26. September 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Horror, Paranormal, Tammy

Heart-shaped Box by Joe Hill, read by Tammy, on 09/24/2013

heart-shaped box   Retired rock star Judas Coyne has a thing for damaged young women and for the macabre. He has a list of ex-girlfriends that he found entertaining for awhile but then sooner or later tired of. He doesn’t even call them by name but by the state they are from. He also keeps a mysterious collection of objects in his home including sketches from infamous serial killer John Wayne Gacy, a trepanned skull from the 16th century, a used hangman’s noose and Aleister Crowley’s childhood chessboard. So, he’s thrilled when his assistant tells him a ghost is for sale on an online auction site. He ends up winning the sale.

But then the black, heart-shaped box arrives in the mail. It not only contains the suit of a dead man but his vengeful ghost. The ghost is the stepfather of an ex-girlfriend who committed suicide after the 54-year-old Coyne sent her home on the train. Let the vengeful haunting and soul searching begin!

26. September 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Tammy · Tags: , ,

Blueboy by George Pica, read by Tammy, on 09/25/2013

blueboyThis detective novel set in 1964 Tacoma, Washington introduces the reader to Tacoma Police Captain Thomas Gaston. He is the chief of detectives and a war veteran returned home. It’s been a rough year. He’s separated from his wife and living with his dad. A childhood friend has been murdered. Then he is charged with helping to bomb his favorite watering hole ten years ago and the charges just keep piling on. He has been stripped of command of the TPD’s detective bureau and replaced by his best friend. His new “office” under the stairs is shared with one of the janitors. Just when he thinks it can’t get any worse his father has a stroke.  Two shadowy figures may be trying to kill him and all his friends and family. Who really killed his friend? Is it related to the bombing he’s being set-up for? In spite of the cover art the book is a hard-boiled detective novel. Nothing in the book is fantasy or horror.

Written by a Missouri author. : )

28. August 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Tammy, Teen Books · Tags:

Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle # 1) by Maggie Stiefvater, read by Tammy, on 08/28/2013

Blue is the teen daughter of a psychic and has grown up in a house of women all with different psychic abilities but she doesn’t have any powers except to boost the powers of anyone she’s around. She’s fine with that but sometimes she wishes she knew what it felt like to see and feel something magical.

She’s also been careful to never fall in love or even kiss a boy or let one kiss her because every psychic she’s ever been too has told her that she will kiss her true love and then he will die. Then on St. Mark’s Eve her mother sends her with a visiting psychic, Neeve to the abandoned church yard to see the “soon to be dead” walk by. She has never seen them herself even though she comes every year with her mother. Her job has always been to boost her mom’s psychic ability and write down the names as her mother says them. But something is different this year and there with Neeve she sees a boy emerge from the darkness and he speaks directly to her. His name is Gansey.

Blue discovers that he is a Raven Boy, one of the student’s attending the local private school, Aglionby. She’s always avoided the raven boys, they can only mean trouble and she could mean trouble for one of them. But she is drawn to Gansey in a way she can’t explain. raven boys

22. August 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: History, NonFiction, Tammy · Tags: , ,

Historic Photos of Missouri by Alan Goforth, read by Tammy, on 08/17/2013

historic photos

This book contains many interesting photos of Missouri throughout it’s history including some from Cole and Osage County. In fact the first photo inside the book is from Chamois, Missouri in Osage County!

This book conveys Missouri’s rich cultural heritage and history through this collection of photos. Ranging from city life to rural country life this book features some of the states most important natural resources, including the Missouri and the Mississippi Rivers. Nearly 200 vivid black-and-white photographs show the reader the places, people and events that have shaped the history of the Show-Me State. From the early 1870s to the 1970s are photos of President Ulysses Grant’s cabin, the Gateway Arch,  cotton pickers in the Bootheel, the 1904 World’s Fair, Whiteman Air Force Base, the Lake of the Ozarks,the St. Louis Browns, the first capitol at Jefferson City, Ste. Genevieve and other towns as they looked in days gone by.

22. August 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Tammy · Tags:

Fall of Night by Rachel Caine, read by Tammy, on 08/08/2013

fall of night  Claire finally is granted her wish to attend the graduate program at MIT and leave Morganville, TX. But of course, strings are attached. Amelie has arranged for her to be enrolled in an advanced study program with Professor Irene Anderson, a former Morganville native and she will have to continue some of the research she started with Myrnin and report back to him and Amelie.

She is able to live off-campus with a high school friend who has troubles of her own and Claire soon discovers that life is full of dangers anywhere you live and little does she know that Morganville isn’t the only town with vampire issues.
Professor Anderson finds out about Claire’s vampire “control device” and immediately has Claire bring it in to her secret lab but when Dr. Anderson starts testing Claire’s machine on live subjects, things quickly spiral out of control, and Claire starts to wonder whether leaving Morganville was the last mistake she’ll ever make.

22. August 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Fantasy, Fiction, Tammy · Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Libriomancer by Jim C. Hines, read by Tammy, on 08/18/2013

libromancer  I loved this book. It was so much fun. The author weaves classics, fantasy titles, science fiction, mythology and crime dramas into the story as well as some novels he created just for this work.

Isaac Vainio is a librarian in a small town library. He is happy with his daily duties helping his patrons and cataloging though the library director doesn’t know what to think of his pet spider be carries with him everywhere, Scorch. He is also a libriomancer, a member of a secret organization founded five centuries ago by Johannes Gutenberg. Libriomancers are gifted with the ability to magically reach into books and draw out objects. When Isaac is attacked by vampires that have leaked from the pages of books into our world, he barely manages to escape with his life. Then he discovers that vampires have been attacking other magic-users and Johannes Gutenberg has been kidnapped.

With the help of beautiful dryad, Isaac finds himself hunting the unknown dark power that has been manipulating humans and vampires alike. His search will uncover dangerous secrets about Libriomancy, Gutenberg, and the history of magic. He will have to make some difficult choices to save lives and possibly all of humanity.

22. August 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Tammy, Teen Books · Tags:

If I Stay by Gayle Foreman, read by Tammy, on 08/10/2013

if i stay  A hauntingly beautiful look at what matters in life and what is worth fighting for…

In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeen-year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck…

A layered, story about the power of family and friends, the choices we all make, and the ultimate choice we each may some day have.

22. August 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Paranormal, Tammy, Teen Books · Tags:

Neferet's Curse by P.C. Cast, read by Tammy, on 08/11/2013

neferet  This is the story of who Neferet, high priestess of the Oklahoma House of Night, was before becoming a high priestess.

Set in Chicago in 1893 as the city prepares for the World’s Fair, sixteen-year-old Emily Wheiler should be enjoying her last few days as a carefree youth of a prosperous family. But her whole life changes when her mother dies leaving her the adult responsibility of being Lady of Wheiler House as her father, a powerful bank president, needs her to entertain and conduct the house as her mother would to help him keep his social standing and influence among the city’s wealthy and powerful and the designers and leaders of The White City: The Chicago World’s Fair.

As Emily tried to adjust to her new role and it’s many responsibilities that she is unprepared for she realizes that her father has a dark violent side she’s never seen before and she reaches out to a handsome young man and his family at one of her father’s parties. But then she is marked by a vampyre and once again her whole world changes.

21. August 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Dystopia, Fiction, Tammy, Teen Books · Tags:

Maze Runner by James Dashner, read by Tammy, on 08/06/2013

maze runner  Thomas wakes up in a dark box that is moving upwards. He has no idea where he is or why. In fact the only thing he can remember is his name. When the doors above him open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade—a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.

None of the Gladers know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight. And every thirty days a new boy has been delivered in the lift. The boys divide all the tasks up among themselves and work together to survive in their strange environment. Some of the boys run through the maze on the outside of the doors that open each day looking for clues on their way out of the maze and the glade and possibly a way home.

Thomas is thinking he can settle in to this new world if he can just find his place, but the next day, a girl arrives in the box. The first time two people have arrived in the same month, the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade and she delivers a mysterious message that may change everything for the Gladers.

21. August 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Award Winner, Dystopia, Fiction, Tammy, Teen Books · Tags:

Divergent by Veronica Roth, read by Tammy, on 08/03/2013

divergent  In dystopian Chicago,  society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to a specific virtue–Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). One day a year all citizens who are now 16 must select the faction they will belong to for the rest of their lives. All sixteen year olds take a test to determine which faction they are best suited for but the choice is left up to the individual. Most choose the faction they grew up in, but not all.Our heroine, Beatrice, is growing up in the Abnegation faction and now must decide does she stay with her parents or does she follow who she really is? If she changes factions she will rarely ever see her parents or brother since not only are living quarters determined by faction but also career paths and marriage options.

During the initiation into her chosen faction, Beatrice renames herself Tris. The initiation is daunting but Tris also has a secret, one that she doesn’t fully understand herself but that she’s hiding on fear of death.

This book has won numerous awards including: ALA Teens’ Top Ten Nominee (2012), Children’s Choice Book Award Nominee for Teen Choice Book of the Year (2012), Abraham Lincoln Award Nominee (2014), dabwaha for Best Young Adult Romance (2012), Goodreads Choice for Favorite Book of 2011 and for Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction (2011)

16. August 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: History, NonFiction, Tammy · Tags: ,

Talking Pictures by Ransom Riggs, read by Tammy, on 08/09/2013

The author found antique photos with notes on the photos about the personal moments of the people in the pictures or other friends and family. He realized he had something unique in his unusual collection and decided to share this lost bits of time and place in a book.talking pictures

16. August 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Award Winner, Fiction, Science Fiction, Tammy · Tags:

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card, read by Tammy, on 08/15/2013

In the distant future planet Earth has barely survived attack by an alien race referred to as the “Buggers” for their bug-like appearance. Even though Earth was able to drive the enemy back everyone is waiting for the day when the alien force returns even stronger. All children are monitored as toddlers to early school age to see if they have what it takes to become part of the planets defense force especially leadership material. Young Ender Wiggin is deemed the perfect candidate to be trained up as the commander of the whole military force. He leaves his family at age 6 for rigorous training. He is constantly watched and tested by the teachers and military leaders who believe he may be the only chance for Earth’s survival against the enemy that they know so little about and understand even less. But is Ender clever enough and strong enough to be what the military is looking for? How can a child accomplish what no adult has been able to do so far? Ender's game

01. August 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: NonFiction, Tammy · Tags: , , ,

Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright , read by Tammy, on 07/13/2013

going clear

Written by a Pulitzer Prize-winning author Going Clear is based on more than two hundred personal interviews with both current and former Scientologists –both famous and less well known–and years of archival research. Lawrence Wright uncovers the inner workings of the Church of Scientology from its origins in the imagination of science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard to its struggles to find acceptance as a legitimate religion around the globe.

Wright centers the book on two leaders of Scientology. L. Ron Hubbard whose mind invented a new religion tailor-made for the spiritually troubled post-World War II era. And his successor, David Miscavige who had the unenviable task of preserving the church in the face of ongoing scandals and continual legal assaults after Hubbard’s death.

We learn about Scientology’s esoteric cosmology; about the auditing process that determines an inductee’s state of being; about the Bridge to Total Freedom, through which members gain eternal life. We see the ways in which the church pursues celebrities, such as Tom Cruise and John Travolta, and how young idealists who joined the Sea Org, the church’s clergy, whose members often enter as children, signing up with a billion-year contract and working with little pay in poor conditions. We meet men and women “disconnected” from friends and family by the church’s policy of shunning critical voices. And we discover, through many firsthand stories, the violence that has long permeated the inner sanctum of the church.

In Going Clear, Wright examines what fundamentally makes a religion a religion and has given us an evenhanded book that uncovers the very essence of what makes Scientology the institution it is.

31. July 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Mystery, Paranormal, Tammy · Tags:

Horns by Joe Hill, read by Tammy, on 07/30/2013

Horns ” Ignatius Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things. He woke up the next morning with a thunderous hangover, a raging headache . . . and a pair of horns growing from his temples.”

At first he thought the horns were a hallucination. He had spent the last year in a private hell following the death of his girlfriend, Merrin Williams. She was raped and murdered and everyone in town thinks Ig was responsible. A breakdown is to be expected but horns? And now the horns give him a mysterious new power.

Ig had been born into wealth and security. His father a renowned musician and his younger brother a rising late-night TV star. Then one summer he made a new best friend and met the girl of his dreams. He had it all. But Merrin’s death changed everything.

This is a dark, dark story with twists and turns. A compelling story and true to life characters and the reader sees what our main character is able to see… the worst side of people. But the reader also gets to see Ig’s family and friends as he’s growing up. You can feel his love for Merrin and his family and friends which makes it all the more crushing that they’ve turned against him. If you’re looking for a tale of evil and revenge with a touch of the supernatural this fits the bill.

31. July 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Tammy

Dodger by Terry Pratchett, read by Tammy, on 07/20/2013

A scruffy lad sees a girl leap desperately from a horse-drawn carriage in an attempt to escape her captors. Can the lad stand by and let her be caught? Of course not he’s…Dodger. Seventeen-year-old Dodger may be a street urchin, but he gleans a living from London’s sewers, and he knows a jewel when he sees one. He’s not about to let anything happen to the unknown girl–not even if her fate impacts some of the most powerful people in England.

From Dodger’s encounter with the mad barber Sweeney Todd to his meetings with the great writer Charles Dickens and the calculating politician Benjamin Disraeli, history and fantasy intertwine with adventure and mystery.

Beloved and bestselling author Sir Terry Pratchett combines high comedy with deep wisdom in this tale of an unexpected coming-of-age and one remarkable boy’s rise in a complex and fascinating world. dodger

31. July 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery, Paranormal, Steam-punk, Tammy, Teen Books · Tags: ,

Soulless (Parasol Protectorate # 1) by Gail Carriger, read by Tammy, on 07/04/2013

Alexia is different from the rest of her family. She’s a spinsterPrint whose father is both Italian and dead. Her mother has remarried and her step-sisters and step-father all tolerate her but think she’s odd. But they have no idea that she has no soul and can render supernatural beings powerless with a touch.

Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently. At one of the biggest social events of the year, she is attacked by a vampire which breaks all standards of social etiquette but Alexia accidentally kills the vampire defending herself. Then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, Scottish, and leader of a werewolf clan) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate.

With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London’s high society? Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing?

 

31. July 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Tammy, Teen Books

Chime by Franny Billingsley, read by Tammy, on 07/02/2013

Before Briony’s stepmother died, she made sure Briony knew that she was a witch and that she was responsible for all the family’s hardships. Briony has accepted her guilt. Of course, she’s dangerous. Of course, she’s unlovable. She used to escape to the swamp, where she told stories to the Old Ones, the spirits who haunt the marshes. But only witches can see the Old Ones, and in her village, witches are sentenced to death. Briony lives in fear her secret will be found out, even as she believes she deserves the punishment that would come with it.

Then Eldric comes along. He’s as natural and comfortable as the sun. He’s her friend and enjoys spending time with her. Can Briony trust him with her secrets? Are her secrets the truth?chime

26. June 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Steam-punk, Tammy, Teen Books

Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger, read by Tammy, on 06/15/2013

Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is horrified to learn that her mother has decided to send her to finishing school. She knows she is a great trial to her mother and older sisters but she’s just not interested in learning manners and behaving ladylike. She’d much rather climb a tree or dismantle a clock. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady and hopefully make great progress before her sister’s coming out party. So she enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

But Sophronia soon realizes this school is not your ordinary finishing school and not quite what her mother had in mind. etiquette and espionageAt Mademoiselle Geraldine’s, young ladies learn the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but they also learn defense, diversion, and espionage–in the politest possible ways, of course. Sophronia and her new friends are in for quite an education.

26. June 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Literary Fiction, Tammy

The Canterbury Tales by Adapted by Seymour Chwast from Geoffrey Chaucer, read by Tammy, on 06/21/2013

A graphic novel translation of the Canterbury Tales by Chaucer.

To pass the time on their way to Canterbury, England a group of pilgrims decide to tell each other tales as they travel along on their motorcycles. The visual joke of people in Middle English dress on motorcycles instead of horseback and on foot maybe the best laugh for those who are already familiar with the stories and it is the only way the story diverges from the original tales. It is an accessible updated retelling in modern  English and a unique way to introduce new readers to the famous tales. Includes adult content and adult drawings. I missed the cadence of the original poetry but now know why we didn’t read all the stories in my college class. canterbury tales

26. June 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Dystopia, Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Paranormal, Tammy · Tags: ,

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks, read by Tammy, on 06/24/2013

Moving and thought-provoking. Definitely not two words I thought I’d ever use to describe a zombie novel.

world war zIt didn’t dwell on the gore of a zombie attack and killing zombies though some of that action is described. Instead it is a collection of first person accounts from doctors to soldiers to individual citizens and political leaders in a variety of countries and cultures. It clearly brings home the emotional, social and economic damage caused by world-wide plague conditions or even an individual country laid low by a plague outbreak. It deftly combines the two (war and plague) never completely forgetting that the enemy were once other human beings often neighbors and friends or family who did not choose to become the enemy but for your survival and the survival of the human race and the human spirit — they all have to die.