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Nonfiction: Super Graphic: A Visual Guide to the Comic Book Universe by Tim Leong

Super Graphic book coverIf Guardians of the Galaxy has increased your appetite for fun with heroes, villains, and sharp images, Super Graphic: A Visual Guide to the Comic Book Universe is just the companion you need. Tim Leong has combined imagination and analytics in a wild collection of graphs, charts, and tables that explores in glorious geeky detail the trivia that thrills true fans. Vibrantly colored infographics decipher the many affiliations of the Marvel universe or even the convergences of the big three superhero tropes. The diagrams aren’t limited to cape-wearers, so you’ll find data on stories as different as Persepolis, Tintin, and The Walking Dead. Rich with clever design and bold geometric definition, Super Graphic allows you to bask in the small details that add up to larger-than-life adventures.

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on September 1, 2014 Categories: Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Humor, Nonfiction

New: Audiobooks, Fantasy, and Sci-fi

Every Friday the Library will bring you short lists of buzz-worthy books in a rotating series of popular genres.

For these and other fresh reads, stop by the second floor Fiction/AV/Teen desk. While there, talk to a Readers’ Advisor about new and old titles tailored to your taste.

New: Audiobooks

Cover of The Matchmaker Cover of Ten Percent HappierCover of Mr. Mercedes

The Matchmaker  by Elin Hilderbrand
10% Happier by Dan Harris
Mr. Mercedes  by Stephen King

Cover of The Snow QueenCover of Unlocking PotentialCover of A Triple Knot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Snow Queen by Michael Cunningham
Unlocking Potential by Michael K. Simpson
A Triple Knot by Emma Campion

 

New: Fantasy and Sci-fi

The Book of Life Book CoverCover of Fool's AssassinCover of The Magician's Land

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness
Fool’s Assassin by Robin Hobb
• The Magician’s Land by Lev Grossman

Cover of Dark LightningCover of Lock InCover of Cibola Burning

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dark Lightning by John Varley
Lock In by John Scalzi
Cibola Burn by James A. Corey

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on August 29, 2014 Categories: Audiobooks, Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, New Arrivals

Book Discussion Questions: The House on the Strand by Daphne du Maurier

House on the Strand book cover

SPOILER WARNING: These book discussion questions are highly detailed and will ruin plot points if you have not read the book.

 

Title: The House on the Strand
Author: Daphne du Maurier
Page Count: 298
Genre: Literary fantasy, Gothic fiction, Time travel
Tone: Mysterious, Atmospheric, Suspenseful

 

1.  Were you caught up in the book right away? Did you find it hard to follow?

2.  How did you feel about the narrative moving back and forth between time periods? Several critics have commented on the immense skill with which du Maurier keeps tension on both levels. Would you agree?

3.  Which time period /storyline did you find more interesting?

4.  What was your opinion of Richard, the narrator?

5.  Being the straight-laced man that he was, why did Richard try Magnus’ drug in the first place?

6.  How would you characterize the relationship between Magnus and Richard?

7.  What differences were there in the ways Magnus and Richard approached the experiments?

8.  Why do you think Roger was used as the link/guide/alter ego?

9.  Why did John Willis corroborate Richard’s testimony at the inquest?

10.  How important to the story is Vita? Why so?

•  Did you like her? Feel sorry for her? Were you increasingly annoyed by/with her as Dick was?
•  How would you characterize Richard and Vita’s relationship? Why is this so?
•  Why didn’t Richard tell Vita about the drug, especially after she became suspicious of him having an affair and acting so erratically?
•  In Latin, “Vita” translates as “life”. Do you think this was an intentional choice for du Maurier? What might this understanding add?

11.  Did you trust Dr. Powell? Was he right to release Richard when he did?

12.  What was the allure for Richard to keep going back to the past?

13.  Would you agree that this is a “story of addiction”? If so, was he addicted to the drug itself or to the stories he witnessed?

14. Was Richard actually time-traveling or merely hallucinating?

•  Were you satisfied with Dr. Powell’s theories at the end of the book?
•  If it were the drug, why did Magnus and Richard travel back to same period?

15.  Would you say the tone of the story is approving? marveling? objective?

16.  What did you think of the end of the book? Was it satisfying to you?

•  What really happened to Richard?
•  Du Maurier once wrote, “What about the hero of The House on the Strand? What did it mean when he dropped the telephone at the end of the book? I don’t really know, but I rather think he was going to be paralysed for life. Don’t you?” Does her statement surprise you?

17.  This book was written in 1969. Is the subject still topical? Would you recommend this book to others?

18.  How do du Maurier’s descriptions deepen and reinforce the themes in the novel?

19.  Growing up, du Maurier disliked the expectations and limitations of being a girl. How well does she write the male perspective? What other attitudes toward society are revealed in her story and characters?

20.  Du Maurier’s only disappointment with The House on the Strand was that a film version was not made. It was her favorite of all her books, and she had written it almost as a film script. Do you think it a story that could be successfully adapted as a movie or miniseries?

 

Other Resources

Daphne du Maurier author site
author interview from Kilmarth, a central location in The House on the Strand
BBC article:  “Walking in du Maurier’s Footsteps”
“The Cornwall of Daphne du Maurier”, originally published in British Heritage magazine

 

If you liked The House on the Strand, try…

The Distant Hours by Kate Morton
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Distant Hours book coverThirteenth Tale book cover    Outlander book cover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on August 27, 2014 Categories: Book Discussion Questions, Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Literary

Fiction: There Is No Lovely End by Patty Templeton

There Is No Lovely End book coverIt all begins with Hester Garlan, a spitfire outlaw who sees the dead. After a mid-jailbreak encounter results in an inconvenient pregnancy, her sensitivity to rogue spirits is transferred to her child, a son she can’t abandon fast enough. When she discovers her second sight is gone, Hester sets off to trade the boy’s life for her gift’s restoration. Meanwhile, a young woman unsuited to expected society roles is thrown together with the founder of the Winchester rifle empire, and though there is a mutual attraction, happily-ever-after may not be in their tea leaves. There Is No Lovely End by Patty Templeton is a debut that drips with acid-tongued banter, tintype settings, and otherworldly imaginings. It’s a modern take on an old-fashioned tale, and you’ve never read anything quite like it.

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on August 25, 2014 Categories: Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Historical Fiction, Horror

Audiobook: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Name of the Wind audiobook cover“I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep.” In The Name of the Wind, fantasist Patrick Rothfuss has crafted a world of wonder, a spell that swirls around a fascinating character. Performer Nick Podehl deftly plays Kvothe both as wide-eyed innocent and as incognito hero in what can only be described as a tale for the ages, from the pen and voice of master storytellers.

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on August 7, 2014 Categories: Audiobooks, Fantasy & Sci-Fi

Eisner Award Winners 2014

The 2014 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards were announced at the recent Comic-Con International in San Diego.  Try some of these outstanding graphic novels among this year’s winners:

The Property  RASL  Saga

The Property by Rutu Modan – Best Graphic Album (New)

RASL by Jeff Smith – Best Graphic Album (Reprint)

Saga by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples – Best Continuing Series, Best Writer, Best Painter/Multimedia Artist

Slayground  Love and Rockets  Sex Criminals

Richard Stark’s Parker: Slayground by Darwyn Cooke – Best Adaptation from Another Medium, Best Lettering

Love and Rockets New Stories, vol. 6 by Jaime Hernandez & Gilbert Hernandez – Best Short Story, Best Writer/Artist

Sex Criminals by Matt Fraction & Chip Zdarsky – Best New Series

Vader's Little Princess Hawkeye Battling Boy

Vader’s Little Princess by Jeffrey Brown – Best Humor Publication

Hawkeye by Matt Fraction & David Aja – Best Single Issue, Best Cover Artist

Battling Boy by Paul Pope – Best Publication for Teens

By jmcinnes on August 1, 2014 Categories: Awards, Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Humor, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense

New: Audiobooks, Fantasy, and Science Fiction

Every Friday the Library will bring you short lists of buzz-worthy books in a rotating series of popular genres.

For these and other fresh reads, stop by the second floor Fiction/AV/Teen desk. While there, talk to a Readers’ Advisor about new and old titles tailored to your taste.

New: Audiobooks

Care and Management of Lies audiobook cover

Think Like a Freak audiobook cover

Close Your Eyes Hold Hands audiobook cover

The Care and Management of Lies by Jacqueline Winspear
Think Like a Freak
by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands
 by Chris Bohjalian

I Dont Know What You Know Me From audiobook cover

High Druids Blade audiobook cover

Why Read Moby Dick audiobook cover

I Don’t Know What You Know Me From by Judy Greer
The High Druid’s Blade
 by Terry Brooks
Why Read Moby-Dick?
by Nathaniel Philbrick

New: Fantasy and Sci-fi

Koko Takes a Holiday book cover

Boost book cover

Shattered book cover

Koko Takes a Holiday by Kieran Shea
The Boost
 by Stephen Baker
Shattered
 by Kevin Hearne

My Real Children book cover

Skin Game book cover

Sparrow Hill Road book cover

• My Real Children by Jo Walton
• Skin Game
by Jim Butcher
• Sparrow Hill Road
by Seanan McGuire

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on July 18, 2014 Categories: Audiobooks, Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, New Arrivals

Staff Pick: Attack on Titan

Colleen staff picks photoThe anime and manga series Attack on Titan is an action-packed and unique story. Set in a world where huge man-eating giants called Titans terrorize the earth, this story follows a group of young people who are sick of living in fear.

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on July 15, 2014 Categories: Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Movies and TV, Picks by Colleen, Staff Picks

Audiobooks: Audie Award Winners

Listen up! This year’s winners of the Audie Awards have been announced, celebrating the best audiobooks to bring giggles, sighs, knowledge, and excitement. Treat yourself to one of the top titles pictured below, and make the most of the fun by adding it to your Summer Reading Program log.

Still Foolin Em audiobook coverElephant Whisperer audiobook cover    Goldfinch audiobook cover

Audiobook of the Year: Still Foolin’ ‘Em, written and read by Billy Crystal
** also winner for Humor and for Narration by the Author
Biography/Memoir: The Elephant Whisperer by Lawrence Anthony, read by Simon Vance
Literary Fiction: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, read by David Pittu
** also winner for Solo Narration (Male)


David and GoliathDoctor Sleep audiobook coverUnleashed audiobook cover


Nonfiction:
David and Goliath, written and read by Malcolm Gladwell
Fiction: Doctor Sleep by Stephen King, read by Will Patton
Mystery: Unleashed  by David Rosenfelt, read by Grover Gardner

Captain Vorpatrils Alliance audiobook coverLongest Ride audiobook coverThe Hit audiobook cover

Science Fiction: Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance by Lois McMaster Bujold, read by Grover Gardner
Romance: The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks, read by Ron McLarty and January LaVoy
Thriller/Suspense: The Hit by David Baldacci, read by Ron McLarty with Orlagh Cassidy

Storm King audiobook coverHooray Anna Hibiscus

Distinguished Achievement in Production: The Storm King, written and read by Pete Seeger; presented by Jeff Haynes
Children’s:
Hooray for Anna Hibiscus! by Atinuke, read by Mutiyat Ade-Salu

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on July 11, 2014 Categories: Audiobooks, Awards, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Humor, Literary, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense, Nonfiction

Fiction: Happily Ever After, edited by John Klima

Happily Ever After book cover

“Once upon a time…” Are there four more thrilling words? No matter our age, we love a story! If it’s been too long since you’ve visited a faraway land, set sail for Happily Ever After, a collection of retold fairy tales by masters of fantasy, horror, and young adult fiction. Gregory Maguire riffs on Snow White with “The Seven Stage a Comeback,” Cinderella takes a disturbing turn in Peter Straub’s “Ashputtle,” and “The Troll Bridge” has never been as fun as when Neil Gaiman is telling it. Edited by John Kilma and with an introduction by Fables creator Bill Willingham, Happily Ever After is an ideal choice for enchantment during this year’s Discover the Magic summer reading program.

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on June 30, 2014 Categories: Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Humor