Books to Film: January Releases

The Hostage (Book #1 of the Stratton series) by Duncan Falconer

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When it comes out: January 5
What the book is about: When an undercover operation monitoring the Real IRA goes horrifically wrong, British Intelligence turns to the one man who can get their agent out: Stratton, an SBS operative with a lethal reputation. It’s a dangerous race against time: if the Real IRA get to the Republic before Stratton gets to the Real IRA, his colleague is as good as dead.

Freak Show by James St. James

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When it comes out: January 12
What the book is about: Billy Bloom is gay, but it’s mostly theoretical, as he hasn’t had much experience. When he has to move to Florida, he can’t believe his bad luck. His new school is a mix of bible belles, amberzombies, and football heroes — none of which are exactly his type.

Rehepapp ehk november by Andrus Kivirähk

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When it comes out: January 12
What the book is about: The story is set in a pagan Estonian village where werewolves, the plague, and spirits roam, but the villagers’ main problem is how to survive the cold, dark winter. And, to that aim, nothing is taboo. People steal from each other, from their German manor lords, and from spirits, the devil, and Christ. They steal even if their barns are already overflowing. To guard their souls, they’ll give them away to thieving creatures made of wood and metal called kratts but their greed makes the villagers more and more like the soulless creatures they command.

Horse Soldiers by Doug Stanton

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When it comes out: January 19
What the book is about: Horse Soldiers is the dramatic account of a small band of Special Forces soldiers who secretly entered Afghanistan following 9/11 and rode to war on horses against the Taliban. Outnumbered forty to one, they pursued the enemy army across the mountainous Afghanistan terrain and, after a series of intense battles, captured the city of Mazar-i-Sharif, which was strategically essential to defeat their opponent throughout the country.

The Liesure Seeker by Micahel Zadoorian

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When it comes out: January 19
What the book is about: The Robinas have shared a wonderful life for more than sixty years. Now in their eighties, Ella suffers from cancer and John has Alzheimer’s. Yearning for one last adventure, the self-proclaimed “down-on-their-luck geezers” kidnap themselves from the adult children and doctors who seem to run their lives and steal away from their home in suburban Detroit on a forbidden vacation of rediscovery.

Eddie Krumble Is the Clapper by Dito Montiel

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When it comes out: January 26
What the book is about: Meet Eddie Krumble. He’s a relatively happy guy. Content-ish. Fresh to Los Angeles, Eddie and his friend Chris Plork land their first gig: clapping as paid audience members for infomercials and sitcoms so heinous that tourists won’t even attend. Eddie spends long days clapping, laughing, and hissing — on cue, of course — and his life slowly begins to take shape as a relationship with Judy, a gas station attendant, begins to brew. Suddenly his life is turned on its head. In one of his nightly rants, Jay Leno scrutinizes the state of late night TV and ends up unveiling two stills of Eddie as audience members for two different infomercials. Eddie is singled out as clapper-for-hire, Eddie’s career comes to a halt, and Leno turns his discovery into a segment on his show: “Who is THE CLAPPER?”

Merry Christmas!

The Moline Public Library is closed today (we’re off celebrating the holidays in the style of the mid-19th century, as all good librarians do) but we’ll be back tomorrow for our normal operating hours.

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2016 Moline Library Christmas Party*

Here’s hoping that your holidays have been happy and that your New Year looks promising indeed!

*Okay, it’s actually a would cut by Winslow Homer from 1858 called The Christmas Tree.

Genre Friday – Weird Westerns

Weird West

True or False?

Sergio Leone’s iconic Man with No Name Trilogy would’ve been better if Clint Eastwood’s horse was actually a steam-driven, robotic mount and he had a demonically-possessed, talking Peacemaker that had all the best lines.

If you answered “True,” or even “False, because those movies are great, but I would totally watch that crazy robot horse, talking gun one too,” then weird westerns might just be for you.

Weird West tales, you may have guessed by now, are a mashup of traditional Western settings, themes and tropes and various elements of speculative fiction. Many such stories incorporate steampunk elements. Remember The Wild, Wild West TV show… or the later movie starring Will Smith and Kevin Kline if the TV show was before your time? Perfect example of what we’re talking about. They may also feature magical realism and/or fantasy like incorporation of magic or fanciful creatures. Like other historical fiction, the stories can feature real-life people and events, although many weird westerns start their world-building from scratch.

Examples:

16104414Boneshaker by Cherie Priest

The Devil’s Call by J. Danielle Dorn

The Half-Made World by Felix Gilman

The Haunted Mesa by Louis L’Amour

Infernal Devices by K.W. Jeter

River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey

Six-Gun Snow White by Catherynne M. Valente

Six-Gun Tarot by R.S. Belcher

The Sixth Gun by Cullen Bunn, Brian Hurtt (illustrator) & Tyler Crook (illustrator)

 

 

Welcome to the new Moline Public Library website!

Our gift to you this holiday season?

A brand new website to explore and use!

Pop on over to the new molinelibrary.com and take a look. Hopefully you like it as much as we do, but if you have any questions, or even suggestions (it is still a work in progress in spots), don’t hesitate to let us know.

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Learn Your Library Resources – NEW Circulating Board & Card Games Collection

Just in time for those long holiday breaks!

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The new board game collection, funded by the Friends of the Moline Library, is now available for check-out!

More than 25 games, ranging from Pit to Sorry to Settlers of Catan, are located on the 2nd floor at the end of the reference collection shelving area, on the opposite side of the older newspapers. Games check out for 3 weeks and are “holdable.” You can even search our catalog to see what games are available – use the word “games” as a keyword and then limit the results to “3-D object” as the format.

Contact the reference desk at (309) 524-2470 with any questions.

 

Best Sellers: Just in time for the Holidays!

NYT Best Selling Combined Print & EBooks 

  1. DARKER by E. L. James (NEW)

32024902In this second book in her follow-up trilogy, which lets readers experience the original stories from Christian Grey’s perspective, E L James revisits the world of Fifty Shades with a deeper and darker take on the love story that has enthralled millions of readers around the globe. Their scorching, sensual affair ended in heartbreak and recrimination, but Christian Grey cannot get Anastasia Steele out of his mind, or his blood. Determined to win her back, he tries to suppress his darkest desires and his need for complete control, and to love Ana on her own terms. But, even if Christian can overcome all that stands between him and happiness with Ana, can a man so dark and damaged ever hope to keep her?

  1. THE ROOSTER BAR by John Grisham
  2. ORIGIN by Dan Brown
  3. THE MIDNIGHT LINE by Lee Child
  4. THE PEOPLE VS. ALEX CROSS by James Patterson
  5. TOM CLANCY POWER AND EMPIRE by Marc Cameron (NEW)
  6. PAST PERFECT by Danielle Steel (NEW)
  7. END GAME by David Baldacci
  8. THE SUN AND HER FLOWERS by Rupi Kaur
  9. HARDCORE TWENTY-FOUR by Janet Evanovich

 

What’s the difference between a fiddle and violin?

Who cares? Neither one is a ukulele!

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Okay, because I’m a librarian…

There is no difference between a fiddle and a violin.

According to johnsonstring.com, “A violin and a fiddle are the same four-stringed instrument, generally played with a bow, strummed, or plucked. They are identical in their physical appearance. What distinguishes a violin from a fiddle is the style of music that is played on the instrument; it’s all in how you play it.

The term violin is most often associated with classical music, orchestras, symphonies, and chamber music. Fiddle, in contrast, is associated with a wide variety of music styles including Cajun, bluegrass, folk, and country.”