Fiction

Book Hunters in Brief #145: Gulf Coast Reads Edition; What to Read When You Have Finished The Train to Crystal City

Imagine you're a teenager, your country--the only home you have ever known--has just been plunged into war, and you are being put on a train with the rest of your family that will take you to what amounts to the ends of the earth not because of anything you have done, but because your father was born in one of the countries, your country is at war with.

And that's just the beginning of your story.

Intrigued?

Book Hunters in Brief #144: Banned Books Week 2016

Why do people ban books? Lots of reasons. But really, they all boil down to one reason: difference. Difference in opinion, in world view, in creed, in sexual orientation, and, yes, in views on race and ethnicity.

For Banned Book Week 2016, Book Hunters say celebrate the freedom to read by celebrating difference!

For Kids
George by Alex Gino
The Librarian of Basra by Jeanette Winter

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.

Book Hunters in Brief #135: On the Campaign Trail

For the life of me, I cannot figure out why anyone would want to be president. Sure, even if you do a lousy job (maybe especially if you do a lousy job) you get your picture in the history books.

Still, If you think about it, it's really just a glorified temp job and the whole country is your janus-headed supervisor.

You say, "But you get to be leader of the free world!" I say "leader" is probably too strong a term. At best you're a cat-herder and half of the cats aren't going to do what you say no matter what just because you vote blue and they vote red or vice versa.

Who needs that kind of aggravation?

Book Hunters in Brief #134: Ghostbusters

Who ya' gonna call?

Well...

If you have a non-terminal, repeating phantasm or a Class V ectoplasmic manifestation, you should probably give Ghostbusters a ring.

If, on the other hand, you are in need of new direction in your reading life, or just want a list of honkin' good yarns to take on your upcoming vacation, Book Hunters is your best bet.

This week, Book Hunters in Brief offers some suggestions inspired by the release of the Ghostbusters reboot.

Book Hunters in Brief #133: Video Games in Books

One of the things I find heartening is that every time another one those inventions comes along that the professional hand-wringers say will spell the end of reading once and for all, writers, amoeba-like, incorporate that thing into their fictional worlds. So it is in the last couple decades a new sub-sub-genre has emerged: books that are built around video games. This week, Book Hunters in Brief offers a handful of the best.

This is not a Game by Walter Jon Williams

The Restoration Game by Ken MacLeod

Book Hunters in Brief #132: Red, White & Blue

Whether you're going to the coast this long holiday weekend, or cooling your toes in the backyard wading pool, you'll want something cool to read between long pulls on tall, frosty glasses of liquid refreshment. Here are a few recommendations sure to set off fireworks of the bookish variety.

Book Hunters in Brief #128: Stormy Weather Reads

A lot of hoity-toity writers will tell you that using weather--especially bad weather--to evoke their characters inner state is something only bad and/or lazy writers do. As far as I can tell, it's something all writers do. Has it ever not rained on a fictional funeral? Has a monster ever emerged from its lair without flashes of lightning in the distance? Has a hard-boiled detective ever hunched through the mean streets waxing darkly on the general inhumanity of humans without a chill wind against which he turns up his trench coat's collar?

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Book Hunters in Brief #123: Books for Fans of Beyoncé's Lemonade

This week Book Hunters, like nearly everyone else with ears and even the least bit of cultural awareness, were abuzz with talk of Beyonce's Lemonade. So today, we offer a selection of books inspired in one way or another by the album.

Slip on the beats, see what you think.

Book Hunters in Brief #122: Take Your Child to Work Day

Next Thursday is Take Your Child to Work Day, and Book Hunters encourages you, if at all possible, to participate. "But," you say, "my job isn't very exciting." Maybe not to you, but to your kid, it is. It takes up a big part of your day and it represents a big part of who you are, and your child will be excited to get to share it with you.

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