Saturday, January 10, 2009

Be Ahead of the Curve...

...and check out the books The Wall Street Journal predicts will be the hot titles of the year. Some of these books won't be published for months, but we think ahead here at MCMLS. Check the catalog to see if we have the book on order, and you can steal a march on your fellow patrons.

Do you have a prediction for the blockbuster books of 2009? Let me know in the comments!

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

You've seen the best...

... and now it's time for the worst books of 2008, as chosen by Entertainment Weekly and Seattle Books Examiner.

Care to disagree? Leave a comment!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Best Books of 2008, Part Two

And the lists keep rolling in!

Time's Best Fiction and Nonfiction

Stephen King's Top Ten Books

New York Magazine's The Top Ten Books

School Library Journal's Best Books 2008-- Great gift ideas for the little ones in your life!

NPR's Best Books of 2008-- I think that this is a must-see!

The New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books of 2008

Share your favorite book of 2008 in the comments!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Best Books of 2008

The best books lists are starting to roll in!

Publisher Weekly's list
Amazon's list

I like to have a look at all of the lists and choose a few titles to read as a satisfying conclusion to the year.

Do you have a favorite title of 2008? Leave it in the comments!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Oprah's Newest Pick

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle is a compelling thriller, a heartwarming dog story, and a retelling of Hamlet, rolled into one critically acclaimed novel.
It's also now an Oprah's Book Club choice-- put a copy on hold now!

Nobody here but us tumbleweeds...

Well..... that was quite a hiatus. Sorry about the radio silence there. We should be back to our regularly scheduled book-related programming shortly!


Monday, April 14, 2008

Arthurian Fiction

I set out recently to read every novel I could find on King Arthur. I read through several classic texts on the subject (such as Le Morte De Arthur and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight). These books gave me an interesting foundation on the story of King Arthur, but I found myself enchanted with some of the modern interpretations of the legend. There are three fantastic modern novels that I would recommend to anyone that is interested in Arthurian legend.

The Once and Future King by T.H. White is a compilation of four (or sometimes five) novels about Merlyn's tutelage of the young Arthur. The most recognizable of these three is the winsome The Sword in the Stone, on which the Disney movie of the same name was based. One remarkable thing about these novels is that Merlyn lives backward, seeing culture and technology devolve, switching age and youth, and making first meetings sad and final. T.H. White writes predominately with a light hand, infusing humor and intentional historical inaccuracy into his engaging retelling of the Arthur story.

The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley is written from the perspective of Morgaine, a pagan priestess trying to save her magical world from the influx of patriarchy and the new religion, Christianity. The story focuses almost entirely on the female characters from King Arthur's world; King Arthur and his knights only appear in relation to the women's stories. This novel is satisfying in its rampant unpredictability - relationships begin and crumble, worlds collide, and the ways of worship shift and meld together, but not how you would expect.

The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart is just the first installment of her Arthurian quartet of novels. The protagonist is Myrddin Emrys (Merlin), a young boy who lives as an afterthought with his unmarried mother in the court of his grandfather. Merlin meets a hermit who sees his latent psychic powers and teaches him how to use them. Merlin is forced to leave his grandfather's court shortly thereafter, and the novel follows his journey through kidnapping, adoption, and his eventual hand in the conception of Arthur, the great King.

-- Jessica H, MCMLS reference assistant