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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).

This Just In: Plays

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Six Recently-Arrived Titles from the Plays/Drama Section:

Please be sure to contact our stores for an exact stock check.

Ebook available for Doubt, August: Osage County, Our Town and The Oedipus Cycle.

Store Bits: Blind Dates, Windows and Inventory

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Tiemen took the idea and ran with it at ABC Amsterdam, and now Ester has followed suit at ABC The Hague: Blind Date with a Book.  Choose from Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy and/or Mysteries & Thrillers!

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The Amsterdam Window Team has done another stellar job with a Carson McCullers tribute.  See our Facebook page for more pictures.

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And finally, a beautiful shot from this past Inventory Day at ABC Amsterdam.  All those books, one by one.  :-)

Saw the movie? Read the book!

Friday, January 17th, 2014

These January movies are based on books:


Ender’s Game: Based on Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (ebook here).  Did you notice Harrison Ford took out his earring for this role?

Parkland: Based on Four Days in November: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy by Vincent Bugliosi.  Although based on a true story and depicting real-life people, the end credits state: “All characters in this film are fictional and any resemblance to persons living or dead is purely coincidental.” (source: IMDb)

Philomena: Based on The Lost Child of Philomena Lee by Martin Sixsmith (ebook here)(retitled to Philomena for the movie).  Did you know Judi Dench is “only” 5′ 1″ (1,55 m) tall?

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty: Based on the short story The Secret Life of Walter Mitty by James Thurber.  Tagline: Stop dreaming. Start living.

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit: Based, not on a specific book, but on the character Jack Ryan as created by Tom Clancy.  Ryan first appeared in 1984, in The Hunt for Red October (ebook here).  Personal quote by Tom Clancy: “The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.”

The Wolf of Wall Street: Based on The Wolf of Wall Street by Jordan Belfort (ebook here).  An oopsie: During the interview at the FBI office, the evidence box moves by itself to right next to Belfort. (source: IMDb)

The Book Thief: Based on The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (ebook here).  In this film, Death has a voice. POSSIBLY SOMETHING LIKE THE VOICE OF DISCWORLD’S DEATH.

Edited to add: The Congress: “Inspired by” The Futurological Congress by Stanislaw Lem (ebook here).  Director Ari Folman’s previous movie was Waltz with Bashir.

Bonus movies based on books:

I, Frankenstein: Based on the (currently unavailable) graphic novel by Kevin Grevioux.  Director/writer Stuart Beattie is known for co-screenwriting parts 2 and 3 of Pirates of the Caribbean.

ABC’s Favorite Reads 2013, part blogmistress: Karin, Ester, Sophie

Friday, December 20th, 2013

And so we come to the last favorite reads post.  I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about the books we are so enthusiastic about, and I hope they’ve given you some new titles or authors to try out.  I always get tons of new reading tips myself and there’s not much more satisfying than seeing your fellow booksellers in full, enthusiastic bookselling mode.  :-)

Thanks so much to my lovely colleagues, who managed to find some time somewhere to send in their lists.  I really hope you will send in YOUR favorite reads of 2013, too. They don’t have to be books published in 2013, just read in 2013. Please mail your Top 5 (and why these books were so good) to social@abc.nl by December 31st, and don’t forget to include your home address so we can send you an ABC gift certificate in the new year as a thank you. As has become a tradition, your Top 5s will be published in January.

This last Favorite Reads post comes courtesy of

  • Karin:  coordinator of many events, prize draws and other marketing things.  Hopes to improve her tennis game.  Also wants to do more volunteer work in 2014 and would like to ask everyone who reads this to try and give some of their precious time to help the many kids and elderly people who so need your support!
  • Ester:  our tweety bird.  Unable to resist any animal, especially one in need.  Just took over the Religion section in The Hague and is on a very steep learning curve. :-)
  • Sophie: your blogmistress, at your service.  I think I might hold the ABC speed record for typing, and I’m allergic to children’s choirs.

Enjoy, and happy holidays!

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