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New DVDs @ Marion!

 

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DVDs

Falling Skies Season 5

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Spectre

The Best of Big Bkue Live

Love the Coopers

Truth

Big Stone Gap

Crimson Peak

 

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Eileen Davidson For S.B.R.L.!

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Emmy Award winning actress Eileen Davidson kindly took the time to show support for your local library and we appreciate it! Eileen is best known for her roles of Ashley Abbott on “The Young and the Restless” and  Kristen DiMera on “Days of Our Lives.”

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Amie Kaufman is the author of the popular and highly acclaimed novels These Broken Stars, This Shattered World,  and  Illuminae to name a few. She also loves to read and kindly shared the titles of some of her own favorite books with us. We appreciate her kindness!

The Dark Is Rising – Susan Cooper

Sway – Kat Spears

Wolf by Wolf – Ryan Graudin

Skylark – Meagan Spooner

 

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Science Fiction @ Your Library!

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“…to boldly read what you’ve never read before!” That’s more than a paraphrasing of the opening narration of the Star Trek television series; that’s the regular mission statement of most book lovers! If you are a science fiction or fantasy fan, you might find the quest for new books to be especially frustrating since so many titles and authors in those genres are swept aside by the annual literary deluge caused by authors from other genres like John Grisham, Danielle Steel, and David Baldacci. A good starting point for science fiction fans is to look for books based on various pop culture television or movie franchises. While the earliest science fiction icons of the twentieth century, Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon were hugely popular in various mediums for generations, it is not easy to locate the original newspaper comic strips that spawned the space opera heroes. Luckily, some publishers like Fantastigraphics and Kitchen Sink have begun reprinting the original strips. These volumes allow readers to simultaneously take trips back to dawn of popular science fiction strips in the twenties and thirties while gaining a glimpse into what their creators imagined would be the future!

While Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon each inspired paperbacks, comic books, and television programs, for most science fiction fans of the last forty years, the Star Trek television series and films have occupied one of the primary places of influence in terms of the impact science fiction can have on popular culture. There are well over one hundred different novels based on different aspects of the various versions of Star Trek. Authors like Peter David, James Blish, Josepha Sherman, and J.M. Dillard have created their own imaginative explorations and expansions of the original Star Trek mythos. Your local library owns books by many of the authors who have contributed to the ever-expanding frontiers of the starship Enterprise and its various crews. William Shatner has co-written several novels featuring his famous character James T. Kirk. Both Shatner and Leonard (Mr. Spock) Nimoy have written autobiographies as well. While William Shatner has always been known for his enthusiastic approach to life, his passion for a science fiction franchise may well have been exceeded by actor/author Richard Hatch’s love for Battlestar Galactia. Hatch, who played Apollo on the television series of the seventies, has actively campaigned for a continuation of the show by writing a series of novels that tell the story of what happened to his character and allies Starbuck, Athena, and Sheba after their battle against the robotic Cylons was abruptly ended by cancellation!

With the Walt Disney Company’s recent acquisition of the rights to the Star Wars franchise, many fans are experiencing a renewal of interest in the adventures of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia and their offspring in “a galaxy far, far away.” Timothy Zahn, Alan Dean Foster, Dave Wolverton and other writers have expanded the original Star Wars saga by focusing on characters that lived before or after the heroes of the films. These “expanded universe” books are very popular and with the freedom to create without the limits of a film budget, the authors have envisioned intergalactic wonders beyond even Carrie Fisher’s famous “bun headed hairstyle” from the Star Wars films!

Of course, your local library also owns books by classic science fiction authors like Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, and David Weber. It doesn’t matter if you prefer philosophical allegories, hard science and technology, or good old fashion swashbuckling space operas since you’ll find them all at your local library. It’s enough to put a smile on a Vulcan’s face!

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The year 2016 marks the 39th anniversary of the premiere of “The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries” television series.  The show featured Parker Stevenson and Shaun Cassidy as Frank and Joe Hardy with alternating episodes starring Pamela Sue Martin ( and later Janet Louise Johnson) as Nancy Drew.  The show was an instant hit and its popularity was boosted by the fact that countless readers of more than one generation had grown up loving the books about the young sleuths.  Shaun Cassidy’s musical success also drew viewers to the show.  Stop by your local library and try a few of the books again. It will be just like meeting an old friend after a long separation….along with assorted crimes and spooky settings!

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New Items @ Marion!

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The Mapmaker’s Children by Sarah McCoy

Murder in Hindsight by Anne Cleeland

If I Run by Terri Blackstock

Blood in her Veins by Faith Hunter

The Blood Strand by Chris Ould

The Shut Eye by Belinda Bauer

Land of Shadows by Priscilla Royal

Long Gone Man by Phyllis Smallman

Prime Time by Hank Ryan

Hannah’s Choice by Jan Drexler

Room for Hope by Kim Vogel Sawyer

Hour of the Wolf by Hakan Nesser

A June of Ordinary Murders by Conor Brady

Black Rabbit Hall by Eve Chase

Breaking Wild by Diane Les Becquets

The Widow by Fiona Barton

The Vatican Princess by C W Gortner

A Doubter’s Almanac by Ethan Canin

The Opposite of Everyone by Joshlyn Kackson

No Shred of Evidence by Charles Todd

The Things We Keep by Sally Hepworth

Cometh the Hour by Jeffrey Archer

I’m Travelling Alone by Smauel Buork

Even Dogs in the Wild by Ian Rankin

 

 

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While the City Slept by Eli Sanders

To Hell and Back: The Last Train for Hiroshima by Charles Pellegrino

A Mother’s Reckoning by Sue

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New LP Titles @ Marion!

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The Restoration by Wanda Brunstetter

Bertie’s Guide to Life and Mothers by Alexander McCall Smith

The Bronte Plot by Katherine Reay

The Spring at Moss Hill by Carla Neggers

And Sometimes I Wonder About You by Walter Mosley

My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

Death of a Nurse by M C Beaton

After She’s Gone by Lisa Jackson

Saturn Run by John Sandford

Thirteen Ways of Looking

Orphan by Gregg Hurwitz

Missing Pieces by Heather Gudenkauf

Keeper of the Stars by Robin Hatcher

Mermaid Moon by Colleen Coble

A Respectable Actress by Dorothy Love

 

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