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Our Favorite Reads: Pleun, Martijn, Jilles

Saturday, December 13th, 2014

It’s time for this blog’s favorite posts of the year: the ABC Staff’s Favorite Reads of 2014! We hope these books, magazines, games, and more will help you start your new literary year with a bang.

We want to know about YOUR favorite reads, too.  They don’t have to be books published in 2014, just read in 2014.  Please mail your Top 5 reads, and your reasons for enjoying them so much, to social@abc.nl by Christmas Day.  Your favorites will kick off the new year for this blog, as they have done for the past 7 years, and you will receive a € 7,50 ABC Gift Certificate as a thank you!

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What We’re Reading: Spring 2014

Friday, May 23rd, 2014



PeterL: The Farm – Tom Rob Smith.  A young man in London gets a call from his father in Sweden.  ”Things aren’t going well with your mother, she’s in the hospital, she’s psychotic.” One day later he gets a call from his mom: “I’m not crazy.  Your father is in league with dangerous criminals.  I’m coming to see you now.”  All this while the young man has been trying to find a good moment to tell his parents he’s gay.  Everything’s going to pot; this used to be one happy family.  But who’s telling the truth?  An exciting thriller, good pace, with subject matter that means a lot to me.

Ester: Pluto, vol. 1 – 8 (i.e. the entire series) - Urasawa X Tezuka

Simone: Secret Smile – Nicci French (ebook available here) and Bark – Lorrie Moore.

Renate: Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 – Francine Prose (ebook) and rereading Middlemarch – George Eliot (ebook).  It’s even more beautiful the second time.

Lilia: Star Trek: Spock’s World – Diane Duane.  Currently out of print, but copies are available through our supplier of second-hand books.  I’m also reading Inked Armour – Helena Hunting (ebook), actually the second part of her Clipped Wings series. I do intend to read part 1 (ebook) too… :-D   And after that will be Twelve Angry Men for my book club…

Maarten: Meriswin – Hafid Bouazza

Sophie: Tigerman – Nick Harkaway (ebook) and From a Distance – Raffaella Barker (ebook).  I’ve been waiting for Tigerman for ages, and am enjoying it very much.  It’s a rather subdued Harkaway book (compared to his previous two) but the friendship/father-son relationship he describes between a man and a boy is entirely believable, and very sweet.  But there are still exploding custard cans, masked vigilantes and it’s all set on an island about to be wiped off the face of the earth, so there’s still some crazy Harkaway action.  I’m only on page 5 or so of the Raffaella Barker book, but I know it will be good.  She’s one of those writers that should be read more by the general public, because her stories are always well told, well written and peopled with characters you really want to root for.

Tiemen: Lock In – John Scalzi.  It’s coming out in August but the editor was kind enough to send me an ARC.

JeroenW: Chronic City – Jonathan Lethem (ebook).  A bit of blather in New York City.

Nicki:  The Leopard - Jo Nesbø (ebook).  The Harry Hole series is AMAZING! (The Leopard is nr 8.)  Especially when compared to Mo Hayder’s Jack Caffery books (ebook). Which I also enjoy, but they are not as rich as Nesbø’s stories.  I think Mr. Nesbø is a superstar :-)

Martijn: The Deaths of Tao – Wesley Chu (ebook).  Part 2 after The Lives of Tao (ebook), which I thought was top notch popcorn (science)fiction.

Jouke: The Crimson Campaign – Brian McClellan (The Powder Mage, #2)(ebook)

Daria: Too Big to Know – David Weinberger.  About how “knowledge” (shape, content, realisation) has changed with the advent of the internet, the pros and cons of this change, and how to deal with it.  Really interesting!

Klaartje:  Crazy Rich Asians – Kevin Kwan (ebook)

Barry:  Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore – Robin Sloan (ebook). An absolute gem!  I can highly recommend this charming book, especially after reading The Circle (ebook).

Store Bits: Staff Choices

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

A new round of Staff Choices!  You can find these on little inserts in the books around both stores (and on separate Staff Choice shelves), and they can now also be found online on the books’ respective detailed pages (just click on one of the titles below and look at the bottom of that page).  Full integration, slowly coming together!

Bitter Seeds (Part One of the Milkweed Triptych) – Ian Tregillis (ebook)
Recommended by JeroenW

“I never would have thought that a story that basically amounts to ‘British Cthulhu-zealots versus Nazi X-Men’ could be anything but schlock, but Ian Tregillis proved me wrong.
The setup: the beginning of WWII coincides with the coming of age of Doktor von Westarp’s surviving test subjects, who have battery-operated powers such as walking through walls, telekinesis and – most importantly – seeing into the future. They succeed in almost bringing Britain to its knees, until the top secret Milkweed department decides to call in the warlocks. But the price for their services is quite dear…
Once I started reading this, I couldn’t stop. It’s a dark story with great characters, exciting action sequences and a suitably grim ending, which serves as the set-up for the two sequels.”

Grain Brain – David Perlmutter (ebook)
Recommended by Sigrid

“After all the bad news about carbs & gluten neurologist Perlmutter takes it one step further and talks about the connection between gluten and your brain.”

I Am Pilgrim – Terry Hayes (ebook)
Recommended by Martijn

“Great espionage thriller!
Big read, loads of story & background.  Aside from a plot-hole or two, this was a whole lotta fun!
Believable character- building, lots of action and all over the planet (but mostly in Turkey).
Loved it!
8,5 out of 10.”

The One Plus One – Jojo Moyes
Recommended by Sophie

“Heart-warming romantic story rooted firmly in real life. I especially loved Jess; she felt like a very real person that I probably cross paths with every day without knowing it. There are some great passages about what it means to be scraping by, literally counting pennies every day, and what that does to you. But then there were also some lovely scenes about how finding someone that you can connect with – instinctively and by getting to know them – increases you. I thought it was a wonderful book!”
Blogmistress’s note: this title is due out in February 2014.  I was one of those lucky people that received an Advanced Reader’s Copy.  :-)   You can pre-order it now, if you like!

Up Against It – M. J. Locke
Recommended by Tiemen

“Clever and charming hard SF novel. A modern version of the golden age space opera, but without the sexism.
Who knew that living on an asteroid could be that interesting?”

ABC’s Gift Ideas: Sports, Street Art, Tattoo

Monday, November 25th, 2013

The gift-giving season is upon us – hooray!

The ABC Staff has rummaged through their sections and order lists, and come up with another year’s worth of wonderful gift ideas for you: from fiction to history to cookbooks to children’s books to travel to non-books and onwards.

In a series of blog posts and recommendation lists throughout the coming month, you will find what we think will make great gifts, whether you celebrate Sinterklaas, Christmas or just like giving books to people. And since we’re a bookstore, these posts will be alphabetical by subject. :-)

Today you’ll find gift ideas for Sports, Street Art and Tattoo as picked out by section buyers Martijn and Paul. Bear in mind that this is just the tip of the iceberg – come to either one of our stores to browse many, many more titles in any of these subjects.

We are ready as ever to be your personal shoppers again this year, and hope you will find our selections useful and inspiring!

You can find our gift ideas from previous years here (scroll down a bit pas 2013), and be sure to have a look at our ABC Favorites, too.

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ABC’s Gift Ideas: Psychology/Self-Help, Religion, Romance

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

The gift-giving season is upon us – hooray!

The ABC Staff has rummaged through their sections and order lists, and come up with another year’s worth of wonderful gift ideas for you: from fiction to history to cookbooks to children’s books to travel to non-books and onwards.

In a series of blog posts and recommendation lists throughout the coming month, you will find what we think will make great gifts, whether you celebrate Sinterklaas, Christmas or just like giving books to people. And since we’re a bookstore, these posts will be alphabetical by subject. :-)

Today you’ll find gift ideas for Psychology/Self-Help, Religion and Romance as picked out by section buyers Agnes, Martijn and Sophie. Bear in mind that this is just the tip of the iceberg – come to either one of our stores to browse many, many more titles in any of these subjects.

We are ready as ever to be your personal shoppers again this year, and hope you will find our selections useful and inspiring!

You can find our gift ideas from previous years here (scroll down a bit pas 2013), and be sure to have a look at our ABC Favorites, too.

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