I wasn’t sure if everyone knew that Wil Wheaton reads the audiobook version of Redshirts. He does, and it’s quite good. I found this online, from a reading in Burbank, CA:
Brazen by Kelley Armstrong (Otherworld Tales, #13.5)
The Creeps by John Connolly (Sequel to The Infernals)
A Dance of Blades and A Dance of Mirrors by David Dalglish (Shadowdance, #2 & #3)
The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, #1)
The Flight of the Silvers by Daniel Price (The Silver Saga, #1)
Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett (Discworld, #40 … and please note, the cover art isn’t final yet)
Rex Regis by L.E. Modesitt (Imager Portfolio, #8)
Robogenesis by Daniel H. Wilson (Sequel to Robopocalypse)
Shipstar by Gregory Benford and Larry Niven (Sequel to Bowl of Heaven)
When It’s a Jar by Tom Holt (Sequel to Doughnut)
The Wicked by Douglas Nicholas (Sequel to Something Red)
I like to show some of the great new books that are coming to the library, or are on our New Books display. Here’s a sample:
The Grendel Affair by Lisa Shearin
Betwixt and Between by Jessica Stilling
The Bread We Eat in Dreams by Catherynne M. Valente
Conservation of Shadows by Yoon Ha Lee
Dreamwalker by C.S. Friedman
The Golden City by Kathleen Cheney
In Space No One Can Hear You Scream by Hank Davis (ed)
The Inner City by Karen Hueler
The Martian by Andy Weir
Old Mars by George R.R. Martin (ed)
Orphans by Ben Tanzer
The Waking Engine by David Edison
I wanted to give everyone the heads-up that Nicole is coming back to the library in January to do another program for us. She previously gave a great program about green smoothies, and in January, she’ll be presenting on Beating the Sugar Blues. The program is on January 23rd at 7:00 pm in our Meeting Rooms.
Here’s the description: Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner, Nicole Lazar, is back to teach you about sugar. This interactive presentation will discuss the relationship we have with sugar and understanding cravings, the effects it has on the body, and the pros and cons of sugar alternatives. Handouts will be provided detailing natural sweeteners, their benefits, and how they may be substituted for sugar in recipes.
Pretty cool, yes? So if you’d like to learn about sugar, and see Nicole in action, registration is open! You can click on the link above, which takes you right to the web calendar for this event.
We will have a combination meeting on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 6:30 pm to not only discuss Redshirts by John Scalzi, but to also have our annual planning meeting.
We plan to have our planning meeting first – beginning at 6:30 p.m. We welcome suggestions, so anyone interested is encouraged to bring 1-3 books to suggest to the group. We’ll go through all suggestions, and then choose books for our next reading cycle. The planning meeting is always a lot of fun, and there is always a wide variety of books to choose from.
After our planning meeting, we’ll discuss our final John Scalzi book in our reading cycle: Redshirts. Here’s the summary (courtesy of Goodreads):
Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. It’s a prestige posting, and Andrew is thrilled all the more to be assigned to the ship’s Xenobiology laboratory.
Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the fact that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces, (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations, and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.
Not surprisingly, a great deal of energy below decks is expended on avoiding, at all costs, being assigned to an Away Mission. Then Andrew stumbles on information that completely transforms his and his colleagues’ understanding of what the starship Intrepid really is…and offers them a crazy, high-risk chance to save their own lives.