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Paul Thompson - Bookseller in Manchester

Paul, a native of Nashville, Tennessee, moved to Vermont in 2018 and started at the Northshire bookstore in Manchester in 2022. He loves to take hikes with his Fox Terrier, Pip, in the woods across the street from his Dorset home. A history major at Arizona State, Paul enjoys reading history, political science, economics, science fiction, fantasy, drama, and literature. He can occasionally be found acting with the Dorset Players.

The Age of Wood: Our Most Useful Material and the Construction of Civilization by Roland Ennos - Book Review

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The Age of Wood: Our Most Useful Material and the Construction of Civilization By Roland Ennos Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781982114749
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Published: Scribner - December 7th, 2021

If you like your reexamination of the history of humankind and civilization books with a heavy dose of science, then this is the book for you. Ennos backs up his assertion that humanity has succeeded as a species because of our relationship to wood with loads of evidence from primatology, anthropology, history, architecture, engineering, and carpentry because of his extensive research in different academic disciplines. Since I moved to the woods of Vermont I've seen how the woods have changed me and helped my mood by reconnecting to nature. His book changed my perception of how humans have been shaped by woodland and how we can restore balance to our world by returning to a closer relationship to wood. ~ Reviewed by Paul Thompson


Lizzy and the Cloud by Terry Fan - Book Review

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Lizzy and the Cloud By Terry Fan, Eric Fan, Terry Fan (Illustrator), Eric Fan (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Terry Fan, Eric Fan, Terry Fan (Illustrator), Eric Fan (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781534483170
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - May 3rd, 2022

This beautifully illustrated sweet story of a girl who buys a pet cloud at the park is perfect for kids of any age. The Fan brothers author / illustrator team make some of the most wonderful children's books. The graphite drawings and charming story combine for a unique look and feel recognizable in all their work. ~ Reviewed by Paul Thompson


Shadow and Bone (The Shadow and Bone Trilogy #1) by Leigh Bardugo - Book Review

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$10.99
ISBN: 9781250027436
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Published: Square Fish - May 7th, 2013

The first book in the YA Grishaverse series sets up the fantasy world of monsters, magic, and secrets. The vaguely Russian country of Ravka is at war with the vaguely Scandinavian country of Fjerda,and Ravka is ruled over by the Grisha - magic users. It's a world full of intrigue and suspense. Turned into a Netflix series, Bardugo's page turning narrative is very addictive. The story follows a young girl named Alina who doesn't know she has magical powers until she crosses this cool Shadow fold of darkness and discovers her gift which sets her into the company of the grisha and away from the soldier she loves. ~ Reviewed by Paul Thompson


Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas - Book Review

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Throne of Glass By Sarah J. Maas Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9781639730957
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - February 14th, 2023

The first book in the Throne of Glass series sets up the fantasy world of assassins, Fae creatures, and magic. In a kingdom ruled by a tyrant who has outlawed magic and rules from his throne of glass, the notorious assassin Celaena Sardothien has been summoned from the salt mines to a competition to become the King's Champion and win her freedom. A super fast read with a cool twisty mystery and romantic triangle, Maas manages to avoid the worst tropes of the genre, and her Celaena is one badass girl assassin. ~ Reviewed by Paul Thompson


Bloodchild and Other Stories by Octavia E. Butler - Book Review

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By Octavia E. Butler, Jesmyn Ward (Introduction by)
$22.95
ISBN: 9781644212479
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Published: Seven Stories Press - December 6th, 2022

Butler was the only African American woman writing in science fiction for a long time - she inspired lots of authors like Jesmyn Ward and NK Jemisin. The title story in this collection is about a boy in a human preserve on an Alien planet who has to become pregnant with alien babies. Wild story. The thing about her stories in this collection is that they are very visceral, philosophical, and impactful. I had to pause after reading each one and just think and let it sink in. ~ Reviewed by Paul Thompson


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