Forgotten On the Shelves: Patricia A. McKillip’s ‘Riddle-Master Trilogy’

Forgotten On the Shelves: Patricia A. McKillip’s ‘Riddle-Master Trilogy’

The Riddle-Master of Hed was Patricia A. McKillip’s third fantasy novel, published two years after The Forgotten Beasts of Eld.  A cursory description makes it sound like a generic epic fantasy, with a magic system based on the solving of riddles.  There’s a map at the beginning of the book showing all the kingdoms of what seems to be a quasi-medieval landscape.  The hero is Morgon, who is both a prince and the …

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New Book Club Set: ‘I Know This Much is True’ by Wally Lamb

New Book Club Set: ‘I Know This Much is True’ by Wally Lamb

We have another new Book Club Set at the Isabel Turner branch, thanks to a very generous donation from the Friends of KFPL:  Wally Lamb’s 1998 doorstop-sized second novel  I Know This Much is True.

Publishers Weekly had this to say about the novel:  “This much is true for sure: Lamb’s second novel is a hefty read. Some may be daunted by its length, its seemingly obsessive inclusion of background details and …

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The Hungry Ghosts

The Hungry Ghosts

The Hungry Ghosts

Shyam Selvadurai

Shivan, a young, gay immigrant in 1980s Toronto, is torn between relative sexual freedom in Canada and longing for his idyllic home in Sri Lanka.  Dismayed by casual racism, even within a North American gay community, Shivan returns to Sri Lanka and the home of his manipulative, overbearing grandmother, only to find ethnic tensions in the tropical country spiraling into uncontrolled violence.  Will the passionate and trusting young man be forced to pay for his desires?  And how high will that price ultimately be?

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New Book Club Set: ‘Falling to Earth’ by Kate Southwood

New Book Club Set: ‘Falling to Earth’ by Kate Southwood

Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of KFPL we have added a new Book Club Set at the Isabel Turner Branch: Kate Southwoods 2013 historical novel Falling To Earth.  

Booklist’s reviewer described the novel this way:  “Alone among the residents of Marah, Illinois, Paul Graves and his family emerge completely unscathed from the violent tornado that levels the town.  Not a window broken, not a chair out of …

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New Book Club Set: ‘A Working Theory of Love’ by Scott Hutchins

New Book Club Set: ‘A Working Theory of Love’ by Scott Hutchins

We have received a very generous donation from the Friends of KFPL for the Central Branch: a Book Club Set of Scott Hutchins‘ 2013 debut novel  A Working Theory of Love .

Kirkus Reviews had this to say about the novel: “Artificial intelligence meets the questing of the human heart in an ambitious, accomplished debut.  Hutchins’ impressive if overlong first novel hinges on an ironic setup that delivers multiple layers of cherishable …

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Scary Movies

Scary Movies

To keep you in the Hallowe’en mood a little longer, here are a few of KFPL’s newest horror movies, plus a handful of TV series and a couple of made-for-TV movies — guaranteed to tingle spines and keep a night-light burning after bedtime.  Please note that these titles are intended for adults and include scenes of graphic violence and horror.  Viewer discretion is strongly advised.  Click on any title to place a reservation.

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New Book Club Set: ‘Flee, Fly, Flown’ by Janet Hepburn

New Book Club Set: ‘Flee, Fly, Flown’ by Janet Hepburn

We have another new Book Club Set at the Central Library, thanks to a very generous donation from the Friends of KFPL:  Flee, Fly, Flown, the 2013 debut novel from Ontario poet Janet Hepburn.

The book jacket blurb gives you a taste of the novel: “When Lillian and Audrey hatch a plot to escape from Tranquil Meadows Nursing Home, “borrow” a car, and spend their hastily planned vacation time driving to destinations …

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Surviving the Apocalypse in the Suburbs

Surviving the Apocalypse in the Suburbs

Surviving the Apocalypse in the Suburbs

Wendy Brown

This guide to simplifying suburbia and adopting a lower-energy lifestyle breaks down all our basic needs and describes how they might be met after the loss of the modern conveniences we currently take for granted.  From small-space gardening techniques and a guide to small livestock, to tips on cooking and heating, sanitation options, and much more, this is a complete guide to becoming more self-sufficient wherever you live.  Required …

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Graham Joyce, British Fantasy and Horror writer

Graham Joyce, British Fantasy and Horror writer

I was sad to hear that award-winning British writer Graham Joyce had died on September 9th of lymphoma.  He was only 59 and by all accounts just hitting his stride as a writer’s writer.  He was one of those authors whose books defy genre categories and frustrate bookstores (and libraries) trying to decide where to display his books: each title was different from its predecessor, sometimes squarely in fantasy or horror or mystery, sometimes a …

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New Book Club Set: ‘The Threads of the Heart’ by Carole Martinez

New Book Club Set: ‘The Threads of the Heart’ by Carole Martinez

Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of KFPL we have added a new Book Club Set at the Isabel Turner Branch: Carole Martinez‘ prize-winning historical novel The Threads of the Heart (translated by Howard Curtis from the French original, Le coeur cousu).

The review from Publishers Weekly had this to say about The Threads of the Heart:  “Spanning southern Spain to Algeria, this mythic family tale follows a …

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Horror Movie Directors Turned Authors

Horror Movie Directors Turned Authors

Actors are often known to explain “What I really want to do is direct”; but what about directors?  It turns out that more than a few want to write.  Booklist columnist Daniel Kraus has just published an interesting article on horror fiction penned by horror movie directors.  Since KFPL owns most of the titles he listed (plus a couple of extras) it seemed like a good idea for a post.  You can read his original …

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New Book Club Set: a second set of Joseph Boyden’s ‘The Orenda’

New Book Club Set: a second set of Joseph Boyden’s ‘The Orenda’

We have received a very generous donation from the Kingston Newcomers Alumnae book group: a second Book Club Set of  The Orenda  by  Joseph Boyden.   Publisher’s Weekly‘s reviewer wrote: “Epic in scope, exquisite in execution, Boyden’s spellbinding third novel tells the story of the French conquest of Canada from the point of view of both the conquerors and the conquered.  Boyden, winner of the 2008 Scotiabank Giller Prize for 

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