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The theme of this issue is 'Heaven, Hell and Places In-Between.'
Neil Gaiman hits the road to Cable TV in American Gods
Readers embark on a bizarre yet distinctly American road trip in Neil Gaiman’s American Gods. The sprawling novel weaves together realistic elements, such as meals in greasy spoon diners, with a fantasy plotline based on folklore. The larger-than-folklore characters of American Gods soon will barrel down the freeways of cable TV in this big rig of a story. Click here to read more.
The Gates and The Infernals by John Connolly
Boredom is dangerous. It can cause you to make unfortunate choices, such as visiting a used bookstore and buying a strange, dusty, old book. That’s what happens to prim, proper Mrs. Abernathy who opens a portal to Hell in John Connolly’s quirky, funny novel, The Gates. Eleven-year-old Samuel Johnson and his dog, Boswell, see it, smell it and spread the alert in quiet Biddlescombe, England. Click here to read more about The Gates. In the sequel, The Infernals, Samuel and Boswell take a nearly disastrous trip to Hell. Click here to read more about The Infernals.
The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau is a childhood classic
Brilliant is an ironic word to apply to this story about an underground city that may soon fall into permanent darkness. Yet it is the kind of tale that lights fervor for reading. The City of Ember contains no winged monkeys, wicked witches or greedy children gluttonizing on candy. But it reminds me of Frank L. Baum’s The Wizard of Oz and Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Click here to read more.
MIX & SHAKE
Reading is a healing pastime; Reading is a fever
Weather is always a good opening gambit when warming up to conversation at a party. So, as I explain my new issue of Library Mix, leaning on that subject is worth a try. Reading almost always improves my emotional weather. Where I live, July has alternated between unexpectedly cool and overcast with occasional rain (How could it be cardigan weather?) to days so hot and dry that you feel like… well, you feel like drinking milkshakes, bingeing on popsicles, marinating in the chlorine of a chilly swimming pool or falling asleep at your computer. Torpor, take me away! Click here to read more.
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Book Trailer of Gregor the Overlander by a clever student
Library Mix loves this book trailer made by a student as a school assignment. It's quick, clever and to the point. Gregor and his little sister, Boots, fall through a laundry chute into an underworld that desperately needs help. Click here to see it.
I read so many mysteries that they have gained their own page.
Review: The Burning Soul by John Connolly
One form of hell on earth is child abduction. That is the core of The Burning Soul, the tenth installment in John Connolly’s mystery series involving private detective Charlie Parker. Click here to read more.
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