Reviews and Blog Posts: fiction

Yesterday Today

cover image, The Harlem Hellfighters

Anytime is the right time to explore history. The 100th anniversary of “the greatest war” evokes cries from ghostly trenches. An assassination may have sparked World War I but a blueprint for conflict existed long before the first shot. This war gave us shell shock, machine guns, and "a lost generation."

EEEEEK! Bram Stoker Awards Announced

Bram Stoker Award statuette of haunted house

The Hugos' rocket trophy is pretty cool and the Agathas' teacup is cozy, but the Bram Stokers' gargoyled, rat-infested haunted house award is the creepiest!

The Stokers have been awarded by the Horror Writers Association since 1987 and the latest winners were announced at their convention in Portland last month. The winners are:

Superior Achievement in a Novel

Book Discovery: Prepub Titles

Do you hate it when your friend says she is reading the latest bestseller from your favorite author, and you didn't even know that the book was coming out? Here at the library, our goal is to have books ordered before you even know that you want them.  With about 300,000 books traditionally published every year in the United States (and that many, or more, self published), and the means to buy only a small fraction of them, how does your library decide what to buy, and, more importantly, how can you get on the list early so you're not waiting months for the latest hot title?

Debbie doesn't do it anymore : a novel

by Walter Mosley

DPL Rating:
4

This was a first for me. The opening paragraph describes a money shot for a porn film. Debbie Dare is the stage name of a popular porn star whose aged ex-porn star husband is found dead with an under-aged partner. But these deaths are not the crime to be solved.

Did You Miss This?

Cover art, The Empanada Brotherhood

If you browse the book stacks at the Central Library, chances are you'll spy a "Did you miss this?" bookmark. With so many books to choose from, these flagged titles may be the next read you're looking for. So go ahead, browse and take a title home today. You might even discover a new, favorite read!

Note: The Library's online catalog provides enhanced title and summary/review information when available. Discover these features by clicking the hyperlinks below.

Things Are Heating Up!

Mambo in Chinatown

Here at the library, we're not just thinking about a Summer of Reading for kids and teens--summer is a great time for EVERYONE to read, and we're already looking ahead to the hot books that you'll be craving. Whether you're a mystery buff, want to get lost in the world of science fiction or fantasy, can't get enough of compelling memoirs and biographies, or like a little bit of everything, we've got a summer book on order for you! Get on the holds list for your favorite author's new book today--or try something new!

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves wins PEN/Faulkner Award

Cover image of book We Are Completely Beside Ourselves

The finalists were chosen, and the winner has been selected for the PEN/Faulkner 2014 Award for Fiction!
Karen Joy Fowler has won the 34th PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction for her novel We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
The four finalists for the award are:
Daniel Alarcón for his novel At Night We Walk in Circles 

2014 Spur Awards

Light of the World by James Lee Burke

The Spur Award was initiated in 1953 by the Western Writers of America to recognize the best in Western fiction. Over the years, the award grew in number to acknowledge the diversity of Western literature for adults, teens, and children. If you are looking for a story "full of souls filled with concern, fear, joy and desire," you won't be disappointed with one of these award winning Westerns.

2013 James Tiptree, Jr. Award

Hild

The 2013 James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award and Honor List were recently announced. The Tiptrees are an "annual literary prize for science fiction or fantasy that expands or explores our understanding of gender" and are probably my favorite book award.

While this year's winner, Rupetta by N.A. Sulway, currently has limited availability in the United States, check out the British publisher's website for options. We'll be on the lookout for a U.S. edition to get for the library.

100 Years of Bierceitude

Ambrose Bierce, posing with an erstwhile critic

It was one hundred years ago today... or maybe yesterday. Or it could have been one hundred years ago two months from now. The point is that roughly a century ago, after leaving Washington D.C. at age 71 to join Pancho Villa's army and making it as far as at least Chihuahua, American author Ambrose Bierce disappeared.

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