Reviews and Blog Posts: fiction

Gutsy Women in Fiction

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Celebrate Women's History Month by reading one of these great novels featuring gutsy lady lead characters! Who is your favorite fictional female character?

Anonymous Authors

With the recent speculaton over who is behind the new book O: A Presidential Novel, what do you think about books being published by anonymous authors? Several books have published anonymously within the last forty years. Some authors revealed their involvement years later. Does it make the work less credible because they hide (or try to hide) their identity?

Presidential Fiction

Abraham Lincoln continues to enthrall writers, readers and historians. Lincoln once said, "The things I want to know are in books. My best friend is the man who'll get me a book I [haven't] read." Have you read these fictionalized accounts of Lincoln's extraordinary life?

Brian Jacques 1939-2011

Beloved author Brian Jacques passed away earlier this week. The Redwall Abbey series, his most notable works, were originally written for the Royal Wavertree School for the Blind, his favorite stop while delivering milk. Even though he is no longer with us, the magical worlds he created will live forever.

Killers We Hate to Love

Coming hot on the heels of deliciously demented Dexter there is John Wayne Cleaver. Named after a serial killer and a murder weapon how can he escape his destiny?

In "I Am Not A Serial Killer" we meet John Wayne Cleaver, just your average teenage boy, likes fires, girls and serial killers. Ok, well perhaps not your average teenage boy. John lives in a mortuary so that's a plus, for him, as he likes dead bodies and the peace they provide for his inner demon. And speaking of demons....

Audio Books for Holiday Road Trips

Audio books can help the miles go by faster on a holiday road trip. With the holds service on hiatus, this is a great time to explore DPL's Audio eBook collection for titles to download or to visit the closest branch location to browse books on CD in person.

I’ve found that some of the best audio books are juvenile and young adult fiction. Short stories are also a good option because you can listen to one story—or a couple of stories—and then take a break to converse with whomever you're traveling with, listen to music, or just silently enjoy the scenery until you’re ready for another story. Plus, a good audio book must have a great reader to tell the story: even a good story can’t survive a bad reader. Here are some favorites:

Yet Another End of the Year List

It seems like everyone from the New York Times to NPR is coming out with Best Books of the Year lists right now. As "best" is subjective,  I instead offer you some of my favorites in various categories. Most of these are 2010 books, but are some are older books that I first read or listened to this year.

Post-Apocalyptic Fiction (no zombies): The Passage, Justin Cronin

Post-Apocalyptic Fiction (with zombies): The Reapers are the Angels, Alden Bell, Feed, Mira Grant

Seasonal Reading

Do you have a favorite go-to read at this time of the year? For some folks, it's Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Possibly a religious text. Maybe it's a holiday story that someone read to you as a child. For the last few years, my traditional holiday read has been the nontraditional and very funny science fiction novella All Seated on the Ground by Colorado author Connie Willis.

If the words "science fiction" scare you and don't really put you in a holiday mood, just give me a moment to try to convince you to give this one a try.

O Magazine's Best Books of 2010

In addition to many other Best Books of 2010 lists out there, O Magazine came out with their own list featuring fiction and nonfiction published this year. 2010 must have been a great year for biographies as several of those made the list as well! What has been the best book you've read so far this year?

Fiction for Foodies

Sink your teeth into these great novels - some are meaty with mystery while others are sweet and frosted with humor and friendship. While digesting these great reads, we hope you have a rich and relaxing holiday. Looking for seconds? The library has heaping helpings of great books, movies and music to satisfy your educational and entertainment hunger.

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