The Feierabend family seemed to have all the luck in the world with a vineyard, their own wine label, and money. The three sisters, Maddie, Livvy, and Rose, were intelligent, successful and each had her own charm. So when Will Taylor met Livvy and her family, it became a magical time for him. It was 1971, he was a young student at Berkeley and everything seemed perfect, but there were hints that not all was well.
Listen or download the library’s premier podcast – HUSH! In Episode 19, enjoy a discussion (22:17) about Steampunk – the books and movies that define the anachronistic genre characterized by goggles, airships, clockwork and of course, steam powered machines. Have you read any of our recommendations? Plus continue the discussion on the library’s Goodreads group!
In a land once dominated by dragons, the descendents of the dragon’s experiments still live. There are thirteen different types of humans- some engineered for war while others for tasks ranging from mining to more intellectual pursuits- though the largest group is the Firstblood, the unaltered humans. The dragons might be gone, but war continues to threaten the land as tension grows between the Free Cities and the Severed Throne.
Guardians of Havenshire is 9-11 meets the Alamo. It’s an edge-of-your-seat action-packed novel you won’t want to put down. Join the author, George Ismael Feliu, Jr. in the Topeka Room (204) on Sunday, February 12 from 2-3pm to learn more about the process of writing a novel in 30 days with the NaNoWriMo challenge each November [...]
The evil villain, Acheron Hades, has stolen the manuscript of Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens. The authorities want to capture him before Hades kills one of the characters and makes the character disappear from the story. So Special Operations contacts one of the few people who have seen Hades, Thursday Next, the gun toting Special Ops from the Literary Division.
Werewolves terrorize London’s East End and the legend of Spring Heeled Jack seems to have come to life as young women are terrorized by a strange creature. Animals are genetically engineered for specific tasks. Strange and wonderful inventions allow for flight and other innovations. Something is not quite right …
This 2011 winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award is so many things- noir, urban, fantasy, and science fiction. It’s a wild ride about Zinzi December, a woman with a past and a sloth on her back- literally. In this alternate world those who have committed murder find themselves with an animal familiar. The animal is always nearby, and it’s hard to make it when the world sees your guilt, but Zinzi has a magical skill
Orphaned when he was very young, Moon has been traveling between settlements trying to survive. Though he is an adult, it has not gotten any easier because of his secret- he can transform into a winged creature. This ability has always kept Moon apart from others, and he has no idea what kind of creature he really is until one day he meets someone just like him.
A time traveling gene runs in Gwen’s family, pulling the gene carrier uncontrollably into the past sometime during their sixteenth year. Everyone expects Gwen’s cousin Charlotte to become the time traveler, so Gwen is shocked when she is the one that feels the warning symptoms of time travelling at age sixteen instead of her cousin.
It is troubled times for the Duchy of Khalakovo even with their great windships and trade. The tension grows between the landed ruling classes and the native population of the Aramahn that could erupt into violence. At the same time a wasting disease is killing both people and crops that weakens the Duchy further. It seems that nothing could get worse until
The General has lost his mind and the Red Valley Republic is gone. What is left is the endless war between the Line and the Gun. For those in the West there is little choice but to stay out of the way, since the Line only offers the constant advancement of their machines and industry, and the Gun whose power is in the hands of demons and chaos.