Adult Book Reviews

  • Letters from Wingfield Farm

    Letter from Wingfield FarmAsk any Canadian "Who is Walt Wingfield?", and you will likely be met with a delighted smile of recognition.  Comic actor Rod Beattie has been bringing the iconic character of stockbroker-turned-farmer to life on stages throughout Canada for the past 20 years.  Now these performances have been collected on six DVDs, and are available for checkout at the Lane Library.  Featuring Beattie's remarkable impersonation of over a dozen characters from Larkspur in the Persephone Township, each of these single-actor plays shines with a humor reminiscent of Will Rogers and the best of Garrison Keillor.

    In describing the first play, "Letters from Wingfield Farm",  theater critic Connie Meng says  "Mr. Beattie is able to change characters in the blink of an eye.  Using only a few hats, an amazingly flexible voice and terrific body language, he plays Walt's stammering neighbor Freddie, the old Squire across the road, the newspaper owner, a maudlin Irishman, a confused old lady and a preoccupied mechanic.  By the end of the evening we feel that we know these residents of...

  • You've never read anything like "The October List"

    The October List book jacketI'll bet you've never read a book like Jeffery Deaver's newest. The adjective "clever" comes to mind. "The October List" is a novel of suspense written in a most unusual style. Like the movie "Memento" (which we have on DVD and is worth a watch), this book starts at the end of the story and moves backward in time, leaping to earlier points in the main characters' lives. After reading the first chapter the story appears to end in a huge cliffhanger, but by the time you finish the book I guarantee you'll figure it all out. Although if you're like me, this won't happen without having to go back and reread some chapters a few times as further clues to the puzzle that is this story are revealed. This is one book I wouldn't want to listen to in its audio version. It would be too difficult to go back and re-listen to some sections!

    To see if this book is available or to place a hold, find the record in our online catalog.

  • A New Favorite Author

    It's always nice to stumble upon a new author whose books really excite you. A few months ago I picked up a book by a man named Blake Crouch, about whom I had heard exactly nothing. It was titled "Pines", and sounded interesting. When I read it I was so hooked by the plot that I had a hard time putting it down, and finished it in a little over a day. Since that time I've read six other of his books (including "Wayward," the sequel to "Pines"), and they have all been unputdownable (yes, that word is in Webster's, I just checked!) If you are a lover of fast, suspense and action-filled plots, you will enjoy Crouch. His books won't be confused with great literature, but they are a lot of fun. They appear to be self-published, but don't have that amateurish feel you often get with such titles. He knows how to write a great story and to keep it from seeming unrealistic or foolish. So spend some time on your couch with Crouch. I'm guessing you won't be disappointed, and you might be like me and even find a new favorite author.


    Pines jacketSecret service agent Ethan Burke arrives in Wayward Pines, Idaho, with a clear mission: locate and recover two federal agents who went missing in the bucolic town one month earlier. But within...

  • Six Years in Three Hours (or less)

    Six YearsHarlan Coben's new thriller might be titled "Six Years" but I doubt it took me even three hours to get through it. I love a good page-turner, even if it does cut into my sleep and make me (almost) late for work! Coben's novels are almost always good, but this one was especially hard to put down. The story of Professor Jake Fisher and the trouble he gets into when he tries to look up the ex love-of-his-life is one of those that draws you in and keeps you guessing until the very end. Here's a brief synopsis to whet your appetite:

    Six years have passed since Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. Six years of hiding a broken heart by throwing himself into his career as a college professor. Six years of keeping his promise to leave Natalie alone, and six years of tortured dreams of her life with her new husband, Todd. But six years haven't come close to extinguishing his feelings, and when Jake comes across Todd's obituary, he can't keep himself away from the funeral. There he gets the glimpse of Todd's wife he's hoping for . . . but she is not Natalie. Whoever the mourning widow is, she...

  • Dexter Dexter

    Double Dexter book jacketOne of our more popular television series on DVD that you can borrow here at the library is "Dexter," now available through season six, with season seven soon to come. Dexter is a serial killer, but don't judge him too harshly just because he likes to kill people. He's really quite a loveable killer - the kind of guy you'd invite over to dinner or to spend time with your children perhaps. Although some of the people he interacts with might come over to play as well, and you wouldn't want that. You see, Dexter only kills evil people, and some of those evil people can take exception to his actions, which lead to some very interesting plot lines. If you're a fan of the even more popular "Breaking Bad," "Homeland" or "The Walking Dead," (all of which we stock) but haven't seen Dexter, give him a try some day.

    For those of you who are already Dexter fans, did you know that there is also a series of novels about Dexter? Most Dexter fans have no idea, but there are now...