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|Thursday, June 26th, 2008|
Here's a great summer read for teenage girls - I read first it in seventh grade and loved it; now I'm entering college and I still think it's brilliant. Everything is written in free verse, with beautiful illustrations. Highly recommended.
(The video is only a minute long; make sure to turn up the sound.)
|Sunday, September 23rd, 2007|
Anti-Christ: A Satirical End of Days (Review)
Title: Anti-Christ: A Satirical End of Days
Author: Matthew Moses
As told in Anti Christ: A Satirical End of Days the world is in chaos – proving reality infuses fiction. Russia is eliminating democracy, returning to an authoritarian government. The US is fighting government corruption charges as a possible war between Pakistan and India formulates. Now China wants to rule Taiwan…the global issues never end.
On a civilian scale, Matthew Ford is an average college guy, suffering the usual issues. After waiting three hours, his internet date is a no show, the bookstore refuses to refund a book he just bought, and then his car gets a flat tire as it begins to snow. Arriving home, Matt’s horrendous day ends peacefully once he throws out the ghost, haunting him for the last time. Okay, so this act is not usual however, it garners the attention of Heaven now commercialized and a power hungry Hell, both warring against the other to gain Earth peoples’ majority support. As for his awareness of the previously mentioned world issues, Matt was busy watching professional wrestling; his priorities are quite clear.
Mr. Moses composes an engaging, humorous parody, drawing from timeless world events and American life. The U.S. President Lucas is a ditz, believing that Kashmir – in India - is a sweater company, and cannot understand why Pakistan wants that particular cloth. It’s not material they want, it’s all about the land. Russia’s President Romanov wants to return his country into greatness. He dissolves the Duma, their legislative body, assuming sole leadership. After President Lucas’ lengthy warning that the U.S. will defend democracy, Romanov, a taciturn man, replies with a barbed curse, “F--- America”. Now that is honest communication.
The true witticism shines as Matt begins an enlightened journey first to Heaven, followed by Hell, then to the mystic Buddhist temples, and then back again to Heaven. Instigating this trek are two cherubs who abduct Matt, claiming the “Boss” wants to meet. Once in Zion (Heaven), the cherubs loose Matt, who wanders into a place called “Gabriel’s”. God’s Archangels now congregate in a local tavern since Heaven and Hell signed a peace treaty two thousand years ago, outlawing wars. They drown their sorrows in unending chalices of holy water or engage in wrestling smack downs in the tavern’s backroom; releasing pent up hostilities. The crowning moment is when Matt finally meets Jesus demanding that he take back the ghost he threw out; Heaven is overcrowded since Christ took over management.
The slapstick continues with attacks on big business, worker’s unions, fad diets, immigration, military assistance in foreign countries, reincarnation…not even the Pope is exempt from this fast paced, captivating farce. Still, when Satan entices Matt into becoming the world’s elite guru of wisdom, the amusing dialog turns gloomy. They attend congressional sessions discussing stem cell research and lecture overweight people simply to stop eating; naming only a few topics that some readers may not find amusing, in any form.
Yet, Anti Christ is a satire, “a literary composition, in verse or prose, in which human folly and vice are held up to scorn, derision, or ridicule” (definition from Dictionary.com)…hmmm, Mr. Moses has done his job well. His characters are well formed, genuine, aptly supporting this cabaret of imaginative intrigue. Even the typo, right at the beginning, “CwHyAPTER 1” only adds to this wacky novel. And yes, I roared with laughter throughout this distinctive book.
Pamela - Podpeep.blogspot.com
|Sunday, August 5th, 2007|
The Orthodox Church in the Byzantine Empire
Hussey, J. M. Emeritus Professor of History, University of London and Honorary Fellow of St Hugh's College, Oxford
Publication date 1990 (this edition)
Print ISBN-13: 978-0-19-826456-9
Written both for the non-specialist and for the specialist seeking a survey of the subject and wishing to know something of a Church that was one of the main vitalizing forces in the East Roman Empire. It attempts: to trace the mediaeval history of the Orthodox Church in the Byzantine Empire (c.600–1453)—a formative period for the Church—in terms of challenge and response; to outline the organization of the Byzantine Church, indicating its essential role in the imperial polity and in Christendom; and finally to suggest the way in which its members tried to achieve what was, and still is, the heart of Orthodoxy, i.e. the gradual theosis or deification of each individual Christian. The short introduction to the book is preceded by a list of rulers (Byzantine Emperors), popes, and patriarchs of Constantinople. Part I is the main part of the book, and discusses the landmarks in ecclesiastical affairs within the Empire as well as the creative influence exercised on the Slavs and the increasing contacts with westerners, particularly after 1204. It is arranged in eight chapters that address successive periods of development of the Church. Part II gives a brief account of the structure of the mediaeval Orthodox Church, its officials and organization, its monasticism, the development of the eucharist and the liturgical year, and the spirituality of laity, monks, and clergy.
|Thursday, June 14th, 2007|
|Monday, June 11th, 2007|
Marcel and the Cat
I just read this crazy-ass story about this kid who got trapped inside the body of his dead cat! It was the coolest thing I've read in a while, and I'm sure you guys would wanna check it out! It kinda reminded me of Neil Gaiman's style. Click the picture (above) to go to the website for it, or, you can:CLICK HERE TO CHECK IT OUT!
|Friday, April 6th, 2007|
Quantum Consciousness and the Fifth Dimension
Quantum Consciousness and the Fifth Dimension
By Indi Riverflow“Where ya comin’ from?”
Our worldview is largely a function of our location. The range of what we can experience and imagine is bounded by the culture that spawned us, and the place that we hold within it. Transcending locality is key to comprehending quantum consciousness.( Read On!Collapse ) Current Mood: contemplative
|Tuesday, January 30th, 2007|
Alternative Publishers of Books in North America, 6th edition
This community might want to know about one of the first books from Library Juice Press
, a small publishing house focusing on books for librarians.Alternative Publishers of Books in North America, 6th Edition
This is a directory of alternative book publishers that has been in publication for almost two decades now. It's been about five years since the last previous update, so this new one is much needed. It was formerly published by CRISES Press in Gainesville, Florida, and is now part of Library Juice Press, which I run here in Duluth, Minnesota.
Here is the basic description of the book:
Alternative Publishers of Books in North America, 6th Edition
Author: Byron Anderson, compiler
5.5" by 8.5"
Published: October 2006
Printed on acid-free paper.Preface by Nancy Kranich
From the Introduction:
The directory is a unique reference tool that gathers information on significant alternative presses and places this under one cover. The information attempts to educate and bring more awareness of alternative presses to librarians and others interested in these publications. Librarians can clearly benefit from the directory when the publications are incorporated into the library's collection as well as its collection development procedures. The titles would readily expand the diversity of the collection and fill-in gaps. For library purchases, many of the publishers work with trade distributors, particularly Consortium, Small Press Distribution, AK Press Distribution, and Publishers Group West. Other presses require buyers to purchase directly from the press, a sometimes burdensome process for acquisitions units. Still, librarians are encouraged to do so, and should always inquire about a library discount as many provide this.
The presses profiled in this directory were culled from hundreds of small, active independent presses. This effort builds on the previous five editions of this directory. In total, one will find 126 U.S. presses, nineteen Canadian, and eighteen international presses having either a North American address or distributor. Thirty-three presses are new to this edition. To be included required minimum at least five titles in print and on average the publication of one new title per year. The presses that remained after all the culling and limiting were the 163 active alternative presses found in this directory.( MoreCollapse )
|Monday, January 29th, 2007|
To A Haggis
Took the B train midtown to St. Andrews on West 44th St. last Thursday night to celebrate Robert Burns' 246th birthday; whiskey, haggis, and bagpipes abounded: http://www.standrewsnyc.com/
Here's a smattering of what was served up on the B while on the way there:
1. September Child: The Story of Jean Dalrymple- Jean Dalrymple.
I believe Dalrymple is/was a Broadway producer. My Internet search yielded little information. Anyone with knowledge of who this person is/was please comment on this entry. Your insights will be greatly appreciated.
2. Beth Israel Employee Handbook
3. Executive Power- Vince Flynn
4. Wing It: Delectable Recipes for Everyone's Favorite Bar Snack- Christopher O'Hara
I was surprised to see a cookbook because, a.) reading such a book for leisure on the subway struck me as odd and b.) to cook for one's self in Manhattan is odder still. Perhaps that's why it was a cookbook on how to prepare "bar snacks."
Since Manhattan is a major publishing city, it wasn't surprising to see a hipster, "I'm not getting paid, but this internship will look killer on my journalism resume," college aged woman reading an advanced copy of this:
5. Little Pink Slips- Sally Koslow (Street Date: April 19th, 2007)
Now, I do admit, I read the "Entertainment" section of CNN.com. But, I was never one for "dishing dirt" or gossiping. And quite frankly, I've turned a blind eye (and a deaf ear or at have at least tried) when it comes to Rosie O'Donnell.
Seems like everyone is picking on "Rosie" these days. First it was Donald Trump. Now, it's Sally Koslow.
Koslow is the former Editor in Chief of McCall's before it was "reinvented" as the ill-fated "Rosie" magazine. "Rosie" was supposed to be tailored in the style of Oprah's magazine, "O." For whatever reason, Koslow was let go from her position at "Rosie." "Little Pink Slips" is apparently Koslow's fictionalized account of Rosie's alledged editorial board coup.
See for yourself. I'm staying out of it:http://www.radaronline.com/exclusives/2006/12/axed-editor-takes-revenge-on-rosie.php
Here's the rest from today's A Train commute:
6. Children Playing By a Statue of Hercules: A Collection of Short Stories- David Sedaris
This looks like a pretty solid collection. It includes Amy Hempel's "In the Cemetery Where Al Jolson Is Buried." I remember reading Hempel as an English major while an undergrad at Rutgers.
7. Housekeeping: A Novel- Marilynne Robinson
8. 90 Minutes in Heaven: A True Story of Life and Death- Don Piper and Cecil Murphy
And I swear I'm not making this up. This was the next book I spotted after "90 Minutes..."
9. Life on the Other Side: A Psychic's Tour of the Afterlife- Sylvia Browne and Lyndsay Harrison.
Kinda creepy, eh?
|Friday, January 26th, 2007|
Blues4Kali- MetaMythology for the Millennium
What will Winter Solstice bring in 2012?
...an instant of Karma? ...an ethereal spiral dance of the collective soul? ... cosmic judgment leveled against civilization's expanse? ...destruction of the world as we know it? ...a chance for a new start? ...the rise and the revenge of the Goddess? or simply another day in the life of paranoia?
These are the false prophesies that your pastor warned you about!Reality Exchange Program
"Makes DMT seem like a whip-it."
Crazy Bear said there'd be days like this. As usual, no one believed him. Now, all I want to know is: where IS that lifeboat, and how DO I ditch this ship of fools, without any of these bliss ninnies noticing that I'm already gone?
Captain, my ass.
We are equal in this sea of madness.
That iceberg is looking awfully big.Online New Age Books
Amana Mission is on a quest to save the world, and the only problem is, she can't remember why
she got involved with such an obvious scam in the first
saves. Christ. What a loser.Kali
kills first, and recycles later.
Hitchhikers, load up for a ride to the Other Side. You may wish you had gone Greyhound."What the...?"
*A cranky band of prankster peace warriors who absolutely cannot resist
messing with each other's minds, no matter the cost.
*Cocky alchemy-dabbling quantum surfers, navigating the Ethersphere with hand-held computers, switching timelines to find a better party vibe and swap tips about the best temporary toilets for use as interdimensional portals.
*A burnt-out visionary hippie millionaire on a mission from Gaia to build a better "communitopia" by underwriting a convoy carrying telepathic priestesses.
*A wheelchair-bound mindpilot propelling a crystal-powered Seed Bank toward the post-Apocalyptic Garden, with psychic precision...and a predilection for high-velocity extreme driving.
*Hermaphrodite time-jumper fleeing a fate worse than death.
*Anarchist ghettoes where anything goes-except escape.
*Ancient Principals vying like sweatsoaked carpetbaggers for our loyalty as the Final Vote is tallied.
*Long-haired security patrols collecting a cannabis tribute tax from all pilgrims to the Valley of Fun.
*And an underground meat mafia bringing a black magic revival to a bloodless dreamworld gone bland.
All brought together by a secret psychedelic superdrug that tunes users in to reality through the eyes of another archetypal avatar inhabiting a different state of space and time. Mahayana
made easy. Budding Buddha natures are running amuck on a virtual superhighway where all roads lead to the Bo tree and singularity.
Twenty-first century Tantra is about more than sex, drugs, and
rock and roll.Confronting the Karma of every wasted breath is only the first step.
Welcome to the End Times. Kali
awaits. She already knows
The 21st century counterculture is even weirder
than it appears on the surface. This is not
your mommy’s MTV Road Rules.Ride along
on this mesmerizing, metaphor-packed bus trip toward ecstasy and enlightenment, as three real-time guides-Amana, Sissy
, and Deva
, let you in on what they learned when they
asked what It was really
all about, after all.Become
them for a multilevel metafictional tour of infinity and awaken yourself
to the miracle-a-minute magic of mighty Mother Kali!Online New Age BooksRead Online Novel Blues 4 Kali at www.blues4kali.comProphecy 2012 Current Mood: indescribable
|Saturday, January 20th, 2007|
I am new to the community.
One fact about me: The library of congress was established on my birthday in 1800.
|Friday, January 19th, 2007|
I've been keeping tabs on what commuters are reading on the subway for about a month now. So it's understandable that I'd be curious about some of the more interesting or colorful titles that I see on the A Train. Today, three of the books that I spied merited a few minutes of research on Amazon. Here are the featured titles:
1. A Therapist’s Guide to EMDR: Tools and Techniques for Successful Treatment- Laurel Parnell, Ph.D*
EMDR? Newly christened in the corporate world, I've come to learn that anagrams play a huge role in communicating many big ideas in a limited amount of space and time. Sometimes I receive emails what are so heavily peppered with them, I feel like I'm a member of the French resistance who's trying to crack the secret code for the rendez-vous at dawn. Anyhoo, here's the skinny on EMDR:
"The theory behind EMDR is that stimulated rapid eye movement may help in the psychological processing of trauma. It is thought that the day's events and our reactions to them are processed during REM sleep . In a controlled EMDR session, moving light is used to induce rapid eye movement."
The good people at healthyplace.com clarify it even further:http://www.healthyplace.com/communities/depression/treatment/emdr/index.asp
For those of you who prefer escapism to therapy (you know who you are and I unfortunately know quite a few of you), a good, trashy romance might be just the dose of denial needed while winding your way underground toward Columbus Circle.
2. Pleasure for Pleasure- Elosia James*
It’s as good as it sounds. "Pleasure for Pleasure" is A Victorian Romance novel whose female protagonist is nicknamed the “Scottish Sausage.” (Insert Freudian quip here.) And who ever said, "don't judge a book by its cover" was wrong:http://www.harpercollins.com/harperimages/isbn/large/7/9780060781927.jpg
I guess Fabio retired?
3.) The Amber Spy Glass: His Dark Materials, Book III- Philip Pullman*
Never mind the cover, I always believed one can tell a great deal about a story from its first line:
“In a valley shaded with rhododendrons, close to the snow line, where a stream milky with meltwater splashed and where doves and linnets flew among the immense pines, lay a cave, half-hidden by the crag above and the stiff heavy leaves that clustered below.”
I swear one of my former creative writing students must be ghost writing.
Here's the rest:
Broken Prey (Lucas Davenport Mysteries)- John Sandford*
Futureland- Walter Mosely*
Please send your novel finds to firstname.lastname@example.org
Be sure to include:
Subway Train # or Letter
State whether you read the book or saw someone reading it.
|Sunday, December 10th, 2006|
Hey everyone! I am doing this as a favor to a friend. She has set up an Amazon.com storefront to help clear out a lot of old and rare books that were sitting in her attic. She has over 200 books up now and she adds between 30-50 a day. She is just trying to make some money for the holidays and clean out space in her house. I know she has a lot of old and rare books priced way below what other sellers are asking. When I spoke with her last, she had several bios listed. So please, if you have a chance, check her out. Thanks! http://www.amazon.com/shops/hopex
|Monday, October 9th, 2006|
Few rare books for sale:
SHIRLEY TEMPLE BLACK signed autograph autobio BOOK(clickable pics)
LAUREN BACALL signed autograph autobiography
|Thursday, October 5th, 2006|
Just recently updated melsbusiness
with a HUGE list of books. Several are antiques!
I have over 175 books up so there is sure to be something you are interested in. Buy three books and only pay shipping charges on the fourth book!
Help me clean this out as I have 3 boxes of new inventory that are on their way to me.
|Sunday, September 24th, 2006|
Queer Shorts - On Sale Now!
Here's the most recent book update:
Publishing took more time than expected, but the books are finished and for sale now. They're available here
. And, thru September, you can snag it for 35% off the cover price when you enter the voucher code HUSH before checkout! Love. Loss. Memory. Choice. Friendship. Identity. Gender. Sexuality.
In a new collection of literary shorts, eleven new and experienced writers serve up queer in eleven different ways. Their accounts explore the queer world nearly four decades after Stonewall through unique, deeply personal perspectives.
The writers' diverse viewpoints take readers on a journey that spans four generations. Their stories explore, among other themes, the way that attraction can change identity and that new love can uncover the memory of a love lost. The pieces cover moments in time across the range of human experience, including the need to separate, wanderlust, and an extramarital affair.
Intense, often meditative, and embroiled in the power of recollection, this anthology explores many slices of queer culture through themes that will universally resonate with readers.
Queer Shorts features work from: Gayle Lloyd, Jeff Mann, William Reichard, Nairne Holtz, Ethereal, Alan Witchey, S.G. Reichen, Monica Dulberg, F.I. Goldhaber, Jen Burke and Sally Bellerose.
|Friday, September 22nd, 2006|
Hi... I guess no one posts much here but I want to let you know that I have over 100 books for sale at my selling journal. Pics are available upon request. Prices don't include shipping which will be whatever media mail tells me it is. Purchases over $20 ship free.
The link to the books section is: http://melsbusiness.livejournal.com/708.html#cutid1
|Tuesday, August 15th, 2006|
First time poster...
At my new selling journal I have a batch of mostly antique math books (some over 100 years old): http://melsbusiness.livejournal.com/708.html#cutid1
This isn't all of what we have, but we want to see how this goes first. Thanks for looking.
I apologise, but I am crossposting everywhere.
|Thursday, July 13th, 2006|
|Wednesday, April 5th, 2006|
QUESTION FOR FELLOW BOOKSELLERS...
Are there any used/out-of-print dealers here who use Biblio? Since ABE just instigated its ridiculous credit card processing rules (we can no longer process our own credit card sales - ABE does it for us at an exorbitant fee), I've decided to check out other online bookselling sites. I've heard good things about Biblio, and I signed up today. But I don't know anyone who sells on that site. (I scrolled though dealers in my state and recognized only 3 dealers who are well-known and respected.)
I also sell on Alibris (and this past week where they didn't make an expected payment of much-needed cash just about KILLED me). They won't be paying until THIS week, which means I have not been paid yet for a book I sold MARCH 7! I hate the fact that they hold on to our money for so long.
A couple of people I know have mentioned setting up an eBay shop. Does anyone here have permanent listings on eBay? How are sales?
Since Alibris no longer lists with Amazon, I have no more Amazon sales. Does ANY site sell through Amazon these days? Or do you have to set up a seller account ($$$$$$$$$$$$$) there?
My own website does all right. Not a lot of sales, but it's consistent and always does better than I expect.
There have to be other options.
|Friday, January 6th, 2006|
Books for sale
This isn't my sale and I hope this is alright to promote a good sale in here. You can find some good books Here
, the description on each is very accurate.
More will be added soon.
She's gotten nothing but rave reviews. When I ordered mine I got the shipment with in the week. I highly recommend at least taking a look and read the feedbacks as well. Happy Shopping
I'll make you a manwich.