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Store Bits: Staff Choices

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

A new round of Staff Choices of both new and old books.  Enjoy!

A History of Future Cities -Daniel Brook
Recommended by Sigrid

“A pioneering exploration of four cities where East meets West and past becomes future: St. Petersburg, Shanghai, Mumbai, and Dubai. The cities share an important characteristic: they were planned as cities of the future. The premise of the city of tomorrow is a fascinating one, and this book is a wealth of information.”

Redeployment – Phil Klay (ebook here)
Recommended by Renate & Reinoud

“Honest and brutal and moving stories about war and coming home and
life as you knew it”

The Gone-Away World – Nick Harkaway (ebook)
Recommended by Sophie

“What a debut!
A post-apocalyptic world gone mad, featuring Heroes, mimes, kung-fu, Stuff, and a massive plot twist that throws the entire story on its head.
I loved it.”

The Goblin Emperor – Katherine Addison
Recommended by Tiemen

“Warning, do not read this book. You will read it in one go and then curse the author because you do not want the story to end.
This is one of those stories where everything just works. A well thought out world: elves, goblins, airships and a incredibly detailed and intriguing Byzantine-like imperial court. An very likeable protagonist who you can’t help but root for. And a smart story about politics, doing the right thing and deadly court intrigue.
All I hope is that Katherine Addison will write a second novel soon.
In the meantime I’ll be rereading The Goblin Emperor again.”

Hyperion – Dan Simmons (ebook)
Recommended by JeroenW

“Don’t let the cover fool you into thinking this is a fantasy novel. In fact, it’s a love letter to science fiction. It’s a frame story about six travellers who are going to meet the The Shrike, a supernatural being covered in razorsharp blades.
During their travels the companions each tell their reason for doing so, and each of their stories is representative of a science fiction sub-genre (military SF, cyberpunk etc.).
A great introduction to SF, and a great read.”

You Ask, We Answer: Poetry

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

We are often asked for reading suggestions and recommendations, from one bookworm to another. We love these questions, so please don’t hesitate to ask us. If one of us doesn’t know an answer, we’ll ask a colleague whether they have any tips. Step right up to one of us in either store or else mail your quandaries to social@abc.nl and we’ll do our best to come up with some great books. We’ll post our answers right here on the blog so others can enjoy them, too!

Darice mailed us this question:

“I recently bought De eerste letter by Lieke Marsman, an autobiographical poetry book. It’s about her dealing with anxiety, loneliness and love. Lieke is 23 and a bit of daily life shows in her poetry, like binge-watching ‘Orange is the New Black’ or going to Marqt for groceries.
Normally I’m not into poems, but I liked this one.
My question is: are there female poets in English that fall in the same category as Lieke Marsman? Not being familiar at all with present-day poets and poems I have no idea where to look.”

ABC Amsterdam’s Poetry buyer Renate answered:

“Funny – I just bought De eerste letter by Lieke Marsman myself!  To be perfectly honest, I don’t know a lot of young, female British/American poets that have a similar style, but I have come up with some suggestions:

Personally I find the poems by Ariana Reines very beautiful.

Other than Reines I can recommend, even if they’re not all female and/or young:

ABC’s Favorite Reads 2013, part 2: Renate, Barry, PeterH

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

It’s my favorite part of the blogging year: our favorite reads! The ABC staff has looked through all the books and magazines they’ve read over the past year, or games they played, or stationery they used, and picked out their top 5 (or 4, or 8). Every single item in these posts comes highly recommended, and we hope to add some ideas to your 2014 reading list.

Of course, we always love reading tips ourselves, too, and so we hope you will send in YOUR favorite reads of 2013 to us. 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.

Our second Favorite Reads post comes courtesy of

  • Renate: has published her short stories (in Dutch) through internet magazine Tijdschrift Ei.
  • Barry: surfer dude, still after all these years.  Knows every single book in his sections, and whether he has them in stock or not.
  • PeterH: the Englishman with NO Dutch accent what-so-ever! He should change his name to Peter Huppelwoud.

Enjoy!

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ABC’s Gift Ideas: Fiction, Film/TV, Foreign Languages

Wednesday, November 6th, 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 Fiction, Film/TV and Foreign Languages as picked out by section buyers Renate, Simone, Ester and Tom. 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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What We’re Reading

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013


Simone: Sight Reading – Daphne Kalotay
Jouke: The Age of Voodoo – James Lovegrove
JeroenW: The Desert Spear – Peter V. Brett
Renate: Faces in the Crowd – Valeria Luiselli
Jesse: The Little Friend – Donna Tartt
Ester: The Bad Book Affair – Ian Sansom
Aviva: In the City of Bikes: The Story of the Amsterdam Cyclist – Pete Jordan
Pleun: How to Eat Out – Giles Coren
Martijn: Hounded – Kevin Hearne
Sophie: Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen (pulp cover)
Nicki: American Gods – Neil Gaiman (“author’s preferred text “edition)
Tiemen: Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell – Susanna Clarke
PTRL: American Elsewhere – Robert Jackson Bennett
Tom: A Young ScoundrelEduard Limonov (English translation by John Dolan, but no longer in print)
Lynn: Dear Life – Alice Munro
Lilia: The Colossus Rises (The Seven Wonders Book 1) – Peter Lerangis