Posted On: Jun 2, 2015 In: In the Spotlight, Staff Picks
If you visited the library over the weekend or yesterday, you might have noticed lots of superheroes wandering the stacks! This year, our summer reading theme is Every Hero Has a Story, so we’ve got lots of fun programs for kids and teens about superheroes, and of course, lots of superhero fiction for them to check out.
But what about adults?
Here are seven superhero novels written for grown ups! They run the gamut from fun and campy to more literary and thought-provoking. Read More..
Posted On: Mar 4, 2015 In: If You Like..., In the Spotlight
Last week, we shared some suggested pairings for fans of urban fantasy, where the magical or supernatural elements exist in a world similar to that of our own. This week, we’ve got suggestions for epic fantasy! Read More..
Posted On: Feb 25, 2015 In: If You Like..., In the Spotlight
While fantasy is often thought of as high or epic, like wizards and orcs and elves and hobbits having an “epic” battle, there’s a lot more variety within various subgenres. The largest fantasy sub-genre is urban fantasy, which has its own section in the fiction loop at Lawrence Public Library.
Urban fantasy is just that, a blend of the magic and the mundane, where the reader encounters the supernatural in a real-world (usually) urban setting. The line between fantasy and urban fantasy is not always black and white, and some readers will enjoy books from both.
While all fantasy titles have some element of magic or the supernatural, they can fall all over the map otherwise, with some highly literary titles and others that are just fast-paced fun. Some have heavy romance subplots, some are all action and adventure. It’s an eclectic genre worth dipping your toes into if you’ve never tried it! Whether a dedicated fan or an urban fantasy newbie, one of these titles might interest you.
Posted On: Feb 19, 2015 In: If You Like..., In the Spotlight
If you love watching BBC television shows, our latest like, try, why is for you! Whether your a fan of historical shows, sci-fi, or mysteries, there’s a book on here for you to check out. There’s a mix of memoirs, nonfiction, graphic novels, young adult fiction, and novels — something for everyone! Read More..
Posted On: Dec 10, 2014 In: If You Like..., In the Spotlight
Ursula K. Le Guin is the 2014 recipient of the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. Her novels transcend the (artificial) division between literary and genre fiction. If you’ve never read Le Guin, this guide will give you a place to start, and if you’re already a fan, hopefully you’ll find a new book. Read More..
Posted On: Dec 3, 2014 In: If You Like..., In the Spotlight
If you are the reader who is always on the look out for the best in new literary fiction, we’ve got suggestions based on some of last year’s most popular literary fiction. Read More..
Posted On: Nov 28, 2014 In: In the Spotlight, Staff Picks
I bought my first comic seven years ago.
Feeling unsure and out of place, I ventured up the steps to Lawrence’s local comic shop, Astro Kitty, to buy Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8. As a longtime devotee of Joss Whedon’s TV show, I was thrilled when I learned it was going to continue in comic form, even if I didn’t have any experience with the format and had grown up thinking that it was just superhero stories that were really meant for boys who didn’t like to read (oh, how naive my younger self was). Read More..
Posted On: Nov 24, 2014 In: If You Like..., In the Spotlight
If you’ve ever lamented the fact that you can’t seem to finish a book due to a lack of reading time or been late back to work because you couldn’t put down the book you were reading on your lunch break, short story collections my be the solution to your reading woes. Here are some great literary collections to get you started. Read More..
Posted On: Nov 10, 2014 In: If You Like..., In the Spotlight
If you’re looking for action and love stories, chances are, you’re a fan of Romantic Suspense novels. The key factor in these novels is danger, whether it involves a murder investigation or a government conspiracy. Fans of this subgenre are in good company — it’s quite popular. Here are a handful of suggestions, and we’ve made a list of even more popular romantic suspense authors in the catalog. Read More..
Posted On: Oct 31, 2014 In: If You Like..., In the Spotlight
Stephen King has not only a huge following, but an impressive and diverse body of work. For those looking for a creepy or scary tale this Halloween, he’s a favorite author. If you’re looking to branch out into some other novels that have that Stephen King feel, he have some suggestions. Find these titles in the catalog. Read More..