human story that illustrates the courage we need to create a more just future for our children and children everywhere.
It looks like we will not make the numbers for the screening of Chasing Red, the film that features Bill Hillmann running with the bulls - we'll know for sure tomorrow. But that said, we're still excited to be hosting Mr.
Bill Hillmann's first novel The Old Neighborhood was declared best novel of by Chicago Sun-Times and and selected by Library Journal as one of the top indie fiction titles for spring The book also received rave reviews from Booklist, and the Chicago Tribune. And remember, our Bill Hillmann event for Mozos takes place even without the screening. Copyright Boswell Book Company www. I love reading aloud, and not just children's illustrated books, novels too. It's unclear where this love came from, because having to read out loud in grade school would send me into a panic-freeze-doom-spiral.
But by undergrad, my friends and I were always reading out loud. Mostly Harry Potter, and romance novels. We'd spend countless hours procrastinating on our homework, reading out loud, and giggling at the racy bits. But reading out loud is only fun when you have an audience. And when there's no one in your life with the time or interest to listen to you read, there's really no reason to do it anymore. And so for a long time, I didn't. And then, last year on a particularly slow day at work, one of my then co-workers and current read-aloud friend found ourselves with only one advanced reader's copy of Miranda July's novel, T he First Bad Man.
We started reading small parts out loud, and because it was such a slow day, those small parts became longer and longer, until we had read an entire chapter out loud. We enjoyed ourselves so much we didn't stop and spent a lovely evening on her porch, drinking cool beverages, and reading to each other.
Both of us were struck by how much we missed reading aloud, and being read to. And that's how Grown-Up Storytime was born. Yes, it's a regrettable name born of an astounding lack of imagination, and the fact that calling something "Adult Storytime" would generate an entirely different audience. And we read out loud. Mostly it's me reading, but others join in from time to time we gladly welcome new readers. Sometimes there's a theme, and sometimes not. It might be an article, a short story, an essay, or a piece from a novel. Sometimes the occasional poem gets thrown around.
We play it pretty fast and loose. You should join us. Tommorrow, Monday July 19th at 7PM. Meet in the Pub at Ravenna Third Place. I'll read to you, and you'll drink drinks, and there will even be popcorn Hope to see you there. Are you surprised? Hardcover Fiction: 1. Go Set a Watchman , by Harper Lee 2. Armada, by Ernie Cline 4. Seveneves, by Neal Stephenson 6. The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins 7.
Festival of Insignificance, by Milan Kundera 8. The Paying Guests, by Sarah Waters 9. Now hundreds of thousands of people have, if not millions. Jim Higgins at the Journal Sentinel reviewed it this week, and says it's "not a very good novel" but "worth reading as a historical and literary artifact.
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Modern Romance, by Aziz Ansari 5. H is for Hawk, by Helen MacDonald 6. Strong Inside, by Andrew Maraniss 7. The Making of Milwaukee, by John Gurda 9.
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The Contemporaries, by Roger White Here's an analysis of tweets about the sales at Greenlight Bookstore in Brooklyn. Other stores were said to be selling the books as a package. Paperback Fiction 1. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee the two trade editions 2. Euphoria, by Lily King 3.
The Vacationers, by Emma Straub 4.
Planet for Rent, by Yoss 5. Some Luck, by Jane Smiley 6. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt 7. The Red Notebook, by Antoine Laurain 9. I'm sad that beautiful orange and turquoise jacket wasn't kept for the new edition, but I'm happy that I just have something to sell on my rec shelf. As Entertainment Weekly said in their "A" review: "Somehow, even as Toews works toward an inevitable conclusion, the pacing is gripping, leaving you — like Yoli — desperate to predict what Elf will do next, and helpless to stop it.
If you'll remember, Hannah Kent's Burial Rites had that same sort of "I know what's going to happen but I'm still at the edge of my seat" sort of quality. Paperback Nonfiction: 1. Milwaukee Mafia, by Gavin Schmitt 2. Loving Lardo, by Wendy R.
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