Johnny Depp and "The Great Mortdecai Moustache Mystery"

Looks like Mr. Depp is interested in this!  

Below is an excerpt of the article found here:

"Johnny Depp is planning to adapt the comedic crime novel The Great Mortdecai Moustache Mystery for the big screen. We recently interviewed Depp in Santa Fe, NM, as he promotedThe Lone Ranger, and he told us he's hopeful the project will be his next. "There's a great series of books by a guy named Kyril Bonfiglioli called The Mortdecai Trilogy," he said. "There's one called The Great Mortdecai Moustache Mystery, and it's a very funny series of books and a very interesting character."
The fictional star of Bonfiglioli's books is Charlie Mortdecai — a wealthy art dealer with a penchant for good food, bourbon, and fine clothes — who frequently finds himself caught up in strange cases of crime and espionage. The final novel in the series, The Great Mortdecai Moustache Mystery, revolves around his investigation into the death of a woman at Oxford college . . . as well as his obsessive maintenance of his facial hair. The off-kilter book was widely praised by critics when it was published after the author's death in 1996."

The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates #1: Magic Marks the Spot by Caroline Carlson

Avast all ye very nearly honorable pirates!  

Aye mateys! 

'Tis been a while since I've been this excited about getting an e-galley for a middle grade book, but... feast your eyes on the swag I got today!!  

Thank ye HarperCollins!

It's a giveaway: "THE ROSIE PROJECT" by Graeme Simsion

This just in to us here at Novel Chatter!!!  

It's a ROSIE  PROJECT giveaway 


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        The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion


          The Rosie Project

          by Graeme Simsion

            Giveaway ends June 28, 2013.
            See the giveaway details
            at Goodreads.

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CHOCOLAT author Joanne Harris made MBE

CHOCOLAT author Joanne Harris receives MBE during the Queen's Birthday Honors!!  

This great news was obtained from this article which contains more information and the others recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honors List!  Congrats to everyone being recognized!! 

"Novelists Jackie Collins, Kate Mosse and Joanne Harris have all been recognised for services to literature in the Queen's Birthday Honours list, with Collins and Mosse - of Labyrinth fame, both being made CBEs and Harris, best known for Chocolat, being made an MBE.

Harris, 48, said she hopes the honour gives people the message that "writing is important".
"It is always nice for the world of literature when writers get an acknowledgement or an honour," said the author of more than 15 novels. "It gets the message to people that writing is important and that it deserves praise.""

GLASS BOOKS OF THE DREAM EATERS by Gordon Dahlquist now on e-book installments!


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I've heard from Penguin Book UK, the publisher of Gordon Dahlguist's GLASS BOOKS OF THE DREAM EATERS that Penguin Books (UK) have just re-released it in e-book installments, some of which are available as free downloads!

You can read out interview with Gordon Dahlquist here on Novel Chatter!
Here's the news directly from the publisher: 

Follow the link below to visit a secret "The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters" web page featuring exclusive content, including a video interview with G.W. Dahlquist and audio book extract,plus the chance to become part of the conversation with readers from around the UK and win Penguin prizes in a read-along competition.

 Use  #glassbooks on Twitter

Great news e-reader people!!


Book review:

Tales from the New Abnormal in the Movie Business 

by Lynda Obst

Sleepless in Hollywood

Tales from the New Abnormal in the Movie Business

  • Simon & Schuster | 
  • 304 pages , 
  • June 2013
  • Formats: Hardcover $26.00,  and various e-books. 
    Ships on or about June 11, 2013

The veteran producer and author of the bestseller Hello, He Lied takes a witty and critical look at the new Hollywood. 
 Over the past decade, producer Lynda Obst gradually realized she was working in a Hollywood that was undergoing a drastic transformation. The industry where everything had once been familiar to her was suddenly disturbingly strange.

 Obst writes with affection, regret, humor and hope, and her behind-the-scenes vantage point allows her to explore what has changed in Hollywood like no one else has. This candid, insightful account explains what has happened to the movie business and explores whether it’ll ever return to making the movies we love—the classics that make us laugh or cry, or that we just can’t stop talking about
Combining her own industry experience and interviews with the brightest minds in the business, Obst explains what has stalled the vast moviemaking machine. The calamitous DVD collapse helped usher in what she calls the New Abnormal (because Hollywood was never normal to begin with), where studios are now heavily dependent on foreign markets for profit, a situation which directly impacts the kind of entertainment we get to see. Can comedy survive if they don’t get our jokes in Seoul or allow them in China? Why are studios making fewer movies than ever—and why are they bigger, more expensive and nearly always sequels or recycled ideas?

My thoughts:  If you've ever found yourself scratching your head in confusion, about why in the world  "Hollywood" does anything...then THIS is the book for you!  I've loved books and movies since...forever, and I want to thank Lynda Obst for writing Sleepless in Hollywood just for me. 

Like a lot of people, I follow movies, I track trends in films.  I go to small film festivals, I see movies people have never heard of. Why?  Because I love old and new Hollywood, and I love the industry. Let me be honest, I'm a movie junkie. I've spent years slamming my head onto hard surfaces trying to understand why some movies just never happen, why some are made and clearly shouldn't have been and have wondered why on earth "they" are marketing tent pole films to China and Russia?  really?  yeah,  go figure. 

After reading Sleepless in Hollywood,  I "get it!" I really understand. Obst, drawing on her years of producing and making properties happen, has written an honest, easily understood, fascinatingly hypnotic look at the "behind the scenes" grit that goes into making movies. I read this in about two days, and I have a full time job, so that means I was reading at red lights, sitting in traffic and waiting for my nails to dry at the nail place.

Not in the film business?  No matter. If you watch TV, see movies once a week or once a year, take the kids to the newest animated 3-D monster fest on the weekend, then this book is for you!  Haven't seen a movie since talkies were the new trend? Just realized movies  are now in color? This book is for you, you have a lot of catching up to do.

OK, seriously, this is a well written, fact based, interesting and engaging book. Osbt clearly knows her own business, and she shares her business with us, the wanna-bees, the fans and the admirers of the art of film making. She tells insider stories, but it's never gossipy. It's smart, informative and entertaining. 

Just read it, you'll thank me. You'll thank Lynda Obst for writing it, and the next time you're sitting at a table outside at the Chateau Marmont having a drink, you'll actually understand what they are saying at the table next to you!   IMAGINE!  

4 1/2 out of 5 big stars!!

I'm going to buy this with my hard earned pennies and add it to my bookshelf library at home!

** This e-galley was provided to me by the publisher through in exchange for a fair and honest review. 

ASTOR PLACE VINTAGE by Stephanie Lehmann

Book review:  Astor Place Vintage: A Novel

Release date:  June 11, 2013

Publisher: Touchstone 

Formats: paperback, various e-readers
Paperback price: $16.00 US / $18.99 Canada

Publisher's blurb:
 Amanda Rosenbloom, proprietor of Astor Place Vintage, thinks she’son just another call to appraise and possibly purchase clothing from a wealthy, elderly woman. But after discovering a journal sewn into a fur muff, Amanda gets much more than she anticipated. The pages of the journal reveal the life of Olive Westcott, a young woman who had moved to Manhattan in 1907. Olive was set on pursuing a career as a department store buyer in an era when Victorian ideas, limiting a woman’s sphere to marriage and motherhood, were only beginning to give way to modern ways of thinking. As Amanda reads the journal, her life begins to unravel until she can no longer ignore this voice from the past. Despite being separated by one hundred years, Amanda finds she’s connected to Olive in ways neither could ever have imagined.

My thoughts:  I have to tell you that I liked ASTOR PLACE VINTAGE a lot!  A LOT! I carried my e-reader with me everywhere I went. It all starts with vintage clothing store owner Amanda being summoned to the home of an elderly woman, Jane Kelly,  because she's wanting to sell some of her old clothing.  Jane's pretty cranky, but straight forward. She know's she is dying and wants to be rid of some of her things. Of course Amanda bought Jane's lovely vintage clothes!  As she begins to examine her purchases for soiled areas, rips to be repaired or loose buttons to sew on,  she finds a journal sewn into the lining of a fur muff. The date on the journal is 1907 and was written by a young Manhattan woman named Olive.  Of course Amanda reads it...even before telling Jane that she's found it. 

And that's where ASTOR PLACE VINTAGE grabbed me. Author Stephanie Lehmann brilliantly weaves a year of Olive's life, her struggle in Manhattan as it was over a hundred years ago and the struggles Olive has surviving on her own after the death of her father, into the fabric that makes up not quite a week of Amanda's present day life.  

Lehmann does everything right, the stories of both women are engaging and thought provoking. So often, when you read a book that takes you back and forth between the present and the past, you are more invested in one character over the other. This didn't happen for me with ASTOR PLACE VINTAGE.  I was curious about the life that Olive had to lead, I appreciated that her struggles in the world of 1907 weren't always from the "usual suspects" - the usual road blocks and prejudices that we expect to read about. And I was just as interested in Amanda and her struggles as a woman in Manhattan now, her fights with a landlord's agent and a frustrating love life.

As Amanda absorbs Olive's story, she begins to understand her own life and situations more, she learns that things aren't always as they seem, and that people can surprise you. Without spoiling the story line, let's just say that Amanda learns about life from Olive and from Jane.  Olive was at the beginning of her life's story, and Jane is at the end of her life's story.

Amanda holds a mirror to own life's story and sees different possibilities for herself. 

I can't recommend ASTOR PLACE VINTAGE enough. It's a fabulous read and I think it'll hold your attention the way it held mine. Don't miss it, add it to your "must read" list and suggest it to your Book Club for the next read!  Shoot, give it as gifts!

4 1/2 out of 5 stars!

**This e-galley was provided to me by the publisher through in exchange for a fair and honest review.  

Homeward Bound: Why Women are Embracing the New Domesticity by Emily Matchar

Book review:        Homeward Bound: Why Women are Embracing the New Domesticity
Emily Matchar

Publisher: Simon & Schuster 

Hardcover288 pages, $26.95
Published May 7th 2013 

Formats: Hardcover, e-readers

Amid today’s rising anxieties—the economy, the scary state of the environment, the growing sense that the American Dream hasn’t turned out to be so dreamy after all—a groundswell of women (and more than a few men) are choosing to embrace an unusual rebellion: domesticity. A generation of smart, highly educated young people are spending their time knitting, canning jam, baking cupcakes, gardening, and more (and blogging about it, of course), embracing the labor-intensive domestic tasks their mothers and grandmothers eagerly shrugged off. Some are even turning away from traditional careers and corporate culture for slower, more home-centric lifestyles that involve “urban homesteading,” homeschooling their kids, or starting Etsy businesses. They’re questioning whether regular jobs are truly fulfilling and whether it’s okay to turn away from the ambitions of their parents’ generation.
 How did this happen? And what does it all mean? What happens to American culture as a whole when our best and brightest put home and hearth above other concerns? Does this sudden fascination with traditional homemaking bode ill for gender equality? What role have the media and blog culture played in making domesticity look so darn appealing?

In Homeward Bound, acclaimed journalist Emily Matchar takes a long, hard look at both the inspiring appeal and the potential dangers of this trend she calls the New Domesticity, exploring how it could be reshaping the role of women in society and what the consequences may be for all of us. In riveting interviews with all kinds of people from coast to coast, Matchar examines the motivations of those who have embraced this movement, from Southern food bloggers to chicken-keeping “radical homemakers” on the East Coast to Etsy entrepreneurs in Provo, Utah, to attachment parenting devotees in Chicago, and many more. This groundbreaking reporting on the New Domesticity is guaranteed to transform our notions of women in today’s society and add a new layer to the ongoing discussion of whether women can—or should—have it all.

My thoughts:  I was ready to really love what author Emily Matchar is saying. I think these are  thing that many of us have noticed and experienced, I mean come on, all you have to do is go to "Pinterest" and see the explosion of crafting and home canning, the resurgence of things my Mom and Grandmother called "hand crafts" - knitting, sewing, crocheting. IT'S EVERYWHERE!   The upsurge in DYI programs,  magazines and online self help videos are amazing!  Last fall I wanted to knit one of those cute ruffley scarves, but I couldn't remember how to "cast on" stitches, so I fired up the computer and went to "Youtube" and sure enough, tons of young women had recorded and uploaded instructional videos!!  Shoot,  I've  even started making my own laundry detergent! shhhhhh!!  I know...don't tell anyone, 'cuz it ruins my image. ;)

As women, I think Homeward Bound tries to show that we've almost come full circle,  if you want to stay home, raise your kids, home school and craft, no one should look down on you. Actually, in my circle of friends, the women who choose to stay home - raise the kids are admired,  are what my mom and the aunts used to call themselves - "home makers!  Their "mom" "wife" roles are 24/7/365.  Those of us who work, at least get a vacation usually once a year and sick leave.  I'm in awe of the new "pioneer" women, the "Martha Stewart" wannabees.

They are everywhere in all walks of life and Homeward Bound attempts to evaluate and show how this is really taking place all over the country.

The issue I had with Matchar's book is the constant political commentary. That was a huge turn off, can't we enjoy and appreciate people's talents and concerns for a good life without bringing in politics?

It's an interesting read, but not quite what I expected. And I am sure there are others who really loved it! 

3 out of 5 stars, great concept, interesting material, but for me, it strayed a bit off base at times.

**This e-galley was provided to me by the publisher through Edelweiss: Above the Treeline, in exchange for a fair and honest review. 

The Rosie Project by Graham Simsion

Spotlight on BEA books:

Here's my last spotlight pick from BEA:


Graeme Simsion

Blurb from the publisher:

Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. He is a man who can count all his friends on the fingers of one hand, whose lifelong difficulty with social rituals has convinced him that he is simply not wired for romance. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a “wonderful” husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and he embarks upon The Wife Project. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which he approaches all things, Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical—most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver.
 Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent—and on a quest of her own. She is looking for her biological father, a search that a certain DNA expert might be able to help her with. Don's Wife Project takes a back burner to the Father Project and an unlikely relationship blooms, forcing the scientifically minded geneticist to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie—and the realization that love is not always what looks good on paper.
The Rosie Project is a moving and hilarious novel for anyone who has ever tenaciously gone after life or love in the face of overwhelming challenges.

  • Simon & Schuster, 
  • 304 pages
  • October 2013

$24.00 List Price
Hardback, e-book, unabridged download and CD

Revenge Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger

Spotlight on BEA books:

Dang I wish I had been at BEA!   

THIS ONE I would have stood in line for hours for!

The revenge of Andy and Emily...

Enuff said!

Almost a decade has passed since Andy Sachs quit the job “a million girls would die for” working for Miranda Priestly at Runway magazine—a dream that turned out to be a nightmare. Andy and Emily, her former nemesis and co-assistant, have since joined forces to start a highend bridal magazine. The Plunge has quickly become required reading for the young and stylish. Now they get to call all the shots: Andy writes and travels to her heart’s content; Emily plans parties and secures advertising like a seasoned pro. Even better, Andy has met the love of her life. Max Harrison, scion of a storied media family, is confident, successful, and drop-dead gorgeous. Their wedding will be splashed across all the society pages as their friends and family gather to toast the glowing couple. Andy Sachs is on top of the world. But karma’s a bitch. The morning of her wedding, Andy can’t shake the past. And when she discovers a secret letter with crushing implications, her wedding-day jitters turn to cold dread. Andy realizes that nothing—not her husband, nor her beloved career—is as it seems. She never suspected that her efforts to build a bright new life would lead her back to the darkness she barely escaped ten years ago—and directly into the path of the devil herself. . .

  • Simon & Schuster, 
  • 400 pages

  • June 2013

$25.99 List Price
Formats: Hard cover, e-books, abridged and unabridged downloads and CDs


Spotlight on BEA books:

Here's another BEA book that I think sounds..well.. AMAZING!

Amy Tan's appearance at this week's BEA really kicked off the buzz for her new book THE VALLEY OF AMAZEMENT!  It's due out this fall and I can't wait to get my hands on a copy!!


The Valley of Amazement

Harper Collins imprint: Ecco 

On Sale: 11/5/2013
Format: Hardcover; Pages: 608; $29.99

Ages: 18 and Up

The New York Times bestselling author and international sensation returns with her long-awaited novel, a magnificent family saga of fate and identity that moves from the lavish parlors of Shanghai courtesans to the fog-shrouded mountains of a remote Chinese village

Moving between the dazzling world of courtesans in turn of the century Shanghai, a remote Chinese mountain village, and the rough-hewn streets of nineteenth-century San Francisco, Amy Tan's sweeping new novel maps the lives of three generations of women connected by blood and history-and the mystery of an evocative painting known as "The Valley of Amazement."

Violet is one of the most celebrated courtesans in Shanghai, a beautiful and intelligent woman who has honed her ability to become any man's fantasy since her start as a "Virgin Courtesan" at the age of twelve. Half-Chinese and half-American, she moves effortlessly between the East and the West. But her talents belie her private struggle to understand who she really is and her search for a home in the world. Abandoned by her mother, Lucia, and uncertain of her father's identity, Violet's quest to truly love and be loved will set her on a path fraught with danger and complexity-and the loss of her own daughter.

Lucia, a willful and wild American woman who was once herself the proprietress of Shanghai's most exclusive courtesan house, nurses her own secret wounds, which she first sustained when, as a teenager, she fell in love with a Chinese painter and followed him from San Francisco to Shanghai. Her search for penance and redemption will bring her to a startling reunion with Flora, Violet's daughter, and will shatter all that Violet believed she knew about her mother.

Spanning fifty years and two continents, The Valley of Amazement is a deeply moving narrative of family secrets, the legacy of trauma, and the profound connections between mothers and daughters, that returns readers to the compelling territory Amy Tan so expertly mapped in The Joy Luck Club. With her characteristic wisdom, grace, and humor, she conjures a story of the inheritance of love, its mysteries and senses, its illusions and truths.

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