Tales of Mythical Tails

I read a really great book recently. Like really, really, really great. It gave me the type of reading experience I didn’t even know I was craving. It was dark, and lush, and brooding, full of magical mayhem set against the oppressive, slate colored backdrop of the sea and its hidden horrors. Marketed as gothic…
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Pick Your Poison

Every now and then I notice totally accidental trends in my reading. Not too long ago it was portal fantasy, repeated traipses through magical doorways leading to other worlds. Those adventures filled me with whimsy and also a dash of pre-pandemic wanderlust. Now I find myself on a darker path. One with a lot less…
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If the Lies Don’t Kill You

There seem to be two kinds of speculative fiction readers these days. (And by these days I mean the ones rife with political unrest the likes of which my generation has never witnessed and oh, also the raging pandemic.) Ones who are still hankering to be transported to a post apocalyptic future and ones who…
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LPL Best of 2020: Books

In a year when we needed the distraction more than ever, books were there for us. Here are the library staff's top reads of 2020. Brad, Director Begin Again The Broken Heart of America The Cold Millions Memorial Sarah, Accounts The best fiction book I read that was published in 2020 was Hamnet by Maggie…
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Early Bird Fantasy

There are few pleasures in my life like a fully immersive fantasy read. Followed by at least two more books that will give me something familiar and beloved, but also something new. I spend a good chunk of my browsing time in New Fantasy, skimming down the spines, looking out for that big, bold number…
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Long Live the Bees

The factors that give a book that coveted position on our “favorites of all time” list are as varied as we are. Me, I have categories. A spectrum, ratings. They’re all cataloged very carefully in my mind, ready to spring to my lips when speaking with patrons or fellow bibliophiles when their subject or appeal…
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