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As Kolbert points out, though it seems a rather commonplace idea today the notion that a species can go extinct is a relatively modern discovery. Science has determined that until the present there have been five mass extinctions each having dramatically altered life on our planet. Examining a dozen species from a variety of ecosystems around the planet, Kolbert explains how we may be currently at the beginning stages of another, this one likely caused by the activities of the human species.
He lives a quiet life in the reference section of an antiquarian bookstore until chased into fiction by the bookstore cat. Here the bookstore mouse reads himself into a medieval tale complete with a fire-breathing dragon! But with characters named Cervantes, Goliard, Chaucer, and Censor, is this really just a tale of adventure?
Everyone needs this book right now. SPRING is coming. With simple, colorful illustrations and text, Jorey Hurley follows the life of a hatchling over the course of a year. Young children will enjoy learning the word that goes with each picture and imagining that there will be green leaves soon!! Adults will like that too!!!!
Finally something creative and unexpected in the overdone dystopian genre, Red Rising is a cross between dystopian, science fiction and epic war fantasy that packs a punch. Some parallels to The Hunger Games are there, but this book stands alone - darker, more intense, more emotional and ambitious. I couldn't put it down.
In The Bag is the story of Margaret Knight the inventor of the first machine to fold & glue paper bags. It wasn't easy though. She had to prove it was her idea, when someone else tried to patent it after seeing her first model. During her life she had over twenty patents to her name and ninety inventions.
What Makes This Book So Great collects Jo Walton's Tor.com blog posts written between 2008 and 2011. In each entry she lovingly revisits a favorite science fiction or fantasy title that has fallen out of the public eye. In these pages you will discover both Jo Walton's enchanting style (even and especially when she writes about books you've never heard of) and a treasure trove of classic titles you will immediately need to add to your to-read list.Rebecca
Hazel and Jack are best friends until the day Jack stops speaking to Hazel and disappears. Armed with the power of story and the strength of friendship, Hazel embarks on a quest deep into a wintry wood to save her best friend from the curse of a frozen heart. Ursu's imaginative retelling of "The Snow Queen" builds on a foundation of literature and fairy tale to deliver a tale of courage, friendship, and love.
This collection highlights the darker side of mythology and has absolutely amazing illustrations. And by “amazing” I mean BRUTAL IN THE MOST AWESOME WAY POSSIBLE! Entertaining and informative for mythology buff and, surprisingly, a fantastic coffee table book for the heavy metal fan in your life.
Baseball fans? Check. Set in Brookline? That too. Absolutely hilarious take on soccer, homework, falling in love, school plays, and a cameo by Julie Andrews herself? Got it covered.
Looking for a man who's smart, funny, and not bad at growing potatoes in a crisis? Look inside. If there's anyone who's perfect for getting stuck on Mars by himself, it's Mark Watney. His wry humor and engineers-can-fix-anything approach to survival drive this interplanetary Robinson Crusoe. (Also, Josh approved.)
THE book for anyone who has ever loved a dog who loved a toy. Ball! or ball? thinks the obsessive pooch and his world is complete while his young owner is there to throw it for him. But when she leaves for school he has to amuse himself until she returns - to mixed success. The drawings of the dog, overweight, highly expressive and drooling, are a masterpiece in the power of a few cleverly placed lines to illustrate emotion and the love in the three way relationship of dog-girl-ball is touching.
Starting with Midnight Riot, Aaronovitch has created his own genre of supernatural crime novel, sort of grown up Harry Potter meets CSI: London, and it's really funny and really well done. Whispers Underground is the third in the series and begins with the death of an American exchange student in the London Underground system. Quintessentially British in its self-deprecating humor and flamboyant one-liners, the narrative voice is fresh but cynical, and the recurring characters both magical and very human. I for one, want more.
Downton Abbey this is not, yet neither is the mystery concealed in the gothic castle quite the horror story one expects. Bailey does a magnificent research job in her quest to go through the copious amounts of never seen letters and material belonging locked away at Belvoir Castle in the early twentieth century and discover exactly what the then Duke of Rutland was trying to conceal. The lengths this branch of the aristocracy were willing to go to in order to preserve their lineage is a tale of 'class obsession, hypocrisy and constipated emotion' and the narrative is peopled with fascinating characters capable of more depth and deception than Masterpiece Theatre often provides.
Worth it for the pictures alone, scholar Koudounaris fleshes out a strange little corner of Catholic history- that of the skeletal remains of martyrs that were dressed and ornamented as a response by the Catholic Church to the Protestant Reformation. Read about the skeletons, what they meant to the communities that hosted them and how they ended up. Fascinating!
Jacob Cerf is an 18th century French peddler who dies and comes back to life as a fly on the wall- literally- in the lives of two modern day New Yorkers- Les, a good guy frustrated with his life, and Masha, an Orthodox Jew struggling with hers. Rebecca Miller brings her characters to live with sparkle and verve. A winner, and one of my favorites of 2013.