Reviews and Blog Posts: fiction

The wrap-up list

by Steven Arntson

Reviewer Rating:
4

Gabriela has received a letter from her Death, Hercule. She has one week left to live, and not much she can do about it. She is allowed to submit a wrap-up list, things she'd like to do before she goes. She can also ask for a Pardon, which she'll only...

Love a Good Mystery? Check Out the Edgar Nominees!

Map of Lost Memories

Love mysteries, but don't know what to read next? See if you missed any of the best mystery and crime novels, true crime, and biography of 2012 by perusing the nominations for the Edgar Awards!

The Edgars, given out by the Mystery Writers of America, have been honoring great mystery writing since 1946. This year's awards will be given out on May 2--plenty of time to read the nominees in your favorite category and predict your own winner!

Best First Novel:

October is Anti-Bullying Month--Are You Ready to Take a Stand?

Cornered

October is Anti-Bullying Month. If you are a teen, kid, parent, teacher, or if you interact with any of these people, bullying probably has affected you somehow.

Bullying can take many forms, from teasing and spreading rumors about someone to physically hurting to exclusion to anonymous cyberbullying. Have you ever been bullied? Have you ever bullied someone? Have you ever stood by and not said something while someone was being bullied? Have you ever spoken up for someone?

The more we all educate ourselves about what bullying is, what the causes are, and what we can do about, the more safe our schools, gyms, streets, and cyberspace will be.

What's the Plural of Apocalypse?

The Road

The Atlantic recently published a list of their favorite post-apocalyptic novels in anticipation of Peter Heller's new one, Dog Stars, which they predict will become a classic.

I've read 8 out of 11 (I'm embarrassed to admit that the ones I haven't read are the "classics"). How many have you read? Did they get the list right? Would you take any out? What would you add? And, most importantly, which one of the ones I haven't read (in bold) should I read next? Maybe we'll make it a Geeks Who Read Book Club selection for 2013!

Authors Series: Laurie Wagner Buyer & WC Jameson, Sunday!

Colorado Treasure Tales

The Fresh City Life My Branch Authors Series presents husband and wife authors Laurie Wagner Buyer and W.C. Jameson on Sunday, July 15 at 2 p.m. at the Schlessman Family Branch.

Buyer & Jameson will talk about their books about the west! Jameson's latest book is the adventure memoir Treasure Hunter: Caches, Curses, and Deadly Confrontations. Buyer is the author of 6 collections of poetry, the novel Side Canyons, and two memoirs, Spring's Edge: A Ranch Wife's Chronicles, and When I Came West.

Carlos Fuentes, November 11, 1928 – May 15, 2012

The Writings of Carlos Fuentes

Prolific Mexican intellectual, novelist, essayist, and occasional commentator Carlos Fuentes died suddenly May 15, 2012 at the age 83. The author of The Writings of Carlos Fuentes quotes Fuentes as saying that "writing implies an engagement with history, culture and identity." There is no doubt that Carlos Fuentes engaged generations worldwide in truly seeing and contemplating Mexico.

Carlos Fuentes gave many fascinating interviews and many of them are available to watch online. The library has many titles by and about Carlos Fuentes, in Spanish and English. Here are a few:

Locus Award Finalists Announced

Welcome to Bordertown

The Locus Science Fiction Foundation recently announced the finalists for the 2012 Locus Awards. The Locus Award celebrates science fiction, fantasy, and horror, and nonfiction works related to these subjects. If you're looking for a good read, try some of these!

Science Fiction Novel:

Leviathan Wakes, James S.A. Corey

11/22/63, Stephen King

Embassytown, China Mieville

Rule 34, Charles Stross

Hugo Nominees Announced!

Among Others

The nominees for the Hugo Award, given in 15 categories by the members of the World Science Fiction Convention, were recently announced. For the complete list, check the Hugo website.

Here are some of the nominated novels, works of nonfiction, and films that the Denver Public Library owns:

Best Novel:

Among Others, Jo Walton

A Dance With Dragons, George R. R. Martin

Deadline, Mira Grant

Embassytown, China Miéville

Volcanos, Elves, and Bjork

Iceland landscape

Beginning May 11th, Icelandair will be offering direct flights from DIA to Iceland's capital, Reykjavík.  A paltry 8 hour flight will get you to this geothermal wonderland where 10% of the population believes in the existence of elves* and phone directories are organized by first names.

While you can always pick up a travel guide, it can be much more interesting and engaging to do some primary source research when visiting a foreign culture.  Whether you are seriously considering a trip to Iceland or just curious about their cultural exports, get started with these items from the library:

Music

Lambda Literary Awards Finalists Announced!

Zipper Mouth

The finalists for the 24th annual Lambda Literary Awards were recently announced, celebrating the best in GLBTQ literature in 24 categories. Winners will be announced on June 4.

Here are some of the finalists that are owned by the Denver Public Library. For the complete list, visit the awards web site. Check WorldCat for Interlibrary Loan possibilities for titles not available locally!

Lesbian Debut Fiction

The Girls Club, by Sally Bellerose, Bywater Books

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