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.





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Frankenstein's Monster
by Susan Heyboer O'Keefe

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12/27/10
Picking up at the conclusion of Mary Shelley's gothic classic, Frankenstein's Monster captures the spirit and language of the original. The author gives us another ten years of the monster's life being hounded by the sea captain, Walton. Told from the monster's perspective, this book is very sympathetic to the plight of this tortured soul.
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Bone Dogs
by Roger Alan Skipper

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12/22/10
Skipper displays a mastery of psychological insight in this gritty novel. This is a rough and real portrait of a damaged human spirit.
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Minor Robberies
by Deb Olin Unferth

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12/20/10
Unferth has a distinctive literary voice. There is a certain lyrical quality here, but with a savvy, contemporary spin. The story about Frank Lloyd Wright was particularly wry.
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Light Boxes
by Shane Jones

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12/17/10
WOW! I can't say enough good things about this debut novel! Jones has created a magical, dark fable that speaks eloquently about isolation, depression and the creative process.
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Micro Fiction
by Jerome Stern

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12/15/10
Do you like short stories? They don't get any shorter than this. Every one of the stories in this anthology is less than 250 words. 
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The Very Best of Charles De Lint
by Charles De Lint

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12/12/10
Charles De Lint weaves elegant tales of wonder. This is a collection of short stories including some retold fairy tales mixed with original works of urban fantasy. I love the fact that De Lint let his fans vote and choose the stories that went into this collection.
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The Three Incestuous Sisters
by Audrey Niffenegger

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12/11/10
This is a mystical, tragic love story from the author of The Time Traveler's Wife. It is a beautiful, large format, illustrated book with strange images that enhance the otherworldly feel of the story.
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A Fatal Grace
by Louise Penny

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12/08/10
When an aspiring self-help guru is murdered in the idyllic Canadian village of Three Pines, the townspeople may have been shocked, but no one was very upset about it. CC de Poitiers was a despicable woman who looked down on everyone, cheated on her hen-pecked husband, and made life unbearable for her over-weight 12-year old daughter. The method for the murder was particularly puzzling. How does someone get electrocuted in the middle of a frozen lake during a curling match? It's going to take Inspector Armand Gamache and his plucky team of misfits to unravel this most bizarre mystery.
 
A Fatal Grace is the second in the Three Pines mystery series. Louise Penny writes with a style that is far above many cozy mystery writers. Although this book is a "cozy" in many respects, there are some instances of foul language that some readers may find objectionable. Penny's character development is a big draw for this book and this entire series. Another strength is the descriptions of the charming town of Three Pines. It reminded me of Cabot Cove from the Murder, She Wrote series in that the reader feels a strong sense of the place and it is so lovely and welcoming, you are ready to book a flight there immediately. Take note; we will soon be adding A Fatal Grace to our book discussion sets.
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1000 extra/ordinary objects
by Carlos Mustienes

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12/08/10
Weird, wild, quirky objects from around the world. Fascinating comment on our material culture. I enjoyed the parallel text in English and French. Definitely a conversation starter!
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The Blind Contessa's New Machine
by Carey Wallace

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12/06/10

I picked up this diminutive book because of the beautiful cover and the intriguing title, but when I saw that it is a novel based on the true story of the invention of the typewriter, I was hooked.

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