I think it’s relatively easy to think of really amazing sci-fi and fantasy off the top of your head if you read it at all. However, finding sci-fi and fantasy with strong women in it gets a little more difficult, and finding female protagonists that interact with other women and exist as beings unto themselves gets harder.
When I set the challenge to find sci-fi and fantasy that featured women who weren’t fan service, sidekicks, or the only woman in the book, I thought it would be relatively easy and definitely fun to research. After all, sci-fi and fantasy are making a comeback and there are so many great new books published every year. What we found instead is that even now it’s hard to find books written about women who exist as actual people. It’s easier in Teen fiction, but I think there’s more of a push and purpose in that area to make sure that young women and girls have people to look up to.
The Digital Bookmobile is traveling coast to coast and making a special stop at the Virginia Village Branch Library. Denver Public Library has thousands of eBooks and audio eBooks just waiting to be downloaded.
At this free event readers of all ages will learn how to download eBooks and audio eBooks with instructional videos, interactive computer stations and a fully-loaded gadget gallery.
The Weird Western may not be a genre you are overly familiar with, but because of its growing popularity and unforgettable characters I recommend hunkerin' down for a spell with a handful of books and films that are fine examples of all the Weird West has to offer.
What is the Weird West you ask? The Weird West takes all your favorite nuggets from genres such as Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy and puts in them in an American West setting (or off-world in a place very much like the American West) and tells a story in a gritty and descriptive language that propels readers through each action-packed moment.
We hope you've heard by now that DPL staff will be out in force at Denver Comic Con, May 31-June 2 at the Colorado Convention Center.
Library staff will have a table (come see us!) and be participating on a diverse set of panels that are sure to give you some ideas for your summer reading. One of these panels is Out from Behind the Mask: Queer Heroes Among Us, which will focus on comics and graphic novels depicting a wide range of sexualities and gender identities. No longer in the closet as taboo subjects, GLBTQ characters in comics can be heroes or villains, and are giving hope to both adults and teens.
Steampunk is kind of silly. It's hard not to smirk at someone in 19th century garb, complete with top hat and coattails, who also has goggles and a raygun. But the silliness of steampunk is part of the charm. And just because something is silly, doesn't mean it can't be great.
Case in point: Royden Lepp's wonderful graphic novel RUST.
Rust is an imaginative adventure story set in the prairie lands of an unknown time. It has all the hallmarks of steampunk: goggles, jet packs, big clunky robots with lots of gears. It's even colored in shades of sepia (it doesn't get more steampunky than that!). But it's also touching, funny, and intriguing. The graphic novel is drawn in an engaging, playful style that's reminiscent of both Calvin and Hobbs and Manga. The story centers around a mysterious boy with a jet pack who crash lands on a struggling family's farm. Then the big robots show up...
An intimate but enthusiastic group gathered to hear excerpts from Dean Fetzer's newest novel, Dead Silent.
The author, visiting from London, chatted with the audience and then read passages from the finale in his Jaared Sen Quartet. Dean took questions from the audience, and then signed copies of his books for excited collectors.
Welcome, welcome, welcome ladies and gentlemen to the weird and wonderful world of steampunk. What is steampunk you ask? Why, it is many things, but let's call it an aesthetic sensibility. Gears, corsets, dirigibles, and don't forget your goggles. There is steampunk music, fashion, art, and of course books!
Steampunk has its roots in the scientific romances of the mid-19th century but really took flight (steam powered of course!) in the 1980s and most recently in the aught-aughts. A group of writers (Jeter, Blaylock, Powers) working in southern California would meet up at their local watering hole and realized they were all writing similar works, as a joke they called it "Steampunk".
Colorado author Gregory Hill joins the Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series lineup at the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch on Wednesday, May 15 at 6:30 p.m.
Hill's novel, East of Denver, won the 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, is a Colorado Book Award finalist in the Literary Fiction category, and was named "one of the year's best crime novels" by Booklist. East of Denver combines going home, family, misfit friends, a plane, a farm, humor, and a bank robbery to create a unique reading experience.
The winners of both the Edgar Awards and the Agatha Awards were recently announced, so if you're looking to add a bit of mystery to your summer reading, look no further!
The Edgars, named after Edgar Allan Poe, honor the best in mystery fiction, nonfiction, and television. The Agathas, named after Agatha Christie, honor the "traditional" mystery as exemplified by Christie's works. This is the award for you if you're looking for mysteries with no explicit sex, gratuitous violence, or gore. No "hard boiled" mysteries here. Check out these lists, and maybe discover a new favorite mystery author!