- File Size: 604 KB
- Print Length: 271 pages
- Publisher: Amy Stewart (July 1, 2009)
- Publication Date: July 1, 2009
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002FU6LYC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,975 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Also because our daughter graduated three years ago from Humboldt State University in contiguous Arcata, I am familiar with Eureka, its Old Town, and the waterfront. I love the North Coast culture.
Amazingly, as a writing professor and lover of books and bookstores, I found no plot line, character development, or local description that I would recommend Amy Stewart to change before final publication.
I'm putting this on all amazonian.com's required reading list. Read it now!
I was disappointed however with the editing. It was quite jarring in places how many spelling and grammatical errors were in this manuscript. Do e-books not get edited for this kind of thing?
I would recommend this as a fun romp of a read. I will NEVER give up books and I think most readers -- however much they love there e-readers -- feel the same way. No Gizmos for us.
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This was a cracking good read. As a Kindle owner, I was fascinated by the premise - a world with a Kindle-like device which is so great it obliterates the printed book, and nobody's disappointed about it, either. Against this backdrop, Lewis and Emily inherit one of the last five bookstores in America from Lewis' eccentric Uncle Sy, and they travel to sleepy Humboldt County, CA to check out this romantic relic of a bookstore. The story takes some unexpected directions from there.
The book itself was beautifully crafted - I loved the characters, the setting and details were so easy to imagine, and the writing was witty and full of personality. On the Kindle, you can highlight your favorite parts, and I found myself highlighting every other page through the entire book - there were so many gorgeous snippets of perfect writing throughout.
If you're a fan of Amy's non-fiction about gardening and the outdoor world, you are going to love this book. There's some of the best garden writing and imagery in this book that I have read anywhere, and the rest of the book was so full of liveliness and personality that you're sure to love it as much as I did.
And once you finish, join the discussion at Amy's site by doing an internet search for Last Bookstore in America.
The premise of the story is that a new technological device has come along - the Gizmo - that does everything. It's a phone, an MP3-type device and an eReader all combined into one handy gadget. The comparisons to Amazon's own Kindle are obvious but with even more capability than just reading books. Everyone in America has one of these handy dandy devices and just what does that mean for the bookstores selling traditional, paper books? In our narrative, that means the demise of the bookshop and they are slowing closing with only a handful remaining. Throughout the novel, they close one by one until only "The Firebreathing Dragon" remains. How has it managed to not only stay open but make a tidy profit along the way, providing the financial support for the owner and two employees? We find out when the owner dies and passes along not the bookstore and his home to his long-lost nephew. The nephew and his wife come to Eureka, California to see what's what and discover a town filled with interesting characters and a culture vastly different than the one they left behind in the big city. Should they give up the fast-paced lifestyle which has left them in debt up to their ears to continue running the quirky bookstore or should they sell and take the money? Just how much is the bookstore making and how are they making anything in this out-of-the-way hamlet? All these questions and more get answered.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The characters popped off the page and her writing kept me entertained from beginning to end. Imaginary smoke got in my eyes.Published 18 days ago by lizzard
At first I felt guilty that I was reading this on my mobile device, but, like all good stories, it all turned out for the best at the end. Read morePublished 29 days ago by L is for Librarian
rated poor as I seldom read fiction......have read Stewarts many non-fiction books......loved them.
This book is indeed a comic novella centered around the Firebreathing Dragon Bookstore as the last bookstore in America. Read morePublished 2 months ago by LATH
Ah, where do I start? This is a most unusual book, I must say. Primarily, it is a spoof on the i-pod, i-phone, i-pad, tablet, and every other electronic reading device ever... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Liam Person
I saved this book, on my kindle, of course, for a day when I could just curl up and read the day away. Read morePublished 3 months ago by C. Saldivar
I have loved books my whole life. But I stopped going to the library 4-5 years ago when I bought a tablet. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Rebecca Richardson
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