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A review of The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett

Novellas aren't usually my thing. Not because I think they can't be good - but because they may be exactly that. I like to dive in and submerse myself in a book and when a novella is good, the primary feeling I have as I finish is of wanting more. Occasionally I do find the story that is perfectly suited to the novella form. I find an author who has such nice control of his plot and characters that the shorter length works wonderfully.  ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
March 20, 2017 | 1 comment
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Madison Public Library Insider Book Lists If you're a regular reader of MADreads you may already be an email subscriber to at least one of our Insider email lists (you can subscribe to a daily option). But for those of you who only drop in once in a while, or those who just didn't know an email notification is possible, I wanted to bring to your attention this and some of the other options available to your email inbox. MPL has many options for book and other news that you can have mailed to you. Subscribe to the Audiobook Update or ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
March 15, 2017 | 0 comments
Forthcoming Mysteries I've been in a bit of a mystery slump when generally mysteries are my go-to genre for entertainment. But I think the slump has ended with a couple of recent reads (and one that was okay). Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz is a mystery within a mystery and both work very well. Susan Ryleland is an editor for a small publisher who is looking forward to her first read of the latest mystery from their best ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
February 20, 2017 | 0 comments
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2017 Digital Collections Patron Survey Wisconsin's Digital Library needs your input to improve! You can help guide WPLC as they continue to grow and develop the digital library so it is most relevant and useful to all of you. Visit the digital library and click the survey link at the top of the page, or click here. Brought to you by your library and the Wisconsin Public Library Consortium. ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
February 2, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Choosers of the Slain by James Cobb

In a previous review I mentioned how I'd been seeking out books with strong, intelligent, competent, female protagonists. Well Choosers' main character hits on all of those and she has a great, action packed story to boot. Amanda Garrett's first naval command is the USS Cunningham, a newly designed destroyer with stealth capabilities**. She and her crew are enjoying a respite in Rio de Janeiro when all hell breaks out at the South Pole. Argentina has suddenly launched an attempt to ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
January 6, 2017 | 0 comments
Gift Giving Ideas It's that time of the year again - yes I'm talking 'best of' lists, but I'm also thinking of all of you struggling to find that perfect book for the reader in your life. If you're stumped (I saw a tweet this morning from a woman who always gets her kids at least one book who was struggling because her one son had already read "everything!"), I've got some tips for you. First I'd recommend starting locally. Our own Molly Warren, Collection Development Manager, was on Channel 57's Talk of the ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
December 8, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Once a Hero by Elizabeth Moon

With the world being such a crazy place lately I find myself searching out purely escapist reading, some romance, but even more science fiction. And as I was reading new titles I was reminded of an old Space Opera favorite, Once a Hero by Elizabeth Moon. So I did what any self-respecting library loving bookie would do, I put it on hold, checked it out and dove in (finished at ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
December 5, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Baron by Joanna Shupe

Joanna Shupe is moving from English historicals to American historicals with her Knickerbocker Club romances. These are set in the Gilded Age in New York City and her powerful, industrialist heros and scrappy American heroines make for a nice change from all those Dukes and governesses to be found in romances set across the pond. Here the industrialist is William Sloane, heir to a fortune ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
November 15, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino

Keigo Higashino is a big name in the mystery writing world of Japan. He's won the Edogawa Rampo Prize, awarded annually to the finest mystery work, at the age of 27 and has since won the Mystery Writers of Japan's Best Novel award and his books are major best sellers. All of which I did not know before reading this one for the Lakeview Mystery Book Group's discussion last month. ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
November 10, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of A Soldier's Duty by Jean Johnson

Ia is a precognitive young woman who has seen the future and it involves the destruction of everything she holds dear. Though her ability to dip into the timestreams has given her knowledge no person should have, Ia is determined to do what she can to change things. If she does not her world and every other world in the galaxy is going to be destroyed. With that in mind, every step she takes from the age of 15 is meant to prepare her to be in the right places at the right times to prevent that ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
October 31, 2016 | 0 comments