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A Game of Thrones, the first book in George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire fantasy series, was the basis for the wildly popular HBO series, Game of Thrones, now airing in its final season. If you just cannot get enough of either the TV series or the book series (or both!), explore these engaging readalikes that offer adventures in similar realms.
The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons
Large cast of characters, World-building, Epic fantasy
When destiny calls, there’s no fighting back. Kihrin grew up in the slums of Quur, a thief and a minstrel’s son raised on tales of long-lost princes and magnificent quests. When he is claimed against his will as the missing son of a treasonous prince, Kihrin finds himself at the mercy of his new family’s ruthless power plays and political ambitions.
Malice by John Gwynne
Epic fantasy, Large cast of characters, World-building
The Banished Lands has a violent past where armies of men and giants clashed in battle, but now giants are seen, the stones weep blood and giant wyrms are stirring. Those who can still read the signs see a threat far greater than the ancient wars. For if the Black Sun gains ascendancy, mankind’s hopes and dreams will fall to dust … and it can never be made whole again.
The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley
Epic fantasy, Court intrigue, World-building, Large cast of characters
If you are a short story reader you won’t want to miss The Short of It, our upcoming discussion on Monday, April 29 at 7:00pm in first floor Meeting Room B. Enjoy a compelling discussion and engage with other literature lovers! Join retired high school teacher Ron Crowley-Koch for a discussion revolving around the following three short stories freely available online and linked below. Please read the stories twice to glean their true beauty.
“The Overcoat” by Nikolai Gogol
“The Boor” by Anton Chekhov
“The Thief” by Walter Mosely
W.W. Norton & Company, Inc
Lyrical and at times melancholic, Meet Me at the Museum by Anne Youngson is a book meant to be slowly savored as each new letter between a widowed Danish professor and a English farmer’s wife reveal more about friendship and the paths that life takes us down.
April is the month when our region awakens from winter, and the buds appear, and the sunshine at last breaks through the clouds, so it is fitting that April is dedicated to poetry, in all its evocative explorations of life. There is truly a poem for everyone. Be sure to check out some of these wonderful new poetry collections at the library this month.
by Ada Limon
by Dorianne Laux
by Justin Phillip Reed
by Ed Bok Lee
by Hala Alyan
by Brenda Shaughnessy
If you love books and you love brackets, make sure to check out the 2019 Tournament of Books! This annual March program is run by The Morning News and includes discussions and evaluations of popular fiction books. The panel of judges includes an assortment of critics, editors and writers, who whittle down the original group of books each week until an ultimate “winner” is chosen. We’ll keep the bracket updated here at the library, while the books selected can be found on display across from the Fiction/AV/Teen Services desk until they are checked out. Enjoy perusing the lists and finding new titles to explore.