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The 6th Extinction: A Sigma Force Novel by James Rollins

6thexinctionIf you read my reviews you have probably discovered that I have very eclectic reading habits. I read Debbie Macomber one day and finished the next with James Rollin’s 6th Extinction. It is chocked full of historical and scientific data–some real–some imagined, but all very compelling–and in this one quite scary.

A military research station buried in the remote Sierra Nevada Mountains of Northern California broadcasts a terrified distress call…”The is sierra, victor, whiskey. There’s a been a breach. Failsafe initiated. No matter the outcome. Kill us…kills us all.”
When help does come they discover that everyone in indeed dead–and everything. The land itself has been destroyed and it might be spreading. Of course, there is only one team that has the expertise to help and that is Sigma headed by Commander Gray Pierce.
They use past historical clues, and cutting edge technology to decipher past mysteries to ensure we have a future.

This is a thriller, white-knuckle read. No one writes quite like Jim Rollins. At the end of the book he also describes the fiction and the fact–which I guess is pretty scary too.

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Pictured in the Stacks…

Our Hot Picks shelf features items that are new and popular.   Next time you’re in the library, check this shelf and maybe, if luck is on your side, you may just find your favorite author’s latest title!

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Ron’s Review: Jersey Boys

jerseyJersey Boys (2014)

The story starts out as a nostalgic view of the lives of youth in a not particularly desirable part of the Township of Bellville, New Jersey, where they’re not strangers to street crime, theft and burglary, some of it perpetrated by them. The beat cops know the boys and their predilections, and are on casual and jovial speaking terms with them. The local prison guards know them as well. They yearn for a way to escape their small town life, but perceive only two choices: joining the army or attaining fame.

Obviously the army is not a viable option, since it may entail some onerous activities, so that only leaves fame to be pursued. Tommy DeVito (Vincent Piazza), his brother Nick DeVito (Johnny Cannizzaro), and Nick Massi (Michael Lomenda) play and sing as a combo in a bar. Younger Frankie Valli (John Lloyd Young) longs to participate with his older chums. One day Tommy invites Frankie to sing one number. In the audience, Gyp DeCarlo (Christopher Walken) is moved to tears. Gyp, a polite, gentlemanly mob boss, who knew Frankie as a barbershop assistant, encourages him.

As the older boys rotate through prison, Tommy hires Frankie as a combo replacement member. The combo persists under various names and at sundry gigs. Tommy is introduced to a lyricist Bob Gaudio (Erich Bergen). Bob, on hearing Frankie sing, decides to write specifically for Frankie’s voice. They become a quartet known as “The Four Seasons”. The film’s audience is treated to many songs and fragments of songs composed by Bob and sung by Frankie. They are also reacquainted with the difficulties of balancing family life and career responsibilities, and with treachery as well as loyalty of close friends. All in all, a fun trip down memory lane… 4 stars (Reviewed by Ron)

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And the Winner Is…

narrowThe 2014 Man Booker Prize for Literature was announced last night.  The prize was awarded to Australian novelist Richard Flanagan for his book The Narrow Road to the Deep North.   Find this award winner in our catalog by clicking here.

The awards faced some controversy this year as it was the first time they allowed U.S. writers to be nominated.  For more information regarding Flanagan and the Man Booker Prize, check out NPR’s blog.

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75th Aniversary of the Gone with the Wind and The Wizard of Oz

In 1939 two major films were released. They have remained beloved favorites of everyone who has seen them.

On Tuesday, September 30 at 7pn, film historian, Steven Frenzel will give us a history of the filming of Gone with the Wind and The Wizard of Oz. His program will show highlights from both films and little known facts. Did you know that Dorothy’s shoes were originally silver, but were changed to red for the film? Or that fire almost stopped the filming of Gone with the Wind twice?




1939 was a huge year for films. Gone with the Wind garnered the most with 13 and The Wizard Oz had 10, but quite a few other movies were also  nominated in many categories. They would both go on to win multiple awards.