Events Buzz Monday: Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019!

Happy New Year’s Eve, and an enormous THANK YOU to all of you, our customers, for making 2018 a wonderful year at ABSW. We are looking forward to an even better year in 2019.

Our post-holiday sale starts NOW!  Come in to the store to see our markdowns on many new titles as we prepare for our annual inventory.  It’s a perfect opportunity to stock up on gifts for yourself or your friends and family. [And don’t forget, we do mail order!]

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Our holiday hours for today and tomorrow:

MONDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2018 – 10AM to 5PM

TUESDAY, JANUARY 1, 2019 – 10AM to 5PM

Our regular hours resume on Wednesday, January 2nd:

MONDAY AND TUESDAYS – 10AM-9PM

WEDNESDAYS AND THURSDAYS = 10AM-8PM

FRIDAYS AND SATURDAYS – 10AM-9PM

SUNDAYS – 10AM-5PM

Events to start off the month of January…

RECURRING EVENT: Monday, January 7, 7PM-9PM – Spinning Yarns Craft and Audiobook Social! Bring a craft and enjoy an audiobook or audio drama with other crafty booklovers!

RECURRING EVENT: Tuesday, January 8, 7PM 9PM – Game Night! Bring your favorite game or try a new one. Stop by the store to socialize and play!

SPECIAL EVENT: Saturday, January 12, 6:00 – 8:00 – Rainbow Readers Discusses No Man Of Woman Born By Ana Mardoll. The Rainbow Readers of Massachusetts is an LGBTQIA book club that meets once a month, usually on the third Saturday. All are welcome!

RECURRING EVENT: Monday, January 14, 7PM-9PM – Spinning Yarns Craft and Audiobook Social! Bring a craft and enjoy an audiobook or audio drama with other crafty booklovers!

RECURRING EVENT: Tuesday, January 15, 7PM 9PM – Game Night! Bring your favorite game or try a new one. Stop by the store to socialize and play!

SPECIAL EVENT: Friday, January 18, 4:00 – 6:00 – Author James Cambias Speaks and Signs.

We will be adding more events to our calendar in the coming weeks.

Have you enjoyed our events or the time you’ve spent in our little store? Consider leaving us a review on TripAdvisor or leaving us a review on Yelp. You can also review us on Facebook!

May your world be filled with wonderful words!

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Events Buzz: Christmas Eve

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We hope everyone had a lovely Yule / Winter Solstice over this weekend, and we wish everyone who celebrates it a Happy Christmas today, this Christmas Eve.

We will be closing at 5:00 PM, TODAY, on Christmas Eve, and will be CLOSED, TOMORROW, on Christmas.

We have ONE MORE EVENT THIS YEAR! THIS FRIDAY, December 28, starting at 11:00 AM, join us for Storytime. The topic will be “Anything Snow”.

And for the month of January…

Saturday, January 12, 6:00 – 8:00 – Rainbow Readers Discusses No Man Of Woman Born By Ana Mardoll.

Friday, January 18, 4:00 – 6:00 – Author James Cambias Speaks and Signs.

And the great beyond…

Saturday, February 16, 6:00 – 8 :00 – Rainbow Readers Discusses Change Of Address By Jordan S Brock.

Saturday, Mar 16, 6:00 – 8:00 – Rainbow Readers Discusses Just for Show By Jae.  

As always, keep an eye on our Facebook Events Page and our website for even more great family and children’s programming we’re putting together for you! Or sign up for our newsletter, and get that information right in your inbox!

As a reminder, here are our regular events…

Spinning Yarns Craft and Audiobook Social, every Monday 7:00 PM (except for when the Free People’s Artists Workshop meets the fourth Monday of the month). Bring a craft and enjoy an audiobook or audio drama with other crafty booklovers! We will not have Spinning Yarns on Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve. Next meeting will be January 7.

UPDATED: Game Night, every TUESDAY (unless there is an author event) at 7:00 PM. Bring your favorite game or try a new one. Stop by the store to socialize and play! There will be no Game Night on Christmas Day.

Storytime, last Friday of each month at 11:00 AM. Come in for an hour of read aloud time for children ages 3-8. Next storytime will be on December 28.

The Free People’s Artists Workshop, the fourth Monday of each month from 7:00-9:00 PM. Networking and feedback from other artists and creators of all types. Co-sponsored by the Worcester County Poetry Association. There will be no Artists Workshop on Christmas Eve; Next meeting will be January 28.

Doctor Who Discussion Nights, the third Thursday of every month from 7:00 – 8:00 PM. Join us for a discussion of our favorite science fiction series. Next meeting TBA.

The Rainbow Readers of Massachusetts is an LGBTQIA book club that will meet once a month, usually on the third Saturdays, from 6:00-8:00 PM. Next meeting Saturday, January 12, 6:00 – 8:00. They will be discussing No Man Of Woman Born By Ana Mardoll.

Have you enjoyed our events or the time you’ve spent in our little store? Consider leaving us a review on TripAdvisor or leaving us a review on Yelp. You can also review us on Facebook!

May your world be filled with wonderful words!

 

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Holiday Gift Giving: Boxed Sets – Adults

Happy Holiday Shopping Guide! Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester, the “bigger on the inside” bookstore at 65 James Street, is happy to present our 2018 recommendations of gifts for the winter holidays.

Welcome to the world of boxed sets of books for adults! We have many great ones available, many of them in the Speculative Fiction category.

The first one is a post-apocalyptic best-selling, Hugo-winning set called The Broken Earth Trilogy by M.K. Jemison. From the “post-apocalyptic” note, you can tell it takes place in a world that has been nearly destroyed. And it is on the brink of being completely destroyed. There are several heroes who acquire powers, and the story is basically about the search for a missing daughter, an evil destroyer, and the end of the world – for the last time. The books in this series are: The Fifth Season, The Obelisk Gate and The Stone Sky.

The Broken Earth Trilogy

The next book is a fantasy titled 1Q84, by Haruki Murakami. It is considered a love story, a mystery, a fantasy, a novel of self-discovery and a dystopia, about a teenage girl who enters a “parallel existence” in Tokyo. The “Q” in the title is for ‘question mark.’ a world that bears a question.

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If the person you are giving a gift to is a Star Wars fan and also likes Shakespeare, we have a boxed set that will be perfect for them! It is William Shakespeare’s Star Wars Trilogy by Ian Doescher. This is a retelling of the original Star Wars trilogy in the style of William Shakespeare, in iambic pentameter, complete with monologues, stage directions and dialogue between all of the Star Wars characters. It even has some woodcut-like illustrations that depict an Elizabethan Star Wars galaxy. The books in the set are: William Shakespeare’s Star Wars, William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back, and William Shakespeare’s The Jedi Doth Return.

Shakespeare's Star Wars

John Scalzi is a Science Fiction author who has written six novels in a series called, the Old Man’s War Series. The boxed set we have in stock contains the first three novels, Old Man’s War, The Ghost Brigade and The Last Colony. Do you think that you would join the service and fight a bloody war when you were 75 years old? The main character in Old Men’s War does. And wait till you see what happens after that! Three races that humans have clashed with before have allied to halt our expansion into space. And they have really bad plans for humanity.

 Old Man's War

The Expanse Boxed Set: Leviathan Wakes, Caliban’s War and Abaddon’s Gate by James S.A. Corey contains the first three books of what is now a major TV series. This series is about exploring the solar system. People are searching for a missing child. There is an alien protomolecule overrunning a planet, threatening to spread out into the solar system; and the future of humanity is resting on one single ship to prevent an alien invasion that may have already begun…

The Expanse

Another interesting boxed set is the fantasy series, The Shades of Magic by V.E. Schwab. There are four parallel universes, each in which lies the city of London. Our main character happens to be a rare magician who can travel between the four of them. There is treachery afoot, and our hero must find some way to save the four Londons before they reach their breaking point. But he’ll have to stay alive first. The books in this series are: A Darker Shade of Magic, A Gathering of Shadows and A Conjuring of Light.

The Shades of Magic

From all of us at Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester, have a great holiday season, and thank you for making our shelves your destination.

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Book Spotlight: House of Assassins by Larry Correia

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ISBN-10: 1481483765

ISBN-13: 978-1481483766

Publisher: Baen (February 5, 2019)

Reviewer: Scott A. Wooldridge

“There’s always time for arson.”

What is most intriguing about Larry Correia’s follow up to the Dragon Award-winning book Son of the Black Sword is how much worldbuilding is done only by dialog and action with a lack of infodumps, causing the narrative to flow smoothly from chapter to chapter. This book isn’t only action though, as Larry really ups the political and social intrigue lacking in many newer fantasy books.

Ashok Vadal was a Protector, a member of the Highest Caste. All that changed when he found out the truth about himself and was forced to forsake everything he cared about and become nothing more than a common criminal. He was forced to swear an oath to protect the prophet of the gods which goes against all of his beliefs. In this book we find out more about the prophet, the demons coming from the sea, and the mystical House of Assassins for which this book is named.

Most of the myths and legends in this book are based on Indian and Hindu folklore, which is a refreshing change from the usual fantasy fare.

This book was written for fans of fast paced fantasy, and anyone who likes a little backstabbing.

Highly Recommended 4.5 stars

 

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Holiday Gift-Giving: Local Authors

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Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester is happy to support our local creative community, particularly our local authors. Many of our events and interviews highlight and spotlight our local creators, and we keep a display of local authors.

This year, if you’re looking for a very special gift that gives back to your local creators, take some time and peruse our Local Author display! It’s right on the way to the children’s room.  We have a vast selection of genres from spiritual poetry to horror to cozy mystery to romance to science fiction to urban fantasy—and more!

Come on into our 65 James Street store to find your special reading gift—and also give the gift of support to your local creators by buying their books! You can make several dreams come true at once.

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Events Buzz: Almost that time…

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Have you finished your holiday shopping yet? We have plenty of great gifts just waiting to be under those trees or with the right people. TOMORROW, Tuesday, December 18th, is the last day if people want to do a mail order and get it shipped to their loved ones in time for Christmas. Wednesday is the last time to make a special order for us to have it here for in-store pickup by Monday, December 24th. Special orders may require an expedited fee.

If you are still looking for gifts, check out our blog. We have a lot of ideas already listed, and we’re still adding.

Here is a quick reminder of our holiday hours:

Mondays and Tuesdays:         9:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Wednesdays and Thursdays:  9:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Fridays and Saturdays:           9:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Sundays:                                 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM

We will be closing at 5:00 PM on Christmas Eve, and will be CLOSED on Christmas.

 Thank you everyone who came out for I Caught Santa with author J. Anthony Garreffi, and Rainbow Readers Discusses Baker Thief by Claudie Arsenault. All had a great time.

And here are the upcoming events:

THIS TUESDAY, December 18, starting at 7:00 PM, join us for Board Game Night. Stop in to play some cool games and meet some cool people!

And THIS THURSDAY, December 20, starting at 7:00 PM join us Doctor Who Discussion Night. This month we ask, “Does money buy good storytelling?” and discuss how budgeting has affected the various seasons of Doctor Who.

FRIDAY, December 28, starting at 11:00 AM, join us for Storytime. The topic will be “Anything Snow”.

And for the month of January…

Saturday, January 12, 6:00 – 8:00 – Rainbow Readers Discusses No Man Of Woman Born By Ana Mardoll.

Friday, January 18, 4:00 – 6:00 – Author James Cambias Speaks and Signs.

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And the great beyond…

Saturday, February 16, 6:00 – 8 :00 – Rainbow Readers Discusses Change Of Address By Jordan S Brock.

Saturday, Mar 16, 6:00 – 8:00 – Rainbow Readers Discusses Just for Show By Jae.  

As always, keep an eye on our Facebook Events Page and our website for even more great family and children’s programming we’re putting together for you! Or sign up for our newsletter, and get that information right in your inbox!

As a reminder, here are our regular events…

Spinning Yarns Craft and Audiobook Social, every Monday 7:00 PM (except for when the Free People’s Artists Workshop meets the fourth Monday of the month). Bring a craft and enjoy an audiobook or audio drama with other crafty booklovers! We will not have Spinning Yarns on Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve. Next meeting will be January 7.

UPDATED: Game Night, every TUESDAY (unless there is an author event) at 7:00 PM. Bring your favorite game or try a new one. Stop by the store to socialize and play! There will be no Game Night on Christmas Day.

Storytime, last Friday of each month at 11:00 AM. Come in for an hour of read aloud time for children ages 3-8. Next storytime will be on December 28.

The Free People’s Artists Workshop, the fourth Monday of each month from 7:00-9:00 PM. Networking and feedback from other artists and creators of all types. Co-sponsored by the Worcester County Poetry Association. There will be no Artists Workshop on Christmas Eve; Next meeting will be January 28.

Doctor Who Discussion Nights, the third Thursday of every month from 7:00 – 8:00 PM. Join us for a discussion of our favorite science fiction series. Next meeting will be Thursday, December 20. Our topic will be “Does money buy quality television?” Has the amount of money spent on each episode affected the focus on quality writing?

The Rainbow Readers of Massachusetts is an LGBTQIA book club that will meet once a month, usually on the third Saturdays, from 6:00-8:00 PM. Next meeting Saturday, January 12, 6:00 – 8:00 – They will be discussing No Man Of Woman Born By Ana Mardoll.

Have you enjoyed our events or the time you’ve spent in our little store? Consider leaving us a review on TripAdvisor or leaving us a review on Yelp. You can also review us on Facebook!

May your world be filled with wonderful words!

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Holiday Gift Giving: Boxed Sets – Middle Readers and Teens

Happy Holiday Shopping Guide! Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester, the “bigger on the inside” bookstore at 65 James Street, is happy to present our 2018 recommendations of gifts for the winter holidays.

This year we have some very special boxed sets of books for middle readers and teens. For middle readers mystery sets seem to be popular. An old favorite, and one that Disney made famous in the movies, is called Great Mouse Detective by Eve Titus. They are about a mouse living in the basement of Sherlock Holmes’ Baker Street home who becomes a great detective himself! The Great Mouse Detective Crumbs and Clues Collection include the books: Basil of Baker Street; Basil and the Cave of Cats; Basil in Mexico; Basil in the Wild West; and Basil and the Lost Colony, each book including a mystery to solve.

Great Mouse Detective

Another mystery and adventure collection we have is called The Boxcar Children Books 1-4. It has also been made famous by the big screen, in two movies, made about the first two books.If you’d like to start a child out on this series, this is the set to get them. It is about four orphans who make their home in a boxcar, and the adventures they have and mysteries they solve. The books in the series are: #1, The Boxcar Children; #2, Surprise Island; #3, The Yellow House Mystery; and #4, Mystery Ranch.

The Boxcar Children Books 1-4

The Wings of Fire series by Tui T. Sutherland is extremely popular with the middle readers. It is a story of dragons, prophesy, friendship, and saving the world. Not easy for five dragonets, who spend a lot of time getting themselves into a great deal of danger! For those fantasy readers on your gift list, this set is a sure winner. The books in this set are: The Dragonet Prophecy;The Lost Heir; The Hidden Kingdom; The Dark Secret; and The Brightest Night.

Wings of Fire

For our teen readers, we have several fantasy boxed sets. Our first recommendation is The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson. The Remnant Chronicles Boxed Set includes the following paperback books: The Kiss of Deception, The Heart of Betrayal, and The Beauty of Darkness. The story is about Princess Lia, a very independent young woman who flees from her kingdom to avoid an arranged marriage, among other things. There is a love interest (who happens to be the young Prince she was fleeing from), an assassin (who also saves her life), betrayal, impending war, great evil to face, impossible odds to overcome, and sacrifices to be made. All in these three books. She’s a great female heroine.

The Remnant Chronicles

The Six of Crows Duology by Leigh Bardugo is another epic fantasy for Teens about six dangerous criminals working a deadly heist that could make them rich beyond their wildest dreams. Aside from that, they are saving a world – if they don’t kill each other first.  The two books in this boxed set Duology are: Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom.

The Six of Crows

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer are a retelling of many fairy tales in a futuristic setting, and in the last book, they all wonderfully get connected together. There are many changes to the characters and stories, though. They are fun twisted tales, and the characters may end up saving Winter’s kingdom, and possibly the world. The books in this set are: Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, Fairest: Levana’s Story, Stars Above (a collection of stories set in the Lunar Chronicles universe), and the epic conclusion, Winter.

The Lunar Chronicles

From all of us at Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester, have a great holiday season, and thank you for making our shelves your destination.

 

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