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|eBooks (18 titles)
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|Winter Jackets (13 titles)
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|Bah-humbug! (19 titles)
Do you cringe at the sight of gift wrap and ribbon? Does your heart grow cold when you hear sleigh bells jingling? There is only one cure to this Grinch-like condition! Checkout some holiday humor and put a smile back on your face!
|Minnesota Authors (22 titles)
Discover Minnesota's literary talent with these titles crafted by Minnesota authors.
|Banned Books (27 titles)
Celebrate the freedom to read by checking out these sometimes censored titles. Banned Book Week is September 22nd - 28th!
|long lake library staff's Comments|
by Grafton, Sue
I finally started this long time mystery series by Sue Grafton. A female private investigator, Kinsey Millhone, is hired to investigate a murder by the woman who was convicted of it. The plot was pretty straight-forward, with a few twists and turns, to keep you guessing. The main selling point is the main character. Like Evanovich's female bounty hunter, Grafton's Kinsey Millhone is a female in a typically male profession. Despite that, she is a pure 100% old school private eye, complete with bad relationships, a crummy apartment, and a very cynical attitude. Instead of a femme fatale, we have a man who plays that part in the story (a character of the opposite gender who radiates sex and danger, but might actually be involved in the case) In all respects, this is a modern version of a Sam Spade or a Phillip Marlowe as a woman. It was easy to read without a lot of mishmash to distract you. But the plot was also pretty simple to figure out before the murderer was revealed. So if you like private detective stories, you'll like this series. But if you like your mysteries to be harder to figure out, then it might not interest you. Overall, I give it a B-. Not for kiddies. Mature relationships and hardboiled situations. I did like it enough to give the next one in the series a try. posted Mar 7, 2014 at 3:49PM
|The darkest minds |
by Bracken, Alexandra
A friend recommended this to me and I am glad they did. It is right in my wheel-house, as they say. Set in a not-so-distant future, a whole generation of kids comes down with a deadly disease which kills over 70%. And if that wasn't devastating enough, the survivors develop strange abilities(super powers). The government, in order to protect the rest of the population, sticks all these kids in concentration/prison camps, to study and experiment on, but mostly just to isolate. There are five distinct groups of powers, all color-coded for easy identification. Blues are telekinetic, Yellows mentally control electricity, Greens are super intelligent, Reds can start fires with their minds, and the most dangerous of all are the Oranges, because they can control people with their telepathy. After a couple of "incidents", the Oranges and Reds are deemed too dangerous and need to be eliminated. Ruby is an Orange, pretending to be a Green. She is afraid of her powers and seeks only to blend in and survive. But as terrible as her new existence is, her life gets even harder and more complicated when an anti-government group breaks her out of camp. Can she trust them? Or do they just want to use her as a weapon? While not a fan of dystopias in general, Bracken really makes this situation seem very plausible. What would the government do if confronted with such a situation? How would that affect our economy and our society? Great teen book. Not for younger kids. posted Jan 6, 2014 at 4:34PM
|Who could that be at this hour? |
by Snicket, Lemony.
Sandford has another winner. This one features Virgil Flowers. Good story line and holds your attention. 8 of 10 for me. posted Dec 5, 2013 at 4:30PM
|Vader's little princess |
by Brown, Jeffrey, 1975-
The sequel to Darth Vader and son, this one is much the same, only with single dad Vader trying to raise little Princess Leia, first as a "daddy's girl", then later as a rebellious teenager. As with the previous volume, it helps to have a working knowledge of the movies, but most of the jokes come from putting the greatest villain in cinema history in family situations, like teaching Leia how to drive(a TIE fighter). Luke shows up from time to time, implying that Vader had to raise both of them by himself, all while still being a Dark Lord of the Sith and the Emperor's right-hand man. Han Solo is featured as well, as teenage Leia's boyfriend. Very funny. Good as the previous book. posted Nov 18, 2013 at 4:43PM
|Darth Vader and son |
by Brown, Jeffrey, 1975-
This is a collection of single panel cartoons like you might see in a Sunday paper. Each one imagines what the Star Wars universe might have been like if Darth Vader had to raise Luke Skywalker as a single parent. Jeffrey Brown loves Star Wars and he takes that love and a keen knowledge of children and combines it to make these silly little cartoons. If you love Star Wars, you will love this book. I sure did. posted Nov 18, 2013 at 4:31PM