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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Book Review: Murder In The Marais by Cara Black

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1616957301/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=onderherose-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=1616957301&linkId=dcea1bbfa7cb0284dabacc71ddc3c9d5
Please Note:  I am in the Amazon Affiliate program.  If you buy the book through the links I have, I will get a small fee.  This did not influence the opinions of my review in any way.

Synopsis (From Goodreads):
Aimée Leduc has always sworn she would stick to tech investigation—no criminal cases for her. Especially since her father, the late police detective, was killed in the line of duty. But when an elderly Jewish man approaches Aimée with a top-secret decoding job on behalf of a woman in his synagogue, Aimée unwittingly takes on more than she is expecting. She drops off her findings at her client’s house in the Marais, Paris’s historic Jewish quarter, and finds the woman strangled, a swastika carved on her forehead. With the help of her partner, René, Aimée sets out to solve this horrendous murder, but finds herself in an increasingly dangerous web of ancient secrets and buried war crimes.

Review:
I read this book because I kept hearing about the author (who I think lives in the Bay Area).  I have not been a fan of the murder mystery genre, yet I found Murder In The Marais, by Ara Black to be  highly entertaining.   I may need to re-evaluate my choices so I can read the whole series.

What I Liked:
Characters:
Aimee is a French detective with a host of problems.  She drinks too much, is behind on her taxes, and seems drawn to bad boys.  I loved that she wasn't perfect.  She makes mistakes and learns from them.  And she is still traumatized by the violent death of her father, a prominent police investigator.  

But she is also very good at her job as a private detective.  Aimee is willing to do almost anything to get information, including posing as a white supremacist.  She uses wigs, make-up and costumes to look authentic.  All her disguises were fun to read about, and I was on the edge of my seat hoping she wouln't get caught.

I also loved following the German character, Hartmuth, as he returns to Paris many years after the war.  How does he feel about facing the ghosts of his past?  Does he have any remorse?  I really found it interesting that his recollection of what happened during the war is vastly different from how other remember it.

Fashion:
I loved the clothing details for Aimee.  She has fabulous taste in French couture, but doesn't have the funds to buy them.  No problem!  She works the second had shops (and even uses the five finger discount!) to snag Chanel suits, and lethal heels!

Setting:
If you love Paris, you are in for a treat.  The author obviously has spent a lot of time in France and she gets the mood and tempo of the city just right.

It's also fun to go back in time with this book.  The book is set in 1993, when computers were just beginning to be relied on.  There were still modems that one had to use to hook up with the internet, and most people couldn't access information as we can now.  But for Aimee, a smart computer hacker, cracking into protected databases is a puzzle she seems to relish.

Story:
The central murder in this story involves incidents that start during WWII.  France went through tremendous hardships because they were occupied by the Nazis.  The population were being starved out, and anyone who cooperated with soldiers was labeled a collaborator.  This story shows the many moral compromises people had to face during the war.  All this comes to a boil forty years later as the characters must confront their pasts and decide how to proceed.  

This was a page turner!  There were many twists and turns and I did not know who the murderer was until the end.  But, I loved that there were plenty of clues that I could follow.  The resolution did not come out of left field.


What I Didn't Like:
                   


                    
via GIPHY
                                                            


Rating: 




Release Date:  1999

Genre:  Murder Mystery

Publisher:  Soho Crime

Page Length:  354 Pages

Source:  Public Library

Format:  Paperback

Recommendation:  This was a highly entertaining book with a flawed main character.  If you start with this book, I think reading more in the series will be a given.
 
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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Book Review: Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers

Please Note:  I am part of the Amazon Affiliate program.  If you use the links on this page to buy the book, I will get a small fee.  This did not influence the opinions of my review in any way.

Synopsis (From Goodreads):
Annith has watched her gifted sisters at the convent come and go, carrying out their dark dealings in the name of St. Mortain, patiently awaiting her own turn to serve Death. But her worst fears are realized when she discovers she is being groomed by the abbess as a Seeress, to be forever sequestered in the rock and stone womb of the convent. Feeling sorely betrayed, Annith decides to strike out on her own.

She has spent her whole life training to be an assassin. Just because the convent has changed its mind doesn't mean she has...


Review:
Mortal Heart, by Robin LaFevers, caps the trilogy of books know as His Fair Assassins.   This series has all the elements I love in books:  Historical setting, palace intrigue, love, and magic.  For lovers of the series, this is also a deeply satisfying novel.  Many of the mysteries that have lingered through the previous two books are revealed, while also leaving open the possibility of more stories from these characters in the future.

What I Liked:
Historical Setting:
I love that the political situations in the trilogy are based on historical facts happening in fifteenth century Brittany.  At the time, Brittany was a small independent kingdom with vastly different traditions, and religion from France.  France struggled for years to absorb Brittany into its nation, and finally saw its chance when Duke Francis II died and left Brittany to his twelve year-old daughter.  The author uses these facts, especially about how different the religious practices were in Brittany, to produce a rich tapestry.

Palace Intrigue:
The twists and turns of events in this book were fun and easy to understand, thanks to the author's careful use of exposition.  Without feeling like I was in a history class, I quickly got the gist of the action.  The tension as France maneuvers Brittany into a corner is like a chess match.  And I felt the unease along with the characters as I could see what was coming.

Love Story:
Annith is the final of the three assassins to go out into the world, and I rooted for her to find happiness.  She is attracted to the enigmatic leader of the Hellequin, Balthazaar.  He is charged with collecting souls for the Underworld, but could he be hunting Annith, as well?  And is he even human?  I loved their story of love and acceptance.

Magical/Mystical Elements:
There are magical/mystical elements to the story, but they are used sparingly.  Given that the tale is set in a real time and place, the strategic use of these elements is much more plausible.  We learn more about Mortain himself, and see how the characters view Death.  The meaning of death is evolving from being a part of the cycle of life to something to be feared.  How will the old gods fit in to the "new" religion of Catholicism?  These were wonderful parts of this book.

I highly recommend this series for anyone who loves historical fiction, with a bit of mysticism thrown in.  With love, intrigue, and a huge cast of characters, this is a world you will want to dive into head first!  

                                   


Rating: 




Release Date:  November 4th, 2014

Genre:  YA Historical Fantasy

Publisher:  HMH Books for Young Readers

Page Length:  444 Pages

Source:  Public Library

Format:  Hardcover Book

Recommendation:  A satisfying culmination for this series.  Start with the first book for maximum enjoyment.

 
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Monday, December 11, 2017

Bay Area Book Events #76

Due to the enormous size of this list, I only show events about four weeks in advance.  There is also a master calendar that has all listings.

Bookstores in this list may include:  
A Great Good Place For Books (Oakland) 
Barnes & Noble (various Bay Area Locations)
Books Inc. (various Bay Area Locations)
Book Passage (Corte Madera & San Francisco) 
Borderlands Books (San Francisco) 
Copperfield's Books (Various Locations) 
East Bay Booksellers (Oakland)   
Green Apple Books (San Francisco) 
Hicklebee's Children's Books (San Jose) 
Kepler's Books (Menlo Park)   
Mrs. Dalloway's (Berkeley) 
Orinda Books (Orinda)   
Pegasus Books (Berkeley & Oakland)   
Point Reyes Bookstore (Point Reyes) 
Rakestraw Books (Danville)
The Booksmith (San Francisco)
Town Center Books (Pleasanton)  

I am attempting to make this a one stop place to find book signings in the San Francisco Bay Area! I will mostly focus on YA books, but I will also include some general fiction if I think it will be of interest.  I do not list non-fiction books (There are simply too many events of those to list).  I think this is an extensive list, but there is always the possibility that I missed an event (Hey, I'm human). If you think there is an event that I should include, please leave me a note in the comments section. Thanks.

All  book graphics have links to GoodReads so you can check them out.

As always, it is a good idea to call the store a day or two before to confirm that the scheduled event is still on.  I have learned that these events change constantly.

 
If this list seems sparse, it's because bookstores don't seem to schedule many book events during the holidays (I'm guessing authors don't often go on book tours at this time of year).

Tuesday, December 12th, at 7:00pm

in Conversation with Dr. Pascal Lee


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34928122-artemis?ac=1&from_search=true

This event is SOLD OUT, but tune in on Facebook Live to catch the talk between Andy Weir and Pascal Lee streaming! Click here to Like us on Facebook and get a notification as soon as we go live at the event.

Book:  Artemis
Author: Andy Weir
Location:  Books Inc., Mountain View
Address:  317 Castro Street, Mountain View
Tel: (650) 428-1247 


Wednesday, December 13th, at 11:00am


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29430055-lucky-boy?from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33573808-the-far-away-brothers?from_search=true

Book:  Lucky Boy
Author:  Shanthi Sekaran
Book: The Far Away Brothers
Author:  Lauren Markham
Location:  Inklings Coffee & Tea
Address:  530 Main Street, Pleasanton
Tel:  (925) 399-1496


Saturday, December 16th, at 9:30am

Local Authors Day!  Come support our local authors all day!  Please call the store for more details.
 
Location:  Barnes & Noble (Fairfield)
Address:   1600 Gateway Blvd., Fairfield
Tel:  (707) 435-0484


Friday, January 5th, at 7:00pm


Book:  Chainbreaker
Author:  Tara Sim
Location:  Kepler's Books
Address:  1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
Tel:  (650) 324-4321


Wednesday, January 10th, at 7:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29749090-batman?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Batman:  Nightwalker (D.C. Icons #2)
Author:  Marie Lu
Location:  A Great Good Place For Books
Address:  6120 LaSalle Avenue, Oakland
Tel:  (510) 339-8210
 
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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Stacking The Shelves #107 & Sunday Post #71








I am combining two great blog hops:  Stacking The Shelves (a Saturday feature by Team Tynga's Reviews), and Sunday Post (a Sunday feature by the Caffeinated Book Reviewer).  Both of these features give people a chance to post about what books they received and also an opportunity to catch a glimpse of what others are excited about.  I really enjoy see everyone's version of these features! If you enjoy my blog, please consider following me via Bloglovin, Networked Blogs, GFC, or by email subscription.  If you leave a comment and tell me you are a new follower, I will follow you back! 

I have begun to participate in the Amazon affiliate program, so if you click on any of the book covers it will take you to Amazon if you want to buy the book.  I will be getting a small fee for each purchase.  


On The Blog:
I spent most of last weekend writing, so I let the blog run on autopilot for this week.  It was rather freeing, not racing to finish a review with hours to spare! 

In Real Life:
Once again, it has been a busy time at work.  I feel very valued by my colleagues, so even though I'm exhausted at the end of the day, I feel really good about what we do in the classroom.
I haven't gotten much reading done, even though I am really enjoying the book, Where We Belong, by Emily Giffin.  I want to sit for long stretches and read, not read in little snatches of time (like I usually do).  I WILL dedicate more time to reading this weekend.
I WILL, I WILL, I WILL, I WILL....
New Books:
Public Library:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/044041833X/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=onderherose-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=044041833X&linkId=1acd977a78bd93efc733717d9bbec713
I am continuing my re-read of His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman.  I checked out the second book, The Subtle Knife as an audio book, so I can work around the house and listen at the same time.
For Review:
 Random House Audio:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1101885963/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=onderherose-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=1101885963&linkId=46582413b3ebc17ac3d9f0495bce2a67
Isn't this the most gorgeous cover?  I admit to being overly influenced by stunning cover art, but this looks great.  Thank you, Random House Audio!
That's it for this week.  I am looking forward to getting a lot done this weekend, and then spending time with my brother next weekend (and seeing Star Wars!).  Have a wonderful week!
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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Book Review: These Broken Stars by Aimee Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1423171217/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=onderherose-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=1423171217&linkId=3042aa6879ddae1c99d545c4ab533e21
Please Note:  I am part of the Amazon Affiliate program.  If you buy the book through the cover link, I will get a small fee.  This did not influence the opinions of my review in any way.

Synopsis (From Goodreads):
Luxury spaceliner Icarus suddenly plummets from hyperspace into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive – alone. Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a cynical war hero. Both journey across the eerie deserted terrain for help. Everything changes when they uncover the truth.  

Review:
First off, I must say that I am a huge fan of both Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner.  I first enjoyed Iluminae (co-written by Jay Kristoff) and (of course) had to look up Amie on the internet.  That is how I discovered the Starbound books, and
the delightful Meagan Spooner.  Soon, I was reading Meagan's book, Hunted, a gritty retelling of Beauty and The Beast.  With a bit of time on my hands (thanks to Thanksgiving break), I have finally started the Starbound series!  I think it's safe to say I'm now in super fan territory!

                
via GIPHY

What I Liked: 
Setting:
The story begins aboard a gigantic spaceliner where the gap between rich and poor is reminiscent of the movie, Titanic.  In the glittering upper class areas it's a non-stop party.  Everyone is in evening wear, sipping champagne.  Other people on the ship are cramped in tiny cabins they paid a fortune for just for the opportunity to travel to start a new life.   When the spaceship needs to be evacuated, the only people who have access to escape ships are (surprise!) the rich folks.  I like how the authors use the completely fictional setting to show the age old friction between the haves and the have nots.

The planet that Lilac and Tarver land on is very intriguing.  The planet has undergone deliberate "terra-forming", a process where life evolves at an accelerated pace so people can live on it.  As such, much of it is familiar to our characters.  But everything is just a little off.  It was very entertaining to discover, along with the characters, what is up with this mysterious place.

Characters:
There are really only two characters in this book, Lilac and Tarver, so it's a good thing that I found them so compelling!  Each has assumptions about the other, but must rely on each other if they are to survive.  But each has more to them than meets the eye.  Cheesy though it may be, I loved learning all about the hidden depths (and troubles) of these two characters.  Isn't it inevitable that they will fall in love?

Story:
Even with it's science fiction elements, this is essentially a survival story.  I do not believe in revealing spoilers in reviews, but let me say that there were quite a few surprises.  Why does Lilac keep hearing voices when they are clearly the only two people on the planet?  How is it that they find just what they require to survive exactly when they need it?   And what's with the two moons?  So many mysteries to solve!

I also found the love story to be very sweet.  Even though they will have obstacles (if they survive), I really wanted them to be together.  But how will a relationship work between the only child of the wealthiest man in the universe and a soldier from a working-class family?  Given that Lilac's father is so protective, will they even get a chance to see if it will work?  


                                                                    

Rating: 





Release Date:  December 10th, 2013

Genre:  YA Science Fiction

Publisher:  Disney Hyperion

Page Length:  384 Pages

Source:  Public Library

Format:  Hardcover 

Recommendation:  If you are a fan of eerie space stories with a romance that will make you swoon, then this book is for you.  In other words:  I loved it!



        
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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Audio Book Review: The Speaker by Traci Chee

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0399176780/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=onderherose-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=0399176780&linkId=f904f7d6fdd6040aeafc266dde6c033c
Please Note:  I received a copy of this audio book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  This did not influence the opinions of my review in any way.  I am also an Amazon Affiliate.  If you buy the book through the links on teh book cover, I will get a very small fee.

Synopsis (From Goodreads):
Having barely escaped the clutches of the Guard, Sefia and Archer are back on the run, slipping into the safety of the forest to tend to their wounds and plan their next move. Haunted by painful memories, Archer struggles to overcome the trauma of his past with the impressors, whose cruelty plagues him whenever he closes his eyes. But when Sefia and Archer happen upon a crew of impressors in the wilderness, Archer finally finds a way to combat his nightmares: by hunting impressors and freeing the boys they hold captive.

With Sefia’s help, Archer travels across the kingdom of Deliene rescuing boys while she continues to investigate the mysterious Book and secrets it contains. But the more battles they fight, the more fights Archer craves, until his thirst for violence threatens to transform him from the gentle boy Sefia knows to a grim warrior with a cruel destiny. As Sefia begins to unravel the threads that connect Archer’s fate to her parents’ betrayal of the Guard so long ago, she and Archer must figure out a way to subvert the Guard’s plans before they are ensnared in a war that will pit kingdom against kingdom, leaving their future and the safety of the entire world hanging in the balance.
  


Review:
The Speaker is the follow up novel to a book I enjoyed called The Reader. The series follows Sefia, an orphan who learns there are mysterious items called "books".  She soon discovers a magical book that shows the future!  I really enjoyed The Reader, but for me, The Speaker is very slow going.  It plods on and on and I found it less entertaining than the previous book.


What I Liked:
Characters:
I still like the main characters of Sefia and Archer.  They are a tortured pair.  Sefia feels horribly guilty for something her parents have done, and Archer is haunted by the murderous deeds he was forced to do when he was kidnapped by the Impressors.  Their relationship is beautiful and heart-breaking.

There are new characters as well.  The King of Deliene, Edwar, is cursed to die young.  He is secretly in love with his right-hand man, Arkadamen .  Ark shares his feelings, but is bound to kill him.  And Edwar is convinced that if he declare his feelings, Ark will die.  Talk about a dilemma!  

As Edwar is being slowly poisoned by Ark, he begins to accept the inevitable; he even embraces it as a way to escape.  The relationship of Edwar and Ark illustrates how depression works.  Even though he loves him, Ark seems incapable of saving Edwar.  Of course, if Ark stopped poisoning Edwar, that would save him, but...  It's complicated.

What I Didn't Like:
Pacing:
This is a monster of a book at over fourteen listening hours.  There is a lot going on, but I felt as though this book should have been broken into two novels.  The twin stories of Sefia and Archer, and Edwar and Ark, don't converge.  While they are both compelling, I felt I was reading two different books.  I understand that the author has a vivid world of characters with her novels, but I think she needs to pair down the action into a manageable size. 

Narration:
Maybe it's because I just finished another book with amazing narration (The Book of Dust, performed by Michael Sheen), but I found Kim Mai Guest's performance very dull.  She mostly speaks in a monotone, and her characterization of Sefia makes her come off as a wimp.  Yes, I am being harsh.  But given the length of book, the narration needs to be compelling.  And it wasn't.  At all.
 
                                                               

Rating: 

Release Date:  November 7th, 2017

Genre:  Fantasy

Publisher:  Listening Library

Performed by: Kim Mai Guest

Listening Length:  14 Hours, 12 Minutes

Page Length:  512 Pages

Source:  Random House Publishing

Format:  Audio Book

Recommendation:  This is one time where I would recommend the book over the audio book.  If you enjoyed The Reader, you will like this book, but, it is fatally too long. 


 

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Bay Area Book Events #75

Due to the enormous size of this list, I only show events about four weeks in advance.  There is also a master calendar that has all listings.

Bookstores in this list may include:  
A Great Good Place For Books (Oakland) 
Barnes & Noble (various Bay Area Locations)
Books Inc. (various Bay Area Locations)
Book Passage (Corte Madera & San Francisco) 
Borderlands Books (San Francisco) 
Copperfield's Books (Various Locations) 
East Bay Booksellers (Oakland)   
Green Apple Books (San Francisco) 
Hicklebee's Children's Books (San Jose) 
Kepler's Books (Menlo Park)   
Mrs. Dalloway's (Berkeley) 
Orinda Books (Orinda)   
Pegasus Books (Berkeley & Oakland)   
Point Reyes Bookstore (Point Reyes) 
Rakestraw Books (Danville)
The Booksmith (San Francisco)
Town Center Books (Pleasanton)  

I am attempting to make this a one stop place to find book signings in the San Francisco Bay Area! I will mostly focus on YA books, but I will also include some general fiction if I think it will be of interest.  I do not list non-fiction books (There are simply too many events of those to list).  I think this is an extensive list, but there is always the possibility that I missed an event (Hey, I'm human). If you think there is an event that I should include, please leave me a note in the comments section. Thanks.

All  book graphics have links to GoodReads so you can check them out.

As always, it is a good idea to call the store a day or two before to confirm that the scheduled event is still on.  I have learned that these events change constantly.

 
If this list seems sparse, it's because bookstores don't seem to schedule many book events during the holidays (I'm guessing authors don't often go on book tours at this time of year).

Monday, December 4th, at 7:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34144423-unaccompanied?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Unaccompanied
Author:  Javier Zamora 
Location:  Book Passage (Corte Madera)
Address:  51 Tamal Vista Blvd., 
Tel:  (415) 927-0960 


Tuesday, December 5th, at 6:30pm


Book:  An Enchantment of Ravens
Author:  Margaret Rogerson
Location:  Hicklebee's Children's Books
Adress:  1378 Lincoln Avenue, San Jose
Tel:  (408) 292-8880

Tuesday, December 5th, at 7:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35385966-the-rebels-of-gold

Book:  The Rebels of Gold
Author:  Elise Kova
Location:  Barnes & Noble (San Mateo)
Address:  11 West Hillsdale Blvd
Tel:  (650) 341-5560

Tuesday, December 5th, at 7:00pm
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36510885-new-york

Book:  New York: Stories
Author:  Terence Clarke
Location:  Books Inc., (Opera Plaza)
Address:  601 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco
Tel:  (415) 776-1111 

Tuesday, December 5th, at 7:30pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34419228-madness?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30315844-into-each-room-we-enter-without-knowing?from_search=true

Book:  Into Each Room We Enter Without Knowing
Author:  Charif Shannon 
Book:  Madness
Author:  Sam Sax
Location:  Green Apple Books on the Park
Address:  1231 9th Avenue, San Francisco
Tel: (415) 742-5833


Wednesday, December 6th, at 7:30pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36393082-free-the-bear?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Free The Bear!
Author:  CD Spensley
Location:  Green Apple Books
Address:  506 Clement Street, San Francisco
Tel:  (415) 387-2272

Friday, December 8th, at 7:30pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34445196-kiss-me-someone?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34445201-the-tunnel-at-the-end-of-the-light?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Kiss Me Someone
Author:  Karen Shepard
Book:  The Tunnel At The End Of The Light
Author:  Jim Shepard
Location:  Green Apple Books on the Park
Address:  1231 9th Avenue, San Francisco
Tel: (415) 742-5833
 


Saturday, December 9th, at 12:00pm
Silicon Valley Romance Writers of America


Authors:  Jenny Andersen, Heatherly Bell, Ava Bradley, Linda S. Gunther, Claire McEwen, and Kate Allure
Location:  Barnes & Noble (San Jose)
Address:  3600 Stevens Creek Blvd., San Jose
Tel:  (408) 984-3495
 
Saturday, December 9th, at 7:00pm
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34273712-the-overneath?from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34624519-oracle-of-the-song?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Oracle of The Song
Author:  Gail Strickland
Book:  The Overneath
Author:  Peter S. Beagle

Location:  Book Passage (Corte Madera)
Address:  51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera)
Tel:  (415) 927-0960

Sunday, December 10th, at 2:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33574109-dark-winds-rising?from_search=true

Book:  Dark Winds Rising
Author:  Mark Noce

Location:  Burlingame Library
Address:  480 Primrose Road, Burlingame
Tel: (650) 558-7400 


Sunday, December 10th, at 6:30pm
Borderlands Books Presents
SF in SF:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33570520-tales-of-falling-and-flying?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33517530-hymn?from_search=true

Book:  Tales of Falling and Flying
Author:  Ben Loory
Book: Hymm
Author:  Ken Scholes 
Location:  The American Bookbinders Museum
Address:  355 Clementina Street, San Francisco
Tel: (415) 572-1015

Tuesday, December 12th, at 7:00pm
in Conversation with Dr. Pascal Lee

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34928122-artemis?ac=1&from_search=true

This event is SOLD OUT, but tune in on Facebook Live to catch the talk between Andy Weir and Pascal Lee streaming! Click here to Like us on Facebook and get a notification as soon as we go live at the event.
Book:  Artemis
Author: Andy Weir
Location:  Books Inc., Mountain View
Address:  317 Castro Street, Mountain View
Tel: (650) 428-1247 


Wednesday, December 13th, at 11:00am

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29430055-lucky-boy?from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33573808-the-far-away-brothers?from_search=true

Book:  Lucky Boy
Author:  Shanthi Sekaran
Book: The Far Away Brothers
Author:  Lauren Markham
Location:  Inklings Coffee & Tea
Address:  530 Main Street, Pleasanton
Tel:  (925) 399-1496


Saturday, December 16th, at 9:30am

Local Authors Day!  Come support our local authors all day!  Please call the store for more details.
 
Location:  Barnes & Noble (Fairfield)
Address:   1600 Gateway Blvd., Fairfield
Tel:  (707) 435-0484

Monday, January 8th, at 7:00pm
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29749090-batman?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Batman:  Nightwalker (D.C. Icons #2)
Author:  Marie Lu
Location:  A Great Good Place For Books
Address:  6120 LaSalle Avenue, Oakland
Tel:  (510) 339-8210
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The Hummingbird's Daughter
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The Most Beautiful Walk in the World: A Pedestrian in Paris
The Help
The Fry Chronicles
A Clash of Kings
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
A Game of Thrones
The Hunger Games
Catching Fire
Mockingjay
The Giver
Savvy
The Red Pyramid
Anne of Green Gables
The Complete Novels
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