Yo Ho, Yo Ho

The Last Bookaneer by Matthew Pearl

What is a “bookaneer”, you may ask? It is not a pirate that reads a lot if that is what you are thinking.Though piracy of a kind does figure quite prominently into a bookaneer’s work.

This is the story of Penrose “Pen” Davenport, one of the greatest bookaneers in the time before the Twentieth Century and the beginning of the international laws protecting copyright. It is the story of one of the last escapades of the greatest bookaneers, the last battle between Pen Davenport and his rival the mysterious Belial. The prize is the final masterpiece being penned by Robert Louis Stevenson, who at that very moment lay dying in self-imposed exile in Samoa.

It is a battle for wealth, notoriety, and for revenge. When the struggle ends and the dust has cleared, there will only be one last bookaneer.

Cry Havoc, and Release the Dinosaurs of War!

The Dinosaur Lords by Victor Milán

In a province of pacifists a former mercenary lord must raise an army aided by the dinosaur master who once helped defeat him. In the court of the Empire of Nuevaropa, the imperial princess Melodia struggles to free herself from the shadow of her loving, and oblivious, father while her betrothed. the dashing Count Jaume, is forced by his own sense of duty into a course of action where no choice will be the right one.

This is the world of Paradise where the schemes and passions of men are played out in the courts of power and on the battlefield. Where the weapons are words, swords, and dinosaurs.

Mark Watney of Mars

The Martian by Andy Weir

A few days ago Mark Watney was the fifteenth person to walk on Mars. Today he may be the first person to die there. There’s no hope of rescue. Why would there be, the rest of the crew and everyone back on Earth thinks he’s dead. Did we mention that when the rest of Watney’s crew left Mars they took the radio with them? So there’s no way he can tell anyone he’s still alive. But not to worry, he’s probably going to run out of food and water before he runs out of air. That’s assuming the climate, faulty equipment, or his own mistakes don’t get him first. Well, there’s nothing like a challenge.

The Man in the Pin-Striped Frock Coat

Our Man in Charleston: Britain’s Secret Agent in the Civil War South by Christopher Dickey

It was not the best of times, and the worst was yet to come. In the tense years leading up to the American Civil War and in the tumultuous times to follow, one man stood between the Confederacy and its official recognition by the wider world. That man was Robert Bunch, Her Majesty’s consul in Charleston, South Carolina.

A Hero is Born

The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew

In 1944 a hero appeared in rural China to aid the people in their fight against the invading Imperial Japanese Army. He was a man of mystery, his face always obscured, his shadow taking the appearance of a giant smiling turtle, and his origins known only to himself.

Here at last is his story. Herein lies the origin of that shadow hero, the Green Turtle.

He’s Just Big Boned

Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan

“Have you ever read a book that changed your life? Well, neither has Jim Gaffigan.”

Jim Gaffigan is just an average guy. Except that he’s a stand-up comic with five kids and that lives in a two-bedroom apartment in New York City. No, he’s not crazy.

Oh What a Tangled Web We Knit

Boys Don’t Knit by T.S. Easton

Boys are supposed to like things like cars, soccer, getting into trouble and Top Gear. They are certainly not supposed to like knitting. Well Ben Fletcher is a boy and he likes writing, reading, math, and being organized. He certainly does not like any of those things other things boys his age are supposed to like. Well except the knitting. Ben really likes knitting and to make matters worse, he’s really good at it.