Meg Raymond

09/18/2015 - 5:47pm
Most-Wanted Westerns

I’ve never really liked horses. The way they side-step with those ginormous, clippy-cloppy hooves, bare those big, big teeth, and roll those huge eyes until the whites show all the way around?  Very scary!  Yes, they are beautiful, and yes, their shiny coats are like stroking silk. But still. Horses. <shudder>

My fear of horses probably is the reason that I never really wanted to read Westerns. But I quite often looked at Westerns.  So many great covers!  So many sub-genres!  I read Doc, by Mary Doria Russell.  And then Epitaph, the sequel. I wanted more, more, more!

I still don’t really like horses, but I have discovered that I really like Westerns! Check out some favorites in my Most-Wanted list.

03/17/2016 - 8:47am
Johannes Cabal: The Necromancer

I only clean my house to loud rock and roll music because a) I know my neighbors love it and b) doesn’t everyone?

05/11/2015 - 1:29am
Raise a Pint! It's American Craft Beer Week

In honor of American Craft Beer Week (May 11-18), raise a pint at one our area’s local breweries, enjoy a draft in your favorite pub or tavern, or just pick up a six-pack to take home. Beer and pizza, beer and good times with friends, beer and backyard barbeques—there are virtually no wrong ways to enjoy a brew. Just don’t overdo it! Be sure to imbibe responsibly.

03/27/2015 - 2:32pm
Books to Go... With Local Libations, Eateries, Markets, & More

BOSS:  Hey, can you create a booklist to highlight downtown Fredericksburg, maybe for Restaurant Week?

ME: <out loud> Sure, that would be FUN!  <to myself> Are you kidding?  What kind of booklist could I do for that? What’s my hook? There is no hook.  Nooooooo. I’m doomed!  Doomed!  I’m gonna need a snack to figure this out.  There are no snacks here.  What snacks do I have at home? Wait. Wait. I’m getting an idea….

03/27/2015 - 10:55am
Cover to Thyme of Death

They say that with age comes wisdom. I’m not so sure—most middle-aged ladies I know (myself included!) seem to not be able to remember anything! Maybe the phrase means the wisdom to say “now, honey, you’re gonna hafta remind me of this conversation, because I surely will forget everything momentarily!”

Now that I have become, ahem, une femme d’un certain âge, I find that I am drawn to mysteries with little old lady sleuths.

03/27/2015 - 11:08am
Cover to All the Clean Ones Are Married

I don’t have a passport. I should have a passport. I need a passport. I want to be the type of person who can jet off to Paris on a moment’s notice. The type of person who is asked to jet off to Paris on a moment’s notice. I’ve printed out many passport applications.

03/27/2015 - 8:39am
 Under the Big Top

I was not a very adventurous child.  I wasn’t boisterous and loud and physically fearless like some of my friends.  I did, however, harbor a secret wish to run away and join the circus.  I was mesmerized by the bright lights and spangles. And maybe even a teensy bit aware that there just might be some...tawdry…aspects to the circus life.

From the safety my reading perch (depending on the season—the back of the sofa, or on top of the furnace vent, or in the shade of the side yard) running away to join the circus seemed possible. I could be transformed from an awkward kid with glasses into a glittering aerialist!

Have some PEEEEANUTS or POPCORRRRN or COTTON CAAANDY and enjoy these circus tales.

07/21/2016 - 11:28am
If you like A Discovery of Witches by Deborah E. Harkness
This readalike is in response to a patron's book-match request. If you would like personalized reading recommendations, fill out the book-match form and a librarian will email suggested titles to you. Available for adults, teens, and kids.  You can browse the book matches here.
 
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah E. Harkness
Witch and Yale historian Diana Bishop discovers an enchanted manuscript, attracting the attention of 1,500-year-old vampire Matthew Clairmont. The orphaned daughter of two powerful witches, Bishop prefers intellect, but relies on magic when her discovery of a palimpsest documenting the origin of supernatural species releases an assortment of undead who threaten, stalk, and harass her. (catalog summary)
 
Some other titles that have similar themes, or evoke the same "feeling" as A Discovery of Witches include:
 
 
Blackout by Connie Willis
When a time-travel lab suddenly cancels assignments for no apparent reason and switches around everyone's schedules, time-traveling historians Michael, Merope, and Polly find themselves in World War II, facing air raids, blackouts, unexploded bombs, dive-bombing Stukas, rationing, shrapnel, V-1s, and two of the most incorrigible children in all of history--to say nothing of a growing feeling that not only their assignments but the war and history itself are spiraling out of control. (catalog summary)

 
 


The Dead Travel Fast
by Deanna Raybourn
Excitement, danger, and romance await independent, headstrong author Theodora Lestrange when she flees 1858 Scotland and miserable spinsterhood for the wilds of Transylvania, joining a childhood friend who will soon be wed. Ensconced in a crumbling castle steeped in sinister legend, Theodora finds herself drawn equally to its gloomy atmosphere and its rakish master, Count Andrei Dragulescu. (catalog summary)


 

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