Category Archives: Fantasy and Science Fiction

August 06

The Chronicles of St Mary’s

The Chronicles are a series of historical novels, lightly dusted with comedy.. The conceit linking them together is that time travel has been developed,  and St Mary’s is the home of a group of historians who travel to significant events to view them in real time. The characters are disaster magnets, so they often need to […]

July 06

The DC Superhero Girls series

The Library Service has been advocating for graphic novel reading for about a decade. Graphic novels are interesting and fun, but beyond that they can serve as a useful bridge between early literacy levels. It’s a space in which most intellectual properties are focused on male readers, although there’s been a lot of movement toward […]

July 05

The knife of never letting go

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. Post by Rebecca. The award winning young adult novel “The Knife of Never Letting Go” is 10 years old this year, and I can only ask myself, “how did it take me so long to get around to reading it?”  I would classify this book as a […]

June 28

The stand / Stephen King

The stand / Stephen King   Don’t be tempted to dismiss Stephen King just because he writes horror stories. Someone as prolific as him (what do they put in the water out there in Maine?) has a very large body of work, some good, some bad and some …. Not so much. Sure, he can write horror […]

May 31

Year One by Nora Roberts

Now if you already have an opinion about Nora Roberts and her books, think again. Year One is unlike any other Nora Roberts book and I was pleasantly surprised that my only gripe with it was that I will have to wait a whole year for the next book. Nora has an amazing ability to […]

May 28

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

There has been a lot of hype about this series and I am glad that I finally succumbed to the temptation of reading it. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas begins with a similar tale to beauty and the beast. Feyre provides for her family in poor times and one fateful day changes her life […]

April 23

The Handmaid’s tale by Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid’s tale by Margaret Atwood   A disturbing dystopia set in the near future where misguided mysogynistic  religious zealots have taken over America, or “Gilead” as it now known, thinking they can right the wrongs of society by returning to the “old values”. Women have become less than chattels are no longer allowed to […]

March 30

Little Demons by Danny Elfman

In 1991 Danny Elfman wrote a screenplay for a black comedy about three circus orphans who become serial killers. He wasn’t able to develop it beyond demo tracks for most of the songs, but eventually used some of the material for Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas. The material has since found its way to the web, […]

March 19

The mermaid and Mrs. Hancock : a history in three volumes / written by Imogen Hermes Gowar

The mermaid and Mrs. Hancock : a history in three volumes / written by Imogen Hermes Gowar. Review submitted by an Elanora library staff member. For something totally different this book has it all. Historical fiction with a twist.  A tale that involves a mermaid, a merchant, a brothel and courtesans in Georgian London. As I write this it […]

March 02

All rights reserved

All Rights Reserved by Gregory Scott Katsoulis. Young Adult fiction.  Post by Rebecca. Imagine a world where every word you speak or gesture you make costs you – literally.  This is the premise of All Rights Reserved, a dystopian novel pitched at teenagers but just as fascinating to read as an adult.  The author has […]