Tuesday, June 29, 2010

New Fiction Released the Week of 6/29/2010

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week. Please click on the title to place a copy on hold through the Library's catalog.

Dead Line by Stella Rimington
Five Days Apart by Chris Binchy
Foreign Influence by Brad Thor
Ice Cold by Tess Gerritsen
In the Name of Honor by Richard North Patterson
Inside Out by Barry Eisler
Nights of Villjamur by Mark Charan Newton
The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives by Lola Shoneyin
Shoulder Bags and Shootings by Dorothy Howell
A Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet by David Mitchell
Tutankhamun by Nick Drake
Work Song by Ivan Doig

Monday, June 28, 2010

Blockade Billy by Stephen King

This little novella came out of the blue in May, and after reading this, I was reminded that King really is the master of storytelling. I need to go back and read more of his recent works.

In Blockade Billy, King is interviewing an elderly baseball coach while he is in a nursing home. The story centers around the New Jersey Titans circa 1957 who lost their catcher when a night of heaving drinking caused him to get behind the wheel, kill a mother out doing her early morning errands, and attempted to flee the scene.

Coach makes a phone call and gets sent a rookie from Iowa to fill the spot until a permanent replacement can be found. William Blakely, a farm town kid, may not be right in the head, but who really cares when he can bat and catch like nobody's business. Sure, he talks to himself while referring to himself in the third person, but he draws in the crowds who cheer him on from the stands. During one game, Billy stops a runner from making a run who finds his leg cut up during his slide into home. The only logical explanation is he was sliced up by the cleats, right?

For someone who finds baseball incredibly boring and still loved this book is a testament to King's storytelling ability. He creates a suspenseful twist on a good ole' baseball story. My only complaint is this wasn't a full-on novel!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Keeping the Feast by Paual Butturini

As journalists based in eastern Europe, the author and her husband seem to have the idyllic life. But just days after taking their vows, their happily ever after implodes when Paula is beaten, her husband shot and nearly killed. While they both recover from their physcial wounds, John struggles for years from a debilitating depression that deeply changes the course of their lives.

Paula's story is about how they made it through those incredibly difficult years when it was all she could do to get through a day, counting hour by hour. It is a story about how food and the simplicity of gathering the ingredients and preparing a meal are what kept her going. And how being able to do that in a country as beautiful as Italy made their recovery possible.

Both Paula and her husband John come from Italian immigrant families so their ties to Italy are strong; it is also in Rome where they met and spent many happy years before having to move to Poland. Rome and its quaint markets and incredible cuisine sustained them and fortified them so that eventually, they, as a couple could fully heal from their wounds and move on to have a happily ever after.

While it is sometimes difficult to read about their struggles and how it impacted their lives so fully, there are also moments of joy and lightness and reminiscing about family memories that make this book uplifting to read. It is a story of enduring love that does have a happy ending.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

New Fiction Released the Week of 6/22/2010

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week. Please click on the title to place a copy on hold through the Library's catalog.

The Amateur Historian by Julian Cole
Bad Samaritan by Aimee Thurlo
Beachcombers by Nancy Thayer
Bone Appetit by Carolyn Haines
Broken by Karen Slaughter
Crashers by Dana Haynes
A Desirable Residence by Madeleine Wickham
The Devil Amongst the Lawyers by Sharyn McCrumb
Family Ties by Danielle Steel
In My Father's House by E. Lynn Harris
Intelligence by Susan Hasler
Mission of Honor by David Weber
Mr. Peanut by Adam Ross
Pray for Silence by Linda Castillo
Silencing Sam by Julie Kramer
Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich
Strong Justice by Jon Land
Take Four by Karen Kingsbury
The Transformation of Bartholomew Fortuno by Ellen Bryson
A Vintage Affair by Isabel Wolff

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Fear the Worst by Lindwood Barclay

One morning car salesman Tim Blake and Sydney, his seventeen year old daughter who is staying with him for the summer, have a minor spat over Sydney's new Versace sunglasses. Tim questions where the money came from to pay for them, having recalled a previous incident of theft.

When Sydney doesn't return after work in the evening, Tim stops by the hotel to see if she picked up a second shift, but the manager confirms that there is no employee by the name of Sydney Blake. A parent's worst nightmare becomes a reality when days pass and there is still no sign of his daughter, leaving Tim and his ex-wife, Susanne, frantic with worry.

A message from a woman claiming to have seen Sydney at the teen shelter where she works sends Tim across the country to Seattle to find his daughter and bring her home. Yet, no one at the shelter has seen Sydney or knows of the woman who called in the tip. Things really get strange when Sydney's best friend goes missing and police are pointing fingers at Tim, the man at the center of it all, but he will stop at nothing to find his daughter.

Another page-turning thriller from my new favorite author, Linwood Barclay! I want to recommend him to everybody. This book has many suspects and twists at every turn that readers will be anxious to get to the conclusion. Those who enjoy Lee Child and Harlan Coben will definitely find Barclay to be an equal, if not better, thriller author.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner is a novella in the Twilight Saga that will satisfy readers until the movie release of Eclipse on June 30. This story is told from the perspective of Bree Tanner, a newborn vampire who has a very short appearance in Eclipse and is ultimately killed by Jane.

Bree ended up as a vampire when she was a runaway teenager and starving for food. Now she lives amongst a group of newbies under the control of Riley. They haven't been informed exactly why they were turned but know that if they don't follow Riley's orders, they won't survive.

Bree meets Diego, a vampire who is different than the others, one that she can even trust. The two discover the lies and deceit being issued from Riley through Victoria. We now know that they aren't the villains that they are portrayed as in Eclipse. We also meet another unique vampire, Freaky Fred, who probably could have his own story which I would love to hear!

I was fascinated to listen to Bree's story even though I knew her fate. Also, it was very interesting to hear about the battle that happens in Eclipse between Victoria's gang and Cullen's from a perspective other than Bella's. Meyer could really rewrite the whole series from each character's perspective and we will still be entertained.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

New Fiction Released the Week of 6/15/2010

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week. Please click on the title to place a copy on hold through the Library's catalog.

The Case of the Man Who Died Laughing by Tarquin Hall
Far Cry by John Harvey
A Fierce Radiance by Lauren Belfer
Frankenstein Lost Souls by Dean Koontz
Galveston by Nic Pizzolatto
The Ice Princess by Camilla Lackberg
Imperial Bedrooms by Bret Easton Ellis
Lowcountry Summer by Dorothea Benton Frank
The Nobodies Album by Carolyn Parkhurst
Perfect Reader by Maggie Pouncey
That Perfect Someone by Johanna Lindsey
Promises to Keep by Jane Green
Spies of the Balkans by Alan Furst
This is Where We Live by Janelle Brown
Whiplash by Catherine Coulter

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Hero at Large by Janet Evanovich

Chris Nelson's car just broke down. When a stranger helps her out, how does she repay him? By breaking his arm! Of course it was an accident but now Chris is stuck with this hunky man. He is in construction and needs a place to stay. Chris reluctantly lets him rent her basement in the house she lives in with her daughter Lucy and Aunt Edna.

Kenneth Callahan can't believe his luck. He has meet the woman of his dreams. He just didn't realize this former world class ice skater could be so lethal. After breaking his arm she then breaks his toe. But that won't stop Kenneth from trying to woo her. Even if he has a secret.

Another cute little romance by Janet Evanovich. This was actually her first book she wrote. A quick read to get us through until Sizzling Sixteen!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson

When I was visiting my brother in Pittsburgh last month, this was the book that had prime real estate at all the airport newsstands. It seemed everywhere I turned, someone was reading this book; so naturally I had to see for myself what all the buzz was about.

In The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Larsson's page turning mystery and the first in the Millennium trilogy, Mikael Blomkvist, Millennium owner and journalist, was convicted for libel because of an article he wrote that outed the corruption of prominent businessman Hans-Erik Wennerstrom.

When Blomkvist receives a request from Henrik Vanger to chronicle the former industrialist's family history, he agrees to take the self-imposed exile to Hedeby Island, especially since Vanger contends that he has vital information about Wennerstom. However, the family history is just a front for Vanger's real motive, which is for Blomkvist to investigate the disappearance of his grand niece Harriet, who mysteriously vanished off the island in 1966. Vanger suspects that after years of his own research trying to find the culprit, that it had to be a member of his own family. What's more is that every year on his birthday, Vanger receives a framed pressed flower in the mail, which happens to be the gift Harriet had given Vanger before she disappeared. Is her killer trying to torment him?

Meanwhile social outcast Lisbeth Salander works as a freelance personal investigator for Milton Securities who had been commissioned by Frode, Vanger's attorney, to dig up everything she can find on Blomkvist. Eventually, Salander joins Blomqvist on Hedeby Island as the two reveal a web of lies, deceit and secrets of the Vanger family.

This book reads quickly; however it wasn't until about halfway through (at about 300 pages) that I felt I couldn't put it down, which is asking a lot of a reader. You will feel compelled to finish it to find out the truth behind this mysterious family, and Salander and Blomqvist's relationship is somewhat reminiscent of Sophie and Langdon from The Da Vinci Code, which readers will relish.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

New Fiction Released the Week of 6/8/2010

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week. Please click on the title to place a copy on hold through the Library's catalog.

Backseat Saints by Joshilyn Jackson
A Bad Day for Pretty by Sophie Littlefield
Blood Harvest by S.J. Bolton
The Bohemian Girl by Kenneth Cameron
A Colourful Death by Carola Dunn
Death Echo by Elizabet Lowell
Insatiable by Meg Cabot
Insignificant Others by Stephen McCauley
The Lion by Nelson Demille
Neighborhood Watch by Cammie McGovern
The Outer Banks House by Dian Ducharme
The Passage by Justin Cronin
So Cold the River by Michael Koryta
Speak No Evil by Martyn Waites
A Stranger in the Family by Robert Barnard
Stay by Allie Larkin
Sweet Misfortune by Kevin Alan Milne
The Taking of Libbie, SD by David Housewright
A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Shattered by Karen Robards

Lisa Grant has come back home. Her mom has been diagnosed with terminal ALS. She has lost her job as a lawyer in Boston because of the economy, now back home in Kentucky she gets a job with her childhood crush, Scott Buchanan. Just as a research assistant but beggars can't be choosers. Late for work one, Scott banishes Lisa to the cold case files in the basement. When she arrives one of her co workers, shows her a picture of a family. The mom looks exactly like Lisa. According to the file the Garcia family had disappeared and never been found. Intrigued, Lisa takes the file home with her, which is a big no no. Of course it doesn't help that during the night the house starts on fire and destroys the file and almost kills Lisa.

Scott still wants Lisa. He is trying hard to fight it because he knows eventually she will leave. Now it is starting to look like the fire was deliberate and when a series of mishaps occur to Lisa, Scott has to protect her. It looks like it all has to do with the cold case. All these questions need answers. Will Lisa find out what happened to the Garcias or will she meet the same fate?

Another awesome romantic suspense book by Karen Robards. I always look forward to her books and she never disappoints.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

I Am Not A Serial Killer by Dan Wells

John Wayne Cleaver is named after the actor, not the serial killer, but he tells everyone he was named after the serial killer.

John is a 15 year old boy living in a small Midwestern town with his mother and aunt, above the mortuary the family owns. He is fascinated by serial killers, so much so, that his mother has sent him to therapy.

He has set himself some rules to appear normal to others, and so that his "Monster" doesn't come out, but when a serial killer starts murdering people in the community, it's all he can do to keep the "Monster" in check. He's determined to find out who the killer is, but is he prepared to find out what the killer is?

Kind of a mix of "Dexter" and Stephen King, this book is the first of a trilogy.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

New Fiction Released the Week of 6/1/2010

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week. Please click on the title to place a copy on hold through the Library's catalog.

Beautiful Maria of My Soul by Oscar Hijuelos
The Bourne Objective by Eric Van Lustbader
The Burning Wire by Jeffery Deaver
Bullet by Laurell K. Hamilton
Cum Laude by Cecily Von Ziegesar
From Hell with Love by Simon R. Green
The Madonnas of Echo Park by Brando Skyhorse
Murder on Lexington Avenue by Victoria Thompson
The Mountain Between Us By Charles Martin
My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares
The One that I Want by Allison Winn Scotch
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
Procession of the Dead by Darren Shan
The Rebellion of Jane Clarke by Sally Gunning
Rock Paper Tiger by Lisa Brackmann
The Rule of Nine by Steve Martini
Seven Year Switch by Claire Cook
Skein of the Crime by Maggie Sefton
The Spy by Clive Cussler