Many folks have heard of or seen True Blood, an HBO series that ran seven seasons and garnered both an Emmy and a Golden Globe. Not me, never saw an episode. But the creator of the books behind the series, Charlaine Harris, spoke at a conference I went to last year, so I decided to read some of her titles. Although she's written SIX series including the one "True Blood" was based on, I picked her most recent series on which to cut my teeth (no vampire pun intended).
I've done over 50 blog posts in my career here at Fontana Regional Library. 50! Seems like a lot. The reason I bring this up is because this post that you are reading right now is my last. I am leaving the library and we are moving across the country (2,674 miles to be exact). … Continue reading The Grand Finale
Ah, that rare moment when it happens. You start reading a book, and at some point (usually early on) you realize that it isn't a book at all, but a BOOK. A revelation. A work of art. This doesn't happen often, and many times it is by chance. It is wonderful to be surprised in such … Continue reading Random Book Day 2015: You’ll Know It When You Read It
My wife and I enjoy watching Jeopardy, and one night recently the current phenom contestant correctly answered a question relating to the Russian novel Fathers and Sons, by Ivan Turgenev. Coincidentally I came across that book the next day here at the library. When I mentioned this to my wife she asked what it was … Continue reading Reading With An Accent: Foreign Novels
After I posted my last blog about book-to-movie adaptations I was, unsurprisingly, asked what I thought about the Gone Girl film. I hadn't talked about Gone Girl in that post since I have mentioned Gillian Flynn's work more than once lately. The answer to the question was that I thought it was not only a … Continue reading Dark Fiction: 5 Things To Read After Gone Girl
By Chris It is that time of the year, pumpkins (and pumpkin drinks), leaves, and of course, Halloween. So I thought I would whip up a concoction of spine tingling reads, a variety of chills for whatever your horror mood is. On this list you'll find classics and new books, vampires and ghosts (but no … Continue reading 19 Scary Books for Any Horror Mood
By Chris Zombies! They just won’t go away, both in the stories featuring them and in popular culture. Now we could engage in a long discussion as to why zombies strike a chord with us, how they reach a primal part of our psyche, how an unrelenting, implacable, remorseless enemy that cannot be reasoned with … Continue reading They Ate My Brain: 15 Top Zombie Reads
The problem with researching real life mysteries is that there are just so many of them. Too many for one blog post, so here is a second installment, with even more conundrums from the annals of history. Enjoy! DB Cooper Christina: When it comes to unsolved mysteries, DB Cooper is the king. To this day, … Continue reading An Enigma Inside A Question Inside A Book Part 2
We just made this day up. Silk - Alessandro Baricco Chris - Our random books odyssey begins in Italy, with Alessandro Baricco’s Silk (translated from the Italian by Guido Waldman). A short book, it tells the story of a Frenchman who deals in silkworms. After a crop of worms are blighted by disease, he hazards … Continue reading It’s Random Book Day!
By Stephen A few years ago GEICO, famous for their funny commercials, embarked a series that labeled getting insurance from their company was "So easy a caveman could do it." While America was laughing, scientists were trying to figure out what happened to the real cave men, the Neandertals (Homo neanderthalensis), and determine if are … Continue reading Ancient Ancestors