In Paradise, by Peter Matthiessen

When Matthiessen’s last novel was published just days after he died in April of 2014, a reviewer on Good Reads had the audacity to complain that “In Paradise” was not entertaining. Given that the book is about the Holocaust, it seems inconceivable and impertinent to suggest that a livelier, lighter tone should have been adopted.... Continue Reading →

The Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

I came across an article, recently, about the best libraries in literature: a list that could not fail to include the Cemetery of Lost Books, a fascinating labyrinth of forgotten tomes created by Zafón. Certain rules exist for those fortunate enough to enter this library: any first time visitor is required to wander the endless... Continue Reading →

Interview with Kevin Hearne

Kevin Hearne is the author of the Iron Druid Chronicles.  It took him six years to write his first novel and three years to write his second; neither have been published.  Atticus and Oberon were created for a contest he decided not to enter because he didn’t want to share them with anyone.  Instead he... Continue Reading →

Pride Week (Graphic Novels and Comics)

To continue with some reviews for Pride Week, I have a collection of lgbt related graphic novels that are part of TBPL’s collection. The three comics are: Drama by Raina Telgemeier, Kevin Keller by Dan Parent and A + E 4Ever by Ilike Merey. Each of these have characters in the lgbt community with vastly... Continue Reading →

Hounded by Kevin Hearne (Another Rave!)

It’s hard to live for 2100 years, especially in a world where the gods and monsters from every religion, mythology, cult and culture exist simultaneously. Meet Atticus O’Sullivan, the Irish Druid living in Tempe, Arizona. With his Irish wolfhound who wants to be Genghis Khan, his vampire lawyer with ghouls on speed dial, and the... Continue Reading →

Hounded by Kevin Hearne

There are a bunch of us at the library who are enamored with Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid Chronicles.  They’re about Atticus O’Sullivan, the last of the druids.  Atticus looks about 21 years old, but is actually 21 centuries old.  One of the secrets to his longevity (besides a tea that keeps him young) is an... Continue Reading →

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