Category Archive – Must-Read Fiction

Week of Geek: Comics on your computer screen? What an age we live in!

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Happy March Geeklings!

We got an exciting kick off to the month this morning with the release of a new trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, complete with a peak at Star Lord’s Dad!

A lot to love here, but I think my favorite scenes are with Gamora.  Her with that MASSIVE gun or her saying hi to a waving Baby Groot while in the middle of battle.  Just… love!  But I’m happy to see everyone back.  I love these guys.

Another thing I’m loving these days that kind of ties into this is Hoopla.  What’s Hoopla?  This is Hoopla.

For those of you who love technical stuff (and I know you do), Hoopla is one of our digital resources that can be accessed with a library card number, a computer/tablet/smartphone and an account you create one time and your done.  It’s totally free to use with your library card, just like our physical items, and you can download items to your phone or tablet or computer to read without using data (they’ll delete themselves when their loan period is up.  No, really.)  And my goodness, does Hoopla have some stuff.  Audiobooks?  Yup.  Movies? Yuh huh!  Music?  So much music!  Ebooks?  Got those too!  Even TV shows?  As a matter of fact, YES!  (Including The Librarians.  Just sayin’)

As awesome as all of that is, I think my favorite part of Hoopla is one of it’s newest additions.  COMIC BOOKS!

Oh yes!  DC!  Vertigo! (DC’s more mature offshoot)  Archie Comics!  Archie Horror Comics!  IDW Comics!  Image Comics!  Dark Horse Comics!  SO MANY MORE FOR ALL AGES!  AAAAAAAAH!

I’m finding things on here I didn’t even know existed.  Tie in’s for Jim Henson’s Labyrinth or Tron, both movies I love (we have the films in our branches too ;)).  Remember I was talking about the new Archie comics?  I’ve been reading many of them on Hoopla.  Just… so much there!

So give it a try, is what I’m saying.  Read comics, love comics, watch movies made from comics.  You can’t go wrong!  There’s something for everybody!

Download the app today (if you’re not sure about anything come and ask us, we’re happy to help), get ready for Guardians and other comic films coming soon, and until next time, End of Line.

Impyrium

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 3,000 years after Henry H. Neff’s first amazing magical series: The Tapestry, magic now rules the world. Ever since the Cataclysm, all modern technology has disappeared and is forgotten as humanity reset, and the Faeregine dynasty governed all of Impyrium with their magic. However, it is fading and the Faeregine kingdom is beginning to collapse.

Hazel, the youngest princess has no interest in being empress and will gladly let her sisters rule instead. She would much rather practice her magic but that has caught the eye of her grandmother, the Divine Empress who has dark plans for Hazel’s magic talents. Hobson Smythe, a clever commoner with an unexpected past from the cold town of Dusk is recruited by a mysterious stranger to be a spy for an organization called the Fellowship and is sent to work as a page for the Faeregines.

However, there are darker forces at play. A traitor from within, assassins and murder, it this all part of something bigger? Two destinies brought together by coincidence or by fate? When Hob and Hazel form an unexpected friendship, they are both forced to make a decision, as their bond may be the kingdom’s salvation or it may write the doom of the Impyrium.

This book was extremely captivating and magical! Brilliant with its rich plot and characters, Henry H. Neff has given us yet another spectacular novel! Mystery mixed in wonderfully with fantasy kept me reading way past my bedtime. This book was skillfully written, constructing a world both beautiful and corrupt as there is both happiness and heavy burdens in the life of the characters. Shocking plot twists, suspicious events and impossible decisions, all keeping me at the edge of my seat. I personally love the relationship between Hazel and Hob as what started as page and princess blossomed into inseparable friendship. For some, this book may be a little clearer with its vocabulary and history if you’ve read the Tapestry series as there are some connections but it’s not very hard to understand even if you haven’t read the previous series. This epic fantasy is best suited for teens between the age of 12 and 14 but I still recommend this to everyone.

The Female of the Species

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The Female of the SpeciesThree years ago, Alex Craft’s sister was raped and murdered – a crime that left little evidence to convict the perpetrator. Taking matters into her own hands, she seeks revenge. At school, Alex keeps to herself, not just because she doesn’t mind being lonely, but because she fears she has a killer’s instinct. Isolated by choice, Alex soon finds herself befriending Peekay – the rebellious preacher’s kid – and falling for Jack – the most popular boy in school. Can Alex hide what she is from her friends, or will her instincts lead her to strike again?

Do not be fooled by its bright cover, this book is dark and dangerous. Exploring rape culture, sexual objectification, and the effects of sexual assault, The Female of the Species is not your typical YA novel.

Pokémon avec un accent

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Pokémon. La seule franchise qui excite autant les jeunes que les vieux, dure depuis plus de 20 ans et est réellement un phénomène mondial. ET vous savez quoi? On n’avait même pas les mangas en français! J’ai donc rectifié le tir et vous pouvez désormais les emprunter dans une bibliothèque près de chez vous~ Les mangas sont très passionnants à lire et beaucoup plus matures que la série TV.


D’ailleurs, les différences entre les noms des Pokémons sont très intéressantes à étudier. Pikachu a le même nom en japonais, anglais et français mais plusieurs ont été complètement changés. Par exemple, Iwanko est le nom japonais du nouveau toutou trouvable dans la zone de départ. C’est un Pokémon roche comme son nom l’indique : ‘iwa’ = roche et ‘wanko’ = chiot. En anglais, il est Rockruff et en français, Rocabot. Le jeu de mot reste le même en français : ‘roc’ = roche et ‘cabot’ = chien!

Voici les séries que nous avons

Original
Or et Argent
Rubis et Saphir
1 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 3
Noir et Blanc
X et Y
Soleil et Lune
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 1 2 3 4 À venir!

A Thousand Splendid Suns

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A Thousand Splendid Suns Cover“One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs or the thousand splendid suns that hide behind her walls.” How can one not possible fall in love with Khaled Hosseini’s words that depict his sheer love for his homeland, Afghanistan in all of the three amazing novels he has written so far. Like his best-selling masterpiece “A Kite Runner”, that I’ll never get tired of reading, his second novel A Thousand Splendid Suns” did not cease to amaze me either. No one portrays the rich culture, customs, beauty, misfortunes and tragedy that surrounds the exotic country of Afghanistan than Khaled Hosseini himself.

“A Thousand Splendid Suns” is… well, splendid, really. Laced with the intricately detailed story of two tough Afghan Women, born and raised in radically different walks of life in Kabul, this novel delicately sheds light on the issue that has pertained in the war-torn country of Afghanistan since too long; that of oppression of women and terrorism. Hosseini truly does justice in writing about the social injustices that took root in the Afghan culture, even before war came, all the while revealing all that’s rich, beautiful and unique, associated with his motherland.

The novel plot’s follow the lives of Mariam and Laila; the former who was born an illegitimate child to a wealthy businessman, who grew up in the hopes of getting accepted by the society, witnessed her mother’s suicide on her birthday, got married to a vicious man thirty years older than him and suffered domestic abuse that left her hopeless. Laila, on the other hand is born in a nearly-perfect family, if there ever was one when war started taking its toll on the people of Afghanistan. Sharing her father’s love for books and education, her world revolved around going to school, studying, dreaming but most of all spending time with her childhood best friend ‘Tariq’, who to no one’s surprise, really, turned out to be the love of her life. If there is one aspect common in Hosseini’s novels is that life always changes in the most drastic way possible for the main characters. In this case, it was when the Afghan Mujahedeen factions turned against each other, civil war broke out, claiming the lives of Laila’s parents and brothers, leaving her a helpless orphan and as ‘fate’ or ‘kismet’ would have it, she ends up getting married, in her teens to, guess whose husband? Why of course, Mariam’s husband ‘Rasheed’! To say that the extensive plot has way more twists and climaxes that can be anticipated, would be an understatement of its own but the story as whole is heartbreakingly beautiful indeed.

Unveiling the depths of terror and the Taliban’s atrocities in Afghanistan, especially on women, “A Thousand Splendid Suns” is all about the main characters’ struggle to seek their identities and rights in a male-dominated and terror-stricken society, all the while testing their own strengths and courage for the sake of their children and the hope of a better life. For all those, who can’t wait to divulge in a compelling, soul-stirring novel (and shed some tears along the way too), this one would definitely pass for a top recommendation, if not a must-read.