Fiction Friday: The Magicians (Book 1)

Fiction Friday: The Magicians (Book 1)

Quentin Coldwater,  a sulky, high-achieving, high school senior preparing for a college entrance interview finds himself thrown into a magical world of learning- more precisely, a magical college called Brakebills. To be accepted into the prestigious institution, students must pass a rigorous entrance exam to test their magic ability.  After admittance, Quentin finds what he longed for, a place to feel accepted and people who accepted him. During his time at Brakebills, Quentin finds friendship, fun, and love all while studying modern sorcery. Quentin's abilities places him with the physical kids, an elite…continue reading →
Fiction Friday: A Darker Shade of Magic

Fiction Friday: A Darker Shade of Magic

Ever wonder if a world almost exactly like your own exists somewhere else?  What if they existed in parallel to each other, but with differences- like magic?  In V.E. Schwab's A Darker Shade of Magic, that is exactly how our worlds work.  Four Londons- Grey, Red, White, and Black all exist in parallel, but are closed to everyone except for the Antari, or blood magicians. Grey London is the world we live in: it is non-magical and alive with humanity.  Red London is the stuff of imagination: filled with magic, but respected and balanced.…continue reading →
Fiction Friday: Don Quixote, A Classic with New Twists

Fiction Friday: Don Quixote, A Classic with New Twists

It was four hundred years ago, in 1615, that Part Two of The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha was published, ten years after Part One. The volumes detailing the fantastical adventures of the idiosyncratic Don Quixote and his put-upon sidekick Sancho Paza received a small bewildered attention, but are now considered the beginning sparks of the modern novel, and as foundational to Western canonical literature. Don Quixote was a figure in search of a reason, a man in need of a cause, burying himself in the codes and stories of chivalry…continue reading →
Fiction Fridays- An Announcement, Over 50 Years in the Making!

Fiction Fridays- An Announcement, Over 50 Years in the Making!

Harper Lee, one of the most well-known American authors of the 20th century has announced the publication of her second novel, Go Set a Watchman. After more than 50 years since the publication of the beloved classic, To Kill a Mockingbird, Lee's first manuscript was discovered.  After sharing with a group of trusted individuals, Ms. Lee has decided it is time to share her work with the world again. Go Set a Watchman was the first work Lee started in her early writing career.  After completing this work, she was advised to write a novel from…continue reading →
Fiction Fridays Books that Bite!  Spooky Titles for Halloween!

Fiction Fridays Books that Bite! Spooky Titles for Halloween!

Looking for something to scare you tonight?  Check out some of this creepy titles available at the John Tyler libraries! Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith and Jane Austen               The Radleys by Matt Haig               The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey               Infected by Scott Sigler               Blood Harvest by S.J. Bolton               Witch and Wizard  by James Patterson  …continue reading →