The books of Mike Bond
Unshelved strip for 8/21/2014

Mike Bond

Mike Bond

Unshelved is brought to you this week by "Master of the Existential Thriller" Mike Bond, author of Saving Paradise, The Last Savanna, House of Jaguar, and Holy War.

Bestselling author, environmental activist, human rights and war correspondent, award-winning poet and international energy expert, Mike Bond has lived and worked in over thirty countries on seven continents. His works have been translated into many languages and have been praised by critics on both sides of the Atlantic for their intricate plots, fascinating characters, extraordinary settings, and explosive pace.

Please thank Mike for sponsoring Unshelved by learning more about him and his books.

Book Reviews

Unshelved Book Club

In this week's Unshelved Book Club you'll find books about a teen who unexpectedly grows gills, how stock trading is rigged against small traders, a kid who is different trying to survive in a totalitarian police state, three young Sheriff's cadets who find a murder victim, Eddie Rickenbacker, an art photographer who moves to upstate New York, an American family eating its way across Tokyo, and a young man trying to find a corpse bride for his dead brother.

Let's Make a Music Video

Remember that library song that I made? It was extremely well received, with a lot of folks saying some very kind things indeed. Now we want to turn it into a music video featuring you.

Here's the deal.

  1. Pick a favorite verse or two, and film one or more of the following:

    • You acting out your interpretation of the lyrics. Maybe you'll be renting a horse, or sending an 8" floppy disc by fax, or looking into a forgotten archive.
    • You lip syncing to the music
    • Something else we haven't thought of
  2. Save that video somewhere on the Internet (I'm partial to Dropbox). Video should be landscape format, ideally 720p or 1080p. We'll ignore the audio track, so don't worry about what you say or how you sound. You can provide multiple segments but please keep them under about 10 seconds each.

  3. Send us a link. Don't send us the file by email, don't share a folder. Just send us a URL where we can find the video segment(s). Send it to Gene, who will be our stalwart video editor.

  4. By sending us the link, you agree to let us use some or all of your video in the creation of our music video, which will release under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license. We won't use your video for any other purpose without your permission.

  5. Tell us the names of everyone in the video and affirm that you got their permission to use their images for this purpose.

That's it! Now go get filmmaking. We will update this blog post when we have enough material, hopefully in a few weeks.

Book Reviews

Unshelved Book Club

In this week's Unshelved Book Club you'll find books about a young Australian woman who works as a nurse during WWI, a ten-year-old who is the subject of a cruel military experiment (or something worse), a rookie LAPD bicycle officer, a Middle Eastern tyrant's daughter who flees to the U.S. with her family, a smart thirteen-year-old who decides he wants to be a cartoonist, a writer who rediscovers her celebrity, the aftermath of a group of kids sacrificing a girl to the monster who lives behind their school, and Theseus and the Minotaur.

Random House Book Club

Random House Book Club

If you’re wondering what your book club will read next… our fine friends at Random House Library Marketing are here to help! Their Book Club Catalog features new books perfect for the Book Clubs @ Your Library, and includes sample discussion questions, Readers’ Advisory tips, and an Adult Books for Teen Book Clubs section. You can get an electronic version or request a printed copy!

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