Sunday, March 20, 2011

Lynda recommends : "On the Blue Comet"

Oscar Ogilvie is 11 years old in 1931. He and his father lose their home and customized train set to the town's banker, so Oscar's dad goes to California in search of a job, while Oscar stays with an aunt. When he befriends the bank's night watchman, Oscar is comforted somewhat by being able to run his trains. But when Oscar witnesses a bank robbery, he takes a wild train ride through both space and time.

With On the Blue Comet, Rosemary Wells has created some fascinating fictional characters as well as a fun look at some historical figures. This is a real page-turner, but at the same time, I didn't want it to end! And I've never encountered so many unexpected plot twists in a children's book. It is an exciting adventure story and totally unpredictable.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

E recommends DVD series "Luther"

DCI (Detective Chief Inspector) John Luther is the focus of this gritty BBC America police series. Luther isn’t a dirty cop, but he also isn’t afraid to step over to the dark side if it means getting the bad guy. The crimes he investigates are brutal and graphic—this is not a series for the faint of heart. He proves an intriguing character as we get glimpses into his troubled personal life including a relationship with a murderess he knows is guilty of multiple murders though he cannot prove it. It sounds odd but the relationship works and has echoes of the Hannibal Lecter/Agent Clarice Starling relationship from Thomas Harris’s The Silence of the Lambs. The 6 episodes in the series were taut thrillers that kept me on the edge of my seat. This DVD is recommended for those that like their British crime drama/police procedurals dark and gritty. It’s definitely for adults as it contains graphic violence and adult themes.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Lisa recommends "Interrupting Chicken"

Interrupting Chicken is a story of a chicken hearing bedtime stories from his Papa, but who can’t resist interrupting every single one. After Papa Chicken runs out of stories, he asks little chicken to tell him a story. Find out which chicken actually goes to sleep. This Caldecott Honor book would be fun to read to your own little chicken at bedtime.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Jamie recommends "Jane Eyre"

As someone who loves period works like Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice, it was a mystery to me why I had never delved into Jane Eyre. I decided to remedy that by checking out the book and I am so glad that I did. Jane Eyre is similar to many other period works in that the heroine is poor and trying to make her way in the world. There is an older, rich gentleman who crosses her path to be sure, but the thing that I enjoyed most about Jane Eyre is that she is a very contemporary female character. Jane struggles through life to move away from relations who seemingly hate her and moves up by becoming a teacher. She longs for more from life and sets out to take it for herself. Jane is a bit head-strong at times, but she needs trait in order to work for and interact with Mr. Rochester, the rich gentleman, alluded to earlier. Towards the end I had trouble putting this book down because I was so curious to see how it would end. Although Jane Eyre might be “required reading” for many people, I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend this book to anyone interested.