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12/1: New at the library this week

Posted by Laura Haskins - Library Director on December 1, 2010

Audiobooks

The kills / Linda A. Fairstein
It’s going to be a tough trial. Manhattan sex-crimes prosecutor Alexandra Cooper’s case, involving an attack on investment banker Paige Vallis, would be difficult to prove without the latest development — it seems that Paige has something to hide.
While Alex learns more of the sad details behind this increasingly puzzling rape case, colleague Mike Chapman is uptown in a decaying Harlem brownstone where 82-year-old McQueen “Queenie” Ransome has been murdered, her apartment ransacked.
Queenie’s murder is only the first. Others follow, as the tragic strands of the Paige Vallis and McQueen Ransome cases converge in a poignant alliance of two women from very different worlds. Faced with formidable personal andprofessional choices, Alex faces a showdown where her wits and courage will be tested as never before.(Alexandra Cooper Series #6; CD)

Movies

Capitalism : A love story
The bounty hunter
Shutter Island
The ghost writer

Books

Boneshaker / Cherie Priest
In the early days of the Civil War, rumors of gold in the frozen Klondike brought hordes of newcomers to the Pacific Northwest. Anxious to compete, Russian prospectors commissioned inventor Leviticus Blue to create a great machine that could mine through Alaska’s ice. Thus was Dr. Blue’s Incredible Bone-Shaking Drill Engine born.
But on its first test run the Boneshaker went terribly awry, destroying several blocks of downtown Seattle and unearthing a subterranean vein of blight gas that turned anyone who breathed it into the living dead.
Now it is sixteen years later, and a wall has been built to enclose the devastated and toxic city. Just beyond it lives Blue’s widow, Briar Wilkes. Life is hard with a ruined reputation and a teenaged boy to support, but she and Ezekiel are managing. Until Ezekiel undertakes a secret crusade to rewrite history.
His quest will take him under the wall and into a city teeming with ravenous undead, air pirates, criminal overlords, and heavily armed refugees. And only Briar can bring him out alive.

Walking home : a traveler in the Alaskan wilderness, a journey into the human heart / Lynn Schooler
Lynn Schooler had recently lost a dear friend and felt his marriage slipping away from him when he set out on a journey—first by boat, then on foot—into the Alaskan wilderness to clear his head. Schooler’s solo expedition is filled with the awe and the danger of being on one’s own in the wild, battered by the elements and even, for two harrowing days, becoming the terrified quarry of a grizzly bear.
But this formidable, lonely landscape is also rich with human stories—of trappers, explorers, marooned sailors, and hermits, as well as the myths of the region’s Tlingit Indians. Recounting his journey, Schooler creates a conversation between the human and the natural, the past and the present, to investigate—on a remote and uninhabited shore—what it means not only to be part of nature’s wild web, but also a member of a human community in the flow of history.

The odds / Kathleen George
A new novel featuring Detective Colleen Greer and Detective Richard Chritsie from George’s previous thriller, Afterimage. (read a sample chapter)

The distant hours / Kate Morton
A long lost letter arrives in the post and Edie Burchill finds herself on a journey to Milderhurst Castle, a great but moldering old house, where the Blythe spinsters live and where her mother was billeted 50 years before as a 13 year old child during WW II. The elder Blythe sisters are twins and have spent most of their lives looking after the third and youngest sister, Juniper, who hasn’t been the same since her fiance jilted her in 1941.
Inside the decaying castle, Edie begins to unravel her mother’s past. But there are other secrets hidden in the stones of Milderhurst, and Edie is about to learn more than she expected. The truth of what happened in ‘the distant hours’ of the past has been waiting a long time for someone to find it. (read an excerpt)

Hull zero three / Greg Bear
A starship hurtles through the emptiness of space. Its destination-unknown. Its purpose-a mystery.
Now, one man wakes up. Ripped from a dream of a new home-a new planet and the woman he was meant to love in his arms-he finds himself wet, naked, and freezing to death. The dark halls are full of monsters but trusting other survivors he meets might be the greater danger.
All he has are questions— Who is he? Where are they going? What happened to the dream of a new life? What happened to Hull 03?
All will be answered, if he can survive the ship. (video trailer)

The kings of Clonmel / John Flanagan
Mankind puts its faith in many things—gods, kings, money—anything for protection from the world’s many dangers. When a cult springs up in neighboring Clonmel, promising to quell the recent attacks by lawless marauders, people flock from all over to offer gold in exchange for protection. But this particular group, with which Halt is all too familiar, has a less than charitable agenda. Secrets will be unveiled and battles fought to the death as Will and Horace help Halt in ridding the land of a dangerous enemy. (Ranger’s Apprentice Series #8; Age Range: 9 to 11)

The confession / John Grisham
An innocent man is about to be executed.
Only a guilty man can save him.
For every innocent man sent to prison, there is a guilty one left on the outside. He doesn’t understand how the police and prosecutors got the wrong man, and he certainly doesn’t care. He just can’t believe his good luck. Time passes and he realizes that the mistake will not be corrected: the authorities believe in their case and are determined to get a conviction. He may even watch the trial of the person wrongly accused of his crime. He is relieved when the verdict is guilty. He laughs when the police and prosecutors congratulate themselves. He is content to allow an innocent person to go to prison, to serve hard time, even to be executed.
Travis Boyette is such a man. In 1998, in the small East Texas city of Sloan, he abducted, raped, and strangled a popular high school cheerleader. He buried her body so that it would never be found, then watched in amazement as police and prosecutors arrested and convicted Donté Drumm, a local football star, and marched him off to death row.
Now nine years have passed. Travis has just been paroled in Kansas for a different crime; Donté is four days away from his execution. Travis suffers from an inoperable brain tumor. For the first time in his miserable life, he decides to do what’s right and confess.
But how can a guilty man convince lawyers, judges, and politicians that they’re about to execute an innocent man? (read a sample chapter)

The vampire’s assistant : and other tales from the cirque du freak / Darren Shan
Darren Shan is just an ordinary schoolboy who loves to ride bikes and hang out with his three best friends. Then one day Darren and his friends stumble across an invitation to visit the Cirque Du Freak, a strange and mysterious freak show. Almost as if by destiny, Darren wins a ticket and what follows is his horrifying descent into the dark and bloody world of vampires.
This is Darren’s story.
New movie edition features the first three books—Cirque Du Freak, The Vampire’s Assistant, and Tunnels of Blood— bound up in one volume! (Age Range: Young Adult: Saga of Darren Shan Series #1-3)

Vampire Mountain / Darren Shan
Darren Shan and Mr. Crepsley embark on a dangerous trek to the very heart of the vampire world. But they face more than the cold on Vampire Mountain-the vampaneze have been there before them.
Will a meeting with the Vampire Princes restore Darren’s human side, or turn him further toward the darkness? Only one thing is certain-Darren’s initiation into the vampire clan is more deadly than he can ever have imagined. (read a sample chapter; Age Range: Young Adult: Saga of Darren Shan Series #4)

Trials of death / Darren Shan
The trials: seventeen ways to die unless the luck of the vampire is with you. Darren Shan must pass five fearsome Trials to prove himself to the vampires clan – or face the stakes of the Hall of Death. But Vampire Mountain holds hidden threats. Sinister, potent forces are gathering in the darkness. In this nightmarish world of bloodshed and betrayal, death may be a blessing… (read a sample chapter; Age Range: Young Adult: Saga of Darren Shan Series #5)

The Vampire Prince / Darren Shan
Branded a traitor, betrayed by a friend, hunted by the vampire clan — Darren Shan, the Vampire’s Assistant, faces certain death. Can Darren reverse the odds and outwit a Vampire Prince, or is this the end of thousands of years of vampire rule? Darren’s initiation on Vampire Mountain draws to a stunning, bloody conclusion — but the Saga continues… (Age Range: Young Adult: Saga of Darren Shan Series #6)

Hunters of the dusk / Darren Shan
Setting out from Vampire Mountain, Darren embarks on a mission as part of an elite quartet sent to find the Vampanese Lord. Along their journey, though, they are imparted an ominous prophecy: “…If you have face the Vampaneze Lord four times and fail to kill him, only one of you will live to witness the fall of the vampire clan.” (Age Range: Young Adult: Saga of Darren Shan Series #7)

Allies of the night / Darren Shan
Darren Shan, Vampire Prince and vampaneze killer, is obliged to attend school! But homework is the least of Darren’s problems. Bodies are piling up. Time is running out. And the past is catching up with the hunters fast! (read a sample chapter; Age Range: Young Adult: Saga of Darren Shan Series #8)

The Lake of Souls / Darren Shan
Darren and Harkat face monstrous obstacles on their desperate quest to the Lake of Souls. Will they survive the savage journey? And what awaits them in the murky waters of the dead? Be careful what you fish for… (Age Range: Young Adult: Saga of Darren Shan Series #10)

Lord of the shadows / Darren Shan
“All must fall to the Lord of the Shadows,” Steve said softly. “This is my world now, Darren.”

Darren Shan is going home – and his world is going to hell. Old enemies await. Scores must be settled. Destiny looks certain to destroy him, and the world is doomed to fall to the Ruler of the Night… (Age Range: Young Adult: Saga of Darren Shan Series #11)

Sons of destiny / Darren Shan
The stunning finale to the series brings Darren face-to-face with his archenemy, Steve Leopard. One of them will die. The other will become the Lord of the Shadows and destroy the world. Is the future written, or can Darren trick destiny? (Age Range: Young Adult: Saga of Darren Shan Series #12)

[Note: All synopses are provided by the publisher unless otherwise noted and do not constitute reviews by the Seldovia Public Library.]

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