Sunday, March 28, 2010

Book Review Blog Carnival No.40

Welcome to the fortieth edition of the Book Review Blog Carnival. We have twenty one entries in this edition.

The Book Review Blog Carnival has a new Facebook fan page. You can keep up with announcements, upcoming carnivals and carnival news by becoming a fan. My hope is that both readers and participating bloggers will become fans. Trying to keep a mailing list of those who have participated and want to be apprised of carnival happenings has proven to be a herculean task. By using Facebook, you will be able to self manage your participation.

Submissions for upcoming carnivals can be made, as always, at our page on The next edition will be published on April 11th at I Read . . . .

If you would like to be a carnival host on your blog, pleas contact me at the email address in the sidebar of this blog.

Children's Books

Zoe Toft, at Playing by the book, listens to a recording of the original score by Sergei Prokofiev while reading Peter and the Wolf retold and illustrated by Ian Beck.

Crime Fiction

KerrieS at Mysteries in Paradise brings us The Water's Edge by Norwegian author Karin Fossum., in which the Quuen of Nordic crime fiction tackles some tough issues.

Leaving Norway, KerrieS takes us to Botswana with A Carrion Death by Michael Stanley. This is Mr. Stanley's debut novel. Oh my, Michael Stanley is a they - Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip.

Missy Frye, who suffers from the Incurable Disease of Writing reviews Deliver Us From Evil by Robin Caroll. "A beautiful yet tough woman working in a beautiful yet tough setting, Brannon Callahan is a search and rescue helicopter pilot for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Strong faith and a decorated history of service have kept her one step ahead of on-the-job dangers, but there’s no precedent for what’s about to happen. After a blizzard takes down a small plane carrying U.S. Marshal Roark Holland (already haunted by a recent tragedy), Brannon must save him in more ways than one and safeguard the donor heart he’s transporting to a government witness on the edge of death. Otherwise the largest child trafficking ring in history—with shocking links from Thailand to Tennessee—will slip further away into darkness along the Appalachian Trail."

Fëanor reviews no less than fourteen crime novels, mostly written by European authors, in a post he calls Crime First Month at his blog, JUST A MON.


Jim Murdoch wrote in installments about Too Many Magpies by Elizabeth Baines, on his blog, The Truth About Lies. Either the woman in the book who is having an affair with a man with bad teeth, or Jim Murdoch himself, is unstuck in time, like Billy Pilgrim.

Sumana, who is going to host our next carnival at her blog, I READ.... reviews Brick Lane by Monica Ali, a novel set in Bangladesh, which seems exotic to me but is near her home in Bengal.

Laurie Bluedorn, of Trivium Pursuit, read Bob, Son of Battle, a story aboot a wee dog and a wee laddie and a wee Scotsman, which is a bit of a tear jerker, at least in the part that Laurie quoted, and all written in dialect.

Jim, at Blueprint for Financial Prosperity just read the classic Reminiscences of a Stock Operator by Edin Lefevre , a novel about early twentieth century Wall Street.

Siobhan Curiouswas given Roberto Bolaño's The Skating Rink as a gift. She found it a difficult and rewarding read. See why at her blog, Classroom as Microcosm.

Elena reviews Crime and Punishment by Feyodor Dostoyevsky, or Why You Shouldn’t Smack Grandmas With Axes, at Russianize This.

Courage in Patience by Beth Fehlbaum is a novel about surviving child sexual abuse, and a must read, according to Adam at ZenTactics News Page.

Jim Murdoch writes about Herbert Morgan Waidson's translation of the 1842 novella, The Black Spider by Jeremias Gotthelf, at The Truth About Lies.

Adnan Khalid at Eddy Straight From The Heart, read Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho, which begins "I begin with the name of Allah, the most merciful. Once Upon a Time there was a prostitute...".

Science Fiction

Elizabeth, of Imaginary Lands is nostalgic for the Star Trek Enterprise TV series and has reviewed a number of books written about the characters in that series, including Star Trek Enterprise: Last Full Measure.

Shannon Christman, The Minority Thinker doesn't like the ending of Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde . It is a book about a future distopia which bans most technology but retains eBay's feedback system and Fcebook's friending process. Chilling idea.

Graphic Novels

Max Nolan reviews xxxHolic #1 on his blog, Let's review comics!. I was a bit worried about the title at first, but xxx apparently doesn't have the same connotation in Japanese.

Emm, at Addicted to Media, says that Fool’s Gold by The Dearne High is a revelation about the potential of graphic novels and of high school students.


I reviewed Ian Mortimer's The Time Traveler's Guide to Medieval England right here on this blog. I thought that it was a shame that Mortimer didn't include any hints how to get to medieval England. It's a bit misleading, in my opinion. I had my bags packed.

Self Improvement

Fred Grazton presents what at first seems to be a parody of self help books, The Lazy Way to Success at Your Best Library. I've been doing that all my life, with mixed results. It would appear that Fred is the author of this book. Reviewing your own work, eh? I don't think Fred is as lazy as he lets on.

Other Stuff

Mari Partyka blogs about listening to audio books on her iPod while running, in Reading My Way to an Ultramarathon at Bookworm with a View. Mari is not lazy at all.


  1. It's the first time I submitted to this carnival, and I have to say Clark that I like the way you do things - I like how there's an image of the book and link to it on Amazon.

  2. Thank you Zoe, If only someone would buy a book through one of my links. ;)

  3. Thanks for including a link to my review!


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