Book Hunters in Brief #137: Stranger Things

The advent of streaming video from services like Netflix, Hulu and HCPL's own (FREE!) Hoopla, has given rise to more lost weekends than Friday happy hour two-fer tequila shots. I'm speaking, of course, of the binge-watch. You know how it goes: you plop down on the couch to commune for a short while with the more vegetative aspects of your nature. The next thing you know, you're rooted to the cushions, you haven't showered in two days, and you've footed the pizza guy's tuition bill for the coming semester. You have also methodically consumed entire runs of obscure, short-lived but eminently worthwhile TV series--which makes it all worth it.

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.

Book Hunters in Brief #111: Pride & Prejudice & Zombies

One cannot help thinking that Jane Austen is rolling over in her grave with today's release of Pride & Prejudice & Zombies which seems entirely in keeping with the occasion. All I know is that the filmmakers are some uncommonly gutsy people. Not only are they courting the ire of a legion of diehard (sorry) Austen fans, but also the possible awakening of an undead Austen who, one suspects, would be a tad cranky after such a long nap, and most likely hankering for a big, steaming skullful of brains.

Welcome to Night Vale

Based on the of (in)famous podcast of the same name, Welcome to Night Vale is set in the little desert town of Night Vale. A place that, on the surface, is just like any other small town you might come across, with a friendly, tight-knit community, quaint mom-and-pop stores, and mysterious plastic lawn flamingoes that cause you to relive every moment of your life from the moment of your birth until the end of time itself…. Oh, wait…

Tokyo Ghoul

For horror fans who like their daily dose of frights fast and dirty, Tokyo Ghoul might be just the ticket.


Lizzie Borden took an axe and gave her mother forty whacks, and when she saw what she had done, she wrote in her journal, “Just saved the world, son.”

The Spooky Halloween Mega Post of Madness (and Laziness)

Hey, readers!

Sooo, it’s pretty much Halloween, and I was thinking that instead of doing my usual three posts/month reviews, I’d just make one mega-post this month with a large variety of books to discuss for your pleasure. But in, like, a more abridged than usual sort of way. Because this Insidious 3 movie ain’t gonna watch itself.

Book Hunters #97: Teen Horror!

One of the odder things about us humans is that many of us really, really like to be scared out of our wits--not everyone by a long shot, but enough of us to make scaring the bejeezus out of people a billion dollar business.

This week, Book Hunters get in on the act and offer some frighteningly good reads for young adults.

Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

Book Hunters in Brief #94: Frankenstein Reborn

As with so many archetypal characters--Robin Hood, Cinderella, the Cowboy--each generation remakes Frankenstein's monster in its own image. Originally, a stand-in for science run amok, nowadays, the monster tends toward the brooding and existential--goading us to ask questions like, why are we here? What is our relationship to our creator? What is the rational response to a world that seems increasingly hostile to our existence?

Writers have been riffing on Mary Shelley's creation almost since she first loosed him on the world. This week, the Book Hunters offer several spins--some serious, some lighter--on Frankenstein's monster.

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly

Minnow Bly has learned some hard lessons in the short seventeen years that make up her life. She’s learned that parts of you that you take for granted can be taken away, your family can betray you in the blink of an eye, and she’s learned that the power of belief can be the most dangerous thing of all.

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