Saturday, June 27, 2009

Quick Book Review - The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins


What I liked: Intriguing, quick moving story. Witty, sardonic, interesting characters. Great layout in epistolary style.

What I didn't like: Typical detective novel in that I saw who-done-it but didn't see why-done-it as the withholding of critical information is integral to the story style. Also, not the novel's fault at all but this "Barnes and Noble Classics" publication is terribly cheaply constructed as the corners started to turn up almost upon my touch. Also, not the novel's fault, but a product of the time in which the author lived, but the romance between the first cousins is icky. Just icky.

So glad I picked up this Dickens' contemporary and creator of the entire detective novel genre and would definitely do so again.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

You never know who is going to call . . .

Actual conversation:

"Blue Cypress Books, can I help you?" "Yes, do you sell pets?" "Um, pet books?" "No, pets. Specifically, I'm looking for a reptile dealer." "*long pause* No, I don't sell pets." "Well, you are listed under in Superpages.com as selling pets." "Well, thanks for letting me know, have a good one!"

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Bargain Books Galore!

I posted this on Facebook a couple of days ago, but neglected to cross-post. Ugg. Here goes on the 'ol blog:

"Through a generous donation, I've gotten boxes upon boxes of books. Most are former library books, with creases and wear, but some are also great works of literature and some are fun summer reads. I don't have room for them so come grab a bag, fill it up and make whatever donation you'd like knowing ALL PROCEEDS will go to KIPP: Believe College Prep on Carrollton!"

Now, quit fussing 'bout the heat and come get the books. Nice air conditioning awaits . . .

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Local writers

I love when local writers come into the shop. The problem is I often recognize them as I often read the words but don't pay attention to their photos. Well, one of my favorite editorial Times-Picayune writers came into the shop today. This article is an example of why he is one of my favorite writers: http://www.nola.com/news/t-p/deberry/index.ssf?/base/News/124417926144810.xml&coll=1.

Thank goodness he paid with a credit card or his face would have gotten past me and I would have missed the opportunity to tell him how much I enjoyed his work. So authors, please don't use cash.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Where Y'At Magazine Writers' Picks Blue Cypress Books!

Thanks so much to Where Y'at Magazine writers for picking Blue Cypress Books as the "Best Place to Buy Used Books and Support a Small Local Business." Awesome!