The Hitman’s Bodyguard (2017)

Reviewed by Kelsey (Library Staff)

I loved this movie, mainly because it starred both Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds as a fantastic comedic combo. The constant bickering between the two brings to mind an old married couple who just so happen to love beating up bad guys and blowing things up. Jackson plays a convicted hit man who is needed to testify against a previous employer, and Reynolds is called in on bodyguard duty to make sure he makes it to trial on-time and alive. While the story line is forgettable, the interactions between the two are guaranteed to make you laugh. It is a great movie for anyone who loves either actor, and a must watch for those who loved “Deadpool”.

Located in DVDs (DVD HITMAN)

If you like The Princess Bride (Movie)

…then try one of these movies today!

The BFG (2016)

An orphan little girl befriends a benevolent giant who takes her to Giant Country, where they attempt to stop the man-eating giants that are invading the human world.

 

Ella Enchanted (2004)

Ella is under a spell to be constantly obedient, a fact she must hide from her new step-family in order to protect the prince of the land, her friend for whom she’s falling.

 

Enchanted (2007)

A young maiden in a land called Andalasia, who is prepared to be wed, is sent away to New York City by an evil queen, where she falls in love with a lawyer.

 

Ever After (1998)

The “real” story of Cinderella. A refreshing new take on the classic fairy tale.

 

 

Hook (1991)

When Captain Hook kidnaps his children, an adult Peter Pan must return to Neverland and reclaim his youthful spirit in order to challenge his old enemy.

 

A Knight’s Tale (2001)

After his master dies, a peasant squire, fueled by his desire for food and glory, creates a new identity for himself as a knight.

 

Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993)

A spoof of Robin Hood in general and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) in particular.

 

 

Shrek (2001)

After his swamp is filled with magical creatures, Shrek agrees to rescue Princess Fiona for a villainous lord in order to get his land back.

 

Stardust (2007)

In a countryside town bordering on a magical land, a young man makes a promise to his beloved that he’ll retrieve a fallen star by venturing into the magical realm.

 

Willow (1988)

A reluctant dwarf must play a critical role in protecting a special baby from an evil queen.

Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins

Reviewed by Amanda K (Library Staff)

In this hilarious picture book, Bruce is a very grumpy bear who doesn’t like anything. He does not like sunny days, rain and especially NOT cute little animals. The only thing Bruce does like is eggs. Unlike other bears, he doesn’t eat them raw, but cooks them into fancy recipes that he finds on the internet. One day he gathers some eggs for his next recipe and “is met with an unwelcome surprise”. His delicious eggs become four adorable goslings and Bruce becomes their mom. The ending is surprising, but fits perfectly.

Children and adults will love this picture book. It’s witty dialogue and amazing illustrations will have everyone laughing out loud.

Located in Children’s Picture Books (E HIGGINS)

Spotlight On: New Graphic Novels (Adults)

New Graphic Novels: These are graphic novels that are new to our collection in the last year. Graphic novels are novels in comic-strip form. Many in our collection feature superheroes, but not all of them. Our Adult Graphic Novel collection is located on the white book shelf next to our board games. These are located behind our CDs, in the middle of the main foyer area. All new graphic novels have colored stickers on the spine, denoting when we added them to our collection.

My Friend Dahmer / Derf Backderf

In graphic novel format, the author offers an account of growing up in the same schools as Jeffrey Dahmer, who went on to become one of the most notorious serial killers and cannibals in United States history. (GRAPHIC 921 DAHMER)

 

Batman Noir: Dark Victory / Jeph Loeb

Set in the early days of the Dark Knight’s career, Batman must stop the elusive cop-killer “Hangman” before the murderer strikes again. A children’s game pinned to each of the victims is the only clue to the Hangman’s identity. (GRAPHIC BATMAN)

 

The DC Universe / Neil Gaiman

What evil is so powerful that it can melt the Man of Steel–and extinguish the Green Lantern’s light? How did Poison Ivy’s power first take root–and where did the Riddler find his calling? Who killed the Batman–and will the legend of the Dark Knight ever really end? (GRAPHIC DC UNIVERSE)

 

My Favorite Thing is Monsters / Emil Ferris

Filled with B-horror movie and pulp monster iconography, the diary of ten-year-old Karen Reyes records her investigation into the murder of her upstairs neighbor Anka Silverberg, a Holocaust survivor. (GRAPHIC FERRIS)

 

Harley’s Little Black Book

It’s the sensational debut of a massive team-up series in which Harley meets (and almost certainly annoys) the greatest heroes and villains of the DC Universe! Harley is pairing up with the greatest heroes of all time, featuring adventures with Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, and more! But can she keep up with superheroes of this caliber? (GRAPHIC HARLEY QUINN)

Snowpiercer 1: The Escape / Jacques Lob

In a harsh, uncompromisingly cold future where Earth has succumbed to treacherously low temperatures, the last remaining members of humanity travel on a train while the outside world remains encased in ice.The surviving community are not without a social hierarchy; those that travel at the front of the train live in relative luxury whilst those unfortunate enough to be at the rear remain clustered like cattle in claustrophobic darkness. Yet, things are about to change aboard the train as passengers become disgruntled… (GRAPHIC LOB)

Punisher vs The Marvel Universe

The Punisher takes on the Marvel universe, coming between friends Luke Cage and Iron Fist, and gatecrashing Spider-Man’s first meeting with Nightcrawler. (GRAPHIC PUNISHER)

 

Star Wars: The Original Trilogy / Alessandro Ferrari

Recounts the galactic adventures of Luke, Leia, Han Solo, and their friends as they work to save each other and their homes from the evil empire. (GRAPHIC STAR WARS)

 

Thor: Ragnaroks 

Three Asgardian epics in one legendary volume! In a tale from Asgard’s glory days, Thor stands beside his brothers-in-arms when the Warriors Three are put on trial for murder – and ties himself to their fate! Years later, the end is nigh for the gods – and only Thor and his Avengers allies might be able to stave off Ragnarok, the end of all things! But will the Odinson be Asgard’s savior, or the architect of its downfall? And will noble alien warrior Beta Ray Bill escape the end of one world – only to face the end of his own? (GRAPHIC THOR)

“Don’t mark up the Library’s copy, you fool! Librarians are Unprankable. They’ll track you down! They have skills!” ~Charles Ogden

Come Sundown by Nora Roberts

Reviewed by Emily Terasa (Library Staff)

The Bodine ranch and resort is located in western Montana. Bodine Longbow, along with many members of her family, runs the ranch and resort. A long time ago there was another member of the family, Aunt Alice, but she ran away, or so the whole family believes. What they don’t know is that she is actually closer than they think, being held against her will. An old family friend, Callen Skinner, returns to town to help out at the ranch, flirt with Bodine, and be accused of murder. But all is not as it seems, and Bodine and Cal work together to try to solve the murders, as well as figure out where Alice had been, after she suddenly returns.

This is a typical Nora Roberts book, full of suspense, romance, and thrills. But I enjoyed it a lot, as a quick vacation read. You might guess the end, I did about half way through the book, but it was still a fun read.

Located in Adult Fiction (FIC ROBERTS, NORA)

Dragnet: Official Files

Reviewed by Diane Basting (Library Staff)

I grew up watching black and white Dragnet reruns with Sgt. Joe Friday giving just the facts in his no nonsense manor. The plots were simple ,the story lines straight forward, and the ultimate message of don’t be a criminal and respect your local police came through loud and clear. So when I saw a CDBOOK of the old radio show I knew I had to take this walk down memory lane. Sgt. Joe Friday starts each segment with introductions of himself and his partner and then runs down what they do to solve the case. The radio show includes sound effects and commercial breaks and the announcement that while cases are real the names were changed to protect the innocent which leads the researcher in me to google some of the actual cases. Anyone who likes true crime but doesn’t really want all the details would find this series interesting as they gloss over a lot of the details to just give you the gist of what happens, as for me, I’m waiting for the next installment to find out if Sgt. Friday ends up with Police woman Jansen and what other crimes the Los Angeles Police Department solved back in the 60s. I will warn you that the commercials are prevalent and not ones I’m surprised are still included as they are for tobacco.

Available through the Bridges Library System

If you liked The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

Then try one of these other titles!

Sin in the Second City: Madams, Minister, Playboys and the Battle for America’s Soul / Karen Abbott

A history of America’s most famous brothel, Chicago’s Everleigh Club, which catered to some of America’s leading moguls, actors, and writers from 1900 to 1911, profiles its aristocratic proprietors and their efforts to elevate the industry to new heights.

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story / John Berendt

In charming, beautiful, and wealthy old-South Savannah, Georgia, the local bad boy is shot dead inside of the opulent mansion of a gay antiques dealer, and a gripping trial follows.

 

In Cold Blood / Truman Capote

On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues.

 

Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith / Jon Krakauer

At the core of this book is an appalling double murder committed by two Mormon fundamentalist brothers, Ron and Dan Lafferty, who insist they received a revelation from God commanding them to kill their blameless victims.

 

Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President / Candice Millard

A narrative account of James Garfield’s political career offers insight into his background as a scholar and Civil War hero, his battles against the corrupt establishment, and Alexander Graham Bell’s failed attempt to save him from an assassin’s bullet.

The Girls of Murder City: Fame, Lust, and the Beautiful Killers who Inspired Chicago / Douglas Perry

Documents the true stories of Belva Gaertner and Beulah Annan, the women whose sensational murder trials inspired the musical “Chicago,” and traces the contributions of fledgling reporter Maurine Watkins against a backdrop of Chicago’s Jazz Age culture.

The Monster of Florence / Douglas Preston

Documents the author’s discovery that his new family home in Florence had been the scene of a double murder, his relationship with the investigative journalist co-author, and how they both became targets of the police investigation into the murders.

 

The Beautiful Cigar Girl: Mary Rogers, Edgar Allan Poe, and the Invention of Murder / Daniel Stashower

Traces the July 1841 murder investigation that was marked by sensational media coverage and the debut of Edgar Allen Poe, whose short stories “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” and “The Mystery of Marie Roget” associated him with the crime.

Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer / James L. Swanson

A fascinating and vivid account of the escape of John Wilkes Booth, Abraham Lincoln’s assassin, takes readers along on the intensive search from the streets of Washington, D.C., through the swamps of Maryland, into the forests of Virginia, and into the lives of the men who pursued him.

 

The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary / Simon Winchester

Describes how more than ten thousand definitions were submitted for the first Oxford English Dictionary from Dr. W.C. Minor, an American Civil War criminal who was considered both a genius and a lunatic.

 

 

This Man Trilogy by Jodi Ellen Malpas

Reviewed by Jen Bremer (Library Staff)

This book series horribly and disgustingly romanticizes abuse. The controlling, manipulative, and debasing behavior of the main character’s romantic interest surpasses every line of what is acceptable behavior and the author tries to make it out as “normal” behavior through the woman’s acceptance of his violent manhandling. Additionally, the plot is inconsistent with the same rote storyline being recycled each book with little variation. The series tries too hard to be the next Fifty Shades of Grey and fails in the most spectacular way. This series was by far the worst books I have ever had the displeasure of reading. I recommend this series to absolutely no one.

Available through the Bridges Library system

Spotlight On: Easy Readers/Kits

Easy Readers/Kits: Easy Readers and Kits are books that are for the beginning reader. We have three levels of Easy Reader books (ER 1, ER 2, and ER 3). ER 1 is the most basic, simplest of words and stories and it builds up to ER 3. The ER Kits are sets of very simple books that focus on phonics and learning how to read. The Easy Readers are located in the Children’s area, straight back, on the wall next to the entrance to the Program/Story Time Room. The different levels are color-coded: ER 1 (Pink), ER 2 (Green), ER 3 (Orange). The Kits are on the bottom row of that shelving unit.

ER 1 (Pink)

Pete the Cat: Play Ball! / James Dean

A beginning reader story about super-groovy Pete the cat follows his haphazard participation in a youth baseball game, where he learns the importance of fair play over winning. (ER 1 DEAN)

 

Puppy Mudge Finds a Friend / Cynthia Rylant

Fighting like cats and dogs” does not apply to Henry’s puppy, Mudge, and his new friend, Fluffy. (ER 1 RYLANT)

 

 

Eloise Breaks Some Eggs / Margaret McNamara

Eloise’s cooking lesson with Nanny and Cook is disastrous–or would be, if Eloise could not order room service. (ER 1 THOMPSON)

 

ER 2 (Green)

A Tale of Two Sisters / Melissa Lagonegro

When a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, Anna, a young dreamer, must team up with Kristoff, a daring mountain man, and his reindeer on the grandest of journeys to find Anna’s sister, the Snow Queen Elsa, and put an end to her icy spell. (ER 2 DISNEY)

 

Pinkalicious and the Cupcake Calamity / Victoria Kann

Pinkalicious sneaks into Mr. Swizzle’s malfunctioning cupcake machine and discovers a bigger surprise than she could have imagined. (ER 2 KANN)

 

Frog and Toad are Friends / Arnold Lobel 

Five tales recounting the adventures of two best friends-Frog and Toad. (ER 2 LOBEL)

 

 

ER 3 (Orange)

Monkey & Robot / Peter Catalanotto

Best friends Monkey and Robot, who laugh and jump up and down when they are happy, enjoy a variety of activities. (ER 3 CATALANOTTO)

 

Fergus and Zeke / Kate Messner

A debut entry in an early reader series starring a loveable classroom mouse and his streetwise buddy finds Fergus the class pet stowing away in a backpack when the human kids in Miss Maxwell’s classroom leave for a field trip to the museum without him. (ER 3 MESSNER)

 

Nate the Great / Marjorie Weinman Sharmat

Pancake-lover Nate the Great solves the mystery of the missing picture. (ER 3 SHARMAT)

 

 

ER SET

Dora the Explorer Phonics Reading Program / Quinlan B. Lee

Based on the best research on how children develop reading skills, these twelve books introduce a carefully selected progression of letter sounds-starting with the easiest and most common. (ER SET 45)

 

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ~Dr. Seuss

The Cleaner by Brett Battles

Reviewed by Diane Basting (Library Staff)

Quinn is a cleaner, a crime scene cleaner, but he doesn’t work with the police. Quinn sanitizes assassination, surveillance, and other espionage type scenes for whoever pays him the most. His freelance lifestyle is designed to leave no trace and to keep him out of the direct line of fire that operatives often have to deal with. We join Quinn after he has decided to start planning for retirement by training an apprentice, imagine his surprise when he finds out that all his careful safety measures aren’t going to stop him from being a target unless he can find out who wants to erase him. Action packed, fast paced, and short makes this a decent read. The audiobook was much better as the talented Scott Brick brings us into the mind of Johnathan Quinn and the world of the office and allows us to gloss over some of the gaping logic holes. I would recommend giving Battles a chance between releases of Jack Reacher, Will Ryobi, and Harry Hole.

Available through the Bridges Library System

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