May Horror Book Club: Sympathy for the Devil??

joe-hill-horns-book-coverIg Perrish wakes up hungover after a night of drinking and “doing terrible things” to find two strange growths on his head. They look like horns, but things like that just don’t happen. In addition to being ugly and unsettling, the horns give Ig an equally ugly power, he can make people admit their innermost thoughts and deeds (intimate, embarrassing, I-can’t-believe-you-just-said-that details). But this bizarre turn of events is of particular use to Ig, who is still grieving over the horrible murder of his childhood sweetheart, an act that the entire town, including his family, believes he committed.

Please join us on Wednesday May 13th at 7pm for Horror Book Club when we will be discussing Horns by Joe Hill, the son of Stephen King. We meet in the board room and treats will be provided. If you saw the movie with Daniel Radcliffe, read the book!

If you are interested copies of the book are available at our third floor service desk or call 630-685-4176. Hope to see you there!

— Christine

horns diver


You Are What You Read

roommate agreement1   I was reading an email from Galley Cat, and they had an interesting article on writing that states if you want to write better then you need to read a lot of books. Now, I am not a writer, nor do I have time to be. What caught my interest was the infographic that went along with the article. The infographic is a look at what is on famous people’s bookshelves. The people that made the list are writers, musicians, movie stars, presidents, and television personalities….kinda. Along with John F. Kennedy, Queen Elizabeth, David Bowie, and Albert Einstein, you will find Dwight Schrute and my favorite – Sheldon Cooper. On Sheldon’s bookshelf you can find the infamous Roommate Agreement. If you do not know who Sheldon Cooper is run right now to your local library and rent a copy of The Big Bang Theory season one. Go ahead… I’ll wait. Good – you’re back. Now aren’t you glad you watched that? So, how many of the books on the infograph have you read? Me? Only 30 titles, but there are some good ones there such as:

Fancy Coffins To Make Yourself by Dale Power,

Reusing Old Graves by Douglas Davies,

The Revenge Encyclopedia, and

The Armageddon Survival Handbook.

Here is a link to the entire article:

Mash-Ups! Or What If Lincoln Chased Vampires???

Something has been happening to classic books… what you ask? Mash-ups!! So what is a mash-up?  A mash-up is when a classic book or character is “mashed-up” with zombies or vampires or other creatures of the night! Horror with a classic twist. It started with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Steve Hockensmith. Here are some other really fun and scary examples you might like.

Jane Slayre by Sherri Browning Erwin

Jane Slayre, a courageous orphan who spurns the detestable vampyre kin who raised her, sets out on the advice of her ghostly uncle to hone her skills as the fearless slayer she is meant to be. When she takes a job as a governess at a country estate, she falls head-over-heels for her new master, Mr. Rochester, only to discover he is hiding a secret in the attic, his first wife… oh oh!

Alice in Zombieland by Nickolas Cook 

When Alice follows the Black Rat down into the open grave, she falls and falls, and soon finds herself in an undead nightmare. Following the Rat, she ventures further into this land of monsters, encountering characters both creepy and madcap along the way!

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith

While Abraham Lincoln is  widely lauded for saving a  Union and  freeing millions of slaves, his                    valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for  hundreds of years. Gifted with legendary height, strength, and skill with an ax, young Abe Lincoln sets out to avenge the death of his mother at the hands of a vampire.

Night of the Living Trekkies by Kevin David Anderson

Jim Pike was the world’s biggest Star Trek fan-until two tours of duty in Afghanistan destroyed his faith in the human race. But when hundreds of Trekkies arrive in his lobby for a science-fiction  convention, Jim finds  himself surrounded by costumed Klingons, Vulcans, and Ferengi-plus a strange virus that transforms its carriers into zombies!

-Christine J.

Top Ten Books To Read In A Day

So I am going to post again for the blog The Broke and the Bookish. This week is top ten books to read in a day.

1. The Shack by William P. Young – Great book for book discussions.

2. The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho – I have read it at least 10 times.

3. Th1rteen R3asons Why by Jay Asher – I could not put this book down.

4. Some Girls Bite by Chloe Neill – What can I say? Vampires and Chicago what could be better?

5. As long as I am listing vampire books, Vampire Kisses by Ellen Schreiber – As soon as I read the book, my niece picked it up and started reading it.

6. The Seventh Victim by Alan Jacobson – I read it quickly and then started the next book in the series.

7. How about a classic – Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury?

8. Back to the vampires with Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris. After all the next season of True Blood is going to start soon.

9. The Fourth Bear by Jasper Fforde. What can I say – his books make me smile.

and last but not least…

10. Pretty much any Harlequin. In fact, you can probably read several of them in one day. How can you resist? You can be “Promoted to Wife” (by Paula Roe), “Tempt a Sheik” (by Olivia Gates) or even be involved in a “Million-Dollar Amnesia Scandal” (by Rachel Bailey) all in one day!

What do you think? What would be your choices to read in a day?

What I’m Reading – Lynnette

A patron came in the other day and recommended an author for me to try. I usually read suspense/thrillers (James Patterson, Kathy Reichs, Jeff Lindsay – gotta love Dexter) but I decided to give Barbara Allan’s cozy mystery Trash and Treasures series a try. I started reading Antiques Roadkill on my Nook, and I was pleasantly surprised.

The book takes place in a fictional town west of Chicago just across the Mississippi River and former “Pearl Button Capital of the World.”  Brandy (named after the song – go ahead try to stop singing it now that it is in your head) is recently divorced, and has to move back in with her mother who sometimes goes on “medication vacations.” Her ex-husband pays her alimony all in pennies (which thrills her mother), her sister Peggy Sue (now try to stop singing that song) disapproves of everything that Brandy does, her mother is bamboozled into selling off the family antiques, and – to top it off after Brandy threatens the antiques dealer, she drives to his farm to “rescue” the antiques and finds him dead in the driveway.

Her mother confesses to the crime, and that starts us off on a merry chase to discover the real killer. I hope that you enjoy reading this book, and if you do (or don’t) drop me a line!

The book can be checked out or placed on hold at the Fountaindale Public Library.

Week of the Zombies

It is finally here, and I missed it! has launched its Week of the Zombie last week (9/13 – 9/17) and I didn’t find out until today. Curses! However, you can read all about the great cartoons, books, and movies on the website at My personal favorite is The Twelve Days of Zombie Christmas that Sean Bieri created for the 2008 Christmas season. He created new cartoons for this year entitled Zombies vs. Scenesters. My favorite one is the Zombie vs. Stoner :

The website also has book reviews, and polls. Today’s poll is:

Fire, boomstick, bat or blade? What’s your weapon/zombie-killing implement of choice? (And please: feel free to be creative—after all, your survival may depend on it…)

The answers are great! Feel free to contribute your own ideas. Me? I would choose whatever weapon that would allow the maximum amount of zombie carnage while allowing the maximum distance between me and the zombies.

There will be a new book out next week The Living Dead 2 which is an anthology featuring 44 original zombie stories by such authors as Max Brooks, Kelley Armstrong, Robert Kirkman,  Simon R. Green, and David Wellington. It is a follow up to 2008’s The Living Dead also edited by John Joseph Adams. The first book was one of Publishers Weekly‘s best books of the year, and Barnes and Noble said that it was the best collection of zombie fiction. The website for the book is up and running. Check it out here: There you will find interviews with the authors, free (yes I said free) short stories, and events. If you happen to live in the New York City area, there will be a Zombie Experts Panel on October 6, 2010.

There will also be a movie in 2012 (possibly) based upon the Max Brooks classic World War Z. It will be directed by Marc Forster (Finding Neverland, Quantum of Solace, Kite Runner) and is slated to star Brad Pitt and Milo Vantimiglia (Peter Petrelli from Heroes). If Brad Pitt plays a zombie, would you root for the zombies to win or Brad’s character to be killed in a gruesome and horrific way?

For some great zombie fiction or movies, check out the Fountaindale Public Library’s catalog.

Meet Miss Essie!

Essie Spreckelmeyer isn’t your usual woman. The daughter of an oil baron, Essie loves to ride her bicycle (Pegasus, Peg for short), slide down banisters, catch snakes, fish and wear outrageous hats and scandal upon scandal wear bloomers!  Unfortunately, this hasn’t endeared her to the men  in Corsicana, Texas, so by 1894 standards, 29-year-old Essie is a spinster. Welcome to the book, Courting Trouble by Deeane Gist. Courting Trouble tells the story of how Essie decides that  if God won’t send her a husband, she is going to find one on her own! She writes out a list of the town’s eligible bachelors, with pros and cons of course, and is on her way!  What follows is an endearing,  funny, sometimes sad but ultimately uplifting story of a woman who learns that it is okay to be herself and be by herself. I adored Essie, she is perhaps one of my favorite characters ever. I loved her joy for living, her spontaneity and her brains!

There is a sequel, Deep in the Heart of Trouble, that is as delightful as the first book, but I don’t want to spoil Essie’s fate. Let’s just say, Essie continues in her outrageous ways and puts a smile on your face!

-Christine J.