Book Review: The Book Jumper by Mechthild Gläser

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Alexis had Amy when she was a teenager and immediately left home to make her own way and told Amy very little about her past. So when they arrive at Alexis’ family home, Amy is very surprised to learn how wealthy her family is. If this sounds a bit like Gilmore Girls, well it does, but with fewer quips and a lot less coffee. The names Alexis and Amy also seem to be a nod to the TV show (Alexis Bledel played Rory Gilmore and Amy Sherman-Pallidino created Gilmore Girls.) So the premise is: What if Rory had the ability to jump into books and interact with the characters. Alexis and Amy are of the Lennox family who shares the Scottish island of Stormsay with the Macalister clan. There is quite a lot of tension between the two clans, but they both take their ability to enter the book world very seriously, for it is their job to protect it. So when Sherlock Homes goes missing for The Hound of the Baskervilles and the Alice fails to meet the White Rabbit, Amy and the other book jumpers Betsy and Will know that something has truly gone wrong in the book world.

I love the concept of the story. As an avid reader, I would relish the opportunity to visit the worlds I read about. Who wouldn’t want to spend a day auditing classes at Hogwarts, or taking in the sights of the Emerald City with Dorothy? I wasn’t too happy with how the ending played out in this book, but on the whole it was fun and excited my imagination.

Review by Jessica A.

Monday Spotlight: Gale Legal Forms

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Do you need to write a will? Or set up a rental agreement? Legal Forms is a Gale website accessible through the Danville Public Library website. Just go to our website, visit the Catalogs Databases & E-Collections section, and under the Databases tab you will find the link to Legal Forms. If you are using a home computer, you will need your library card number to log in. However, if you are using internet at the library, you will be logged in automatically.

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1 (2015-present) by Ryan North, Erica Henderson, and Rico Renzi

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Well many of you who read my reviews on a regular basis believe that I will never find a comic or graphic novel I like. Well both you and I were proved wrong today. I read about Squirrel Girl and could not stop laughing. This comic is a choose the story book which I thought was a great way to make the story your own, but also very tongue in cheek. Squirrel Girl is out to save New York City, but it appears that all of the bad guys are active at the same time, due to the Swarm doing his research on them. She defeats three bad guys and then attempts to defeat the Swarm. But, her powers are no match for him, so she calls her friend Kio Boi who almost doesn’t answer his phone because he is busy. They team up to battle the Swarm and throughout comic book style puns along the way making this a charming book. A must read!!

Review by Leslie B.

Book Review: Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám, translated by Edward Fitzgerald with drawings by Edmund J. Sullivan

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Omar Khayyám was a twelfth-century scientist and poet in Persia. This slim volume contains seventy-five quatrains (rubáiyát) each accompanied by an illustration by Sullivan. The text was translated by Fitzgerald in the late nineteenth century. The central theme of the poetry presented her seems to be drink and be merry, but especially drink. Khayyám is very fond of the daughter of the vine, as he calls it. Some of the poems also reveal a personal philosophy that no one knows why we are here on this earth and we never will learn, so live for today because yesterday has passed and tomorrow never really comes. I enjoyed the poetry, though it was sometimes difficult to understand. (That probably owes to the date of the translation and to my own unfamiliarity with poetry in general.) Each drawing coincides with a quatrain of the poem. The artwork is truly wonderful, line and ink drawings with expressive faces and lithe bodies. I quite liked this book and would like to read another edition, with a more modern translation.

Review by Jessica A.

Book Review: A Plague of Zombies by Diana Gabaldon

18403714_1283113398451556_7757486304728422798_nI love the Outlander series by Gabaldon! However, though I am not as found of her Lord John series I do read it when I am in the mood for a more flowery, poetic writing. When I came upon this title I was ecstatic and terrified to see that Gabaldon was following in the footsteps of so many others and jumping on the zombie wagon. I was surprised that she was able to create an interesting story without it becoming crazy and jumping head first out of her series. This story, though called an Outlander Novella is about Lord John and his time spent in the Caribbean, dealing with the problems of a British territory and attempting to regain control of the government. Gabaldon does a great job making the zombies less about the supernatural and more about the science behind how the perceived dead can in fact kill.

Review by Leslie B.