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Book Hunters in Brief #135: On the Campaign Trail

For the life of me, I cannot figure out why anyone would want to be president. Sure, even if you do a lousy job (maybe especially if you do a lousy job) you get your picture in the history books.

Still, If you think about it, it's really just a glorified temp job and the whole country is your janus-headed supervisor.

You say, "But you get to be leader of the free world!" I say "leader" is probably too strong a term. At best you're a cat-herder and half of the cats aren't going to do what you say no matter what just because you vote blue and they vote red or vice versa.

Who needs that kind of aggravation?

The Tuesday Evening Book Club will discuss The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters on August 9th @ 7:00pm

Persons who love to read and discuss what they have read join in informal conversation. Everyone is welcome. The August selection will be The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters. 

Summary

It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned; the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, in a genteel Camberwell villa-a large, silent house now bereft of brothers, husband, and even servants-life is about to be transformed as impoverished widow Mrs. Wray and her spinster daughter, Frances, are obliged to take in lodgers.

Book Hunters in Brief #134: Ghostbusters

Who ya' gonna call?

Well...

If you have a non-terminal, repeating phantasm or a Class V ectoplasmic manifestation, you should probably give Ghostbusters a ring.

If, on the other hand, you are in need of new direction in your reading life, or just want a list of honkin' good yarns to take on your upcoming vacation, Book Hunters is your best bet.

This week, Book Hunters in Brief offers some suggestions inspired by the release of the Ghostbusters reboot.

Book Club, Friday, July 15 @ 2 pm

Crosby Branch Book Club will meet Friday, July 15, at 2 pm, to discuss The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper, by Phaedra Patrick.  In this story, Arthur, a lovable 69 year old widower, copes with the loss of his wife by clinging to his routine...that is, until he embarks on a surprising, life-changing journey.  

New members are welcome! 

Book Hunters in Brief #133: Video Games in Books

One of the things I find heartening is that every time another one those inventions comes along that the professional hand-wringers say will spell the end of reading once and for all, writers, amoeba-like, incorporate that thing into their fictional worlds. So it is in the last couple decades a new sub-sub-genre has emerged: books that are built around video games. This week, Book Hunters in Brief offers a handful of the best.

This is not a Game by Walter Jon Williams

The Restoration Game by Ken MacLeod

Our Future World

You jump in your automated car to pick up some prescription medicine tailored to your DNA. While you're waiting at the store, a space tourism brochure pops into your VR headset. Once the personalized medicine is ready, you ask your automated car to pull up the navigation route for a popular restaurant where the 3D printer at the table will create your appetizer before the main course arrives. Is this the year 2041? Maybe. Maybe not.

Predicting the future is a tricky endeavor. Even so, some authors have attempted the feat. Read about their thoughts in these books and see if you agree with their future forecasts.

 

Book Hunters in Brief #132: Red, White & Blue

Whether you're going to the coast this long holiday weekend, or cooling your toes in the backyard wading pool, you'll want something cool to read between long pulls on tall, frosty glasses of liquid refreshment. Here are a few recommendations sure to set off fireworks of the bookish variety.

The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service

All caught up on Tokyo Ghoul? Looking for your next horror fix? The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service is an unforgettably humorous and often chilling series that blends the lighthearted camp of Scooby Doo with shades of Hannibal.

Spring Branch Memorial Library--The Page Turners

Page TurnersTime of meeting: July 12, 6:30 pm.  The Page Turners will be having a Readers’ Choice, during which they will give a 5-minute synopsis of a chosen title for the group as a selection for the coming year.  

They invite everyone to come to the meeting to suggest a title for their consideration.

Graphic Novels for High School Graduates & New Adults

Summer is here and you are looking for something to read. Panels, a Riot New Media site dedicated to all things comics, shared their list of recommended graphic novels for high school graduates and new adults. Have no fear; HCPL owns them for your borrowing and reading pleasure.

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