Blog Posts by Ultra Violet

blogger photoUltra Violet is an artist, but not the one who hung out with Warhol at the Factory. She is also the only library staff member who was a Shakespearean research scholar and a member of the Meat Cutters' Union in the same year.


Hint Fiction
by Robert Swartwood

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These are like Twitter short stories. They are all 25 words or less. There are some high profile writers included, like Joyce Carol Oates, Ha Jin, and J.A. Konrath, but there are also many talented emerging writers contributing as well.

Nashville Chrome
by Rick Bass

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Nashville Chrome is a fictionalized account of the lives of the Brown family singers. The Browns were friends with Elvis Presley and were even admired by the Beatles for their haunting harmonies. Rick Bass tells the story of success gone slightly awry.

The Instructions
by Adam Levin

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I don't think this book could "fall through the stacks", or at least if it did, it would leave a serious dent. The Instructions is the biggest book I have ever seen on our fiction shelves at 1030 pages. More astonishing is that the story only covers a time period of four days.

Under the Harrow
by Mark Dunn

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The world of Dingley Dell exists along side our own. But the inhabitants of this isolated community have developed a singular society and culture based entirely on the complete works of Charles Dickens. When someone from the Dell ventures to the Outland, it is assumed they will never be heard from again, and most certainly won't survive. Then, and eleven-year old boy runs away from home and brings the Outland back to the Dell, changing their lifestyle in an instant.

The Vaults
by Toby Ball

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This is Toby Ball's debut novel, and I can't wait for his second. The Vaults is a suspenseful tale of three men who get in over their heads while they try to unravel the secrets of a crooked mayor. It's an alternate history set in the 1930's in a nameless city that feels very real. Ball starts his story with Arthur Puskis who is the city's police archivist. For nearly 20 years Puskis has only left the vaults to go home and occasionally stop at the corner store. One day, he discovers a duplicate file. To his exacting mind, this is unthinkable. When he discovers a second forged file, he is compelled to leave his safety zone and investigate. Meanwhile, reporter, Frank Frings, is investigating the suspect mayor and his cronies. A bomb destroys the home of one of the mayor's underlings, and the local union is blamed. More bombings are on the way. One of the union's supporters happens to be a private investigator and he gets involved too. All three men spiral around each other as they piece together the complex mystery and reveal the truth behind the bombings.
Tags:  Mystery

Miracles, Inc.
by T. J. Forrester

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I was initially drawn to the striking cover of Miracles, Inc. but there is a great story here, too. A fictional autobiography of a death row inmate. Forrester's debut novel is a compact powerhouse of storytelling.

The Flavor Thesaurus
by Niki Segnit

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Fall in love with food all over again. This creative and inspired analysis of flavors and combinations will renew your excitement about cooking and eating. This non-fiction book is very readable and fun, even if you aren't a budding chef.
Tags:  cooking

Time Among the Dead
by Thomas Rayfiel

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William, Lord Upton, is dying. He is a nasty old man steeped in the upper-class values of 19th century England. His light-hearted (and light-headed) grandson, Seabold, gets him a journal to while away the hours on his slow march towards mortality.

My Bright Midnight
by Josh Russell

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Walter Schmidt is a German immigrant living in post-WWII New Orleans. After discovering his wife is having an affair with his best friend, Walter is forced to face questions of identity, friendship and loyalty. This is a complicated book that would be great for a book discussion.

by Danielle Dutton

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Sprawl is an expression of the suburban American way of life. This book is a completed artistic vision with even the cover art, title, and page layout emphasizing the underlying themes of banal emptiness. If you were interested in reading Franzen's Freedom, but would want a more off-beat (and much shorter) book, Sprawl is worth a look.