Monday, March 5, 2012

Books in for Review

Here's a sample of the books that came in this week for review.  Check them out and then visit our review site, Feathered Quill Book Reviews, in a few weeks to read the reviews.




Travels of the Mind by Ettore Grillo A retired lawyer, Ettore Grillo was born in Enna, Sicily in 1946 and has coped with many difficult situations. This is his autobiography and the story of his struggle to live normally. "Paranoid schizophrenia was destroying me," he says. Before writing this book, Grillo lacked strength, energy and enthusiasm. He was crushed by phobias and panic attacks, and was burned by anxiety. He walked the streets isolated from the rest of the world, shut inside his thoughts and often in conflict with others. For the author, a normal life cannot set aside the spiritual quest of searching for God, the immortal soul or mind, life after death or true eternal love. The book tells how Grillo recovered his vigor and good humour. He began to travel and meet extraordinary people who gave him strength. Everything in the book is true, including the stages of his healing. "Through this book I aim to hand over to others the strength I got from writing it. So that whoever reads it, can take advantage and eventually appreciate this great opportunity that is our human life." Grillo considers himself a citizen of the world. "For me, all people are my friend, whatever race they belong to." He has traveled extensively and has met people from many cultures. His autobiography documents his Travels of the Mind.  

1616: The World in Motion by Thomas Christensen The world of 1616 was a world of motion. Enormous galleons carrying silk and silver across the Pacific created the first true global economy, and the first international megacorporations were emerging as economic powers. In Europe, the deaths of Shakespeare and Cervantes marked the end of an era in literature, as the spirit of the Renaissance was giving way to new attitudes that would lead to the age of revolutions. Great changes were also taking place in East Asia, where the last native Chinese dynasty was entering its final years and Japan was beginning its long period of warrior rule. Artists there, as in many parts of the world, were rethinking their connections to ancient traditions and experimenting with new directions. Women everywhere were redefining their roles in family and society. Slave trading was relocating large numbers of people, while others were migrating in search of new opportunities. The first tourists, traveling not for trade or exploration but for personal fulfillment, were exploring this new globalized world.

Asgard Park by Ronald Simonar  Across two continents, three strangers uncover the oldest story on Earth and the best kept secret of all times. On a rainy day in late June 1991, Dr Wallenberg, a Swedish neurologist passes through customs at Kennedy Airport. He has come to take over the Directorship at Asgard Park, an old mental Institution in upstate New York. The young academic has no way of knowing that his new position is bait in a bigger game. He is about to uncover a misguided conspiracy run from the asylum. His predecessor at the helm, a man obsessed with Intelligent Design, is using vast resources 'to protect the chosen children'.


Good Girls Don't Bite Their Neighbors by Molly Harper

A Sliver of Shadow by Abby Sinclair Just when her new life as a TouchStone—a mortal bound to help OtherFolk cross between Faery and human worlds—seems to be settling down, Abby Sinclair is left in charge when the Protectorate, Moira, leaves for the Faery Court. And when the Protectorate’s away . . . let’s just say things spiral out of control when a spell on Abby backfires and the Faery Queen declares the Doors between their worlds officially closed. The results are disastrous for both sides: OtherFolk trapped in the mortal world are beginning to fade, while Faery is on the brink of war with the daemons of Hell. Along with her brooding elven prince Talivar and sexy incubus Brystion, Abby ventures to the CrossRoads in an attempt to override the Queen’s magic. But nothing in this beautiful, dangerous realm will compare to the discoveries she’s making about her past, her destiny, and what she will sacrifice for those she loves.