Monday, January 31, 2011

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith

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This suggestion came to me via email and I just love the review so I'm publishing the recommendation on both my blogs, since I believe it has both horror and literary elements.
~Jan

Recommendation from a blog follower:
I just read "Abraham Lincoln:  Vampire Hunter" by Seth Grahame-Smith.  I got it on a whim because I had seen the "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" book that he had written and thought the cover and idea of it was humorous.  I enjoy reading supernatural fiction (which includes vampires among other creatures) and thought I'd give it a whirl.  The first few pages and book jacket seemed intriguing enough.  Well needless to say it was a great read.  The historical fiction basis of it was mixed nicely with actual dates and events from Mr. Lincoln's life.  The aspect of vampires being integrated into the story was done seamlessly as if they really existed in real life.  The story left you wondering "what if it were really true?" at the end because it was done so well.  I enjoyed it's creativity and engaging story and I recommend it.  For those of you who aren't supernatural fans, this book has enough of a historical fiction flair and a journey that will satisfy your needs otherwise.

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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Share your favorite mystery!

Hello everyone,

Who are your favorite mystery authors and books?  Post a comment with title or author, and I'll add their covers below with a link to our catalog.  I have several favorites, Tess Gerritsen, Patricia Cornwell, Alex Kava, Kay Hooper, and I'm sure I'll be adding more to the mix.

Hope to see you in our library someday soon,
Jan

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Friday, January 28, 2011

Share your favorite sci-fi or fantasy!

Who is your favorite sci-fi or fantasy author?  Post your favorite title or author, and I'll add their covers below with a link to our catalog.  This is one of my favorite genres, so I have several authors to add to the mix: Kim Harrison, Laurell K. Hamilton, George R.R. Martin, Karen Chance, Charlene Harris, and I'm sure I'll be adding more. 

Hope to see you in our library someday soon,
Jan

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Friday, January 21, 2011

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson

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I am excited to say that the waiting list has finally subsided enough for us to select this book for our book group.  This is our Mystery/Suspense selection for February, voted by our book group members.  Hope you enjoy the book and share your comments.
Jan 

Book description:
Cases rarely come much colder than the decades-old disappearance of teen heiress Harriet Vanger from her family's remote island retreat north of Stockholm, nor do fiction debuts hotter than this European bestseller by muckraking Swedish journalist Larsson. At once a strikingly original thriller and a vivisection of Sweden's dirty not-so-little secrets (as suggested by its original title, Men Who Hate Women), this first of a trilogy introduces a provocatively odd couple: disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist, freshly sentenced to jail for libeling a shady businessman, and the multipierced and tattooed Lisbeth Salander, a feral but vulnerable superhacker. Hired by octogenarian industrialist Henrik Vanger, who wants to find out what happened to his beloved great-niece before he dies, the duo gradually uncover a festering morass of familial corruption—at the same time, Larsson skillfully bares some of the similar horrors that have left Salander such a marked woman.
--Review from Amazon

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Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh

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By an overwhelming vote, online and at our latest book group meeting, this book was chosen for our romance choice in February.  Just in case you haven't noticed, I adore Nalini Singh.  This is a sensual book, but the story is just as compelling, and the character development is very well done.  I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did, and please share your comments!
Jan 

Book description:
In a world that denies emotions, where the ruling Psy punish any sign of desire, Sascha Duncan must conceal the feelings that brand her as flawed. To reveal them would be to sentence herself to the horror of "rehabilitation"- the complete psychic erasure of everything she ever was....
--Review from Amazon



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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Stealing Shadows by Kay Hooper

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Recommendation from Jan:
This is the first book in a series that reminds me of a cross between Medium and Criminal Minds.  They are very engaging murder mysteries, with a psychic twist.  All the books in this series are page turners, once you start you won't want to put them down.

Book description:
Even though psychic Cassie Neill has traveled more than 3,000 miles away from Los Angeles, she finds that she cannot escape her destiny, any more than victims can escape the serial killer stalking the small town of Ryan's Bluff, N.C.

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Spicy Chili Pepper Rating Explained

Remember, we DO NOT censor, be we will advise...




On another note, our chili pepper rating was inspired by a true library story, one that we shared in our very first blog post...
Don't judge a book by it's cover, or readers by what they read.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

One of my Favorite Historical Series

Review by Sarah:

I am going to talk about one of my favorite romance series, which is the Pink Carnation series by Lauren Willig.  This series starts with grad student Eloise Kelly trying to finish her dissertation on the Purple Gentian and the Scarlet Pimpernel.  But while doing research she stumbles upon another very elusive spy the Pink Carnation.  This leads her to a diary that is in the possession of the Selwick family.  This discovery also leads her to meeting the dashing Englishman Colin Selwick, who may have a few secrets of his own.  Willig really brings the Napoleonic era to life with a little espionage and a little romance. The women of Willig's books are not your simpering damsels in distress. They usually play an active part in the spy activities.What I like about these books is that the author jumps back and forth from present time to the past.  This segue is achieved by Eloise reading the diary.  The story of Eloise and Colin is spread out over the entire series while the spy/romance story is always finished within each book.  I will tell you upfront that these romances are on the milder end of the spectrum. Willig has seven books in this series with an eighth one coming out list month. If you would like to read more about Willig's books this is her official website: www.laurenwillig.com 

-Sarah

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan

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Since this is the Dark Side, here's a horror recommendation to break up all the romance.  This is from one of my favorite patrons, who is also a book group member.  I'm willing to bet this book will make you think!
Jan 

Patron's review:
This is a brilliant series, really spooky, and an unusual take on the traditional vampire.  Perhaps because Del Toro is a movie director, the scenes come to life, each in a different character's point of view that eventually all come together.  It starts off with a plane landing where everyone appears asleep, or dead, but the investigator cannot find a cause for their condition.  The characters are unusual, original, and disturbing. 

Book description:
Director Del Toro (who won an Oscar for Pan's Labyrinth) makes a dramatic splash in his fiction debut, the first volume in a vampires vs. humanity trilogy, coauthored with Hogan (Prince of Thieves). Just as a jumbo jet on a flight from Germany to New York is touching down at JFK, something goes terribly wrong. When Ephraim Goodweather, of the Centers for Disease Control, investigates the darkened plane, he finds all but four passengers and crew dead, drained of blood. Despite Goodweather's efforts to keep the survivors segregated, they get discharged into the general population. Soon after, the corpses of the tragedy's victims disappear. The epidemiologist begins to credit the wild stories of Abraham Setrakian, an elderly pawnbroker who's the book's Van Helsing figure, and concludes that a master vampire has arrived in the U.S. The authors maintain the suspense and tension throughout in a tour de force reminiscent of Whitley Strieber's early work.
~Starred Review from Publisher's Weekly 

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Saturday, January 1, 2011

Share your favorite romance!

Hello everyone!

Your response to my last post was absolutely wonderful.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!  We have a great reader's advisory in progress for all us romance readers.  So, with that in mind, I've decided to pose a new question, and post all your suggestions: Who is your favorite romance author?  Send your favorite author or title and I will post them below.

Hope to see you in our library someday soon,
Jan

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