Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Summer Reading Week 10

Summer Reading 2013
Here are the results of Week 10.  This week 25 people submitted entries, and 3 were new!  They read 102 books.  So far 114 people have submitted 964 entries, and 216 people have registered.



Bloodstone
Bloodstone
By Holzner, Nancy
2011-09 - Ace Books
9780441021000 Check Our Catalog

Boston's Back Bay district is known for high society, not lowlifes. So when mutilated human bodies begin turning up in the area, the entire city takes notice. And even though there's no real evidence pointing to a paranormal culprit, the deaths are straining relations between human and inhuman residents. As the bodies pile up, demon-hunter Vicky Vaughn investigates, only to find that the creature behind the carnage is after much more than just blood... …More


The Supernatural Book of Monsters, Spirits, Demons, and Ghouls
The Supernatural Book of Monsters, Spirits, Demons, and Ghouls
By Irvine, Alex
Created by Kripke, Eric
2007-09 - Harper Paperbacks
9780061367038 Check Our Catalog

The indispensable guide to every monster, demon, and paranormal phenomenon from the hit CW Network show, "Supernatural." 75 illustrations. …More


Deadly Stakes
Deadly Stakes
By Jance, J. A.
2013-02 - Touchstone Books
9781451628685 Check Our Catalog

A thrilling mystery from "New York Times"-bestselling author Jance starring Ali Reynolds, who finds herself working against the police to clear two innocent names . . . with deadly stakes. …More


A Serpent's Tooth: A Walt Longmire Mystery
A Serpent's Tooth: A Walt Longmire Mystery
By Johnson, Craig
2013-06 - Viking Books
9780670026456 Check Our Catalog

The inspiration for A&E's "Longmire" finds himself in the crosshairs in the ninth book of the "New York Times"-bestselling series. Cord Lynear is searching for his missing mother but clues are scarce. Longmire and his crew come to help. …More


Just After Sunset: Stories
Just After Sunset: Stories
By King, Stephen
2009-09 - Pocket Books
9781416586654 Check Our Catalog

In his first collection of short stories since "Everything's Eventual" in 2002, King delivers 13 stories ranging from the subtle to the disturbing, set in a world where the line between the living and the dead is often blurry, and the seams that hold reality intact might tear apart at any moment. Available in a tall Premium Edition. …More


Flight Behavior
Flight Behavior
By Kingsolver, Barbara
2012-11 - Harper
9780062124265 Check Our Catalog BookPage Notable Title


"Flight Behavior" transfixes from its opening scene, when a young woman's narrow experience of life is thrown wide with the force of a raging fire. In the lyrical language of her native Appalachia, Barbara Kingsolver bares the rich, tarnished humanity of her novel's inhabitants and unearths the modern complexities of rural existence. Characters and reader alike are quickly carried beyond familiar territory here, into the unsettled ground of science, faith, and everyday truces between reason and conviction.
HPL patron:  Entertaining and enlightening.  Interesting story along with scientific information about monarch butterflies and our ecosystem.
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Life Expectancy
Life Expectancy
By Koontz, Dean R.
2005-10 - Bantam Books
9780553588248 Check Our Catalog

With his bestselling blend of nail-biting intensity, daring artistry, and storytelling magic, Dean Koontz returns with an emotional roller coaster of a tale filled with enough twists, turns, shocks, and surprises for ten ordinary novels. Here is the story of five days in the life of an ordinary man born to an extraordinary legacy--a story that will challenge the way you look at good and evil, life and death, and everything in between.
Jimmy Tock comes into the world on the very night his grandfather leaves it. As a violent storm rages outside the hospital, Rudy Tock spends long hours walking the corridors between the expectant fathers' waiting room and his dying father's bedside. It's a strange vigil made all the stranger when, at the very height of the storm's fury, Josef Tock suddenly sits up in bed and speaks coherently for the frist and last time since his stroke.
What he says before he dies is that there will be five dark days in the life of his grandson--five dates whose terrible events Jimmy will have to prepare himself to face. The first is to occur in his twentieth year; the second in his twent-third year; the third in his twenty-eighth; the fourth in his twenty-ninth; the fifth in his thirtieth.
Rudy is all too ready to discount his father's last words as a dying man's delusional rambling. But then he discovers that Josef also predicted the time of his grandson's birth to the minute, as well as his "exact height and weight, and the fact that Jimmy would be born with syndactyly--the unexplained anomal of fused digits--on his left foot. Suddenly the old man's predictions take on a chilling significance.
What terrifying events await Jimmy on these five dark days?What nightmares will he face? What challenges must he survive? As the novel unfolds, picking up Jimmy's story at each of these crisis points, the path he must follow will defy every expectation. And with each crisis he faces, he will move closer to a fate he could never have imagined. For who Jimmy Tock is and what he must accomplish on the five days when his world turns is a mystery as dangerous as it is wondrous--a struggle against an evil so dark and pervasive, only the most extraordinary of human spirits can shine through.

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Odd Thomas
Odd Thomas
By Koontz, Dean R.
2012-04 - Bantam
9780345533425 Check Our Catalog

In this "New York Times" bestseller, Koontz delivers a haunting tale of love and terror, suspense and self-discovery. Odd Thomas is an unassuming young man--a gallant sentinel at the crossroads of life and death, who serves as the reluctant confidant of the dead. Now available in a tall Premium Edition. Reissue. …More


Serpentine
Serpentine
By Laita, Mark
Essay by Vollmann, William T.
2013-02 - ABRAMS
9781419706301 Check Our Catalog

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Girl of His Dreams
Girl of His Dreams
By Leon, Donna
2008-09 - Gale Cengage
9781410408747 Check Our Catalog

Leon's Commissario Guido Brunetti mysteries have won legions of fans for their evocative portraits of Venetian life. In her novels, food, family, art, history, and local politics play as central a role as an unsolved crime. "The Girl of His Dreams" offers a spectacular, heart-wrenching addition to the series. …More


The Queen Is Dead
The Queen Is Dead
By Locke, Kate
2013-02 - Orbit
9780316196130 Check Our Catalog


When her brother Val gets in over his head in an investigation of Half-Blood disappearances and goes missing himself, it's up to Xandra, newly crowned Goblin Queen, to get him back and bring the atrocities to light.
HPL patron:  Second in the series-good fun steampunk romp through London.  Highly recommended.
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Lonely Planet Discover Spain [With Map]
Lonely Planet Discover Spain [With Map]
By Butler, Stuart
Author Ham, Anthony
Author Kaminski, Anna
2013-06 - Lonely Planet
9781742205731 Check Our Catalog

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Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
By Maguire, Gregory
Illustrator Smith, Douglas
2000-11 - ReganBooks
9780060987107 Check Our Catalog


An astonishingly rich re-creation of the land of Oz, this book retells the story of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, who wasn't so wicked after all. Taking readers past the yellow brick road and into a phantasmagoric world rich with imagination and allegory, Wicked just might change the reputation of one of the most sinister characters in literature. Line illustrations.
HPL patron:  An adult conception of good and evil and all its shades as portrayed by the early years of the good and bad wiches from Oz.  Racy and great fun to read.
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Sleeping Beauty
Sleeping Beauty
By Margolin, Phillip M.
2004-05 - HarperCollins Publishers
9780060083267 Check Our Catalog

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With a blend of dizzying plot twists and thrilling suspense, Margolin creates a terrifying suspense novel about a young woman on the run from her parents' killer.
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Don't Breathe a Word
Don't Breathe a Word
By McMahon, Jennifer
2011-05 - Harper Paperbacks
9780061689376 Check Our Catalog


On a soft summer night in Vermont, twelve-year-old Lisa went into the woods behind her house and never came out again. Before she disappeared, she told her little brother, Sam, about a door that led to a magical place where she would meet the King of the Fairies and become his queen.
Fifteen years later, Phoebe is in love with Sam, a practical, sensible man who doesn't fear the dark and doesn't have bad dreams--who, in fact, helps Phoebe ignore her own. But suddenly the couple is faced with a series of eerie, unexplained occurrences that challenge Sam's hardheaded, realistic view of the world. As they question their reality, a terrible promise Sam made years ago is revealed--a promise that could destroy them all.
HPL patron:  Suspenseful.
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Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President
Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President
By Millard, Candice
2011-09 - Doubleday Books
9780385526265 Check Our Catalog 2012 Edgar Award Winner-Best Fact Crime
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James A. Garfield was one of the most extraordinary men ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political establishment. But four months after his inauguration, a deranged office seeker tracked Garfield down and shot him in the back. But the shot didn't kill Garfield. The drama of what hap-pened subsequently is a powerful story of a nation in tur-moil. …More


Fluke: Or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings
Fluke: Or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings
By Moore, Christopher
2007-03 - HarperLargePrint
9780061252976 Check Our Catalog


Just why do humpback whales sing? That's the question that has marine behavioral biologist Nate Quinn and his crew poking, charting, recording, and photographing very big, wet, gray marine mammals. Until the extraordinary day when a whale lifts its tail into the air to display a cryptic message spelled out in foot-high letters: Bite me.
Trouble is, Nate's beginning to wonder if he hasn't spent just a little too much time in the sun. 'Cause no one else on his team saw a thing--not his longtime partner; not their saucy young research assistant; not even the spliff-puffing white-boy Rastaman Kona (nee Preston Applebaum). But later, when a roll of film returns from the lab missing the crucial tail shot--and his research facility is trashed--Nate realizes that something very fishy indeed is going on. …More


Invisibles 1 Say You Want a Revolution
Invisibles 1 Say You Want a Revolution
By Morrison, Grant
With Thompson, Jill
With Cramer, Dennis
1996-06 - Vertigo
9781563892677 Check Our Catalog

/Steve Yeowell, Jill Thompson and /Dennis Cramer, illustrators Throughout history, a secret society called the Invisibles works against the forces that seek to hold back humanity's growth. Their latest recruit, a teenaged lout, must survive a bizarre, mind altering training course before being whicksed back in time to wit …More


The Death of Bees
The Death of Bees
By O'Donnell, Lisa
2013-01 - Harper
9780062209849 Check Our Catalog

A riveting, brilliantly written debut novelDa coming-of-age story with the strong voice and powerful resonance of "Swamplandia!" and "The Secret Life of Bees"--in which two young sisters attempt to hold the world at bay after the mysterious death of their parents. …More


Cascade
Cascade
By O'Hara, Maryanne
2012-08 - Viking Books
9780670026029 Check Our Catalog

During the 1930s, an artist and reluctant new wife struggles to reconcile herheart's ambitions with the promises she has made. …More


Her
Her
By Parravani, Christa
2013-03 - Henry Holt & Company
9780805096538 Check Our Catalog BookPage Notable Title

A blazingly passionate memoir of identity and love: when a charismatic and troubled young woman dies tragically, her identical twin must struggle to survive. Beautifully written, mesmerizingly rich and true, Parravani's account of being left, one half of a whole, and of her ultimately triumphant struggle is informative, heart-wrenching, and unforgettably beautiful. …More


NYPD Red
NYPD Red
By Patterson, James
Author Karp, Marshall
2012-10 - Little Brown and Company
9780316199865 Check Our Catalog

NYPD Red is a special task force charged with protecting the interests of Manhattan's wealthiest and most powerful citizens. When a world-famous movie producer is poisoned on the first day of a Manhattan film festival, they are the first ones called. …More


The Postcard Killers
The Postcard Killers
By Patterson, James
Author Marklund, Liza
2010-08 - Little Brown and Company
9780316089517 Check Our Catalog

After his daughter and her boyfriend are murdered in Rome, NYPD detective Jacob Kanon heads to Europe where other young couples have been found dead in various cities. Little connects the murders, other than a postcard to the local newspaper that precedes each new victim. Now Kanon teams up with a Swedish reporter who has just received a postcard in Stockholm--and they think they know where the next victims will be. …More


To Honor and Trust
To Honor and Trust
By Peterson, Tracie
Author Miller, Judith
2013-01 - Bethany House Publishers
9780764210754 Check Our Catalog


Recently jilted and accused of theft, governess Callie DeBoyer is tempted by the African mission field. Would she be following God's call or deserting life and love?
HPL patron:  Not the best book I've read lately.
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