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WEDDING JITTERS

I know what you're thinking: June is the classic month for weddings.  Why am I writing about them in July?

Well, marriages don't always go quite as scheduled.  The bride turns out to have been married before... and never quite got around to the divorce.  The groom gets cold feet and breaks it off at the last moment (by text message.  At the altar.).  A well-meaning mobster sends a far-too-sexy hit man to keep a protective eye on the bride.  The fiance fakes his own death to get out of marrying a bridezilla.  One's betrothed pretends to elope with a completely fictional lover the day after the engagement.  

Alright, perhaps these aren't the usual  reasons a wedding doesn't come off as planned, but they make for some very entertaining beach reads.  Be warned: for the would-be brides (and grooms) in these romances, there may not be a happily-ever-after in the offing... at least, not with the mates they expected!

Mystery Monday

One of the best things about reading mysteries is learning about new and exotic locations.  Although I personally haven't read a mystery that takes places in outer space, or under the sea, there is no reason to think someone hasn't written one.  In the long hot days of summer, you might refresh yourself by visiting the Arctic Circle, or a beach resort, or anyplace you care to go.  Escaping into a mystery is a mini-vacation in itself.  If you are not able to get away, let a mystery take you to nearby or faraway lands.  So, sit back, relax, and get traveling!

Lochdubh, Scotland-- M.C. Beaton
Constable Hamish MacBeth has the good fortune to patrol the sleepy highland town of Lochdubh with its breathtaking views and eccentric villagers.  You can almost see the heather and taste the scotch.

Dublin, Ireland--Declan Hughes
We travel down the mean streets of Dublin with tough P.I. Ed Loy.  Get ready to explore some of Ireland's seediest pubs with this expert guide.

Congratulations!

Congratulations to our guessing jar winners!

Charlie Wilen- guessed 161- actual 161

Ashley Joseph- guessed 900- actual 919

Alina Joseph- guessed 900- actual 919.

 

Who will win next week? Maybe you!

 

 

New Romance Fiction for July 2010

In paperback:

Close Contact by Katherine Allred (2, Alien Affairs) SF
Close Encounters by Katherine Allred (1, Alien Affairs) SF
The Forbidden Rose by Joanna Bourne H, M
Stroke of Genius by Emily Bryan H
Assassin's Honor by Monica Burns (1, Order of the Sicari) C, S, M
A Gentleman Always Remembers by Candace Camp (2, Willowmere) H
My Reckless Surrender by Anna Campbell H
Strange Neighbors by Ashlyn Chase C, S
Mystery Lover by Lisa Childs (Harlequin Intrigue: Shivers) C, M
Shut Up and Kiss Me by Christie Craig C, M, W
Tall, Dark and Wolfish by Lydia Dare (2, Regency Wolves) H, S

New Speculative Fiction for July 2010

New to our shelves:

Darkling Fields of Arvon by James G. Anderson and Mark Sebanc (2, Legacy of the Stone Harp) F
Insatiable by Meg Cabot H, R
The Best Horror of the Year by Ellen Datlow, ed. (2, Best Horror of the Year) H
Speak to the Devil by Dave Duncan (1, The Brothers Magnus) F
Principles of Angels by Janie Fenn SF, F, M, R
Threshold by Eric Flint and Ryk E. Spoor SF
Stealing Fire by Jo Graham (3, Numinous World) F
From Hell with Love by Simon R.Green (4, Secret Histories) F, H
Bullet by Laurell K. Hamilton (19, Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter) H, F, R
Shakespeare Undead by Lori Handeland H

New DVD Releases For July 13th

We have four new releases for Tuesday, July 13th.  They are:

Bounty Hunter, The (Jennifer Aniston)

Chloe (Julianne Moore)

Eclipse, The (Aidan Quinn)

Greenberg (Ben Stiller)

New Music Releases July 2010

AC/DC.  Iron Man 2                                                                                L ACDC IMT S52

Aguilera, Christina.  Bionic                                                                      MA AGUI BIO R67

New DVDs for July 2010

THREE DAY DVDS

Alice in Wonderland (Johnny Depp)                                            #12203

Bluebeard (Foreign Film – France)                                               #12200

Book of Eli, The (Denzel Washington)                                         #12172

Family Fun Concert with Larry Siegal

This evening on the lawn!

Family Fun Concert

featuring Larry Siegal

Music, fun and dancing for the whole family!

Today, Sunday, July 11th at 7pm.

Join us.

We will update with weather related delays and cancellations if need be. 

 

 

FUTURE PERFECT: A LOOK AT PREDICTIVE FICTION FROM THE PAST

Paris in the Twentieth Century sounds like an historical travelogue, doesn't it?  But consider when it was written: Jules Verne wrote his "scientific fiction" novel in 1863, setting it a hundred years into his future.  At the time, his publisher considered Verne's descriptions of complex underground railway systems, rampant commercialism, and electronic calculators too implausible.  The manuscript lived in a safe until his great-grandson had it published in 1996.  As a story, it's not one of Verne's better works, but it holds its own as a marvel of prophetic fiction.  The book also serves as a brilliant example of what science fiction is : unlike fantasy, which is the stuff of dreams, science fiction is all about possibilities

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