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The Infernal Devices June 26, 2008

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Cassandra Clare, author of City of Bones and City of Ashes has announced that after her third novel in the series, City of Glass, is released she has the green-light to pen another Shadow Hunters series.  This one will be titled The Infernal Devices.  Read the explanantion below:

While The Mortal Instruments is set largely in present-day Manhattan, The Infernal Devices takes us back one hundred and forty years to the heart of Victorian England, exploring an earlier era in the history of the Shadowhunters — a time before the Accords, when Downworlder and Shadowhunters were at each other’s throats. A time when orphaned teenager Tessa discovers she isn’t human after all, but a warlock, capable of changing her shape to resemble anyone she desires to be. Tessa must use her power to descend into London’s supernatural Downworld, where vampires stalk the gaslit streets of London, werewolves slink in the shadowy lanes of Whitechapel, and warlocks hold masquerade balls for demons and Downworlders in opium-smoke-filled ballrooms. But living in Downworld isn’t simple — Tessa has to learn to trust her natural enemies, the demon-killing Shadowhunters, if she ever wants to control her powers and find her brother. Torn between the darkly gorgeous and devoted Will, a Shadowhunter hiding a deadly secret, and the brooding Jem, whose addiction to a demon drug is slowly destroying him, Tessa must draw on all her strength to save her brother and keep herself alive in this deadly new world.

Click the link below to read a summer of the first book in the prequel series:

The Clockwork Princess

Sounds totally readable to me : )

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100 Classics From the Last 25 Years June 24, 2008

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Entertainment Weekly  has just published a list of what they consider to be the best 100 books of the last 25 years.  Sadly, I have only read ten of them, however, many of the titles are on my “to-be-read” list.  I was actually pleased to see that some young adult books and a few graphic novels made the cut.  Here are the top three:

        

 Check the rest out here:

The New Classics: Books

 

 

Summertime!! June 13, 2008

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“Summer afternoon – summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”  ~Henry James

Yay, it’s summer!!  Have fun, be safe, don’t forget to read : )

I will continue to post over the summer so feel free to check the blog from time to time.

 

 

Big Brother Is Watching You! June 6, 2008

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I am reading Litter Brother by Cory Doctorow and it is sooo smart, funny and wonderful!  Fans of George Orwell and dystopic novels will love this book.  It is available online for FREE!  I am reading it in bound form but until I can buy a copy for the library in the fall, I suggest any interested parties head over to

http://craphound.com/littlebrother/download/ to download a FREE copy!!  (Did I mention it was free?)

Here is a summary of my new favorite YA book:

Interrogated for days by the Department of Homeland Security in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco, California, seventeen-year-old Marcus is released into what is now a police state, and decides to use his expertise in computer hacking to set things right.

And a review:

Kirkus Review – April 1, 2008

In this unapologetically didactic tribute to 1984, Marcus–known online as w1n5t0n (pronounced “Winston”)–takes on the Department of Homeland Security. It’s only a few years in the future, and surveillance software is everywhere. Monitored laptops track students’ computer use; transit passes and automated toll systems track travel; credit-card networks track consumer purchasing. A terrorist attack on San Francisco is all the excuse the DHS needs for a crackdown, and Marcus is swept up in the random post-bombing sweeps. But where arrest and torture break 1984’s Winston, they energize w1n5t0n. Released from humiliating imprisonment and determined to fight those who say that the innocent have nothing to hide, Marcus becomes the driving force behind a network of teenagers fighting the surveillance state. Long passages of beloved tech-guru Doctorow’s novel are unabashedly educational, detailing the history of computing, how to use anti-surveillance software and anarchist philosophies. Yet in the midst of all this overt indoctrination, Marcus exists as a fully formed character, whose adolescent loves and political intrigues are compelling for more than just propagandistic reasons. Terrifying glimpse of the future–or the present.

 

Summer Days Are Coming!

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What are you guys going to do with all that free time?!  If you would like to be able to check out books during the summer pick up a Summer Reading Contract from Ms. Hall in the Library.

 

Breaking Dawn Cover Art! June 4, 2008

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Stephenie Meyer has finally released the cover art for her fourth and final novel of Bella and Edward’s story, Breaking Dawn.  Meyer has said that there may be other novels in the Twilight Saga but they will no longer be from Bella’s perspective… (Jacob perhaps?) 

The release date for Breaking Dawn is August 2nd and many book stores, including Borders in Visalia, are hosting midnight release parties!  Check out the cover of Breaking Dawn below….what do you think?  Its not quite what I expected…

 

Attention Sci-Fi Fans: June 3, 2008

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The Library  has 5 hardcover copies of Battlefield Earth to give away!  If you would like a copy of your very own see Ms. Hall in the library.  This is a HUGE epic science fiction novel and is considered a classic in sci-fi circles!  So if you are looking for something to read over the long summer months, this may be the book for you!  (Apparently it is much better than the movie adaptation!)

Summary:

A twentieth anniversary edition of the science fiction adventure about Jonnie Goodboy Tyler, a man who ventures out of the dwindling community of humans in a Rocky Mountain retreat in the year 3000 and mounts a challenge against the oppressive alien race of the Psychlos who have held the Earth captive for one thousand years.