Graphic Novels from Johns & Frank & others and Wiebe & Sejic | Xpress Reviews

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Frank’s clear and unobtrusive art complements the dynamic, straightforward Earth One universe plot; patrons who love Buffy the Vampire Slayer will surely enjoy the raucous and powerful Rat Queens

Nonfiction on Criminal Justice in Texas and Story Time Programming | Xpress Reviews

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An indictment of the bizarre way that criminal cases are handled in this country; the background story time practitioners need to tackle programs from start to finish

Fiction from Billingham, Ellison, Hubbard Award Winners, and a Thrillery Debut | Xpress Reviews

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Tom Thorne gets into more twisty plots, the fourth Samantha Owens novel is breathtaking, speculative fiction fans will welcome the new Hubbard winners, a debut offers a riveting glimpse into the world of Silicon Valley start-ups

E-Originals from Austin, Cutler, Everett, and Sfetsos | Xpress Reviews

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An entertaining series opener from Austin, friendship and life decisions from Cutler, a historical “marriage act” will have Everett’s readers invested, a high-octane sf/Western/romance saga from Sfetsos

LibraryReads: Librarians Announce May Favorites

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Novik, Naomi. Uprooted. Del Rey. ISBN 9780804179034. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780804179041. F “A young girl is unexpectedly uprooted from her family and becomes involved in a centuries-old battle with The Wood, a malevolent entity which destroys anyone it touches. Fast-paced, with magic, mystery and romance, Novik’s stand-alone novel is a fairy tale for adults.”—Lucy Lockley, […]

PolicyMap, Bloomsbury Collections, and Statista | Reference eReviews, May 15, 2015

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PolicyMap is recommended at the right price; a new user of the Bloomsbury Collections may need some training from a librarian; Statista, an easy-to-use source of statistical information, focuses its marking on academic users and corporations

Jim Crow, Cyber Warfare, This Is Who We Were | Reference Reviews, May 15, 2015

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An informative overview of the system of laws discriminating against black citizens in the South; flavors and pairings, and guides on buying, storing, and harvesting Herbs & Spices; Springer’s history of Cyber Warfare

Chef Cora’s Memoir, Remarkable Birds, John Paul Stapp Bio, Plus Breast Cancer Advice | Science and Technology Reviews, May 15, 2015

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Cora candidly describes her struggles, achieving a balance Cooking as fast as I Can; Couzens’s lively text of predominantly dramatic species; a groundbreaking biography of one of aeromedical sciences’ more legendary figures

Kosmatka’s Otherwordly Thriller, McLain’s Beryl Markham, North’s Solid Sophomore Effort, & More | Fiction Reviews, May 15, 2015

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Kosmatka brilliantly probes scientific discovery and its effects on the world; McLain vividly introduces the enigmatic Beryl Markham to a new generation of readers; Dave offers fast-moving chapters and snappy dialog; Sanna’s a strong choice for book clubs

First Novelists Abbot, Fortune, McManus, Sanna, Wilson, & Others | Debut Fiction, May 15, 2015

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Atmospheric family drama from Abbott, Fortune’s Nova is taut as a wire, Patrick creates a world heavily influenced by Renaissance Italy, Wilson offers a much-needed voice in contemporary women’s fiction.