Monday, July 21, 2014

Customer Review: Allegiant

Allegiant
by Veronica Roth [YA Roth]

The third book in the best selling Divergent series is full of twists and turns and packed with secrets, betrayals, and bravery. The entire series is a unique look at a dystopian world, but the final book is absolutely brilliant in its portrayal of discrimination and the value of humanity. There is also plenty of Tris/Four interaction for fans. Unfortunately, the switching between Tris and Four's perspectives can be confusing. Also, the ending may disappoint some readers. However, overall it is a good book and certainly worth reading. -- review submitted by Amanda R. - a customer of the Gere Branch Library

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The Kill Artist

The Kill Artist
by Daniel Silva

This is the first book in the Gabriel Allon series. Gabriel works in Europe as an art restorer of Old Masters paintings. He's also a retired Mossad agent and wants only to be left alone to work on the paintings. If you're not into spy novels, such as the Bourne series or those by Le Carre, don't worry. These books are actually mysteries as Gabriel tries to pull together all the clues to figure out who did what, when the next event is going to happen, and by whom. In this novel, Gabriel is reluctantly pulled into a search for a terrorist who has recently resurfaced - a man who was responsible for the destruction of his family - and is planning a high-profile murder. We meet characters who recur throughout the series, and some will become very dear to you. The people and events are well fleshed-out but not tediously so. At the same time, the action is suspenseful as the story unfolds with plans within plans within betrayals. Read this series in order. Character histories unfold throughout the books, as well as references to events of past books. -- recommended by Charlotte K. - Bennett Martin Public Library [ see Charlotte's Reviewer Profile and Other Reviews ]

[If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try the Doc Ford series by Randy Wayne White.]

[ official Daniel Silva web site ]


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Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains

The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains
by Neil Gaiman, with illustrations by Eddie Campbell

I've been a fan of Neil Gaiman's writing ever since his days working on the Sandman comic books for DC Comics back in 1989-1996. I continue to watch for, and enjoy, each new work he puts out, whether a juvenile picture book, a young adult novel, or a short story collection for adults. The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains is the latest release -- a re-release of a story which won Gaiman the Locus Award for Best Novelette in 2011, when it appeared in the anthology Stories. This time, Gaiman has collaborated with graphic artist Eddie Campbell, who has created numerous highly-stylized illustrations to accompany Gaiman's fluid and evocative prose. The story itself is fairly simple, but is still a thoughtful exercise in regret, vengeance, and relationships. I can't say that I'm a huge fan of Campbell's art -- it varies from grotesque to charming, but it definitely captures the tone of Gaiman's story. I wouldn't necessarily call this one of Gaiman's all-time best works, but it is a great example of his excellence in literary craftsmanship. -- recommended  by Scott C. - Bennett Martin Public Library [ see Scott's Reviewer Profile and other Reviews ]

[This is most appropriate for Gaiman fans, but if you're unfamiliar with his work, I would strongly recommend The Graveyard Book, Coraline, or any of his short story collections as similar to this book. His novels are also highly recommended, but I'd start with his shorter works!]

[Also available in book-on-cd format.]

[ official Neil Gaiman web site ] | [ official Eddie Campbell blog site ] 


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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Customer Review: Pretty Little Liars

Pretty Little Liars
by Sara Shepard [YA Shepard]

This book is SUCH a page turner (it's not even funny). It is a true mystery. You will want to read every other book in the series. You WILL enjoy this! -- review submitted by Ellie R. - a customer of the Gere Branch Library

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Customer Review: The Giver

The Giver
by Lois Lowry [j Lowry]

What if you thought you lived in the perfect world? What if everyone around you thought so too? What if you found out that your world wasn't so perfect after all? This is what happened to Jonas when he meets "The Giver". This is a MUST READ!!! -- review submitted by Ellie R. - a customer of the Gere Branch Library

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Customer Review: Divergent

Divergent
by Veronica Roth [YA Roth]

This very face-paced novel is a page turner. It's thought-provoking and interesting. It is another book about a dystopian society. It is very well written and a book any teen or adult will love. -- review submitted by Ellie R. - a customer of the Gere Branch Library

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Customer Review: The Arrivals

The Arrivals
by Melissa Marr [Marr or YA Marr]

I have very mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, the concept of the story was so different, and it was like nothing I have ever read before. On the other hand, the characters were written as though even Marr took them at face value. Each person who shows up in the Wasteland is a murderer. This fact is apparent at the beginning. In my opinion, this book would have been astronomically better if it contained a personal story for each character and how they ended up doing what they did. It is said a lot that this book is about redemption, but how can they be redeemed or how can we want them to be redeemed if we don't know anything at all about these characters? I felt that despite the fact that the setting and the premise of the story was so out there and original, it was ruined by the lack of time spent in character development. -- review submitted by Gillian T. - a customer of the Gere Branch Library

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Customer Review: How to Break a Dragon's Heart

How to Break a Dragon's Heart
by Cressida Cowell [j Cowell]

I really like this book because it has a very good story line and if you have read the previous books,it fills in some of the blanks. Plus, the characters are very real and you will have a hard time forgetting them. There is Adventure and Mystery. I reccomend this book to anyone who has a heart. -- review submitted by Felicity N. - a customer of the Gere Branch Library

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3 Days to Kill - on DVD

3 Days to Kill
[DVD 3 Days]

After being diagnosed with lung cancer, ex-CIA agent Ethan Renner is forced to take on one last mission in exchange for an experimental drug that will cure him. Meanwhile Ethan is trying to fix his relationship with his wife and daughter and when family and work start to mix things get complicated. Interesting plotline, good acting, but I could see why it wasn?t a huge blockbuster. -- recommended by Carrie K. - Bennett Martin Public Library - See Carrie's Reviewer Profile.

[If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try Taken and Taken 2 starring Liam Neeson; other Kevin Costner movies like Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit or Revenge.]

[ Internet Movie Database entry for this film ] | [ official 3 Days to Kill web site ]


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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Customer Review: fml

fml
by Shaun Hutchinson [YA PB Hutchinson]

I really liked this book. More than I thought I would. What intrigued me about the book was the cover page. I would recommend this book to teens (maybe especially teen boys) because its really funny, has lots of twists, and goes through the struggle of any other slightly wimpy/slightly unpopular boy. I think the book's strengths were how there were two alternative ways that the story played out. A weakness was that, in the beginning, it was confusing with the two different stories, but I should have read the back of the book more carefully to remind myself that there were two alternative stories. -- review submitted by Jadina J. - a customer of the Gere Branch Library

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Far From You by Tess Sharpe

Far From You
by Tess Sharpe [YA Sharpe]

Sophie repeats the months, weeks, and days over and over. No drugs for nine months, two weeks, six days. Not that anyone believes her. Four months ago, Sophie's best friend was killed in what looked like a drug deal gone wrong. Sophie was there that night and everyone from the police to her parents believe that she is the reason for the deal, that she relapsed and brought Mina down with her. Sophie and Mina had their secret, but doing drugs together wasn't it. Sophie is forced to attend a drug rehab center and then see a counselor to focus on her mental health. Anyone would need a counselor after seeing their best friend die. And Mina was so much more. Sophie never saw the killer's face because of his mask, but knows the police are on the wrong track with the drug bust. Can Sophie figure out who killed Mina and why before the killer silences her, too? A fresh perspective on the difficulties of bisexuality in the modern world. -- recommended by Sam N. - Gere Branch Library 

[ official Tess Sharpe web site ]

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Customer Review: Prey

Prey
by Michael Crichton [Crichton]

This book is amazing! I think it is really sad that there aren't a lot of books by this guy in the library. I would recommend this book to teens who are looking for a very intense sci-fi book. It has great details and is a big page turner. I would not recommend this book to younger kids because of the language and the suspense. Anyway this is honestly the best book I have ever read! All I ask for, is a little bit more books by Michael Crichton. -- review submitted by Ethan G. - a customer of the Gere Branch Library

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Death Angel by Linda Fairstein

Death Angel
by Linda Fairstein

This was the title selected for the June 2014 Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group sponsored by the libraries, and I've got to say, I really enjoyed it very much. Even though it's the 15th volume in a series, I didn't feel like I was lost in the introduction to the characters. The police procedural portion of this novel felt like a Law and Order episode, while the intense relationship plot elements felt more like a soap opera. All that aside, though, Fairstein's detailed descriptions of Central Park -- its layout, its history, its..."character" for lack of a better word -- are what make this book a winner. Having never been to New York City, let along Central Park, I felt after reading this novel that I new a lot more about this exotic locale than ever before. I may not continue with this series, but I highly recommend this individual entry! recommended by Scott C. - Bennett Martin Public Library - See Scott's Review Profile.

[Also available in book-on-cd and Large Print formats.]

[ official Linda Fairstein web site ]


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Monday, June 30, 2014

Customer Review: The Silence of Murder

The Silence of Murder
by Dandi Daley Mackell [YA Mackall]

This book is very interesting. Quick and wonderful read. -- review submitted by Ellie R. - a customer of the Gere Branch Library.

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries: Season One on DVD

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries: Season One
based on the books by Kerry Greenwood [DVD Miss]

Despite their ongoing popularity, I'll have to admit, I've never really gotten into the printed mystery novels by Kerry Greenwood featuring Phryne Fisher, an Australian socialite who solves mysteries in Melbourne and Sydney in the Golden Age of Mystery Fiction (1920s-1930s) But, I was intrigued enough by what I actually have read to give this Australian TV series (now released in the U.S. on DVD) a chance, and I'm glad I did. This is a superb production -- very stylish and rich with period detail. The series (which has had two seasons produced thus far), is direct adaptations of the Greenwood novels, rather than "original" stories for the screen. The show stars Essie Davis as Miss Phryne Fisher, Nathan Page as Detective Inspector Jack Robinson and Ashley Cummings as Dorothy "Dot" Williams. The look of the show is sumptuous in its details, the music is catchy, and the attention to detail with props and costumes is marvelous. I've heard from fans of the books that readers seem to think the books are much better than the series. But speaking as somebody who couldn't get "into" the books, I highly recommend this television series on DVD. -- recommended by Scott C. - Bennett Martin Public Library [ See Scott's Reviewer Profile ]

[If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try the novels by Kerry Greenwood that it is based upon.]

[This was one of the titles Scott featured in the Golden Age of Mystery Fiction issue of his library newsletter, It's All Geek to Me!]

[ Internet Movie Database entry for this series ] | [ Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries episode guide at epguides.com ] | [ Official Australian TV site for this show (some content not viewable outside Australia) ]


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Saturday, June 28, 2014

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel Brown

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
by Daniel Brown [797.123 Bro]

Who knew we could care about crewing? This story is rich in detail yet not overwhelming. We follow one particular rower, Joe Rantz, as well as his teammates at the U of Washington, at a time when rowing was a sport of national headlines. The extreme poverty of the 1930's is dearly felt and very evident for these boys as they struggle to remain in school, as well as to compete against the wealthier schools in the East. Each chapter alternates between Joe's tough childhood as he grows up, and their college years while we follow the boys over four years as they mature as rowers and emerge as a team. The excruciating mechanics required of the human body to properly row in tandem is amazing. The author does a fabulous job of getting the reader caught up in each race. Even though we know by the second paragraph of the book that the boys won the gold by a narrow margin, the qualifying races, the Olympic heats, and the final race for the gold are very exciting. A long and satisfying epilogue after the Olympics follows the boys through their careers, lives, reunions, and eventual deaths. An excellent read and highly recommended. -- recommended by Charlotte K. - Bennett Martin Public Library [ See Charlotte's Reviewer Profile ]

[If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand.]

[Also available in book-on-cd format.]

[ official Boys in the Boat and Daniel J. Brown web site ]


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Friday, June 27, 2014

Customer Review: Salem Falls

Salem Falls
by Jodi Picoult [Picoult]

I just love Jodi Picoult's novels. This particular book is thrilling. It is about a convicted child rapist who moves to the small town of Salem Falls. He meets Addie who is a rape victim. The story is about the journey these two take through adversity. And not everything is as it seems. -- review submitted by Ellie R. - a customer of the Gere Branch Library

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This Old House Magazine

This Old House Magazine
[Periodical This]

If you like the tv show, you'll probably like the magazine. It has before and after renovation projects, homeowner tips, new products for homes, and step by step DIY projects. Even if you don't own a house, it's still fun to look at the restoration projects similar to the ones on the tv show. One of my favorite part of each issue is 'Save this old house'. They have a brief history of an old house, typically abandoned and it dire need of repairs, to save from demolition and renovated to it's former glory. They list the price, which is minimal and often free (as long as you move it off it's current lot), and tell reader what needs done to it. It's interesting to think about the history of those houses and their future potential. I think that if you appreciate the history of old homes, or own a home and are looking for homeowner tips, you'd like this magazine. If you checkout the This Old House webpage, you can actually watch current and past episodes of the show. -- recommended by Kristen A. - Gere Branch Library [ See Kristen's Reviewer Profile ]

[ official This Old House web site ]


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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Customer Review: The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid's Tale
by Margaret Atwood [Atwood]

This book really made me think. Reading it made me start to question ideas that I had been brought up with. I'm glad I got that kind of result, as that it what I feel books are for- to show us a new perspective or flip ours upside down. Upon reading the final "Author's Note," it is revealed that the book is based on a series of transcripts (fictional) found by scholars. The second time I would like to explore the story, I think I would like to listen to an audiobook copy, to make it more immersive. -- review submitted by Gillian T. - a customer of the Gere Branch Library

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Life Sentences by Alice Blanchard

Life Sentences
by Alice Blanchard

Daisy Hubbard takes a leave of absence from her job as a research scientist in Boston to look for her sister, Anna. Anna is schizophrenic and has gone off her meds. Daisy flies to California and works with LAPD detective Jack Makowski to find her. The plot of Life Sentences is complicated. It starts out as a medical thriller about rare genetic diseases. Then the book pokes into the family secrets that not only bind Daisy, Anna and their mother but also alienate them from each other. We also learn about Makowski's motivation. He's a tenacious cop whose fatal flaw is that he likes to save "damsels in distress". This strong urge causes him to make bad decisions that put his life and career in jepordy. The book has lively dialogue and moves along at a brisk pace. But it is hard to believe that a police officer would do what Jack does. -- recommended by Donna G. - Virtual Services Department [ See Donna's Reviewer Profile ]

[Also available in book-on-cd format.]


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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Customer Review: Ready Player One

Ready Player One
by Ernest Cline [YA Cline]

Ready Player One was a very good book in my opinion. I liked that it combined many different genres. It included fantasy, action, sci-fi, and comedy/pop culture all in one book. The characters were deep, and everyone had their own strengths and weaknesses. People would put up a facade in the Oasis and only at the end of the book do you get to see what they are really like. However, there were some aspects of the book that I did not like. Some pop culture references were too obscure for the targeted audience, young adults. These references, I felt, closed off the book to readers. Also, there were times when the author would repeat phrases four or five times. Maybe this is just me, but I felt Ernest Cline was denying himself creativity. -- review submitted by Gillian T. - a customer of the Gere Branch Library

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Heart of the Storm by Edward Fleming

Heart of the Storm: My Adventures as a Helicopter Rescue Pilot and Commander
by Colonel Edward L. Fleming [629.132 Fle]

We follow Fleming during his 30-year career as a helicopter rescue pilot, and learn very quickly why it's considered one of the most dangerous occupations. Among other rescues, Fleming was involved with the recovery of downed pilots in Vietnam and stranded villagers during flooding in the Philippines. During his career as an air national guardsman, he pulled crew members from ships in the north Atlantic during hurricanes and was involved in the rescue from the antarctic of the woman scientist who needed emergency breast cancer treatment. We become involved with his crew, cheer at their successes and mourn with them at the losses, but all are interesting stories. -- recommended by Charlotte K. - Bennett Martin Public Library [ See Charlotte's Reviewer Profile ]

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Customer Review: Ice

Ice
by Sarah Beth Durst [j Durst]

This was a fantastic book! I literally finished the book in one day just because it was that good. Cassie portrays the character of a smart, strong young woman as she goes across the brutal Arctic. -- review submitted by Amilia B. - a customer of the Gere Branch Library

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The Amazing Harvey by Don Passman

The Amazing Harvey
by Don Passman

The distinctive cover of this one jumped out at me from the "new mysteries" section at Barnes and Noble every time I saw it, so I was happy to see the libraries pick it up as well. The Amazing Harvey is Harvey Kendell, a professional magician in Los Angeles, struggling to make ends meet. Moving from one low-paying performance job to another, and hanging out with his fellow magicians at The Magic Castle between gigs, Harvey's life suddenly spirals out of control, when he's accused in a case of rape and murder. Harvey knows that he didn't do the crime -- heck, he'd never even met the women he's accused of assaulting and killing. But, the police have DNA evidence that seems to contradict his claims. Turning down his mother's offer to hired a flashy TV attorney, Harvey instead turns to a former classmate, Heather, who's having some issues of her own, keeping her legal practice afloat without relying on handouts from her far-more successful attorney father. With Harvey working as Heather's legman, they look into the details of the life of the victim in Harvey's case, and Harvey also helps Heather with some of her other current cases. The characters here are well-rounded and, for the most part, likeable. Harvey's coping mechanism for stress is to crack wise. The backdrop of a working magician's life is fascinating. I look forward to more in this series. -- recommended by Scott C. - Bennett Martin Public Library [ See Scott's Reviewer Profile ]

[If you enjoy this, don't pass up the opportunity, if you ever get it, to see the television series The Magician, starring Bill Bixby. It had a short one-season existence on NBC in 1973-74, and starred Bixby as playboy philanthropist Tony Blake, a top-end magician (think David Copperfield) who solves mysteries on the side. It was terrific, and it's a shame that it hasn't come out on DVD yet. Bootleg copies are available to watch, either partial or full episodes, on YouTube.]

[Scott shared this one at the May 2014 Series Share meeting of the Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group at the libraries!]

[ Publisher's official The Amazing Harvey web site ] | [ official Don Passman web site ]


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Saturday, June 21, 2014

The Con Job: A Leverage Novel by Matt Forbeck

The Con Job: A Leverage Novel
by Matt Forbeck

This is the first of a series of three original tie-in novels written based on the TNT cable television series
Leverage, which ran for five seasons from 2008 through 2012. This book is most definitely a wink and a nod to the fans of the show, with lots of inside references and appearances by minor supporting characters from episodes of the series. The gist of the show is that a group of former "bad guys" has teamed up to form an organization that assists the "little guys", being victimized by corrupt but powerful people. The "team" consists of -- a Hitter, a Hacker, a Thief, a Grifter and a Mastermind. In this particular story, set somewhere in the middle-to-late part of the TV series' run, the gang is hired by the kid of a classic comic book illustrator, who had entrusted his life's work of art to a man who proceeded to rip him off. The team must infiltrate in infamous San Diego Comic Con, and somehow figure out a way to either recover the artist's work, or con the corrupt art dealer out of his ill-gotten gains. As in the series, problems crop up in the middle of the con game, and other players enter the situation, which requires a lot of quick changes to the team's plans. Forbeck, a part-time-novelist, part-time-game-designer, does a great job of capturing the personalities of the TV series' characters and vocal styles. The "mystery" plot is a bit floppy, but that really doesn't matter here -- you read this type of novel to recapture some favorite characters and see where their relationships are going. For fans of Leverage, I give this one solid marks. If you've never seen the TV show, I think this one is still written well enough to suck you in. -- recommended by Scott C. - Bennett Martin Public Library [ See Scott's Reviewer Profile ][If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try either of the other two Leverage novels, The Zoo Job and The Bestseller Job, both written by other authors.]

[See more titles like this in the
TV Tie-Ins booklist, elsewhere on the libraries' BookGuide site!]

[
Wikipedia page on Leverage the TV Series ] | [ official Matt Forbeck web site ]


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