Monthly Archives: March 2010

Recommended read.

A patron just came in, absolutely head-over-heels in love with Joshua Ferris’ The Unnamed — so much so that she left with his first book, Then We Came to the End

I’d like to tell you to run right on down to the KFL to check it out, but such was the power of her love that the patron in line behind her ended up leaving with it!

The publisher’s description (for an excerpt and interview, check out this NPR story):

Tim Farnsworth is a handsome, healthy man, aging with the grace of a matinee idol. His wife Jane still loves him, and for all its quiet trials, their marriage is still stronger than most. Despite long hours at the office, he remains passionate about his work, and his partnership at a prestigious Manhattan law firm means that the work he does is important. And, even as his daughter Becka retreats behind her guitar, her dreadlocks and her puppy fat, he offers her every one of a father’s honest lies about her being the most beautiful girl in the world.

He loves his wife, his family, his work, his home. He loves his kitchen. And then one day he stands up and walks out. And keeps walking.

The Unnamed is a dazzling novel about a marriage and a family and the unseen forces of nature and desire that seem to threaten them both. It is the heartbreaking story of a life taken for granted and what happens when that life is abruptly and irrevocably taken away.

As always, if you would like to place a hold (and in this case, you’d definitely need to!), please call the library at 985-2173 or visit our website.


The 2010 Shortlist for the Walter Scott Prize…

has been announced.

A surprise novella, just in time for baseball season…

from Stephen King.

The 2010 Arthur C. Clarke shortlist…

has been announced.

I’ve got my eye on…

Bite Me: A Love Story, by Christopher Moore.  As you’ll see from the description, it sounds completely bananas and like loads of fun.

The publisher’s description:

“The city of San Francisco is being stalked by a huge shaved vampyre cat named Chet, and only I, Abby Normal, emergency backup mistress of the Greater Bay Area night, and my manga-haired love monkey, Foo Dog, stand between the ravenous monster and a bloody massacre of the general public.”

Whoa. And this is a love story? Yup. ‘Cept there’s no whining. See, while some lovers were born to run, Jody and Tommy were born to bite. Well, reborn, that is, now that they’re vampires. Good thing theirs is an undying love, since their Goth Girl Friday, Abby Normal, imprisoned them in a bronze statue.

Abby wants to be a bloodsucking fiend, too, but right now she’s really busy with other stuff, like breaking in a pair of red vinyl thigh-high Skankenstein® platform boots and wrangling her Ph.D.-candidate boyfriend, Steve (the love monkey). And then there’s that vampire cat Chet, who’s getting bigger and smarter—and thirstier—by the minute. Abby thought she and Steve could handle the kitty cat on their own, mais non . . .

Before you can say “OMG! WTF?” Tommy and Jody are sprung from captivity, and join forces with Abby, Steve, the frozen-turkey-bowling Safeway crew, the Emperor of San Francisco and his trusty dogs Lazarus and Bummer, Abby’s gay Goth friend Jared, and SF’s finest Cavuto and Rivera to hunt big cat and save the city. And that’s when the fun really begins. 

As always, if you would like to place a hold, please call the library at 985-2173 or visit our website.

The Stephanie Plum movie…

…is finally going to happen.  Probably.  (But this one has been so long in coming that I won’t really believe it until I’m sitting in the movie theater!)

According to Variety, Katherine Heigl (of Grey’s Anatomy) will star as everyone’s favorite lingerie-buyer-turned-bounty-hunter.

As always, if you would like to place a hold, please call the library at 985-2173 or visit our website.

The 2010 Bram Stoker horror awards…

have been announced.