In Memoriam 2014/15

There have been some truly brilliant minds and talents that we have lost in the past year and beginning of 2015. Among the notables in 2014: Walter Dean Myers, Ruby Dee, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Sue Townsend, P.D. James, Nadine Gordimer, Maya Angelou, and Peter Matthieson.

The children’s author, Norman Bridwell, creator of Clifford the Big Red Dog; also passed away in 2014. He was much beloved by fans of the Big Red Dog and Emily Elizabeth.

Terry Pratchett passed away in the beginning of 2015, after a battle with Alzheimer’s. Colleen McCullough, author most famous for The Thorn Birds, passed away in January.

The Shade of the Moon by Susan Beth Pfeffer

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This entry into the Last Survivors Series is No. 4 in what was first promoted as a trilogy. In my honest opinion, (and not related or endorsed in any way by the Library) it should not have progressed past the first book.

I posted previously about This World We Live in, when it was published back in 2010. I was not impressed with it then, and this book keeps going downhill fast.

In book 3, I commented about character changes that were not consistent, and this book is even worse. Jon, the youngest brother of the family written about in book 1, is the voice of book 4; and he was very hard to deal with, in my mind. Selfish, and you couldn’t possibly have much more of an anti-hero.

I get that the dystopian trend is huge right now, and I love reading that particular genre, both pre-and post apocalyptic; but this is a series that I am going to stop visiting.

In Memoriam 2013

As we look back on the year 2013 with fond memories, we also look back with sorrow at those authors who have left us.

In 2013:

  • Tom Clancy
  • Elmore Leonard
  • Richard Matheson
  • Tom Sharpe
  • Jack Vance
  • Roger Ebert
  • Carmine Infantino
  • Bob Clarke
  • Daniel Hoffman
  • Don Payne
  • Anthony Lewis
  • John Henry Merwin
  • W. Watts Biggers
  • Margaret Frazer
  • Stanley Karnow
  • Richard Ben Cramer
  • Sol Yurick
  • T.S. Cook

I am sure that there are some who I may have missed.

 

 

 

 

Innocence by Dean Koontz

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“A definite good versus evil mystery, two very different people are introduced and the reader needs to know their why and their how. You will long for more of their inner thoughts.

The book does not let go. The reader is pulled in at the first page and needs to go on and on.

Koontz’ writing is beautiful words and poetic descriptions. He drags from the reader many emotions–love, fear, inquisitiveness and a yearning to acknowledge beauty.

The unique characters, and they are very fresh in the literary world, are so well-developed.  They will stay with you.”

Review by: JoAnn

Jim Henson: the Biography

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Growing up in the 80’s resulted in Sesame Street, the Muppet Show, Fraggle Rock, and Labyrinth…all involving in some way Jim Henson.  The creator and producer of The Muppets, he was most famous for being the voice behind the frog, Kermit.

This extensive biography covered from his childhood, to his college and young 20’s years of forming the new way of puppetry by creating the ability to use facial expressions.  It also covers his marriage, love of cars, and his tragic death from a staph infection.  His son Brian Henson has done a terrific job of taking over the reigns from his father.

The pictures included are fantastic.  I highly recommend this book.

In Memoriam 2012

I always forget in the beginning of the year who the literary world lost the previous year. When I look it up, I am always saddened at the loss of so many great writers and illustrators with whom I have grown up, and who I read and loved as an adult.

In 2012, we saluted Bill Wallace, Jan Berenstain, Maurice Sendak, Jean Craighead George, Donald J. Sobol, and Else Homelund Minarik, among others.

Brightest Day by Geoff Johns

Since I reviewed Blackest Night, I decided that I should be fair and review Brightest Day. 

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SPACE

 This is the story arc that raises a few superheroes from the dead.  But all is not well in Denmark, as they say.  Aquaman, Martian Manhunter, Firestorm, Hawkman and Hawkgirl, Jade, Osiris, and Hawk are resurrected.  Unfortunately, so is Captain Boomerang, Zoom, and Maxwell Lord.

Although they have returned, they must complete certain tasks in order to stay alive.  Aquaman summons dead sea life, and has to find the new “Aqualad” before the “others” do.  Martain Manhunter must kill down the “Martian Forest”, et al.  This graphic novel does not get into if they actually accomplish this, I am assuming that this will be covered in the next volume. 

Deadman has been returned to life as Boston Brand; and is very unhappy about it.  His job is to find the next carrier of the White Light.  There was a funny exchange in which he can’t figure out why he doesn’t feel well, and Hawk tells him that he is hungry.  The White Light tells him to eat a cheeseburger, because that was supposedly Brand’s favorite food before he became Deadman.

 This is not the whole story arc; unfortunately, this is only issues 0-7.  I know that because of the format they can only include so many issues (although I think of the very thick Crisis on Infinite Earths), and  I am now anxiously awaiting Brightest Day Vol. 2.  I am hoping that someday soon, the series will become a little less graphic. There was one scene that was very disturbing to me, so those with sensitive stomachs are forewarned.

Otherwise, a very good read, and good continuation of this story arc.

Posted by: Angie