Truckee Library’s ‘Friends’ bookshelf has new and notable reads
December 23, 2008
Nothing gets the interest of a reader like a new book in a favorite series. Once hooked on an author, we can’t wait to read the next adventure of a favorite character. Consider the popularity of the Harry Potter books, Star Wars, and the Women’s Murder Club. You may have fond memories of reading “Little House on the Prairie,” the adventures of the Boxcar Children, or the Chronicles of Narnia as a child. For many of us, this love of fiction in series has continued into adulthood.
Recently, a number of novels have been published that bring back favorite characters. Many of them have been purchased by the Friends of the Library for the Friends Collection. The books in this special collection circulate for seven days and are such compelling reads you will easily finish before the due date. The list below highlights just a few of the new titles in the collection.
‘Brisingr’ by Christopher Paolini
“Eragon” was the first book in the Inheritance Cycle and introduced Eragon, the farm boy turned dragon rider. This best-selling sequel to “Eragon” and “Eldest” finds the hero and his dragon continuing their fight against the forces of King Galbatorix. The book features epic battles, feats of magic, and fascinating characters. In the story, Eragon and his dragon come to the aid of his cousin and fight to defeat Murtagh, another dragon rider, who is now under the control of King Galbatorix. The series was originally written for a teen audience, but the books have become popular with fantasy fans of all ages.-
‘A Lion Among Men’ by Gregory Maguire
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Gregory Maguire takes readers back to the enchanting land of Oz in this novel and tells the story of the Cowardly Lion. Now working as a spy for the emperor, the lion must uncover secret information about the Wicked Witch of the West, and in his search, he is forced to face the memories of his life before and after his adventures with Dorothy. In the telling of the story, Maguire leads the reader to examine the Lion’s understanding of friendship, redemption, and loneliness.
‘The Gate House’ by Nelson Demille
“The Gate House” is the long-awaited sequel to Nelson Demille’s bestseller, “The Gold Coast.” Demille brings back lawyer John Sutter, the main character in the first novel of the series. Sutter returns to the wealthy area on the Long Island shore Gold Coast, after a long absence. He left 10 years earlier when his society wife killed her mafia lover creating a scandal. In the story, Sutter quickly becomes entangled again with the mafia and with Susan, the ex-wife, who betrayed him years before. The book is filled with quirky characters and reflects Demille’s satiric style and his sense of humor.
‘The Brass Verdict’ by Michael Connelly
In this new release Michael Connelly brings together two of his most popular characters ” Mickey Haller, the somewhat shifty defense lawyer from “The Lincoln Lawyer” and Hieronymous “Harry” Bosch, the LAPD detective who appears in many of Connelly’s crime novels. When one of Haller’s clients becomes the main suspect in Bosch’s murder investigation, the plot takes many turns as they try to solve the crime together.
‘The Host’ by Stephanie Meyer
Stephanie Meyer is the phenomenally popular author of the best-selling Twilight Series written for young adults that recently became a movie blockbuster. “The Host” is the first in her new science fiction series for adults. In the book, the human race is being conquered by alien “souls” who implant themselves into human’s brains. When Wanderer, one of the alien souls, is implanted in Melanie Stryder’s brain, however, Melanie unexpectedly resists the invasion and the struggle begins.-
‘Careless in Red’ by Elizabeth George
Elizabeth George has written another psychological crime novel featuring English detective Thomas Lynley. This time Lynley is in Cornwall where he happens on a body and becomes both suspect and witness in the murder case. As he assists the local detective inspector in the investigation, he must uncover the secrets of each character to find a clever killer.
Be sure to check the Friends collection each time you visit the Truckee Library ” the titles change regularly.-
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