You’ve done Water for Elephants, next you read The Night Circus, but now you’re at a loss. Don’t be! The midway is waiting for you, full of love, thrills, funnel cake, and exotica. The Library will help you run away to the circus.
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Southern Gothic fiction is sinister and sometimes surreal writing that takes place in the American South. Flannery O’Connor, a leading author in the genre, said, “All my stories are about the action of grace on a character who is not very willing to support it, but most people think of these stories as hard, hopeless, and brutal.”
Click here for the work of O’Connor and other Southern Gothic writers.
The Exorcist, Hellraiser, Dracula, The Mist – what do these wildly different horror movies have in common? They were based on books! Stoker to King and plenty between have made it to the silver screen.
To see what other horror works have been made into movies, click here.
Space 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.
Tom Clancy’s high-speed page-turners star military-trained heroes battling larger-than-life enemies. International plots, terrorists, dangerous alliances, and weapons of mass destruction abound — but Clancy isn’t the only one to have conquered the military adventure genre.
Click here if you want action and tech-heavy fiction similar to Tom Clancy.
You are leaning at the hotel bar, sipping a cucumber mint concoction, or maybe you are at the casino, dropping a quarter in a slot while making eyes with a certain lithe someone across the aisle. All the while, sleek, sometimes exotic, lounge music plays overhead. Or maybe you are at home and need to escape the norm…
Click here for a taste of the Library’s lounge music collection.
Jodi Picoult writes bestselling novels on dramatic topics as varied as school shootings, Asperger’s Syndrome, infertility, and terminal illness. What if you’ve already breezed through all of the Picoult that’s out there?
If you like Jodi Picoult and want other novelists like her, click here.
Season 3 of Game of Thrones ended in June. Have you been wearily wandering a godswood pining for dragons and battles to drag you out of your office chair? Don’t despair that Season 4 doesn’t start till Spring of 2014 – the Library can help.
If you liked Game of Thrones, click here for similar fantasy reads to fill your time.
Films like Paranormal Activity, The Blair Witch Project and Cloverfield are examples of the found footage-style of horror. This subgenre is marked by shaky camera work, characters who talk off screen, and film recordings discovered (usually) after the movie’s protagonists have died or gone missing.
Click here for the aforementioned films and more found footage horror.
The sultry heat of summer is dulling out. The wide open nights are shortening – but there is still time! Still time to crawl into bed or take a drive and let someone tease you away from real life. Have you tried listening to a romance novel on audiobook?
Click here for romance audiobooks that will make you shiver in the heat and quiver between the sheets.