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"Fonduing Fathers" by Julie Hyzy

I occasionally chuckle (and sometimes groan) at the titles of the paperback mysteries on our shelves. The lighthearted, cozy mysteries feature titles with puns, rhyming, alliteration and popular culture references.

We have Michelle Rowen's "Blood Bath & Beyond" and Denise Swanson's "...

Fans of the character Thursday Next, created by Jasper Fforde, are already familiar with the writer's great gift for finding humor in bureaucracy with a bit of magic thrown in. Fforde's latest, entitled "The Last Dragonslayer," is the beginning of a new series.  

Foundling Jennifer Strange is the interim office manager at "Kazam Mystical Arts Management" since her boss Mr. Zambini has disappeared in a "poof" sort of way....

"The Last Girlfriend on Earth" by Simon Rich

Simon Rich used to write sketches for Saturday Night Live. If the SNL take on dating sounds like your idea of a good time, "The Last Girlfriend on Earth: and other love stories" is the book for you.  This collection is a wonderful smattering of views on love in a variety of genres from soft sci-fi to literary chic, but they all are hilarious and most are irreverent....

 Blood Trade: a Jane Yellowrock novel" by Faith Hunter

Jane Yellowrock, one of my favorite characters in urban fantasy, is back for an action packed adventure in "Blood Trade" by Faith Hunter. As far as she knows, Jane is the last of her kind. She is descended from the Cherokee skinwalkers. She has the ability to shift into various animal shapes to aid her in her chosen profession...vampire hunter. Jane shares her soul with Beast...a mountain lion...who is a...

"You Changed My Life" by Abdel Sellou

What does the music of Earth, Wind and Fire have to do with a French subtitled film about a quadriplegic nobleman and his caretaker from the projects? Watch "The Untouchables" and find out.

This Golden Globe nominated comedy/drama broke box office records in its native France. On-location scenery, smart dialogue and '70s funk music make for some uplifting movie moments.

Based on a true story, the film...

"Femme: a "Nameless Detective" novella" by Bill Pronzini

 

Since discovering the Nameless series many years ago, I have been a fan of Bill Pronzini. "Nameless" is an old school private detective throwback ala Mike Hammer. He has starred in over 35 books. I have enjoyed them all including his latest two "Femme: a "Nameless Detective" novella" and "...

The 2013 Pulitzer Prizes were announced April 15. The winners include:

FICTION - "The Orphan Master's Son" by Adam Johnson
Set in modern-day North Korea, this novel traces the journey of Pak Jun Do from a work camp for orphans through the military ranks to the level of Kim Jong Il himself.
 
BIOGRAPHY - "...

Much of the news about the publishing industry these days concerns mergers and consolidation. The proposed merger between Penguin Group and Random House would create a publisher so big that the deal required the approval of the U.S. Department of Justice, European Union regulators, and other global anti-trust authorities.

All the talk about mega-publishers has me wondering - Can a reader still judge a book by its publisher? Large publishers often have separate divisions with individual imprints specializing in subject areas or formats. These smaller entities maintain distinct...

Faith Erin Hicks has written a graphic novel entitled "Friends with Boys" that is quite enjoyable.  The main character is Maggie, whose life is fraught with change, weirdness and loneliness. As the book begins, she is starting high school after a life of home schooling. Her mother recently abandoned the family which consists of Maggie, her father, her oldest brother, Daniel, and her twin brothers...

 

Jacob is a 16-year-old teetering on the edge. After witnessing his eccentric grandfather's murder by a monster he can't explain, he's in and out of hospitals searching for the right words to get his anxious parents off his back and out of his overly analytical shrink's office. Clues found in his grandfather's house lead him on a journey to Wales that test his abilities and his grasp on reality.  Jacob finds that sometimes the monsters that go bump in the night are real...and he's the only one who can see them. 

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