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"Deadly Forecast" by Victoria Laurie

 

"Deadly Forecast" is the latest book in the Psychic Eye series by Victoria Laurie featuring psychic sleuth, Abby Cooper. All the usual characters are back as Abby and Dutch plan their wedding. Comic relief is provided in the form of Abby's sister who has usurped the wedding and is out of control.

On a more somber note, Abby's psychic radar is foretelling doom for Dutch if he remains too close to her. To complicate matters,...

 

If you're over a certain age or have cable, you may know the television show "The Waltons." The show had a 9-year run starting in the early '70s. Plots followed the lives of three generations of Waltons who lived together in rural Virginia during the Depression and WWII.

Among the actors was Mary McDonough, who portrayed Erin Walton. Her 2011 book is called...

New Horizons by Flyleaf

For those converted by Flyleaf's self-titled debut, "New Horizons" will be a parting gift from lead singer, Lacey Sturm, who announced her departure from the band. "New Horizons" is loaded with fiery guitars and fierce drums supporting Sturm's ability to do hairpin turns with her voice from screaming to keening to a roar. The wonder of Flyleaf is they never sacrifice their aggressive rock and roll for their...

 

Copies of "BookPage" are available from the library for free every month, but for book lovers they're priceless. The reviews are well written and insightful.  Many magazine critiques are short to save on space so they can cover more books. The slightly longer reviews in "BookPage" use the extra sentences  to give well-rounded critiques; a healthy mix of plot summary and evaluation of writing style and larger themes. The columnists' enthusiasm shines through their articles in the same way as eloquent movie critic Roger Ebert's love of film. They aren't skittish about...

 

Are you tired of post-apocalyptic fiction? Perhaps you might enjoy some pre-apocalyptic fiction. "Countdown City" by Ben H. Winters is the second book in "The Last Policeman" series. It is a fast-paced and thoughtful read.

The hero is Henry Palace, former policeman in Concord, New Hampshire. Palace and his fellow citizens are living in strained circumstances. A large asteroid is set...

Clockwork Orange

 

In the 50th anniversary editions of Anthony Burgess's "A ClockworkOrange," Americans can read the controversial twenty-first chapter that was not published in U.S. editions. While the rest of the world read the entire novel, we missed how it really ends.

Burgess insisted that his decision to structure the novel with 21 chapters was a deliberate reference to the coming of age of his protagonist. In this...

Hanna

 

Last year was a good year for tough female heroines in action films. Worth considering if strong females don't make you quake are "Hanna" and "Haywire." "Hanna" stars Saoirse Ronan.  Raised by Eric Bana in the Arctic Circle, she is homeschooled out of an encyclopedia and trained to take down a grown elk...

"The Ocean at the End of the Lane" by Neil Gaiman

 

I think Neil Gaiman is one of the key writers of of my generation. His writing has been a part of my life since I was a teen. He is adept at writing for all ages, with popular works for kids, teens and adults. With the recent publication of his newest work, "The Ocean at the End of the Lane," I created a Top Seven list of Gaiman works that I would recommend reading.  

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The Messenger

"The Messenger" stars Ben Foster, Woody Harrelson and Samantha Morton.  It's a small independent film, but it makes a big statement. Foster's character, Will, has three months left on his tour of duty with the Marines.  He returns from Afghanistan after an IED has taken part of his squadron and injures him.  Will's commanding officer assigns him the duty to notify the next of kin when a...

 

"Casino Infernale" by Simon R. Green is the latest in his Secret Histories series. It's an action packed supernatural thriller featuring Eddie Drood and the wild witch, Molly Metcalf. Their mission is to infiltrate the Casino Infernale and break the infamous Shadow Bank. If they're successful, they will prevent a supernatural war that would destroy the world.

Simon R. Green masterfully blends scenes of intense action that...

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