*A Collection of Antiquarian Curios & Relics*
"Let the bees make honey, Let the poor find money Take away their sorrow, Give them sunshine tomorrow . . ."--Brian Wilson / Mike Love
1) STUDENT DEMONSTRATION TIME . . . Our favourite Rand, Johnathan Rand, is back with not one, but two new titles for the holidays. The kiddies love this guy. First of all, we have the latest in his American Chillers series, #38: The Wicked Waterpark of Wyoming (9781893699526) 5.99. Initially, I was afraid he was stealing the plot from the greatest David Hasselhoff movie of all-time, Piranha 3DD. Fortunately, it appears the baddies aren't bloodthirsty fish, but instead, rejects from the Cthulhu mythos. Good clean fun. The other one is the oft-delayed entry in his series for younger readers, Freddie Fernortner #12: Frankenfreddie! (9781893699649) 4.99. In Mr. Rand's homage to Mary Shelley's much beloved monster, Freddie tries on a Halloween costume and literally becomes the reincarantion of Frankenstein. Hilarity ensues . . .
2) CABINESSENCE . . . I have a guilty pleasure. Much to the chagrin of my coworkers, I am hooked on the song What Does the Fox Say by Norwegian pop sensations Ylvis. Ylvis, the pride of Bergen, have taken YouTubeTM by storm with their video, which now has over 250 million hits and has since spawned a skulk of parodies. Simon & Schuster has decided to get in on the action with a new children's picture book based on their lyrics called What Does the Fox Say (9781481422239) 17.99. Illustrated by Svein Nyhus, a Partners' employee likened this book's illustrations to art on acid. And hey, why not, most of the video looks like it takes place at a rave in the middle of the forest. Against my better judgement, here is the video. Please forgive me . . .
3) SAIL ON, SAILOR . . . Our favourite Calhounian, Kelley, has been remarkably prescient this holiday season. Granted, she wasn't really going out on a limb to predict that Karen Melvin's Great Houses of Summit Avenue and the Hill District (9780989262705) 54.95 would be big in the Minneapolis area. And it is. However, I was more than a bit skeptical when she said that Humans of New York (9781250038821) 29.99 by Brandon Stanton would be huge a couple of months ago. I was wrong. We are expecting more stock by next Monday . . .
4) OUR PRAYER . . . Instead of buying a toy that will invariably be broken before it leaves the box, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's new autobiography Unintimidated (9781595231079) 28.95 would be the perfect gift for your children this Christmas. This is satire. Here's the real deal: http://nation.time.com/2013/12/03/this-politician-asked-parents-to-give-him-campaign-cash-instead-of-buying-their-kids-christmas-gifts . You can't even make this stuff up . . .
Odds & Sods
And it continues . . .
Darren McCarty's My Last Fight (9781600788857) 26.95 is out of stock at the publisher until 12/20... Also, the reprint for Aleksandra Mizielinska's Maps (9780763668969) 35.00 isn't due until 12/20 . . .
Finally, The Oatmeal's How to Tell if Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You (9781449410247) 14.99 is out of stock until January . . .
Speaking of guilty pleasures, I enjoy Downton Abbey and I love a good parody. And the new title Downton Tabby (9781476765938) 10.00 by Chris Kelly has a bit of both . . .