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Nancy Pearl Presents 10 Terrific Summer Reads

Nancy Pearl Presents 10 Terrific Summer Reads
Chris Silas Neal My office (a spare bedroom in my house) is strewn with books that I've gotten for possible review. There are books on the bookshelves, books more or less arranged on the floor and other books stacked high, waiting to be shelved. I probably start 15 books for every book I finish. When I'm ready for my next good read, I look for a book (fiction or nonfiction) with a strong narrative voice, wonderfully drawn characters and writing that makes me stop and savor the words the author has written — all of which are present in these 10 terrific books. Midnight Riot By Ben Aaronovitch; paperback, 320 pages; Del Ray, list price: $7.99 Mysteries with a touch or more of the supernatural aren't hard to find on library and bookstore shelves these days, but I found Midnight Riot, Ben Aaronovitch's novel of elastic realism, to be something special, mainly because of the voice of the narrator, (London) Police Constable Peter Grant. Caught in the wrong (or right?) Matched Emily, Alone

Fanmail FAQ: Looking for Good Books…. So in the last week I’ve had three e-mails along these lines: Pat, School is over for the semester, and I have a long, glorious summer stretching out in front of me. What’s more, I’ve got a summer job that involves very little actual work. (I’m a late-night gas station attendant.) This leaves me all the time I could possibly want for reading. 30 Very Funny Books By Gina Barreca, Ph.D. It's a dreary day, so I thought I'd indulge myself and come up with a list of my favorite comedies. A caveat, however: this is not a fancy English-professor-y list of the finest, most exquisitely crafted, most erudite or intellectually sophisticated works on paper in the language. This is a list of the books that make me laugh until my mascara starts to run.

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley Chapter One A SQUAT grey building of only thirty-four stories. Over the main entrance the words, CENTRAL LONDON HATCHERY AND CONDITIONING CENTRE, and, in a shield, the World State's motto, COMMUNITY, IDENTITY, STABILITY. The enormous room on the ground floor faced towards the north. Cold for all the summer beyond the panes, for all the tropical heat of the room itself, a harsh thin light glared through the windows, hungrily seeking some draped lay figure, some pallid shape of academic goose-flesh, but finding only the glass and nickel and bleakly shining porcelain of a laboratory.

Your Picks: Top 100 Science-Fiction, Fantasy Books : NPR More than 5,000 of you nominated. More than 60,000 of you voted. And now the results are in. The winners of NPR's Top 100 Science-Fiction and Fantasy survey are an intriguing mix of classic and contemporary titles. Introducing the July Shortlist - Jeff Howe - Entertainment We're hurtling toward the end of the first month of our big, collective read-along. We've had a bang-up June reading Margaret Atwood's Blind Assassin. A complex tale of deceit, loss, and tragedies on more than one planet, we (and by we, I mean you) couldn't have chosen a better book for our inaugural 1book140. For July and August, however, we thought we'd try for something a tad lighter. For the next two months, then, we'll indulge in the time-honored tradition of the beach read: Books that pair perfectly with hot, lazy days and ice cold libations. We collected over 100 nominations over the past several days, and have winnowed these down to five novels.

4 Sites with LOTS Of Completely Free Ebooks That Don’t Suck If you’re a fervent reader and nerd like I am, you’ve probably encountered quite a lot of writing online. However, most of them are either absolute garbage or entirely illegal. It’s hard to find good, legal reads online – unless you know where to look. There are several sites that offer classic out-of-copyright writing, or publishes new e-books online as promotions. If you know where to look, you can feast on these completely free Ebooks for all the time you’ve got, and today is the day we’ll show you where to look.

Three Rapid Reads For The Impatient Intellectual If there's one thing I've learned from the hassle of my daily commute, it's the delicate pleasure of a short story. Complete, yet compact, they are long enough to be engaging while still short enough to fit into your routine. So next time you find yourself with a few minutes to spare be sure to have one of these three collections ready. While one story may be the perfect length for a quick commute, I can't guarantee you'll be able to put it down once you reach your destination.

Interview: George Packer, Author Of 'The Unwinding' : NPR According to New Yorker writer George Packer, there used to be a kind of deal among Americans — a deal in which everyone had a place. "People were more constrained than they are today, they had less freedom," he says, "but they had more security and there was a sense in which each generation felt that the next generation would be able to improve itself, to do better." But over the last generation, that deal has come undone.

The Best YA Fantasy Books (Part 1) After all the requests following my last book review, I thought I'd start a series of book recommendations for you fellow YA fiction fans. As I mentioned before, YA fantasy is my genre of choice, so today's will all be of that specific niche. And because I have a lot of favorites, I'll be keeping this post to five titles. Everything I list here is one of my all-time favorites, so I really can't recommend them highly enough. Howl's Moving Castle

Find Free Kindle Books Disclaimer: this post is about free, legal Kindle books, of which there are shedloads (seriously, scroll downwards). It’s not sponsored by Amazon or anyone else. And if you’re reading, you probably have a Kindle.