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The Book Booth: Why Am I Soft in the Middle Edition



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The Book Booth is a weekly feature at The Political Carnival, relating news, notes, and reflections from the world of books and publishing. @SeattleDan, along with his wife, @SeattleTammy, are operators of both an on-line bookstore here, as well as a brick and mortar storefront mini-store in Hoquiam, WA at 706 Simpson Ave (Route 101 South). Both have been in the book business since shortly after the Creation, or close to 6000 years now.

With all the wet weather recently, we've been using the car much more than the bicycles and I'm beginning to feel the lack of exercise. It'll be fine with me when the sun returns on a more permanent basis; and the days are now beginning to lengthen. Spring can't be too far away.

It may be sometime this spring when the conservative celebrity, Dr. Ben Carson, will make his decision about running for President next year. But Dr. Carson seems to have a problem with thinking originally. His 2012 book America the Beautiful seems to have plagiarized several of his conservative buddies, as BuzzFeed reports.
Ben Carson's Plagiarism

Carson and his publisher have issued apologies. Sort of. But I'm sure all of you will be glad that future printings will make the necessary corrections.
Ben Carson's Plagiarism -2-

In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo shootings, Rupert Murdoch help all Muslims accountable, because, you know...jihad. J.K. Rowling responded in kind and with great wit. Salon has the story here.

Those of us who have traveled abroad and ventured into foreign bookstores have noticed that very often the cover art for books are much different than the American counterpart. The Millions recently examined the jackets for these new books as seen here in the States and in the U.K. And there are some major differences.
Major Differences in Cover Art

There's sexy and then there's sexy. And there may be nothing more seductive than literary villains. Emily Temple listed her favorite fifty (!) sexy bad folk and the list is a lot of fun. I'm not thinking of any omissions off the top of my head, but you might.
Sexy Villains

Who doesn't love a good graph now and then? By the book has this one graphing the ages of some writers when they both first published and their "breakthrough" novels were written.
Age of Writers When They Wrote Their Breakthrough Books

Quiz time! Writers have used pen names for a long, long time. Can you match the pseudonym to the actual writer, asks Buzzfeed.
So Who Is Really Who?

Sigh. Another of my favorite authors, Robert Stone, has passed. He is probably best known for his novel Dog Soldiers, but his Flag for Sunrise and Children of Light were equally powerful. He will be missed.
Robert Stone Has Moved On

It may be January, but it is never too early to think about traveling and listing sights to see. ABEBooks, via HuffPo, has this list of spectacular bookstores.
Spectacular Bookstores - Your Home Away from Home

And if you're going to stop into the bookstores, you may as well take in some of the libraries that our own Lucian found on the BBC.
And Don't Forget Libraries - They're There for You!

Warm dreams and good reading, my friends. Please let us know what books are keeping you enthralled!


Germany from Above - Spectacular Route from Lindau to Berchtesgaden (HD)


From Above German Castle

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In this episode we explore a route through Germany, taking in lakes, amazing castles, mountains, and towns. We hope you enjoy it, whether you plan to visit or just want to learn more about Germany!

The journey is from Lindau on Lake Constance, to Baden Baden, Ulm, Fussen, Bavarian Alps and fantasy castles, Oberammergau, Lake Chiemsee, and Berchtesgaden.

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Crossing the Darién Gap (2013)


Darien Gap

From YouTube

Darién Gap is one of the most difficult areas on earth to travel and it is considered to be extremely dangerous. This documentary film tells about crossing of the Darién Gap. It includes footage from the speedboat ride from Turbo to Capurganá, border towns, and the jungle on the both sides of the Panama-Colombia border. There are interviews of two travellers, one from Switzerland and another from Peru.