Alex is the lone boy on staff...'better come in and wish him luck! (Actually, Alex has been a longtime Saturn customer and is a prolific reader with a good eye for what young guys like to read, he already has quite a following among our customers...)
This book presents some of the worst days in history with gleeful humor and the occasional illustration. Full of dark irony (July 7, 1456: Joan of Ark is aquitted of heresy...a quarter of a century after her execution.) and slapstick comedy (September 30, 2006: a Vegas hotelier accidentally knocks a hole in Picasso's La Reve) Bad Days in History delivers a day-by-day look into some of the darkest (and funniest) days in human history.
A classic coming of age novel by the modernist author Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God tells the story of Janie Crawford, a mixed race woman living in the 1920’s, as she discovers her own voice and becomes a fully developed woman through three marriages and numerous personal trials.
The Lost Hero Graphic Novel makes a great addition to the library of anyone who enjoys Rick Riordan’s writing. This graphic novel illustrates the first book in the Heroes of Olympus series with dynamic artwork and dialogue taken right out of the book. I highly recommend this graphic novel!
After a series of cataclysmic events put the Earth on a path that leads to the obliteration of all humankind, 12 people, descended from ancient bloodlines, must race to complete a series of puzzles, set out by a force beyond their comprehension, to ensure the survival of their bloodline. The only rule in this competition is that there are no other rules.
I really enjoyed reading this book. It combines suspense, action, and beautifully flawed and diverse characters. James Frey, co-author of the Lorien Legacies series has really outdone himself with Endgame: The Calling.
Perhaps the coolest aspect of this book is that it contains actual clues, in the form of riddles, pictures, and numbers, that lead to an actual key somewhere in the real world. Whoever finds this key wins a prize of $500,000!
The second novel in the Insignia series, Vortex is just as good as its predecessor. It’s filled with the same action, comedy, and tension that I really enjoyed in the first book.
After completing their first year of training to become an Intrasolar Combantant, Thomas and his friends enter the most critical stage of their training: finding a sponsor. Thomas is unwilling to sacrifice his ideals in order to do this however, even if it means sabotaging his own future. Thomas believes that he can stay one step ahead of the corrupt system, but soon finds out that he’s made the biggest mistake of his life…
Animal Farm tells the story of a group of animals who ovethrow their tyrannical farmers and form their own idealistic society. Soon however, slogans begin flying and a brand new hierarchy forms, one that is even more abusive than before.
Written as a satirical criticism of the events in the Soviet Union at the beginning of the twentieth century, Animal Farm is just as relevent and poignant today as it was when it was written in 1945.
After freeing Newcago at the end of Steelheart, David and the other Reckoners are hard pressed to defend the city from the onslaught of Epics seeking to retake it. In order to stop the attacks, the Reckoners seek out their source, a water-manipulating Epic named Regalia in what was once Manhattan, but is now called Babylon Restored. Regalia might not be the only thing in Babylon Restored for the team however, rumor has it that Megan is somewhere in the city. Can she be trusted?
Daniel X has the greatest super-power of them all; the power to create. He also has a list of intergalactic criminals and is working his way down that list, until he can one day avenge his parents and rid the galaxy of the alien that killed them. He’s a long way from that day however, and he’ll need all of his power, plus the help of his friends to even have a shot at taking down his next target, Number 6 on the List of Alien Outlaws, Ergent Seth.
Bobby Pendragon is a normal, fourteen-year-old kid. So it seems anyway, until his uncle pulls him through a doorway into another dimension named Denduron. Bobby learns that it’s his job to save this world, which is on the brink of a revolutionary war. What’s more, as Bobby soon learns, Denduron is only the beginning of an epic struggle between the forces of Order and Chaos.
A great opening to an even greater series, The Merchant of Death is full of action and suspense and is still able to captivate children, teenagers, and adults after more than ten years on the shelves.
I read this as part of my AP Literature class and I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised at the complexity and interconnectedness of these short stories. The Martian Chronicles provides a social commentary on racism, scientific progress, and human nature. I recommend this novel to fans of George Orwell’s 1984 and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World.