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A review of Cleopatra in Space: Target Practice by Mike Maihack

Imagine a precocious young Cleopatra sneaking away from her royal tutor to hang with her pal amidst the Egyptian pyramids. She's having a great time playing hooky when she unexpectedly gets teleported to a future time where she's considered to be the savior of the galaxy. Her education now includes combat training and stun gun target practice and her assignments require flying secret missions on a Sphinx hover craft.  The world building in this series is AWESOME. The instructors at Yasiro ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
September 9, 2016 | 0 comments
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A review of The Complete Cthulhu Mythos Tales by H. P. Lovecraft

Lovecraft's The Complete Cthulhu Mythos Tales have had a profound influence on horror throughout the 21st century. Even if many haven’t read the stories almost anyone you ask will still know who he is just though cultural osmosis. From "The Nameless City" to "The Shadow Over Innsmouth", references to his stories have appeared in all manner of fiction throughout the ages. This collection in my opinion has all the essentials needed to become a true Lovecraft fan. While not all his ...read more

Reviewed by Teen Reviewer on
September 8, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of The Millionaire and the Bard: Henry Folger’s Obsessive Hunt for Shakespeare’s First Folio by Andrea Mays

Imagine never hearing the words “But soft what light through yonder window breaks?” or “all the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely players”. Or no performances of Hamlet by Edwin Thomas Booth, Laurence Olivier, Kenneth Branagh, or any of the other famous Shakespearean plays and actors because there were no surviving plays, sonnets, and writings of any kind by the man named William Shakespeare. It almost happened, and more than once. Andrea May’s informative book takes the reader ...read more

Reviewed by Liz - Sequoya on
September 6, 2016 | 0 comments
Reading List for Fans I’m not usually a big fan of TV series, but "Stranger Things" hooked me and wouldn’t let go. It was a time-bending, mind-bending roller-coaster fun ride. Around mid series I found myself wanting to reread Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time. If you haven’t yet seen the summer hit, or just can’t wait for Season 2, consider checking out a few of these titles with a "Stranger Things" vibe.  ...read more

Reviewed by Beth - Central on
August 30, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Don't You Cry by Mary Kubica

Are you looking for a page-turner? Let's talk about Mary Kubica! The main characters in her books are seemingly normal women with severe emotional scars (or festering, open wounds) whose lives intersect in mysterious and often criminal ways, with other seriously damaged folks. It's riveting stuff. The settings are routine, yet chilling, so you won't get too comfortable.  And just look at those covers! All of her novels start in Chicago and then move ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
August 29, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Spot the Cat by Henry Cole

Spot is a cat with a large spot on his back. When Spot sees a bird outside, he leaps out of the apartment window to chase it. Follow his adventures (and the boy who's looking for him) in this wordless picture book. Let's see if you can spot the boy and Spot, the cat, on the intricately-detailed pages. This is a great book for fans of the "Can You See What I See" books by Walter Wick, "I Spy" book series, "Where's Waldo" series, and other picture puzzles. ...read more

Reviewed by Tina - Central on
August 26, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of The Sorcerer's Apprentices: A Season in the Kitchen at Ferran Adria's elBulli by Lisa Abend

I am not a foodie reader. I haven't read Anthony Bourdain or Gabrielle Hamilton. If I've read anything about the preparation of food, like Ruth Reichl's Tender at the Bone, it's because my book group was ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
August 25, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of The Gallery by Laura Marx Fitzgerald

It’s 1929 in NYC, and Martha O’Doyle is convinced there is nothing worse than school. When she gets on her teacher’s last nerve and is expelled, she goes to work with her mother as a maid in a wealthy newspaper magnate’s posh home. Turns out she was wrong. It doesn’t take long for Martha to find some intrigue between all the washing and cleaning and potato peeling. It turns out the master of the house’s wife, Rose, is a recluse. She hasn’t left her bedroom in years. The word around the house, ...read more

Reviewed by Beth on
August 23, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of The Girls by Emma Cline

This was the starting line of a conversation I was having with a friend at our kids' tee ball game and after my friend responded with "I love Charles Manson-style cults!" there was complete silence across the sidelines. And then someone said, "Oh, you must be talking about books." Oops! Yes! Occupational hazard! But really, how do you feel about Charles Manson-style cults? Because The Girls is a book that I have been recommending to everyone this summer. It is serious, ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
August 22, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Fly Guy presents Bats by Tedd Arnold

For fans of Tedd Arnold’s Fly Guy series, the author has now come out with a series of high-interest non-fiction books.  Bats is filled with some great, general information about bats, lots of quality photographs of different species of bats, and some fast facts about particular species of bats.  This is all wrapped up in a Beginning Reader format which will be great for kids who have experience sounding out words or as a read-with experience with a favorite adult, as the book ...read more

Reviewed by Karen on
August 19, 2016 | 0 comments
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