What Your SeaFair Pirates Arrr Reading

When they’re not hoisting the Jolly Roger or broadsiding a parade crowd with their cannons, the Seafair pirates love to weigh anchor with a good book, just like the rest of us. When asked, they’ll admit that Readin’ is their favorite of the “Three Arrrs!” So here me hardies is a brace of the saltiest and swashbucklingest yarns found across the seven seas.

The Pirates! in an Adventure with Scientists, by Gideon DeFoe. We all know pirates enjoy a good laugh, and few nautical yarns are more hilarious than Defoe’s zany series of misadventures in which the likes of Charles Darwin, Karl Marx and Napoleon rub shoulders with the Pirate Captain and his motley crew of rapscallions and rascals, including my personal favorite: the pirate with the nut allergy.

The Bloody Black Flag: A Spider John mystery, by Steve Goble. What’s more fun that a treasure map? A mystery! In this debut, buccaneer sleuth Spider John attempts to solve the murder of his blood brother Ezra, with a ship full of pirates for suspects. The sequel is The Devil’s Wind.

A High Wind in Jamaica, by Richard Hughes. One of the strangest and most macabre voyages sets sail when a group of children are left to the mercy of a band of murderous privateers. Or is it the other way round? A long overdue pirates’ eye view of just how scary children can be!

A Glitter of Gold, by Liz Johnson. Don’t tell anyone, but pirates are suckers for a great love story! When Anne finds a golden sword hilt washed up in a hurricane’s wake, it sets her on a hunt for the real treasure: a happy ending.

Pirate Utopia, by Bruce Sterling. Cyberpunk pirate Lorenzo Secondari aims his radio-controlled airborne torpedoes at communists and capitalists alike. What if pirates ran the world? Who says they don’t!

We’ve just skimmed the surface here, and you’ll find these and many other pirate-approved titles right here in our catalog!

   ~ posted by David W.

If You Like Game of Thrones

“Wait – what?! Literally NONE of this happened on TV!!”

Frustrated that George RR Martin’s “Game of Thrones” series still isn’t finished, or that the TV spinoff is? Either way, if you’re looking for fresh  fantastical worlds to lose yourself in, replete with political machinations, bloodthirsty scheming and shocking twists, here are some recent epic fantasy series starters for you to dive into.

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If You Liked Yuval Harari’s Sapiens

Book cover image for SapiensWho are we? What are we? Why are we here? Where will we wind up? These are just a few of the questions asked – and answered – in Yuval Harari’s Sapiens, a thought-provoking and opinionated international bestseller about nothing less than the humanity, start to finish.

I’ve long been intrigued with human origins, fascinated by the staggeringly brief history of our remarkable and problematic species. Our diminutive presence across both the vast reaches of outer space, and aeons of earth’s history, provides a salutary humbling perspective to our often ego- and anthropocentric lives. Then there are all of our curious hominid siblings, outlasted by only us – unless you believe in Bigfoot. With this keen interest in the rapidly evolving field of paleoanthropology, I was thrilled to suddenly find so many of our patrons enjoying Harari’s book, and wanting to learn more. Continue reading “If You Liked Yuval Harari’s Sapiens”

Why you should read Les Misérables

You’re watching it on PBS, and maybe you can hum all the tunes from the musical – but there’s nothing quite like reading the book itself.

But it’s so looong!

True. Compared to the miniseries adaptation‘s six-hour running time, the unabridged audiobook – read by master narrator George Guidall – runs for over sixty hours, and the Modern Library edition is 1,330 pages long, with 365 chapters. One reason that many 19th Century novels are so long is that they were originally read serially, in weekly installments, rather than straight-through. Read this way, the novel’s length becomes an asset, stretching out the narrative across time. Prolong the pleasure! Set out to read one chapter a day, for a year – and enjoy binging ahead when you just can’t stand the suspense.

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The Year’s Best Crime Writing: The 2019 Edgar Awards

Pulitzers, Bookers, Nobels – bah! For crime fiction fans it’s all about the Edgars. Last night the winners in several categories of crime and thriller books were announced at the Mystery Writers of America’s annual Edgar Awards ceremony: here’s a full list of these titles in our catalog, including non-fiction, books for children and teens, and the Mary Higgins Clark Awards for less violent novels with strong heroines.

As for the felonious Best In Show, we give you the nominees for the category of Best Novel:

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