Thursday, August 12, 2010

Ye Olde Partners Page

*News From the Glamorous World of Bookselling*

"A conservative government is an organized hypocrisy . . ."
--Benjamin Disraeli

B. Traven Jr. here. You may remember me from the television show Ancient Aliens on the History Channel. And no, I'm not that guy on there with the Albert Einstein hair. That guy is a whacko. At any rate, Mick asked me to take a break from investigating the suspicious circumstances surrounding former Senator Ted Steven's death for my upcoming book, The Suspicious Circumstances Surrounding Former Senator Ted Steven's Death. Ha, ha!

The title of Jon Falk's If These Walls Could Talk (9781600783302) 22.95 definitely intrigued me. The CIA has been working on 'Smart Walls' for years, and I thought this may be the exposé that I was waiting for, but instead, it's actually a book about the Michigan Wolverines' football team. From what I gather, Jon Falk is their long-time equipment manager, and he shares some of the 'insider' stories about the Michigan program and their star athletes that go all the way back to the Bo Schembechler era. If you like football, this book is for you.

In my last book Blue Helmets, I detailed the conspiracy by members of our government and the United Nations to usurp control of our country. Gary Shteyngart's new novel Super Sad True Love Story (9781400066407) 26.00 takes it one step further. In the near future, the United States is no better than a Third World nation, crippled by debt and a populace distracted by pop culture. Of course, Bruce Sterling covered this same territory about ten years ago in his book, Distraction (9780553576399) 7.99. However, Gary's book has a great love story in it, if you're into that kind of thing. Ha, ha!

Agates, agates, agates. There seems to be a bumper crop of rock-oriented books this year. Agates were often used by ancient cultures in the art of hardstone carvings. The Knossos site in Crete shows that agates played a major role in Bronze Age Minoan culture, which some scholars believe was the inspiration for Plato's Atlantis. My good friend Scott Wolter has a new book out called Amazing Agates (9780979200694) 9.95. I, of course, am more familiar with his work on The Kensington Rune Stone (9781581755626) 29.95. The Kensington Rune Stone was found in a farmer's field in Minnesota and is purported to be covered with Viking glyphs. Scott is convinced that the Stone is legitimate and that Vikings penetrated as far as the Midwest in their explorations. The other new rock books are: the Lynch's Michigan Rocks & Minerals (9781591932390) 14.95, Kevin Gauthier's Lake Huron Rock Picker's Guide (9780472033676) 15.95, and Karen Brzys's Agates Inside Out (9781891143977) 22.95.

Mick should be back from his alien abduction in time for next week's Partners Page. He should check out this website: . It should help. Ha, ha! And as Bob Heinlein said, "Secrecy is the beginning of tyranny."

Odds & Sods

We have limited quantities on a couple of autographed titles. The two books are Kelley Armstrong's Waking the Witch (9780525951780) 25.95 and Darci Hannah's The Exile of Sara Stevenson (9780345520548) 15.00. Ms. Hannah hails from Brighton, Michigan, so show her some love if you can and carry her book.

Like many of you, I grew up watching Bozo the Clown. And now, Larry Harmon, the original Bozo, has written his autobiography The Man Behind the Nose (9780061896477) 25.99. Also, the guy who played his sidekick Mr. Houdini was our assistant principal in high school. He is the only teacher I ever knew who drove a Corvette.

Cool story, bro' . . .

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