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Dune, by Frank Herbert

Frank Herbert’s science-fiction classic Dune is the first in an epic line of novels set in a far distant, feudal, interstellar society, and begins when one family is given stewardship of a very special planet. Arrakis is dangerous, not only physically but politically, and Paul, our 15 year-old protagonist, must learn his way in his […]

End Of Watch, by Stephen King

The review form for the library’s summer reading program asks “would you recommend this book?” For today’s book, the question is difficult to answer. Yes, you should definitely read this book. Or no, you shouldn’t – not yet. This is the final book of Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes trilogy. If you’ve read the first two, […]

Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates

quoting another reviewer: Between the World and Me is written as a letter/essay from Coates to his fifteen-year-old son, trying to come to terms with what it means to grow up as an African American male in 2015. …no sugar-coating, no careful racial diplomacy, no worry about mediating opinions to cater to what white people […]

Zombie Baseball Beatdown, by Paolo Bacigalupi

More zombie cows, this time in the United States. It sounds like one of those books you think will be silly, gross and the perfect book for middle grade boys. And yes, that is true, but there’s more to Zombie Baseball Beatdown. “There could be millions! Total zombie apocalypse!” Joe said then he looked thoughtful. […]

Apocalypse Cow, by Michael Logan

It started with the cows. Flesh-eating, sex-crazed zombie cows. In England. That right there should be enough of a review to get you reading. And to give you enough warning — should you feel that you need it — that there will be gore and violence of a somewhat cartoon variety. I picked this up […]

Alice, by Christina Henry

In the hospital, there is a woman. Her hair, once blond, hangs in tangles down her back. She doesn’t remember why she’s in such a terrible place – just a tea party long ago, and long ears and blood… Suffice to say, this is not Walt Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland,” and not a book for […]

Be You. Do Good., by Johnathan David Golden

Johnathan David Golden is the founder of Land Of A Thousand Hills coffee, a company who’s tagline “Drink Coffee. Do Good.” is more than a slogan, it defines their mission. Working directly with farmers in war-torn Rwanda, they provide us delicious coffee and the farmers with sustainable, profitable business. Golden encourages us, in his new […]

John Dies at the End, by David Wong

I don’t even know where to start with this book, one that boldly proclaims on the cover “STOP. You should not have touched this book with your bare hands. NO, don’t put it down. It’s too late.” I have to admit, that caught my attention and had me immediately put it on my short list […]

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