Your Next 5 Books: poetic post-apocalyptic and police procedurals

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Behind the scenes in North Korea

If you’ve been following international news lately, you have probably noticed a spike in rhetoric and tension coming out of North Korea, and corresponding political maneuvering from South Korea and the United States. Fortunately for information buffs, in the past five years several excellent non-fiction books have been published that provide us a rare peek into everyday life in North Korea. Here are three such titles:  Continue reading “Behind the scenes in North Korea”

For the love of llamas

Have you noticed all the recent books* starring llamas? In case you’ve missed out, here’s a list for the whole family:

llama of deathLlama of Death – the third installment in the Gunn Zoo Mysteries series by Betty Webb – features Alejandro, a grumpy llama who loves children. When a dead man is found in Alejandro’s pen, zookeeper Teddy Bently investigates. Small town shenanigans, hidden secrets and a sneak peek into zoo life keep this one interesting. Continue reading “For the love of llamas”

On the Pitch: Books about soccer (Go, Sounders!)

I am a thematic reader – I love to read summer books in the summer months, books chock full of snow in the winter months, books about family during the holidays and about love around Valentine’s Day. This, as an avid soccer fan and supporter of the Seattle Sounders, means that this time of year I am reading about soccer. Soccer memoirs, soccer sociology, soccer history.

Won’t you join me? Continue reading “On the Pitch: Books about soccer (Go, Sounders!)”

What’s Next? David Tennant and Doctor Who

Oh, David Tennant; you were the only Doctor for me. Over the holidays, the British TV series Doctor Who bid farewell to its 10th Doctor and welcomed a new actor to play the 11th (confused? Think James Bond, but with an explanation for the change). Now that it’s over, how are David Tennant fans to get their fix, aside from obsessively watching previous seasons? Here are a couple of suggestions to ease the transition.

Doctor Who: Pest Control is a downloadable e-audiobook featuring an adventure with the Doctor and Donna, read by David Tennant himself! It’s the next best thing to a new episode.

Casanova is David Tennant as you’ve perhaps always secretly thought of him – a swashbuckling lothario. Tennant plays the 18th century ladies’ man Giacomo Casanova as he pursues various trysts and crashes society events, trying to forget the one woman he truly loved. This nearly three hour comedic BBC miniseries was the first time Tennant and Doctor Who showrunner Russell T. Davies worked together.

Tennant has also had smaller roles in many other BBC miniseries. Check out He Knew He Was Right, one of those classic British 19th century period pieces that juxtapose witty social situations (sisters squabbling over a single vicar!) with more serious social commentary (jealousy erroding a marriage). Bright Young Things follows the young, hot British upper class of the 1930s as they pursue the glitz and glamour of nightlife. And Foyle’s War: A Lesson in Murder follows a British detective as he attempts to unravel a series of murders on the eve of World War II.