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10/18/2017 - 1:43am
The World of Lore: Monstrous Creatures by Aaron Mahnke

Because sometimes the truth, is stranger than fiction.

They live under your bed and in your closet. They are subjects of campfire stories and old wives' tales. They love to live in the shadows and the deep recesses of your mind. And, their favorite time of year is now, when seasons change and the dead leaves fall. Who or what, you may ask? Vampires, witches, goblins, and werewolves. Elves, poltergeists, banshees, and skinwalkers.

Folklore. Legends. Myths. Whatever you wish to call them, they continue to dwell within our society today, passed through generations upon generations.

10/17/2017 - 12:55pm
Bonaparte Falls Apart by Margery Cuyler

It's time to bone up for the first day of school! But Bonaparte the Skeleton is worried. He's always falling apart.

Sometimes he loses a bone when riding his bike, or playing catch. Other times, his bones just roll away, taking him forever to find them. To make matters worse, school is starting soon. Bonaparte can't be made fun of the whole school year just because he keeps losing his bones!

10/13/2017 - 1:39am
If you like The Cellar by Natasha Preston

This readalike is in response to a customer's book-match request. If you would like personalized reading recommendations, fill out the book-match form and a librarian will email suggested titles to you. Available for adults, teens, and kids. You can browse other book matches here.

The Cellar by Natasha Preston
Nothing ever happens in the town of Long Thorpe . . . that is until sixteen-year-old Summer Robinson disappears without a trace. No family or police investigation can track her down. Spending months in the cellar of her kidnapper with several other girls, Summer learns of Colin’s abusive past, and his thoughts of his victims were his family—his perfect, pure flowers. But flowers can’t survive long cut off from the sun, and time is running out. (summary from Goodreads)
 
If you like scary, realistic books involving kidnapping and other crime, check out the following books:
 

Amy Chelsea Stacie Dee by Mary G. Thompson


Amy Chelsea Stacie Dee
by Mary G. Thompson

Amy and her cousin Dee were kidnapped six years ago. When Amy finds her way home, she's desperate to protect the ones she loves at any cost. (catalog summary)



 



Back Before Dark by Tim Shoemaker


Back Before Dark
by Tim Shoemaker

When Gordy is abducted in the park, his cousin Cooper will do anything to rescue him and although Hiro and Lunk fear that Cooper will get himself in trouble, too, they join the race against the clock to save their friend. (catalog summary)



 



The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas

The Darkest Corners
 by Kara Thomas

When her father dies, Tessa is pulled back to the small Pennsylvania town where her life came apart when her father was sent to prison, her mother went to pieces, and her beloved older sister ran away, and where her testimony and that of her now-estranged friend Callie sent a serial killer to death row—a serial killer who may be getting a new trial as long buried secrets come to light. (catalog summary)

 

10/12/2017 - 12:40pm
Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich: And Other Stories You're Sure to Like, Because They're All About Monsters, and Some of Them Are Also About Food

You think you have problems? Think again. Frankenstein, Dracula, Wolfman . . . they all have problems. Monster-sized problems.

Frankie just wants to borrow ingredients to make a sandwich, but his neighbors keep chasing him away with fire and pitchforks. Wolfman's best friend (Dynamite the dog) just wants a cleaner roommate. The Invisible Man just wants a haircut! And the Phantom of the Opera can't get "It's a Small World, After All" out of his head.

10/11/2017 - 1:38am
Cover to We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

Author Shirley Jackson knew where the bodies were buried in the American psyche. Writing down her subtle suburban horrors during a period best known for Leave It to Beaver, she could put herself in the place of the outsider. The new neighbor who could not comprehend the quiet cruelty and amusement at her expense as she tries to interact in a straightforward fashion with her surroundings. Or, an intense young girl, estranged and tormented, who lives in a grand, crumbling house on the outskirts of town with her lovely sister and who may very well have killed off members of her family as they sat down to a meal.

10/10/2017 - 1:37am
Sleeping Beauties by Stephen and Owen King

Sleeping Beauties begins in a small Appalachian town where the main source of income for households is working at the women's prison. Doctor Clint Norcross works tirelessly as a psychologist for the prison, trying to create a better environment for the disturbed prisoners. His wife, Sheriff Lila Norcross, takes care of things in the sleepy town smoothly, and always without a hitch. 

But, things begin to change. When Lila gets word that a large meth lab has blown up in the hills and there are two dead bodies, not killed by the blast, but instead murdered—the little town begins to fall apart into a strange decedent of madness. Apparently, the devastating fire and murders have been caused by a newcomer: a woman who goes by the name of Evie Black, and who's walking around in a t-shirt, with no pants or undergarments.

10/09/2017 - 9:50am
My Librarian: Monstrous Picture Books

There are so many fantastic monster picture books out there! From classics, such as the beastly Where the Wild Things Are, to interactive reads, such as Go Away Big, Green Monster, the library has all sorts of tales about creatures that are friendly, fearsome, silly, and suspenseful.

Here are my favorite picture books that feature monsters of all kinds. Find one that you like and have a howling good storytime!

10/09/2017 - 9:42am
Want by Cindy Pon

Jason Zhou wants to make the world a better place.

In recent years, a thick layer of toxic smog has covered Zhou’s home city of Taipei. Deadly viruses plague the city and the government is unwilling, or unable, to help those suffering from rampant pollution, poverty, and disease. For the you, whose extreme wealth allows them to purchase special protective suits and thus a longer, healthier life, society’s problems are easy to ignore.  But for the rest of the population, the mei, life in Taipei is brutal and short.

10/06/2017 - 10:00am
If you like Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick

This readalike is in response to a customer's book-match request. If you would like personalized reading recommendations, fill out the book-match form and a librarian will email suggested titles to you. Available for adults, teens, and kids. You can browse the book matches here.

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
By 2021, the World War had killed millions, driving entire species into extinction and sending mankind off-planet. Those who remained coveted any living creature, and for people who couldn't afford one, companies built incredibly realistic simulacrae: horses, birds, cats, sheep . . . They even built humans. Emigrees to Mars received androids so sophisticated it was impossible to tell them from true men or women. Fearful of the havoc these artificial humans could wreak, the government banned them from Earth. But when androids didn't want to be identified, they just blended in. Rick Deckard was an officially sanctioned bounty hunter whose job was to find rogue androids, and to retire them. But cornered, androids tended to fight back, with deadly results. (catalog summary)
 

Blade Runner 2049 is an upcoming American neo-noir science fiction film directed by Denis Villeneuve and written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green. The sequel to Blade Runner (1982), it stars Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford, who reprises his role as Rick Deckard, with Ana de Armas, Mackenzie Davis, Sylvia Hoeks, Lennie James, Carla Juri, Robin Wright, Dave Bautista, and Jared Leto in supporting roles. A new Blade Runner, LAPD Officer K, discovers a dark secret that could bring an end to humanity. The discovery leads him to Rick Deckard, a former blade runner who disappeared thirty years ago. The film will be released globally October 6, 2017, in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D.¹ See the trailer below.
 

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