C. J. Cherryh’s ‘Chanur’ series

C. J. Cherryh’s ‘Chanur’ series

I read the first four books in  C. J. Cherryh‘s  Chanur  series back in the 1980s as they were published, and then pounced on the final volume in 1992 when she revisited the series — and the next generation of characters — after a six-year absence.  The story is a variation on the classic first contact theme, from the viewpoint of technologically advanced aliens coming into contact with humanity.  (This …

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New Book Club Set: ‘The Beginner’s Goodbye’ by Anne Tyler

New Book Club Set: ‘The Beginner’s Goodbye’ by Anne Tyler

We have just added a new Book Club Set at our Isabel Turner Branch:  Anne Tyler‘s 2012 novel The Beginner’s Goodbye.  This addition was made possible through the generosity of the Friends of Kingston Frontenac Public Library.

Booklist‘s reviewer had this to say about The Beginner’s Goodbye:

“Tyler’s bright charm resides in her signature blend of the serious with the larky.  Adept at dissecting family life, she is also …

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Folks, this ain’t normal: a farmer’s advice for happier hens, healthier people, and a better world

Folks, this ain’t normal: a farmer’s advice for happier hens, healthier people, and a better world

Folks, this ain’t normal: a farmer’s advice for happier hens, healthier people, and a better world

Joel Salatin

Farmer Joel Salatin discusses how far removed we are from the simple, sustainable joy that comes from living close to the land and the people we love. From child-rearing, to creating quality family time, to respecting the environment, Salatin writes with a wicked sense of humor and true storyteller’s knack for the revealing anecdote. Salatin’s crucial message and distinctive …

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New Book Club Set: ‘Ender’s Game’ by Orson Scott Card

New Book Club Set: ‘Ender’s Game’ by Orson Scott Card

The Friends of Kingston Frontenac Public Library have very generously given us a new Book Club Set: Orson Scott Card‘s well-loved science fiction novel,  Ender’s Game.  First published in book-length form in 1985 (an expansion of a 1977 short story), and marketed to adult readers, Ender’s Game‘s coming-of-age storyline and its message of acceptance for young misfits quickly made it a hit with teens and younger readers.  It won both …

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Carnivals and Circuses in Fantasy and Horror Fiction

Carnivals and Circuses in Fantasy and Horror Fiction

The winding down of summer and the turning into fall always makes me think of fall fairs, circuses and travelling carnivals. Aside from the Andre Norton title Beast Master’s Quest  below (and the sadly out-of-print Circus World series by Barry Longyear and the “Message” episode from Firefly)  I can’t think of any science fiction dealing with this topic, but there’s certainly a respectable number of fantasy and horror titles …

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Haunted Ground

Haunted Ground

Haunted Ground

Erin Hart

When farmers cutting turf in an Irish peat bog make a grisly discovery — the perfectly preserved head of a young woman — archaeologist Cormac Maguire and pathologist Nora Gavin must use cutting-edge techniques to preserve ancient evidence.  However, the girl is not the only enigma in this remote corner of Galway.  Two years earlier, the wife of a local landowner went for a walk with her young son and vanished without a …

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Wife 22

Wife 22

Wife 22

Melanie Gideon

Alice Buckle has been married for almost 20 years, has two wonderful children, and wonders if this is it.  She signs up to participate in a computer study of marriage in the twenty-first century, for which she will answer a series of questions about her life and marriage.  She becomes the anonymous “Wife 22,” communicating with Researcher 101.  Mixed in with the story are Facebook posts, letters, emails, texts and Tweets, all of …

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The World of Neil Peart’s Clockwork Angels

The World of Neil Peart’s Clockwork Angels

I’ve had Rush’s amazing album, Clockwork Angels, on perpetual repeat in my car CD player lately.  I never get tired of the bass lines and the driving percussion, not to mention the big fat guitar sounds.  After many, many listens I thought to myself “hey, this would make a great rock opera. I would totally go see that”.  There is a clear story line in the album and the grandiose themes and scenes are definitely worthy of …

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Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy

Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy

KFPL now has the first two volumes (Annihilation and Authority) of Jeff VanderMeer’s superbly creepy Southern Reach Trilogy.   The third volume (Acceptance) is on order and we expect it to arrive shortly after its September 2nd publication date.  Just click on any title to place your reservation.

First of all, here’s what Jeff VanderMeer said about the genesis of the series:

“Ideas creep in from all over the place, …

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New Book Club Set: ‘Polly of Bridgewater Farm’ by Catharine Fleming McKenty

New Book Club Set: ‘Polly of Bridgewater Farm’ by Catharine Fleming McKenty

Catharine Fleming McKenty, the author of Polly of Bridgewater Farm: an Unknown Irish Story, has made us a very generous donation of ten copies of her book, in memory of her late husband Neil McKenty.  We have added them as a Book Club Set to the collection at the Isabel Turner branch.  Just click on the title to reserve the set.

Aunt Polly

Polly of Bridgewater Farm is a fictionalized account of …

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The Apple Lover’s Cookbook

The Apple Lover’s Cookbook

The Apple Lover’s Cookbook

Amy Traverso

Looking for new ways to enjoy an old favourite? Traverso offers recipes both sweet and savoury. When you just can’t resist a basketful at the market or orchard stand, flip through her guide to 59 varieties to learn more about their flavour and ideal use in the kitchen.  The Swedish Apple Pie, featuring Northern Spy, is highly recommended! For more great apple tips and other foodie fare, follow the …

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New Book Club Set: Ruth Ozeki’s ‘A Tale for the Time Being’

New Book Club Set: Ruth Ozeki’s ‘A Tale for the Time Being’

The Book Ends Book Club in Sydenham has made us a very generous donation of a Book Club Set of the 2013 novel  A Tale for the Time Being  by Ruth OzekiLibrary Journal‘s reviewer had this to say about the book: “Ozeki’s beautifully crafted work, which arrives a decade after her last novel, All Over Creation, strives to unravel the mystery of a 16-year-old Japanese …

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