BookBanter Boon #1: “Blockade Billy” by Stephen King

BookBanter Boon

And here it is.  The first BookBanter giveaway; the first BookBanter Boon.  And the giveaway is none other than an advance reader copy of Stephen King’s latest book, Blockade Billy.  The BookBanter Facebook Group has leaped past the 500-member mark and is currently at 532.

Blockade Billy

So, to be entered into the random drawing for the ARC of Blockade Billy, here are the two simple rules:

  1. You need to be a member of the BookBanter Facebook Group.
  2. You need to leave a comment on this post.  It can be about BookBanter, about what you’re having for dinner, what you’re favorite book is, or perhaps what you think is the story behind William “Blockade Billy” Blakely.

Entries will be accepted through this weekend, and then on Monday evening I will make a random drawing and contact the lucky winner.

If you have any questions, shoot me an email at


The First BookBanter Book Giveaway: “Blockade Billy” by Stephen King

Blockade Billy

I’ve been wanting to do some sort of book give away for BookBanter for some time and now I have the perfect opportunity.  The BookBanter Facebook Group is closing in on 500 members.  Once the group hits that magical number I’ll do a post on this blog about where members of the group can leave a comment and be entered into a random drawing to win an advance reader copy of Blockade Billy by Stephen King.

There are only two rules for this giveaway:

1) You must be a member of the BookBanter Facebook Group to enter

2) Once the group hits the 500-member mark, there will be a post on this blog and people will need to leave a comment on the post to be entered into the random drawing.

If all goes well, will see about doing future book giveaways.   So tell your friends, spread the word, and let’s make this a big success!

5/21 On the Bookshelf . . . “Blockade Billy,” “For the Win” & “Roman Britain”

Blockade Billy

A new novella from Stephen King about baseball coming out May 25th.  I read it in about 90 minutes, it was a fun read and a great start to summer baseball.  Review will be coming up next week some time.

For the Win

After enjoying Makers, I look forward to Cory Doctorow’s YA novel, For the Win.  Cory Doctorow will be interviewed on a future episode of BookBanter.

Roman Britain

“A Spy For the Redeemer” by Candace Robb (Mysterious Press, 2002)

A Spy for the Redeemerstarstarstar

This is the seventh book in the series featuring the one-eyed hero Owen Archer, and yet even though this is the first I’m reading in the series, I didn’t feel discombobulated in any sense.  While some characters are referenced from another book, and the current characters have obviously aged more, the events taking place in the book have no dependence on any earlier events.  Essentially there are two mysteries at hand here.  One involves Owen Archer, a Welshman in Wales, in the town of St. David’s, where a stonemason has been murdered for no obvious reason.  The other involves Archer’s wife, Lucie, who lives in York, where her aunt’s home has been attacked by outlaws and the steward seriously injured.  Lucie consigns help at the recommendation of a good friend, who turns out to be quite the opposite.

These two separate plots are made and delve deeper and deeper into mystery and intrigue, while the danger simply increases.  There is also a great cause brought to bare here, involving Owain Lawgoch, a Welshman who has every intention of reclaiming his beloved country from King James of Britain.  Archer is given an ultimatum: join Lawgoch  or go back to his wife; the answer comes as no surprise, while the imposing possibility of war is dropped like last week’s news.  Perhaps this matter will be picked up again in the next book, though I’m not sure I want to spend $24 to find out.

If you liked this review and are interested in purchasing this book, click here.

Originally published on September 16th, 2002.

Originally published in the Long Beach Union.