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12/11/2015 - 1:59pm
The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

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The Marian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury: "Leaving behind a world on the brink of destruction, man came to the Red Planet and found the Martians waiting, dreamlike. Seeking the promise of a new beginning, man brought with him his oldest fears and his deepest desires. Man conquered Mars-- and in that instant, Mars conquered him. The strange new world, with its ancient, dying race and vast red-gold deserts, cast a spell on him, settled into his dreams, and changed him forever." (Book summary)

 

Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke

Without warning, giant silver ships from deep space appear in the skies above every major city on Earth. Manned by the Overlords, in fifty years, they eliminate ignorance, disease, and poverty. Then this golden age ends--and then the age of Mankind begins....  (catalog description)

Dangerous Visions by Harlan Ellison

Anthologies seldom make history, but Dangerous Visions is a grand exception. Harlan Ellison's 1967 collection of science fiction stories set an almost impossibly high standard, as more than a half dozen of its stories won major awards - not surprising with a contributors list that reads like a who's who of 20th-century SF  (catalog description)

12/10/2015 - 2:48am
William & the Missing Masterpiece

“The Mona Cheese is missing, and debonair cat-detective William is on the case!”

12/09/2015 - 2:47am
A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn
After her guardian’s burial, Veronica Speedwell returns to her cottage only to find an intruder in the process of ransacking her belongings. Never one to shy away from danger, Speedwell grabs a nearby sword and gives chase. She is quickly overpowered by the intruder and dragged to a waiting carriage. As luck would have it, a gun-toting gentleman fires his pistol at the offending thug, resulting in Veronica’s hasty release.

12/03/2015 - 2:44am
I Will Chomp You! by Jory John and Bob Shea

"I Will Chomp You!" growls a pointy-toothed beast. Either stop turning the pages of the book he lives inside of, or else there will be dire consequences. His teeth may be jagged and sharp, but he seems more chump than chomp.  

Accuracy is thankfully not one of our monster's strengths. Every CHOMP attempt ends up just missing us. Whew!

12/02/2015 - 2:43am
A New York Christmas by Anne Perry
At twenty-three, Jemima Pitt has grown from Thomas and Charlotte Pitt's little girl into a young woman ready to take on her own adventures in Anne Perry’s A New York Christmas.

11/30/2015 - 9:27am
Sorcery and Cecelia, or, The Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer

“Being the Correspondence of Two Young Ladies of Quality Regarding Various Magical Scandals in London and the Country”

If you care for your Austen/Regency romances with a difference—but not necessarily zombies, Sorcery and Cecelia might be your cup of tea.

11/26/2015 - 2:39am
Disney's Descendants

What if the world’s greatest villains had children? In the popular Disney Channel movie Descendants, that question is answered.

Meet Mal, Evie, Carlos, and Jay—four best friends living on the Isle of the Lost, where they and their evil parents have been banished since good has conquered evil in the classic children’s tales.

11/25/2015 - 2:39am
Sweet Christmas by Sharon Bowers

Memories of special holiday cooking can be life-long treasures. You’ll find many choices in Sharon Bowers’ Sweet Christmas.  It’s a collection of tried and true Christmas classics to make for and with your family and friends.

Having grown up in the South, the author naturally includes a number of Southern specialties: Divinity (don’t try it on a humid day); Pecan Pralines; and Pamelas—orange peel that has been cooked, lightly sugared, and perhaps given a dip of good quality chocolate.

11/24/2015 - 2:38am
Joy for Beginners

In Erica Bauermeister's Joy for Beginners, a group of friends gather to celebrate Kate’s triumph over cancer. A gift from her friends challenges Kate to do something she has feared her entire life. She, in turn, challenges each of them to do something they need to do to find joy.

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