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Dune, by Frank Herbert

Wed, 29 Jun 2016 20:53:27 +0000

Frank Herbert’s science-fiction classic Dune is the first in an epic line of novels set in a far distant, feudal, interstellar society, and begins when one family is given stewardship of a very special planet. Arrakis is dangerous, not only physically but politically, and Paul, our 15 year-old protagonist, must learn his way in his […]

On “The Evolution of Pixar”

Wed, 29 Jun 2016 15:26:34 +0000

I remember seeing Luxo Jr. at a MacWorld event in D.C. back in 1986, and it’s great to see “senior” at the beginning of every movie. The real magic’s not in the technology, though, it’s in the storytelling.

End Of Watch, by Stephen King

Mon, 27 Jun 2016 14:35:54 +0000

The review form for the library’s summer reading program asks “would you recommend this book?” For today’s book, the question is difficult to answer. Yes, you should definitely read this book. Or no, you shouldn’t – not yet. This is the final book of Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes trilogy. If you’ve read the first two, […]

Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Thu, 23 Jun 2016 16:31:55 +0000

quoting another reviewer: Between the World and Me is written as a letter/essay from Coates to his fifteen-year-old son, trying to come to terms with what it means to grow up as an African American male in 2015. …no sugar-coating, no careful racial diplomacy, no worry about mediating opinions to cater to what white people […]

Zombie Baseball Beatdown, by Paolo Bacigalupi

Tue, 21 Jun 2016 22:46:02 +0000

More zombie cows, this time in the United States. It sounds like one of those books you think will be silly, gross and the perfect book for middle-school boys. And yes, that is true, but there’s more to Zombie Baseball Beatdown. “There could be millions! Total zombie apocalypse!” Joe said then he looked thoughtful. “That […]

Apocalypse Cow, by Michael Logan

Tue, 21 Jun 2016 22:27:53 +0000

It started with the cows. Flesh-eating, sex-crazed zombie cows. In England. That right there should be enough of a review to get you reading. And to give you enough warning — should you feel that you need it — that there will be gore and violence of a somewhat cartoon variety. I picked this up […]

Alice, by Christina Henry

Tue, 14 Jun 2016 14:49:15 +0000

In the hospital, there is a woman. Her hair, once blond, hangs in tangles down her back. She doesn’t remember why she’s in such a terrible place – just a tea party long ago, and long ears and blood… Suffice to say, this is not Walt Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland,” and not a book for […]

We’re All Damaged, by Matthew Norman

Mon, 13 Jun 2016 16:21:58 +0000

Of the books I read while on vacation this past week – or all the books I’ve read yet this year – this is my favorite. We’re All Damaged is a novel that, in my mind at least, goes in the same category as The Junk-Drawer Corner-Store Front-Porch Blues and The Art of Racing in […]

Be You. Do Good., by Johnathan David Golden

Mon, 13 Jun 2016 15:49:30 +0000

Johnathan David Golden is the founder of Land Of A Thousand Hills coffee, a company who’s tagline “Drink Coffee. Do Good.” is more than a slogan, it defines their mission. Working directly with farmers in war-torn Rwanda, they provide us delicious coffee and the farmers with sustainable, profitable business. Golden encourages us, in his new […]

John Dies at the End, by David Wong

Mon, 13 Jun 2016 15:27:08 +0000

I don’t even know where to start with this book, one that boldly proclaims on the cover “STOP. You should not have touched this book with your bare hands. NO, don’t put it down. It’s too late.” I have to admit, that caught my attention and had me immediately put it on my short list […]

Black Hat Jack, by Joe R. Lansdale

Fri, 03 Jun 2016 16:20:44 +0000

Joe R. Lansdale’s “Black Hat Jack” is an… interesting western about an African American Cowboy and his partner exploring the great west and getting into trouble with Native American Tribes. I wouldn’t exactly recommend it to kids nor adults who are squeamish about rough language, but it’s a good tale. The writing style reminded me […]

The Lathe of Heaven, by Ursula K. Le Guin

Fri, 03 Jun 2016 15:12:34 +0000

A man comes to you, saying that some of his dreams come true. Not in a “I dreamed I’d get a new car and the next day I won a sweepstakes” sort of way; he says that he’s actually changing the past, and that what we remember isn’t real. Or wasn’t real. Or something. On […]

Summer Reading

Thu, 02 Jun 2016 17:00:33 +0000

As a youngster I spent a whole bunch of time, especially during the summer, at the public library. Libraries, actually, plural – my mom would take me to several in the area though my favorite was always “the library with the flying saucer.” I’m pretty sure she even had a job there for a while; […]

Thunderbird, by Jack McDevitt

Tue, 02 Feb 2016 23:00:16 +0000

A “stargate” type portal is found in North Dakota, opening to various worlds and… other places. How far will we reach, who gets to explore, and how to handle the expected / anticipated / feared Contact With Others — those are a few of the questions explored in Jack McDermitt’s novel “Thunderbird.” There were a […]

A Good Morning

Sat, 02 May 2015 16:54:48 +0000

My wife and I had plans to see Avengers:Age of Ultron this morning; we’d had pre-purchased tickets at our local cinema, reserved seating and all. When we arrived, though, and were picking up our tickets, we changed our mind. At the next window were a man and his little boy. The man was trying to […]