Fiction

At First Sight

Thursday, August 12, 2010
Nicholas Sparks

It turns out that Message in a Bottle, A Walk to Remember, and The Notebook, which I love to watch, were adapted from books by Nicholas Sparks.  He has written quite a number of romantic tales.  I put myself on the hold list, as his whole collection was checked out, and waited impatiently to get my hands on one of his novels.

 

My husband and I have a rule, if we aren't vested in the characters within the first 20 minutes of a DVD we turn it off.  Life is too short.  I was over 80 pages into At First Sight and was about ready to say done when the main characters got into a fight and I got interested.  The first half is slow going, but it is the set up for the real story so hang in there.  It's worth it

 

Cindy A., Circulation

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Map of Bones

Thursday, August 12, 2010
James Rollins

Another wild ride, non-stop page turning!  In the second Sigma Force novel, we find Painter Crowe no longer a field agent but Director of the Sigma.  Welcome a new team of field agents lead by Grayson Pierce.  Mix in a Lieutenant of the Carabinieri Corps, special unit that investigates art and antiquity thefts in Rome and her uncle who is the Monsignor who heads the Pontifical Institute of Christian Archaeology at the Vatican.  Hold on as all are drawn into a mystery revolving around the bones of Magi.


Holly, Youth Services

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My Name is Mary Sutter: A Novel

Thursday, August 12, 2010
Robin Oliveira

A fascinating  Civil War story and a tale of female liberation.  Mary is determined to be a surgeon and when turned down by all the medical schools, takes it upon herself to nurse and doctor the wounded and dying soldiers  during the war.  I had visited Washington DC a few weeks ago and since the book takes place mainly in the city and surrounder area, I was glued to it. It was fun reading about Clara Barton and Lincoln's summer home, the capitol and Willard Hotel, all which I visited in June.

 

The book was long and rather hard to read with a lot of war detail, strategy, battles, medical details, midwives, love interest and social customs. However it was well worth the time I put in and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

 

Sue N., Youth Services

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The Castaways: A Novel

Thursday, August 12, 2010
Elin Hilderbrand

The lives of four Nantucket couples are turned upsidedown when one of the couples, Greg and Tess,are killed in a boating accident. It's an interesting tale of these interwoven lives and relationships. A great beach (or couch) read. Also Hilderbrand gives us a fun look at life in that area of the country.



Jan K., Youth Services

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The Samurai's Garden

Thursday, August 12, 2010
Gail Tsukiyama
The Samurai's Garden

This story offers superb insight into Japanese and Chinese culture.  A great read!

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Marilyn S., Circulation

 

Dead Wrong

Friday, August 6, 2010
J.A. Jance

This is the 12th in a series about Sheriff Joanna Brady and is just as suspenseful as the others. The book begins with a corpse found in the Arizona desert with fingers cut off. Then  Jance weaves in segments on the sheriff's very pregnant condition, a humane society  issue with dog fighting practices,  and trying to solve a 20 year old mystery. All these iinterwoven themes make for exciting and compelling reading.



Sue N., Youth Services

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The Lightning Thief

Friday, August 6, 2010
Rick Riordan

My boys saw the  cover of The Lightening Thief, by Rick Riordan and said, "-that didn't happen in the movie".  The book and the movie have similarities, but the movie was not true to the book.  Percy Jackson is twelve years old in the book and the story is truly told for that age group-the middle schooler.  It has wonderful themes of friendship and being our own hero-solving our problems with strength , humor, and intelligence.

The adventure is set in modern times, but harks back to the Olympian gods.  It does not delve deeply into the mythology, but enough to tell a fun adventure story and pique the interest to go read another book on the great Greek heroes and gods.  It is a fun read and my boys are waiting impatiently for book two in the series, The Sea of Monsters.

Cindy A., Circulation

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Snow Falling on Cedars

Friday, August 6, 2010
David Guterson

Snow Falling on Cedars has an unfortunate title, but the book itself is astounding. Like most books my grandmother recommends, this novel is very suspenseful and very eloquently written.

The book takes places in two periods. In the present day part of the book, a Japanese man is convicted of murder. Although the evidence is questionable, many prejudice people believe that only a skilled, Japanese killer could carry out the task. In the flashbacks, the convicted Japanese man and his future wife, Hatsu are growing up during World War II. As a young girl, Hatsu falls in love with another boy, but knows she can never be with him because of racial restrictions. Hatsu is taken to a Japanese internment camp with her family, and her lover is sent off to fight. Their secret past becomes important during the unfair trial of Hatsu’s Japanese husband decades later. 

This book is a perfect balance of history, mystery, and pure entertainment.  Although I found it a bit too lengthy, I enjoyed reading every page.

Gabrielle M., Circulation

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Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Friday, August 6, 2010
Jamie Ford
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

This is a wonderful story of Japanese Americans during the 1940s.

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Marilyn S., Circulation

31 Hours

Friday, August 6, 2010
Masha Hamilton

"Jonas is isolated in a New York apartment and on a devastatingly confused path toward violence. His mother and his girlfriend have just 31 hours to reach him"  What a scary book- it tells how an idealistic young person can be influenced by terrorists  and talked into doing some terrible act.  The parents realize that something is wrong but don't know how to go about finding Jonas and helping him.   I couldn't put this book down until I had finished it.  I won't spoil it by telling you the ending but you will want to get to the last page in a hurry.



I read this one in about 15 hours - wow!



Sue N., Youth Services

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