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A review of View from the Imperium by Jody Lynn Nye

Ensign Thomas Innes Loche Kinago is on his first space navy cruise and making a lot of mistakes as he goes. Not unusual for a brand new officer in the Imperium Navy, but Thomas's mistakes come from a far different place then the average ensign in the Emperor's navy. Thomas is a member of the royal family. Sure he's a cousin and pretty far removed from actually inheriting the throne, but he grew up in the rarefied confines of court and has no clue what life is like for the average naval officer ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
February 14, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos

The summer of 1962 has just begun, but for Jack Gantos, it’s already over. Caught messing around with his dad’s souvenir Japanese rifle, Jack is grounded for the entire summer, or possibly his life, depending on the mood of his parents. In the slowly dying town of Norvelt, Pennsylvania, there doesn’t seem to be the prospect of much happening, so Jack doesn’t mind when his mother hires him out to help eccentric neighbor Miss Volker with a mysterious project. But rather than the tedious round the ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
February 13, 2012 | 2 comments
A review of Zombie in Love by Kelly DiPucchio

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, a funny, sweet story about how Mortimer, a zombie, goes about trying to find love. When a box of chocolates filled with worms and a heart (that looks like the real thing) fail to attract a girl, he decides to write a personal ad for the newspaper. Part of it reads, “Tall, Dead, & Handsome, If you like taking walks in the graveyard and falling down in the rain. If you’re not into cooking, if you have half a brain.” He ends the ad by asking a potential ...read more

Reviewed by Lesley K on
February 10, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of If You Ask Me: (and of course you won't) by Betty White

Betty White is the last remaining Golden Girl. I didn't realize this until I read her latest memoir (I believe it's the sixth). This made me sad, but happy, too, that Betty is still acting and doing what she loves best at 90! I hope that I'm able to say the same at that age. Wow. This memoir picks up right around the time Betty's popularity in Hollywood began to soar again. She reflects on filming the 2009 blockbuster feature film ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
February 8, 2012 | 1 comment
Celebrating his 200th Year Charles Dickens would be 200 today. The Guardian even has a web site devoted to his birthday with events, new books, tours, and videos. After all these years Dickens' works continue to be read and still touch our lives. How about reading something about him or by him in honor of his birthday? Below are a selection of titles. I ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
February 7, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of The Other Guy's Bride by Connie Brockway

Connie Brockway is a well-known name in romance (she's won the RWA's Rita award twice) but she hasn't been on the radar much in the last few years. That all changed when she announced that she was going to go digital and write the books readers have been asking for (chief amongst them sequels to As You Desire ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
February 6, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Blue Chameleon by Emily Gravett

A colorful story about friendship for young readers! In Blue Chameleon by Emily Gravett, a young chameleon hopes to find a friend. He first meets a banana and tries a cautious “Hi.” He even turns yellow to match the banana’s peel. The banana does not respond. He then meets a cockatoo and tries again: “Hello, Hello, Hello.” He even turns a soft shade of pink to match the cockatoo’s feathers. The cockatoo looks back with disdain. The little chameleon meets many other objects and ...read more

Reviewed by Tracy on
February 3, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Tina's Mouth: An Existential Comic Diary by Keshni Kashyap and illustrated by Mari Araki

Nor did I study Sartre in college, even though I did take Introduction to Philosophy! Ha.  Seriously, though, my high school wasn't bad. I was able to take electives in courses like Russian History and Great Books, but the high school in this new graphic novel is a step beyond beyond. Tina M. attends Yarborough Academy where the students study the great philosophers and stage Kurosowa's Rashomon for the spring ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
February 2, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Think of a Number by John Verdon

I came at John Verdon's debut somewhat blind. We'd picked it for the Central Library Mystery Book Group (which is going to be meeting at the South Madison branch while we're under construction, btw) and all I really knew was that Think of a Number had made it onto a starred list somewhere - which is partly how we come up with suggested titles for the group.  Verdon's protagonist is ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
February 1, 2012 | 1 comment
A review of Life Itself: A Memoir by Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert has had a remarkable life and career as a film reviewer and he is very forthcoming and candid about that life in his aptly named memoir Life Itself. Perhaps the fact that he can no longer speak due to complications of thyroid cancer makes his written story and introspection all the more poignant. But even without complication of cancer, his autobiography would be interesting ...read more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
January 31, 2012 | 0 comments
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