Reviews and Blog Posts: fiction

Calling All Fantasy Fans: Colorado Authors Series Event with Carrie Vaughn

Kitty's Big Trouble

The Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series presents Boulder author Carrie Vaughn, author of the Kitty Norville series, on Saturday, November 5 at 2:00 p.m. at Schlessman.

Ms. Vaugh's popular series starting Kitty Norville, Denver DJ and werewolf, debuted in 2005 with Kitty and the Midnight Hour. The series is still going strong 7 books later with the 2011 release Kitty's Big Trouble.

National Novel Writing Month (NANOWRIMO)

nanowrimo

Prepare now - November is National Novel Writing Month. If you've always longed to write, now is the time to read up and glue yourself to a chair.

Many of us have a longing to write. Very few of us ever manage to realize the dream of the writer's life. This is the year, things could change for all of us. November is National Novel Writing Month. Register at this site and receive all of the support you'll need to get started.

While we're waiting for NANOWRIMO to begin, here are a few resources you might find helpful. Oh - and if you feel like tackling your writing project now, by all means, scribble away!

The New England Scene: under the radar writers doing big things

Inferno

Looking for some writers who have gathered a cult following, but may not make it onto your radar? Eileen Myles and Michelle Tea have been at the writing gig for quite some time. Tea is known as the predecessor of Myles and not simply because of their similar Boston backgrounds. They both write frank, honest, and deeply complex considerations of what it means to be female, gay, and a writer. Their upbringings give the backdrop to take ink to paper and write.

Their language picks you apart and asks you to hold up high the raw material they produce. It is no secret that female writers, especially of the obscure variety, remain that, a secret, without hitting it big in the mainstream. If you're looking for your expectations to be fulfilled, Myles and Tea aren't for you. If you're into writers moving towards a liminal space and disregarding censorship and societal norms, Myles and Tea are waiting for you.

Eileen Myles's collection of works include:

In Praise of Connie Willis

Blackout

The 2011 Hugo Award winner for Best Novel happens to be one of my favorite writers, Colorado author Connie Willis.

Many people may see Willis' books in the science fiction section, winning science fiction awards, and immediately think that those books are not for them. I urge you to reconsider.

Aging isn't easy!

Bird watching has a competitive side worth exploring.

Baby boomers all have retirement plans.  Travel.  Golf.  Relaxation.  Business.  Adventure.  Mystery.

Now that you're retired what do you do with all your time?  You have worked your entire life in order to have the time and money to enjoy yourself.  Have you tired of fishing, scrapbooking and those yoga exercises that eventually get boring.  The library has lots of ideas for you to explore.  And you have the time to explore them now.

THE BIG YEAR by Mark Obmascik
This is bird watching taken to another level.  This is a fervent competition.

 

While Waiting for The Hunger Games Movie...

Summer of the Apocalypse

Are you one of the teens or adults who loved Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy and are wondering what to read while waiting for the movie to be released next spring?

Dystopian and post-apocalyptic fiction is extremely popular right now. Here are some of the titles that some colleagues and I recently put together for a training on these topics. This post will concentrate on some favorite post-apocalyptic fiction. Look for some great dystopias in an upcoming post! What's the difference between dystopian & post-apocalyptic? In a nutshell: In a dystopia, there is a pseudo-utopian structure in society that has great flaws and the focus of the story is figuring out what is wrong and rebelling.

City Tales: Boston

A Drink Before the War by Dennis Lehane

Beantown. Birthplace of the American Revolution. Home to the first free public library and Boston cream pie.

City Tales is traveling to Boston and this armchair traveler is on a one-way ticket.  I have a few more weeks to cover every thing on my Colorado 'bucket list' but in the meantime let's enjoy a few tales about or set in Boston. 

City Tales: New Orleans

new orleans mon amour

The Crescent City. The Big Easy.  Jazz, beignets and vampires.  Hurricane Katrina.

What comes to mind when you think of New Orleans? These days it's hard not to think of the ravage left behind by Hurricane Katrina. Nearly six years later, Nola has still not fully recovered. The hurricane and its aftermath has forever altered this beloved Louisiana city, a fact evident in each one of these titles.

My New Orleans: The Cookbook by John Besh

Get Mudbound

Mudbound

Anxiously awaiting for The Help to arrive in theaters? Check out Mudbound while you wait.

Hillary Jordan's captivating story takes place in the post-World War II Mississippi Delta. Laura McAllan is a city-bred woman who moves with her husband and family to a farm she aptly names Mudbound. Told from the perspective of several characters, Mudbound grabbed my attention from the first sentence and didn't let go until the very last word.

YA? Why Not?

Huntress

It's no secret to fans of Harry Potter, Twilight, and The Hunger Games that teen books aren't just for teens any more. There are many reasons that adults are turning to YA literature, but mostly, it's because there are some great stories out there that have been marketed to young adults.

Whether you're wanting a great coming of age novel, a more succinct story, or want to be able to connect with a teen in your life through books, here are some authors to check out. Just like with adult books, not everything will appeal to you, but don't limit your reading just because something is in the teen section!

Scott Westerfeld: both a steampunk series and the dystopian Uglies series

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