Let me get this out of the way: if you're not a "computer person," someone with more than a vague knowledge of computer networking technology, Brain Jack, by Brian Falkner, is probably not the book for you. If, however, you ARE such a person, Brain Jack will start off as the kind of thriller that you think you will love, but its ending, like so many other cyber-thrillers, feels rushed and absurd. Don’t get me wrong--you'll enjoy reading it, but don't expect anything too deep from this book.
Sam is the generic hero of our story. He's 17; he's a computer prodigy; and he's going to save the country from itself. The world of Brain Jack is set only a few years into our future. Falkner does a good job of building a world that, initially, is entirely conceivable based on our present. Computer technology is even more prevalent, and its consequences all the more potent. Las Vegas has been the victim of a nuclear attack that has left it in ruins, and the rest of the country is decaying under strict martial conditions.
How do you know if your bank or credit union is financially stable? Did you pick the best life insurance or property insurance company? And did you purchase the right amount of insurance for your specific needs?
You can find the answers to these questions and more by visiting one of our newer digital resources, Financial Ratings Series Online, free to anyone who has a library card from the Central Rappahannock Regional Library.
Financial Ratings Series Online is designed to direct you toward safe banking and insurance options while helping you avoid unnecessary risk that could lead to financial losses. It gives you independent ratings and financial planning tools you need to make informed decisions about your insurance and banking options.
The website is super easy to navigate. You may search for banks, credit unions, or insurance companies by name, by geographic locale, or by their independent rating grade. Want to see all the banks with an A rating in Virginia? We can get that for you! Need to know which credit unions were recently downgrading? We can get that for you! Want to see a report on your company that lists historical ratings, assets, capital, net income, affiliates, principal lines of business, or where it is licensed to do business? Got that, too! Just click on View Report when your search results show you the name of a company you want to investigate.
Financial Ratings Series Online is just one of the many premium online resources CRRL offers library card holders. Simply enter your 14-digit library barcode number for full access from anywhere! For more information, please contact us!
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.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte: A novel about the problems of a young governess, whose love affair with her master is terminated when the terrifying mystery surrounding the upper rooms of their home is exposed.
If you enjoyed this book's combination of romance and mystery themes and are interested in similar works from the time period, here are some other titles you may enjoy:
The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
The Moonstone is an ancient Indian diamond which brings disaster to everyone who owns it. Rachel Verinder's uncle gives her the diamond as a birthday present, but that same night it is stolen. (worldcat.org)
The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe
Orphan Emily St. Aubert finds herself separated from the man she loves and confined within the medieval castle of her aunt's new husband, Montoni. Inside the castle, she must cope with an unwanted suitor, Montoni's threats, and the wild imaginings and terrors that threaten to overwhelm her. (worldcat.org)
“Do you have the divorce forms?” That question’s not as easy to answer as you might think -- but CRRL can probably help!
“How do I get an annulment in Virginia?” “Is there a form I can use to change my name?” “Can I file for bankruptcy without a lawyer?” “Is there a list of local domestic violence shelters?”
Grab-and-go forms and flyers dealing with all these legal matters, and many, many others, are now available at the CRRL Law Library.
The library's summer reading clubs mean great books, programs, and prizes for readers of all ages. Sign up for the clubs online or at our library branches starting June 1st!
Find the program that is right for you:
Kids ages 0 - 12 years: "Dream Big: Read"
Teens ages 13-17 years: "Own the Night"
Adults 18 years and up: "Midsummer Madness"
Read what you want, when you want! No meetings to attend - just visit the library any time. Check out the free programs for the summer for all ages.
While you are having fun reading all summer long, share reviews online for a weekly chance to win a free book from a Friends of the Library book sale.
Why Join? Children who are read to from an early age have a larger vocabulary and better language skills when they start school. A recent study by The Dominican University* has shown that children who joined public library summer reading clubs did better on fall standardized tests than their classmates who didn’t! *"Public Library Summer Reading Programs Close the Reading Gap"
From the time she was quite young, Sylvia Earle loved the outdoors. She spent her early childhood on a farm in New Jersey exploring the animals and plants around her. Her family moved to Florida when Sylvia was twelve, to a home with a backyard on the Gulf of Mexico. Once Sylvia began exploring the waters of the Gulf, she found her life’s calling. Throughout her career as an oceanographer, Sylvia has been driven to push the boundaries of the possible in order to find out more about the underwater world she loves so much.
Witness breath-taking feats of magic using characters and plot lines from well-known books. Joe Romano's exciting production brings books to life through the art of magic and illusion. Grades K-6. Sign-up now!
Saturday, June 9: Newton Branch 10:00, Montross Branch 12:00
Saturday, June 16: Porter Branch, 10:30 and 11:30
Monday, June 18: Headquarters Library, 9:30 and 10:30
Wednesday, June 20: England Run Branch, 2:00 and 4:00
Thursday, June 21: Salem Church Branch, 1:00 and 2:00
Thursday, June 21: Snow Branch 4:30
Friday, June 22: Cooper Branch, 1:00
If you're an adult or teen looking for some books you'll love this summer, join us on Facebook for Book Match Madness: www.facebook.com/crrlnews!
Tell us the last three books you read and our Reading Rapid Response Team will get right back to you with a personalized reading recommendation.
The first Friday of each month this summer on Facebook: June 1, July 6, and August 3.
This book has a brilliant title: The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt. The oxymoron continues in the characters, the plot and the language—its poetic style contrasts with the violence of the Old West. It’s a Western but with twists on the genre; the novel has brutality mixed with moments of sweetness and humor.
The main characters are killers with bruised pasts: Charlie Sisters is the epitome of Old West: brutal, money-hungry and cold; Eli Sisters, the narrator of the tale, loves to give away his money, has a soft heart for barmaids, and is questioning his profession and his future. Eli loves his poor excuse for a horse, Tub, and embraces dental hygiene!
Shambling Towards Hiroshima is a brisk and inventive novel that incorporates elements of science fiction, humor, historical fiction, and moody introspection. James Morrow utilizes these disparate narrative modes in order to portray the life story of a B-movie actor named Syms Thorley. Thorley has spent most of his screen time bringing monsters to life. His devoted fans fondly remember him as “Kha-Ton-Ra the living mummy, Corpuscula the alchemical creature, and Gorgantis, King of the Lizards.” However, no one suspects that Gorgantis, a grotesque fire- breathing lizard, originated as a top secret military project designed to swiftly end World War II.