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Forthcoming Events I don't know if you knew this or not, but the Wisconsin Book Festival holds events all year round. Madison Public Library hosts the Wisconsin Book Festival Event Series throughout the year as a way of generating awareness about the festival and solidifying author programming in the community. In fact, in early June there will be two such events. On June 3 - 7 pm, in the Central Library 3rd floor Community RoomsScott Turow - ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
May 22, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Guns Above by Robyn Bennis

I think the first description I saw about this book was that the main character was Horatio Hornblower crossed with Honor Harrington set in a steampunk world. Ahhhh. My sweet-spot - and really until I heard that description, one I didn't even know I had. The Guns Above is set in an alternate version of Europe and features wars fought with aircraft (as well as soldiers on the ground). But the aircraft aren't fighter planes, they're fighter blimps (of a sort). And the protagonist Josette ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
May 10, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

With most books I read them because of a blurb I've seen or the book description on the back cover or the like. All of which means I have some idea of the content. With The Fact of a Body, I thought I had that information and then the book turned into something else altogether and that turned out to be just fine. I thought this would be an in depth investigation into a true crime (a heinous one) and and exploration of the legal system and the death penalty. It was all of that, but it's ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
April 25, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of A Lady's Code of Misconduct by Meredith Duran

In books, television and movies I love gray characters. I don't mean mole people who never see the sun, but those who are complicated (mostly because that's how real people are) and who aren't wholly good or wholly bad. Meredith Duran has written a romance that has both a heroine and a hero who are definitely in the gray category and they are all the more intriguing for it. Jane Mason inherited a large amount of money from her parents. Unfortunately she can only get access to it if she marries ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
March 30, 2017 | 0 comments
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 | 2 comments
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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