Hunted

"Hunted" by Kevin Hearne
Kevin Hearne's new book is "Hunted : the iron druid chronicles." It's an action-packed romp through various supernatural pantheons. The author masterfully juggles various subplots, intense action, comedy and gore to make this one of his best books yet.
 
In an earlier book, our hero, Atticus O'Sullivan offends the Greek and Roman pantheon of gods. He has two goddesses of the hunt, Artemis and Diana, chasing  him, his apprentice Granuaile, and his dog Oberon on a mad dash across Europe. Add to the mix a cast of allies/enemies including vampires, elves, dark elves, werewolves, a life leech, and the leader of the Wild Hunt and you have a paranormal smorgasbord of delight.

What’s New in Romance

"Heart of Obsidian" by Nalini Singh

Checkout the newest contemporary and paranormal romance releases from St. Louis County Library. Reserve your copy today!

Finding love is as easy as 1, 2, 3 in Susan Mallery's latest installment in the Fool's Gold series: "Just One Kiss," "Two of a Kind," "Three Little Words".  

 Jill Shalvis was the keynote speaker at the Romance Writer's of America Librarian's Day. Her stories are funny, move fast and full of heart. "It Had to Be You" is the latest in her Lucky Harbor series featuring a burnt out cop and an a falsely accused thief. 

War Stories

Each year the Pritzker Military Library honors a living author for a body of work that enriches knowledge of American military history. This Lifetime Achievement Award offers more than just prestige. Winners receive a $100,000 honorarium (and a medallion!). The 2013 winner is novelist and short story writer Tim O'Brien.

Deadly Forecast

"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, their FBI team is investigating a serial bomber who is using innocents to carry his bombs. Dutch and Abby's relationship is put to the test in their most dangerous adventure to date.

Child Actor Finds New Role

 

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 "Lessons from the Mountain: what I learned from Erin Walton." The book is a recollection of her life as an actor, a mother, a patient and a citizen. There are no shocking revelations about her fellow Waltons, so if that's what you're after, skip this book.  It would seem that the cast had genuine respect for one another, so portraying a close-knit family was not difficult.

New Horizons by Flyleaf

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 visceral lyrics, but have found a rare balance between the two. "Cage on the Ground," one of the standouts from their latest CD, offers the following:

  • Welcome to the machine
  • It's a currency generator
  • And then it's a guillotine
  • A mirror held up to your own behavior  


If you are a fan of Evanescence and Paramour, you may want to check out Flyleaf's "New Horizons." We will have to be patient hear how new vocalist, Kristen May, sounds on their next release.

--Cindy F., Headquarters

 

An End-Times Hero

 

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 to collide with Earth in 77 days. People disagree about what exactly will happen, but everyone agrees that it will mean the end for humans on earth.

Chaos reigns in society. Many people have left their homes, choosing to live out their last months wandering, skydiving, or using drugs. Others are stockpiling weapons and food. Some are terrorizing their fellow citizens.

"A Clockwork Orange" Unpeeled

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 respect, "A Clockwork Orange" is an unbridled celebration of youth, if not also a eulogy to its passing.

Andrew Biswell edits the new "Restored Edition," to incorporate Burgess's manuscript corrections and notes. He presents a history of the book's inception and publication and shares insights into the author's creative personality. Also included are facsimile manuscript pages with illustrations and annotations by the author.

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