GN on order-011414Since some of our SF-F readers also enjoy graphic novels, I like to let everyone know about some of the new titles in (and coming to) our Graphic Novel collection.  Here’s a smattering:

Alice in the Country of Hearts: The Mad Hatter’s Late Night Tea Party (#1 & #2) by Quinrose
Attack on Titan #10 and #11 by Hajime Isayama
Batgirl 3: Death of the Family (New 52) by Gail Simone
Cyborg 009 by F.J. DeSanto
Scott Pilgrim Color 4: Scott Pilgrim Gets it Together (color edition) by Bryan Lee O’Malley
Young Avengers: Sidekicks by Allan Heinberg


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:

New SF series-011414We have a lot of shiny new books coming to our SF-F section (which you will find first on the New Books display).  Here’s a smattering of some of the new books in series:

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:

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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

Since we’re discussing Redshirts by John Scalzi this month, I thought I’d mention that the book won the Hugo Award for best novel in 2013.  I know there are those of you who are completely unsurprised by this.   

John Scalzi posted his thoughts about it on his blog (click on the link for the entire post).  Here’s a bit from that post:

* Maybe some people can be cool about winning the Best Novel Hugo, but those people are so not me. When Paul Cornell announced Redshirts as the winner, I pumped my fist like a total dork, kissed my wife, got hugged by what seemed like every person between me and the stage, and then honestly I don’t remember all that much until I was suddenly at the lectern, holding the heaviest Hugo ever (seriously, it is twelve pounds), and then setting it down and trying to remember that now I had to give an acceptance speech. Which I had not written out because I figured if I won I would remember who to thank and what I wanted to say. In retrospect, this was not my smartest idea.

Les sent me a closeup photo of the award, which I’m including here:

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Which means you can expect a handful of posts all about John Scalzi.  Because he’s special enough to warrant his very own category for our group’s blog, you know.

Les forwarded me this photo — I think it’s a good way to begin, don’t you?    And just a reminder — we are discussing Redshirts on Wednesday, January 29th.

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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.