Fiction

The Wake

In the field of comics and graphic novels, Scott Snyder is a master. His graphic novel The Wake is a prime example of just how much he can really shine as a storyteller.

Book Hunters in Brief #76: Superheroes for Super Summer Reading!

The sun is out (for a change) and school is almost out. So, here at HCPL, our minds turn to Summer Reading 2015. We have programs for babies, kids, teens and adults, along with fun events at all our branches, cool incentives and drawings for some hot prizes for everyone who reaches the reading goals.

Book Hunters in Brief #74: Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

This week, the Book Hunters want to celebrate the contributions to American culture made by people of Asian and Pacific Islander descent. And there are plenty. Consider this: were it not for Asian Americans, this land of capitalism with a capital "C" would have no tycoons. Then, consider this: our Marines wouldn't be gung ho. And this: we would have no cousins living out in the boondocks. And finally consider this: without the contributions of Asian Americans, we wouldn't even have that most American of vegetables: ketchup.

Book Hunters in Brief #73: Mother's Day

Mothers. If we all weren't born with one, someone would have had to invent them. Who else would have put up with your terrible twos and your even terrible-er teens? Who else would remind you to put on your helmet every single, solitary time you got on your bike, so that on the one occasion you really needed it, you had it on? Who else would have read Honey Bunny Funnybunny to you every night for a month and a half when you were three without complaint?

Johannes Cabal the Necromancer

Johannes Cabal is not a happy customer. A year after selling his soul to a demon for the secrets of Life and Death, he discovers living without it isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. So he does the only thing any sensible customer would do in such a situation: demand to see the manager. There’s no return policy for souls in Hell, but Satan is prepared to cut Johannes a deal: he can have his own soul back in exchange for the souls of 100 others. He has one year.

Book Hunters in Brief #70: National Library Week

This year, National Library Week's theme is "Unlimited Possibilities @ Your Library," Now, let's face it, most of these National [Insert noun here] Weeks overstate by half the importance of the thing they celebrate--yes, oatmeal is an important part of a balanced breakfast, but the fact is that you could replace it with any number of cereal grains and life would go on, more or less, unchanged. That is not the case with our nation's public libraries.

Book Hunters in Brief #67: Girl Power: Tween Edition

It's a little strange, but perhaps not altogether surprising, that some of the people who have most shaped us as human beingss are not real people in the flesh-and-blood sense of that term. If parents and guardians, teachers and coaches, older sisters and brothers and all our other role models teach us practical lessons about how we should carry ourselves in world, our fictional heroes teach us how to dream.

This week, the Book Hunters offer some strong heroines for tweens.

14

I listen to a lot of audiobooks since I spend a lot of time in the car and 14 was a title I picked up recently. The author is Peter Clines, well known for his post-apocalyptic super hero series Ex-Heroes, and the narrator, Ray Porter, is top notch.

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".

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?

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