Sunday, December 21, 2014

Winner - Angels Sing prizepack!

And the randomly chosen winner of the Angels Sing prizepack - the Angels Sing DVD and the book, When Angels Sing, by Turk Pipkin is:

Karin!

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

You Can't Judge A Book By Its Cover #35

- You can't judge a book by its cover - which is very true. 
 But you can like one cover version better than another...

Canadian/US cover
UK cover
There are so many great books coming out this winter! Here's one I can't wait to read - As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan Bradley. Flavia is coming to Canada!
The latest installment in this delightful series releases in North America on Jan 6/15. The Canadian/US cover is on the left. UK readers will have to wait until April 23/15. UK cover on the right. Hands down winner for me is the Canadian cover. I own all of these book and this fits in with the bright colours and images used in the previous six entries. As you wait for #7, there's a short story available now -
  The Curious Case of the Copper Corpse.
Have you read the Flavia books? Will you be picking this latest?Which cover do you prefer?
 You Can't Judge A Book By Its Cover is a regular Saturday feature on A Bookworm's World.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Over the Counter #243

What books caught my eye this week as they passed over the library counter and under my scanner? Well, these seemed quite appropriate, given the date.....

First up is Everything I Needed to Know About Christmas, I Learned From a Little Golden Book by Diane Muldrow.

From the publisher, Random House:

"The Poky Little Puppy, the Gingerbread Man, and many other classic Golden Books characters help illustrate this wise and witty guide to the holidays! Delightfully retro yet utterly of the moment, this companion to the bestselling EVERYTHING NEED TO KNOW I LEARNED FROM A LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK will delight fans of those gold foil-spined treasures. Featuring iconic art from Golden Books luminaries including Eloise Wilkin, Richard Scarry, J.P. Miller, Garth Williams, and more — this collection is a must for maintaining ever-important holiday cheer!"

Next up is A Merry Christmas Cookbook from Disney Publishing:

"Treat your taste buds to a feast of traditional holiday delights! With simple step-by-step instructions, helpful cooking tips, color photographs, and charming character art, this book is the perfect way for parents and children to make holiday magic in the kitchen! A rating system lets kids know how difficult the recipes are, and cooking tips are sprinkled throughout. Kids will enjoy making Rolly’s Spotted Cranberry Pancakes, Sugar Rush Popcorn Gumdrop Garland and Anna’s Frozen Ice Candy!"

(Over the Counter is a regular feature at A Bookworm's World. I've sadly come the realization that I cannot physically read every book that catches my interest as it crosses over my counter at the library. But... I can mention them and maybe one of them will catch your eye as well. See if your local library has them on their shelves!)

The Maze Runner Twitter Viewing Party

What am I doing Friday night you ask? Well, I will be glued to my Blu-ray player watching the newly released The Maze Runner and live tweeting with other fans....and @JamesDashner!

You're welcome to join the fun! Keep up with the conversation at

#MazeRunnerFriday


Don't own the movie yet? No worries - I'll be posting my review in the near future......AND I'll be giving away a Blu-ray copy of The Maze Runner with that review to one lucky reader!!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Moriarty - Anthony Horowitz

Well, mystery buffs, fiction fans and television lovers will all recognize this name - Professor Moriarty - the arch nemesis of Sherlock Holmes.

Anthony Horowitz's new book, Moriarty, takes place mere days after the final confrontation of Holmes and Moriarty at Reichenbach Falls that resulted in both men's deaths.

Pinkerton Detective Frederick Chase arrives from the US. He is tracking an American criminal kingpin who was to join forces with Moriarty. Could there be a clue left on the body pulled from the bottom of the falls? Scotland Yard Inspector Athelney Jones (who appeared in Doyle's story The Sign of Four) is also at the falls to view the body pulled from the bottom. Jones is a devoted fan of Holmes' methods and escapades. The two join forces to hunt down the kingpin. Chase is the narrator of Moriarty

I had read Horowitz's book The House of Silk (a Sherlock Holmes mystery - my review) and knew I would love this novel as well. The tone, the language and the settings all capture the feel of Doyle's writing style. But Horowitz does not try to mimic or copy the originals. He does put his own stamp on the book. Doyle's estate has approved Horowitz to write these novels.

I felt a delicious frisson of anticipation as the phrase "The game is afoot" was uttered. The clues are there, the deductions are made and twining together of the threads begins as the mystery is slowly pieced together, then the action starts to ramp up as the pair get closer and closer to their quarry and....

....and the final few chapters were fantastic. I had a small little voice saying...'maybe'...as I read, but Horowitz still caught me unawares. And then I had to go back and read the beginning again! Absolutely loved it! Moriarty is definitely recommended. (And I'm really hoping there's another book in the works.)  Read an excerpt of Moriarty.

"Anthony Horowitz is the author of the international bestseller The House of Silk and the New York Times number one bestselling Alex Rider series for Young Adults. As a television screenwriter he created both Midsomer Murders and the BAFTA-winning Foyle’s War, both of which were featured on PBS’s Masterpiece Mystery. He regularly contributes to a wide variety of national newspapers and magazines, and in January 2014 was awarded an OBE for his services to literature. He lives in London." You can keep up with Anthony Horowitz on Twitter.

See what others on the TLC book tour thought. Full schedule can be found here.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Giveaway - Deep Secret - Diana Wynne Jones

Tor Books has just released a new edition of the  classic adult fantasy novel, Deep Secret by Diana Wynne Jones. Wynne Jones was a winner of many awards, including the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement.

"From the publisher:

"The Magids, powerful magicians, are at work to maintain the balance between positive and negative magic, for the good of all in the multiverse. Rupert Venables is the Magid assigned to Earth and to the troublesome planets of the Koyrfonic Empire. While helping with the transition after the death of the Koyrfonic Emperor, Rupert is also in desperate search of a junior Magid. Rupert attends a SF convention in England to meet the prospective Magids, but he discovers that other forces, some of them completely out of control, are there too...." 

"A clever, funny fantasy with appeal for both adult and YA audiences, this is the perfect gift for life-long fans or fantasy readers who have yet to discover the enchanting Diana Wynne Jones." Read an excerpt of Deep Secret.

Sound like a book you'd enjoy? Simply leave a comment to be entered. One randomly chosen winner will receive a copy of the newly released paperback edition of A Deep Secret. Open to US and Canada, no PO boxes please. Ends Jan 3/15. One entry per person please. 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Giveaway - The Good Lie Blu-ray DVD starring Reese Witherspoon!

I've got an amazing giveaway for you today! The Good Lie, starring Reese Witherspoon, releases on DVD/Blu-ray on December 23/14. This is an absolutely perfect film for this time of the year -  heartwarming and uplifting. And one lucky, randomly chosen reader will receive a copy of this amazing, inspiring, TRUE story, courtesy of Warner Brothers Home Entertainment.

"They were known simply as “The Lost Boys.”

Orphaned by the brutal civil war in Sudan, which began in 1983, these young victims traveled as many as a thousand miles on foot in search of safety. Fifteen years later, a humanitarian effort would bring 3,600 lost boys, as well as girls, to America.

Mamere and Theo are sons of the Chief in their village in Southern Sudan. When an attack by the Northern militia destroys their home and kills their parents, eldest son Theo is forced to assume the role of Chief and lead a group of young survivors, including his sister Abital, away from harm. But the hostile, treacherous terrain has other dangers in store for them. As the tattered group makes the difficult trek to Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya, they meet other fleeing children, forging a bond with Jeremiah, who, at 13, is already a man of faith, and Paul, whose skills become essential to their survival.

Thirteen years later, the now young adults are given the opportunity to leave the camp and resettle in America. Upon arriving in Kansas, they are met by Carrie Davis (Reese Witherspoon), an employment agency counselor who has been enlisted to help find them jobs—no easy task, when things like light switches and telephones are brand new to them.

Although Carrie has successfully kept herself from any emotional entanglements, these refugees, who desperately require help navigating the 21st century and rebuilding their shattered lives, need just that. So Carrie embarks on her own uncharted territory, enlisting the help of her boss, Jack (Corey Stoll). " See what others are saying on the Good Lie Facebook page.

I can't wait to watch this movie - watch for my review! And if you too would like to own and watch The Good Lie, simply leave a comment. One lucky reader will be randomly chosen on Dec. 28/14. This is an international story - and so is the giveaway! One entry per person please. 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Giveaway - Angels Sing - DVD AND Book!

Do I have the perfect holiday giveaway for you today!!

I adore Christmas movies. (Feel good movies at this time of the year are the best!) I'm really looking forward to sitting by my tree to watch Angels Sing!

"Harry Connick, Jr. stars as Michael Walker, who, as a child, wished every day was Christmas. That is, until a tragic accident crushed his holiday spirit. Thirty years later, Michael still can’t muster any joy for Christmas, despite encouragement from his playful wife (Connie Britton) and well intentioned parents (Kris Kristofferson and Fionnula Flanagan). But when his young son (Chandler Canterbury) faces a tragedy, Michael needs to make amends with his past. A mysterious man named Nick (Willie Nelson) gives Michael a gift that instills in him the courage to find the Christmas joy that he lost." Perfect holiday viewing! Watch for my review!

Angels Sing is based on the book, When Angels Sing, by Turk Pipkin.

"Writer and actor Turk Pipkin has had a career like no other. A former stand-up comedian who gave Read an excerpt of When Angels Sing.
up performing after a long run on the road with Rodney Dangerfield and many others, he's since published eight books, including two well-received novels, and written a hundred hours of primetime television. He's also traveled around the world for thirty years, writing as he journeyed for a dozen national magazines. In his latest incarnation, Turk can be seen as a recurring character in the third season of HBO's hit series, "The Sopranos."

Here's a quick Q and A with Turk Pipkin! 

 1. You're a man who has worn many hats - author, actor, comedian, director and activist. And you've met many people in those roles. Who has left their mark on you or impacted your life the most?

---I owe so much to so many, it's hard to choose who's influenced me the most. It's hard to top Desmond Tutu telling me, "The sea is made of drops of water. What you do, where you are, is of significance." Even so, I think Willie Nelson has taught me more than anyone else - in how to respect family, friends and those in need, in being open every day to the possibilities of Love, and in how to make conscious decisions in the way you live your life. In One Peace at a Time, a feature documentary I directed for The Nobelity Project, Willie told me, "The answer is there if you look for it. You know what to do. Right and wrong is not that hard. It’s what you choose to do."

 2. Angels Sing is a great movies for families to watch at Christmas. What do you love most about Christmas?

---The thing I like most about Christmas is probably the same as almost everyone else - the way it brings families together; the way it ties them together across generations. That's the core message contained in Angels Sing, and also in my novel that it's based on, When Angels Sing.

 3. How can readers support the Nobelity Project?

---The Nobelity Project has made three feature films and fifty short films about global problems and solutions. These are hopeful films about a better way, and I love it when new people find them at www.nobelity.org, on our youtube channel, or any other way. We often have specific fundraising projects for a particular school in Kenya, for tree-planting in the States or for our library and bookmobile project in Honduras, but the engagement almost always comes through our films and photos. So a great place to start is to join the mailing list and like us on Facebook.

 4. What's next for Turk Pipkin?

---We built 50 classrooms, libraries and water projects in Kenya last year. We'll do more this year and that works keeps me fairly busy with community engagement, contracting the construction work and reporting on it all. Outside of the Nobelity Project, I'm still writing books and screenplays, doing my best to tell stories that I love, and that I think will have some meaning and some entertainment factor. It's nice when you end up with a movie with Willie Nelson, Connie Britton and Harry Connick, Jr., but you have to remember, it all starts with the story.

Sound like a DVD and book you'd like to enjoy?! Simply leave a comment to be entered. One randomly chosen winner will win a copy of the DVD and book! Open to US and Canada, one entry per person. Ends Dec 21/14.