Two completely unrelated suggestions for today. The first is a series that looks like a lot of fun!
The Cold Cereal series follows the adventures of Scottish Play Doe, known as Scott, a leprechaun named Mick on the run from the Goodco Cereal Company, and their friends, the twins, Erno and Emily. Each book pits the four of them against the evil Goodco Cereal Company, run by a fairy named Nimue, who are trying to used breakfast foods to take over the world. These are by the same author of my perennial favorite The True Meaning of Smekday, which was the basis for the movie Home.
Since there’s a big good versus evil story out today, I thought I’d highlight a book that’s a little more ambiguous about good and evil. Victor and Eli were college friends who stumbled on an idea…near-death experiences imbue people with extra-ordianary powers. What starts out as purely theoretical research quickly moves into experimental trial. And Victor winds up in jail. Ten years later, Victor is out of jail and wants to stop his old friend. I read this over the summer and could not put it down.
And a package arrived yesterday afternoon containing most of the Morris and Non-fiction Award nominees for this year.
Today’s featured books are part of a series that I discovered through the Sync Audiobook program. Either last summer or the summer before, one of the books included in that program was the first in this series. And I LOVED it. Then someone donated the second book to our library, so I decided it was time to get them all.
The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series tells the story of three feral children. They had been left in the woods (by whom, we don’t really know) and were presumable raised by wolves. One assumes they were raised by wolves because when they are discovered and brought into Ashton Place to live, they behave very much like wolves and communicate through barks, growls, and howls. Miss Penelope Lumley is hired as their governess and must try to “civilize” them.
Each book puts Miss Lumley and her three wolfish charges in situations which challenge the children’s new-found human behaviors and which present a mysterious problem for them.
I’ve only read (well, listened to) the first book, The Mysterious Howling, but it was awesome…especially if you’ve ever wanted to ditch the fancy clothes and run wild through a stuffy party. I assume the rest of the books will be just as much fun to read. We have the first four, which include The Hidden Gallery, The Unseen Guest, and The Interrupted Tale. A quick look on Goodreads tells me there’s a fifth book out now (The Umapped Sea) and a sixth book in the works.
Since it’s the start of a new year, I thought it would be fun to look at books that start a series. I’ve got a bunch of them on display in the library.
Yesterday brought a new shipment of books, including the graphic novel series Locke & Key by Joe Hill. Joe Hill is a master of creepy suspense and this series is full of it! A family moves into a house that has doors that lead to places other than adjacent rooms, keys that open things besides doors, a well with a ghost, and some dark family secrets. I started this series over the summer and LOVED it. Eli recently asked if the library could acquire it…so we’ve got the first four. And Welcome to Lovecraft is the first.
Check out the tumblr for more “firsts” through the rest of the month.