It does not seem all that long ago that some people viewed audiobooks with derision, unless, of course, they were motivational, inspirational, or “How To” audios like "How to Make a Ton of Money in 30 Days or Less". Sad to say, I was one of those unenlightened, narrow-minded readers who believed fiction should ALWAYS be read, NOT listened to. Who knew what a wide range of scenarios these books would fit in?
How do you choose which fiction book to read? Some people have favorite authors. Some people like specific genres. I like to read fiction books based on locations, such as Hawaii or Australia. We have books that feature locations, such as The Spoils of Eden by L.L.
One of our current displays here at the North Oak Branch not only offers an opportunity to read new Asian fiction, but it also gives our fellow team members a chance to exhibit their talents and interests. This photograph shows two small kimonos that were made by one of the pages at North Oak. The idea for this display, as well as the painted fan and the kimonos were inspired by the upcoming Japan Festival, which will be October 2nd in Overland Park.
The Fantastic Fiction website offers information on over 350,000 books. It is very useful when you want to find a list of all titles in a series in order of publication. You can also search under the heading of series, and there is quite a long list of series titles written by more than one author and so much more. You can also access Fantastic Fiction at mymcpl.org, go to Web Resources.
Can a True Story About an Abandoned Town Rival a Best-selling Murder Mystery?
Possibly so, if the story is about Dogtown, Massachusetts - an abandoned area near Gloucester full of supernatural looking large rocks, and boulders that remind viewers of Stonehenge. The area has not been inhabited since the last resident left in 1839. The town never recovered after the ravages of the American Revolution. It is now only an isolated ruin in 3,000 acres of woodland.
Dogtown's history contains stories of witches, super-natural sightings, and pirates. The area was named for the dogs kept by Revolutionary War widows.
Biographical Fiction - Oxymoron or Literary Genre?
I used to think that biographical fiction was an oxymoron ranking right up there with icy hot and jumbo shrimp. I was distrustful of the genre, and was uncomfortable with authors injecting fiction into fact.
The "golden age" of detective fiction refers to the flowering of classical mysteries (especially in Britain) between the two world wars. Many of these writers were members of the London Detection Club, whose 1928 "oath" included such guidelines for authors as:
not withholding clues from readers
avoiding reliance on coincidence
intuition and hunches rather than reason
minimizing use of suspect devices like evil twins, conspiracies, and lunatics
Characterized by complex plot-driven stories, the puzzle is paramount in these novels.