Tuesday, October 10, 2006

How Fast do books get from America to here?

Sent off the Ingram Order today - that's our American Import main supplier, now last week we sent an order off on Saturday night and it was in on Wednesday morning - now to say we were a little suprised by the speed was putting it mildly! We were not only surprised we were overjoyed as were all the Louis L'Amour fans whose Western Cowboy and Sackett books were in the box, and the assistant unicorn boss was also a little happy as all the Nora Roberts new books were also in the box, so anyway enough of last week, back to this week.
Well anyway sent the order today and we are waiting to see how fast this one will come in.
Now given the speed of last week we reckon sods law dictates that it will be three weeks next Thursday before we see these books, which will of course make for a different set of unhappy Louis L'amour and J.T.Edson fans, as that's what's mostly in this box again, who new there were so many cowboy fans out there! Having said that the Kenny Rogers, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson CD's seem to have been selling well just recently as well. Must be a country thing!
Hmm the jigsaws that came in the other day seem to be sailing out this week, lots of people buying 1000 piece and double 500 piece jigsaws! I admire these people along with the ones buying all the new Suduko puzzle books we just had in as I don't have the patience to do complicated puzzles, much more a word search puzzle person or even just give me a book and I am happy!
Talking of books I still owe you all a review on Jim Butcher and his book Storm Front, it really was good and a review will follow soon I promise, but I started reading Tanya Huff's Newest book - Smoke and Mirrors, which follows on from Smoke and Shadows that I reviewed the other week and now can't put it down! Reviews to follow, promise!

Friday, October 06, 2006


Jigsaws came in today - lots of Thomas Kinkade jigsaws and also some really nice steam train jigsaws and some mythic ones -ohh very nice - shame that I dont actaully have the patience to do them myself.
A christmas Beano special jigsaw also came in and sold within 27 minutes, not a bad turn around that!
So now we are all ready for the dark winter nights and the christmas rush and have our jigsaws all firmly in place and ready to sell, so come by and see them and the cool elvis palying cards and bead sets that also came in.

Where did a week go?

Can someone please tell me where on earth the last week or so went! I mean one day it was last tuesday and now its this friday!

So ok I can account for a manic, and I do mean manic, Saturday - me, unicorntreeboss, running the shop all by myself, do you know what that actaully meant?? that meant work! yes real work, me, interaction with cheerful customers and no time to sit and read and a not a minion in sight to boss! And how many jigsaws! I almost thought I was a jigsaw shop at one point and not a bookshop, you can tell the dark nights are acoming! - so okay a manic saturday I do indeed recall.

Then an exhausted sunday to follow - it was all I could do to get out the bed to get a cup of tea, let alone face the weekly orders sheets!

But now Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday seem to have snuck past me in a maelstrom of work! and this is just not right, no self respecting unicorntreeboss should really have to work this hard - thats what minions are for!

I remember now!

Monday was sort out the music day, who knew we had Rod Stewart hidden in the back corner, let alone Status Quo, and ohh but assistant manager minion was ecstatic when she found not just The Andrew Sisters to play (hah, but now its sold so its at least a week till we have to listen to that one again!) but then George Formby - and do you know what is most scary? that sold too! and not to an old person but to a twenty something! so it was the music that caused the memory loss!

Tuesday? oh yes that was the big Science Fiction Delivery day and also the Puzzle Book pallet delivery! Can I just say that there are some great Sciecnce Fiction books out there and I can heartily recommend Jim Butcher as an absolutely great read, the tag line of the series is:
Magic - it can get a guy Killed! a very funny alternate reality type book thats part magic/fantasy and part Crime Fiction. absolutely great, lots of humour with enough suspense to keep you going.
Keep your eyes peeled and I will be doing a review of it in the next few days - providing of course that a week doesn't run away from me again!

So what was Wednesday - oh yes the New Computer Day! at last a computer that works!! one that will do more than one task at a time and doesn't take 20 minutes to connect to the net, thus we can now much more swiftly look things up again! and not only was it new computer day - which both made the assistant manager minion smile with great great joy but also pull out her hair in set-up frustration at times - but also the Ingram order arrived from America with a load (seven ) of new Nora Roberts titles, the newest ones available and not yet in this country, and also a load of Louis L'amour westerns, a number of which were sold as we were taking them out of the box by an over eager happy customer who was passing at just the right time! Oh and lots of Torey Haydon books were also in the box.
The most amazing thing is that I only sent off the order late Saturday afternoon and it was here in the UK first thing Wednesday morning, absolutely amazing.

So that brings us to today and today was Gibson Games delivery day, and we now have Elvis and also WWII Warship Playing Cards and lots of beautiful jigsaws - Thomas Kinkade ones and Beano ones, yes Beano and Dandy jigsaws, just how cool is that, oh and lots of Christmas designs - well come on it is October now!

Anyway hopefully this manic rush that subsumes my blog and reading time will slow up a little as the minions return nicely to their appointed work places and mingle once again with the cheerful customers thus allowing me to return to what I am best at! being a unicorntreeboss!

Monday, September 25, 2006

Read a Book today! Tanya Huff - Smoke & Shadows

Well, today was a stunning day at Unicorn Tree and Lincoln Central Market, I was able to assign jobs to the minions ( Sorting out DVD's and CD's and making sure they were all in the right places! heaps of fun! and it kept them out the way for most of the day so they did not notice me not busily working beside them!) and then take time to read a book for a change, and it was a darn good book too, in fact so good that I pretty much finished it in the one day and bus ride home!

Tanya Huff - Smoke and Shadows. (US Import - Daw Books - £6.99)
An excellent book set in Canada, pretty much takes place in a cheap budget film studio - and no not a porn studio! After all Vancouver is the place where most Science Fiction is filmed these days!
It takes place on the set of a Vampire Detective series which is a subtle nod to irony by Ms Huff as that's what the backbone of this stories series and characters is based on.
Anyway the gist of the story is that Tony, the main Character, works on this film set and has an ex-boyfriend who is a vampire and so is more aware of the unusual, so when Shadows start acting a little strangely he immediately picks up on it and starts investigating, at which point we find that a female wizard earth hoped a number of years ago and the evil Shadowlord she was escaping from has now found her gateway and is coming through to take over. Where is this portal - why the film studio of course, and what does the female wizard do as a job? yep, special effects! and see you thought it was all smoke and mirrors! but ahh there are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio!
So ok I admit that my review sounds a little sarcastic but actually its quite a good yarn, enough action to keep it entertaining and enough cliches to make it fun as well. Lots of lines about bad writing and over dramatising that to me says Ms Huff has a real sense of humour and is more than willing to point the finger back at herself.
Go on give it a go, its got a gay hero, a bisexual vampire and a female wizard with cats, let alone a bad guy with the title of ShadowLord. Read it, it is actually good.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

I have just signed up to technorati and am claiming my blog in the hopes that lots more of you will see it and come by and join me in my blog adventures!
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I have also just signed up to popdex as well - go visit popdex
So OK, I have now added a link to my Blog to the Unicorn Tree Books page on www.lincolncentralmarket.co.uk, so hopefully a few more people will see it and feel the want to come and share their tales of literary derring do! and then again maybe not! lol
whichever it is at least I am here.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Welcome to Unicorn Tree Books Blog,
At last my own store and now my own blog - will wonders never cease!
I am intending that this blog will be all about the day to day life and adventures of a bookshop boss, minions and cheerful customers, and also about the books we like and read.
I am hoping it will be helpful and also interactive and fun.
So come join me in cyberspace and dont forget to come in and visit the shop too!