Archive for the ‘Jilles’ Category


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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Gift Ideas for Film and TV Buffs

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Ready or not, the gift-giving season is upon us! Whether you celebrate Sinterklaas, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah or any other opportunity to give presents during the dark days of the winter solstice, we’ve got ideas aplenty. As in previous years, the ABC Staff has looked through their sections and hand-picked various choice literary jewels for your gift-giving pleasure.

We will present these titles in a series of blog posts and recommendation lists throughout the coming month. We hope you will find some inspiration in them, but please remember that these titles only represent a tiny fraction of the books on offer in our stores. Be sure to stop by to see what else there is in the area of your interest!

Today we hope you can find some gifts for those film, TV and theater critics in your group of friends, from our Film & TV, Plays and Animation sections.

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

Film & TV

Ebook available for 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die (older edition, though).

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Gift Ideas for Spiritualists

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Ready or not, the gift-giving season is upon us! Whether you celebrate Sinterklaas, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah or any other opportunity to give presents during the dark days of the winter solstice, we’ve got ideas aplenty. As in previous years, the ABC Staff has looked through their sections and hand-picked various choice literary jewels for your gift-giving pleasure.

We will present these titles in a series of blog posts and recommendation lists throughout the coming month. We hope you will find some inspiration in them, but please remember that these titles only represent a tiny fraction of the books on offer in our stores. Be sure to stop by to see what else there is in the area of your interest!

Today you can find books from our Consciousness, Body/Mind/Spirit, and Religion sections, for those of you who like to look inside (and beyond) to find a way to live in peace, happiness and health.

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

Consciousness

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Staff Review: Life’s Operating Manual – Tom Shadyac

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Reviewed by Jilles

Life’s Operating Manual is a great read by a very unexpected author, Hollywood director Tom Shadyac, who is the man behind most of the successful Jim Carey movies like Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Liar Liar, and Bruce Almighty.

And yes, this book is very entertaining, but also very serious about its subject. Contrary to what the title suggests, this is not a self-help book in the regular sense of the word that tells you how to become happy. This book talks about our society as a product of our collective consciousness and how we are slowly destroying ourselves and the earth. He doesn’t point any fingers at systems or companies, but at values underneath these systems and companies, which makes so much more sense because that brings the responsibility back to us again, to who we are as human beings and what our values are in our life.

The book reads like a spiritual book, but one from the outside in instead of from the inside out which is what you normally get with these titles. Very entertaining and insightful are the dialogues between his ‘love side’ and his ‘fear side’ that end every chapter. These two forces that are part of him are trying to battle out who is right and who is wrong, but in the end that is not the purpose of these dialogues. It is to show a different perspective on ourselves and the world we live in, and to see that we have the power to make different choices.

What makes this book also very personal is that Shadyac shares his own story of having had a brush with death, something that transformed the way he looked at society and the world. It inspired him to make radical changes in his own life. One of the things he did was giving up his mansion and private jet, bought a bicycle and started living in a double trailer. His company started distributing income to what people needed, not what the Hollywood system normally uses. There is more to Tom Shadyac than him just being a funny guy. He is paving the way to a new way of looking at ourselves and our life’s.

Jilles is ABC Amsterdam’s Consciousness and Film & TV buyer, and part of the Windows team that always produces such beautiful displays.  More staff reviews can be found here.

An ebook version of Life’s Operating Manual can be found here.

Store Bits: Out-of-print Crime, fascinating steps, an interview, find a new literary crush

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

“These out-of-print classic crime titles are once again available on our shelves at ABC Amsterdam in prestine condition (one copy per title only)! This month among the titles, the scary When Michael Calls by John Farris and the creepy Blood Secrets by Craig Jones.  All books are EUR 10.99.” – Jilles

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Luke shot some proof that ABC always has something fascinating for you to discover, even if you can’t read yet.  :-)

(In case you were wondering: they’re looking at a step-stool.)

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Former ABC customer Verushka interviewed Lynn, Avo and Karin for her eclectic pop culture website pop.edit.lit!  Check out the interview here.

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And Sophie (that would be yours truly) hopes you’ll discover a new literary crush among the fresh batch of blind book dates she’s put up on the Romance shelf at ABC The Hague.  Hubba hubba!