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The Story of Astoria

Astoria by Peter StarkHave you ever been to Astoria, Oregon?  You've seen it if you watched the movies Kindergarten Cop, The Goonies, Free Willy, and many more.  I happened upon it driving one day (which isn't that easy to do), and I was rendered speechless by the beauty of entering it by the bridge over the Columbia River.  I imagine John Jacob Astor's expedition group had much the same reaction to this unspoiled, unsettled area in the early 1800's.  Read about their thrilling and often tragic adventure in a new book called Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire by Peter Stark.

The Forgers

When I read The Forgers by Bradford Morrow, I expected something along the lines of John Dunning’s Bookman series, a bit light hearted, with lots of insight into the rare book collecting industry. This was a bit different, slow moving, but with lots of character development and psychological insights. It starts off with a man, Adam Diehl, dying slowly in the hospital after a brutal attack. It seems Adam was a forger, something his sister, Meghan, struggles to deal with. Her boyfriend, Will, tries to help her but he himself has secrets.   


cover of The Forgers

 

Nebula Award Nominees Announced

The Nebula Awards are the most prestigious honors for fantasy and science fiction, and are voted on by members of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. On February 21, the nominees were announced. Read them all by June 7 when the winner is revealed! Below are the Nebula nominees for novel:

 

Calling All Teen Poets, Rappers & Writers! Space City Poetry Slam! Saturday @ Barbara Bush Branch Library

Teen poets, writers and rappers! It’s time to step up and stand out at the WITS Space City Slam, Saturday, March 7, 2:00 PM at Barbara Bush Branch Library.

The slam is free and open to all teens between 13 and 19 years. No registration is necessary. Just bring your best poetry and bring it at the mic.

Saturday's event is the third of ten first-round slams to held across the Greater Houston Area. Saturday's winners  will move on to the semifinal round to compete for a spot in the final Space City Grand Slam in April at Discovery Green. The six winners of the Grand Slam will join the Meta-Four Houston performance poetry team at the Brave New Voices Festival this July in Atlanta.

The Girl With All The Gifts


The Girl With All The Gifts by M. R. Carey is a beautiful and tragic drama, a poignantly asked question of what it means to be human. And it is chillingly scary. This is the book you can actually loan to that friend who never goes with you to horror movies because they're "dumb" or "shallow".

GoodReads’ Best Graphic Novels & Comics of 2014

GoodReads recently released the winners of its Choice Awards for 2014. GoodReads members vote on their favorites titles by genre and titles with the most votes win. If you’re a fan of crowdsourcing your reads, this is a perfect list to do just that. Listed below are a mix of this year’s winners. Check out the full list here.

Book Hunters in Brief #63: The Book Hunters Go Texan!

It’s that time of year again! Time for the greenest of greenhorns and the grizzliest of grizzled cowpokes to don their very best duds and scoot their boots over to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. In the spirit of the season, Harris County Public Library's  Book Hunters have rustled up some rootin’ tootin’ reads to put you in the mood for barbecue and funnel cake.

Armadillo Rodeo by Jan Brett 

Rodeo Queen by Marci Peschke

The Fat Stock Stampede at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo by Dotti Enderle

Chasing the Rodeo: on Wild Rides and Big Dreams, Broken Hearts and Broken Bones, and One Man's Search for the West by W.K. Stratton

Bird Box

How would you protect yourself from an unknown force that would drive you mad to even look at? And what would you do if that force had spread across the planet, leaving no place out of doors safe?

West University Book Group-April 1

The Children ActPlease join us to discuss The Children Act, by Ian McEwan, Wednesday April 1, 2015, at 11 a.m.

Revival

I’m a little late to the party, but have you guys picked up Stephen King’s book Revival? (Don’t drop it, you’ll break your foot.) If you haven’t already read this literary behemoth, then you’re definitely missing out.

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