Books

Edgar Awards!

The Mystery Writers of America have announced the nominees for the 2014 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, and non-fiction published in 2013. The Edgar Awards will be presented to the winners on  May 1, 2014 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York
City. Since most of us can’t be there, I thought I’d pass along the nominees so you can check them out!

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Travel 2014

Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2014Whether you're looking for somewhere to go or content to travel from your armchair, Lonely Planet doesn't disappoint.  Take a look at their Best in Travel 2014 to see the latest hot spots around the globe.  Sneak peek:  Texas makes the list!

 

 

 

 

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New Fantasy Reads for Teens

new fantasy for teensLooking for something new to read? Whether you’re already a fantasy fan or want to explore the genre, consider checking out one of these books that are new to our shelves.

 

 

 

 

 

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The History of a Language

Would you be surprised to find out Shakespeare's works are written in Modern English? It's true! Modern English started in about 1450. Granted, Shakespeare's time included the early years of the Modern English period (1450-1800), while we live in the Late Modern English period (1800 onward). There are some differences, but not many. See for yourself

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Annihilation: One Bizzare, Fantastic, Wild Ride.

AnnihilationIf you're looking for something different than your traditional space opera, or the popular dystopian fiction, then give Annihilation a try.

 

 

 

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The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches

Our twelve year old detective, Flavia de Luce, lives on her family’s run down estate in post WWII England. At the beginning of The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches she is awaiting the return of her mother who disappeared years ago. While she is with the rest of her family at the train station a man tries to speak to Flavia. Then he suddenly falls under the train. Or is he pushed? Flavia is charming as always, cynical and witty, yet young enough to give her bike a name and personality. Secrets about Flavia’s family are revealed and the stage is set for future stories. 

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Book Hunters in Brief #17 - Game of Thrones

Book Hunters in Brief Game of Thrones GraphicIf you love Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin, HCPL’s Book Hunters recommend:
The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicles) by Patrick Rothfuss
Why? Epic fantasy fiction with good character development, magic and battles....

Spring Branch-Memorial Library -- The Page Turners

Title to be discussed: Shakespeare: The World as StageShakespeare: The World as Stage by Bill Bryson.  Date of meeting: Tuesday, May 13, 6:30pm.  Summary: "Bryson offers a portrait of the Bard, presented in the style of a travelogue based on interviews with actors, the curator of Shakespeare's birthplace, and academics. The account also shares the author's recollections of his...

The Dinosaur Feather

There is a mystery in The Dinosaur Feather but the main focus of this Danish novel is the character development. Anna Bella Nor is working furiously on her PhD dissertation. Then one of her academic advisors, Dr. Lars Helland, is found dead with her thesis on his lap. Anna deals with the police detective, and her toddler while she worries about her studies. Along the way she discovers some unsettling truths about her childhood, and then starts to investigate the murder herself. I enjoyed this award winning mystery and I’ll look forward to any future translations of S.J....

RITA Nominees

It Had to be YouEvery year, I write a blog about the nominees for the Romance Writers of America’s RITA© Awards, and it’s that time again.  For those that are unfamiliar, these awards are given in 9 different categories (historical, inspirational, paranormal, etc.)  to the best of romance published in 2013.  There have been many changes this year, from the elimination of the novel with strong romantic elements category to the inclusion of an erotic romance category.  Despite these changes, many wonderful authors and novels are nominated this year, and I can’t wait to see who takes home the prize.  Awards will be given out on July 26th; be sure to check back here for the complete list of w...

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