Staff Picks

Staff Picks

Staff Picks

Fortune's Pawn by Rachel Bach

Mercenary Devi Morris sees providing security for the notorious trade freighter, "Glorious Fool" a shortcut to earning enough credentials for the most coveted of positions: a member of the Sainted King's elite security forces. But the Fool's crew has a high turnover rate for a reason--and it's not just from fighting a lizard race called the Xith'cals in the wild frontiers of space. With solid world-building, a feisty heroine, and a touch of romance, this action-packed sci-fi novel will have you clamoring for more. ~Debra B., CCL

The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon

The second book in the “Bone Season” series brings clairvoyant  Paige Mahoney back to Scion-controlled London. As she tries to convince the Underworld crime syndicate that Scion is controlled by the Rephaim--humanoids who feed on the magic of other clairvoyants--death faces her at every turn. Despite all the names, places, and vocabulary that requires its own section in the back of the book, this fast-paced novel will have you riveted and counting the days till the third book arrives sometime next year. ~Debra B, CCL

Please Vote for Me

This documentary chronicles a Chinese 3rd grade class's first open elections for position of class monitor. The three tiny candidates engage in low blows, political spin, character assassination- like any election! Witty and fascinating film set in a swiftly changing Chinese city. ~Elizabeth, HH

Wait Till Next Year by Doris Kearns Goodwin

The author weaves her childhood story about growing up in Long Island NY in the 1950s around around the events of the time.  These events include the Cold War, the McCarthy hearings, and the Dodgers and Giants baseball teams before their move West.  Other influences upon her life were her parents, neighborhood, and church.  Any baseball fans and people with an interest in Long Island history would enjoy reading this memoir. ~Barb, CCL

World of Trouble by Ben H. Winters

A fitting end to a great series. Detective Hank Palace is still the last policeman as he tirelessly pulls together clues from crime scenes and interrogates witnesses to find his missing sister. Ben H. Winters paints a believable picture of a world awaiting its end thanks to an asteroid on a collision course. If you haven't read the first two books, start with The Last Policeman and then read Countdown City. A great read for mystery and science fiction lovers and anyone looking for a pre-apocalyptic tale without a zombie to be seen. ~Jenna, CCL