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The Family Business 2

The Family Business 2

The Duncan crime family is back with a new street drug and old enemies. Internal conflicts and family drama may tear the Duncans apart. Will their competition finally get the better of them? If you’re a fan of urban fiction, crime fiction, or drama you’ll enjoy the follow up novel to The Family Business. Carl Weber’s much anticipated novel, The Family Business 2, is now available through Shreve Memorial Library.
 

W is for Wasted

 

Kinsey is back in the 24th installment of the Kinsey Millhone Mystery series, also known as the Alphabet series. W is for Wasted follows Kinsey as she investigates the deaths of two men. The first man, Pete Wolinshy is found murdered in a park. The second man, an unknown relative of Kinsey’s, died and left her a large inheritance. Sue Grafton’s characters are engaging, witty, and fun to read. Fans of the series will be delighted by this newest installment. Add W is for Wasted to your reading list today.
W is for Wasted 
 

Duel with the Devil

Duel with the Devil

Author, Paul Collins, latest work, Duel with the Devil: The True Story of How Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr Teamed Up to Take on America's First Sensational Murder Mystery, weaves a narrative around two of America’s most infamous antagonists. Burr and Hamilton were both Revolutionary War heroes but also political and professional rivals. Collins’ book, set in New York during the year 1800, follows the trial of Levi Weeks, a man accused of murder. The murder of Elma Sands was one of the most sensational news stories at the time. Sands was found dead at the bottom of a well owned by Aaron Burr’s company. Levi, her neighbor, had business connections to Alexander Hamilton. Burr and Hamilton, each motivated for different reasons, come together to form the defense team of the accused man. Little do the two attorneys know that four years after the events of the Levi trail Burr would go on to kill Hamilton in a gentlemen’s duel. If you enjoy true crime you will enjoy Paul Collins newest book surrounding these two infamous patriots.

 

Fables

Are you a fan of graphic novels? Fabletown is a place where fairy tale characters live alongside regular New Yorkers. These characters once lived in a place far away but are now stuck living in our reality. The world of Fables is rich with complicated characters, romances, mysteries, politics, and violence. Bill Willingham created a humorous, and at times, dark world that will keep you guessing to the last page. This is not a series for children. Fables is now available in hardback. Seven of the planned eight volumes have been released and all seven are available through Shreve Memorial Library.

 Fables

 

Book Review: Lud-in-the-Mist

ludinthemistLud-in-the-Mist had been on my radar for quite a while: it popped up in my Goodreads recommendations all the time. I read the blurb, and it sounded like something I’d like, except that my local library doesn’t have it and I couldn’t find an inexpensive copy. Until Amazon got the Kindle version, and it randomly appeared one day in the Kindle Daily Deals. I was like, whaaaaat? Click. Download. I finished Pretty Monsters and dug in.I read a lot of fantasy when I’m stressed out. It helps me forget about what’s going on for a while and relax my mind. It takes me somewhere else, I guess. (Though Hemingway‘s For Whom the Bell Tolls did that, too. After I finished reading it, I was stuck in the hills of Spain for hours. Also: why did I start blogging so late? I talk about all these books I’ve read, and there’s no blog post to link them. Ugh.) Right now, the plan is to stick to fantasy for a few books.

ANYWAY. Off to Lud.

I’m not sure where this book fits age-wise. It seems to be stuck in teen fiction, but it’s not, really. The main character is a middle-aged mayor – most of the kids run off. Which brings me to the plot. You’ve already got the middle-aged mayor part and the Lud part. It’s a city close to the border of Fairyland, but it’s citizens don’t like fairies and any words associated with them are considered dirty. They don’t like imagination or creativity: they like money and the law. But Fairyland is creeping in by way of fairy fruit, which is smuggled into Lud. Many citizens eat it and go a little crazy or run off to Fairyland. That includes the mayor’s children and lots of the other politicians’, too. And Things Happen.

I really enjoyed this novel, though the fact that it bleeds allegory irritated me a little bit. It’s the Most Obvious Allegory Ever about the importance of imagination and creativity, which, I guess is why it gets put in the teen boat. None of that makes it a bad novel – it’s just a little corny, and corny can be soothing. Lud-in-the-Mist is considered a classic. It’s 1920s fantasy before Tolkien and was very influential among fantasy writers, including Neil Gaiman, who loves it. (He has a new novel coming out very soon, by the way.) It’s also the best-known novel Hope Mirrlees wrote (which, I guess, isn't saying very much). She sounds like an interesting character.

So read the book if you like fantasy. I certainly liked it.

Bonus: Hope Mirrlees wrote the best description of a sunrise I think I’ve ever read. Here it is:

It was not so much a modification of the darkness, as a sigh of relief, a slight relaxing tension, so that one felt, rather than saw, that the night had suddenly lost a shade of its density…ah! yes; there! between these two shoulders of the hills she is bleeding to death.

At first the spot was merely a degree less black than the rest of the sky. The it turned grey, then yellow, then red. And the earth was undergoaing the same transformation. Here and there patches of greyness broke out in the blackness of the grass, and after a few secondsone saw that they were clumps of flowers. Then the greyness became filtered with a delicate sea-green; and next, one realized that the grey-green belonged to the foliage, against which the petals were beginning to show white–and then pink, or yellow, or blue; but a yellow like that of primroses, a blue like that of certain wild periwinkles, colors so elusive that one suspects them to be due to some passing accident of light, and that, were one to pick the flower, it would prove pure white.

Ah, there can be no doubt of it now! The blues and yellows are real and perdurable. Color is steadily flowing through the veins of the earth, and we may take heart, for she will soon be restored to life again. But had we kept one eye on the sky we should have noticed that a star was quenched with every flower that reappeared on earth. And now the valley is again red and gold with vineyards, the hills are clothed with pines, and the Dapple is rosy.

Then a cock crowed, and another answered it, and then another–a ghostly sound, which, surely, did not belong to the smiling, triumphant earth, but rather to one of thise distant dying stars.

 
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