Reviews and Blog Posts: fiction

It's That Time of the Year...

If You Could Be Mine

Yes, everyone from The New York Times to NPR is coming out with their take on "the best books of 2013" right now.

I won't promise this list is "the best," but they're all books I enjoyed this year for various reasons. Please add your own favorite 2013 reads in the comments!! I hope some of my fabulous DPL colleagues will post their own lists, too--we're a diverse group with varying interests and tastes in books.

Science Fiction & Horror:

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King--Classic King. Well-drawn characters, good vs. evil, creepy villains. And a Colorado conection!

Where's All the 2014 Stuff?

Ripper

I'm sure many of you out there are thinking the same thing--why isn't that new (book, movie, tv show) item by my favorite (author, actor) in the catalog yet? Rest assured, these items WILL be on order soon!

Here at DPL, we try to order materials 2-3 months ahead of publication, but because of the way our yearly funding works, we have to wait until a bit later in the year to start ordering next year's titles. We know that you're anxious to get onto the list for some sure to be popular items, so start looking for new books by these authors (not to mention Season 4 of Downton Abbey!) within the next few weeks:

Alan Bradley--The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches

Robin Cook--Cell

Lisa Gardner--Fear Nothing

Lisa Unger--In the Blood

The circle : a novel

by Dave Eggers

DPL Rating:
3

This is one of the scariest visions of a near-future world I've read in a while. Mae Holland has just landed a coveted job at The Circle (think a global-reaching combination of Facebook, Twitter, Google, and all e-Commerce and you're partway there). She starts out in "customer experience" answering queries...

Parasite

by Mira Grant

In a kickoff to a new series, Grant (author of the Newsflesh trilogy, which I loved) introduces us to a near future world where health care as we know it has been fundamentally changed by a company called Symbogen. They developed a genetically modified tapeworm (really) that folks take in...

Life after life

by Kate Atkinson

DPL Rating:
5

On a cold, snowy English night in January, 1910, Ursula Todd is born with her cord wrapped around her neck, and dies the same day. On that same night, Ursula Todd is born again, and lives. We follow Todd through many lives, many experiences, many circumstances, many choices and chances....

Montana sky

by Nora Roberts

DPL Rating:
3

Though I'm not normally a romance reader, I figured if I was going to try one, it had to be Nora Roberts. There's a reason she's so popular--vivid characters and descriptions of landscapes, just the right amount of tension and danger, and of course, the romance. 3 strong women have...

Soulless, the manga. Vol. 1

by Gail Carriger

DPL Rating:
3

Lots of folks have raved about Carriger's Parasol Protectorate series, so I thought I'd try the manga version of the first book, Soulless. In it, we meet Miss Alexia Tarabotti, a preternatural, meaning that she can suck the supernatural out of werewolves, vampires, and the like. Her versioin of Victorian...

She rises : a novel

by Kate Worsley

DPL Rating:
5

It is 1740, and life isn't easy if you're not one of the upper class. Louise Fletcher is a country dairy maid, summoned to the coast and Harwich to become a lady's maid to Rebecca, a captain's daughter hoping to marry well. We follow Louise's story as she learns the...

Savage run

by C. J Box

DPL Rating:
3

This is an early entry into Box's popular Joe Pickett series. Pickett is a Wyoming game warden who, in this mystery/thriller, gets caught up in a war between environmental activists and extreme ranchers. I liked the shifting perspectives, and the descriptions of the Wyoming landscape, the plot moved along at...

Brilliance

by Marcus Sakey

Gifteds. Brilliants. Abnorms. Twists. Whatever you call them, they've changed the world. True genius used to come once in a generation. Now, 1 in 100 children are born extraordinarily gifted in various ways--reading body language, tactics, medicine, numbers. Though a small minority of the population, the "normals" feel threatened by...

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