Thursday, October 20, 2016

What We're Reading Now: Skeleton Crew

Boo!  It's almost Halloween, and as the days get darker earlier and are colder more often, it feels like a good time to pick up a scary novel...or short story collection in the case of Skeleton Crew by Stephen King.  If you like a little or a lot of horror in your literary life then you should think about picking up this collection.  It contains twenty short stories (including "The Mist" which was made into a movie), and two poems.  You can read one or all twenty at once if you feel so inclined! Tell us about your favorite horror novel in the comments!

You can find Skeleton Crew in the Adult Short Stories on the second floor of the library under the call number [SS KING]. 

Monday, October 10, 2016

What We're Reading Now: Dark Matter

We love a good thriller here at the library.  Especially as it gets closer to Halloween. A couple of us happened to pick  up Dark Matter by Blake Crouch recently.  The book garnered a lot of publicity, and a lot of good things have been said about it so it will be interesting to see if it lives up to the reviews (it has a 4.15 rating on Goodreads).

"Are you happy with your life?"
Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious.

Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits.

Before a man Jason's never met smiles down at him and says, "Welcome back, my friend."

In this world he's woken up to, Jason's life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor, but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible.

Is it this world or the other that's the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves?

The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could've imagined—one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.

Let us know if you've read Dark Matter, and what you thought about it!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

What We're Reading Now: Spoils of War

Monuments Men by Rober M. Edsel [940.531 EDSEL]
What happens to priceless art in the event of total war-in this instance World War II?  The Nazis looted many museums and private collections in the occupied countries; they were determined to take what they wanted for the Fuhrer (or themselves) and destroy what they considered degenerate.  George Clooney’s 2014 movie Monuments Men focused on a unit of Allied soldiers tasked with saving Europe’s art not only from the Nazis, but from Allied bombardment and Allied soldiers as well. Monuments Men highlights part of the story, but the history of the stolen art is more complicated. Check out these titles for a more nuanced view. 
Lost Lives, Lost Art by Melissa Muller [940.318 Muller] 
Lost Masters by Peter Harclerode [940.5314 Harclerode]
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Rape of Europa [DVD 709.409 RAPE]

Rescuing Da Vinci by Robert M. Edsel [709.409 EDSEL]

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

What We’re Reading Now: Spies in the Shadows

Midnight in Europe by Alan Furst [M FURST]
Backstory: The Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) fractured Spanish society and served as a ‘dress rehearsal’ for World War II. Fascist Italy and Germany supported the Nationalists while Communists, anarchists and democrats rallied to the Republican cause.

Paris, 1938: Spanish √©migr√© and Republican sympathizer Christian Ferrer agrees to help the Republicans obtain weapons in their struggle.  It leads him to a netherworld of arms dealers, spies, and those eager to profit from others’ misery. Justice does not prevail.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

What We're Reading Now: Police Procedural With a Twist

The Invisible Code by Christopher Fowler [M FOWLER]
The Peculiar Crimes Unit is always under threat of being disbanded, but Arthur Bryant and John May keep their group together by solving crimes that Scotland Yard and other legal entities won’t touch. In Christopher  Fowler’s “Invisible code”, disapproving security man Oskar Kasavian promises the unit a free pass if they can determine the cause of his wife Sabira’s  recent anxiety attacks and dangerous behaviors. Witchcraft plays its part; little known facts about London’s history add to the mix before the case is closed.

Don’t miss any entry in this fun series. The Peculiar Crimes Unit’s adventures will always provide you with historic tidbits to make you the hit of any trivia get-together in 2016.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

What We're Reading Now: Death of a Journalist

Pathologist Quirke becomes involved in another murder in 1950’s Dublin, the sixth book of Benjamin Black’s series. When daughter Phoebe’s friend Jimmy Minor turns up as a badly beaten corpse, Quirke finds himself caught between Irish travelers and the Catholic clergy, with no easy answers. Jimmy was a dedicated newshound: what was he investigating that ended in his death?

Benjamin Black also writes highly acclaimed novels as John Banville. Check out his fiction for another look at the Irish.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

What We're Reading Now: A Crime Analyst's View of Murder

Under a Silent Moon by Elizabeth Haynes [M HAYNES]
Police intelligence analyst/author Haynes brings her own life experience to bear on this first of a series.  DCI Louisa Smith is dealing with her first murder case when a suspected suicide adds to the mix.  Murder victim Polly Leuchars was a free spirit sexually-everyone loved her-and then someone killed her. Significant traces of Polly’s blood are found with the supposed suicide, but DI Smith rejects easy answers. Haynes draws the reader behind the scenes- police reports, interviews and phone records-to give a fuller view of the investigation and its stunning conclusion.  

Follow DCI Smith’s latest case in Behind Closed Doors (FICTION HAYNES):