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  • Six of crows

    by Bardugo, Leigh.

    August 31, 2015


    Call Number: YA

    The heist--an attempt to acquire something incredibly important or valuable from somewhere equally, incredibly impenetrable. The catch is to survive the heist and reap the benefits of the nefarious and illegal act. This type of action requires a team of people with specific skills and knowledge to provide a way to penetrate a strong defense system. And each of these people has their own motivations for taking on the challenge. Heist stories can be compelling and fascinating as the reader learns what the plan is and how each character will contribute to its undertaking. These stories can be... Read Full Review

  • Spare parts : four Mexican American teenagers, one ugly robot, and the battle for the American dream

    by Davis, Joshua, 1974-

    Reviewed by: Andrea Borchert, Librarian, Science, Technology & Patents Department

    August 25, 2015


    Call Number: 621.80973 D262

    Who builds robots? Hypothetically, anyone with drive and talent could pick up a robot building book from the library (see books listed below), borrow a soldering iron from a friend, and use spare parts to put together something that could fight any of the robots on that television show BattleBots, or compete with robots in the robot building competitions taking place throughout the country. But when four economically disadvantaged Mexican American high school students entered the... Read Full Review

  • The fold

    by Clines, Peter, 1969-

    August 17, 2015


    Call Number: SF

    Teleportation is a staple of speculative fiction whether in short stories, novels, films or television. It also crosses the boundaries between fantasy and science fiction. In fantasy, it is generally accomplished by magic (which, as any good reader of speculative fiction knows from Arthur C. Clarke’s three laws of prediction, is indistinguishable from any sufficiently advanced technology) although, there may be some limitations. In the Harry Potter series, teleportation is referred to as apparation or disapparation, and you have to secure a license before you can perform the spell to ensure... Read Full Review

  • Although of course you end up becoming yourself : a road trip with David Foster Wallace

    by Lipsky, David, 1965-

    Reviewed by: David B., Librarian, InfoNow

    August 11, 2015


    Call Number: 813 W188Li

    In 1996, David Lipsky, a New York-based Rolling Stone writer, traveled to the Midwest--Bloomington, Illinois and Minneapolis/St. Paul Minnesota--to hang out with novelist David Foster Wallace at the tail end of his Infinite Jest book tour. The proposed feature never made it into print that year (it would have been Rolling Stone’s first author profile in ten years), but Lipsky held on to his tapes of their rendezvous. He decided to publish the interviews in book form after Wallace’s tragic suicide in 2008. The book, which came out in 2010, is the basis for the new... Read Full Review

  • Strong female protagonist. written by Brennan Lee Mulligan ; drawn by Molly Ostertag. Book one

    by Mulligan, Brennan Lee, author.

    Reviewed by: Andrea Borchert, Librarian, Science, Technology & Patents Department

    August 3, 2015


    Call Number: 740.9999 M959 v.1

    When Alison Green developed superpowers as a kid she did what anyone in her position would do, donned a costume and fought crime! But now that Alison is growing up and gaining a bit of maturity, the black and white world of superheroes and supervillains is getting more and more complicated, and even more difficult to navigate. The exact lines between hero and villain, friend and enemy keep changing, and Alison is forced to wonder if her typical wild street brawls are really doing the good she hoped they would. When Alison takes off her mask and goes to college she manages to turn her old... Read Full Review

  • Go set a watchman : a novel

    by Lee, Harper, author.

    July 27, 2015


    Go Set A Watchman, the second, and only other novel published by Harper Lee, Pulitzer Prize winning author of To Kill A Mockingbird, and the new novel is already shrouded in controversy:  Did Lee REALLY want the book published? Was she competent to make the decision? WHY was the book being published now? Was this a sequel to To Kill A Mockingbird? A prequel? Or was it something entirely different? The literary furor increased just prior to the publication date as reviewers began to make claims about the book's worthiness, and that well known, established... Read Full Review

  • What if? : serious scientific answers to absurd hypothetical questions

    by Munroe, Randall, author.

    Reviewed by: Andrea Borchert, Librarian, Science, Technology & Patents Department

    July 20, 2015


    Call Number: 500 M968

    I was a little kid when I saw Superman, the movie, for the very first time. It was a strange and heady experience. You see…   “There’s an alien who looks exactly like a normal human being.”  “Really, Ok!” “And he can fly.” “Yes!” “And he’s super strong.” “Of course!” “He uses his powers to fight crime” “This makes complete and utter sense!” “…in a blue and red skintight outfit.” “All right, I’ll buy it!” “And he turns back time by flying around the earth really, really fast!” “….Wait. That isn’t. That doesn’t….... Read Full Review

  • Time salvager

    by Chu, Wesley.

    July 13, 2015


    Call Number: SF

    What will the 26th century be like? In Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World people are under the strict control of a World State. Vin Diesel’s films, Pitch Black, The Chronicles of Riddick and Riddick, show a universe of advanced technologies, interplanetary space travel and different types of bad guys and beasties. Joss Whedon’s television series Firefly, and motion picture Serenity, focus on the crew of a small ship providing services on the fringes of a large,... Read Full Review

  • Amherst

    by Nicholson, William, author.

    Reviewed by: Robert Anderson, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department

    July 6, 2015


    British author William Nicholson is well known as a screenwriter, playwright and novelist.  Recently, Nicholson has been writing a series of novels about an extended British family between World War II and the present.  Amherst brings back some of the characters from this series (though no knowledge of earlier episodes is necessary) and uses them to examine an improbable real-life literary romance:  the 12-year love affair between Emily Dickinson's brother Austin and Mabel Loomis Todd, the much younger woman who edited the first volumes of Emily's poems after her death... Read Full Review

  • My brilliant friend

    by Ferrante, Elena.

    Reviewed by: Sheryn Morris, Librarian, Central Library

    June 30, 2015


    My brilliant friend is the first in the Neapolitan Novels series by Italian author Elena Ferrante. (My brilliant friend; T... Read Full Review

  • Men explain things to me

    by Solnit, Rebecca, author.

    Reviewed by: Eileen Y., Librarian, InfoNow

    June 22, 2015


    Call Number: 301.412 S688

    Written through a feminist lens, this book is a series of short essays--most of them meditations on how men and women relate to each other.  What is most striking to me about this book, is the simplicity and cogency with which Rebecca Solnit presents how women are sometimes treated inequitably and discriminatorily in the public sphere. She speaks to the struggle for gender equality in a simple, non- preachy, eloquent manner, at times humorously as well. The title of the book is taken from the opening essay that originally was published in 2008.  Not long after the essay... Read Full Review

  • Fairest : Levana's story

    by Meyer, Marissa.

    June 16, 2015


    Call Number: YA

    Villains! We love them, but we also love to hate them. Often works of speculative fiction, whether they are books, television series or films, hinge upon the effectiveness of the villain. And as our culture has become more entranced with the “bad guys/girls” in our favorite works, authors and filmmakers have brought them out of the darkness and into the light, at times placing them center stage for explorations of their origins and motivations. When this is done, there is the risk of disappointing fans if the back story doesn’t really match up, or seems to fit the scoundrel we... Read Full Review