My Summer Reading Project (cont’d)

road dogs picFinished reading Road Dogs by Elmore Leonard (#18 on the 6/21/09 NYT Bestseller List), the sequel to his earlier book Out of Sight, and it is just as good.

I don’t know by what magic he conjures up the words that come out of his characters, but there isn’t much need for exposition in one of his novels, somehow the dialogue does it all.   Meeting his characters in print is almost like getting to know them in person, the words conveying all the nuances obtained from seeing a person in the flesh.  If you like crime fiction and have never read any of Elmore Leonard books, please do so real soon. I give Road Dogs a 3.5 out of 4.

I tried to read Pygmy by Chuck Palahniuk (#16 on the 6/21/09 NYT Bestseller List), but did not like it at all.  Sorry, Chuck!

Next book in the queue is The Strain by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, #9 on the 6/21/09 NYT Bestseller List.

– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services

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Dominick Dunne Obituary

TooMuchMoneyNoted author, Dominick Dunne passed away on Wednesday, August 26.  His latest book, Too Much Money, is due out in December.    Click here to read his obituary from the New York Times.  A list of his books can be obtained from the Syosset Public Library NoveList Plus database.

-posted by Ed

Book Trailers

inherent-vice-picIt had to happen sooner or later.  Book publishers have hit on the idea of creating “book trailers” to publicize their upcoming releases.  If you haven’t seen one yet, here’s the one for Thomas Pynchon‘s latest: Inherent Vice.  What is extra newsworthy about this book trailer is that the ultra reclusive author has provided the trailer’s voiceover himself.  Take a look and a listen.

– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services

Take a break…

magazines 2 picSummer is winding down and our thoughts will soon  turn to “getting back to business” – but not yet!.  Why not take a break from the heat, come into the library to relax and flip through some magazines.  The Syosset Public Library has well over 300 periodicals waiting to be perused in our main floor periodicals section.   Whatever your interests, you’re sure to find some magazines or newspapers to enlighten and pique your curiosity- decorating tips, financial advice, vacation ideas, recipes- the possibilities are endless!

So come on in, pick a few magazines and a comfy chair, and stay awhile.

– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services.

New in DVD

adventureland picAdventureland – A comedy set in the summer of 1987 and centered around a recent college grad  who takes a nowhere job at his local amusement park, only to find it’s the perfect course to get him prepared for the real world.

fighting dvdFighting – In New York City, a young counterfeiter is introduced to the world of underground street fighting by a seasoned scam artist, who becomes his manager on the bare-knuckling brawling circuit.

rudo y cursiRudo y Cursi – Two siblings rival each other inside the world of professional soccer.

goodbye solo dvdGoodbye Solo – Two men form an unlikely friendship that will change both of their lives forever.

trouble the water dvdTrouble the Water – An aspiring rap artist and her streetwise husband, armed with a video camera, show what survival is all about when they are trapped in New Orleans by deadly floodwaters, and seize a chance for a new beginning.

– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services

A blog written by the librarians at Syosset Public Library, Syosset, New York.

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