Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Summer at the Armacost Library

My goodness, summer is here, and I don’t have a thing to read.

Actually, that’s not true—there’s no end to the list of books I want to read. 
If you don’t have that kind of optimistic reading list, I invite you to check out a few of my favorites among the Armacost library’s books (and a few movies).  They are all science fiction—give the genre a try if you haven’t already!

Her smoke rose up forever is a collection of stories and novellas by James Tiptree, Jr.  The author has a way of making the world seem more dangerous, even as you’re sitting in your comfy reading chair.
Handmaid’s Tale tells a dystopian story which, frankly, terrified me.

If you prefer to laugh while you read, try Ultimate Hitchhiker, which contains five novels from Douglas Adams’ series.  It begins with the destruction of the earth in order to make way for an interstellar highway, and if you think the destruction of an entire planet isn’t very funny, this book might change your mind.
On the other hand, there’s Ender’s Game, in which children are trained to wage war.

When you get tired of space battles, or if you want to read something with more pictures, try a bit of alternate history in Watchmen.
Finally, some movies!  In Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, a young woman tries to keep peace between her people and her planet.

Pan’s Labyrinth is a creepy fairytale with an excellent villain.
Finally, obviously, Star Wars.

If you read and watch all that this summer, you’ll be better prepared for the future.
We’ll be open Monday through Thursday from 9-6, and Sundays from 1-5.  Come visit—we're air-conditioned!

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