Shelf Life Magazine – October 2018

shelflifeoct2018.jpgOver the years, SHELF LIFE has used different phrases to try and catch the attention of the reader. “Read them and reap, reviews you can use,” and “books worth a look,” are but a few. The latest “Experience the need to read,” came as a result of discussion with a friend. He askes me after publishing and editing Shelf Life for twenty years, why I continued to do so. My response initially was because it is challenging and I love books. Then I said, “I want people to experience the need to read.” He nodded vigorously and said, “I like that.” He even picked up a pen and paper and wrote those words down. Words like this have been my mantra in a manner of speaking. Having been a constant reader since age 10 and now in my sixties, I continue to find joy within the pages of books no matter what the subject. But there is an even greater reason for people to “experience the need to read.” Research has noted that because dementia and Alzheimer’s have become so prominent, we must find ways to keep the brain stimulated. Reading they said was one of those ways. I endorse this heartily. It may not halt the onset of diseases, but anything to give you the fighting chance is paramount and certainly a positive. In this issue are more than thirty reasons to read, and surely there are topics and books that must pique your interest. Hopefully, we are doing our little part to encourage people never to just sit and do nothing. Reading a book is a memorable experience, one that hopefully this publication will encourage people to do for many years to come.

Enjoy this issue!

Paul Sutter

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*** Fiction Section ***
*** Best October Fiction ***

Bellevue Square
by Michael Redhill
(Doubleday Canada – $32.00 – 262 pages)
“It is a quirky, delightful book that grows on you the more you read.”
Rating: 5 bookmarks

The Cutting Edge
by Jeffrey Deaver
(Grand Central Publishing – $36.50 – 448 pages)
“Deaver offers the usual thrills and suspense that comes quickly and consistently.”
Rating: 5 bookmarks

*** Rest of October Fiction ***

Hold Back the Dark
by Kay Hooper
(Berkley – $36.00 – 292 pages)
“It is not your typical thriller because there is so much happening, mainly of the bizarre and unexplained variety.”
Rating: 4 1/2 bookmarks

The Chalk Man
by C.J. Tudor
(Doubleday Canada – $24.95 – 278 pages)
“The mystery deepens by the page…”
Rating: 4 1/2 bookmarks

by Jeff Abbott
(Grand Central Publishing – $34.00 – 375 pages)
“…another classic tale that you won’t want to put down.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

by Jonathan Maberry
(St. Martin’s Press – $34.99 – 338 pages)
“…has elements of horror, along with mystery and suspense.”
Rating: 4 1/2 bookmarks

Shoot First
by Stuart Woods
(Putnam – $37.00 – 360 pages)
“…a book you should read first, and ask questions later.”
Rating: 3 1/2 bookmarks

The Outsider
by Stephen King
(Scribner – $39.99 – 563 pages)
“THE OUTSIDER is classic King, a book most mesmerizing.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Woman Last Seen in Her Thirties
by Camille Pagan
(Lake Union – $21.95 – 246 pages)
“We happily follow (Maggie), along with the other characters as Maggie learns from life and adversity, not letting it define or defeat her.”
Rating: 3 1/2 bookmarks

The Rooster Bar
by John Grisham
(Doubleday – $37.00 – 354 pages)
“…focuses on scams and rip offs, making for an interesting read as you cheer for the underdogs …”
Rating: 3 1/2 bookmarks

The Late Show
by Michael Connelly
(Little Brown – $36.50- 408 pages)
“…has a definite winner with Renee Ballard, and we cannot wait to see what happens next to this feisty and lethal lady cop.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Operation Down
by Brad Taylor
(Dutton – $36.00 – 450 pages)
“…the same intensity of all past books, with the usual life-threatening moments tossed in for good measure.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell
by Robert Dugoni
(Lake Union – $21.95 – 430 pages)
“…a book with a message of hope, that something good will eventually come from bad…”
Rating: 4 1/2 bookmarks

The Shepherd’s Hut
by Tim Winton
(Picador – $30.99 – 267 pages)
“… a most intense and gritty tale of survival and coming to grips with realities that cannot be changed.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

The Woman Who Ran
by Sam Baker
(Harper Collins – $21.99 – 406 pages)
“…a book we should definitely not run from, but stay intently reading until we arrive at the moment of truth and beyond.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

The Evil That Men Do
by Robert Gleason
(Forge – $36.50 – 432 pages)
“It is complex and very well crafted, a book with so many elements playing into the story.”
Rating: 3 1/2 bookmarks

In the Hush of the Night
by Raymond Benson
(Skyhorse – $37.99 – 316 pages)
“Benson’s writing style (takes) us for an unstoppable ride to the last pages.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

The Dark Angel
by Elly Griffiths
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt – $36.00 – 345 pages)
“…has the same elements that have created a strong fan base for the author.”
Rating: 3 1/2 bookmarks

The Ruinous Sweep
by Tim Wynne-Jones
(Candlewick Press – $21.00 – 388 pages)
“There is a mystical quality to the passages both in fantasy and reality.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks


*** Non-Fiction Section ***
*** Best October Non-Fiction ***

The Official NHL Hockey Treasures – Centennial Edition 1917-2017
by Dan Diamond with Eric Zweig & Craig Ellenport
(Thomas Allen – $34.99 – 100 pages)
“No serious fan of the sport should be without this ultimate tribute to 100 years of incredible hockey history.”
Rating: 5 bookmarks

Girl, Wash Your Face
by Rachel Hollis
(DK Books – $28.50 -220 pages)
“…will cleanse your body with inspiration and candor.”
Rating: 5 bookmarks

**** Rest of October Non-Fiction ****

Paul Simon: The Life
by Robert Hilburn
(Simon & Schuster – $39.99 – 438 pages)
“…everyone a biography should be, filled with heart and soul and what has made Simon one of the greats of the music world.”
Rating: 4 1/2 bookmarks

Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia
by Tricia Barr, Adam Bray, & Cole Horton
(DK Books – $37.00 – 202 pages)
“…another one of those things fans need to add to their collection…”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Operation Robot: A Century of Science Fiction, Fact, and Speculation
by Terri Favro
(Skyhorse – $38.99 – 231 pages)
Reviewed by: Tori Levang
“This creates a well-rounded view and examination of robots in general, and what it might mean for humans in the future.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

The Big Break
by Stephen Dando Collins
(St. Martin’s Press – $38.99 – 252 pages)
“…relating the graphic details, showing triumphs of the heart and spirit…”
Rating: 3 bookmarks

The Man Who Could Be King
by John Ripley Miller
(Little A – $21.95 – 294 pages)
Reviewed by John M. Milner
“…eventually the knowledge Miller is trying to impart bods down the story he is trying to tell.”
Rating: 3 bookmarks

Girl, It’s Not You (It’s Definitely Him)
by Megan Edwards and Janet Reynolds
(Self Publishing Agency – $19.95 – 190 pages)
“…offers even more disturbing stories of men who created some of the worst possible dates for the women with them.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Giada’s Italy
by Giada De Laurenitis
(Potter – $47.00 – 290 pages)
“This is certainly a book for lovers of Italian food and the many variations that can be expertly created.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

The Vault of Horror – The EC Archives Volume 1
(Dark Horse – $65.99 – 220 pages)
“Story after story, we are captivated…”
Rating: 4 1/2 bookmarks

Spindrift: A Canadian Book of the Sea
by Michael L. Hadley & Anita Hadley
(Douglas & McIntyre – $36.95 – 337 pages)
“…an excellent job of creating a book that is reflective of the expansive waters around us.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

A Frenchwoman’s Guide to Sex After Sixty
by Marie De Hennezel
(Greystone – $22.95 – 200 pages)
“This is an important book for those entering older years, a starting point for discussions about intimacy and love”
Rating: 3 1/2 bookmarks

125 Nature Hot Spots in Alberta
by Leight Mcadam and Debbie Olsen
(Firely – $29.95 – 224 pages)
“…a book that can serve as a travelogue for anyone wishing to head out to the Prairie provinces.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Honest to Goodness
by Christine Tizzard
(Whitecap – $29.95 – 202 pages)
“…a recipes book filled with tasty classics.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks