Books

Wild and Wacky Romances

Are you looking for something a little different, something to make you sit up and take notice? Try one of Katie MacAlister’s slightly off kilter romances.  I love them!  I can never predict what her characters are going to do or say next. Try one you’ll like it. Bet you can’t read just one! 

Staycation Tips @ HCPL

The latest edition of Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary contains nearly 100 new words. One of those newly minted entries is staycation and you may want to take one before the summer ends.

Fame Whether You Want It or Not

Extras by Scott Westerfeld

On the shelf: Blue Plate Special

One of the things I enjoy most about working at the Kingwood Branch Library is finding a new-to-me book and author. One recent discovery was Blue Plate Special: A Novel of Love, Loss and Food by Frances Norris. I was drawn to the book by the cover art and the back-cover copy by Elinor Lipman, one of my favorite authors, and I was not disappointed.

Murders that give you the munchies!

Cream Puff Murder by Joanne Fluke, and narrated by Suzanne Toren. 

Photo Books

The AmericansMy head always turns when I see a photography book sitting face out on a shelf. It’s probably a throwback from when I was little and only liked books with pictures. But now I can appreciate “picture books” with more grown-up themes. The latest one I’ve come across is a re-issue of The Americans by Robert Frank with black-and-white pictures from the 1950s. The faces of the people and the moments Frank captured are sometimes comical, sometimes haunting. Most of all they give you a picture of who we Americans were not so long ago.

 

Who is on the horizon in SF?

Let's indulge our own Science Fiction future sight and see if we can predict the rising stars of Speculative Fiction (Science Fiction/Fantasy). 

WorldCon 2009: Anticipation in Montréal

Every year the fandom of Science Fiction gathers together to share their enthusiasm for the genre.  Each year is a different city, and this year takes us to Montréal for Anticipation, August 6-10.  Fans, authors, artists, publishers, filmmakers, and more enjoy convention days devoted to the genre of speculative fiction.  The Hugo Awards as well as the John W.

Science Fiction Hall of Fame 2009 Inductees

The Science Fiction Hall of Fame is housed in the Science Fiction Museum in Seattle.  Each year since 1996, they have inducted four persons who have contributed to the genre.  Previous members include Steven Spielberg, Anne McCaffrey, and Ray Bradbury.  The 2009 Science Fiction Hall of Fame inductees are Edward L. Ferman, Michael Whelan, Connie Willis, and Frank R.

But What Happens to the Dog?

Ever since a childhood trauma involving a sobbing fit in the lobby of the Malco Theatre after viewing the climactic scene of Old Yeller, I have never been able to finish a book or a movie that featured the death of a beloved pet.  Many times, I have been lulled into a false feeling of security, only to be mentally cast back to that empty theatre lobby.  I don't want to produce any major spoilers, but who remembers The Yearling?  What about

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