Book Review: Shadow Study by Maria V. Snyder

17498550_1232148046881425_8090678025792885296_nIf you have read my reviews for the first three books in this series you know that the main character, Yelena, is a magician. She lives her life helping others, despite the fact that everyone seems to be trying to kill her. Yelena finds herself under attack again and this time her magical powers are able to heal herself as she always does but the wound is full of poison that takes away her magic. She must find out why she is without magic that protects her, find the cure, and save the world. Not bad for a years work.

Review by Leslie B.

What’s New at the Library?

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See what’s new this week at the Danville Public Library at:

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There are four new bestsellers, seven new videos, two new audiobooks, seven new children’s books, and ten other new books.

The new bestsellers this week include “The Devil’s Triangle,” “The Width of the World,” and “The Hearts of Men: A Novel.” The new videos this week include “Moana,” “Jackie,” and “Bruce Lee: The Big Boss / Fist Of Fury.”

Book Review: Love is Love

LoveIsLove-Cv1-651x1000After the shooting at Pulse, an LGBTQIA night club in Orlando, comics creators came together to create this anthology that responds to the attack and celebrates love in its various forms. Each creative team got a page (or occasionally two) for their comic. Some chose to use the space for a more traditional comic layout, others opted for a full-page print. The shooting was in June of 2016 and I didn’t have a chance to read this book until just now in March 2017, three months after its publication. As a result, the event that sparked the book was no longer in the forefront of my mind (soooooo much has happened in the world since then), so the comics that were a direct response to the attack didn’t have the emotional impact for me that they would have had I read them closer to June. That’s on me, of course (and perhaps the world in general for being so crazy these last several months). The comics I liked best were personal stories, not the ones featuring superheroes. Batman musing while walking through the crime scene felt weird to me, rather than reverent. On the other hand, the comics that featured canonically queer characters like Poison Ivy and Batwoman were pretty good. I especially liked an image of Batwoman holding an American flag that is also a LGBTQIA Pride flag, drawn by Rafael Albuquerque. A purchase of this book sends funds directly to survivors and their families via Equality Florida, so it’s obviously for a good cause, but more than that it’s a testament to the power of comics to make a positive difference in the world.

Review by Jessica A.

Book Review: Curious George Discovers the Stars adapted by Bethany V. Freitas

613p-bjj0ql-_sx258_bo1204203200_I don’t know about you, but I love Curious George. His stories are always fun and entertaining. But what if they could also be educational? That is what I love about this book. George goes on a expedition of discovery, trying to count how many stars are in the sky, and in the process he learns all about stars, constellation, orbits and how a blackout in the city is the only way you can see stars due to the light pollution. Cool book!

Review by Leslie B.

What’s New at the Library?

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See what’s new this week at the Danville Public Library at:

*** http://wowbrary.org/nu.aspx?fb&p=8491-129 ***

There are four new bestsellers, seven new videos, four new audiobooks, three new children’s books, and 22 other new books.

The new bestsellers this week include “WE: A Manifesto for Modern Women,” “The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit,” and “Shoot Like a Girl: One Woman’s Dramatic Fight in Afghanistan and on the Home Front.” The new videos this week include “American Experience: Command & Control DVD,” “Sherpa,” and “Dark Side of the Full Moon.”