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 has quite a following among our customers...) He was the 2016 St. Mary Valedictorian, and is off to study at NMU, returning to us on breaks - because that's just what our staffers do!
This book has been compared to The Fault in our Stars with a liberal heaping of One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest. While that comparison is accurate, it doesn’t really do The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko justice because this novel is more than capable of standing on its own merit.
Told in the first person through Ivan’s journal, this is a story of love, loss, and humanity in the darkest of settings. Deeply moving and haunting… I’m sure I will be thinking about The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko for a while to come.
Jason Dessan is a brilliant man in a mediocre position teaching physics. He's also a family man who is happily married to the love of his life. On his way home from the grocery store one evening, Jason is attacked, drugged, and taken somewhere else. When he wakes up, he finds that nothing is as it was. Somehow he is one of the world’s leading physicists, his home is empty, and his wife does not know him. The world seems to be playing a convoluted prank on him, until Jason realizes that the truth is even more complicated.
I very much enjoyed Dark Matter, a novel that explores the multiverse theory in an approachable way. The action is tense, well paced, and left me wanting more by Blake Crouch.
Underground Airlines takes place in an alternate America in which Abraham Lincoln was shot before he became our 16th president. As a result, the Civil War never occurred, meaning that slavery still exists in present-day America.
Victor is an escaped slave. After being discovered by the U.S. Marshall Service (which is responsible for catching escaped slaves) Victor is given a choice; he can either return to bondage or go undercover in service of the Marshalls in exchange for his limited freedom.
Fast forward several years, and Victor is one of the best undercover agents there is. Until, that is, a routine case begins to feel off to Victor and he’s left with a difficult decision: do his job and stay free, or do what is right and risk it all.
This is a delightful children’s story about, you guessed it, a woodpecker who wants a waffle. The storyline is original, the illustrations are cute, and Benny the woodpecker’s schemes to acquire some waffles made me giggle with their absurdity. This is one of my favorite children’s books in stock at the moment.
I had originally held off on reading the first book in Rick Riordan’s new series Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, The Sword of Summer, because I knew if I did, I’d be hooked and have to wait several years to finish the series. Eventually I caved and decided to read it and I’m very glad that I did. The Sword of Summer has all of the mischief, fun, and mythology of Rick Riordan’s earlier works and has a little something new to set it apart. I look forward to reading the rest of the series as it comes out.
I’ve been reading the Lorien Legacies series ever since I Am Number Four first hit the shelves. United as One, the seventh and final installment in the series, is everything I had hoped for in a conclusion. Action packed as always, this book will not disappoint fans of the series.
This is a book about a dog named Sad. Sad has had it rough, his family didn't want him, he has no one to play with, and he can't seem to do anything right. Then one day Sad gets a new family and suddenly he isn't quite so sad anymore.
Sad, the Dog is a heartfelt book with fantastic illustrations that capture the emotion of the story perfectly.
But What if We're Wrong is a non-fiction book by Chuck Klosterman (I Wear the Black Hat and Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs) that explores the idea that we are probably very wrong about many of the things that we take as absolute truths today. For instance, Klosterman poses the question: 100 years from now, who will be the defining author of our generation? I'll give you a hint without giving too much away - it's not James Patterson.
Covering topics ranging from literature to music, to science and medicine, But What if We're Wrong is witty, intelligently written, thought provoking, AND it made me laugh. I highly recommend this book.
For Charles Neumann, losing his leg in an industrial accident isn’t a tragedy, it’s an opportunity. Soon he’s on a mission to build a better leg, then two, until eventually Charlie is on his way to becoming artificial everything. Some people look at him and see a lunatic, some see a genius, and some see a weapon.
Darkly funny and strangely thought-provoking, I thoroughly enjoyed Machine Man.
Rose Franklin is a small child riding her bike in the woods when the ground beneath her suddenly gives way and she finds herself nestled in the palm of a giant, metal hand. The hand defies all previous scientific conceptions. It is impossibly old, impossibly light, and impossibly…glowing.
Years later, Rose is a physicist studying the mystery of the hand when suddenly, more body parts begin to surface. As they are collected, they combine and begin to take the form of a great, otherworldly woman. But each new discovery creates more questions than answers: “Where are the pieces from?”, “Who made them?”, “What do they do when they come together?” and most importantly “What does this mean for human kind?”
Told in the same tradition as World War Z and The Martian, Sleeping Giants is the story of mankind realizing its place in the universe.
Full of the colorful expressions and so-insane-it-has-to-work legal advice that fans of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul have come to expect from the slick, shady, and altogether perfect character that is Saul Goodman, Don’t Go to Jail is everything you need to know in order to choose your lawyer, understand your charges, and get away free…maybe. I couldn’t stop laughing while reading this book and you won’t be able to either.
The Revenant is the story of revenge that inspired the award winning movie. It’s a quick read but filled to the brim with grit, determination, and one man’s will to survive. I definitely recommend that fans of the movie give the book a try. You won’t be disappointed.
I’ve been a fan of Brandon Sanderson’s The Reckoners series since before they hit the shelves and I’ve been eagerly anticipating Calamity ever since I finished Firefight. It did not disappoint! The pacing was perfect and the dialogue was full of the witty repartee and horrible similes that I’ve come to expect from this series. If I had to pick out something negative from the book, it would be that the conclusion to the series felt a little rushed, but perhaps that’s my fault, because by the time I reached the conclusion I was certainly rushing to see what happened. I can’t recommend this series enough.
All the Birds in the Sky is a book about childhood friends, Patricia and Laurence. At a young age, Patricia learns that she has an affinity for magic, and Laurence builds a personal time machine. The two part under mysterious circumstances, but both grow up to save the world. Laurence is involved in a complex project that could save the environment, and Patricia uses healing magic on strangers in the street. Together they have a shot at protecting everyone.