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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...

"Staring Down the Brilliant Dream" by the Indigo Girls

 

Folk fans already know the luscious harmonies and heart wrenching lyrics of the Indigo Girls, composed of Emily Saliers, Amy Ray and a variety of guest musicians. For those not familiar with these multi-talented ladies, "Staring Down the Brilliant Dream," a live double disc, is an excellent place to start.

Though the radio airwaves feature many female singer/...

"The Last Man" by Vince Flynn

 

Many readers will be saddened to hear that author Vince Flynn has died. They may also be surprised to learn that he was only 47 years old. Given the number of his bestsellers on library shelves, I pictured a much older man - perhaps a retired military officer who used his years of intelligence experience to craft successful espionage thrillers.

Actually Flynn was working in commercial real...

Suicide Kings

 

Dark humor is worth savoring like chocolate in "The Suicide Kings" with Christopher Walken. Some ivy leaguers kidnap a mafia don, but it's not just for money. While they wait for their ransom demands to be met, Denis Leary, the don's volatile lieutenant, goes searching for his boss. Featuring fine child actors that grew to be fine adult actors including Henry Thomas ("E.T."), Sean Patrick Flanery ("Young Indiana Jones"), and Johnny...

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