Book Review: Welcome to Twin Peaks by David Lynch, et al.

41Dn-e5kUbL._SX266_BO1,204,203,200_This travel guide is great for fans of the early 90s TV show Twin Peaks. If you lived in the fictional world of the show (heaven help you) then you would pick up this book to read if you were contemplating visiting or moving to Twin Peaks. Agent Cooper would have loved to have this handy guide, but unfortunately for him it was published after his brief stay in town. Not only does the guide give a brief overview of wildlife and community events, but it also shares a bit on the main players both past and present in Twin Peaks’ history.

Review by Jessica A.


Friday Reads: Up, Up, and Away!

Coming up soon is Balloons Over Vermilion at the Vermilion County Airport (Friday, July 13 and Saturday, July 14), a weekend filled with games, rides, food, and of course, hot air balloons. Danville Public Library will be in the Kids’ Zone, so be sure to come say hi! For more balloon fun, check out these books.


Falling Upwards: How We Took to the Air  by Richard Holmes

Falling Upwards tells the story of the enigmatic group of men and women who first risked their lives to take to the air, and so discovered a new dimension of human experience. Why they did it, what their contemporaries thought of them, and how their flights revealed the secrets of our planet in wholly unexpected ways is its subject.– Publisher’s description.



aa20Spy in the Sky by Kathleen Karr

When Northerner Thaddeus Lowe lands his huge balloon in South Carolina at the beginning of the Civil War, ten-year-old orphan Ridley Jones joins up with him and the two set out to find a way to use Lowe’s balloon to help the North.




51maxeiw8al-_sx258_bo1204203200_A Voyage in the Clouds: The (Mostly) True Story of the First International Flight by Balloon in 1785 by Matthew Olshan

Dr. John Jeffries and his pilot, Jean-Pierre Blanchard, each want to be the first man to fly from one country to another, across the English Channel. There’s only one problem: they can’t stand each other! Inspired by the true story of the first international flight.


51ri1du6hil-_sx258_bo1204203200_Curious George and the Hot-Air Balloon

While visiting Mount Rushmore, Curious George gets into mischief when he takes an unplanned ride on a hot air balloon.




8430677Popped by Carol Higgins Clark

At the height of the nine-day Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, sleuth Regan Reilly finds the festivities threatened by saboteurs and winds her way through a host of pilots, balloonists, tourists, and merchants.


Note: Photo from Goodreads.



51zyhwydjvl-_sx258_bo1204203200_Lincoln’s Flying Spies: Thaddeus Lowe and the Civil War Balloon Corps by Gail Jarrow

Describes the contributions made to the Union’s efforts in the Civil War by Thaddeus Lowe and a corps of hot air balloonists who helped spy on the Confederate army, despite becoming targets in the war themselves.



516bbo2egxl-_sx277_bo1204203200_One Mile Under by Andrew Gross

Leading a tour down the rapids outside Aspen, Colorado, whitewater guide Dani Whalen comes upon the dead body of a close friend. Trey Watkins’s death is ruled an accident. Finding evidence that seems to back up her suspicions that it wasn’t, she takes her case to Wade Dunn, the local police chief and her ex-stepfather. Wade insists the case is closed, but Rooster, a hot air balloon operator in town, claims he saw something from the air she should know. When he suddenly dies in a fiery crash, Dani threatens to take her suspicions public, goading Wade into tossing her in jail. When an old friend contacts Ty Hauck and says his daughter is in trouble, he doesn’t hesitate to get involved. But in the square off between giant energy companies and beaten-down ranchers and farmers, one resource is even more valuable in this drought-stricken region than oil. They both will kill for it—water.



Note: All descriptions are from SHARE and all pictures are from Google Images, except where otherwise noted.

Master of the Highlands By Veronica Wolff

9780425226759Lily is a woman who puts her work first and herself and everyone else second. So, when she is transported back in time to Scotland, she is torn between a desire to return to her own time to repair her broken life, or remain here and maybe find a love and family she was missing. So many time travel novels are about trying to fit in to the new place, in this book Lily is not the first to travel to this place. The laird’s foster brother had arrived 15 years earlier, though not from our time but 1916, so when she arrives it is more her disbelief in the event and her knowledge of the future that makes the transition difficult.

Review by Leslie B.

Book Review: V for Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd

220px-V_for_vendettaxV for Vendetta is Moore and Lloyd’s response to the upswing in conservatism in 1980s England, still in the Cold War. They took this idea to the conclusion that after a nuclear war (supposing that England survived, that is), England would turn fascist right quick. The hero (anti-hero?) V serves as a thorn in the side of the government, blowing up buildings and killing off high party officials. He takes in a girl named Evey (so glad they aged her up for the movie, because her story line is a bit less creepy if she’s a young woman rather than a teenager, but only a bit) whom he rescues from attackers on the street. V is no mere anarchist though: he has big plans for Evey and for England. Mr Finch of the Finger (law enforcement) works to discover V’s back story in order to find out who he really is.

Having seen the movie several times before I ever read the book, I can’t help but make a few comparisons. In the movie, V is far more dashing and sympathetic, like an anarchist Errol Flynn (thanks in part to Hugo Weaving’s amazing voice). In the book, he’s far more disturbing. This isn’t a criticism, by the way. I think Moore wanted V to be disturbing. That’s the point: V is not really a hero, but a villain in his own right, who is willing to do terrible things to fight for what he believes is right (don’t all villains?). The fact that he is fighting against something even more terrible than he is, is what casts him as the hero of the story, not his own actions. It’s this exploration of the moral grey area that makes this a great story and one that (mostly) holds up almost 30 years later.

Review by Jessica A.