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An Exciting New Way To Read The Dresden Files

Storm Front 1I’ve been a loyal reader of Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files for years, but I’ve only just discovered the graphic novels.

Book Hunters in Brief #52: Winter is Coming.

Winter is coming.

But this being the Texas Gulf Coast, winter is an intermittent proposition. This week HCPL's award-winning Book Hunters offer some books that will put a little nip in the air--even if it is only fictional.

Spring Branch-Memorial Library--The Page Turners

Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour bookstoreTitle to be discussed: Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour bookstore by Robin Sloan.  Date of meeting: Tuesday, January 13, 6:30pm.  Summary: "A gleeful and exhilarating tale of global conspiracy, complex code-breaking, high-tech data visualization, young love, rollicking adventure, and the secret to eternal life—mostly set in a hole-in-the-wall San Francisco bookstore.  The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone—and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests....  Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore is exactly what it sounds like: an establishment you have to enter and will never want to leave, a modern-day cabinet of wonders ready to give a jolt of energy to every curious listener, no matter the time of day."

Genre Benders: Novels in Verse

Cover Art: Sharp Teeth by Toby BarlowNovels in verse, while currently trendy in Children’s and Young Adult lit, don’t often get published for an adult audience, and there hasn’t been much demand for them in a couple of centuries. Making such a deliberately uncommon choice in form would lead us to assume the verse acts as a crucial vessel, necessary for facilitating whatever story is being told. Compiled below are a sampling of verse novels published in the last few years. From the life of Shakespeare’s ghost writer to a lycanthrope-invaded L.A., there may be something on the list that interests you. I dare you to read one. Let’s find out if the genre can make a comeback. 

Goodreads Choice Awards 2014

On December 2 the popular website, Goodreads, announced its 2014 Choice Awards. These awards are nominated and voted on by users of the site. Following is a list of some of the winners. How many did you read this year?

FICTION

Landline, Rainbow Rowell

Though they still love each other, Georgie and Neal's marriage is in trouble. Two days before they are supposed to take their two kids to Neal's family in Omaha for Christmas, something comes up at Georgie's job and she can't go. When Neal takes the kids anyway, Georgie wonders if their marriage is over. But when she finds a way to communicate with Neal in the past, she feels like she's been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts. Is that what she's supposed to do? Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?

 

Nonfiction Movies

Book to movie adaptations happen fairly regularly, although nonfiction adaptations are a bit less common. A round of movies based on nonfiction will debut this month. Here's your chance to read (or re-read) the books before they hit the big screen:

Book Hunters in Brief #51: Star Wars

As you undoubtedly noticed, the Star Wars, Episode VII trailer was greeted with the kind of squealing and pandemonium usually reserved for asteroids on a collision course with earth.

Bones!

I’ve been watching the Bones TV show and really enjoying it. So I decided to research the mystery series that the show is based on. The author is Kathy Reichs and her heroine is Dr. Temperance Brennan. Just like Ms. Reichs, Dr. Brennan is a forensic anthropologist. So the novels involve a lot of skeletons being found in odd places and Dr. Brennan helping to solve the case with her mad science skills. I haven’t read any of the books yet, but the first in the series is Deja Dead. Has anyone read the series? Are the books as good as the TV show? 

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Beyond Dickens - A Western Flavored Christmas

Do you enjoy Christmas with a dash of the West thrown in? Here are some titles that you might want to check out.

Kent Haruf, 1943-2014

National Book Award finalist Kent Haruf passed away on Nov. 30, 2014 at age 71. Haruf created the fictional town of Holt, Colorado in his first novel The Tie That Binds. He would return to the small High Plains town again in Plainsong, his most beloved work.

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