Staff Picks

Staff Review Jan 11, 2018

The Readers Advisory committee is pleased to announce that Lisa Allen has won our Ain't It the Truth writing contest in the open category for her poem "Adoration."  With precise yet smoldering language, Allen's narrator carefully unravels the "secret histories" of the women who raised her--what remains hidden beneath the facades they were forced to adopt to survive.

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Hitch

Hitch

By The Joy Formidable
4
Rated by Dylan R
Jan 5, 2018

The third major release from Wales' The Joy Formidable, Hitch offers many of hallmarks of their alt-rock sound: Impeccable dynamics (those familiar with their body of work know they may start softly often, but boy do they like to get loud!), arrangements and chord progressions which are creative without becoming distracting, and an absolutely epic, multi-layered recording.

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Cover for Blade Runner 2049

Blade Runner 2049 (DVD)

By Denis Villeneuve
5
Rated by Zachary C
Jan 3, 2018

REPLICANTS ARE BIOENGINEERED HUMANS.  DESIGNED BY TYRELL CORPORATION FOR USE OFF-WORLD. THEIR ENHANCED STRENGTH MADE THEM IDEAL SLAVE LABOR

THEY ARE HUNTED DOWN AND 'RETIRED'

THOSE THAT HUNT THEM STILL GO BY THE NAME

BLADE RUNNER

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Humans Wanted

Humans Wanted

By Vivian Caethe
3
Rated by Rachel C.
Dec 29, 2017

Once upon a time, not so long ago, a viral Tumblr post fell across the dashboard of an established author. This inspired a search for stories written around the theme: as far as alien species go, humans are strange and weird and wonderful. The result is this collection.

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The Hero and the Crown

The Hero and the Crown

By Robin McKinley
4
Rated by Sam S.
Dec 25, 2017

The Hero and the Crown follows Aerin, daughter of the king of Damar. Damar is an enchanted fantasy land, complete with witches, dragons, long-lost magics, and hidden destinies. As the daughter of the king's second wife, a woman believed by many to be an evil enchantress, Aerin is ostracized by the court and loathed by the people. She doesn't let this bother her much. She has bigger problems, after all -- namely, dragons.

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man and woman embracing

Gone With the Wind

By Margaret Mitchell
5
Rated by Debbie L.
Dec 23, 2017

Gone With the Wind is 1037 pages of delightfulness.

Staff Review Dec 21, 2017

Matt Wagner's comic Mage: The Hero Discovered, originally published from 1984 to 1986, is a personal work that also taps into universal stories and themes. The main character, Kevin Matchstick, is modeled on Wagner himself (in the sequel series, Mage: The Hero Defined, published 1997-1999, Kevin Matchstick's hairline has receded much like Wagner's has) and the depression he speaks of in the first issue is the frame of mind Wagner was in when he began the comic.

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Woman from behind, walking between trees

Persons Unknown

By Susie Steiner
5
Rated by Hilary S.
Dec 19, 2017

Persons Unknown is second in the DS Manon series, where we follow Manon Bradshaw after she has adopted Fly Dent, gotten pregnant, and left the murder squad. She's taken on cold cases to avoid strenuous duty, but it seems she has buyer's remorse. It is obvious that she'd prefer to be working on active cases, and her opinion of her former partner, Davy, and his new lead are less than kind.

Staff Review Dec 18, 2017

The Readers Advisory committee is pleased to announce that Kristin Pitts has won our Ain’t It the Truth writing contest in the short story category. In Last Night, Pitts develops her two characters nicely, primarily through effective use of dialogue; without further explanation, we know who they are and how they see the world.  Pitts’ response to the theme of truth is subtle, showing us that we can’t always rely on memory and, at times, we must rely on the evidence. 

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Interiors Cover

Interiors (Music CD)

By Quicksand
4
Rated by Dylan R
Dec 17, 2017

Interiors is Quicksand's third full-length studio release, and their first since 1995's superb Manic Compression. The post-hardcore legends from New York City come out swinging with this wide-ranging, 12-track effort, which will no doubt sound both familiar and foreign to long-time listeners. From the land of the recognizable, fans will no doubt be happily reunited with the clipped, staccato delivery of singer/guitarist Walter Schriefels' signature vocals.

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