Which door would you choose? Reference Librarian Jennifer can't decide between 221B Baker St, Dumbledoor, and the TARDIS
The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman
Reviewed by Jennifer Chretien, Reference Librarian
Rating: 4 Stars!
There is a secret library that exists outside of time and space and its purpose is to house important works of fiction from all of the alternate realities. It's the job of the immortal librarian Irene and her assistant Kai to collect these books, even if it means stealing them. Along the way, they encounter all sorts of fantastical beings and battle fierce opponents. If they don't succeed, reality is at stake.
Cogman does a wonderful job sketching out the alternative worlds for her readers without burdening them with insignificant details . She also introduces fantastical creatures (fairies, witches, dragons) and Steampunk elements (zeppelins) without becoming so far-fetched that it is beyond ridiculous. Irene is the librarian I have always wanted to be; going on adventures I would love to have. What results is true escapism for the the reader.
This is hardly an original work of important fiction. It echoes a lot of elements in shows like: Doctor Who, The Librarians, and Warehouse 13. Her voice reminds me a lot of Piers Anthony or Terry Pratchett. It is a fun ride through alternative realities and easily transports the reader away from the stress of everyday life into the adventures of an immortal librarian on a quest!
Welcome to "Waiting on Wednesday" where we highlight upcoming books we are excited about. This week we are featuring Dark Matter by Wayward Pines author Blake Crouch.
by Blake Crouch
Release Date: July 26, 2016
Synopsis from Amazon:
Are you happy with your life?”
Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious.
Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits.
Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.”
In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor, but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible.
Is it this world or the other that’s the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could’ve imagined—one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.
Dark Matter is a brilliantly plotted tale that is at once sweeping and intimate, mind-bendingly strange and profoundly human—a relentlessly surprising science-fiction thriller about choices, paths not taken, and how far we’ll go to claim the lives we dream of.
I can read this book over and over again. From the very beginning until the end J.K. Rowling has me gripped! There is never a dull moment, whether it's battling with trolls, a three-headed dog, or Harry facing Lord Voldemort. I would definitely recommend this book because it keeps you reading without ever wanting to put the book down. By the end of the book you come to love the characters and you want to read more!!!
For this week's Friday Fun, we're doing something a little different by polling KPL staff on their favorite book to read beach or pool side.
Jennifer likes to read adventurous thrillers, especially ones written by James Rollins or Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child.
Allison says Beach Music by Pat Conroy always reminds her of summer
Gretchen loves maritime disaster books like Jaws by Peter Benchley (great book ~Jennifer)
Lorna enjoys spending her summers reading a good mystery.
Terry likes the Nantucket setting of Elin Hilderbrand's books.
What about you? Tell us your favorite summertime reading pleasures tagging us on facebook or twitter and using #KillinglyReads.
The Girls by Emma Cline
Reviewed by Jennifer Chretien, Reference Librarian
Rating: 4 stars.
A middle aged Evie Boyd is a woman without an anchor. She is staying at the beach home of an ex-lover and finds herself reminiscing about her 14th summer when she found herself at odds with her parents and former best friend. During this summer, Evie finds herself so enthralled by a girl named Suzanne that she spends most of her summer at the commune known as "The Ranch". It is here, under the leadership of a captivating man named Russell, that Evie starts to get a sense of the dichtomy of both her power and powerlessness.
This book is one of the most talked about books this summer. Cline not so loosely bases the story on Charles Manson. She crafts it so well that it is easy to understand what would have driven Manson's girls to murder and how they would even willingly give up their lives to follow him in the first place. Cline deftly weaves a clever and fresh way to explore the almost cliche girl coming of age story. I would have rated this a 5 star book if the author did a better job fleshing out middle aged Evie, or left that part of the story out entirely. She does such a wonderful job allowing the reader to see the vulnerability and boredom teenaged Evie is experiencing that it does her a disservice to not extend the same courtesy to her older self.
Welcome to "Waiting on Wednesday" where we highlight upcoming books we are excited about. This week we are featuring The Jolly Roger Social Club: A True Story of a Killer in Paradise by Nick Foster.
The Jolly Roger Social Club: A True Story of a Killer in Paradise
by Nick Foster
Release Date: July 12, 2016
Synopsis from Amazon.com
The true story of a series of bold killings which took place in a shadowy American ex-pat community in Panama--a tale of greed, political history, and murder
In the remote Bocas del Toro, Panama, William Dathan Holbert, aka "Wild Bill," is awaiting trial for the murder of five fellow American ex-patriots. Holbert's first victims were the Brown family, who lived on a remote island in the area's Darklands. There, Holbert turned their home into the "Jolly Roger Social Club," using drink- and drug-fueled parties to get to know other ex-pats. The club's tagline was: "Over 90% of our members survive." Those odds were not in his victims' favor.
The Jolly Roger Social Club is not just a book about what Holbert did and the complex financial and real estate motives behind the killings; it is about why Bocas del Toro turned out to be his perfect hunting ground, and why the community tolerated-even accepted-him for a time. Told through the fascinating history of the country of Panama, a paradise with sinister ties to the political and economic interests of the United States, journalist Nick Foster brings this uniquely bizarre place to life; shedding light on a community where many live under assumed names, desperate to leave their old lives behind-and sometimes people just disappear.
Name/Nickname: Justin Ball
Title: The Borden Murders by Sarah Miller
Rating: 5 stars!
This is a auto-biography about a father of two girls, and his wife, who were brutally murdered. I will not describe in detail for the faint of heart due to it's graphic content. There were not many suspects, the maid was outside, the sister was out of the house, and nobody was seen going inside, or outside the house. The evidence all points to Lizzie Borden. The father's daughter. The thing is she keeps changing her story every time to save her butt. So, they put Lizzie in a jail, but since she was not found guilty, or innocent, she gets her own personal food, and tons of books. I will not get too far with the details. I don't feel like being a spoiler. This book will get your head spinning, so therefore, five stars. Guilty or innocent, you decide.
Leave your own reviews for Killingly Reads here. Tag @killinglypl and use #KillinglyReads to let us know what you're reading now!
A master of language, Watsky finds deeper meaning and clever observations in the simple, the hilarious, the absurd, and the serious experiences he’s lived through. The book will make you laugh, smile, wince, and think deeply. I finished reading the very first essay at 10:48 on a Thursday night and thought to myself: yes, this is going to be a good one. Thanks to Watsky’s brilliant mind and one-of-a-kind voice, I was right.
Be on the lookout! How to Ruin Everything is coming soon to the Killingly Public Library collection!
Killingly Reads aims to be your local source for book fun, reviews, and news.