Friday, March 24, 2017

Ninth City Burning by J. Patrick Black

Ninth City Burning takes place around 500 years into the future where humanity is embroiled in a centuries long war with an alien race. When the aliens, or Romeos as they are called in the story, first came, they brought an unstoppable, reality altering power called thelemity. It seemed all was lost until humanity realized that some of their own could also wield this same power. Ever since their first onslaught was beat back, much of the technology has been related around thelemety and fighting the Romeos. However, after centuries of attrition, the Romeos have changed tactics and it could mean the end of Earth. 

The story is told from the point of view of 7 characters and each of these is narrated by a different actor in the audio version. We follow each of these seven, all from different background and vastly different perspectives on the conflict as they start to come together and try to save humanity. 

Overall, the story can be a bit formulaic and there are segments where you know exactly what is going to happen next. But the the multiple narrators and characters do keep it interesting. I hope that in the next book, Black manages to keep plot points better concealed and less trope-ish. A good listen overall and recommended for fans of coming-of-age sf/f such as Ender's Game and Hunger Games. 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Great Audiobooks for the Whole Family

This month the library is highlighting its audiobook collection! Try a book on CD, Playaway, eaudiobook, and now MP3!  MP3 audiobooks are easier to handle and keep track of because the whole book is on just one or two discs.
I listen to audiobooks in my car--it's how I get an extra book in a week.  I really like a lot of different genres including mysteries, fantasy, history, and especially young adult titles.  The teen collection has tons of great choices including some of my favorites.
The following are some really fantastic choices that I would suggest for audio lovers:

Nevada Barr--Anna Pigeon Series--Track of the Cat--Mystery
Terry Brooks--Shannara Series--Sword of Shannara--Fantasy
Terry Brooks--Genesis of Shannara Series--Armageddon's Children--Fantasy
Daniel James Brown--The Boys in the Boat--Non-Fiction
*Jim Butcher--Cinder Spires Series--The Aeronaut's Windlass--Fantasy
Jim Butcher--Dresden Files--Storm Front--Mystery
Bill Bryson--A Walk In The Woods--Non-Fiction
Suzanne Collins--Hunger Games Trilogy--Hunger Games--Young Adult
*Diana Gabaldon--Outlander Series--Outlander--Historical, Fantasy
Laura Hillenbrand--Unbroken: WWII Story of Survival...--Non-Fiction
Sara Paretsky--V. I. Warshawski Series--Indemnity Only--Mystery
*Richard Peck--Grandma Dowdel Series--A Long Way from Chicago--Yng Adult
Kathy Reichs--Temperance Brennan Series--Deja Dead--Mystery
*J. K. Rowling--Harry Potter Series--H Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone--Juve
Rebecca Skloot--The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks--Non-Fiction
Jonathan Stroud--Bartimaeus Series--The Amulet of Samarkand--Juvenile
***Elizabeth Wein--Code Name Verity, Rose Under Fire--Young Adult
*Westerfeld, Scott--Leviathan Series--Leviathan--Young Adult
Moira Young--Dustlands Series--Blood, Red Road--Young Adult

These are all wonderful but my absolute favorites are marked with a *.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

The Son

If you like to read or listen to books then the library is the place to be. We offer several, different formats besides hardback books including cdbooks, ebooks and eaudiobooks. And now the library has audiobooks on MP3 discs! They are great because the entire book is on just one disc so they are great for vacation plus more cost effective. I am more of a hardcopy book kind of person but I do like to read books on my Kindle when I'm traveling.

One book I really enjoyed was The Son by Jo Nesbo. Nesbo is from Norway and is best known for his crime novels. The Son is about a young man with a drug addiction who is being haunted by his father's past. If you like fast-paced books with lots of twists and turns then this is the book for you. This book is very different from the author's Harry Hole series.

Now narrators are the ones that make or break an audiobook. I always try to have at least 2 or 3 different audios on hand just in case I don't like the narrator's voice, which has happened in the past. 

So take a chance on an audiobook. The library has something for everyone and you just might fall in love with listening. 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

For Your Listening Pleasure: Best Audio Books

If you love listening to audio books you are going to love this post. Here are a few fantastic audiobooks that offer great narrators along with wonderful stories.

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

This heart warming debut novel intended for middle school children will please readers/listeners of all ages. This action packed story raises thought-provoking questions about the environment, the role technology plays in our world and what it means to be alive. Beautifully narrated by Kate Atwater.

This is the heart-wrenching story of one boy's return to life through the power of love and faith. Listeners hear of a parent's resilience, the consequences of a misdiagnosis, abuse at the hands of caretakers, and the unthinkable duration of Martin's mental alertness betrayed by his lifeless body. Narrated by Simon Bubb.

Gripping and important, Dead Wake captures the sheer drama and emotional power of a disaster whose intimate details and true meaning have long been obscured by history. The narration by Scott Brick makes this great story a true listening pleasure. 

You will find more great audiobooks in our Audiobooks  e-newsletter.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

March's In the Queue

Don't let the winter blues bring you down. Find a book that will lift your spirits in March's In the Queue.

A Simple Favor: A Novel by Darcy Bell
A single mom's life is turned upside down when her best friend vanishes. This chilling debut thriller will have you wondering who is telling the truth.

In The Name Of the Family: A Novel by Sarah Dunant
A captivating novel about Renaissance Italy and one of history's most notorious families, the Borgias.

A Perfect Obsession by Heather Graham
Someone is murdering beautiful young women in the New York area and displaying them in mausoleums and underground tombs. FBI Special Agent Craig Frasier is the lead investigator determined to find the killer.

Close Enough to Touch by Colleen Oakley
Jubilee Jenkins is allergic to human touch. When her mom dies she is forced to reenter the world. Moving on with her life she befriends and a troubled child and begins to fall for his father. 

New Books by Best Selling Authors
The Fix by David Baldacci
The Lost Order by Steve Berry
All By Myself, Alone by Mary Higgins Clark
The Burial Hour by Jeffrey Deaver
No Easy Target by Iris Johansen
The Horse Dancer by JoJo Moyes
Two From the Heart by James Patterson
Golden Prey by John Sandford
One Perfect Lie by Lisa Scottoline
Fast and Loose by Stuart Woods

Good Grief: Heal Your Soul, Honor Your Loved Ones, and Learn to Live Again by
Theresa Caputo
Inspiring spirit-based lessons on how to work through and overcome grief in a guide that offers testimonies by the author's clients.

Being Elvis: A Lonely Life by Ray Connolly
A fresh look at the 20th century icon who transformed American culture. Veteran rock journalist explores the extravagance and irrationality inherent in the Elvis mythology, offering a thoughtful celebration of an immortal life.

Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy: Ernest Hemingway's Secret Adventures by Nicholas Reynolds
The astonishing untold story of Nobel Prize-winning author Ernest Hemingway's secret life as a spy for both the Americans and Soviets before and during World War II.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Upcoming 2017 TV Shows Based on Books

Books being into adapted into other media (especially movies) is nothing new, but there are a lot of books getting made into TV Series now as well. So far there have been four series to kick-off 2017: Emerald City loosely based on L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz debuted on NBC on January 6, A Series of Unfortunate Events based on Lemony Snicket's same-titled series debuted on Netflix on January 13, Riverdale (very) loosely based on the long-running Archie Comics debuted on January 26 on the CW, and Big Little Lies based on Lianne Moriarty's novel just premiered on HBO on February 19.

Get ahead of the curve and make sure to read the following books before they are scheduled to make their TV debuts in 2017!

1. 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher
When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah's voice recounting the events leading up to her death.
13 Reasons Why will be premiering on Netflix on March 31.

2. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
Just released from prison, Shadow encounters Mr. Wednesday, an enigmatic stranger who seems to know a lot about him, and when Mr. Wednesday offers him a job as his bodyguard, Shadow accepts and is plunged into a dark and perilous world.
American Gods is set to premiere on Starz in April 30.

3. The
Handmaid's Tale
by Margaret Atwood
A chilling look at the near future presents the story of Offred, a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, once the United States, an oppressive world where women are no longer allowed to read and are valued only as long as they are viable for reproduction.
The Handmaid's Tale will be premiering on Hulu on April 26.

4. Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris
The first book in a new trilogy describes what happens in Midnight, Texas, a dried-up, one traffic light town, when a mysterious new resident, Manfred Bernardo, moves in.
Midnight, Texas is set to premiere on NBC in June.

5. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Anne, an eleven-year-old orphan, is sent by mistake to live with a lonely, middle-aged brother and sister on a Prince Edward Island farm and proceeds to make an indelible impression on everyone around her.
Anne will be premiering on Netflix on May 12. To tide you over, you can also check out the 2016 made-for-TV-movie or the wonderful CBC mini-series from the 80s.

6. The Mist by Stephen King
A group of neighbors trapped in a grocery store by a supernatural mist--which may have been unintentionally unleashed by a nearby military base--must fight the horrific monsters that live within it.
The Mist is set to premiere on Spike during summer 2017. To tide you over, you can also check out the film adaptation from  2007.

7. The Terror by Dan Simmons
Captain Crozier must find a way for his crew to survive the deadly attacks of a mysterious and insatiable sea monster that is stalking the men trapped in the Arctic ice, in a novel loosely based on the mid-nineteenth-century Arctic expedition originally led by Sir John Franklin.
The Terror is set to premiere on AMC late 2017.

8. The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith
Working as a private investigator after losing his leg in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike takes the case of a legendary supermodel's suspicious suicide and finds himself in a world of multi-millionaire beauties, rock star boyfriends, desperate designers, and hedonist pursuits.
Cormoran Strike is set to premiere on BBC sometime 2017 with HBO picking up rights of the US release.

Friday, February 24, 2017

The Expanse Book & TV Series

It seems like just about everything coming out on TV or in the theater is either a remake or based upon a book.  TV shows especially seem to be well suited to this as we have seen with Outlander, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, and others. Today, in particular, I’d like to look at a TV series that might have gone unnoticed by a lot of people, The Expanse. It is a very good series with the same name written by James A. Corey.  Currently, there are 6 books published and 3 more in the works. The first season covers approximately the first half of the book so there is room for plenty of seasons depending on how the writers pace things and use the original material.

 The Expanse is a sci-fi thriller set in the not-too-distant future where humanity has colonized the solar system. Earth is united, Mars is its own political entity, and both are struggling to keep the nascent power of the outer planets and satellites, aka the belters, from becoming independent. A reluctant but caring ship captain and a broken down belter detective get involved in a missing persons case which uncovers an amazing discovery that threatens the entire solar system.   

The adaptation is one of the best that I have seen. The majority of the characters are exceptionally well cast and there are only minor alterations to the story. Even better, the zero-g and low-g effects are amazingly well done. With only two seasons out, we might be in for a long haul before the series, both TV and book, are done. But trust me, this is a story that is well worth it, whether you watch or read.