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HAULING OUT THE BIG GUNS: HARD-HITTING SF

I received a request in last month's comments for some reading suggestions in military science fiction.  As I was putting a list together, I thought it likely that more than one person would be interested in this subgenre, and that it would be a shame to bury my answer in the depths of the archives.  So without further ado, here's the question and my response....

Coming in July

Burke, James Lee. The Glass Rainbow: A Dave Robicheaux Novel.

James Lee Burke's eagerly awaited new novel finds Detective Dave Robicheaux back in New Iberia, Louisiana, and embroiled in the most harrowing and dangerous case of his career. Seven young women in neighboring Jefferson Davis Parish have been brutally murdered.

Byers, Michael. Percival's Planet.

A novel of ambition and obsession centered on the race to discover Pluto in 1930, pitting an untrained Kansas farm boy against the greatest minds of Harvard at the run-down Lowell Observatory in Arizona. 

Carcaterra, Lorenzo. Midnight Angels.

In the secret passageways of one of the world's most majestic cities, an American woman must risk everything to keep the long-lost work of a Renaissance master from falling into the hands of thieves.

Cassella, Carol Wiley. Healer.

Mystery Monday

Who doesn't enjoy award shows?  Whether its the Oscars, the Grammys, or the Emmys, they all generate their own brand of excitement and glamour. While lacking in the celebrity quotient,the mystery writers have their own prestigious awards, too.  So all of you award junkies, don't despair, because there are plenty of award winners to celebrate.  Mysteries are so varied that they are categorized into their own sub-genres. For example, there are awards for most humorous mysteries, for best LA noir, best historical and any other kind of mysteries you can imagine.  I have listed below some of the latest award winners. See if some of your favorites have been nominated, or better yet, pick up a new favorite.

Left Coast Crime Awards presents the Lefty for most humorous mystery.
 The nominees are:
Swan for the Money by Donna Andrews
Living With Your Kids is Murder by Mike Befeler
Strangle a Loaf of Italian Bread by Denise Dietz
High Crimes on the Magical Plane by Kris Neri
And the winner is:
Getting Old is a Disaster by Rita Lakin

What's Up In AV?

Over the last few months, especially since Christmas, the AV Department has gotten numerous requests to start circulating Sony PSP Games (Playstation Portable).  We are always listening to what our customers want and so Arlene Sandner, one of our Children's Department librarians, is going to begin purchasing them shortly.  We hope to have them circulating no later than the first week in May.

I am now buying more copies of our most popular titles in response to ever-increasing numbers of holds on them. Do you know about our "no holds" DVD section?  We have put aside copies of each movie title and designated them as "no holds." This means that they cannot be reserved and so they never sit on our reserve shelf waiting to be picked up.  Always check this special display before you leave.  The movie you have been waiting to see just might be "waiting" for you to pick it up while you are here.

Great links for teens

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NEW BOOK DISCUSSION

There is a new book discussion at the library that meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 1 PM. The focus is on non-fiction, and it is open to all.The group is still undecided for a name, for now it is Not Just History, but we're working on a catchy title.  Monthly selections will be chosen by the group members. The April 14th meeting wiill discuss Island in the Center of the World  by Russsell Shorto. This prize-winning book looks at the beginnings of Manhattan history largely due to a current historian who is translating twelve thousand pages of original Dutch documents. The book is presented in a very easy-to-read style and clears up several falsities about early Dutch-Indian relations. Reserve a copy at the adult reference desk and check future fliers for the May and June readings.

New Large Print for March 2010

Fiction:

A Man of His Word by Kathleen Fuller

Sizzle by Julie Garwood

Saving CeeCee Honycutt by Beth Hoffman

The Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick

The Honor of Spies by W.E.B. Griffin

Ford County Stories by John Grisham

The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova

The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson

Dark Fire by Elizabeth Lowell

Same Time Next Year by Debbie Macomber

The Unbearable Lightness of Scones by Alexander McCall Smith

Worse Case by James Patterson

Iron River by T. Jefferson Parker

Dragon House by John Shors
Half-Broke Horses by Jeanette Walls

Kisser by Stuart Woods

Non-Fiction

 

New DVD Releases For March 9th

We have five new releases for Tuesday, March 9th.  They are:

Capitalism - A Love Story (Documentary - Michael Moore)

Old Dogs (Children's DVD)

Planet 51 (Children's DVD)

Precious

Up In the Air

NonFiction Audiobooks for March

 

BCD B Agassi

     Open : an autobiography by Andre Agassi and J.R. Moehringer.  Read by Erik Davies.  15 discs.  18 hours.   

 

BCD B Eggers

     A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers. Read by Dion Graham. 12 discs. 13+ hours. 

Fiction Audiobooks for March

 BCD Bear

     Mariposa by Greg Bear. Read by Charles Leggett. 9 discs. 11+ hours.

  "…dystopian, near-future vision of the U.S. and its failing economy. Rebecca Rose returns from an extended vacation to complete the FBI agent team introduced in the earlier book. They're up against a clever megalomaniac, Axel Price, who is one step away from a takeover of the U.S. government. Under the guise of a medical-treatment program for post-traumatic stress disorder victims, Price is using the code-named Mariposa Project to build a personal army of sociopaths."     Booklist 11/15/09

 

 BCD Benjamin

     Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin. Read by Samantha Eggar. 10 discs. 11+ hours. 

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