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Winter Jackets (13 titles)
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Bah-humbug! (19 titles)
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Minnesota Authors (22 titles)
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Banned Books (27 titles)
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Cover ArtRedshirts
by Scalzi, John, 1969-
A cross between the plots of Galaxyquest and Stranger than Fiction, I was surprised by how good this book was. I was expecting the typical Star Trek-related jokes, especially as they related to the "redshirts" or extras on the original Star Trek series were called. These redshirts were the ones who went down to the alien planets with the stars of the show, only to invariably die in order to increase the dramatic tension of the show. It was a winning formula, based off the success of the show. But it begs the question, would the crew know of this dynamic and how would it affect them? This books answers that question. And a whole lot more, too. They couldn't use the real Star Trek universe, so they created a pretty obvious clone. If you are fans of Star Trek and other science fiction TV shows, you will enjoy this book. If you don't, most of the inside jokes will seem pretty weird to you. But I loved it. Teen and up. A little mature relationship and plenty of swearing.   posted Mar 19, 2014 at 11:09AM

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by Grafton, Sue
I finally started this long time mystery series by Sue Grafton. A female private investigator, Kinsey Millhone, is hired to investigate a murder by the woman who was convicted of it. The plot was pretty straight-forward, with a few twists and turns, to keep you guessing. The main selling point is the main character. Like Evanovich's female bounty hunter, Grafton's Kinsey Millhone is a female in a typically male profession. Despite that, she is a pure 100% old school private eye, complete with bad relationships, a crummy apartment, and a very cynical attitude. Instead of a femme fatale, we have a man who plays that part in the story (a character of the opposite gender who radiates sex and danger, but might actually be involved in the case) In all respects, this is a modern version of a Sam Spade or a Phillip Marlowe as a woman. It was easy to read without a lot of mishmash to distract you. But the plot was also pretty simple to figure out before the murderer was revealed. So if you like private detective stories, you'll like this series. But if you like your mysteries to be harder to figure out, then it might not interest you. Overall, I give it a B-. Not for kiddies. Mature relationships and hardboiled situations. I did like it enough to give the next one in the series a try.   posted Mar 7, 2014 at 3:49PM

Cover ArtThe darkest minds
by Bracken, Alexandra
A friend recommended this to me and I am glad they did. It is right in my wheel-house, as they say. Set in a not-so-distant future, a whole generation of kids comes down with a deadly disease which kills over 70%. And if that wasn't devastating enough, the survivors develop strange abilities(super powers). The government, in order to protect the rest of the population, sticks all these kids in concentration/prison camps, to study and experiment on, but mostly just to isolate. There are five distinct groups of powers, all color-coded for easy identification. Blues are telekinetic, Yellows mentally control electricity, Greens are super intelligent, Reds can start fires with their minds, and the most dangerous of all are the Oranges, because they can control people with their telepathy. After a couple of "incidents", the Oranges and Reds are deemed too dangerous and need to be eliminated. Ruby is an Orange, pretending to be a Green. She is afraid of her powers and seeks only to blend in and survive. But as terrible as her new existence is, her life gets even harder and more complicated when an anti-government group breaks her out of camp. Can she trust them? Or do they just want to use her as a weapon? While not a fan of dystopias in general, Bracken really makes this situation seem very plausible. What would the government do if confronted with such a situation? How would that affect our economy and our society? Great teen book. Not for younger kids.   posted Jan 6, 2014 at 4:34PM

Cover ArtWho could that be at this hour?
by Snicket, Lemony.
Sandford has another winner. This one features Virgil Flowers. Good story line and holds your attention. 8 of 10 for me.   posted Dec 5, 2013 at 4:30PM

Cover ArtVader's little princess
by Brown, Jeffrey, 1975-
The sequel to Darth Vader and son, this one is much the same, only with single dad Vader trying to raise little Princess Leia, first as a "daddy's girl", then later as a rebellious teenager. As with the previous volume, it helps to have a working knowledge of the movies, but most of the jokes come from putting the greatest villain in cinema history in family situations, like teaching Leia how to drive(a TIE fighter). Luke shows up from time to time, implying that Vader had to raise both of them by himself, all while still being a Dark Lord of the Sith and the Emperor's right-hand man. Han Solo is featured as well, as teenage Leia's boyfriend. Very funny. Good as the previous book.   posted Nov 18, 2013 at 4:43PM

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