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Broadening Your Horizons

When you think of Fantasy, what elements immediately spring to mind?  Perhaps a vaguely medieval, pre-industrial setting, for starters-- thatched cottages, castles, a feudal system, and so on.  A young, questing hero, or maybe a team of adventurers wielding longswords and magic.  An evil witch or wizard.  For variety, let's toss in a few noble Fae folk, a stolid dwarf, and a troublesome halfling or two.  And it's not a proper fantasy without some fabulous beasts, right?  How about a fire-breathing dragon?  Classic... why is that, though?

Now, before you get too upset at me for reducing all fantasy fiction to a stereotype, I do have a point.  Potentially, the fantasy genre has a near-limitless scope-- it's not bounded by science or reality, only by the author's imagination.  Despite that latitude, what fan hasn't read a dozen books containing most of the elements I listed above?  My concern is that the American fantasy landscape today is suffering from a sad lack of diversity.

New DVD Releases for November 9th

We have four new DVDs for Tuesday, November 9th.  They are:

Furry Vengeance (Childrens)

Charlie St. Cloud (Zac Efron)

Grown Ups (Adam Sandler)

Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World

New Romance Fiction for November 2010

* = holiday-themed title

In paperback:

Scoundrel by Zoe Archer (2, The Blades of the Rose) H, S, M
Rebel by Zoe Archer (3, The Blades of the Rose) H, S, M
Bespelling Jane Austen by Mary Balogh, Colleen Gleason, Susan Krinard, and Janet Mullaney H, C, A, S
    (Pbk-Romance Bespelling)
When Pleasure Rules by J. K. Beck (2, Shadow Keepers) C, S, M
Mad about the Duke by Elizabeth Boyle (7, Bachelor Chronicles) H
Scoundrel in My Dreams by Celeste Bradley (3, Runaway Brides) H
One Scream Away by Kate Brady (1, Sheridan) C, M
Lord Lightning by Jenny Brown (1, Lords of the Seventh House) H, S

New Speculative Fiction for November 2010

New to our shelves:

The Secret History of Fantasy by Peter S. Beagle, ed. F (Fantasy Secret)
The House on Durrow Street by Galen Beckett (2, Mrs. Quent) F
Bearers of the Black Staff by Terry Brooks (1, Legends of Shannara) F
The Sun, the Moon, and the Stars by Steven Brust (Fairy Tale series) F
Side Jobs: Stories from the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher (Dresden Files) F, H
He Is Legend: An Anthology Celebrating Richard Matheson by Christopher Conlon, ed. H (Horror He)
Haunted Legends by Ellen Datlow and Nick Mamatas, eds. H (Horror Haunted)
Petty Magic: Being the Memoirs and Confessions of Miss Evelyn Harbinger, Temptress and Troublemaker

Coming In April

Fiction:

Baldacci, David. The Sixth Man.

Private investigators Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are asked to investigate the case of an alleged serial killer who is locked away in a mental facility.

Berg, Elizabeth. Once Upon a Time, There Was You.

A sudden tragedy brings a divorced couple close together.

Kellerman, Jonathan. Mystery: An Alex Delaware Novel.

A beautiful woman is brutally murdered.  She’s as mysterious in death as she was alive.

Perry, Anne. Treason at Lisson Grove: A Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Novel.

Special Branch's Inspector Thomas Pitt finds himself in pursuit of a terrorist. Can he stop him before it’s too late?

Non-Fiction:

Montville, Leigh. Evel Knievel.

New Large Print for Novemeber 2010

FICTION:

Crossfire by Dick Francis

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephanie Meyer

Cousin Kate by Georgette Heyer

Skein of the Crime by Maggie Sefton

Last Night at Chateau Marmont by Lauren Weisberger 

Portobello by Ruth Rendel

Shadow Zone by Iris Johansen

As Husbands Go by Susan Isaac

Maybe This Time by Jennifer Crusie

Minishopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

The Icing on the Cupcake by Jennifer Ross

Cross Roads by Fern Michaels

The Confession by John Grisham

Moonlight Lake by Dennis Lehane

Backseat Saints by Joshilyn Jackson

One Season of Sunshine by Julia London

Worth Dying For by Lee Child

The Blind Contessa's New Machine by Carey Wallace

A Plague of Lions by Guy Fraser

Overdrive Step by Step

What's Cooking?: Autumn Harvest

pie

As I survey the colorful array of apples, pears, grapes, winter squash, persimmons, and pomegranates, they remind me of autumn jewels waiting for me to spirit them away to my kitchen.  For me, it is the season to open the ovens, and bake those pies and tarts!  I excitingly gloss over new recipes and retrieve the time-tested favorites.  The first apple pie of the season is sort of a celebration in our house.  With great anticipation, we can’t wait to have a flaky crust embrace these luscious slices in the hot oven.  The apple pie I make is filled with the combination of what I name as the “3Gs” - Granny, Gala, and Golden Delicious apples and then it is covered with a rich brown sugar crumb topping.  So good with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on that crunchy topping!

New DVD Releases for November 1st

We have nine new releases for Tuesday, November 1st.  They are:

Eureka - Season 3.5 (TV Series)

Glee - Season 1, Vol. 2 (TV Series)

The Goodwife - Season 1 (TV Series)

Modern Family - Season 1 (TV Series)

The Office - Season 6 (TV Series)

Parenthood - Season 1 (TV Series)

Supernatural - Season 5 (TV Series)

Torchwood - Children of Earth (TV Series)

Toy Story 3 (Children's DVD)


New Mysteries November 2010

You'd Better Knot Die by Betty Hechtman
Christmas Mourning by Margaret Maron
Killing Storm by Kathryn Casey
Holiday Yarn by Sallt Goldenbaum
Killer of Pilgrims by Susanna Gregory
Christmas Odyssey by Anne Perry
Jane and the Madness of Lord Byron by Stephanie Barron
Reversal by Michael Connelly
Demon's Parchment by Jeri Westerson
Death Notice by Todd Ritter
Coming Back by Marcia Muller
In Search of Mercy by Michael Ayoob
Blue Lightning by Ann Cleeves
Blood Count by Reggie Nadelson
On the Line by S.J. Rozan
Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop edited by Otto Penzler
Dark Road to Darjeeling by Deanna Raybourn
Catered Thanksgiving by Isis Crawford
Track of Sand by Andrea Camilleri
Siren by Alison Bruce
To the Manor Dead by Sebastian Stuart
Rhetoric of Death by Judith Rock
Swift Justice by Laura DiSilverio
Damage Done by Hilary Davidson
Front Page Teaser by Rosemary Herbert
Skating Around the Law by Joelle Charbonneau
Best American Noir of the Twentieth Century edited by James Ellroy

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