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|More guns, less crime : understanding crime and gun-control laws |
by Lott, John R.
The premier book on gun control, Lott shows why adding more gun-control laws merely disarm honest citizens while doing nothing to stop criminals from getting them. He really has done his research and is well documented. It will surprise you. It sure surprised me. posted May 6, 2013 at 7:39PM
|A game of thrones |
by Martin, George R. R.
Martin is a master of medieval fiction. While the Seven Nations are fictional, Martin has their history and bloodlines and legends and everything that makes history... well, history. So it really takes you in. Also his characters, both heroes and villians, are all flawed. So be prepared to root for some of the bad guys and for the so-called good guys to do some pretty bad stuff at times. And whatever you do, don't read the Wikipedia article on this book. It will spoil the rest of the book and make it that much harder to finish. That's what I did. If I hadn't, I am sure I would have finished it by now, as I couldn't put it down before. posted May 6, 2013 at 7:31PM
|The tombs of Atuan |
by Le Guin, Ursula K., 1929-
The second book in the Earthsea cycle, this one is my favorite and the only one to have cover art so that is why I included it. While "A Wizard of Earthsea" is great and "The Farthest Shore" is pretty good, The Tombs of Atuan is the best. Why? Because it is a tale of redemption. Tenar is a young girl who is taken from her home to become the reincarnated high priestess to the Nameless Ones, evil spririts that inhabit the caves of their island. She thinks this is her fate, until a certain wizard comes to the tombs to find a rare magical item. Neither of their lives will ever be the same. The sense of foreboding that Le Guin puts into the first part of the book is contrasted by the hope of the second part. A great book. Actually the whole series is. Start with A Wizard of Earthsea, though. It'll make more sense. posted May 6, 2013 at 7:18PM
by Salvatore, R. A., 1959-
Book Three in the Dark Elf Trilogy. Drizzt decides to take his chances on the surface rather than dying alone underground. He travels the surface world until he can find a place he can call home. Makes friends and enemies along the way. A good ending for the trilogy, although the story continues in the Crystal Shard. There are at least a dozen Drizzt novels by R.A. Salvatore. All of them are good and full of adventure and magic. posted May 6, 2013 at 3:13PM
by Salvatore, R. A., 1959-
Book Two of the Dark Elf Trilogy. Drizzt has left the dark elves behind and tries to survive alone in the Underdark. His family hasn't forgiven him and they still search for him while he fights an internal battle to keep himself from going insane. Explores the Underdark, the underground world full of monsters and evil races. Good read. posted May 6, 2013 at 2:40PM
by Salvatore, R. A., 1959-
Book One of the Dark Elf Trilogy. This one covers Drizzt Do'Urden's early life growing up among the evil race of dark elves. This book shows how different he is from other dark elves, or drow. Not only does Bob (R.A. Salvatore) create a fascinating hero, but he also explores what an "evil" civilization would be like. A matriarchal society devoted to an evil deity. This trilogy is a prequel to the Icewind Dale Trilogy. Drizzt was such a popular character that Bob decided to tell his origin story in three books. Not for kids. posted May 4, 2013 at 11:46AM
|The prairie thief |
by Wiley, Melissa.
This was a fun little book. A young girl's father is arrested for thievery and she sets out to prove he's innocent by finding the real culprit. Combines the real life struggles of life on the frontier with some folklore and fantasy elements. posted May 4, 2013 at 11:40AM
by Myers, Edward, 1950-
This was an excellent book about the power of stories. Both for good and for evil. Starts out like the Princess Bride with a grandfather telling a story to his grandson. None of his regular tales will do, so he tells instead about a young storyteller and what happened to him. It's a good read and very interesting, but it lacks much of the humor of everyday life. It explains propaganda in a way that even young readers can understand without actually using the word. posted May 4, 2013 at 11:30AM
|Killing floor |
by Child, Lee.
First book of the Jack Reacher series. Very good. Not for children. Besides the violent way Jack settles "problems", he also has a mature relationship with a local cop. I read this because of the Tom Cruise movie, and while Tom doesn't match Lee's description of Jack Reacher, he did have the right mindset. I'll be interested in reading more of this series eventually. posted May 4, 2013 at 11:19AM
by Rivers, Francine, 1947-
Last book in the series, this is Mary's story. Jesus's mother Mary was a woman who started out with great faith, but then doubted and finally came to faith in her son as her Savior. Rivers puts you in Mary's shoes and follows her story from beginning to end. This was a great series and it enhanced my appreciation for the Biblicial accounts. There is a study in the back if you want to use it as a personal devotion guide, but I just liked reading the stories. posted Apr 29, 2013 at 6:33PM
|long lake library staff's Book Lists|
|Eric (50 titles)
I like mostly fantasy and old mysteries, and will often reread many of my old favorites. I tend to like quick reads better than books that bog you down in a lot of exposition which is why I enjoy teen and children fiction as well as more adult books.
|Great Reads for 2013 (22 titles)
Did you make a New Year's resolution to read more? Start with this list of favorite titles featured at the Long Lake Library.
|Surviving Winter Break (7 titles)
Check out these teen survival tales.
|Quick Reads for a Busy Season (18 titles)
Enjoy this collection of short stories during this busy season. They offer entertaining escapes that will fit into your schedule!
|Supernatural Tales for Chilly October Nights (20 titles)
Need an thrilling ghost story to read on a chilly fall evening? Look no further! Cautiously step into these creepy fiction and non-fiction tales.
|Traveling through Minnesota's History (20 titles)
Plan a trip to discover Minnesota's history or simply escape into these fascinating titles. The Long Lake Library will feature a display on this topic throughout July.
|Eco-Friendly Living (26 titles)
Browse Long Lake Library's display on sustainable living, gardening and decorating.
|Magical Escapes (17 titles)
Escape into a world in which magical happenings are everyday occurrences. The Long Lake Library will feature a display on this topic throughout August.
|Comedic Memoirs (35 titles)
Laughter is good for your health. Find some well-deserved comic relief in these hilarious titles. Stop by the Long Lake Library to see our display of comedic memoirs.
|Crystal (47 titles)