Share Stuff Saturday: Math is Important

I was just reading through yesterday's edition of Five Star Friday, and happened across this blog post from Centre of the Universe - The Dreaming.  It breaks down the cost of publishing a book (in Canada).  Just in case any of you (and by "any of you" I mean "me") forgot what it takes to make it in this industry, here's some interesting reading that should jog your memory.  I am definitely never going to complain about retail prices ever least, not in Canada.  I also learned that publishers are pushing more and more for their printers to use "greener" paper stock -- but of course, this insistence to do the world good is still coming at its explosively high price, since a lot of printers don't keep this stock on the floor.  How Catch-22 of everything.  Anyway.  Enjoy.

Teaser Tuesday!

 We had our first snow this week!  Perfect weather for curling up with a good book.  Or, for doing a teaser!
  1. Grab your current read.*
  2. Let the book fall open to a random page.
  3. Share with us two (2)** "teaser" sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
  4. Share the title and author of the book, so we can investigate on our own if we like the teaser you've given!
  5. Please avoid spoilers!
*To keep this feature periodic, I will be using both teasers from current reads, and from books I've read before, but haven't discussed on this blog.

**Quantity of sentences may vary, depending on how long it takes to finish the thought within those line parameters. Teasers should still make sense!

I'm feeling Christmasy all of a sudden (Haul out the holly!), and I'm pretty disappointed I'm not going to be able to afford a Christmas tree this year after all.  So, to cheer me up, this week's teaser comes from my most favorite Christmas book of all time.  My grandma bought it for me at a garage sale one summer, and for Christmas two years later she made me a rag doll just like the one on the cover.  The book is called The Christmas Dolls: A Butterfield Square Story, and it's by Carol Beach York.  I lurve it.

Snowflakes flew in their faces, and melted on Florabelle's green glass-button eyes.  Everything looked wet to her after that, as if she were looking at the world under water.

Thanks once again, MizB, for your wonderful meme!  I'm off to decorate the rest of the house!

REVIEW: 'The Dread Crew: Pirates of the Backwoods' by Kate Inglis

Sorry I'm late, everyone.

Charming.  Fresh.  Enticing.  Original.  Slug-smackin' good time.

When my copy of The Dread Crew: Pirates of the Backwoods by Kate Inglis finally arrived, I put down Jane Eyre and delved into this new treat immediately.  I have to say: this is a marvelous first novel.  I have commenced picketing for the movie.

She really did a phenomenal job setting the tone of the book with the diction, and from the very first line of the prologue.  I loved how each character, from Missy to Joe to Willie to Hector, all had their own spin on the quaint language of New Germany.  So entertaining, just how you'd want pirates to talk -- not expect them to -- want them to talk.

In fact, what I did expect was more elusiveness on the part of the pirates.  The back of the book hints at Eric's story, tracking them through the woods, using clues they've dropped from their Barrow along the way.  But in fact, you get to know the pirates (and Grandpa Joe) much more intimately than you ever do Eric.  And these pirates, elusive?  Getting the Stewarts' peacocks and goats to get along would be an easier task.  But that is what makes this book a pleasure.  "Honey lessons."  So perfect.

What I loved most about this book was its accessibility.  It was so hard to pin down an age group for it, which in the end, who cares?  That means it's great for any age, and I think that's going to lend to its success.  Children, adults, and tweens can all enjoy it.  I imagined my mom reading it to me when I was little.  The excitment in the storyline, plus the well-developed plot, plus its length (not too short, not too long!) will also make it a great re-read for me as an adult -- something I can read while I eat a bowl of soup, or vacation, or just plain need a break from real life.

I hope there will be a sequel, but this book stands on its own.  Congratulations, Kate, and thanks again for sharing the launch of your tremendous accomplishment with me.

Next Up: Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte (for real this time)