Strangers on a Train
Synopsis: Here we encounter Guy Haines and Charles Anthony Bruno, passengers on the same train. But while Guy is a successful architect in the midst of a divorce, Bruno tur
ns out to be a sadistic psychopath who manipulates Guy into swapping murders with him. "Some people are better off dead," Bruno remarks, "like your wife and my father, for instance." As Bruno carries out his twisted plan, Guy is trapped in Highsmith's perilous world, where, under the right circumstances, anybody is capable of murder.
Donna Says: Just a friendly reminder to those of you using public transportation during the holiday season: Be careful who you strike up a conversation with and mind what you say. Better yet, focus on your book or e-reader.
Call Number: THR F HIG
Y The Last Man
Brian K. Vaughan
Synopsis: "Y" is none other than unemployed escape artist Yorick Brown (his father was a Shakespeare buff), and he's seemingly the only male human left alive after a mysterious plague kills all Y-chromosome carriers on earth. But why are he and his faithful companion, the often testy male monkey Ampersand, still alive? He sets out to find the answer (and his girlfriend), while running from angry female Republicans (now running the government), Amazon wannabes that include his own sister (seemingly brainwashed), and other threats.
Elizabeth Says: I love a good hypothetical and this is a great one. What would happen if all animals with a Y chromosome suddenly died? (Apart from the obvious tragedy of losing 48% of the human population in an instant.) 99% of the world’s CEO's, landowners and violent criminal are dead along with 100% of the priests, imams and rabbis. The global military power is now Israel and the only country with a functioning navy is Australia. The first volume collects the first 10 issues of the series and is well worth the read
Call Number: GN Y
The Museum of Extraordinary Things
Synopsis: Coralie Sardie is the daughter of the sinister impresario behind The Museum of Extraordinary Things, a Coney Island boardwalk freak show that thrills the masses. One night Coralie stumbles upon a striking young man taking pictures of moonlit trees in the woods off the Hudson River. The dashing photographer is Eddie Cohen, a Russian immigrant who has run away from his father's Lower East Side Orthodox community and his job as a tailor's apprentice. When Eddie photographs the devastation on the streets of New York following the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, he becomes embroiled in the suspicious mystery behind a young woman's disappearance and ignites the heart of Coralie.
Megan Says: This is a richly imaginative and deeply moving story. In this novel, there are descriptions of historical tragedies that are difficult to read. They magnify the extreme cruelty that exists in this world. No one escapes cruelty in their life, but the essence of the message found in The Museum of Extraordinary Things is how to transcend the bad and how love is the greatest savior of all.
Call Number: F HOF
Synopsis: Bodyguard Celia Graves has definitely accepted her share of weird assignments, both human and supernatural. But her newest job takes the cake. Guarding a prince from terrorists and religious fundamentalists is hard enough, but it seems like the entire supernatural world is after this guy too. When she is betrayed by those she is employed to help, and everything goes horribly wrong, Celia wakes to find herself transformed. Neither human nor vampire, Celia has become an abomination-something that should not exist-and now both human and supernatural alike want her dead. On the run from her enemies, Celia must try to discover who is behind her transformation before it's too late.
Nina Says: Celia is a heroine to root for, edgy but willing to admit to her weaknesses and show her vulnerable side. One of the plot twists involving her sire feels anti-climactic, but overall Adams hammers home a page-turner in the first of the Blood Singer series. If you need a book to tie you over till the next Jim Butcher, or already missing Kim Harrison’s Hollows, give this a try.
Call Number: SFF F ADA
Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms, and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories
Synopsis: The Atlantic has been central to the ambitions of explorers, scientists and warriors, and it continues to affect our character, attitudes, and dreams. Poets to potentates, seers to sailors, fishermen to foresters--all have a relationship with this great body of blue-green sea and regard her as friend or foe, adversary or ally, depending on circumstance or fortune. Simon Winchester chronicles that relationship, making the Atlantic come vividly alive. Spanning from the earth's geological origins to the age of exploration, World War II battles to modern pollution, his narrative is epic and awe-inspiring.
Randall Says: If you can get past the unwieldy organization (biography of the Atlantic structured around the seven ages of man from Shakespeare’s “As You Like It”), then this is an interesting read. Winchester has a knack for weaving together a dizzying array of topics and a charming, albeit meandering, style that makes his subject come alive.
Call Number: 551.461 WIN