I've been a composer for greater than 50 years. Over that time I've been asked a lot about my influences and what songs inspire me. Henry Mancini is probably my favorite composer and this song, Moon Dance, is quite inspirational. It can be found on the CD, Down To The Moon, that won the Grammy in 1987. It was written by Andreas Vollenweider who is a Swiss harpist that's recorded 14 albums. Down To The Moon was his 5th album and it was re-released in 2005 and again in 2006. It's been written that his music ". . . evokes nature, magic and fairy tales. . . " AHML will be hosting a library-wide exhibit on Fairy Tales (January-March 2016). Check this out if you want a head start getting into the mood.
Not certain what kind of review Ian Flemming would write about this newest chapter in his famed James Bond series. It's an easy read, fast-paced, and pays homage to past villains (Pussy Galore, Dr. No, SMERSH, etc.) of 007. This new Bond is not the sexiest-pig, prettiest-boy, wise-cracking, stone-cold-killer of old. A female character can actually be introduced in the beginning of a chapter and Bond doesn't try to bed her before the chapter ends.
Short, not sweet, but colorful. If you served, you'll enjoy. If you have a son or daughter that will be entering the Service, you won't want to miss reading. If you on the fence about enlisting...
What would you do if you were suddenly taken back in time 200 years?
Such is the dilemma for Claire Randall, the main character in Diana Gabaldon's epic novel, Outlander, published in 1991 and recently adapted into a TV mini-series. Claire is a WWII nurse in England who reunites with her husband, post-war, for a second honeymoon in Scotland. While visiting a historic hilltop, Claire is mysteriously transported back to 1743, where she must worry for her life, find the secret to her journey into the past, and somehow overcome immense odds to return to her husband, who is determinedly searching for her in 1945.
This series is well-written, keeping true to Gabaldon's suspenseful plot. The scenery is breathtaking and the soundtrack perfectly underscores the drama of the period. This series should be the first choice you make for date night with that someone who is special. It has a little bit of everything: action, romance, humor, history, and grown men in kilts!
If you enjoy watching, make sure to place a hold on Outlander Season 1 / Volume 2.
This first-in-a-series book takes place in England during the beginning of WWII. A special, British intelligence team, reporting directly to Churchill, are covertly assigned to Benchley (where great minds are tying to break the Nazi Enigma codes). This team grows from a staff of 3 to 5 after strange flying objects are tracked using RADAR and more strange nonhuman life-forms are resurrected from Nazi secret anthropology digs around the world. Historical fiction, of sorts, meets Sci-Fi. Good characters that a reader can relate. Good cliff-hanger leaves us wanting the sequel ASAP!