Shelf Life – October 2015

October2015ShelfLifecoverEditor’s Notes for Issue #174

October is known as a scary month. One of the reasons is of course because of Halloween. But another scary thing about the month is the fact that the chill of Fall is fully in the air and it won’t be long (depending on where you live) when those little white flakes start hurtling through the air towards the ground. But one thing you won’t fear about this month is the books that are starting to be released in anticipation of not only personal reading but also as gift ideas for the holidays. In this issue, you will find another assortment of books for your reading pleasures. Don’t be scared about going to your local bookstore to add to your collection. There are no tricks, just tricks to be found in this October issue.

Write us as at Thanks as always for picking us up, Enjoy the issue.

Paul Sutter

Fiction Section
Best of the October Fiction Shelf

Broken Promise
by Linwood Barclay
(Doubleday Canada – $22.95 – 500 pages)
“This is definitely a book you must not miss.”
Rating: 5 bookmarks

The Patriot Threat
by Steve Berry
(Minotaur – $32.50 – 386 pages)
“…you will not only get a gripping tale but also a bit of a history lesson.”
Rating: 5 bookmarks

Paradise Sky
by Joe R. Lansdale
(Mulholland – $29.00 – 416 pages)
“…has to be one of the more intriguing books to come out this year.”
Rating: 5 bookmarks

Crazy Love You
by Lisa Unger
(Touchstone – $32.00 – 338 pages)
“…has elements of fantasy, mystery and even a bit of horror tossed in for good measure.”
Rating: 5 bookmarks

Rest of October Fiction on the Shelf

Killing Monica
by Candace Bushnell
(Grand Central Publishing – $30.00 – 312 pages)
“Those who love SEX AND THE CITY will gobble this up like cherry pie.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

The Liar
by Nora Roberts
(Putnam – $32.95 – 501 pages)
“It is packed with mystery, intrigue, and let us not forget another reason why many read her books, because of the romantic angle also”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Signature Kill
by David Levien
(Doubleday – $28.95 – 275 pages)
“…very graphic and brutal in so many ways. It is the realism of the story that makes it work so well.”
Rating: 4 1/2 bookmarks

12 Rose Street
by Gail Bowen
(McClelland & Stewart – $27.95 – 314 pages)
“…a great book with a great mystery interwoven into the plot”
Rating: 3 1/2 bookmarks

The President’s Shadow
by Brad Meltzer
(Grand Central Publishing – $31.00 – 401 pages)
“…another winner for Meltzer…”
Rating: 4 1/2 bookmarks

by John Sandford
(Putnam – $32.95 – 388 pages)
“…a store that will keep the reader amused and interested for much of the book.”
Rating: 3 1/2 bookmarks

by Rhiannon Held
(Tor – $28.99 – 352 pages)
Reviewed by Ron Heimpel
“It takes the adventure (of the series) a step further…”
Rating: 3 bookmarks

Undead and Unwary
by Mary Janice Davidson
(Berkley Sensation – $27.50 – 303 pages)
“…definitely will make any reader come back for more…”
Rating: 3 1/2 bookmarks

The Fifth Heart
by Dan Simmons
(Little Brown – $31.00 – 618 pages)
“…at…times it is embarrassing the manner in which Holmes is portrayed.”
Rating: 3 bookmarks

Non-Fiction Section
Best of the October Non-Fiction Shelf

Red: A History of the Redhead
by Jacky Corliss Harvey
(Black Dog & Leventhal – $34.00 – 232 pages)
“…shows how the mystique of the redhead evolved throughout history.”
Rating: 5 bookmarks

Elvis and the Birth of Rock and Roll
by Alfred Wertheimer
(Taschen – $89.99 – 360 pages)
“This one is as big and bold and readable as books get…”
Rating: 5 bookmarks

Smithsonian World War II: The Definitive Visual History 70th Anniversary Edition
(DK Books- $44.00 – 374 pages)
“…as complete as they come with every facet of war studied, explained and thoroughly analyzed.”
Rating: 5 bookmarks

Rest of October Non-Fiction on the Shelf

Such Troops As These: The Genius and Leadership of Confederate General Stonewall Jackson
by Bevin Alexander
(Berkley Caliber – $31.00 – 324 pages)
Reviewed by: John M. Milner
“…certainly provides a strong case for his admiration of Stonewall Jackson.”
Rating: 3 1/2 bookmarks

The Vegetable Garden Cookbook
by Tobias Ruaschenberger
(Skyhorse – $35.99 – 178 pages)
“There are over sixty recipes throughout the book, each one highlighting one of the vegetables you could grow.”
Rating: 3 1/2 bookmarks

Bad Faith
by Paul A. Offit M.D.
(Basic Books – $34.99 – 253 pages)
“.. this (is a) most provocative and socially relevant work.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

American Insurgents, American Patriots: The Revolution of the People
by T.H. Breen
(Hill and Wang – $31.00 – 338 pages)
Reviewed by: John M. Milner
“…the focus is placed not upon the actions on the battlefield, but the grass-roots movement of ordinary citizens that began long before the first shots were fired.”
Rating: 3 1/2 bookmarks

One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band
by Alan Paul
(St. Martin’s Press – $34.50 – 430 pages)
“…gets us right into the heart and soul not to mention the mindset of members.”
Rating: 3 1/2 bookmarks

Archie’s Pal Jughead Archives Volume 1
(Dark Horse – $54.99 – 250 pages)
“…some things truly do get better with age.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Lessons of Lifelong Intimacy
by Michael Gurian
(Atria – $34.00 – 350 pages)
“…attempting to get couples to form a stronger bond between the two of them.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

The Art of Not Having It All
by Melissa Kite
(Thomas Dunne – $28.99 – 280 pages)
“…far from fiction, and in many parts it borders on true brilliance.”
Rating: 3 1/2 bookmarks

World Paper Money Modern Issues 1961-Present 20th Edition
Edited by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause – $76.99 – 1171 pages)
“…every single year the book brings even more to the table content wise…”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

5 Elements
by Rob Laidlaw
(Fitzhenry & Whiteside – $19.95 – 90 pages)
“…anyone who loves reading about animals and their roles in nature will enjoy this book also.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

*** Best of the Rest ***

Shelf Life receives dozens of books each month. regrettably not all books received have the space for full reviews. In BEST OF THE REST, we look at a variety of titles where only much shorter reviews were given. This is so we can fit in several titles for your consideration. All the books in this section are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Because of this no bookmarks are given but are worth of adding to your reading lists and collections.

Transmitter and Receiver
by Raoul Fernandes
(Nightwood – $18.95 – 80 pages)
“…his voice is strong and he tells magnificent tales.”

At His Service
by Suzanne Rock
(St. Martin’s Press – $9.99 – 390 pages)
“…it sizzles with love and lust constantly.”

Cut Off
by James Bastedo
(Red Deer Press – $12.95 – 338 pages)
“…a great morality tale for younger readers about the pressures of sudden fame…”

The Moon Tells Secrets
by Savanna Wells
(Griffin – $18.50 – 244 pages)
“…she writes like a seasoned professional.”

Break Out
by Nina Croft
(St. Martin’s Press – $9.99 – 314 pages)
“Lots of passion and tension to make it a must-read book.”

Cub’s Journey Home
by Georgia Graham
(Red Deer Press – $18.95 – 32 pages)
“This is a very cute little story with some amazing illustrations…”

Mad, Bad, and Dangerous in Plaid
by Suzanne Enoch
(St. Martin’s Press – $9.99 – 343 pages)
“…definitely is more than about the Scottish Highlands as passion soars…”

The Ehrich Weisz Chronicles Infinity Coil
by Marty Chan
(Fitzhenry and Whiteside – $12.95 – 262 pages)
“This is definitely one of the most infectious series out there.”

Miss Match
by Laurelin McGee
(St. Martin’s Press – $9.99 – 326 pages)
“Is this a match made in heaven that has brought too opposites down to earth?”