|Neuromancer [sound recording] |
by Gibson, William, 1948-
Neuromancer tells the story of Case, once a hot “cyberspace” cowboy who could infiltrate and rip off corporate databases. But he stole from his employer, who took revenge by crippling Case's nervous system, rendering him unable to hack. Case is then scooped off the street and given a second chance by a shadowy group of people who have big plans. In exchange for curing Case, they want him to help them infiltrate the core of a huge and powerful AI (artificial intelligence) called Wintermute. What was amazing about this novel was that it was written in 1984—but the concepts discussed are things that we now experience in our reality—cyberspace, the matrix (the Web), artificial intelligence, use of technology to treat disease/aging & DNA modification. As interesting as the concept was for this book, I found the book difficult to read—it is densely written, filled with a lot of jargon (it would have helpful to have a dictionary of the terms), with many characters who were difficult to keep track of. I think that if you are a computer enthusiast or gamer—this might be the book for you. For me I am glad I finished it, but frankly I was happy to leave Gibson’s future world. 3 out of 5 stars.
posted by Marsap on Dec 5, 2013 at 2:57PM
|Breathing lessons |
by Anne Tyler
Nothing "powerful" in this predictable Anne Tyler novel.
posted by DorothyR on Dec 5, 2013 at 2:02PM
|Thirteen reasons why [sound recording] : [a novel] |
by Asher, Jay
I’m not sure why you would want to read a book for enjoyment that’s about suicide. I think it’s like watching a car crash. It’s to see other peoples pain and be thankful it’s not you or to compare yourself with someone else. Either one... it’s not on my suggested list. Not something you need to put in your mind. :(
posted by love2read642 on Dec 5, 2013 at 9:25AM
|The likeness |
by Tana French
Adult Fiction FRENCH
Cassie Maddox, still reeling from a recent case, the loss of her partner and departure from the murder squad is called away from her new assignment in domestic violence to the scene of a murder and a body that looks just like her. Even more surreal, the deceased went by the name of an undercover persona invented by Cassie for a past operation. Cassie is persuaded to go undercover as the deceased, saying she had survived and she enters Whitethorn house and a "family" of graduate students. As she finds herself slipping easily into their routine and relationships her grip on herself and her assignment begins to loosen. Even after she is "made" by one of the housemates she insists on staying to complete the operation. I liked this book better than In the woods. The other book seemed to build and build to a big letdown but this book came through. Good tension, good characters and good story of police work that almost goes wrong but ultimately succeeds.
posted by Laura P. on Dec 4, 2013 at 10:12AM
|Angel’s tip [sound recording] |
by Burke, Alafair
Adult Fiction BURKE
This story had a well thought out plot, although not crazy about the brutal murder of young women--and love the team of Ellie Hatcher and JJ Rogan!! Ellie is one smart cookie and is able to piece the case together in the end. Just an OK "listen" for me--6 out of 10 on this one.
posted by HappyGirl on Dec 3, 2013 at 7:58PM
|love affairs of Nathaniel P., The |
Adult Fiction WALDMAN
I've often wondered what in the world my ex-boyfriends were thinking after the relationship has ended. Adelle Waldman does a bang-up job of getting into the mind of an "enlightened", modern, intellectual young man as he navigates dating and the New York writing scene. I wanted to laugh and scream at Nathaniel pretty much throughout the entire book.
posted by Kristina D. on Dec 3, 2013 at 1:01PM
|The highway |
by Box, C. J.
Adult Fiction BOX
Like millions of you I love the Joe Pickett novels by C.J. Box. But "The Highway" is just plain predictable and such claptrap that I have to put a thumbs down for overall review. Why does such a revered writer have to resort to another rendition of "girl kidnapped by sexual predator and has moments to live"? I do not want to read gore, sadism, and sickness of the human condition.
posted by Larryw on Dec 2, 2013 at 12:14PM
|Kabul Beauty School : an American woman goes behind the veil |
by Deborah Rodriguez
Adult Nonfiction HQ1735.6 .R63 2007
This memoir provided insight into Kabul and an American’s attempt to open a beauty school for Afghan women. I enjoyed the story, but wonder if the author has painted an unrealistic picture of her efforts and results. Debbie Rodriguez may have overstated the results of the school and endangered the women identified in this memoir. I hope she has not endangered any of the women trained in the school or their families. I found it interesting that she was critical of the Afghan culture but was willing to become wife #2 of Sam, an Afghan warlord.
posted by bookiejill on Dec 2, 2013 at 10:54AM
|Sisterland : a novel |
by Curtis Sittenfeld
Adult Fiction SITTENF
This was just an OK book. More like a beach read
posted by LauraAnn on Dec 2, 2013 at 9:55AM
|The fault in our stars |
by John Green
Teen Fiction GREEN
Though absolutely heart-breaking, this story was phenomenal and definitely a favorite of mine. If you are a crier like me, you will be emotionally drained when you finish. I would recommend to people who can appreciate sad stories.
posted by kmschlicht on Dec 1, 2013 at 1:19PM
|Climbing the stairs |
by Padma Venkatraman
Teen Fiction VENKATR
Knowing little about the Indian culture, I found this book fascinating, even if it was fiction. The characters were interesting and, though not highly developed, there was something likable about them. I found the main character relatable. The plot was good all up to the end. I won’t give anything away, but I thought the ending was very disappointing. Even so, it’s still a good story.
posted by A.E.C.M. on Nov 30, 2013 at 6:13PM
|Brooklyn Rose |
by Rinaldi, Ann.
Teen Fiction RINALDI
I thought it was an interesting love story taking place in 1900. I enjoyed finding out that the main character had been the author’s grandmother, though the story was fiction. My only complaint was that Rose was kind of incompetent, but I liked her anyway. That, and the characters could have been developed more, but that is the case with most books.
posted by A.E.C.M. on Nov 29, 2013 at 12:06PM
by Alex Flinn
Teen Fiction FLINN
Being a fan of the original tale of Beauty and the Beast, this book would have to be pretty bad for me not to like it. So, yes, I enjoyed it and I liked that it was more from the perspective of Beast, whereas most versions focus on Beauty’s perspective. My only problem is that I’m not sure how well it fit in a modern setting. There is a reason every fairytale is set in some historical era. But still, I recommend reading it; it was a fun book.
posted by A.E.C.M. on Nov 28, 2013 at 7:28PM
|Love Minus Eighty |
Adult Fiction MCINTOS
Love Minus Eighty is the story of a few intertwined characters, centered around the concept of advanced technology that allows people who've been in fatal accidents to be cryogenically frozen until they can be rejuvenated, if they've got the cash. After causing a terrible accident how far will Rob go to make up for his deed? Very interesting concept, I would recommend this even for people who aren't interested in science fiction, very compelling character, not tech, driven story.
posted by Lee B. on Nov 27, 2013 at 4:17PM
|Errantry: Strange Tales |
Adult Fiction HAND
A collection of strange stories, which sometimes leave readers with an unsettled feeling, but in a good way! Hand writes unexpected characters and scenes and surprises. Her characters have quirks; the fungalist who also happens to be a gourmand. It would be both frightening and exhilarating to be a part of Hand's world, which seems to exist only one wild step away from our own.
posted by Lee B. on Nov 27, 2013 at 4:12PM
|Deeper than the dead |
by Tami Hoag
Adult Fiction HOAG
Very good, quick read about a serial killer in a small town and the FBI agent who comes to help local law enforcement. It takes place in the 80s and I thought was true to the time. Besides the lack of current technology and forensic science, there was also a different kind of relationship between the men and women. More old school. The author did a pretty good job keeping you guessing as to the killer even though it was between just three guys. This is the first of three and I’ll definitely read the next one.
posted by Laura P. on Nov 27, 2013 at 9:51AM
|The hunger games [videorecording]
I have not seen it yet but my friends say its pretty good im not sure though
posted by bjb on Nov 25, 2013 at 7:07PM
|The chocolate cat caper : a chocoholic mystery |
by JoAnna Carl
Adult Fiction CARL
What are the main characters in the story?
posted by Nitro on Nov 25, 2013 at 6:29PM
|Lulu and the duck in the park |
by McKay, Hilary.
Children's Fiction MCKAY
Lulu is "famous for loving animals"--all the way down to spiders. So when her 3rd grade class witnesses, on a field trip, two large dogs ruin a nest of duck eggs and Lulu finds that one egg has survived, what can she do but tuck it inside her sweater and hope it doesn't hatch before the end of the school day? A short, Ramona-like book about having a well-intentioned secret, with a happy ending.
posted by Emily Lloyd on Nov 25, 2013 at 12:59PM
|Daisy Dawson is on her way! |
by Voake, Steve.
Children's Fiction VOAKE
Walking to school one day, animal lover Daisy Dawson suddenly hears and understands a dog speaking to her. In school, she suddenly understands what the class gerbils are saying--and they understand her back! Soon, even ants are conversing with Daisy, and she finds herself counseling animals-- and occasionally getting into trouble while trying to get them out of it.
posted by Emily Lloyd on Nov 25, 2013 at 12:58PM