Book Review: Something Deadly This Way Comes by Kim Harrison

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Regardless of what your philosophical definition of a soul is, we can all agree that when a person loses the will to live and happiness has left their life they are dead inside. Harrison explores this problem in her book Something Deadly This Way Comes, looking at a young lady whose soul has died. In Harrison’s world when the will to live is gone and the soul leaves, that is when an angel comes to that person and kills them so that they will not live on without a soul. Our main character Madison believes that this practice is barbaric, killing someone just because they have lost the will to be happy. Madison believes that if you help the person to rekindle their soul, it will begin to thrive again and they can continue on with their soul intact. However, the angels have set their system up for the beginning of time and do not believe a soul can be rekindled. Madison has a long road ahead of her to save the young girl’s life before its untimely end.

Review by Leslie B.

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Book Review: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick

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There are some androids on Earth illegally and it falls to Rick Deckard to eliminate them. That’s the basic gist of the story. He falls in love a little bit with an android named Rachel and has a strange religious experience with Wilbur Mercer. His marriage is somewhat strained and he tries like hell to get a live animal.

I had only seen the film Bladerunner a couple of times before reading this book, both years before. I had only the vaguest recollections of the movie when I started the book, but I knew that either I remembered very, very little or that the film version diverged greatly from the book. Turns out both were true. The movie seemed to take some of the characters and the basic storyline, and that’s where the similarities end, leaving a good book behind and making an equally good movie.

Enough about the film though. I have decided to name my next pet Isidore, I liked him so much. He was one of my favorite characters and I wanted to hug him again and again throughout. The bit where he’s trying to fix the ailing cat not realizing it’s a real cat instead of an electric one is so endearing. There’re just too many such moments with him; I love it.

I wasn’t prepared for a Deckard who was so fixated on animals. True, most everyone is in this story, because true living animals are so rare, but this man was near obsessed, keeping a copy of Sidney’s Price Guide in his pocket at all times. Of course, a man as stressed as he had to have some quirks.

The Mercerism parts of the book proved to be the most confusing parts. I couldn’t tell whether the author was ridiculing or praising religious experiences. Either way, Deckard was far more confused by his experience with Mercer than I was, poor fellow.

This book is terrific. As I said, if you’ve already seen the movie, it’s not exactly or even nearly the same. Just treat them as two separate entities and you’ll get the most out of it you can. It’s great and I recommend it to anyone who likes hardcore science fiction.

Review by Jessica A.

Monday Spotlight: Pages to Pictures

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Starting this Saturday, Danville Public Library will be holding its first Pages to Pictures. A combination book and movie club, Pages to Pictures asks participants to read the book selection and then join us to watch the movie adaptation. Discussion of both will follow the movie. (Note: it’s perfectly okay to come to the movie even if you haven’t read the book.)

 

Saturday, September 15 at 1:00 p.m. in the first floor meeting room

Friday Reads: Grandparents Day

Grandparents Day falls on the first Sunday after Labor Day. This year, that’s September 9. Grandparents Day has been celebrated in the United States since 1978. Today, let’s look at some books featuring grandparents and a couple of books for grandparents. All of these can be found at Danville Public Library.

9780545486378_mresWild Life by Cynthia DeFelice

When twelve-year-old Eric’s parents are deployed to Iraq, he goes to live with grandparents he hardly knows in small-town North Dakota, but his grandfather’s hostility and the threat of losing the dog he has rescued are too much and Eric runs away.

 

 

 

51xyfw2f8pl-_sx372_bo1204203200_The Really Useful Grandparents’ Book by Eleo Gordon and Tony Lacey, illustrated by Julia Connolly

An encyclopedia of games, facts and activities designed for grandparents to share with grandchildren includes such options as card tricks, camping out in the backyard, and creating an iPod playlist.

 

 

8167905._UY630_SR1200,630_Silas’ Seven Grandparents by Anita Horrocks, illustrated by Helen Flook

Silas’ Seven Grandparents is a fun and loving story about having multiple sets of grandparents and stepgrandparents. When Silas’ parents go away on a business trip, all seven grandparents invite Silas to stay with them….How can he choose one without hurting the others’ feelings?

 

 

51ns07m768l-_sx315_bo1204203200_Grandma & Grandpa’s Big Book of Fun: Great Things to Make and Do With Grandkids by Jean Luttrell, illustrations by Chuck Luttrell

Grandparents, are you looking forward to a visit from your grandkids, but wondering how to entertain them? This book shows you how to have fun together with games to play, activities to share, and things to make with more than two hundred great ideas.

 

 

610tvtm2f2bl-_sx338_bo1204203200_What the Moon Saw by Laura Resau

Fourteen-year-old Clara Luna spends the summer with her grandparents in the tiny, remote village of Yucuyoo, Mexico, learning about her grandmother’s life as a healer, her father’s decision to leave home for the United States, and her own place in the world.

 

 

 

5159a3csxyl-_sx318_bo1204203200_Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner

Stegner’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is the story of four generations in the life of an American family. A wheelchair-bound retired historian embarks on a monumental quest: to come to know his grandparents, now long dead. The unfolding drama of the story of the American West sets the tone for Stegner’s masterpiece. Four generations in the life of an American family are chronicled as retired historian Lyman Ward, confined to a wheelchair, decides to write his grandparent’s history. The Pulitzer Prize-winning classic has been selected by the board of the Modern Library as one of the best hundred novels of the 20th century.

 

 

Note: All book covers are from Google Images and all descriptions are from the SHARE Catalog.

Book Review: Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

220px-FingersmithcoverFingersmith is a term used for a pickpocket in England, which is appropriate since this is a novel about one such young lady and her profession. Susan is born into the life of a Fingersmith, but she has been asked by a colleague to trick a young woman to marry him and then place her into an insane asylum in order to steal her money. The plan goes well until Susan begins to like the victim and she finds herself a victim of her own plan. This book is divided into 3 parts. The first and last are from the point of view of the Fingersmith, the middle from the point of view of the victim. I very much enjoyed Susan’s voice but could not stand the point of view of the victim. Try this book for yourself, maybe it is just me.

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 three new bestsellers, five new movies, four new children’s books, and five other new books.

The new bestsellers this week are “Leverage in Death: An Eve Dallas Novel,” “Depth of Winter: A Longmire Mystery,” and “John Woman.” The new movies this week include “Book Club,” “Woman Walks Ahead,” and “A Kid Like Jake.”

Book Review: Daughters of the Night Sky by Aimie K. Runyan

34879517During WWII, a few regiments of women piloted bombers and fighters in the Soviet Air Forces. The Germans called them Night Witches, because they bombed German bases during the night. This novel tells the fictionalized story of these women through the eyes of Katya. From an early age, Katya decides she wants to be a pilot. She studies hard in school and gets her military training. As women, Katya and her peers have to prove themselves better than the men to be taken seriously at all, and they accomplish this marvelously, with far more sorties than any of the male regiments, and better records in general.

As a wartime story, there is of course hardship and misery, yet this book tempers that with hope and triumph. This book is great for anyone who wishes to know more about a little-known piece of WWII history.  Sofia Orlov, Katya’s commanding officer, was based on real-life heroine Marina Raskova. I would very much like to read her story.

Review by Jessica A.