Sunday, June 29, 2008

Sunday Salon, June 29th...Don't Miss.. "The Forbidden Tales: Sword"

Hello to all my Sunday Salon surfers.....
Here is a review of a soon to be released book for children from Harper Collins (Grades 5-8). If you are a media specialist and purchase books, purchase two, you'll need them. This would be a great choice for a book club also. The book is due out September 1, 2008, just in time for BTS.

Forbidden Tales: Sword, by Da Chen


Da Chen is a gifted storyteller. I loved this book!!! There is no doubt in my mind that you will too, after reading this exciting adventure of a daughter's journey to avenge the death of her father. Miu Miu's father was a sword maker par excellence. He crafted for everyone including the emperor. On Miu Miu's fifteenth birthday, her mother reveals to her the brutal manner in which he died. Her mother sends her away to seek revenge, but before she leaves she gives her a sword. Of course it is not just any sword,it was made by her father, it fits her perfectly, it is thin and it is delicate giving off a sparkling blue hue of light. During her trip, by chance she meets the man who is intended to be her husband. Not knowing this beforehand, she battles with him. Miu Miu is an accomplished martial arts expert and wins the battle over her opponent Tong Ting. When they discover their fate they team up to fight the emperor together. Miu Miu and Tong Ting do not have an easy task, but they are a clever team and their love for one another holds them together. Family honor is most important to Miu Miu's mother, but not to Miu Miu. The conflict has a surprising resolution when the story draws to a close and life begins anew. Da Chen's fantasy world is complete with dragons, magic transformations and poisons, ghosts, expert martial arts battles and so much more will keep you on the edge of your seat. Honestly, you will think you are in the theater. All that is missing is the popcorn.


Hello to all my Sunday Salon surfers.....


Wow!!! Take a look at this stack of books I purchased this week. Anyone want to guess how much I paid for this pile of future pleasure? I'll let you know next week, but here is a hint. Total cost was under $15.00 so then what do you think? I was dropping off a donation at my local Goodwill store and decided to stop in and take a look. I was with my friend, who wandered through the housewares and I immediately went to...well, where would you go? Of course, the aisle of books for sale. This was not an ordinary Goodwill store, it had recently opened with claims of being a superstore. You know the ubiquitous superstores that pop up everywhere, but a Goodwill? Surely, they were kidding, I thought to myself with a chuckle.

When I found the books, I realized I hit a goldmine. Truly, there were rows and rows of bookshelves teaming with great books. Yes, you had to
weed through the chaff, but as you can see from my pile it was well worth the effort. So, who wants to guess how much I paid for the lot? I will post my answer next week. In the mean time, if you have a second hand store around, it might be worth a look.

The List:
The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver (paperback)
Trying to Save Piggy Sneed, John Irving (paperback)
Sea Glass, Anita Shreve (paperback)
The Pilot's Wife, Anita Shreve (paperback)
Rousseau's Political Writings (paperback)
The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison (hardcover)
The Crossing, Cormac McCarthy (hardcover)
The Shelters of Stone, Jean M. Auel (hardcover)


14 comments:

justareadingfool said...

Wow. That is a great stash. Even a couple of hardcovers at the bottom, I spy. Very nicely done. I can only imagine it was like $5 or under.

Bryce said...

Oh, very nice haul indeed! Can't make out all the titles, but I think I spy Shelters of the Stone by Jean M. Auel at the bottom there? I'm assuming you're a Clan of the Cave Bear fan, and so you'll probably zoom right through it!

J. Kaye Oldner said...

Oh wow! You did get a great stack of books! :) Way to go.

My Journey Through Reading... said...

I just requested an ARC of Forbidden Tales:Sword, I can't wait to read it. I really have to check out our local Goodwill. Everyone has such good luck with book purchases there. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

thekoolaidmom said...

I'm glad The Sword is that good. I've requested it, also. My daughter will probably make off with it at the sight of the cover. She runs off with anything asian (she's half-vietnamese).

Seachanges said...

Great pile of books: I'm going to get a copy of The Sword, lovely review!

traveler one said...

Love reading your list of books and WOW! what a great deal! I wish my books of the week were such a good price but alas, I bought them at cover prices.

MizB said...

I love Goodwill stores for buying books! I have an "Antiques" store here in town that has a ROOM FULL of used books for sale, but unfortunately they're a bit overpriced for "used". But, there's a great store in the next town over that has a "library" full of used books for sale (a room at the back), and each book is only $0.50 each! Every time I go in there I find a book off my wishlist, so it's my favorite place to shop for used books. :)

So, my guess is that you spent between $2 and $4 for your stack of 8 books. ;)

Table Talk said...

Is 'Sword' available in the UK, do you know? If so, I must put an order in for it. I was going to say that I'm sure you'll love 'The Poisonwood Bible' but I'm nortsure that that is quite the right word. Let's say I'm sure you'll be glad that you read it.

wisteria said...

table talk...it hasn't been released yet in the US. The on sale date from the publisher is 8/26/08. I just checked and it will be available in the UK....here is the link. I started reading your blog very early and lost power. I'm heading there now.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_ss_w_h_/203-3332146-4279956?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=the+forbidden+tale%3Asword&x=0&y=0

J. Kaye Oldner said...

I am so glad you listed these. Now I can read what you have! I totally LOVED "The Poisonwood Bible". I had mixed emotions about "Sea Glass", but really enjoyed that one too. I'd like to read "The Pilot's Wife" only because of the author. The only way I'll be able to is by getting it on audio.

wisteria said...

j.kaye...I have always wanted to read The Poisonwood Bible. Since I posted it several people have told me it is great. I can't wait. Now I have to decide as usual what to read next. As it is I have 3 going at the same time, or is it 4. LOL

skrishna said...

That's a great stack of books! It's funny because the first thing I thought when I saw that was "what a beautiful picture!" Isn't it funny how readers think that about books?
The only one in that stack I've read is The Pilot's Wife and I liked it. Happy reading!

photoquest said...

my gues 5.50 1.00 each hard back .50 on paperback. Great stack of books there!