Reviews by librarians Jennifer Niederhausen, Dona Stein and Heather Timko , Adult Services Division, Strongsville Branch Library.
This week we bring a variety of books to the readers out there. Your local library has everything from science fiction to great contemporary novels. We hope you will give these books a try. Happy reading!
Bowl of Heaven By Gregory Benford and Larry Niven, October 2012, 412 pages.
This novel marks the first collaboration of Science Fiction masters Larry Niven (Ringworld series) and Gregory Benford (Timescape series). The story finds a human expedition to another star system jeopardized by the discovery of an immense bowl-shaped structure in space that leads to hostile alien encounters and profound revelations about humanity's place in the universe. Readers who love their science fiction novels with a strong emphasis on real science will enjoy this story of first contact. This is the first of a series.
We Sinners By Hanna Pylväinen, August 2012, 189 pages.
This book describes a large modern midwestern family who belong to a church that doesn't permit drinking, dancing, or television. When two siblings leave the faith for the temptations of modern culture, the reader is given a peek into how each family member deals with the situation. Fans of domestic fiction where family relationships are explored will enjoy this debut novel.
Wilderness By Lance Weller, September 2012, 304 pages.
This is a first novel by Pushcart Prize-nominated writer Weller. Civil War veteran Abel Truman, now elderly and disabled, endures a solitary existence in a driftwood shack on the Pacific Coast before undertaking one last hike through the Olympic Mountains, a journey during which he reflects on the war's savagery and the people who touched his life. Readers who enjoy good character driven novels will be pleased to read this beautifully written debut novel.