Allan’s Debut of the Month, Cogman, Kroese, Hugo Awards, Series Lineup, & More | SF/Fantasy Reviews, June 15, 2016

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THE SF/FANTASY GENRES (and to a lesser extent horror) have a long history of not always taking themselves too seriously. From satires of the classics to the tension-releasing banter of urban fantasy protagonists battling monsters, there is a wide vein of out-of-this-world humor running through speculative fiction that offers a welcome relief from the sometimes weighty themes and stories.

Audiobooks from Baldacci, Beverly, Hardt, Nelson, and Ohlsson | Xpress Reviews

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Baldacci is recommended for audio thriller collections; Beverly’s debut is for listeners interested in stark urban novels; Nelson’s theory blurs, eradicates, even breaks the margins of binary thinking; Ohlsson’s experience with the Swedish Security Service adds credibility to an airplane hijacking plot

Philosophy, June 2016 | Best Sellers

September 2015 to date as identified by YBP Library Services

Graphic Novel from Del Col & Company on the Assassin’s Creed Video Game | Xpress Reviews

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A lot of the references will go over the heads of the uninitiated; recommended for teens and YA who crave more of the Assassin’s Creed game in any form

Nonfiction on Self-Improvement for Seven Days and Emotional Organization | Xpress Reviews

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Following Larssen’s advice for seven days will undoubtedly lead to lasting positive behaviors; Moore & company’s information is useful for developing self-understanding

E-Original Romances from Gary, Lane, and Stone | Xpress Reviews

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Fast pacing, snappy dialog, and the essential sweetness of the characters counterbalance darker elements in Gary’s latest; political intrigue with a hard-won romance along for the ride from Lane; a pinch of mystery and suspense heightens the excitement in this latest from Stone

Picture the Possibilities | Graphic Novels Preview 2016

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Nonfiction, memoir, even cookbooks show that the graphic novel format has grown far beyond the borders of its superhero roots. The capabilities are nearly limitless.

Professional Media | Social Science Reviews, June 15, 2016

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Four useful library science volumes for managing creativity, dynamic research support, “cooking up” successful lesson plans, and facilitating research

Writing Knitting Patterns, Rubber Band Engineering & Learn How To Crochet | Crafts & DIY Reviews, June 15, 2016

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An enjoyable and highly recommended guide to building your own rubber band machinery; a beginner’s guide to writing knitting patterns that is abundant in information; a well-presented classroom-in-a-book will give novice crocheters a handy overview of crochet basics, and more

This Old House | The Reader’s Shelf, June 15, 2016

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When you pass an abandoned mansion, are you immediately transported back to a time when people were elegant and skeletons were hidden in every closet? Here are seven books that feature those fascinating edifices, with an atmospheric feel and parallel narratives that switch between time lines.