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My Year With Eleanor

August 15, 2012

Author: Noelle Hancock

Title: My Year With Eleanor

Genre: Memoir

Publication Date: 2011

Number of Pages: 304

Geographical Setting: NYC; Mount Kilimanjaro

Time Period: 2008-2009
Plot Summary: When she gets laid off from her job as Celebrity Blogger, Noelle Hancock decides to heed the advice of Eleanor Roosevelt and do one thing a day that scares her in the year before her 30th birthday. She faces physical fears as well as emotional fears, and the result is an introspective, inspiring, humorous memoir.

Subject Headings: Hancock, Noelle; Women journalists—New York, biography; Eleanor Roosevelt.
Appeal: Humorous, upbeat, inspirational, thoughtful, chatty, witty, engaging, introspective, smart, well-crafted, sophisticated narrator, informative, quotes from Eleanor Roosevelt.

3 terms that best describe this book: Inspirational, engaging, humorous.
Similar Authors and Works (why are they similar?):
3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors:
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
The author chronicles her year of trying to become a happier person by observing happiness in others and pro-actively pursuing the activities that make her own life happier. A stint memoir like hancock’s, where a sophisticated woman is trying to improve her happiness.

Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 564 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen by Julie Powell
Julie Powell decided to cook all 524 recipes in Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking in a single year and blog about the experience. Her blog led to a book deal and movie. Like MYWE, this is a women’s stint memoir.

The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt by Eleanor Roosevelt
First lady to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt was a UN delegate, chairman of the Commission on Human Rights, newspaper columnist, Democratic party activist, world-traveler, and diplomat. This book and Eleanor Roosevelt’s life is the inspiration for Noelle Hancock.

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors:
The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus
A student from NYU nannies for a wealthy family. Like MYWE, this is a story about a twenty-something girl in New York City that ends happily.

The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy
This 1957 novel follows the romantic and comedic adventures of a 22-year-old American girl living in Paris in the late 1950s. Chosen because it is witty, humorous, written in 1st person, and about a young sophisticated woman.

The Guy Not Taken: Stories by Jennifer Weiner
This collection of stories about women and their transformative moments is similar because both books are light women’s reads and Hancock’s book is somewhat episodic, which fits in with this short story collection.
Name: Sonia Reppe

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Ghost World

August 8, 2012

Author: Clowes, Daniel

Title: Ghost World

Genre:  Graphic Novel

Publication Date: 1998

Number of Pages: 80

Geographical Setting:  Unnamed American town

Time Period: Early 1990s

Series (If applicable):  N/A

Plot Summary:  Enid Coleslaw and Rebecca Dopplemayer are best friends who have recently graduated from high school.  The graphic novel follows them through their transition into adulthood over the summer.  Their town is full of cheesy diners and record stores that never have what they want and the girls long for something, anything to excite them.  Both girls are pessimistic, but Enid revels in making people uncomfortable, especially her friend Josh.  As the days go by, the girls begin to drift apart as they grow ever more aware that their friendship is not built to last.

Subject Headings:  Graphic Novels, Female Friendship, Teenage Girls

Appeal:  Measured Pace, Contemplative, Earnest, Edgy, Melancholy, Flawed Characters, Eccentric, Open-Ended, Character-Centered, Urban Setting, Heavy Profanity, Conversational, and Informal

3 terms that best describe this book:  Melancholy, Heavy Profanity, Character-Centered

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors

The Art of Daniel Clowes: Modern Cartoonist by Alvin Buenaventura (editor)

An in-depth look at Daniel Clowes’ art and stories, the book includes some of his most famous works and some never before seen pieces.  For those who liked the art of Ghost World, this book is a great companion.

The 1990s by Mark Oxoby

This nonfiction book looks at American popular culture throughout the 1990s.  While Enid and Rebecca would probably have scoffed at the majority of people and events mentioned in the book, it is important to see what sort of world the girls were living in.

Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga, and Graphic Novels by Scott McCloud

Focusing on comics as a literary medium, this book combines information on why you should create a comic and how to do it.  Fans of Ghost World who want a chance to tell their own story will appreciate McCloud’s authoritative voice and helpful tips.

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors

Sleepwalk and Other Stories by Adriane Tomine

A collection of the first four of Tomine’s series comic series Optic Nerve, this book follows different characters that seem well-adjusted on the outside, but on the inside are struggling to make connections with those around them.  Set in a similar time period (late 80’s, early 90’s) to Ghost World, Sleepwalk also looks to explore the subtleties of human nature.

I Never Liked You by Chester Brown

This graphic novel steps away from the female protagonists of Ghost World, but keeps with the alienated youth theme.  The story follows Chester and his group of friends as they grow up.  While the art and dialogue seem simple on the surface, the story underneath is anything but.

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Persepolis tells the author’s story of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution.  Through her eyes, we see the toll it takes on her family and her country.  While Marjane’s adolescence and adulthood is very different from the girls’ in Ghost World, the irreverent tone and desire for more is found both.

Name: Erin Sloan

Swamplandia!

August 8, 2012

Author:  Karen Russell

Title:  Swamplandia!

Genre:  Literary Fiction/Best sellers

Publication Date:  2011

Number of Pages:  416

Geographical Setting:  Florida Everglades

Time Period:  late 20th century (1980’s)

Plot Summary:  Thirteen-year-old Ava loves the alligator-wrestling life at Swamplandia!, her family’s island home and gator-wrestling theme park in the Florida Everglades.  When her mom—the theme park’s main attraction– dies, the family’s way of life is threatened.  The father goes to the mainland on a business venture; her sister falls in love with a ghost and disappears; and her big brother, Kiwi, gets a job at a rival park called The World of Darkness.  Ava sets out with the eccentric bird-man on a mission through the magical swamps to save her sister, but then she has to save herself.

Subject Headings:  Girls-fiction; Motherless families-fiction; Amusement parks-fiction; Alligators-fiction; Everglades (Florida)-fiction.

Appeal: offbeat, witty, mystical, lyrical, quirky characters, vivid, imaginative, detailed setting, strong sense of place, compassionate, uneasy, changing points of view (two).

3 terms that best describe this book:  imaginative, lyrical, strong sense of place.

Similar Authors and Works (why are they similar?):

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors:

The Florida Everglades by Connie M. Toops

History of the Florida Everglades, which is where Swamplandia takes place.

Crocodiles and Alligators of the World by David Alderton

Information on origins, evolution and distribution, courtship, reproduction, and many individual species paint a thorough portrait, with maps of their habitats.  References and pictures.  Besides wrestling them, Ava has a pet alligator baby.

The Enduring Seminoles:  From Alligator Wrestling to Ecotourism by Patsy West

Seminole Indians (mentioned in Swamplandia) and economic culture; Florida history, culture and tourism.

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors:

Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard by Kiran Desai

A young postal worker in a small Indian town, Sampath, climbs into a guava tree and becomes unintentionally famous as a holy man, setting off a series of events that spin increasingly out of control.  Humorous, offbeat and strong sense of place.

Once Upon a River by Bonnie Jo Campbell

Similar to Swamplandia, because the teen girl is surviving without help of adults, there are descriptions of nature, and a similar writing style.

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

A zookeeper’s son, Pi Patel, sets sail for America, but when the ship sinks, he escapes on a life boat and is lost at sea with a dwindling number of animals until only he and a hungry Bengal tiger remain.  It’s a journey with animals and literary.

Name:  Sonia Reppe

 

Gil’s All Fright Diner

July 19, 2012

Gil’s All Fright Diner

Author: A. Lee Martinez

Title: Gil’s All Fright Diner

Genre: Fantasy

Publication Date: 2005

Number of Pages: 268

Geographical Setting: The fictional county of Rockwood in Texas.

Time Period: Contemporary.

Series: Standalone

A vampire and a werewolf are driving down a road and come across a diner where the owner is facing a major problem.   It seems that the dead from a nearby cemetery are rising.  The diner, as it turns out, is the target of a vicious plot to start an all-out Armageddon, and it is up to Earl, Duke, and Loretta to put a stop to the evil shenanigans.

Subject Headings: Zombies – Fiction; Vampires — Fiction; Werewolves – Fiction; Magic – Fiction; Ghosts – Fiction; Restauranteurs – Fiction; Diners (Restaurants) – Fiction; Horror Fiction; Humorous Fiction

Appeal: Quirky, fantastic voyage of the mind, clever, rooting for the heroes, hilarious, tongue- in-cheek look at supernatural, weirdness abounds, wry, thrilling, strong atmospheric western setting, warped, and gonzo.

Three appeal terms:  action filled, buddy adventure, odd phenomena.

Three read-alikes:

Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

Waitress Sookie Stackhouse gets involved with Bill Compton, a vampire, who is a suspect for the murders occurring around the small town of Bon Temps.  Will it lead to her demise?  This snappy, southern flavored tale of vampire love introduces a beloved series of mystery and romantic mayhem.

Carpe Jugulum by Terry Pratchett

King Verence makes the mistake of inviting a band of vampires to a ceremony and they’re determined to stay.  The witches of Lancre must wage war if they ever want to regain their peaceful home, and the poor officiating Reverend Mightily Oats is entrenched in the feud.

Lullabye by Chuck Palahniuk

Carl Streator has stumbled across a ‘culling song’, which was created to kill whoever listens to it.  Now he and his unlikely posse, which includes hard-edged realtor Helen Hoover Boyle, her Wiccan secretary Mona and Mona’s slacker boyfriend Oyster, are traveling together with the goal to gather all the copies of the song and destroy them – and try not to kill anyone along the way.

Three related nonfiction titles:

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream by Hunter S. Thompson

To the hitchhiker he and his pal pick up in the desert, Hunter S. Thompson confides, “I want you to know that we’re on the way to Las Vegas to find the American Dream.” (6) Thus encapsulates the incredible drugged odyssey of reporter Hunter S. Thompson and his Samoan attorney on a very important assignment.

Weird Texas: Your Travel Guide to Texas’s Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets by Wesley Treat, Heather Shade, and Rob Riggs.

You don’t need a constant supply of hallucinogens to find that the west is indeed a bizarre place.  This compendium contains tales of alien abductions, ghost sightings, and quirky roadside attractions, all submitted through the channels of local folklore.   Stories range from the Donkey Lady by San Antonio to the mysterious Marfa lights to Texas’s own Eiffel Tower and Stonehenge II, and some of the illustrations are downright chilling.

Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife, by Mary Roach

Is the soul a physical substance, and, if so, what is it made of?  What is ectoplasm?  What would ghosts be capable of and how would they influence the living?  Mary Roach examines these questions without agenda or preconceived notions, applying a scientific mind to what happens after someone dies.

— Kate Jelinski

Into Thin Air

March 28, 2012

Author:  Jon Krakauer

Title: Into Thin Air:  A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster

Genre: Nonfiction

Publication Date: 1997

Number of Pages: 332

Geographical Setting: Mount Everest (The border between China and Nepal)

Time Period:  1996

Series: N/A

Plot Summary: The story begins when journalist Jon Krakauer is asked by Outside magazine to report on the booming popularity of high-altitude climbing.  At the time, mountaineering had become a fad.  People wanted to pay to climb Everest, but they lacked one essential thing: the skills required to survive the climb.  Many ill-prepared men and women accompanied Krakauer on his ascent, and as a result the expedition ended up being the most deadly in Everest’s history.  This is the story of exactly what went wrong.

In this reflective and haunting book, Krakauer provides a first person account of the disaster.  In addition to great detail about the actual climb, he provides plenty of background information about previous Everest expeditions, as well as the history of the indigenous men, Sherpas, who assist Westerners in their climb.  As informative as it is thrilling, this book is sure to have readers on the edge of their seat.

Subject Headings: Adventure; Expeditions; Extreme Sports; Krakauer, Jon; Mount Everest Expedition 1996; Mountaineering; Mountaineering Accidents; Mountaineers

Appeal: Haunting, Suspenseful, Informative, Reflective, Detailed, Historical Details, Journalistic, Thoughtful, Plot-Driven, Chilling, Claustrophobic, Atmospheric, Well Developed

3 Appeal Terms That Best Describe This Book: Suspenseful, Chilling, Informative

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works:

Between a Rock and a Hard Place (by Aron Ralston): This is the shocking memoir of an adventurer who’s hike through the Utah canyons took a turn for the worse when a boulder fell and trapped him, by the arm, in the middle of a canyon.  The book will appeal to readers intrigued by an adventure gone totally wrong.

Climbing Self Rescue:  Improvising Solutions for Serious Situations (by Mike Clelland): This resource helps readers learn self rescue procedures that are effective for rock, snow, and ice climbers alike.  Including 40 different rescue scenarios, this book helps climbers learn how to get themselves out of a jam using typical climbing gear and common sense.  This book will appeal to readers interested in the rock climbing aspect of Into Thin Air.

Touching My Father’s Soul:  A Sherpa’s Journey to the Top of Everest (by Jamling Tenzing Norgay):  The author, a local man who makes a living assisting tourists in their climb up Everest, describes his experiences.  In addition to providing stories of his time on Everest, he also narrates the story of his father, the first Sherpa to reach the peak of Everest.  He provides background information about the society of the Sherpa, and the Tibetan Buddhists who assist Western climbers in their ascent.  This book will appeal to readers who were intrigued by the local culture surrounding Mount Everest.

3 Relevant Fiction Works:

A Change in Altitude (by Anita Shreve): This reflective and psychological work involves a woman coming to terms with a tragic accident that takes place while on a climbing expedition.  Readers who enjoyed Into Thin Air but wish for a fictionalized account of a climbing accident may enjoy this book.

Life of Pi (by Yann Martle): This haunting and suspenseful novel is about a zookeeper’s son who is en route to America when his ship sinks.  He finds himself on a lifeboat with various animals, completely lost at sea and struggling to survive.  Readers who enjoyed the fight-for-survival aspect of Into Thin Air may enjoy this bestselling work.

The Ascent (by Jeff Long):  In this novel, ten men and two women attempt to ascend the most dangerous side of Mount Everest.  Readers who are interested in a fictitious account of an attempt at Everest’s peak will likely enjoy this work.

Name: Katie Midgley

Unbroken

March 27, 2012

Author: Laura Hillenbrand

Title: Unbroken: a World War II airman’s story of survival, resilience and redemption

Genre: Non-Fiction, History

Publication Date: November 16th, 2010

Number of Pages: 496

Geographical Setting: United States, Japan

Time Period: 1943

Series (If applicable):

Plot Summary: As a teenager, Louis Zamperini was a juvenile delinquent; stealing food from neighbors’s houses and making homemade explosives. It wasn’t until his older brother Louie encouraged him to try out for track in high school that Louie found his true calling; running. In fact he competed in the 1936 Olympics and dreamed of attending the Berlin Olympics a few years later. World War II broke out and Louie joined the air corps as a lieutenant. While overseas on a rescue mission, an engine died and Zamperini along with with men plummet towards the Pacific Ocean. For 47 days Louie and 3 other men attempt to survive and are rescued and thrown into a typhoon in Japan. Subjected to starvation, slave labor and unimaginable torture, Louie learns how to preserve his dignity in the most extreme circumstances.

Subject Headings: Auto-Biography, World War II, Biography, Japanese POW,

Appeal: Bravery, Strength, Track, Dignity, Hope, World War II, Redemption, Family, Courage, Loss, Plane, 42nd Bombardment Squadron, Green Hornet, Naoetsu, Travel, Long Distance Runners, History, Triumph

3 appeal terms that best describe this book: Defiance, World War II and Survival

Similar Authors and Works (why are they similar?):

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors

Ghost Soliders: The Forgotten Epic Story of World War II’s Most Dramatic Mission by Hampton Sides. Ghost Soldiers is a story of what the human spirit can endure and what good men are willing to do for men they’ve never met. Hand selected US tropps slip behind enemy lines in the Philippines. Heir mission is to rescue 513 POWs and some of the last survivors of the infamous Bataaan Death March. The book is full of first-hand accounts and quotes from the prisoners and the men who rescued them. This is a great book about a remarkable moment in American history. It shows, in a very dramatic way, how much suffering a man can endure, and the lengths that soldiers will go to do the right thing.

Masters of the Air by Donald L. Miller. A riveting account of courageous men and boys who became victims of World War II in Europe. Miller discusses the experience using oral history interview of surviving airman and civilians as well as letters and unpublished diaries to tell this compelling novel. Readers will enjoy the first hand accounts of the stories both told from the air and on the ground.

Escape from Davao: The Forgotten Story of a Daring Prison Break of the Pacific War by John D. Lukacs. This novel is a fast pace, real life story told through the eyes of the man who experienced the heartbreak, anguish and devastating effects a soldier endures as a POW during World War II. The book is emotionally taxing leaving you to question  your own  fortitude and courage should you ever have to face such a personal crisis.

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors

Wings: a novel of World War II fly girls by Karl Friedrich. Based on true events during World War II this novel tells the story of America’s first female military pilots. Following a young Texas woman named Sally Ketchum, this historical book shares her triumphs, her loses and the friendships she has along the way of fulfilling her duties as a service pilot. She also becomes involved with her flight instructor who seems to offer everything her heart could desire. This novel will grab your attention from beginning to end and will make you feel proud to be a woman in the service.

Shanghai Girls by Lisa See. Sisters pearl Chin and May live in Shanghai and are among the prettiest woman in their city. Both girls are married but refuse to leave with their husbands to a California. Suddenly Shanghai is bombed and their father is nowhere to be found. The girls and their mother join several other refugees but along the way to Hong Kong devastating things happen including the loss of their mother. Realizing that the United States may be their only option, the girls are reunited with their spouses and try to blend among the Chinese district in Los Angeles.

  Strenght in What Remains by Tracy Kidder. A young man from Burundi is running for his life. For the last 6 months he has been trying to escape the violence in his country before running to the United States. Once he arrives in New York City, he only has $200 and doesn’t speak a word of English. Attempting to survive a new cultural as he tries to make sense of his harrowing escape, he makes the US his new home by graduating from Columbia University and becoming an American citizen. This gripping story of survival will leave its reader on the edge of their seat, holding their breath at every page turn and the hope and determination that one man had to be the best citizen he could be.

Name: Caitlin

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

March 26, 2012

Author: Chua, Amy

Title: Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

Genre: Non-Fiction

Publication Date: 2011

Number of Pages: 237

Geographical Setting: America

Time Period: Current

Series (If applicable): N/A

Plot Summary: A story of a Chinese born American mother exercising extreme parenting. Amy Chua is married to a Caucasian husband and has two daughters. She raises them the “Chinese” way because she believes the Western way of parenting would not prepare them enough for the future. She has her children playing violin and piano, and makes them work hard to become number one. A few things she lists in her book that she does not allow her daughters to do are:

  • Have a playdate
  • Be in a school play
  • Complain about not being in a school play
  • Not be the #1 student in every subject except gym and drama
  • Play any instrument other than the piano or violin
  • Not play the piano or violin

This book shows the difference between the stereotypical way of Eastern and Western parenting. This book is dramatic, full of bittersweet relationships between mother and daughters, and is also heartwarming. This is a memoir of a competitive, prideful Chinese mother raising her children the “Chinese” way, and should not be taken as a sort of parenting guide.

Subject Headings:Chua, Amy.
Mothers United States Biography.
Chinese American women Biography.
Mothers and daughters China.
Mothers and daughters United States.

Appeal: moderately-paced, bittersweet, compassionate, dramatic, heartwarming, moving, inspiring, intriguing, realistic, sympathetic, family-centered, academic, ambitious, prideful, funny, and well-written.

3 appeal terms that best describe this book: Bittersweet, dramatic, and heartwarming

Similar Authors and Works (why are they similar?):

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors:

Tung, May Pao-may – Chinese Americans and Their Immigrant Parents: conflict, identity, and values (Book about dilemmas the younger and older Chinese generations must face in American Society as well as the differences between the two cultures)

Loh, Sandra Tsing – Aliens in America (A struggle of a girl and her parents, a German mother and a Chinese father, in America)

Mah, Adeline Yen – Falling Leaves: the true story of an unwanted Chinese daughter (The journey of a young Chinese girl as she searches for acceptance, love, and understanding)

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors:

Bates, Judy Fong – Midnight at the Dragon Café (Story of a Chinese mother and daughter living in Ontario in the 1950s, trying to forge their lives in a foreign land)

Carter, Forrest – The Education of Little Tree (Childhood remembrance of an orphaned American Indian boy living in Tennessee with his Cherokee grandparents)

Tan, Amy – The Joy Luck Club (Story of two generations of Chinese American women and their daughters)

Name: Jun Yoon

Neverwhere

September 28, 2011

Author: Gaiman, Neil

Title: Neverwhere

Genre:  Urban Fantasy

Publication Date: 1996

Number of Pages: 370 p.

Geographical Setting: London

Time Period: present day

Series: N/A

Plot Summary: In this gritty urban fantasy, an ordinary character suddenly finds himself thrust into a wonderfully dark and twisted adventure.  Richard Meyhew is an average Scottish bloke living in London who leads an ordinary life, is engaged to a
beautiful woman and is happily moving up the corporate ladder.  His world is turned upside down, however, when he finds a strange young woman bleeding on the side of the road one night.   The appearance of two villainous men who are on her trail and her display of strange talents lead Richard to suspect she is no ordinary woman.  His desire to help her leads him into a series of amazing adventures in “London Below,” a bizarre society under the street of London filled with otherworldly characters, mythic beasts and sudden violence that force Richard to discover parts of himself that he did not know existed.  The blend of literary illusions, nonstop action, interesting characters, and an intricately plotted quest that takes place in the parallel world of London’s underground make this a compelling read.

Subject Headings:

Underground homeless persons Fiction; Underground areas Fiction; Businessmen Fiction; Subways Fiction; London (England) Fiction;
Fantasy fiction; Horror fiction.

Appeal Terms:

Dark fantasy; menacing atmosphere; nightmarish; intricate;
dangerous situations; edgy; gritty; eccentric characters; intruiging plot
twists; contemporary urban setting; witty; imaginative and surreal.

Three Words That Describe This Book: dark fantasy, edgy, intricate

Three relevant
authors and works (Fiction):

Terry Pratchett, The
Color of Magic.  
Book one of a
series, this novel tells the story of a tourist named Twoflower and a wizard as
they journey through a magical world.
Gaiman fans should enjoy the British humor and hapless protagonist.

Charles de Lint, The
Painted Boy
. The pioneer of urban fantasy, de Lint writes about fantastic
worlds that are parallel to ours.

Steven Millhauser, We
Others: New and Selected Stories
.  Millhauser
writes imaginative and thoughtful stories that are often allegories.  This collection features a vivid and
fantastic world peopled with offbeat but sympathetic characters.

Three relevant
authors and works (Nonfiction):

Marjorie Braymen , Atlantis, the
Biography of a Legend
.  This book examines
the legends of several centuries concerning the existence of Atlantis, the city
lost to the sea.

J.Mordaunt Crook The British
Museum
.  This reference book tells you everything you
need to know about the history and the collection contained at the British
Museum.

W.J. Passingham Romance of
London’s Underground
.  A unique history of
London’s subways the will explain origins of the names of the stops described
in Neverwhere.

Meghan

Star Wars: Legacy

August 10, 2011

Author: Ostrander, John

Title: Star Wars Legacy – Broken

Genre: Graphic Novel – Science Fiction

Publication Date: 2007 – (Last issue of original series published August  2010, series continued with a new story arc with the last issue being published May 2011.)

Number of Pages: Broken is 144 p.

Geographical Setting: A galaxy far, far away …

Time Period: @ 137 years after the Battle of Yavin (The events of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope)

Series: Star Wars: Legacy

Plot Summary: In this graphic novel iteration of the Star Wars saga, much has changed in the 137 years since those plucky rebels blew up the Death Star. The Empire and the Sith have risen again and now vie for control the galaxy. The Jedi have been defeated and are once again hunted as enemies of the state. Additionally, the last f the legendary Skywalker blood line, Cade Skywalker has not only rejected his Jedi heritage but is also addicted to the illicit drugs he uses to cut himself off from the Force. On top of everything else Cade makes his way in the galaxy with his companions, Blue and Jariah,  as bounty hunter often specializing in tracking Jedi. However the Force will not be denied Cade Skywalker is force to reckon with his heritage and embrace his considerable power, when he becomes the prime focus of the powers that be in this newly chaotic galaxy. Broken is the opening chapter of a new story in a newly expanded and re-imagined Star Wars Universe.

Subject Headings: Star Wars, the Force, George Lucas, Expanded Universe,

Appeal: Quick pace, action packed, mature content, accessible, humorous, witty, colorful characters, plot driven, stunning illustrations, political intrigue, philosophical.

3 terms that best describe this book: Space warfare, Jedi saga, slightly grimy space opera.

3 Relevant Non Fiction Works and Authors

Star Wars: The New Essential Chronology by Daniel Wallace, with Kevin J. Anderson

 

Star Wars: The New Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels by W. Haden Blackman

Star Wars: The New Essential Guide to Weapons and Technology by W. Haden Blackman

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors

Dark Empire by Tom Veitch (Illustrated by Cam Kennedy): The familiar cast of characters in action set jus after Return of the Jedi chronicling Luke Skywalker’s turn to the Dark Side of the Force and the return of the Emperor.

Dark Empire II by Tom Veitch (Illustrated by Cam Kennedy): Continuation of the first Dark Empire Series.

Tales of the Jedi: Golden Age of the Sith by Kevin J. Anderson: Set over 3,000 years before the events of the original Star Wars trilogy. This series has more of a fantasy feel similar to Martin’s Game of Thrones, with intrigue and feudal infighting.

Morgan

An Affair of Sorcerers

August 1, 2011

Author: George Chesbro

 

Title: An Affair of Sorcerers

 

Genre:  Paranormal Mystery/Thriller/Suspense

 

Publication Date: 1979

 

Number of Pages: 265

 

Geographical Setting: New York

 

Time Period: Present day

 

Series (If applicable): The Mongo Mysteries

 

Plot Summary: Three separate cases—a nun trying to save a faith healer accused of a murder he didn’t commit, a university dean with a professor mixed up in something sinister, and a dying little girl with a desperate need for answers—suddenly connect by threads leading straight to New York’s occult underground, and the only person capable of unraveling them is Dr. Robert “Mongo” Frederickson, former circus tumbler and karate black-belt turned criminologist/private investigator. This third entry in the Mongo Mysteries series finds Chesbro’s shrewd, diminutive detective going up against the forces of the occult to save a little girl’s life, and discover the secrets behind her father’s death. Faithful sidekick and brother Garth (himself an NYPD detective) returns to provide muscle for Mongo’s more thoughtful (and agile) investigative style. Some language and situations in Affair reflect the grittiness of urban crime, and readers sensitive to the presence of mild violence and mature themes should make note. The swift pace will keep pages turning all the way up to the stark, dramatic ending.

 

 

Subject Headings: Private investigators; New York (State); Criminologists; Dwarves; Martial arts; Witchcraft; Occult; Supernatural

Appeal: Suspenseful, swiftly-paced, intricately-plotted, offbeat, spooky, gritty, darkly humorous, wry tone, quirky characters, paranormal elements, occult themes, provocative, dark

 

3 terms that best describe this book:  Suspenseful, intricately-plotted, quirky characters

 

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors

 

The Ultimate Evil: The Truth about the Cult Murders: Son of Sam and Beyond, by Maury Terry (occult murder, suspenseful, true crime)

 

A Cop’s Guide To Occult Investigations: Understanding Satanism, Santeria, Wicca, and Other Alternative Religions, by Tony M. Kail (occult criminal investigation)

 

Occult Murders (True Crime Series), by John Dunning (true crime accounts of occult murder investigations)

 

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors

 

The Immortals, by J.T. Ellison (occult murder, gritty, criminal investigation)

 

The Skeptic: An Occult Thriller, by Aaron Niz (occult elements, sinister tone, intricate plot)

 

Tengu: The Mountain Goblin, by John Donohue (martial arts, mystery, suspenseful)

 

-Joe Collier