The Caretaker by A.X. Ahmad

Reviewed by Katy Zignego (Library Staff)

As thrillers go, The Caretaker is pretty meh. The premise is not too original, the bad guy not too scary, the climax not too…climactic. But I am still excited to read the second book in this newly minted series, because I think I see real possibilities for the protagonist. Ranjit Singh is an ex-Indian Army captain, illegally living in the United States and battling moral, cultural, and family pressures. I like him immensely.

In this, The Caretaker reminds me of Louise Penny’s book Still Life, the very first Chief Inspector Armand Gamache mystery. That book, too, was a rather clunky first effort by a talented writer, with a gem of a sleuth at the center. Now, ten books into the series, Gamache is as famous and beloved as Poirot, and Penny is rolling in the proverbial (Canadian) dollars. I sincerely hope author A.X. Ahmad can do something similar with Ranjit Singh, and I think they both have the chops to pull it off.

Located in Adult Fiction (FIC AHMAD)

Lock In by John Scalzi

Reviewed by Judy (Library Staff)

John Scalzi has become one of my favorite sci fi writers. After accidentally discovering Redshirts (based on the reference to the Star Trek red shirted crew members that got killed on every “away” mission) and locating all the books in his “Old Man” series, he has captured my avid sci fi interest.

Lock In continues his talented writing in science fiction with a story about a near future where a large portion of the population gets “locked into” their minds with no ability to use their bodies. Technology eventually discovers a way for these victims to have a life in the real world as well as a virtual cyber world. Then one of the “Haden virus” victims is murdered. It is a classical murder mystery with a well-constructed sci fi twist, combining the best of both genres.

Available through the CAFE Library System.

 

Lila by Marilynne Robinson

 

Lila

Reviewed by Marcy (Library Staff)

I’ve not always connected with Robinson’s style but was pleasantly surprised when reading Lila.The author flows in and out of the present as much as the main character Lila comes and goes as she wanders. Lila has a damaged past and is, for the most part, homeless. She finds a groundedness in her marriage to John Ames, minister and widower. As the story progresses one can’t help but enter Lila’s world as she sees it and is surprised by its simplicity and realness.

Located in Adult Fiction (FIC ROBINSON)

Eloise at Christmastime (2003)

Reviewed by Maggie (Library Patron)

A fun, heartwarming movie filled with mischief, laughter and love. Eloise, a 6-year-old, is a little bit spoiled and sneaky girl. Her friend Bill is having some hard times so Eloise takes it into her own hands and goes into action to try and fix things. Will her big plans succeed? Find out in this great family movie!

Located in Children’s DVDs (J DVD ELOISE)

 

Letters to Lindsey by Terri Brady

Reviewed by Michelle (Library Patron)

Letters to Lindsey is a celebration of motherhood, faith and life. Written by a former engineer and mother of 4 children, Terri’s book had me laughing and crying, all on the same page. Her book felt like salve to my soul. Though I haven’t experienced the life challenges that she writes about, such as infertility and a brain tumor and raising 4 children, her prose related to me in that it helped me celebrate my own human experience and the faith in God’s providence that I need to have as a I travel through my own life experiences. It is a “must-read” for anyone looking for a dose of optimism, life leadership principles, and simply a good laugh…..at yourself!

Located in Adult Nonfiction (158 BRA)

 

The Curiosity by Stephen Kiernan

Reviewed by Jessica W (Library Patron)

This book is about a scientific expedition that discovers a man frozen in ice. The scientists reanimate him which, while of interest to the public, also raises ethical questions. The characters are well developed and it reads like a novel (not a scientific expose). I believe this title would be an excellent book club choice as it lends itself to a lot of discussion.

Located in Adult Fiction (FIC KIERNAN)

Mix It Up by Herve Tullet

Reviewed by Library Patron

My 3 and 6 year old love this book! They have read the book Press Here, by the same author, so they were familiar with the concept of the book. It’s a great interactive book that lets the kids explore color and guess what they think will happen to the colors on the pages of the book. They never tire of reading this book, it’s fun every time!

Located in Children’s Picture Books (E TULLET), and also in our Rainbow Storytime Kit.

 

Saga: Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Reviewed by Melissa Rader (Library Staff)

The opening to this new graphic novel series blew me away with its style, wit and imaginative scope. When two soldiers from opposite sides of a space war fall in love and have a child, they become fugitives, living a dangerous life on the run. Lush, colorful illustrations, nonstop action, and witty humor make this a must-read for graphic novel lovers. Also, I’m happy to report that the second volume is just as wonderful!

Available through the CAFE Library System