02. April 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Children's Books, Eric, Fantasy, Fiction · Tags:

Dragons at Crumbling Castle: and Other Tales by Terry Pratchett, 336 pages, read by Eric, on 03/28/2015

If any good should come from the loss of the legendary Sir Terry Pratchett, an increased interest in his wonderful writing would be best. It’s also fitting to read this collection of stories written during Pratchett’s youth, if only to see the honing of skills which would serve him so well in the decades to come. These are tales intended for young readers, written by a very young author. They may lack some polish, but with few exceptions, they are filled with inventiveness. I particularly enjoyed The Great Speck. Your results may vary.

03. July 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Cats, Fiction, Tammy · Tags: , ,

Downton Tabby by Chris Kelly, 80 pages, read by Tammy, on 07/02/2014

For cat lovers who also like Downton Abbey. Some of the text is related just to cats but if you’ve watched the show you’ll get the inside fan jokes too. downton tabby

02. May 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Eric, Fantasy, Fiction · Tags: , ,

Bad Unicorn by Platte F. Clark, 423 pages, read by Eric, on 04/19/2014

Princess is a bad unicorn. That’s why she is called the Destroyer. When unicorns are bad, entire worlds tremble at the thought of the carnage to come. Accompanied (reluctantly) by Magar, her wizard, Princess is crossing worlds and time in order to track down the Codex of Infinite Knowability, give it to an evil sorcerer, and eat Max. Max is a rather geeky human middle-schooler, completely unaware that he is a descendant of the greatest wizard of all time. Soon, thanks the Codex, which only he seems able to read, his lineage is revealed, and Max, his friends, and a cranky dwarf are in training with frobbits on a future world, preparing to face down Princess. It all makes sense, right?

Obviously inspired by the likes of Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams, Platte F. Clark starts his humorous fantasy trilogy with a bang (and possibly a large belch). There are several groan-worthy moments when the jokes fall flat, but otherwise, I can’t imagine why middle school readers wouldn’t eat this up. Peppered throughout the book are excerpts from the Codex, one of which (concerning screaming trees and druids) makes it all worth while on its own. Onward to Fluff Dragon!

28. April 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Children's Books, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Science Fiction, Tammy · Tags: , ,

Star Wars: Jedi Academy by Jeffrey Brown, 160 pages, read by Tammy, on 04/20/2014

star wars jedi academyAuthor and illustrator Jeff Brown brings us the story of Roan and his first year at the Jedi Academy as a late-starter. He brings both the middle school experience and Jedi training to life. Told through drawings, comics, letters and diary entries we see Roan progress through his being the new kid at school to being proud to be a Jedi. Fun for the whole family and kid-friendly. Though some words throughout will be challenging for younger readers and will require a parent’s assistance. As an adult Star Wars fan I enjoyed the story as well.

24. March 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Humor, Pamela, Romance · Tags:

Stop the Wedding! by Stephanie Bond, 178 pages, read by Pamela, on 03/23/2014

weddingDivorce attorney, Annabelle Coakley is quite upset that her mother is planning to remarry.  And, marrying washed up film star, Martin Castleberry, to boot.  She heads to Atlanta with one goal in mind – stop the wedding!

Clay Castleberry, the groom’s son, leaves unfinished business in Paris to hopefully buy off the new lady in his father’s life.

Even though Annabelle and Clay don’t get off on the right foot, they decide to join forces and work together to stop their parent’s wedding.  They soon discover they have feelings for one another, although neither will admit it.

This was a cute little romance; sort of predictable; and available only on book on CD in our library.  Enjoy!

10. April 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Kim B, Poetry · Tags:

A Legacy of Shadows by David Lee, 430 pages, read by KIm B, on 04/08/2013

I fell in love with poet David Lee the very first time I read him! The people he talks about in his poetry are all people I have known in my lifetime at one time or another. He uses the vernacular of the people of his region which makes his writing all the more interesting and humorous. If you’ve never read David Lee I highly recommend him. If nothing else please check out his poem “Pain” on page 266. It really hits home!

16. January 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Memoirs, NonFiction · Tags:

Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang by Chelsea Handler, 244 pages, read by Angie, on 01/15/2013

Chelsea Chelsea Bang BangThis book is very typical Chelsea Handler. I really enjoy her humor and her personality. I can’t imagine the craziness that always encircles her. She is wild, crazy and hilarious and this book is a reflection of that. Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang is a collection of interludes in the life of Chelsea Handler. There are stories about her childhood, her relationships, her friendships, and her family. She pulls no punches about herself or those around her. If you like Chelsea Lately you will probably enjoy this book; I did.

20. November 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Tammy · Tags: , , ,

Preschool Gems: Love, Death, Magic, and Other Surprising Treasures from the Mouths of Babes by Leslie McCollom, 111 pages, read by Tammy, on 11/09/2012

A collection of funny, thoughtful and sometimes surprisingly grown-up comments from preschoolers collected and organized by a preschool teacher on all sorts of topics. Quick, fun read.

25. October 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Cats, Fiction, Tammy · Tags:

The Unadulterated Cat by Terry Pratchett, 96 pages, read by Tammy, on 10/24/2012

Author of the Discworld series Terry Pratchett writes about cats and how to tell if your pet or neighborhood cat is a “real” cat. He humorously writes a history of cats, tips on how to relate to cats and why a “real” cat is the best kind of cat to have a round. With humorous illustrations by Gray Jolliff.

24. October 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Science Fiction, Tammy · Tags: ,

So You Created a Wormhole: The Time Traveler's Guide to Time Travel by Phil Hornshaw and Nick Hurwitch, 326 pages, read by Tammy, on 10/23/2012

A quirky guide to time travel including how to build your own time machine, skills you need for different time periods like dragon fighting and knowing the symptoms of the black plague and what to do to avoid time paradoxes.

References several science fiction movie characters, tv shows and books related to time travel in any way. Speaks very reverently of Dr. Emmett Brown and his time traveling Delorian. Did I mention this is found in the humor section of non-fiction at the library?


15. August 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: NonFiction, Tammy, Travel · Tags:

The Lost Continent: Travels in Small Town America (Paperback) by Bill Bryson , 314 pages, read by Tammy, on 08/06/2012

After the death of his father, Bill Bryson gets nostalgic for the family driving vacations he took as a child from their home in Des Moines Iowa. He decides to come back to the states (he lives in England) and start from his mom’s house and drive across America looking for the perfect small town. He visits some places that the family went to when he was a child, some places, Dad wouldn’t stop for and some because he got lost. He sees some of the best and some of the worst of America and shares it all with ironic humor. This book was published in the late 1980s some obviously some things have changed, but you’ll still learn some fun facts and enjoy the ride with Bryson as he sees the U.S. as both a native son and as a foreigner since he has lived abroad so many years.

29. July 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Informational Book, NonFiction, Tammy · Tags: , ,

Crap-tastic Guide to Pseudo-Swearing by Michelle Witte, 173 pages, read by Tammy, on 07/22/2012

I’m always up for a good etymology book and this one had me laughing out loud. I was surprised at how many of the “old sayings” I grew up hearing in the country really were replacements for swear words. Of course some were obvious and as the author says any word can become a swear word using the right tone and body language just some won’t get you sent to the principal’s office or written up by your boss.

29. July 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: NonFiction, Tammy · Tags: , ,

The Book for Dangerous Women: A Guide to Modern Life by Clare Conville, Liz Hoggard, and Sarah-Jane Lovett , 325 pages, read by Tammy, on 07/24/2012

This is a dictionary of thoughts and opinions by three women who share their myriad experiences to bear on topics such as marriage, infidelity, motherhood, sex, fashion, friendship, work, and self-discovery. Besides their own thoughts the authors share insights from famous and some infamous folks: Oscar Wilde, Coco Chanel, Mae West, Anais Nin and Shakespeare to name a few. Entries are alphabetical and cross-referenced by topic.

I didn’t agree with everything the ladies had to say, but some of it made me laugh out loud, some was thought provoking and it would definitely start lots of conversations especially among a group of female friends or at a book club.

02. July 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Memoirs, Tammy, Travel · Tags:

No Touch Monkey! And Other Travel Lessons Learned Too Late by Ayun Halliday, 273 pages, read by Tammy, on 06/30/2012

Ayun Halliday shares her adventures and misadventures around the globe as a backpacking low-budget traveler. Besides humorous stories you can also can some insight into some things NOT to do when traveling overseas. I’ve learned I am definitely NOT a backpacking traveler. I value indoor plumbing, clean sheets and mosquito repellant. Yes, if the monkey steals your shoes it really is better to just let him have them than risk injury AND have to replace them anyway, though you may amuse your fellow travelers and your hosts while you and the monkey chase each other through the rooms and stairways both running and screeching at each other.

18. January 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Fantasy, Fiction, Tammy · Tags: , , ,

Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett, 281 pages, read by Tammy, on 01/18/2012

Lords and LadiesBook 14 in the Discworld series, but more importantly the 4th book featuring the witches, Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and Magrat Garlick and introducing Agnes Nitt. It’s also a fun spoof of a Midsummer’s Night Dream. Leave it to Pratchett to add more layers of humor and satire to one of Shakespeare’s best known comedies.