Fair Play

Rush for the gold : mystery at the Olympics by  John Feinstein

 

The Summer Olympics are about to start, and if these games are like their recent predecessors, then a wave of young men and women will become interested in gymnastics, swimming, field sports, and even equestrian derring-do. SLCL has a lot of titles to whet the appetite of any age group.

Are Laptops at an End?

 

Last week Microsoft unveiled its new version of the tablet, the Surface RT & Surface Pro. It comes with a complete Windows 8 operating system and Microsoft Office software. Like its tablet counterparts, it has a slim body, but surges ahead of any other tablet currently on the market. The Surface weighs less, has a bigger screen, HD resolution, more memory, and at least triple the battery life among tablets. What also sets it apart is a fully-functional keyboard contained within the case.

Perfect Example

Perfect Example

 

Fans of "Saturday Night Live" will recognize the name Darrell Hammond as the talented actor and impressionist who amusingly captured on air the likes of Bill Clinton, Sean Connery, Donald Trump, Phil Donahue, and Dick Cheney for more than 12 years. His new book, "God, If You're Not Up There, I'm F*cked" is a shocking and heart-wrenching example of why you can't judge a book by its cover.

Hammond's facility with comedy might lead you to think of him as a light-hearted fellow with the world at his feet. Not true. He was abused as a child and the book is a devastating revelation of how he has suffered from the emotional and physical scars ever since.

The book contains some shocking stories and language, so be warned. It is a very powerful book with some passages that are unforgettable, particularly when he shifts perspectives on his abuser. The sections about his father, whose own life was changed by WWII, are incredibly moving.

Paranormal Book Fans Unite

Storm Front by Jim Butcher

 

Are you a fan of the creatures of the night? Does the thought of vampires, werewolves and zombies make you want to cry "Oh, my!" with delight? You might want to check out the new Paranormal Book Group that meets at the Weber Road Branch on the first Saturday of the month at 10:00 am.

We read all things paranormal ranging from vampires to aliens, including adult and teen materials. Some of the books the group has previously read include:

The president's vampire by Christopher Farnsworth

Daniel X : watch the skies by James Patterson and Ned Rust

Abraham Lincoln : vampire hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith

The Moon Causes Chaos!

Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

 

In Life As We Knew It, a meteor strikes the moon changing its orbit around planet Earth and dramatically changing the life of 16-year-old Miranda. Gone is her "normal" life of high school, ice-skating and hanging out with her friends in Pennsylvania. Suddenly, life has turned into a chaotic mess of foraging for food and protecting herself, her family and her neighbors from looters. The added stress of living without electricity, running water, communication or modern medicine adds to her family's struggle to survive. This novel shows the author's plausible interpretation of the total breakdown of civilization if such a cataclysmic change happened during our lifetime.

Staff Review: "Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life"

Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life by Steve Almond

 

With a title like that, you have to wonder how serious this book takes itself. Steve Almond's memoir of his lifetime love of rock music is a display of passion for the music. Almond begins the book in the mid-1970s with himself as a preteen who is trying to emulate his older brother. But every time he thinks he has matched his brother's taste, that brother has already moved on: Styx, the Police, punk, and finally, The Grateful Dead. Almond describes his evolution as a "Drooling Fanatic" and how it eventually destroyed every relationship he had with girls and women, until he met another Drooling Fanatic.  

Ray Bradbury: A tribute

Ray Bradbury

 

The news that Ray Bradbury had passed away on June 5, 2012 saddened me.  Along with authors Andre Norton, Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein, I credit Mr. Bradbury for introducing to the realms of science fiction, horror, and fantasy more years ago than I care to remember.

His works took on social problems in a thought provoking way. Mr. Bradbury wrote of segregation, censorship, and a society that is overly dependent on technology. His characters range from Martians to firemen who start fires instead of putting them out. He had the ability to draw the reader into his world by sympathetic characters and well-written prose.

Food Pioneers

Birdseye: The Adventures of a Curious Man by Mark Kurlansky

 

Two new biographies present the stranger-than-fiction true tales of men who changed the food industry.

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