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review 2017-11-08 01:37
What it says on the tin.
More Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops - Jen Campbell

If you've ever sold books, worked in a customer service-type position relating to books at like the library, etc. then this book will probably be quite familiar to you. A sequel tells us more of strange and odd things people say to booksellers ranging from not knowing what book titles are ('Pride and Produce') to strange customer service type questions such as asking if "Kennedy" was in the Scrabble dictionary. And so forth.


That's basically it. If you've read the first book then you'll be familiar with the format and style and type of anecdotes and quotes you'll find here. Even if you've only worked in front-facing retail type positions that has absolutely nothing to do with books, reading, publishing, etc. you'll still probably feel twinges of sympathy in what these poor booksellers had to hear and respond to. 


Not much else to say. I prefer the social media accounts but I wanted to support the author for bringing this to us. As a former employee at a bookstore, I recognized myself and my co-workers in these pages. That said, unless you enjoy books, reading, etc. this may not be for you. I bought it from a UK bookseller because it's not available in the US (at the time I bought it and maybe it still isn't) but not everyone will want to go through the trouble and the wait.


I liked it but I'm not sure I'd buy any more of these and might just stick with the social media instead.

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text 2017-10-15 22:53
So, Mallory, did you see this?
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Adult Coloring Book - Hendry Pratsetya,Jamal Campbell,Goni Montes

Power Rangers adult coloring book based on the BOOM! comics!   Waaaants.  I saw it in the store today and I think I'm gonna treat myself if I don't go crazy this week.   

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review 2017-09-23 15:44
Non-fiction Crime and Journalism
We'll All Be Murdered In Our Beds!: The ... We'll All Be Murdered In Our Beds!: The Shocking History - Duncan Campbell

Not so much shocking but fairly interesting look at crime reporting in the UK.  How it's changed over the years, how people have changed it.  Some people have corrupted it and some been corrupted by it and others have pointed out the corruption.  Neither Journalists or Police are completely innocent but some are more innocent than others.


Crime reporting is a tricky business, selling papers and accuracy are important and also is the assumption of innocence and ensuring that the legal system isn't compromised.



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review 2017-09-22 16:22
#Audiobook Review: P.S. From Paris by Marc Levy
P.S. from Paris: A Novel - Tim Campbell,Marc Levy,Sam Taylor

Finding fame with his unintentionally written first novel, Paul escapes his life as an architect in San Fransisco, moving to Paris where he spends the next seven years writing in solitude. Worried about their friend and feeling that fate needs a little help, his best friends sign up Paul for an online match-making service. What begins as an awkward misunderstand blossoms into a true and meaningful friendship with Mia.


World-renowned actress Mia can’t pretend to be happy with her cheating husband any longer, running to stay with her best friend in Paris. There she struggles with her lingering love and hurt, trying to find meaning for her life, when she strikes up an unlikely friendship with an America author. Soon she and Paul work hard to convince themselves that their bond is nothing more than that between close friends.


I absolutely enjoyed listening to the audiobook production of P.S. From Paris. The book opens with two separate stories - the events surrounding Paul and the events surrounding Mia. We learn how lonely Paul is and how he tries to convince himself he’s okay. On the other hand, Mia knows how miserable she is but is frightened to take any risks. They live parallel lives until “fate” (in the form of Lauren and Arthur) push them together. I love how awkward and similar the two are. They seem like a great fit, but they work so hard to convince themselves they are just friends. Yet through this guise, the pair open up and learn to trust and eventually love.


What I love most about this story is the movie screen feel of the romance. It truly is a bit over-the-top and larger-than-life. I can see a young Audrey Hepburn playing Mia, so full of hope, not letting circumstances pull her down. She’s charming and silly all at once. Her behaviors mimic those of a pampered movie star, but she’s got a heart of gold. I love that both best friend Daisy and new friend Paul are able to see the internal spark under Mia’s shiny facade. 


The overall plot is a bit extravagant, but that opens the story up to silly misunderstandings and outrageous mix ups. But these situations aren’t always light, and there is one huge twist that changes Paul’s life profoundly. Yet as implausible as some of the circumstances may seem, it all fits within the perimeter and tone of the book and Mr. Levy’s writing style.


The narration by Mr. Campbell makes the story. While I have to admit, at first I didn’t care for Mia’s voice, but as I got to know and understand the character, I realized how much his interpretation fits the actress. His performance captures both Mia and Paul’s loneliness, and as the story progresses, he emanates their excitement, heartbreak, and joy. Mr. Campbell has a good range of accents, which suits this multi-national cast of characters. He easily moves from scene to scene and “head to head” - the book has a few different POVs, with an almost omnipresent narration. 


Reminiscent of romance from the Golden Age of Cinema, P.S. From Paris swept me away with the tale of Paul and Mia. Simultaneously grand and intimate, the story relays the larger-than-life romance between two lonely soles on a scale of little gestures and stolen moments. The story evolves slowly, yet I found I couldn’t tear myself away. 


My Rating: A

Narration: A-


Review copy provided by Brilliance Audio

Originally posted at That's What I'm Talking About

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review 2017-09-19 01:08
Fun Historical Romance
The Seduction of Lord Stone (Dashing Widows) - Anna Campbell

The Seduction Of Lord Stone by Anna Campbell is a fun historical romance.  This is a fairly short book, a great choice for those with limited time for reading.  Ms Campbell has delivered a well-written book.  The characters and awesome.  Silas and Caroline's story is loaded with drama, humor and heat.  I enjoyed reading The Seduction Of Lord Stone and look forward to reading more from Anna Campbell in the future.  The Seduction Of Lord Stone is book 1 of the Dashing Widows Series but can be read as a standalone.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

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