Meet Your Heroes: Dori Hillestad Butler

Mystery writer Dori Hillestad Butler wears a Sherlock Holmes costume and holds a magnifying glass over a shelf of her 52+ books while as characters from her two series, one a golden lab, the other a ghost boy hover to either side of the author.

I remember when I was a little girl, and was taken to meet Marguerite Henry. I was both a bookworm and thoroughly horse-crazy, so this was a pretty big deal. The picture I built up in my head was of Wild Horse Annie--and not even the real Velma Johnston, but the illustrated character Wesley Dennis drew […]

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Your Vote Counts!

Here's one election in which all the nominees are pretty awesome. Nominated by teens, teachers, and librarians, pared down to ten representative titles by the Evergreen Award Committee, and sent back to teen readers across Washington State: The Evergreen Teen Book Award. The Making of A Navy SEAL Six of Crows Whether you want to […]

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No One Can Ruin Your Beloved Story (Really)

Beauty and the Beast Disney Animated Movie cover

I know it feels like that; when someone with an axe to grind decides to, well, take an axe, to something you loved about a book or a movie in their new production. Writer Jagi Lamplighter explains why so many introverted, book-loving girls feel utterly betrayed by Disney Corp's decision to make Belle an inventor, because, according to […]

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A Soldier’s Heart

O thus be it ever, when free men shall stand / Between their loved homes and the war's desolation ~ The Star Spangled Banner On Veteran's Day, we honor all of our fellow citizens who've served their country at war. Honestly, it's hard to imagine a job that demands more from a human being, body […]

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Watching the Dragon: Part 3 of the Dragon Awards

If you've been following these Saturday posts, I've been covering the Dragon Con inaugural Dragon Awards, for science fiction and fantasy pop-culture media. The books and games that KCLS has (and the ones we don't have but might get) are described in Part 1 (here) and Part 2. As you know Bob (as the maid said to the […]

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Reading the Dragon Part 2: Just Ask

As I mentioned last week, the fabulous Dragon Con convention wrapped their 30th anniversary event early last month. To celebrate, they inaugurated the Dragon Awards, in which fans of scienfictional pop-culture fun voted for the genre books, movies, TV-shows, and games they loved the best in the 2015 -2016 season. This is part 2, the […]

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Reading the Dragon, part 1: Yes you can!

The largest, wildest, and possibly most fun science fiction, fantasy, and gaming convention in the United States, Dragon Con, wrapped their 30th anniversary event earlier this month in Atlanta, GA. And with it we got the first ever Dragon Awards, in which fans of scienfictional pop-culture fun voted for the genre books, movies, TV-shows and games they loved the […]

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What to Read While You’re Waiting for Sharknado 5

The Sharknado series of movies (KCLS has them on Hoopla) are extraordinarily silly; very nearly on a par with Plan 9 from Outer Space or The Eye of Argon fanfic. The premise would seem to be impossible--tornados made of sharks? But if you follow Film Theorist MatPat: Maybe not! What if there could be death storms […]

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Two Truths and a Lie

A creek flowing through yellow woods.

No. Not about squid. (Though Mollusca is my favorite phylum.) About books and media. So:  two truths and a lie about when reading book isn't better than a watching the movie (or listening to the audio  book). And by better, I mean, "I'll actually skip the book, and go straight to the media for any re-reads." Like that movie adaptation […]

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Olympic Poetry

Voiceover: It's down the final round. This will decide who walks away with the gold. You can cut the tension with a knife as the next entrant takes the podium. Finalist: [taps the mic] Is this on? Yes. Oh. Okay. This is "The Donkey" by G. K. Chesterton. I found it on the Poetry Foundation. When fishes […]

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