What to Read Next…Part 1

December is only a few days away, and while some of us are looking forward to the bustle of the next few weeks, there are those who would rather settle down under a warm blanket by the fire and read all day long. If you’re looking for some great book suggestions to get you through the next month, we’ve got you covered. This list should satisfy readers–and shoppers.

For the adults on your list, we have four suggestions. All of these books are new or will come out in the next week or so, and should be super popular with a variety of readers.

FIRE & BLOOD by George R.R. Martin

No, this is not the next book in the GAME OF THRONES series, and as George R.R. Martin says, “this is not a novel at all”. In fact, he’s calling FIRE & BLOOD an “imaginary history”, taking place 300 years before A GAME OF THRONES. It’s a way for fans to revisit the series until he is ready to release THE WINDS OF WINTER. The first of a two-volume work, FIRE & BLOOD tells the history of the Targaryens in Westeros and the civil war that followed. You can read more from the author about this new non-novel on his website right here.

KINGDOM OF THE BLIND by Louise Penny

If you’re a fan of Three Pines and Inspector Gamache, you’ll be thrilled to know that Canadian author Louise Penny is soon releasing the latest in the series called KINGDOM OF THE BLIND. If you read Penny’s website, you’ll know that she was planning on taking some time off between books due to a number of stressful years, but missed the characters and setting so much, she had to write the book. We were lucky enough to meet the author a few years ago at a library conference, and she’s as delightful and interesting in person as she comes across in her books. If you’re a fan, you should also take a good look at her website. It’s informative, funny, scholarly, and there are even details on Three Pines tours, if you can imagine! We bet that if you have a mystery fan in your life, they’ll be eager to get their hands on this one!

BECOMING by Michelle Obama

We followed her every move when they were in the White House, and many are still keeping up with this intelligent, fashionable, and caring woman as she navigates the post-Washington years. Michelle Obama’s book BECOMING is sure to be a must-read on many book lovers’ lists this season. She’s currently on a book tour in the US, and is taking social media by storm with an honest and revealing look at her roots, her roles as mother, wife, and First Lady, her various public health campaigns, and what she wants to do with her life in this confusing political world now. This will be a popular book at the library, and probably already has a waiting list a mile long. It’s sure to be a fascinating read, and you can follow her journey through its release and book tour as she keeps up with social media on Twitter.

ELEVATION by Stephen King

This is not your typical Stephen King novel, and rightly so, as he released a much longer book earlier this year. ELEVATION looks more like a novella at 146 pages, but readers are already lauding this book as his next “Shawshank Redemption” or “The Green Mile”, with a story that follows a young man facing a mysterious illness, and the town that rallies around him in unlikely circumstances. This will be a must-read for King fans, but might also appeal to those who are new to the author, and those looking for a winning gift for eclectic readers. You can read more on King’s website, including the fact that nine of King’s books were nominated this year for the Goodreads 2018 Reader’s Choice Awards. The people have spoken.

Tomorrow, we’ll reveal our list of the top Teen Reads! Don’t forget to check back!

Mr. Mercedes

It looks like Stephen King fans are going to be in for a treat this summer when the TV version of King’s MR. MERCEDES airs on AT&T’s Audience network. (One assumes it’ll be released somewhere more common to all TV viewers soon after.)

August 9th is the set date for the show, telling the story of Detective Bill Hodges who is working on the case of a mysterious man who ran his car into a crowd of job seekers, killing eight people. This is a departure from King’s “normal” horror fare, and was lauded as hist first foray into the detective novel. It even won the Edgar Award for Best Novel in 2015, and was followed up by two books to round out the story.

The TV version was created by mogul David E. Kelley, and is bound to stick pretty close to the story. So, set your PVRs for August, and be ready for some blood…there’s always blood.

The Green Serial

king.jpgIt was 20 years ago that Stephen King released his now famous book THE GREEN MILE in a monthly serial format. Readers had to wait for the next tiny chapter to be published…or until the entire book was put together into one novel…but they didn’t seem to mind. It was an old way of releasing a book, but new to most of King’s fans. And boy, did we read!

Now, to mark the 20th anniversary of the wildly successful book, S & S/Scribner is taking it all back and re-releasing the book in serial format to a new set of readers, and this time they’re going digital!  THE GREEN MILE is one of the many books that appeals to readers who might not otherwise be fans of Stephen King (doesn’t everyone think all he writes is horror?), and these small chapters in eBook format will appeal to readers who want something short to read, but feel like they’re taking part in something bigger.

Right now, you can read a sample of the first chapter THE TWO DEAD GIRLS, on OverDrive.

What do YOU think of serials?

Hey, Stephen King! Swing On by!

kingLast week, Stephen King announced a smallish book tour for 2016 to promote his new book END OF WATCH. We think he could just take a quick detour after his first date to swing on by Carleton Place for a quick chat with fans (and librarians!), before hopping off to his next gig. He could at least think about it…..

Here are the tour dates, if you happen to be otherwise interested…more details to come:

June 7 Jersey City, NJ
June 8 Sewickley, PA
June 9 Dayton, OH
June 10 Charleston, WV
June 11 Nashville, TN
June 12 Louisville, KY
June 13 Iowa City, IA
June 14 Omaha, NE
June 15 Tulsa, OK
June 16 Albuquerque, NM
June 17 Salt Lake City, UT
June 18 Reno, NV

 

Fire Up Your PVR!

Hulu and Warner Brothers TV, along with J.J. Abrams’ fabulous team, have announced they’ll be making a 9-hour series based on Stephen King’s alternate history novel, 11/22/63 which is based on the events surrounding the assassination of John F. Kennedy. 

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I loved this book, which centers around English teacher Jake Epping who discovers the local diner has a portal that can transport him back to 1958….several years before the assassination in Texas. But time travel through this secret portal is not without consequences, as Epping soon discovers.  While there are many classic King-isms in this book (it’s not for those who cannot suspend disbelief for a short time, or for those who aren’t comfortable with King’s interest in paranormal/horror nuances), this is a wonderful re-imaging of a horrible moment in US history. Not only does he shed light on historical facts many generations might not have heard, but he paints Lee Harvey Oswald in a human light, making this book rich with history and humanity.

While the mini-series isn’t set to air until 2015 on Hulu, and probably later through Warner Brothers, I’m going to mark my calendar so that I don’t forget. And if you haven’t read the book, you still have time. It’s a biggie, so you might want to get right on it!

Margaret Atwood and Stephen King

It’s not often that great authors come together at one event. Or at least, it’s not often the public gets to attend and listen to them talk. If you’re going to be in Toronto (or maybe just want to make plans for the fall),  Authors at Harbourfront Centre  October 24 – November 3, 2013 will be the place to be!

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They’ve just announced more of the lineup for the event, which includes Stephen King and his son, author Owen King at the opening night event, along with Canadian author Louise Penny who will moderate the discussion.  This event is sold out now, but there are plenty more!

Canadian author Margaret Atwood is slated to appear as well to promote her new novel, MADDADDAM, as well as Charlotte Gray, Wayne Johnston and Douglas Coupland. Tickets to four of the special events went on sale yesterday.  You can stop by the site to see the full lineup and also to purchase tickets.  But hurry, they’ll go fast!

Stephen King is causing problems for our lists!

Earlier this week, we received an email from our library catalog support system, telling everyone that Stephen King’s newest book called 11/22/63 is causing issues with the Best Seller lists that you can find posted on our library catalog website. Apparently, King’s book title is playing havoc with the site simply because of the date issue. (The catalog software is intuitive and wants to make the title into a date only, we think.) Regardless, the support team announced they were working on the issue and hope to have it solved this week.  In the meantime, King’s book about a teacher who goes back in time to try to prevent Kennedy’s assassination, will remain off the Best-Seller listings on the catalog (confusing, I know, but it’s just a clerical issue for now). Hopefully, it will be solved soon and King’s book can take its right place on the list eventually.

I bet he didn’t think a simple title would cause such panic in the lives of techies working on library catalogs. Maybe this could be a new book idea? (I expect a 2% fee for the idea, Mr. King!)