Reviews and Blog Posts: fiction

Yet Another End of the Year List

It seems like everyone from the New York Times to NPR is coming out with Best Books of the Year lists right now. As "best" is subjective,  I instead offer you some of my favorites in various categories. Most of these are 2010 books, but are some are older books that I first read or listened to this year.

Post-Apocalyptic Fiction (no zombies): The Passage, Justin Cronin

Post-Apocalyptic Fiction (with zombies): The Reapers are the Angels, Alden Bell, Feed, Mira Grant

Seasonal Reading

Do you have a favorite go-to read at this time of the year? For some folks, it's Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Possibly a religious text. Maybe it's a holiday story that someone read to you as a child. For the last few years, my traditional holiday read has been the nontraditional and very funny science fiction novella All Seated on the Ground by Colorado author Connie Willis.

If the words "science fiction" scare you and don't really put you in a holiday mood, just give me a moment to try to convince you to give this one a try.

O Magazine's Best Books of 2010

In addition to many other Best Books of 2010 lists out there, O Magazine came out with their own list featuring fiction and nonfiction published this year. 2010 must have been a great year for biographies as several of those made the list as well! What has been the best book you've read so far this year?

Fiction for Foodies

Sink your teeth into these great novels - some are meaty with mystery while others are sweet and frosted with humor and friendship. While digesting these great reads, we hope you have a rich and relaxing holiday. Looking for seconds? The library has heaping helpings of great books, movies and music to satisfy your educational and entertainment hunger.

Top Ten Best Books of 2010 According to Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly has announced their list of ten fiction and nonfiction titles that stood out as the very best of books published this year. As the year wraps up, these lists become more and more common, as Library Journal published their top 10 picks last week. What have been your favorite books of 2010?

Artists in Fiction

Celebrate the fourth annual Denver Arts Week, November 5-13, by reading some of the many books about art and artists available from the library! These novels feature artists as main characters, are primarily set in a museum or incorporate art heavily into their plots. Enjoy!

Griffin and Sabine

Nick Bantock, popular author of the Griffin & Sabine books is having his first ever art show here in Colorado through March 2011 at the Museum of Outdoor Arts! This may be the only time all the Griffin & Sabine original art appears in one place!

Top Ten Best Books of 2010 According to Library Journal

For the very first time, Library Journal, a popular book review magazine, has put together a list of ten fiction and nonfiction titles that stood out as the very best of books published this year so far representing a wide assortment of topics appropriate for a broad reading audience. What have been your favorite books of 2010?

A few book review editors involved in the process of selecting this list chronicled their deliberations on Twitter under the hash tag #bestbooks10. A more in-depth list, including bests in genre fiction and other popular subject areas such as poetry, graphic novels and biographies is scheduled to be published in the December issue of Library Journal.

The Top Ten Books of 2010 According to Library Journal:

Modern Vampire Fiction

Modern Vampire Fiction

Are you looking for a modern vampire story to really sink your teeth into?

  • The Nymphos of Rocky Flats: A Novel by Mario Acevedo. PI Felix Gomez, an ex-soldier who became a vampire while serving in Iraq, uses his supernatural powers to solve mysteries that befuddle mere mortals.
  • Minion by L.A. Banks. Damali Richards is the most important vampire hunter in a millennium. Dark forces strive to slay Damali before she comes of age and gains her full powers.

Colorado Author Series: Kirk Farber

Join us as Kirk Farber signs his debut novel, Postcards from a Dead Girl, a March 2010 Indie Next selection, on Saturday, October 30, at 1 p.m. at the Ross-University Hills Branch Library. Mr. Farber also writes short stories and essays, and is currently working on his second novel.

The Colorado Author Series brings our amazing local talent into the limelight. Meet your favorite authors or discover new talent while getting to know your neighbors and enjoying the library! Bring your own copy to be signed or buy one at the event for yourself or as a unique gift!

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