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Book Review: The Misery of International Law: Confrontations With Injustice in the Global Economy

Several times each month, we are pleased to republish a recent book review from the Canadian Law Library Review (CLLR). CLLR is the official journal of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL/ACBD), and its reviews cover both practice-oriented and academic publications related to the law. The Misery of International Law: Confrontations with Injustice in the Global Economy. By John Linarelli, Margot E. Salomon & Muthucumaraswamy Sornarajah. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018. iv, 304 p...
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Book Notes: Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

I’d never heard of Shonda Rhimes before stumbling across Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person. Apparently, she created some huge TV shows (Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, How to Get Away With Murder). However, the title caught my eye and the preview sounded interesting: With three children at home and three hit television shows, it was easy for Shonda to say she was simply too busy. But in truth, she was also afraid. And then, over Thanksgiving dinner, her sister...
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Book Review: SHERWOOD by Meagan Spooner

Title: Sherwood Author: Meagan Spooner Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult Publisher: HarperTeenPublication Date: March 2019Hardcover: 480 pages Robin of Locksley is dead.Maid Marian doesn’t know how she’ll go on, but the people of Locksley town, persecuted by the Sheriff of Nottingham, need a protector. And the dreadful Guy of Gisborne, the Sheriff’s right hand, wishes to step into Robin’s shoes as Lord of Locksley and Marian’s fiancé.Who is there to stop them?Marian never meant to ...
Tags: Books, Fantasy, Book Reviews, Robin Hood, Rob, John, Young Adult, Richard, Maria, Robin, Locksley, Gisborne, Sheriff of Nottingham, Spooner, Alain, Sherwood


Spending Diary: The Most Commonly Ignored Personal Finance Advice?

After finishing The Index Card: Why Personal Finance Doesn’t Have to Be Complicated by Helaine Olen and Harold Pollack, I found it to be a solid all-around personal finance book that joins others like If You Can by William Bernstein and The Richest Man in Babylon by George Clason in the category of “recommended books about money that are short and easily digestible”. All good ideas for gifts for recent graduates. They don’t shy away from what I think is the most commonly-ignored financial advi...
Tags: Book Reviews, Marketing, Budgeting, Frugal Living, Italy, Babylon, Harold Pollack, Helaine Olen, William Bernstein, George Clason, Cape Cod Waffle Cut Sea Salt


The Reformed Pastor

The Reformed Pastor is not really the name of this book by Richard Baxter. The original name was a little longer: Gildas Salvianus: “The Reformed Pastor, showing the nature of the Pastoral work; especially in Private Instruction and Catechizing; with an open CONFESSION of our too open SINS: Prepared for a Day of Humiliation kept at Worcester, December 4, 1655, by the Ministers of that County, who subscribed the Agreement for Catechizing and Personal Instruction at their entrance upon that work, ...
Tags: Featured, Life, Church, Book Reviews, Parliament, Worcester, Baxter, Richard Baxter, Pastoring, A Year of Books on Pastoring, Gildas Salvianus


The Personal Finance Index Card: Book Version Differences

After rediscovering the young adult versions of fitting personal finance advice on an index card, I decided to go back and read the book The Index Card: Why Personal Finance Doesn’t Have to Be Complicated by Helaine Olen and Harold Pollack. (I was able to find it via library eBook.) I noticed that the book version of the “index card” was slightly different. The original card had 9 items, but two of them were merged away into each other (401k/IRAs) and (Pay Attention to Fees/Buy Index Funds...
Tags: Amazon, Credit Cards, Real Estate, Retirement, Book Reviews, Marketing, Insurance, Budgeting, Investing, Harold Pollack, Helaine Olen


Over at Kirkus: A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY by Brigid Kemmerer

We are over at Kirkus today for our regular column! It’s Thea’s turn, with a review of romantic YA fantasy novel A Curse So Dark And Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer. A retelling of Beauty and the Beast, but with a modern and multi-world fantastical twist, Kemmerer’s version is well-worth reading. Head over to Kirkus to get the full story. The post Over at Kirkus: A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY by Brigid Kemmerer appeared first on The Book Smugglers.
Tags: Books, Fantasy, Book Reviews, Young Adult, Fairy Tales, Kirkus, Thea, 6 Rated Books, Retellings, Kemmerer, Brigid Kemmerer


Hope on Good Friday from Fr Gerry Reynolds

Some readers already may have heard the news that my biography of Fr Gerry Reynolds, Unity Pilgrim: The Life of Fr Gerry Reynolds CSsR, published by Redemptorist Communications, will be launched on Wednesday 22 May at 7.15 pm in Clonard … Read more...
Tags: Religion, Book Reviews, Irish Catholic Church, Churches & Reconciliation, Dealing with the Past, Ecumenism, NI Politics, Peace Studies, Gerry Reynolds, Clonard, Redemptorist Communications


Book Review: THE DEAD QUEENS CLUB by Hannah Capin

Title: The Dead Queens Club Author: Hannah Capin Genre: Contemporary YA Publisher: Inkyard PressPublication date: January 29 2019Hardcover:464 pages What do a future ambassador, an overly ambitious Francophile, a hospital-volunteering Girl Scout, the new girl from Cleveland, the junior cheer captain, and the vice president of the debate club have in common? It sounds like the ridiculously long lead-up to an astoundingly absurd punchline, right? Except it’s not. Well, unle...
Tags: Books, Book Reviews, Annie, Young Adult, Cleveland, Jane Seymour, Catherine, Contemporary, Henry Viii, Anne Boleyn, Henry, Aragon, Parr, Marck, Lancaster High School, 5 Rated Books


Collusion: Pre-Order Newt’s New Novel Today!

Collusion by Newt Gingrich USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- #1 New York Times-bestselling author Newt Gingrich returns with this rollicking tale of high-stakes international intrigue—the first book in a contemporary series filled with adventure, betrayal, and politics, that captures the tensions and divides of America and the world today. Collusion by Newt Gingrich & Pete Earley Valerie Mayberry comes from the kind of wealthy family that would be royalty in any other country. Obsessive and compulsiv...
Tags: Guns, Putin, Navy, Washington, Russia, Book Reviews, US, America, Fbi, New York Times, Gear, Kremlin, Newt Gingrich, Eastern Europe, Congressional, Garret


The One-Straw Revolution

Masanobu Fukuoka was a Japanese farmer and author of The One-Straw Revolution. As a young man he studied agriculture and worked as an inspector studying diseases and pests on imported plants. He was amazed at the “world of nature as revealed through the eyepiece of a microscope.” Fukuoka is famous for his approach to farming. He saw nature as ideally arranged and abundant. When we try to improve on nature, we inevitably introduce adverse side effects. Then we take additional action to...
Tags: Featured, Life, Israel, Book Reviews, North America, Leviticus, Fukuoka, Pastoring, Masanobu Fukuoka


100 Views – Yamamoto Nizo Background Art Book Review

Yamamoto Nizo is a veteran background artist who have worked on such esteemed films as Madhouse’s A Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Ghibli’s Mononoke Hime, Laputa – Castle In The Sky, Grave Of The Fireflies, and more. This art book, titled 100 Views ( Hyakkei – a reference to the 100 famous views of Japan ) collects 100 background art pieces that the artist has painted over his 40 years of work. There is also a small collection of concept art and color keys the artist created for films like Grav...
Tags: Amazon, Japan, Book Reviews, Illustration, Drawing, Animation, Anime, Amazon UK, Spirited Away, Art Book Review, Japanese art book, Ghibli, Background Art, Princess Mononoke, Kazuo Oga, Mononoke Hime


Over at Kirkus: SAL AND GABI BREAK THE UNIVERSE

It’s Friday and we are over at Kirkus! Today I review Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez It’s such a great book! Go over there to read the review. The post Over at Kirkus: SAL AND GABI BREAK THE UNIVERSE appeared first on The Book Smugglers.
Tags: Books, Science Fiction, Book Reviews, Carlos Hernandez, Kirkus, Sal, 8 Rated Books, Middle Grade, Kirkus Today, Gabi Break


Ask the author: “Mr. Everything” – Joan Biskupic on Chief Justice John Roberts

The following is a series of questions posed by Ronald Collins to Joan Biskupic about Biskupic’s book “The Chief: The Life and Turbulent Times of Chief Justice John Roberts” (Basic Books, 2019, 432 pp., cloth: $32.00). Joan Biskupic is a legal analyst at CNN and the author of three previous biographies of Supreme Court justices. She has also served as the Supreme Court correspondent for The Washington Post and USA Today. Welcome Joan, and thank you for taking the time to participate in this qu...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Washington Post, Boston, Court, Book Reviews, America, Barack Obama, Reagan, Cnn, Harvard, Citizens United, Arizona, Republican, Usa Today


Book Review on Slugger: Neither Here nor There

I have reviewed a new book on the Slugger O’Toole blog, Neither Here nor There: The Many Voices of Liminality. It features a chapter by Padraig O Tuama, leader of Corrymeela since 2014.… Read more...
Tags: Poetry, Religion, Book Reviews, Pilgrimage, Corrymeela, Churches & Reconciliation, Dealing with the Past, Ecumenism, Post Modern Theology, Postmodern Theology, Padraig O Tuama


Over at Kirkus: THE DEEPEST BLUE by Sarah Beth Durst

We are over at Kirkus today for our regular column! It’s Thea’s turn, with a review of Sarah Beth Durst’s newest fantasy novel, The Deepest Blue. A spinoff novel set in the world of Renthia–in which elemental spirits try to kill all humans and are held only in check by a single queen–The Deepest Blue follows brand new characters, and impossibly high stakes. Head over to Kirkus to get the full story. The post Over at Kirkus: THE DEEPEST BLUE by Sarah Beth Durst appeared first on The Bo...
Tags: Books, Fantasy, Book Reviews, Kirkus, Thea, 7 Rated Books, Sarah Beth Durst, Queens of Renthia Series


New Katsuhiro Otomo Manga – The Mood Is Already Of War Sequel

My apologies for the slower pace of blog updates recently – I’ve been working long hours on Marvel’s upcoming Spider-Man : Far From Home film and have had little time to catch up on stuff. Anyway, the manga community on twitter Japan ( and subsequently across the globe ) has been abuzz with news of Akira creator Katsuhiro Otomo’s long awaited new manga, a sequel to his 1982 work Kibun Wa Mou Senso – The Mood Is Already Of War ( read my review here ). Otomo is once again collaborating with nov...
Tags: Comics, Japan, Book Reviews, Illustration, Drawing, Anime, Manga, Akira, Katsuhiro Otomo, Action Comics, Manga/comics, Otomo Katsuhiro, Otomo, Kibun Wa Mou Senso, The Mood Is Already Of War, Yahagi Toshikiko


A Company of Heroes

I write this review of Tim Keesee’s new book A Company of Heroes at the end of a year-long journey around the world. Twelve times in the past year I boarded a plane and began a long journey to a distant nation. Twelve times I disembarked and got oriented and began a search—a search for objects related to the long and storied history of the Christian church. I scoured colleges and cathedrals, libraries and museums, always on the lookout for objects that would tell a story beyond...
Tags: South Korea, England, Australia, China, India, Book Reviews, Blogging, Northern Ireland, Amy Carmichael, Auckland New Zealand, Tim Keesee, Hudson Taylor, Andrew Fuller, Baptist Missionary Society


Book Review: Everyday Exposure: Indigenous Mobilization and Environmental Justice in Canada’s Chemical Valley

Several times each month, we are pleased to republish a recent book review from the Canadian Law Library Review (CLLR). CLLR is the official journal of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL/ACBD), and its reviews cover both practice-oriented and academic publications related to the law. Everyday Exposure: Indigenous Mobilization and Environmental Justice in Canada’s Chemical Valley. By Sarah Marie Wiebe. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2017. xx, 260 p. Includes forward by James Tully, bibliograp...
Tags: Law, California, Book Reviews, First Nations, Canada, Environmental Justice, UBC, Sarnia, Sarnia Ontario, Canadian Law Library Review, Canadian Association of Law Libraries, Wiebe, Chemical Valley, Sarah Marie Wiebe Vancouver, James Tully, Nadine R Hoffman


Mini-Reviews: THE DREAMERS by Karen Thompson Walker & THE FAMILIARS by Stacey Halls

I’ve been reading quite a lot now that my commute is five hours long. Daily. I read two books recently, a mixed bag – one, a literary fiction that left me cold, the other a historical fiction that was heartwarming. In an isolated college hall in California, a student falls asleep and doesn’t wake up. She is alive but sleeping. Her roommate, Mei, is right there at the start of what can only be described as a surreal event that snowballs from there. Little by little, people start falli...
Tags: Books, California, Book Reviews, Historical, Alice, North England, Mei, Fleetwood, Pendle, 7 Rated Books, Literary Fiction, Karen Thompson Walker, 5 Rated Books, Fleetwood Shuttleworth, Stacey Halls, Karen Thompson Walker Penguin Random House


Book Review: THE TRUE QUEEN by Zen Cho

Title: The True Queen Author: Zen Cho Genre: Fantasy Publisher: MacmillanPublication date: March 12 2019Hardcover: 384 pages The enchanted island of Janda Baik, in the Malay Archipelago, has long been home to witches. And Muna and her sister Sakti wake on its shores under a curse, which has quite stolen away their memories. Their only hope of salvation lies in distant Britain, where the Sorceress Royal runs a controversial academy for female magicians. But the pair travel ...
Tags: Books, England, London, Fantasy, Book Reviews, Britain, Malaysia, Fairyland, Zen Cho, Muna, Sorcerer Royal, 8 Rated Books, Zacharias, Prunella, Audiobook Review, Janda Baik


Japanese Bathhouses Illustrated Guide – Enya Honami Book Review

Sento Zukai (銭湯図解) is a delightfully illustrated book showcasing public Japanese bathhouses located in Tokyo, drawn by artist Enya Honami. Communal bathhouses have been on the decline in Japan as most residences now come with their own baths, but some still enjoy the spacious public baths and use it for relaxation. A total of 24 bathhouses are featured in this book, and each cross-sectional drawing is meticulously illustrated and annotated with interesting background information about the uni...
Tags: Amazon, Japan, Book Reviews, Illustration, Drawing, Tokyo, Anime, Amazon UK, Art Book Review, Japanese art book, Enya Honami, Japanese bathhouses, Sento, Sento Zukai, Enya Honami Book Review, Enya Honami Communal


Over at Kirkus: All the Time Travel RIGHT NOW

It’s Friday and we are over at Kirkus! Today I am talking about all the awesome time travel I’ve been reading including The Light Brigade by Kameron Hurley, Permafrost by Alastair Reynolds and the Alice Payne novellas by Kate Heartfield Go over to Kirkus to read more. The post Over at Kirkus: All the Time Travel RIGHT NOW appeared first on The Book Smugglers.
Tags: Books, Book Reviews, Time Travel, Kirkus, 8 Rated Books, 7 Rated Books, Time Travel Project, Kirkus Today, 9 Rated Books, Alastair Reynolds, Alice Payne, Kate Heartfield, Kameron Hurley Permafrost


Ask the author: “The great oracle of American legal thought” – revisiting the life and times of Justice Holmes

The following is a series of questions posed by Ronald Collins to Stephen Budiansky concerning Budiansky’s book “Oliver Wendell Holmes: A Life in War, Law, and Ideas” (W.W. Norton, 2019, 592 pp., cloth: $29.95). Stephen Budiansky is the author of 17 books of biography, history and science. He was a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in the Creative Arts in 2011. Welcome, Stephen, and thank you for taking the time to participate in this question-and-answer exchange for our readers. And congra...
Tags: New York, Hollywood, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Washington, Boston, Virginia, Massachusetts, Book Reviews, America, Harvard, United States, Ireland, Winston Churchill, Catholic


Series Review: NINTH STEP STATION by Malka Older, Fran Wilde, Curtis C. Chen, and J Koyanagi

Today, we are giving the floor over to Charles Payseur, a member of our Smuggler Army with his regular column X Marks the Story  to review Serial Box Publishing’s series Ninth Step Station by Malka Older, Fran Wilde, Curtis C. Chen, and J Koyanagi Genre: Crime / Science FictionPublisher: Serial Box PublishingPublication date: January 2019 – First Season Format: Ebook/Serial Ebook (Earc provided for review) Years of disaster and conflict have left Tokyo split between great powers....
Tags: Books, Science Fiction, Japan, Crime, Book Reviews, US, Tokyo, Charles, Fran Wilde, Emma, Malka, 7 Rated Books, Guest Review, Tokyo Metropolitan Police, Charles Payseur, Miyako


Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland Reviewed by Adrian Stringer: ‘[an] engaging, easily read and useful work’

My most recent book, Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland (Oxford, 2016) has been reviewed by Adrian Stringer in the latest edition of The Journal of the Irish Society for the Academy Study of Religions. You can read the full review here. Extracts: … Read more...
Tags: Religion, Book Reviews, Victims, Irish Catholic Church, Churches & Reconciliation, Ecumenism, Churches & Immigration, Secularisation, Sociology of Religion, Adrian Stringer, Transforming Post Catholic Ireland Oxford


Budgeting for a Healthy Church

H ave you ever wondered why books often have a foreword? Why would one author ask another to write a little mini-chapter at the front of his book? Having been asked to provide one for Jamie Dunlop’s Budgeting for a Healthy Church, I had to think it through. I believe the reason is two-fold. First, it’s meant to give you, the reader, confidence in the author of the book, to assure you he or she is qualified to write about the subject. Second, it’s to give you a sense of whether...
Tags: Book Reviews, Blogging, Washington Dc, Jesus Christ, Jamie, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Jamie Dunlop, Healthy Church, Budgeting for a Healthy Church


Book Review: THE LIGHT BRIGADE by Kameron Hurley

Title: The Light Brigade Author: Kameron Hurley Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Saga PressPublication date: March 19 2019Hardcover: 356 pages They said the war would turn us into light. I wanted to be counted among the heroes who gave us this better world. The Light Brigade: it’s what soldiers fighting the war against Mars call the ones who come back…different. Grunts in the corporate corps get busted down into light to travel to and from interplanetary battlefronts. Ev...
Tags: Books, Science Fiction, Book Reviews, Brazil, Mars, Time Travel, Sao Paulo, Dietz, LGBTQIA, Light Brigade, Time Travel Project, 9 Rated Books, Kameron Hurley


Book Review: Tambora, The Eruption That Changed the World

Tambora: The Eruption That Changed the World By Gillan D’Arcy Wood This book discuses the events shortly before and after the 1815 eruption of Mount Tambora in present day Indonesia. The Mount Tambora eruption was an eruption with a Volcanic Explosiveness Index (VEI) of 7 out of 7 and was one of the most violent eruptions during the period of recorded history. The Tambora eruption ejected 9.8 cu. Mi. of ash into the atmosphere. As a basis of comparison the Mount Saint Helens eruption in Wa...
Tags: Europe, Australia, Book Reviews, Ireland, South America, Weapon, Dublin, Washington State, Great Britain, Western Europe, Midwest, Tambora, Mary, Isles, Mount Tambora, Northwest Passage


Retrospective Scenes From A Sentimental World Art Book Review

Retrospective Scenes From A Sentimental World (情緒的な風景を描) is the 3rd art book from a series published by PIE Books dedicated to illustrations of beautiful scenery and landscapes. I reviewed the 1st from series as well – Everyday Scenes From A Parallel World. The curated illustrations found in the book are of exceptional quality, with many created by artists that I love, including Ilya Kuvshinov ( image above ), Yoko Tanji, Hirotaka Tanaka and more. (below) Artwork by Hirotaka Tana...
Tags: Amazon, Book Reviews, Illustration, Drawing, Anime, Amazon UK, Art Book Review, Japanese art book, Hirotaka Tanaka, Ilya Kuvshinov, PIE books, Retrospective Scenes From A Sentimental World, Yoko Tanji Hirotaka Tanaka, Yoko Tanji She, Yoko Tanji Yoko Tanji



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