Summer Reading 2014

The Silent Wife

November 5, 2013 by  

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by Amanda Clark, BCPL adult programming supervisor I was a huge fan of Gillian Flynn’s “Gone Girl”, so when A.S.A. Harrison’s debut novel, “The Silent Wife” was touted as this year’s “Gone Girl”, I knew I had to read it.  There are many similarities in the two novels.  Both are psychological thrillers about relationships that are doomed, told in alternating viewpoints. The main difference between the two is that in “Gone Girl”, I spent most of the novel trying to … Continue reading

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

October 22, 2013 by  

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Reviewed by Amy Colegrove, BCPL information specialist Orphan, clock keeper, and thief, Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth in the station, Hugo’s undercover life, along with his most precious secret, is put in jeopardy. A cryptic drawing, a treasured notebook, a stolen key, a mechanical man, … Continue reading

The Passage

October 11, 2013 by  

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by Barb Biggs, Boyd County Public Library Branch Manager If you’re a fan of Stephen King and haven’t yet read The Passage, I would whole-heartedly recommend that you do, and soon. I say soon because it is coming to the big screen, directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield), and you don’t want to be the one person sitting in the theater who hasn’t read it. The Passage, written by Justin Cronin and published in 2010, is the first novel of a planned … Continue reading

Happy, Happy, Happy

October 11, 2013 by  

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By Jamie Bayne, Information Services Supervisor at Boyd County Public Library If you read my review of The Duck Commander Family from a few months ago, you already know I’m a big Duck Dynasty fan. So, of course, when I heard Phil Robertson, the Duck Commander himself, was publishing a book, I was ecstatic.  Let me begin by saying, I DID enjoy the book, I really did. As with The Duck Commander Family, the Robertsons’ pervasive faith and strength as … Continue reading

All Things Steampunk

September 27, 2013 by  

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by Renee Schmutz-Sowards, BCPL circulation specialist I’ve been focused on all things “steampunk” lately, so I thought I’d review some of the books I’ve found in the steampunk genre. What is steampunk?  That’s a great question, but hard to answer. The best description I’ve found was by Mr. Thomas Willeford in his book, “Steampunk Gear, Gadgets, and Gizmos.” He explains that “Steampunk has graduated from a simple science fiction genre into a growing subculture. Its style is based on the clash of … Continue reading

The One I Left Behind

September 13, 2013 by  

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Reviewed by Amanda Clark, BCPL adult programming supervisor Jennifer McMahon’s books have always scared me. Typically, the cover art is a beautiful little girl with eyes that draw me to pick up the book. Even the titles are compelling. “Don’t Breathe a Word” and “Promise Not to Tell” leave me asking, “Why?” “What?” I’m intrigued. So I read the jacket, only to find out it is a story about a child disappearing, being murdered, or some other tragedy. I never … Continue reading

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