Recommended Reading from the Kearney Branch Staff
June 23, 2010
We at the Kearney branch love recommending books almost as much as we love reading them. We've come up with some good ones for you today, so without further ado here are some recommended reads.
1. Paul P. recommends - Bone: The Complete Cartoon Epic by Jeff Smith
Three orphaned cousins, exiled from their hometown, become lost in a vast desert and end up discovering a vast forested valley populated by funny, magical, and dangerous creatures. Their search for a way home lands them in the middle of an epic conflict between a fallen kingdom and an ancient evil force.
This highly decorated book was placed on Time Magazine's list of the 100 Best Graphic Novels of All Time. The artistic imagery and narrative styles of Walt Disney and J.R.R. Tolkien merge perfectly in this comedy-epic.
2. Jan W. recommends- The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
The novel follows—not as a prequel or sequel but definitely spinning on the same axis—his phenomenally popular The Shadow of the Wind. Zafón has said it was his intent to present a “Chinese box of stories . . . a labyrinth of fictions that could be explored in many directions” and indeed the stories connect (the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, from Shadow, reappears in Game) but also stand alone.
The setting for The Angel’s Game is a darkly gothic Barcelona, the time is the 1920’s. The central figure, David Martín, is a troubled writer, whose sinister nightmares and waking realities increasingly merge. In a stew of literary allusions, most of the characters in Game can be matched to those in Dickens’ Great Expectations, while a shadow of Dorian Gray appears as well. For anyone who has traveled to Barcelona, it is a visit to the darker side of the familiar—the Ramblas, La Sagrada Familia, and Park Güell are not the way you may remember them. As the story progresses, the plot coils more and more bizarrely, quickly, tightly until finally nearly every page bursts forth with another stunning surprise. Zafón continues to be good at his game.
If these sound good, be sure to put them on hold!
Happy reading from Monica J.Tags: book review, reading, Books