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INDEXES TO PAST STAFF RECOMMENDATIONS: BY TITLE | BY REVIEWER | TV SERIES/SPECIALS ON DVD/VHS

These recommendations posted in August 2005

Sweet Myth-tery of Life - Cover  The "Myth Adventures" series by Robert Asprin & others...

If you're a fan of puns and parody, then this light-hearted fantasy series should be right up your alley. This wonderful sequence of novels pokes fun at the conventions of not only fantasy literature, but science fiction, westerns, mysteries, romance and nearly every other genre as well. Follow the adventures of apprentice magician Skeeve, his irascible mentor Aahz, and a colorful array of supporting characters, as they stumble their way through multiple dimensions and slapstick situations. Humorous illustrations accompany several of the novels, and I recommend looking for the early editions of the books, which included drawings by humorous artist Phil Foglio.

[ a helpful F.A.Q. page about Robert Asprin with info about the Myth Adventures series ]

related lists See more books like this on our In Space...No One Can Hear You Laugh booklist
Review Score - 8
Recommended by Scott C.
Reference Department -- Bennett Martin Public Library


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Colors of the Mountain - Cover  Colors of the Mountain by Da Chen [951.056 Che]

True story of a Chinese boy who beats the odds to become educated and successful. The grandson of a landowner, Da overcomes this legacy in comunist China in spite of his political challenges. A great story!

Recommended by Andrea S.
Anderson and Bethany Branch Libraries]

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And Then There Were None... - Cover  And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

This book is at once a baffling mystery, psychological thriller, and a scary read-with-all-the-lights story. One of Agatha Christie's best, it keeps you quickly turning the pages until the very end (be warned: you will want, no, need, to read it in one sitting!).
[The libraries own at least six different printings of this book. Also available in downloadable audio and stage play formats.]

[ official Agatha Christie Web site ]

Recommended by Elizabeth J.
Circulation Department -- Bennett Martin Public Library


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The Columbo Phile - Cover  The Columbo Phile by Mark Dawidziak [791.457 ColYd]

An essential read for any true Columbo fan! This detailed compendium goes into loving detail about every episode of the original 1968-1978 series of Columbo TV-movies, starring Peter Falk as Lt. Columbo. Loaded with behind-the-scenes notes and remembrances from cast and crewmembers, and including a huge episode guide to each and every one of the NBC tv-movies, this book will appeal to both TV fans and mystery fans alike. With the Columbo movies continuing to air on cable networks, and DVDs now being released, this book is your opportunity to revisit a television legend. What's your favorite episode? I'd have to pick "Double Exposure," with Robert Culp as the killer!
[Also available: a series of Columbo mystery novels.]

Review Score - 10
Recommended by Scott C.
Reference Department -- Bennett Martin Public Library]

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The Hornblower Companion - Cover  The Hornblower Companion by C.S. Forester [823 qF76z]

This book is extremely useful to help keep characters and events straight when reading the Horatio Hornblower Saga. I especially liked the maps and historical background.

[ official C.S. Forester Society Web site ]

related lists See the Hornblower books and other naval adventure sagas on our Anchors Aweigh booklist
Review Score - 8
Recommended by Kim J.
Reference Department -- Bennett Martin Public Library


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The Girlfriends' Guide to Toddlers - Cover  The Girlfriends' Guide to Toddlers by Vicki Iovine [649.122 Iov]

Real-life, humorous advice that works from "your girlfriends" on what to expect and how to survive your toddler, and teach him/her to become human beings. Not the clinical stuff from the pediatrician or your mother. If nothing else, you'll learn everyone else is having the same issues and that you'll survive in the end.

Review Score - 7
Recommended by Charlotte K.
Reference Department -- Bennett Martin Public Library

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Life of Pi - Cover  Life of Pi by Yann Martel

The survival story of a boy stuck in a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger. You'll never read anything else like this. [One of the five finalists for the 2005 One Book -- One Lincoln program!]
[Also available in audiotape, book-on-cd [abridged or unabridged], and Large Print formats.]

[ official Life of Pi Web site from Harcourt publishing ] | [ official Yann Martel Web site courtesy of Random House Canada ]

Recommended by Andrea S.
Anderson and Bethany Branch Libraries]


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Centennial - Cover  Centennial by James Michener

If you like exciting historical novels, you'll like Michener! He's done his research, and writes extremely well. This one deals with early Colorado history, but Michener isn't just a Western author. He's written history as well as novels which range over the entire world. I also really enjoyed The Source--about Israel from the very earliest--pre-historic--times, and I've heard good things about his novels Chesapeake and Alaska, as well as Tales of the South Pacific.
[Also available in unabridged book-on-cd format.]

Recommended by Bob B.
Reference Department -- Bennett Martin Public Library


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Album of Monty Python and the Holy Grail - Cover 
Soundtrack of Monty Python's Spamalot - Cover 
Both of these items are being reviewed as CDsThe Album of the Soundtrack of the Trailer of the Film of Monty Python and the Holy Grail by Monty Python [Compact Disc 817 Mon] and Monty Python's Spamalot [Compact Disc 782.14 Mon]

The first is an absolutely hilarious comedy album, based on the unforgettable film Monty Python and the Holy Grail but including so much more as well. Thrill to the battle with the Black Knight. Cower before the Knights Who Say "Ni!" Learn the odd definition of a "Witch." Shake a leg in "Camelot." Be amazed at the air speed velocity of an unladen Swallow (European or African?). And don't forget the answer to the question of "What is your favorite color?"! Snippets of dialog and music from the film are interspersed with other Monty Python schtick, much of which can be extremely bawdy or off-color. I would consider the "rating" of the comedy album to be "R", or "PG-13" at the very least. The film also serves as the basis of the current Broadway hit, Spamalot, winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical in 2005! The soundtrack album for that musical is a fun, wacky combination of big show-stopping numbers and self-mockery. Familiar scenes and songs from the movie ("Camelot", "Bring Out Your Dead", "The Ballad of Sir Robin") are mixed with completely new material, including the excellent "Find Your Grail", the hilarious "You Won't Succeed on Broadway", the questionable "His Name is Lancelot" and writer Eric Idle's always popular "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life".

[ official Monty Python and the Holy Grail Web site ] | [ official IMDb page for the movie Web site ] | [ official Monty Python's Flying Circus Web site ] | [ official Spamalot Web site ]

Review Score - 10
Recommended by Scott C.
Reference Department -- Bennett Martin Public Library


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The Lovely Bones - Cover  The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

I loved the story of Susie Salmon and her version of Heaven.
[Also available in audiotape, book-on-cd [both unabridged], and Large Print formats.]

[ official The Lovely Bones Web site ] | [ official Alice Sebold Web site ]

Recommended by Rayma S.
Reference Department -- Bennett Martin Public Library


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last updated July 2007
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