Archive | May 2019

Book Review of Bibliophile- An Illustrated Miscellany by Jane Mount

I highly recommend this book to authors, readers and collectors.

When one of my many trips to the library, I asked a bubbly library assistant if she could order me some books on book collecting. She was so eager to help that though some were not what I wanted they were still of interest. As they came in one by one from other libraries I went to pick them up and one day this book was among the ones they ordered for me. I didn’t look at it very well at the library and waited till I got home and then began reading it immediately. I was attracted by the bright colorful pages, the fun pictures and the useful information. I’m not sure why I was, but I was so enthralled with the book that as soon as I read it I ordered it.

Whether you are an author, a collector or an avid reader, you will find this book delightful. It breaks down books into genres and then the most popular and most sold. It lets you in on some famous authors secrets and even their writing rooms. It gives you photos of some famous author’s pets. It gives you an idea of how the whole world gets its books and shows you the libraries. Some libraries are mobile, some are simply no bigger than the cart of a donkey or the saddlebags of the borough. It reveals many kinds of free libraries that sit on posts rather than in buildings.

It shows many covers of some famous books and how the covers changed over time.  It shows you books in which food takes a large part. There is a map showing the most important or popular book in each country.

The text is fun and so interesting, but the illustrations make the book. I highly recommend this 2018 book and believe any author, avid reader or bibliophile should own this fun book.

Review of The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

Invisable Library

Note to my readers-You may find all these reviews very short, but as a writer I know how hard it is to get readers to leave any review so I want to post an example of how easy it can be, and maybe more folks will leave reviews. A sentence, even a word is a great boon to the author.

If you are a fan of the fantasy genre, you do not want to miss this book. The book is The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman published in 2016. It is a fantasy/sci fi type of book and has some neat magic tricks in it. Also, it is an adventure and mystery book also. Such fun.

The story concerns a librarian, named Irene, from The Library, an invisible place that not just everyone can enter. The library searches for books from tons of alternate worlds.
The alternate worlds the librarians search on their mission to find a single book, are filled with people and creatures of all kinds. Many people are not what they seem at first.
The female librarian is given an assistant, named Kai, as they start out on their next mission and their adventures are non-stopping. Lots of time the barriers and obstacles are easily overcome since librarians have some powerful magic given to them by the library. On some occasions, their missions are dangerous, and they come close to losing their lives.
If you like alligators of a breed you never imagined, and werewolves, and dragons who look just like human people, locks that only open when ‘the language’ is used people assuming others identity after they have ben murdered in most uncommon ways. You will love this book.
I highly recommend this book. The wonderful thing is if you enjoy this book, you will be delighted to know it is part of a series. This is the first book of five so far.