Amanda's Brilligs

It is a pleasure to be at Jabberwocky Bookshop.  After a decade of corporate customer service life it is surprising to find myself here.  But a lifetime of avid reading left me with the thought that when I "retire" it would be nice to have a little bookshop to fill my days and supply my reading habit.  Lucky me!  I am now in the enviable position of training for my retirement.  How amazing is that?
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060853983
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Published: William Morrow - November 28th, 2006

The world is going to end next Saturday night. Just before dinner. Unfortunately, the Antichrist has been misplaced. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse ride motorcycles. And the representatives from Heaven and Hell have decided they actually like the human race.

Laugh out loud, hysterically funny, yet never condescending. A great mental break that can still make you think.

The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower Cover Image
By Stephen King, Michael Whelan (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780743254564
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Published: Scribner - November 1st, 2005

All good things must come to an end, Constant Reader, and not even Stephen King can make a story that goes on forever. The tale of Roland Deschain's relentless quest for the Dark Tower has, the author fears, sorely tried the patience of those who have followed it from its earliest chapters. But attend to it a while longer, if it pleases you, for this volume is the last, and often the last things are best. Roland's ka-tet remains intact, though scattered over wheres and whens. Susannah-Mia has been carried from the Dixie Pig (in the summer of 1999) to a birthing room -- really a chamber of horrors -- in Thunderclap's Fedic; Jake and Father Callahan, with Oy between them, have entered the restaurant on Lex and Sixty-first with weapons drawn, little knowing how numerous and noxious are their foes. Roland and Eddie are with John Cullum in Maine, in 1977, looking for the site on Turtleback Lane where "walk-ins" have been often seen. They want desperately to get back to the others, to Susannah especially, and yet they have come to realize that the world they need to escape is the only one that matters. Thus the book opens, like a door to the uttermost reaches of Stephen King's imagination. You've come this far. Come a little farther. Come all the way. The sound you hear may be the slamming of the door behind you. Welcome to "The Dark Tower."

A fitting finale to a long, hypnotic, and relentless saga. Ka is a wheel...and I say Thank you.

American Gods Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060558123
Availability: Special Order
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - September 1st, 2003

Released from prison, Shadow finds his world turned upside down. His wife has been killed; a mysterious stranger offers him a job. But Mr. Wednesday, who knows more about Shadow than is possible, warns that a storm is coming -- a battle for the very soul of America . . . and they are in its direct path. One of the most talked-about books of the new millennium, "American Gods is a kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth and across an American landscape at once eerily familiar and utterly alien. It is, quite simply, a contemporary masterpiece.

Mr. Gaiman has an intriguing ability to ascribe wonder to the mundane.

The Strain Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061558245
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: HarperTorch - June 29th, 2010

Guillermo Del Toro is such a visual person that reading this book feels like watching a movie.  It is a refreshingly old-school take on vampire lore.  No women falling in love with creatures of the night.  No vampires as beautiful people.  The humans are flawed, the vampires ruthless (and creepily messy!), and the plot takes your breath away.  This is the epic, good vs evil, storytelling that made me fall in love with vampire mythology in the first place!

The Secret Scripture: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143115694
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Published: Penguin Books - April 28th, 2009

I enjoyed this quiet, contemplative story tremendously. It is an amazing meditation of the changes in women's roles in the 20th century, of personal memory as it intertwines with collective history, and ultimately what makes us happy.

Vellum: The Book of All Hours Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345487315
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Published: Del Rey - April 25th, 2006

The title of this book is perfect. Like good vellum paper it is multi-layered, multi-textured, and soft to the touch. However, this book is not for the faint of heart. This is complicated, and challenging, and requires your full attention. Your reward for all this effort is experiencing one of the most gorgeous and imaginative stories I have ever read.

Boom! Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385752244
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Published: Yearling - May 10th, 2011

The perfect end of the school year read...alien teachers, a quest to rescue a friend, and a mission to save the world!  Mark Haddon's (Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime) charm continues to shine in this novel for elementary aged kids and like minded adults.  Laugh your way into summertime.