Spooky Season: Literary Horror

Nicole is back for some spooky season delights! Literary horror: what is it, exactly? Laura says she knows it when she reads it, and in these titles you can expect atmospheric language, beautifully written expressions of dread, and a sense of lingering unease that will stay with you long past the last page. Enjoy! Listen... Continue Reading →

Spooky Season: Slashers

And it's spooky season once again! This year we are hacking into things with an episode of slashers: horror novels devoted to the murderous rampage and full of homages (and clichés) from your favourite slasher movies. Please be aware that due to their thematic focus, these titles are inevitably at least a little gory. This... Continue Reading →

Read This Next – Westerns

You may have thought Westerns had ridden off into the sunset, so to speak, as a book genre. In fact, Westerns are still being written, but they are often remixed with other genres and tell stories about citizens of the wild west other than the same white male gunslinger. Watch the episode to hear Laura... Continue Reading →

Read This Next – Haunted Places

Notes from the fall 2020 edition of Read This Next. Watch this and past episodes on the TBPL Facebook page or YouTube channel. Visit our online catalogue to place holds on these titles. Not sure how to place holds? Visit this Guide for details. Haunted House Classics The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson:... Continue Reading →

Read This Next – Zombies

Notes from the upcoming July 3 edition of Read This Next. Watch this and past episodes on the TBPL Facebook page or YouTube channel. Highlights from cloudLibrary: GARDENING FOR THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE by Isabel Lloyd and Phil Clarke Climate change? Brexit? Screaming brain-biters? Don't lose the plot – this book can help! Irreverent, straightforward and... Continue Reading →

Kill Creek by Scott Thomas

I really love that feeling you get when a book casually catches your eye as you stroll through the stacks of books at a library. For some reason that you may not be able to explain, the book just seems like it’s going to be good even though you have never heard of the author. ... Continue Reading →

Beyond Stephen King

One of the first things you notice working in a library is how books seem to come in trends. Once a subject is popular every publisher rushes to put out a book on a similar theme, sometimes by commissioning a work to be written, sometimes by pulling something from their backlist of older works  but usually... Continue Reading →

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Totalitarian control. Censorship. Loss of Freedom. All of these things are as much of a concern in 2017 as they were decades ago. Since Trump entered office, Orwell’s 1984 has become a bestseller once again. There are growing concerns about government control, “Big Brother” and spying to name a few. However, while 1984 has been... Continue Reading →

The Call by Peadar O’Guilin

This tense, fast paced thriller asks the question, what would happen if the gods and goddess of mythology returned to the modern world with their hearts full of vengeance?  O’Guilin has taken modern Ireland and cut if off from the rest of the world, due to the magic of the Sidhe.  These were the mythical... Continue Reading →

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