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New DVD Releases For April 20th

We have three new DVDs for Tuesday, April 20th.  They are:

Crazy Heart

Lovely Bones, The

Young Victoria

Mystery Monday

"I can't believe this library!  You have no copies  of James Patterson, John Grisham, and Nelson DeMille!  What kind of library is this?"  These words came from an extremely upset woman who came to the reference desk understandably dismayed that we did not carry her favorite authors.  Where had she looked?  In the mystery section, of course.  Isn't that where these authors would be?  Well, actually, no.  We do, indeed, collect books by these authors, but they are found in regular fiction, not mystery, because they are considered thrillers or suspense.  What is the difference between a mystery and a thriller/suspense title?  Basically, a mystery is a puzzle, a game of whodunit.  A crime has occurred, which we usually don't see happen, and the protoganist (police detective, amateur sleuth, etc.) must uncover the truth and bring the perpetrator to justice.  On the other hand, a suspense/thriller novel works with an imminent fear of danger.  A roller coaster of heart pounding thrills ensues and we hang on for the death defying ride. 

New DVD Release For April 13th

We have one new release for Tuesday, April 13th.  It is:

Pirate Radio (Philip Seymour Hoffman)

SWORDS AND SORCERY: HEROIC FANTASY

In 1932, a sword-wielding barbarian, "black-haired, sullen-eyed," strode out of the pages of Weird Tales magazine and straight into the hearts of young men everywhere.  His name was Conan, and he and his savage homeland of Cimmeria were the creation of American writer Robert E. Howard.  Howard only wrote four years' worth of Conan stories-- he committed suicide in 1936-- but his creation outlived him in the pens of such authors as L. Sprague de Camp and Lin Carter, and in the face of a certain governor of California.  Thanks to Conan and other characters like him, Howard is generally credited with the invention of the heroic fantasy subgenre.  (To that, I have three words: Gilgamesh, Odysseus, and Beowulf.  But I'd happily grant him "popularization of the genre.")  Nearly 30 years later, Fritz Lieber (of "Fafhrd and The Gray Mouser" fame) coined the phrase it's best known by today-- "sword and sorcery."

New DVD Releases For April 6th

We have five new releases for Tuesday, April 6th.  They are:

$9.99

Baader Meinhof Complex (Foreign Film - German)

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (Nicholas Cage)

Glee - Season One

The Stoning of Soraya M.


New Romance Fiction for April 2010

In paperback:

Revenge Wears Rubies by Renee Bernard (1, Jaded Gentlemen) H
What the Librarian Did by Karina Bliss (Harlequin SuperRomance) C
Otherwise Engaged by Suzanne Brockmann (Sunrise Key) C (reprint)
Out of Body by Stella Cameron (1, Court of Angels) C, S, M
Receptionist Under Cover by C. J. Carmichael (3, Harlequin SuperRomance: The Fox & Fisher Detective Agency) C, M
Moonlight Road by Robyn Carr (10, Virgin River) C
Tempt Me If You Can by Janet Chapman (2, The Sinclair Brothers) C
Most Eagerly Yours by Allison Chase (1, Her Majesty's Secret Servants) H, M
Pleasure of a Dark Prince by Kresley Cole (9, Immortals after Dark) F, S

New Speculative Fiction for April 2010

New to our shelves:

Things We Didn’t See Coming by Steven Amsterdam SF
Shalador’s Lady by Anne Bishop (8, Black Jewels) F, R
The Changed by B. J. Burrow H
Spellwright by Blake Charlton (1, Spellwright) F
Deep Kiss of Winter by Kresley Cole and Gena Showalter (Immortals after Dark / Alien Huntress) F, SF, R
    (shelved at Fantasy Deep)
Wild Ride by Jennifer Cruisie and Bob Mayer F, R, H
The Best Horror of the Year, Vol. 1 by Ellen Datlow, ed. H (shelved at Horror Best)
Shadows in the Cave by Caleb Fox (2, Zadayi Red) F
Jade Man’s Skin by Daniel Fox (2, Moshui, The Books of Stone and Water) F

Fiction Audiobooks April 2010

BCD Aciman

Eight White Nights

by Andre Aciman. Read by Paul Boehmer. 14 discs. 17 hours. 

BCD Science Fiction Asimov

The End of Eternity by Isaac Asimov. Read by Paul Boehmer. 7 discs. 8+ hours.

BCD Banville

The Infinities by John Banville. Read by Julian Rhind-Tutt. 8 discs. 9+ hours.

"The Booker Prize winner retains his standing as one of the world's most exquisite stylists in this sublimely acerbic and mischievous tale about the timeless mysteries of love and death. Old Adam Godley, a theoretical mathematician famous for his world-altering discoveries about the infinities, appears to be dying in the Sky Room atop his rambling manor, yet he is preternaturally attuned to the skirmishes erupting below….intricate musings over the complexities of consciousness and the cosmos, Banville creates a bewitching world in which to ponder what it is to be human."

BCD Berenson

New Music Releases April, 2010

Amos, Tori.  Midwinter Graces                                                               R AMOS MG U49

Beethoven.  Complete Sonatas For Piano & Violin                                 ES BEET CSF J39

New DVD Releases April, 2010

THREE DAY DVDS

3 Americas (Foreign Film – Spanish)                                                  #11776

2012 (John Cusack)                                                                       #11725

African Queen, The (1951 – Katharine Hepburn)                               #11877

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