Science Fiction & Fantasy

Review: A Plague of Giants by Kevin Hearne

 I received a free advanced copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Kevin Hearne is an accomplished writer, well versed in fantasy, science fiction, mythology -- the hodge podge of the genre that makes up speculative fiction.  This first book in a new triology, The Seven Kennings, is A Plague of Giants.  In the first pages, the framing of the story is similar to other books taking a narrative from a character and presenting it from a storyteller, historian, or bard.  Getting past this trend, the characters are well developed with histories and purpose beyond the main storyline.  There is a large framework that characters actually live in, and that typically makes for a very good read.

Family Storytime on Saturday, October 7 at 11:00 am

   Looking for something for the family to do after a tasty Saturday morning breakfast?  Join us on this Saturday, October 7 at 11:00 am for Family Storytime.  This storytime features books, f ingerplays and songs.  Best of all - no tickets are needed.  Just join us in the Children's Department at 11:00 am.

Book Hunters in Brief #136: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

The stage play, Harry Potter & the Cursed Child, opens tomorrow in London's West End. It could be a disaster. But it won't be. Here are three reasons why:

Book Hunters In Brief #130: Comics & Graphic Novels for Comicpalooza

If you're going to Comicpalooza this weekend, stop by and say hello to the HCPL crew. We'll have our 3D printers and other cool maker machines fired up, and, of course, we're always ready to geek out on comics, graphic novels and all nature of fandom.

Book Hunters in Brief #127: Alice Through the Looking Glass

A younger, perhaps wiser, me would have been appalled by what Tim Burton et al have done to Lewis Carroll's Alice tales. As it is, I just shrug my shoulders and wonder in which ring of the inferno he'll be wiling away eternity  when I pass by him on my own deeper descent.

Book Hunters in Brief #125: Books for Friday the 13th

If you are reading this in bed because you refuse to risk even a trip to the kitchen for breakfast on this the unluckiest of days, Book Hunters in Brief has some books to help you while away the hours until the clock gives the all-clear sign at midnight. Of course, finding somebody to cajole into going to the library to check them out for you might be difficult (not to mention ethically questionable).

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.

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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.”

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