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

The Giver

August 27, 2013 by  

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The Giver by Lois Lowry is a book I read and loved many times when I was a kid. I recently discovered that this was just the first book in a quartet, and thought this would be the perfect opportunity to re-read one of my all-time favorites. (The other books are Gathering Blue, Messenger, and Son). The Giver is written for kids, but with adults in mind, there’s something there for everyone. The book tells the story of Jonas, a twelve year … Continue reading

Between the Lines

August 26, 2013 by  

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Reviewed by Amy Colegrove, BCPL Information Services Specialist Have you ever thought about what happens to the characters of the story that you are reading when you close the book? I hadn’t until now. Do the characters just sit there waiting for you to return? Or do they have lives of their own when the book closes? Interesting thought, don’t you think? This book, Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult & Samantha Van Leer,  is about Delilah – a bit of … Continue reading

Shots and Stripes

August 7, 2013 by  

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Stripes, quilts, and my new idol Kaffe Fassett quilts : shots and stripes : 24 new projects made with shot cottons and striped fabrics, by Kaffe Fassett and Liza Prior Lucy Reviewed by Renee Schmutz-Sowards, BCPL circulation specialist I grabbed this book simply because it was new, featured artsy yet simple looking quilts on the cover, and the word stripes was in the title. I did not expect to find within its pages my new idol! (Sorry David Bowie.) To understand … Continue reading

Beauty Queens

July 19, 2013 by  

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Reviewed by Barb Biggs, BCPL branch manager “Maybe girls need an island to find themselves. Maybe they need a place where no one’s watching them so they can be who they really are.” – Libba Bray, Beauty Queens The premise of Libba Bray’s young adult book Beauty Queens sounds like a new twist on the classic Lord of the Flies: A plane carrying 50 contestants from the Miss Teen Dream Pageant crash lands on a (maybe) deserted island and the … Continue reading

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