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Tuesday
Feb082011

Once Bitten Twice Shy by Jennifer Rardin

Once Bitten Twice Shy by Jennifer Rardin

The Jaz Parks Asassin series has a little bit of everything a paranormal romance reader longs for; action, incredibly strong female characters, handsome immortal men and an intricate love story. In a fantastic world full of magic, vampires and other nasty things that go bump in the night, who would the government turn to for the ugliest cases? None other than CIA assassins Jaz Parks and her partner Vayl, a 200+ year-old vampire. Jennifer Rardin provides one of the strongest women characters I have seen in an urban fantasy series. There is a wonderful balance in Jaz’s world between the use of magic, monsters and James Bond like technology that provides a depth to this series missing in many other similar stories. –Becky

Tuesday
Feb082011

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynn Jones

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynn Jones

A few months back our young adult book club selection was Howl’s Moving Castle. As a fan or Hayao Miyazaki’s films I was distantly aware that this story had originally been a novel. I expected a good read but nothing quite so dazzling as the movie. The book, true to movie adaptation form, was better. Jones’ understanding of story surpasses that of most modern authors. Though the tale borrows from the best of fairy tale and fantasy standards it is told with Jones’ typical creativity and innovation and is delightfully unusual. This book begins a trilogy of stories set in a world that is well worth the visit. Do yourself a favor and pick up Diana Wynn Jones’ Howl’s Moving Castle. -Kuyler

Tuesday
Feb082011

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers

Quite possibly the greatest book of our time. Part fiction, part autobiography, Mr. Eggers captures the sense of terrifying freedom adulthood brings as well as the overwhelming responsibilities people expect you to take on. Both tragic and perfectly beautiful, this book reminds you how brilliant and scary it is to grow-up.- Sarai

Tuesday
Feb082011

The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason 

The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason 

Want some good advice on personal finance? Do you want it easy to read?
Then you need to pick up this copy of George Clason’s classic book and
read it today. The information is timeless and presented in a series of
parables located in ancient Babylon when clay tablets were the order of
the day. The topic of money doesn’t have to be boring. When you get to
the end of this book I know you will be excited once again to grow your
wealth with these tried and true principles. –Ben

Tuesday
Feb082011

Dream Warrior by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Dream Warrior by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Sherrilyn Kenyon is a master at blending mythology with modern romance. In the Dream-Hunter series mankind is plagued by gods that take advantage of people while they sleep. In Dream Warrior the protection of the world falls to the dream-hunter Delphine who is forced to turn to her exiled enemy for help. The adventure for Delphine and Cratus is exciting and dangerous leading to a bond of love and respect for one another’s ability to survive anything. –Becky

Tuesday
Feb082011

Straight Man by Richard Russo

Straight Man by Richard Russo


Straight Man is the funniest novel I’ve read. It is similar to Amis’ Lucky Jim in hilarity and setting. William Henry Devereaux, Jr. is the chair of the English department in a fictional but realistic college in Pennsylvania. The stars malign to bring him a week of bad luck. You find yourself liking the bumbling William because of his humorous and poignant humanity. An irreverent look at college politics, this book will have you laughing at every page. –Philip

Tuesday
Feb082011

The Jewel of Medina by Sherry Jones

The Jewel of Medina by Sherry Jones

Set in the world of seventh century Arabia, at the foundation of Islam, this is the story of a young woman betrothed at a young age to the Prophet Mohammed. It chronicles her struggles to have any control over her own life. She is intelligent, strong and becomes in time self assured. Meeting the challenges of jealous rivals, political and religious upheaval, she becomes the true and faithful wife of Mohammed , and a most important woman in Islam. The story is well told and the history is tangible. Reading one can visualize, feel, even smell the described scenes! I recommend this as another avenue of insight into Islam. –Dianne

Tuesday
Feb082011

Call of Cthulhu by Chaosium

Call of Cthulhu by Chaosium

Call of Cthulhu is the original horror role playing game by Chaosium. This D100 system is based on the writing of H.P. Lovecraft, considered by many to be the father of modern day horror writing. In this game players seek to discover the terrible, strange and mysterious. Along the way they discover unknown truths about themselves and the world around them. Possibly the most unique feature in the RPG system is the insanity tables where investigators can go crazy from the discovery of the perceived truth of things that go bump in the night. For an exciting game that will have you turning your nightlight back on and checking under the bed try any of the Cthulhu based games. –Becky

Tuesday
Feb082011

Rose Madder by Stephen King

Rose Madder bu Stephen King

Rose Madder is the story of a woman who tries to escape her abusive husband who is also a long-time and highly awarded cop. After gaining the courage to leave, she must try to restart her life as a single woman for the first time ever. Now he is on her trail to hunt her down by any means necessary. Can she escape him and be able to start her own life? This is a must read for any woman struggling with abuse and self-esteem. A MUST READ FOR ANY STEVEN KING READER! –Review by Jennifer

Tuesday
Feb082011

Envy: a Luxe Novel by Anna Godbersen

Envy: a Luxe Novel- by Anna Godbersen

The Luxe series follows the lives and trials of a group of debutantes in New York City in the late 1890’s and early 1900’s. These young ladies constantly fight to uphold and further the family name while attempting to hide their personal indiscretions. This third book in the series shows just how far society families will push their heirs in order to maintain a proper reputation in a time when a family name and honor were considered more important than happiness or love. Review by Becky

Thursday
Feb032011

Dewey by Viki Myron

Dewey
by Viki Myron

I found this book a book that I could read with my son who is 11. We sat up at night reading it. This book is one of hope, of small town pride, and of course, Dewey. Anyone that has had a cat will love this book. For those people who have not had a cat you will be made aware that cats are fabulous and are only allowing us on this earth, for they are truly the kings and queens. You will laugh, giggle, cry, and tell everyone to read this book. –Review by Julie

Thursday
Feb032011

Refresh Refresh by Benjamin Percy

Refresh Refresh
by Benjamin Percy

Touted by the likes of Ann Patchett and Peter Straub as being the foundational work of a young and talented writer, Refresh Refresh is a collection of stories, mostly set in the Pacific Northwest, that employ cross-genre techniques to create a combination of gut-wrenching realism and fantastic elements that dazzle. Each ending is an unforced surprise to the reader. Spanning realms and realities, from post-nuclear Oregon populated by vigilante gangs of Harley-riding tough guys , to forests in Bend inhabited by blood-thirsty “monsters,” this collection contains depth and entertainment in equal doses. Benjamin Percy is well on his way to being one of America’s preeminent tale –tellers in any genre. –Review by Philip

Thursday
Feb032011

Flotsametrics and the Floating World by Curtis Ebbesmeyer

Flotsametrics and the Floating World
by Curtis Ebbesmeyer

On May 27, 1990 a cargo ship encountered a storm that spilled (among other things) 61,820 Nike sneakers in to the North Pacific Ocean. In “Flotsametrics and the Floating World” Curtis Ebbesmeyer wonders where did they all go? His research leads him to find all kinds of floating objects from shoes to refrigerators, TV sets, to abandoned yachts, human remains, plastic toys, and yes, messages in bottles! He uncovers the large sections of the ocean known as garbage patches where untold numbers of objects gather to swirl about in a never ending cycle of currents. The ocean is a big place. Read this book and you’ll be amazed at what is floating out there. Even valuable treasure if you are sport enough to go get it.

Oh, and by the way, I tossed a message-in-a-bottle into the ocean when I was in my teens. I was thrilled when I actually got a reply! Ask me about it. –Ben

Thursday
Feb032011

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand
By Helen Simonson


The proper and rigid Major Pettigrew has lost his beloved brother, Bertier, at the opening of this lovely story of the 68 year old widower and the dignified Mrs. Ali. He has been vaguely aware of her as the “Indian or Pakistani woman” (though she’s never been out of England) who has been blending his special tea at a local convenience store for some time. She calls on him as he is grieving his loss and their relationship begins. As they become friends, they find much more that they have in common than would keep them from being friends. The relationship grows through this poignant and outright funny story. There are characters throughout the tale that will keep you laughing out loud and loving these people. I highly recommend this great read for restoring your faith in people and in happy endings. -Review by Dianne

Thursday
Feb032011

Freddy & Fredericka By Mark Helprin

Freddy & Fredericka
By Mark Helprin

A hilarious adventure through America made by the must unlikely pair- the deliberately impoverished Prince and Princess of Wales. The twosome has been sent to reacquire the British Colonies. This disastrous duo will make you laugh and cry as they blunder through the countryside on their seemingly impossible task
–Review by Sarai

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