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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...

"Trains and Lovers" by Alexander McCall Smith

 

Alexander McCall Smith is a remarkably prolific writer, adding to several popular series each year. The "No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency" follows the adventures of Precious Ramotswe, the first female private detective in Botswana. The thirteenth book in the series, "...

"Drift" by Rachel Maddow

 

Television commentator Rachel Maddow has transferred her skills as a broadcaster into writing a book, "Drift: The Unmooring of American MilitaryPower." This treatise covers presidential tenures from LBJ through the present, focusing on how the executive branch of government has taken over American military policy. I remember many of the events she describes, although not as many facts and...

"Cat Bearing Gifts" by Shirley Rousseau Murphy

I have a confession. I'm addicted to cat mysteries. Cats are natural sleuths. If they're connected to a library or bookstore, they are unstoppable. This summer if you're looking for a purrfect summer read, let me recommend a few of my favorite series.

The Cat Who mysteries by the late Lillian Jackson Braun are at the top of the list. She wrote 29 mysteries featuring KoKo and Yum-Yum and their two legged companion, James Qwilleran. The mysteries...

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