Sunday, February 6, 2011

Book Review Blog Carnival LXII

Welcome to the 62nd edition of the Book Review Blog Carnival, the Superbowl edition. This will give you something to do while the sports fans are whooping it up in front of the television, at least in between delivering food and beer to them. There are 28 book reviews in this edition, enjoy!


Zohar at Man of la Book reviews The Marching Season by Daniel Silva, a thriller set in pre-peace agreement Ireland and featuring Silva's ex CIA agent character, Michael Osbourne .

Zohar is giving away free copies of an ebook,  The Purples by W.K. Berger.

Zohar is enthusiastic about We, The Drowned by Carsten Jensen. "Jensen’s debut novel is already hailed as an instant classic and rightfully so."

 Bookish Ruth brings us Dear America: A Light in the Storm by Karen Hesse, the story of the 16 year old daughter of a lighthouse keeper on Fenwick Island, Delaware, at the beginning of the Civil War.

Jim Murdoch is glad he doesn't live in Pakistan after reading In Other Rooms, Other Wonders  by Daniyal Mueenuddin. Jim blogs at The Truth About Lies. "This book could have been a celebration of Pakistani culture but I felt the author in the background too often wagging his finger. Throughout a series of interlinked stories we get to see the whole gamut of life from the poorest to the richest and what is sad is how similar they are. The poor try to better themselves by whatever means are at their disposal, fair or foul. and the rich try to hang onto what’s theirs and what they believe to be theirs. You need to be shrewd to get on in Pakistan because there's always somebody after a slice of what you have to keep them going until they can find a way to get their hands on the whole pie. "

Elizabeth McClung presents Wish by Joseph Monninger, and discusses, from experience,  the three types of people you meet when you have a Chronic/degenerative illness. Elizabeth blogs at Screw Bronze!.

On Imagineering, antariksh doesn't mean to intrude with A Spot of Bother by MarkHaddon .

Thomas Burchfield is a bit late with his best of 2010 list: Late Arrivals: The Books of 2010 posted at A Curious Man.

Crime Fiction

KerrieS presents Review: THE BRUTAL TELLING, Louise Penny posted at MYSTERIES in PARADISE.
"Never read any Louise Penny? Then you are missing out on one of the best crime fiction writers around!"

And KerrieS reviewes THE HALF-CHILD by , Angela Savage. "A young Australian volunteer in Thailand apparently commits suicide when she has the world to live for. The girl's father commissions Australian resident in Bangkok, Jayne Keeney, what triggered his daughter's suicide. Another Australian author to look for."

Ever the voracious reader, KerrieS also gives us THE RULE BOOK by Rob Kitchin. "This review highlights an Irish crime fiction author you should be on the look out for. Only 2 books so far, both well worth looking for."

Keeping up the pace, KerrieS reviews Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny, which she calls "The best crime fiction book I've read this year."

Zohar got a free copy of The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino, and you might get one too if you leave your name at Man of la Book.

Historical Fiction

Izgad calls Heresy by S. J. Parris "The Name of the Rose Starring Giordano Bruno Instead of Sean Connery."

Young Adult Fiction

Lauren Obst is addicted to The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins At her blog, The Very Hungry Bookworm, Lauren asks "What are you hungry for?

Children's Books

Read Aloud Dad presents Peter Pan - How To Find The Best Illustrated Children's Edition For Reading Aloud. "Last week a delightful letter arrived in my mailbox. Sandra - a charming reader of this blog - had a question. After reading my review of an enchanting illustrated version of the original Pinocchio, Sandra said she wanted to find an illustrated Peter Pan for reading aloud kids."

Graphic Novel

Kevin Mattison reviews My clash at Demonhead, a Scott Pilgrim graphic novel, or is it an animated film based on the graphic novels? by Bryan Lee O'Malley. Whatever it is, you can read about it at The Idler.

Non Fiction

Leigh Dyer, of The Single Women's Guide to Marriage, would like you to know Why Mr. Right Can't Find You.

 Diane Saarinen gives us a review of Being with Animals by Barbara J. King, at New Age Journal.

Kara Williams, of The Vacation Gals does not want to emulate author Julian Smith's adventures as told in Crossing the Heart of Africa.

Zohar reviews and is giving away five copies of Little Princes by Conor Grennan, at Man of la Book.

Almanzo Greenwick wants to take you for a visit to Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea, by Guy Delisle, posted at Greenwick Press.

Rhiana presents A Hole in Our Gospel by Richard Stearns posted at A Frugal Life. "A Hole in the Gospel" he tells his personal story and encourages Americans to look beyond their own daily needs and out towards the needs of the world. "

Krisy Trnavsky presents Why Michio Kaku Rocks! | My Geek Voice, which incidentally, is a review of Kaku's book Physics of the Impossible.

Jeanne, at Necromancy Never Pays, didn't really care for How to Write a Sentence by Stanley Fish, mostly because the sentences were so awkward. "A book that would better have been a blog!"


Samantha Miller, at Bachelor of Arts, calls Jane Austen by Carol Shields "literary non-fiction at its Best."


Rebecca Glenn reviews Just Kids by Patti Smith.
"Just Kids is Patti Smith's sweet, nostalgic, and ultimately heart-breaking memoir of her time in New York with friend and soulmate Robert Mapplethorpe."


Andy Hayes at Sharing Travel Experiences gives us Letters to Zerkyby Bill Raney and Jo Anne Walker Raney: Part Travelogue, Part Memoir, Part Love Letter." The travelogue that will make you smile, make you cry, and take you on an incredible journey."

The next edition of the Book Review Blog Carnival will be at Mysteries in Paradise on Feb. 20th. If you review books on your blog, you can participate by submitting a post through this form.


  1. Great job, thanks for hosting.

  2. An interesting variety; thanks for pulling them all together!

  3. What a comprehensive list! Thank you for including The Vacation Gals -- and thanks for putting this all together so well.


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