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Chasing Vermeer
by Balliett, Blue
Plymouth Citywide Read 2011.   posted Jun 11, 2011 at 12:56PM

Dealing with dragons /
by Wrede, Patricia C., 1953-
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Etiquette & espionage /
by Carriger, Gail
Gail Carriger fleshes out the world of Steampunk London in this semi-prequel to the Soulless Series. Etiquette and Espionage is book one in the Finishing School Series, and we follow around 14-year-old Sophronia as she learns how to sneak, poison, faint, and above all execute a proper curtsy. At the Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality Sophorinia uses all of her wits to find her place and the tangled web of conspiracies and gossip while still getting along with her new classmates. Fans of the Soulless series will appreciate the glimpses of well-beloved characters, and new readers will enjoy the introduction to a fabulous world. This book is aimed at a teen audience, but could easily be enjoyed by people of all ages.   posted Mar 17, 2014 at 4:26PM

Going postal : a novel of Discworld /
by Pratchett, Terry.
Conman Lipwig Von Moist has been hung. But an angel, in the form of the terrifying tyrant Vetenari has given him his life back. He has a simple job for Moist to do- revitalize the flagging, and sagging, postal system. Moist must pull off the biggest con of his literal life. But there are people looking to disrupt what he wants to do. Can a miracle save his life? Terry Pratchett is in high form in another book in the Discworld Universe. A great read, and a fun time.   posted Feb 13, 2014 at 6:35PM

Lamb : the gospel according to Biff, Christ's childhood pal /
by Moore, Christopher, 1957-
“If you have come to these pages for laughter, may you find it. If you are here to be offended, may your ire rise and your blood boil. If you seek an adventure, may this song sing you away to blissful escape. If you need to test or confirm your beliefs, may you reach comfortable conclusions. All books reveal perfection, by what they are or what they are not. May you find that which you seek, in these pages or outside them. May you find perfection, and know it by name.” This is how Christopher Moore begins Lamb, foreshadowing the book ahead. It follows Levi Bar Alpheas, called Biff, as he learns and grows with Joshua bar Joseph, called the Christ. Sometimes pensive, sometimes baffling, but always hilarious, Lamb is perfect for people just looking to laugh OR looking to test their faith.   posted Jan 7, 2014 at 2:00PM

Let's pretend this never happened : (a mostly true memoir) /
by Lawson, Jenny, 1979-
This book is laugh-out loud hilarious. Who among us have never had to deal with a turkey following us to school? Who hasn't worried about scaring off a new boyfriend because your father has dropped a mountain lion in his lap? Even if you haven't had the same experiences as our author, you can still laugh and sympathize with her joys and sorrows. I highly recommend for a good, snarky time.   posted Jan 24, 2014 at 4:38PM

Size 12 is not fat : a Heather Wells mystery /
by Cabot, Meg
"The average American woman is a size 12" insists our protagonist, Heather Wells, to defend her own size. A former pop star, Heather Wells's mother rushed off with her money and her dad's in jail. She's living with her ex-fiancée’s brother, and working semi-incognito at a dorm in downtown New York. Life isn't that great, but it gets a whole lot worse when someone turns up dead at her dorm. Will Heather be able to figure out who the murderer is? Smart, and relatable, you will enjoy following along with Heather Wells as she deals with the every-day bizarre. The book is always witty, and at turns laugh out loud funny and edge of the seat tense. A quick read, but well worth the time. WARNING This is book one is a series of books. You may find yourself wanting to plow through the other 5.   posted Jan 4, 2014 at 12:24PM

Soulless /
by Carriger, Gail
Fantasy, steampunk, and London all come together in this, the first book in the Parasol Protectorate. In a world of vampires and werewolves, Alexia Tarabotti is a preternatural Soulless- a being who can turn supernatural human again as long as she is touching them. When she accidentally kills a vampire, she is thrust into the middle of an investagation (for Queen and Country, of course) with gruff but handsome Lord Maccoon, who just happens to be the local werewolf Alpha. Together they run afoul of mad scientists, vampire hives, and bad fashion. Can Alexia find who's making these rogue vampires without falling a foul of fiendish fashionistas? Will Lord Maccoon and Alexia realize their love when everyone else (in book and out) realized it on page 12? And can Alexia convince her friend Ivy Hisselpenny to give up her fondness for hideous hats? Read on to discover. If you like Pythonesque humor and steampunk, this is a book for you.   posted Jan 6, 2014 at 4:13PM

Spirit car : journey to a Dakota past
by Wilson, Diane
Plymouth Reads 2013.   posted Dec 10, 2012 at 4:59PM

Storm front /
by Butcher, Jim, 1971-
Not going to lie to you, this book is awful. It's one of Butcher's earlier works, and it shows. The story is a little clunky, the main character, Harry Dresden, is unlikeable and the rest of the characters come off as one-note. The only exceptions are Mister, Dresden's cat whom cat owners will very well recognize, and Bob, a spirit of intellect with a taste for lusty novels trapped in a skull. But if you hold on this series gets better fast. The Dresden Files series ends up being one of the most engaging works of urban fantasy of all time. A cross between a film noir PI and Merlin, Dresden fights the creatures that go bump in the night for very little pay and for a lot of heartache. Later books get fun, fast-paced, and very addicting. This book unfortunately just needs to be read to get an introduction to the world and the characters. But get past this and enjoy fireballs galore.   posted Jan 9, 2014 at 9:03PM

The fault in our stars /
by Green, John, 1977-
Are you a fan of bawling your eyes out? Then this is absolutely a book for you. The Fault in our Stars follows 16-year-old Hazel Grace and her trials and tribulations as a cancer patient. She meets cute Augustus, who lost his leg to cancer, and the two fall in love. Despite being about teenagers with cancer, and it never flinches away from how much it sucks for our protaganist to have cancer, the book is surprisingly upbeat. Hazel Grace has a wry, sometimes sarcastic sense of humor and the book never feels treacly or preachy.   posted Jan 29, 2014 at 7:59PM

Trickster's choice /
by Pierce, Tamora
Tammy writes against type in this book, which follows after the "Lioness" and "Protector of the Small" series. Alianne is Alana's daughter, and she is looking to DO something with her life, and not be forever in the shadow of her famous mother. Her father is the king's Spymaster, and she thinks she would make an excellent spy but her parents think it is too dangerous. Fate interferes in the form of a Trickster God and Alianne is literally blown into harm's way. Can she prove that she is the spy she always thought herself to be? A story of gods, mad kings, racism, slavery, classism, and magic Trickster's Choice is a fascinating novel set in the Tortal world. Fans of Pierce will enjoy the continuing series, and those brand- new will enjoy the well-developed characters and fascinating locals.   posted Jan 11, 2014 at 4:44PM

Under a flaming sky : the great Hinckley firestorm of 1894
by Brown, Daniel
Plymouth Citywide Read 2012.   posted Mar 14, 2012 at 3:14PM

World War Z : an oral history of the zombie war /
by Brooks, Max.
If you like books that keep you up at night, this is definitely a book you'll want to pick up. The world has been overwhelmed by a plague that causes dead bodies to re-animate and attack. Only direct shots to the head can kill them, and a single bite causes infection. Humanity barely survived, and our narrator is tasked with writing up how it happened in hopes of preventing it from happening again. Told in a semi-documentary style, our narrator travels across the globe, from China to the United States, Ecuador to the Artic, telling the tale of how the virus started and spread. The zombies are described in vivid detail but the real scare is the all-too-plausible failures of multiple governments and human beings.   posted Dec 30, 2013 at 2:55PM

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