John Gaines

07/17/2017 - 9:43am
A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

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A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
The Starks of Winterfell are a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens. Here an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal; a tribe of fierce wildlings carry men off into madness; a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne; and a determined woman undertakes the most treacherous of journeys. (catalog description)

If you like A Game of Thrones, read the rest of The Song of Fire and Ice series:

A Clash of Kings by George RR MartinA Storm of Swords by George RR MartinA Feast for Crows by George RR MartinA Dance with Dragons by George RR Martin

Game of Thrones is an American fantasy drama television series created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss. Set on the fictional continents of Westeros and EssosGame of Thrones has several plot lines and a large ensemble cast but centers on three primary story arcs. Game of Thrones has attracted record viewership on HBO and has a broad, active, international fan base. The series has received 38 Primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Drama Series in 2015 and 2016, more than any other primetime scripted television series. Its other awards and nominations include three Hugo Awards for Best Dramatic Presentation (2012–2014), a 2011 Peabody Award, and four nominations for the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Drama (2012 and 2015–2017). Of the ensemble cast, Peter Dinklage has won two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2011 and 2015) and the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (2012) for his performance as Tyrion LannisterLena HeadeyEmilia ClarkeKit HaringtonMaisie WilliamsDiana Rigg, and Max von Sydow have also received Primetime Emmy Award nominations for their performances in the series.¹ The seventh season begins on July 16th on HBO. This is the second to last season of the entire series, with fewer episodes than the previous six seasons.

06/08/2017 - 1:54pm

With no popular mummy films in theaters for the past few years, one might get the impression that the mummy has finally taken a long awaited voyage to join Osiris on the river of the dead. However, in a few weeks a new mummy film, once again entitled The Mummy, will be released in theaters. This time around, it isn't Imhotep who is causing chaos, but an immortal Egyptian queen Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella) who seeks out her mortal love, played by Tom CruiseThe Mummy is the first in the new Universal Monsters series, proving that some monsters are timeless in their box office appeal.

Learn more about mummies in cinema below, and watch the trailer for the new movie.

01/02/2017 - 2:39pm
The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

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The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

Ted Severson meets Lily Kintner in an airport bar, and their time—wasting flirtation turns serious when he admits that he's just caught his wife cheating. A little drunk, he recklessly claims that he'd like to kill her and is shocked when Lily agrees that he should. Lily pegs his wife as the kind of person who spreads misery, the kind worth killing. After Ted spends the flight exploring Lily's simple philosophy of justice, he allows her reckless comment to morph into a murder plot motivated by hurt and a new infatuation. But instead of earning his version of twisted justice, Ted's plot plunges him into a calculating, murderous game initiated years ago at a small New England university. Boston PD Detective Kimball is another late arrival to the game, and his surprising success at sensing Lily's darkness ups the stakes. (Library Journal)
 

If you like suspensful mysteries like The Kind Worth Killing, check out these other titles:


The Burning Air
by Erin Kelly
The MacBrides lead a cozy life of upper class privilege: good looks (more or less), a beautiful home, tuition-free education at the prestigious private school where Rowan is headmaster, an altruistic righteousness inherited from magistrate Lydia. But when Rowan and his three grown children gather for the first time since Lydia's passing at the family's weekend home—a restored barn in the English countryside—years of secrets surface. [And then they] discover a stranger in their midst. (catalog summary)



 



The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer
Eight-year-old Carmel has always been different--sensitive, distracted, with an heart-stopping tendency to go missing. Her mother Beth, newly single, worries about her daughter's strangeness, especially as she is trying to build a new life for the two of them. When she takes Carmel to a local festival, her worst fear is realized: Carmel disappears into the crowd. (catalog summary)

 

 

12/27/2016 - 12:19pm
No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy

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No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
Llewelyn Moss, hunting antelope near the Rio Grande, instead finds men shot dead, a load of heroin, and more than $2 million in cash. Packing the money out, he knows, will change everything. But only after two more men are murdered does a victim's burning car lead Sheriff Bell to the carnage out in the desert, and he soon realizes how desperately Moss and his young wife need protection. One party in the failed transaction hires an ex-Special Forces officer to defend his interests against a mesmerizing freelancer, while on either side are men accustomed to spectacular violence and mayhem. The pursuit stretches up and down and across the border, each participant seemingly determined to answer what one asks another: how does a man decide in what order to abandon his life? (catalog description)
 

Thank you for requesting a bookmatch for Cormac McCarthy's novels. You may enjoy the following titles:

 



As I Lay Dying
by William Faulkner
Faulkner's harrowing account of the Bundren family's odyssey across the Mississippi countryside to bury Addie, their wife and mother. Narrated in turn by each of the family members—including Addie herself—as well as others the novel ranges in mood, from dark comedy to the deepest pathos. (catalog description)

 

 

 


The Killer Inside Me by Jim Thompson
A sheriff is on the case to solve a string of murders in his small town, knowing that he is the killer. (catalog description)

 

 

 


12/20/2016 - 10:10am
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

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The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
Generally considered the first English sensation novel, The Woman in White features the remarkable heroine Marian Halcombe and her sleuthing partner, drawing master Walter Hartright, pitted against the diabolical team of Count Fosco and Sir Percival Glyde. A gripping tale of murder, intrigue, madness, and mistaken identity, Collins's psychological thriller has never been out of print in the 140 years since its publication. (catalog summary)

If you like The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins, a classic of psychological suspense generally considered to be the first English mystery novel, you may want to read: 



The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Conan Doyle's collection of short stories, first published in 1892 and featuring the world's most famous fictional detective. These 12 stories, which include "A Case of Identity," "The Boscombe Valley Mystery," and "The Man with the Twisted Lip"—will certainly appeal to a new generation of Holmes fans. (catalog summary)





A Dangerous Mourning
by Anne Perry 
Inspector William Monk has his hands full when an aristocrat's daugher is stabbed to death in her own bed. He is instructed to proceed without delay, but finds his efforts hamstrung by the lingering traces of amnesia and the craven ineptitutde of his supervisor, who would love to see him fail. With the help of Hester Latterly, formerly a nurse with Florence Nightingale, Monk gropes warily through the silence and shadows, knowing that with each step he comes closer to the appalling truth. (catalog summary)

 

06/08/2017 - 3:24pm

Although zombies have a long history of appearances in religion and folklore, interest in them as villains in horror films is largely confined to the second half of the 20th century. The explosion in zombie popularity is based on a characterization established by a single film and the fact that the original characterization of the zombi in African folklore and religion, as well as in earlier films, is dramatically different from that of the popular characterization from the 1960s onward. To understand zombies in both their original context and in the role they have come to take in popular culture requires an understanding of two divergent traditions.

06/08/2017 - 3:43pm

The image of a cursed soul doomed to become a werewolf at the rising of a full moon is one of the most iconic concepts in horror. Unlike Dracula or the Mummy, the notion of a “wolf man” or “werewolf” was not cemented by one single actor, author, book, or horror series. It is instead a truly ancient concept dating back to the pre-literate sagas and legends told by Europeans centuries ago. 

07/20/2017 - 9:42am
Frankenstein’s creature has many differences from other popular monsters associated with Halloween. Rather than being based off an ancient legend, religious concept, or historical figure, his origin is solely literary in nature, being confined to one book. Despite this, public perception of the creature has changed greatly since the publication of the original novel, leading to wildly divergent styles and plotlines in its various film adaptations.
 
People’s perceptions of the creature have become so warped by time and decades of misleading film posters and article titles that most use the name “Frankenstein” to refer to the creature itself, rather than the scientist who created him!  An understanding of literary history is necessary to understand the truth of the creature’s tragic history and how decades of film adaptations changed him into the lumbering brute most know him as today.
10/31/2016 - 9:04am

The period of time from the late 1930s to the end of the 1950s is commonly known as the "Golden Age" of science fiction.  The Golden Age was noted for the volume of science fiction produced due to the large number of science fiction-oriented pulp magazines and the depth of the creative talent involved.  Many of the writers working in this period established concepts that would have a tremendous cultural impact on their readers. Many ideas integral to modern science fiction frequently originated in this period. Two of the writers responsible for such ideas were A.E. Van Vogt and E.E. "Doc" Smith.

10/31/2016 - 9:03am

Over the course of the twentieth century, many authors have emerged to define the popular perception of science fiction. These authors have created some of the most-read science fiction works and continue to have an enormous influence on the science fiction world to this day. It is the work of these authors that has made the genre into a more diverse and critically respected field.

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