Great Reads

Teen/Adult Summer Reading Week Eight: World War Z

There's no denying it.  The zombie apocalypse is upon us--at least judging by this recent crop of zombie books.  Our final challenge is to read a book about zombies.  It can be funny or scary, but it's finally time to face them.

How long would you survive the zombie apocalypse?


Ajvide Lindqvist, John. Handling the Undead (F)

Beamer, Amelia. The Loving Dead (F)

Brallier, Max. Can You Survive the Zombie Apocalypse?

Brooks, Max. World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War (F)

Littlefield, Sophie. Aftertime (NEW F)

Roff, Don. Zombies: A Record of the Year of Infection (F)

Schlozman, Steven C. The Zombie Autopsies: Secret Notebooks from the Apocalypse (NEW F)

Tripp, Ben. Rise Again (F)


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Harris, Charlaine. Dead Reckoning

The long-awaited latest Sookie Stackhouse book was published early in May. In it, Sookie deals with the fallout from the fae war, has a big change in her relationship status, discovers great-uncle Dermot has a knack for home improvements, and is happy to see Bubba back from an extended trip.  Sookie’s friends and family never have a dull moment as excitement and trouble happen wherever Sookie goes. 

This is one of those series you really need to read from book one.  If it catches your fancy, you’ll find yourself quickly devouring the rest of the series. Fans won’t want to miss this latest. 

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Stevens, Taylor. The Informationist

Vanessa Monroe, or Michael as she is known by her clients,  is a young woman who has had a tough life.  Leaving her missionary parents at the age of fourteen and living by her wits among gun runners in Africa, Michael developed the skills she needed to find out useful information, to defend herself, and to use her abilities to sell this information and make a comfortable, if sometimes dangerous living for herself.  When she takes on an unusual but lucrative assignment, to find out what happened to an oil executive’s daughter who disappeared in Africa four years earlier, she nearly finds herself in over her head.  As her past catches up with her, Michael works frantically to find the missing girl while keeping herself safe from enemies, both old and new.

This thriller has been a long time coming.  It features a brilliant and fearless protagonist who also happens to be a young woman.  The pacing is excellent, the story compelling, the setting is exotic, and the character is fully developed.  Highly recommended for suspense fiction fans looking for something a little different. 

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Teen/Adult Summer Reading Week Seven: Thriller

There's nothing like a good thriller for beach reading.   This week is pure adrenaline rush and your challenge is to read a fast-paced thriller from our list or of your choice. Looking over your shoulder occasionally or staying up all night to finish it is entirely permissable.   As Michael Jackson put it:

You try to scream but terror takes the sound before you make it!


Baldacci, David. Winner (MYS)

Child, Lee. 61 Hours (MYS)

Child, Lincoln. Terminal Freeze (F)

Grisham, John. The Confession (F)

Kellerman, Jesse. Trouble (MYS)

Koontz, Dean. Velocity (F)

Palmer, Michael. The Second Opinion (MYS)

Robards, Karen. Pursuit (F)


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Beagle, Peter S. We Never Talk About My Brother

Perhaps best known for his classic novel “The Last Unicorn,” Peter S. Beagle explores a diverse selection of fantastical, mythological, and otherwise magical elements in this collection of short stories.  Despite the magical ingredients peppered throughout, Beagle’s stories remain firmly rooted in the real world and real emotions. While many of the stories initially feel familiar in contruction to a widely-read fan of fairy tales and fantasy, they frequently take unexpected and delightful turns, ending up being about something very different than they initially seemed.  The lovely fable “ The Tale of Junko and Sayuri” is a particularly effective example of this.  Beagle’s characters are multilayered, rich, and eminiently believable, from the grouchy brilliance of the artist in “Uncle Chaim and Aunt Rifke and the Angel;” to the tortured naivity of the title character in “King Pelles the Sure;” to the nervous-yet-bold youth of the children in “The Stickball Witch.” Highly recommended. 

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