Sunday, September 25, 2011

The 80th Book Review Blog Carnival

When I started the Book Review Blog Carnival I didn't expect that it would become such a vibrant part of the blogging, and the book reviewing community or last so long. This 80th edition contains 35 book reviews, ranging from illustrated children's books to the latest cutting edge conspiracy theory.

If you review books on your blog you can participate by submitting a link to one of your reviews through our submission form at, here. You can even host an edition of the carnival at your won blog. contact me at cbjorke(at) if you would like to host.

Here is our carnival, stop by some of our participating blogs, leave a comment and enjoy!

Children's Books

Read Aloud Dad likes Classic Children's Fairy Tales - Best Illustrated Edition.

Amy Broadmoore reviews 10 Children?s Books About Fall at Delightful Children's Books.

Young Adult Fiction

Trudy Zufelt previews Spartacus and the Circus of Shadows the debut novel of Molly E. Johnson, posted at Boys and Literacy.

Shayna, at A Pop of Colour, says that The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell is a prequil to Sex and the City, written for 10 to 20 year olds.(presumably girls) That seems like a pretty broad age range to me.

Laura Robinson, of Tattooed Books: A YA book reviewing, librarian-in-training, rather liked The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger.

Katie Sorene , of Tripbase, suggests 8 Books to Teach Your Kids About the World.

According to Surabhi at Womanatics, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari has the power to change your life. Reminds me of my friend Norman, who changed his life on a weekly basis.

Jim Murdoch of The Truth About Lies was only dimly aware of Norse mythology through Marvel comic books until he read Ragnarok: the End of the Gods, by AS Byatt.

Crime Fiction

KerrieS is reading more Swedish crime novels, including THE HYPNOTIST, by Lars Kepler. Read her review at MYSTERIES in PARADISE

KerrieS says that before you read THE END OF THE WASP SEASON, by Denise Mina, you should first read the first book in the series, STILL MIDNIGHT.

KerrieS calls VIOLENT EXPOSURE by Katherine Howell. "world class."

Gothic Romance Mysteries

No, The Lantern by Deborah Lawrenson isn't a crime novel. It's a gothic romance mystery, posted at Colloquium.

JHS, at Colloquium gives the carnival a whole new category with Call Me Irresistible by Susan Elizabeth Phillips.

Stranger Than Fiction

Mark A. Vance is the author of an ebook Flight of the Forgotten - The Forbidden Fruit of US Government Censorship which appears to be the story of a WWII air crew murdered by the CIA as told to the author by the dead.


Rachel, at Books In The Sun just loved Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre.

Not another talking animal book! Yes it is a talking bonobo in Primacy by J.E. Fishman, reviewed by Zohar, Man of la Book.

Bombay Duck Is A Fish says Kalyan at Heaven's Garden. It's also a book, I think.

Charlotte Vale points out that Heahcliff is not Sir. Larry in her re-review of Wuthering Heights posted at Estella's book smarts- Book Blog. What do I know, I thought Heathcliff was a cat.

Not one to shy away from classic literature, Charlotte Vale presents her theory that Marcel Proust, through the use of run on sentences, obscure punctuation and proto-stream of consciousness narrative technique, is capable of sending the readier back into a past episode of Star Trek - the one where Spok wears a watch cap to cover his ears and builds a radio with bear skins and stone knives: ah, but Captain Kirk's love interest of the week must die so that the United States will enter World War Two or we all will grow up in a Philip K. Dick novel: a well developed theme to be found at Estella's book smarts - Audiobook Blog.

Jim Murdoch at The Truth About Lies says that The Break by Pietro Grossi is a novel about billiards, paving stones and the inevitability of change.

Louise Marsh from The Reading Experiment reviews the Pulitzer Prize winning A Visit From The Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan.

Zohar, Man of la Book is glad that he finally read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith.

JHS, at Colloquium, reviews The Grief of Others. "The Grief of Others is an exquisitely written fictional account of one family in which each member is struggling with his/her own grief and isolation following a tragedy."


Melanie Grant reviews I Am Hutterite by -Ann Kirkby, at Mel's Mouthful on Mothering.

Alex Washoe, of Books and Beasts reviews two dog memoirs, Luis Carlos Montalvan's Until Tuessday and Martin Kihn's Bad Dog (A love story), in A Brace of Dog Memoirs.

Non Fiction

Mainstream Mom briefly frightened me with the news that there are only 100 Days to Christmas, until I learned that it is the title of an e-book by Jennifer Tankersley.

Persha, at Dumped Days is relieved to have finally discovered the e-book Men Made Easy. "Understanding men has been a life long struggle for me. Most men say one thing mean another and do something entirely different." Persha must know a lot of lawyers.

Mainstream Mom reviews Escape from Cubicle Nation by Pamela Slim . I couldn't tell if this is a book based on a blog or just a blog imitating a book, but I'm all for escaping from the cube farm.

Pop Tart, of Inherited Values gives us American Pickers Guide to Picking by Libty Callaway, Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz and Daniele Colby. Like Pawn Stars, American Pickers is an edgy cable TV version of Antiques Roadshow. Now you can learn how to buy and sell antiques for fun and profit.

Marianne Mathiasen doesn't often buy art books like Animals Real ad Imagined by Terryl Whitlatch, but she bought this one. Read about it at Marianne's Journal of Fantasy Art.

Jenn Palmer writes a dear John letter to Leo Tolstoy in Literary Break-up posted at A Love Affair with Words. I think she was talking about War and Peace.

Health, Fitness and Self Improvement

Danette Schott taught me a new word with his review of Beating Dyspraxia with a Hop, Skip and a Jump posted at Help! S-O-S for Parents.

Jonathan, of at World of Diets says You Are Your Own Gym in his review of Mark Lauren's Bodyweight Exercise Bible.

It sounds like an oxymoron, or maybe it's just that I haven't finished my first cup of coffee this morning. Outlive Your Life by Max Lucado is reviewed by Jon Milligan at Simple Life Habits.


OK, so it's memoir that came out in print first, but Peter at Audio Book Downloads thinks the audio version ofBossypants, by Tina Fey is way better than the print version.

This concludes our 80th Book Review Blog Carnival. Watch this blog for an announcement of the time and location of the next carnival. Did you subscribe in a reader or become a follower? Do it now, NOW!

Saturday, September 10, 2011


Bill Morrissey

Bill Morrissey was a singer songwriter who had his greatest success in the 1980's. This novel, published in 1996, is a fictional version of what it is like to be on the downside of your show business career.  Although not autobiographical, it is derived from Bill's life experience. It qualifies as a literary novel. - there is not a great deal of plot. I did not find that to be a particular lack. The characters are well developed in a way that makes the reader want to know more.

Henry, a man in his mid forties, has been sidelined from the music business because of artistic differences with the major label that bought his contract and demanded unacceptable changes to his just finished third album. Henry is living in the small mill town of Edson New Hampshire, a place where he used to be a regular headliner at the local music venue/bar. Caroline, the twenty one year old waitress in that establishment who lives down the hall from Henry in a ramshackle "hotel" becomes the love interest in the story. At the beginning of the book Caroline is unaware that Henry was ever a musician.

Pope Johnson is the current king of the Edson New Hampshire music scene. He has made himself into a replica of Henry at the peak of his career, mimicking his playing style, his gestures, even singing Henry's songs. He does not acknowledge Henry's influence publicly. Pope plans to move the New York and try for the brass ring. Caroline is one of the many young women whom Pope is seeing.

A singer songwriter that has made it big, Tyler Beckett, based on Morrissey's friend, Suzanne Vega, asks Morrissey's alter ego, Henry to come down to New York and co-write some songs for her next album. I doubt that Suzanne Vega ever made this kind of offer to Bill.

Henry has to choose between dragging his guitar out from under the bed and going off to write songs with Tyler or taking Pope's job pumping gas at a gas station in Edson. Believe it or not, this is a hard choice for him. The novel ends with Henry snowed in in a Connecticut Motel 6, drinking in his room.

Bill Morrissey died in a motel room this past July. He was alone, on tour and drinking in his room. Heart disease is the listed cause of death. It wasn't snowing.

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Book Review Blog Carnival

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