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Movies and TV: Cowboy Bebop

Cowboy Bebop the MovieIt’s 2071 and the entire Solar System is fair game through the use of hyperspace gates. Cruising through the black is the Bebop, a starship full of bounty hunters. Spike is a lithe, mod suit-wearing, martial arts expert with a dark past. Jet is a mech-armed, former cop as ready to cook noodles as clock ya one. Faye Valentine, well, she can steal or find anything, but somehow always ends up tied up. Finally, oddball Ed can hack any network, especially with the help of Ein, the ship’s data dog. If you like Firefly, James Bond, martial arts movies, or innovative soundtracks, try Cowboy Bebop, a 26-episode series that is an excellent entry-level step into anime.

(When you’re done with the series, watch Cowboy Bebop: The Movie, too!)

By Readers' Advisor on February 6, 2014 Categories: Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Movies and TV

Audiobook: Dangerous Women, edited by George R.R. Martin

Dangerous Women Playaway coverDanger can be alluring, frightening, and exciting all at once, and you won’t find a better illustration than in Dangerous Women, edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois. Whether your taste runs to female desperadoes, Scottish highlanders, warrior queens, femmes fatales, or modern magicians, you will be wowed by a carnival of choices offered by the best fan favorite writers of today. Diana Gabaldon, Jim Butcher, Lev Grossman, Sherilynn Kenyon, Carrie Vaughn, and Brandon Sanderson are among the standout contributors, and fans of Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series won’t want to miss the creator’s featured novella “The Princess and the Queen”. Intensify your thrills by listening to Dangerous Women in Playaway format, an easy-to-use portable player that holds an entire audiobook. Skip to the stories and narrators that tempt you most, but don’t be surprised if you devour them all.

Curious about Playaway and what the format has to offer?  Join us for Playaway Day on Saturday, February 1, 1-4 p.m., for giveaways and more information.

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on January 27, 2014 Categories: Audiobooks, Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Historical Fiction, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense

New: Audiobooks, Fantasy, and Sci-Fi

Every Friday the Library will bring you two 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.

Get your reading glasses on, because here we go!

New: Audiobooks

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1. Sister Mother Husband Dog by Delia Ephron

2. Hostage by Kay Hooper

3. Queen of the Air: A True Story of Love and Tragedy at the Circus by Dean N. Jensen

4. The Daughters of Mars by Thomas Keneally

5. Doctor Who: A History by Alan Kistler

6. Innocence by Dean Koontz

7. The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa

8. This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett

9. Bones in her Pocket by Kathy Reichs

10. The Execution of Noa P. Singleton by Elizabeth L. Silver

 

New: Fantasy and Sci-fi Books

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1. Halo: Silentium by Greg Bear

2. Iron Night by M.L. Brennan

3. Shift by Hugh Howey

4. Last to Rise by Francis Knight

5. Ascension by Jacqueline Koyanagi

6. In Retrospect by Ellen Larson

7. Rex Regis by L.E. Modesitt

8. Rise Again Below Zero by Ben Tripp

9. Melancholy of Mechagirl by Catherynne Valente

10. Invasive Species by Joseph Wallace

By Readers' Advisor on January 24, 2014 Categories: Audiobooks, Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, New Arrivals

Staff Pick: The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

Colleen staff picks photoThe Testing is not your average dystopian! To attend college, those who live in the United Commonwealth must undertake the Testing. For Cia, who desperately wants to attend college, the Testing is more dangerous than she could imagine and it’s not a fight to pass, but a fight to survive!

By Readers' Advisor on January 14, 2014 Categories: Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Picks by Colleen, Staff Picks

Lists: If You Like J.R.R. Tolkien

Game of Thrones book coverJ.R.R. Tolkien is best known for writing complex, fantastical worlds. The Lord of the Rings series is the gold standard of fantasy that other writers try to live up to. If you’ve already finished Tolkien’s works and don’t know where to go now that you’ve left Middle-earth, the Library can help.

If you like J.R.R. Tolkien, click here for similar authors.

By Readers' Advisor on December 13, 2013 Categories: Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Lists

Lists: Alternate Histories on Audiobook

Hitler's War book coverAlternate history is a genre that explores “what if” questions. What if Hitler was killed early in his life? What if JFK was never assassinated? What if the Black Death had killed 99% of Europe and not 33%? These are the sort of questions authors ask and then let the domino effect splatter from their pens.

Click here to listen to the best alternate history audiobooks the Library has to offer.

By Readers' Advisor on December 6, 2013 Categories: Audiobooks, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Historical Fiction, Lists

Colleen’s Pick: White Cat

Colleen staff picks photoJesse Eisenberg lends his engaging voice to the mafia-inspired supernatural mystery, White Cat by Holly Black. Cassel comes from a family of curse workers who have certain “abilities.” When a white cat shows up in his dreams and his reality, Cassel knows something is very wrong.

By Readers' Advisor on October 15, 2013 Categories: Audiobooks, Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Picks by Colleen, Staff Picks

LISTS: Hard Sci-fi Books

Red Mars book coverSpace flights into the distant unknown. Walking on the moon – maybe not even our moon. Colonizing planets after decades of sleep in a cryo-pod. Battling with angry, self-aware robots. If you pine for these scenarios, technical details, deep scientific thought, and other-worldly adventures, try reading hard sci-fi.

To fire your engines up on a beginner’s list of hard sci-fi, click here.

By Readers' Advisor on September 27, 2013 Categories: Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Lists

Hugo Awards Announced

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The 2013 Hugo Awards, the leading honor in the field of science fiction and fantasy, were announced earlier this month. Which worlds will you explore?

Best Novel: Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas by John Scalzi

Best Novella: The Emperor’s Soul by Brandon Sanderson

Best Graphic Story: Saga, Volume One by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form: The Avengers, written and directed by Joss Whedon

Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form: Game of Thrones, “Blackwater”, written by George R.R. Martin, directed by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss

Best Professional Artist: John Picacio (check out the Elric series!)

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on September 25, 2013 Categories: Awards, Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Humor, Movies and TV

They Came Back

The Returned audiobook coverHarold and Lucille have already known heartbreak. Their son Jacob died in a tragic accident at his eighth birthday party. When he arrives on their doorstep fifty years later, but still only eight years old, they don’t know if this is a miracle or a sign of the end. Even more worrisome is that this isn’t an isolated incident. A massive population of the formerly dead have returned around the globe, and the living have to decide if it’s possible – or desirable – to reintegrate them into their lives. The Returned by Jason Mott is one of the season’s most buzzed-about releases, and narrator Tom Stechschulte creates a deeply resonant storytelling experience.

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on September 23, 2013 Categories: Audiobooks, Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi