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It's a Mystery 9/22/2012

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Up and Coming Mystery Authors

I mentioned in an earlier post that many of our fiction and mystery titles are by authors so popular that we have them on Standing Order.  This means that our book vendor automatically ships us a designated number of copies of new releases by these writers.  Tops among the mystery authors on Standing Order, both in number of copies ordered and in high circulation figures are: Carol Higgins Clark, Harlan Coben, Diane Mott Davidson, Janet Evanovich, Sue Grafton, J. A. Jance, Faye Kellerman, and J. D. Robb.

Which apocalypse is right for me?

There have been an unusually large number of books published lately not just about the apocalypse, but with apocalypse in the title. With all these similar titles available, how do you pick the apocalypse that's right for you? Let's take a brief look at 4 of these titles.

The "mainstreaming" of fantasy and sci-fi.

It seems like only yesterday that the fantasy genre was reserved for a special few, those who wanted more than what the real world had to offer. It used to be that some people had a negative perception of fantasy literature (especially those who read only "mainstream" literature) as being cheesy, badly written, or cliche.

Are We Ready for Some Football?

From Amazon to Zoosk: Understanding "terms of service"

Any website that you create an account on has a "terms of service" agreement. Think about all of the websites you participate in: how many terms of service agreements have you actually read? If you are like most people, you have checked the little box next to “I have read and agree to the Terms” without reading them. These pages are often very difficult to understand; but you can give up some rights when you click on those agreements.

Enter the Terms of Service;Didn't read project, which "...aims at creating a transparent and peer-reviewed process to rate and analyse Terms of Service and Privacy Policies in order to create a rating from Class A to Class E."

Sci-Fi Summer Part 2

The summer of 2012 has seen (and will be seeing) more than it's fair share of Science Fiction and Fantasy films.

UFO Followup

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Thanks to everyone who attended our UFO program on August 2. I had to jump on a number of other tasks immediately following the program, so, I’m just now getting around to looking at the evaluations. I can see that there's a lot of interest in this topic and that our speaker did a great job, so we’ll be having him back sometime next year.

I talked to him just as he was leaving and he indicated that the presentation he gave was UFOs 101—so when he returns he will be giving us UFOs 102, meaning he’ll be taking us deeper into the subject matter and providing us with more advanced information. I’m going to let him know the kinds of info you indicated on your evals you're specifically interested in.

Disc 2 Side A

Some great artists have some great albums coming out in the next two months!

It's a Sci-Fi Summer!

The summer of 2012 has seen (and will be seeing) more than it's fair share of Science Fiction and Fantasy films. If you can't get your fix through these movies alone, check out what the Westlake Porter Library has to offer in related materials...such as...

Earth Continues Invasion of Mars!

PASADENA, Calif. -- NASA's most advanced Mars rover, Curiosity, has landed on the Red Planet. The one-ton rover, hanging by ropes from a rocket backpack, touched down onto Mars Sunday to end a 36-week flight and begin a two-year investigation.