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New From Zafon

I have made it no secret that I love Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s novel, Shadow of the Wind and I was amazed to hear that he had written a second story that takes place in the world of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books. Now he has written a third book.


The Prisoner of Heaven was publish in Spain recently and sadly it will take until next summer, 2012, for the English translation to be released in the United States. I wish I could read spanish, but I also need to read The Angel’s Game.

I have loved Zafon’s work since I first read Shadow of the Wind and The Prince of Mist. I have often wondered what his stories would be like if they were ever made into a film and I am surprised they haven’t already. It seems as if very book is made into a film. If it ever is I hope Guillermo del Toro would be the director.

Anyway, keep an eye out for this book and if you have not yet read any of his novels I would suggest beginning with Shadow of the Wind. I’ll soon be reading The Angel’s Game and I shall tell you what I think of it.

Until then,

Happy Reading


The Ann Patchett Bookseller

How interesting would it be if all authors had their own independent bookstore, similar to all American presidents have their own libraries?

Part of this idea came true this year as author Ann Patchett opened her own independent bookstore in Nashville, Tennessee. I first read about the new bookstore, named Parnassus Books, on a NPR report, which you can find here. For me Patchett hit a home run with her opening as a way to support all independent bookstore that are struggling across the country.

Then I started thinking about what historical authors I would have liked to see open a bookstore. The first author that came to mind was Charles Dickens. I can imagine that his bookstore would be old, dark, but beautiful in a very blue collar way. Other than Dickens I would also like to see the library of H.P. Lovecraft, although I do not think he would have a children’s section and he might not like customers in general. I don’t think he was a people person, which might not be good for business.

Please tell us some of your favorite authors who you would like to see open their own bookstore.

The Fang and the Endeavor

A while ago I posted an article about some new and exciting books that I learned about at the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association (NAIBA). Article here. This is what I thought of two of the books.

The Family Fang; by Kevin Wilson


This book was different, in a great and touching way. The story of a strange family of artists and the two children, Annie and Buster, who rebel against their parents and their parents strange art. This strange art is a more artistic version of what you might see on the shows, and movies, of the group known as Jackass. (Bare with me.) But, instead of having a thirty-year old man dress up as a ninety-year old man and pretend to give his pretend grandson liquor in public and recording how bystanders react; the parents, Caleb and Camille, have fake marriage proposals on airplane flights and hand out fake couples for a free chicken sandwich. They believe that real art is in the reaction of the people whom have no clue as to what is going on. Some of it is funny, and some of it is painful. But how does this weird art affect a family and the children who end up in the art a Child A and Child B? What happens with the children when they grow up and suddenly their parents disappear? Is it an act?

The story is very clever and well written. The characters are fun as well as deeply flawed. I would recommend this story to anyone who likes a good embarrassing laugh.


This Dark Endeavor; by Kenneth Oppel

I love Frankenstein and this book did not disappoint. Like the book Finn by Jon Clinch, I felt that this book not only stayed loyal to the original story, but it added to the world of the original. Victor Frankenstein is a strange man and though I never thought about it before, when I first heard about this book I did wonder about what kind of childhood a person like that would have.

It was an itched that needed scratching and Oppel made a great story that is fun for many ages or readers. Yes, it is a young adult novel, but it is fun to read as an adult who can see the hints of what is to come in the future of the tragic boy’s life.

What makes the book fun with interest is the balance of magic and science, the very balance that Frankenstein tries to walks and untilamtely fails.

Happy Reading




Stan Salett – At the Compleat Bookseller

This Friday, November 4th, Stan Salett shall be our guest speaker at the Compleat Bookseller beginning at 6 p.m. Come hear him talk about his new book, The Edge of Poitics: Stories from the Civil Rights Movement, the War of Poverty and the Challenges of School Reform. Stan is a regular visitor to Chestertown, a quick drive from his home in Washington D.C.

In his book he writes about his life in politics and education reform.

Stan was recently interviewed in the Chestertown Spy and talked about his book and the importance of education reform in the American system. For more on the interview, you can find it here.

We hope to see you at the The Compleat Bookseller.

Happy Halloween from the Bookstore

Hello book and Halloween lovers. With Halloween approaching the bookstore is preparing.

 We have many great books to put the spook into your night. We have classics such as The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde to Call of the monstrous tales of Call of the Cthulhu by Lovecraft.

We have recently published stories such as The Last Werewolf, Zone One, and This Dark Endeavor.

We even have local ghost stories right from Kent County.


But that is not all . . . 

For the child inside of you or for your own child we have a great selection or children’s Halloween stories.

Learn about the story of Jack O’Lantern, the Irish legend of the Banshee or the after Halloween celebration of The Day of the Dead.


What ever it is, We hope to scare you soon.

Banned Books

As far as I am concerned the only books that deserved to be banned are books that are poorly written and not very interesting. Books with characters that are flat, boring, one dimensional; books that have a predictable plot and a series of events that are cliche and atrocious. These are the books that should be kept out of schools because there are far too many good books to read.

Sadly there are many places that ban books on content, not talent and originality. I shall not point fingers at the banners, but I shall ask you that in celebration of Banned Book Week, which actually is this week (sorry for the late notice), please read a banned book. I plan on reading Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.

For more about the fight against banning books visit this site and more about Banned Book Week click here.


Happy Reading

New in Hardback

The Kid
by: Sapphire

New from Penguin is the novel The Kid. Fifteen years and an Oscar-nominated movie adaptation have passed by since Push, and, with Precious long dead, Sapphire unfurls the story of her son, Jamal Abdul Louis Jones. Orphan Jamal winds up at a foster home where he’s mocked and beaten to the point of having to be hospitalized. Fast forward, and Abdul, going by the name J.J., is at the St. Ailanthus School for boys, where he’s sexually abused by priests and in turn sexually abuses a couple of boys at the school. When J.J. is thrown out of the school, he struggles to handle his own conflicting desires and the rigors of getting by in a tough world by himself, often with very little comprehension of consequences. J.J. is a great creation, if a sometimes frustrating one: Sapphire excels at getting readers into the head of a frightened, enraged, and frustrated wild child, but that isn’t always the best vantage point from which to watch this heartbreaking story unfold. This is a sobering and unflinching study of the legacy of abuse, and while the narration can leave readers more puzzled than piqued, it’s a harrowing story.

~Publisher Weekly

If you have read this story tell us what you think.

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Come discover what hides inside . . .

Welcome to the place that loves books

Hello Everyone,

We are the Compleat Bookseller and we are located in Chestertown, Maryland.

We love reading books and want to share them with you.