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Pinney Mini Book Festival On September 23rd, the Pinney Library will hold it's fourth annual Pinney Mini Book Festival connecting local authors and patrons. In addition to a local author presentation of 5-10 authors, Pinney will host a panel session comprised of 3 successful authors, editors, and/or publishers. We hope this will further foster community and collaboration among local budding authors who are ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
September 11, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of When She Woke by Hillary Jordan

"When she woke she was red. Not flushed, not sunburned, but the solid, declaritive red of a stop sign." So opens Hillary Jordan's sophomore novel (after Mudbound). Up until recently Hannah Payne has lived a pretty blameless life. Raised in a fundamentalist christian family she has always followed ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
September 5, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of The Widow's Kiss by Jane Feather

I used to read Jane Feather but haven't picked up anything of hers in a while. So I decided to dip back in and read one I hadn't yet. And boy am I glad I did. The Widow’s Kiss starts off with a bang, or maybe that’s a thud, when Lady Guinevere Mallory has a hand in the death of her drunken, abusive husband. He comes at her while she is standing on a balcony and ends up falling to the stones below. Whether or not Guinevere intended his death is unclear. Even her longtime ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
August 30, 2017 | 0 comments
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Wisconsin Book Festival The Wisconsin Book Festival just announced the line-up for their 15th Anniversary event, November 2-5, 2017. You won't want to miss this. Check out the event schedule at:  ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
August 25, 2017 | 0 comments
Hugo Awards Announced The 75th World Science Fiction Convention took place a week ago and the winners of their awards, the Hugos, were announced on August 11th and some great choices were made. The winner for Best Novel was N.K. Jemisin's The Obelisk Gate. This is a second in a series, so you might want to start with The Fifth Season ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
August 18, 2017 | 0 comments
New Fall Titles I've had three hits right in a row and they're all books due out this fall (but already in LINKcat, so you can place your holds). Much like the movies, when the studios hold their best for the latter part of the year, publishers have a big push in the fall. And this year I'm already feeling it with my recent reads. The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld is the first of these. Naomi is a finder of lost children. ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
August 1, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry

I'm guessing that it's no secret to most of you readers that librarians are drawn to books about books. Tell us a book is set in a library or book store, we're there. Tell us a book is about all the books someone else has read, we're there. We're pretty easy that way. In the case of How to Find Love in a Bookshop, the draw was well worth it. This is a warm, delightful book with interesting characters and just enough drama to keep me turning the pages. Emilia Nightingale is grieving the ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
July 25, 2017 | 0 comments
100 Favorite Comics And Graphic Novels from NPR Readers NPR has done a few Reader Polls in the past (Romance, SF/Fantasy to name a couple) and this year they decided to poll their readers for best graphic novels. They're not claiming that these are the 'best' (whatever that might mean) or 'most influential', according to ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
July 12, 2017 | 1 comment
A review of Ilario by Mary Gentle

A number of years ago I read Mary Gentle's Book of Ash series - her take on a Joan of Arc type of story with a little magical realism thrown in - and loved every bit of it (sadly it is not owned by the library). Gritty and well-researched, Gentle's alternative history seemed ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
July 11, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of A Touch of Frost by Jo Goodman

Jo Goodman excels at setting, character development, and dialogue, all of which help to make her newest a delight to read. Though she's written a lot of romances set in Regency England, her more recent romances have been set in the American west and each is well done. In A Touch of Frost, Phoebe Apple is traveling from New York to Frost Falls in Colorado to visit her older sister Fiona, who married rancher Thaddeus Frost a year or so ago. On the train ride Phoebe notices a handsome man ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
July 5, 2017 | 0 comments