Welcome to Season's Dreamings: The Adult Winter Reading Club!

This program will run December 22nd – March 23rd.

We have set up this website so you can submit your reviews without leaving your home. Additionally, you can browse through reviews other people have written if you are looking for book suggestions. Your reviews will be posted periodically, so make sure to stop by this website on a regular basis. Feel free to email any questions or comments to brian.bonelli@commackpubliclibrary.org

Below you will find reviews that have been submitted by those that have already joined the club!

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“Long Road to Mercy” by David Baldacci

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An FBI agent is contacted when a mule is murdered and its rider disappears in the Grand Canyon. The many twists of the investigation leads to a cabal trying to start a war with North Korea. This was an action packed, better than average story. Baldacci does a good job of keeping the reader guessing.

Evaluation: 5 out of 5

 

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“The Stonehenge Gate” by Jack Williamson

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Four college professors locate an ancient artifact in the Sahara Desert that transports them to other worlds. They learn that the other civilizations have eerie similarities to those on earth. It reminded me of the Stargate tv series.

Evaluation: 3 out of 5

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“Ray Harryhausen: An Animated Life” by Ray Harryhausen

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This is a big, marvelous book for anyone with an interest in animation, special effects, and/or film history.  Animator Ray Harryhausen is perhaps one of the best known and most beloved stop motion animators of all time, and in this autobiography he takes great care in explaining how he devised all the wonderful effects that he’s famous for, discussing each film he worked on at great length.  He also included tons of photographs of props, armatures, drawings (he was a terrific artist), and blueprints for his stop motion puppets.  I loved this book.

Evaluation: 5 out of 5

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“Dark Sacred Night” by Michael Connelly

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LAPD detective Renee Ballard teams up with former detective Harry Bosch to investigate the murder of a young woman that occurred 9 years earlier. The plot follows their unraveling of old clues with current investigative methods. In the meantime, Harry also becomes involved with a gang related murder as well. Interesting, but not the author’s best work.

Evaluation: 3 out of 5

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“The Mercy Seat” by Elizabeth H. Winthrop

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This book is a work of fiction based on a true story.  A black man is accused of raping a white woman, and is sentenced to death in the electric chair, which can be moved around the state, to be used where and when needed.  Although dates are never specifically mentioned, the story seems to take place in Louisiana during World War II.  I found some events in this book to be difficult to read about, and the reader is left in suspense as several issues were left unresolved.

Evaluation: 3 out of 5

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“Swim Through the Darkness: My Search for Craig Smith and the Mystery of Maitreya Kali” by Mike Stax

I first heard about Craig Smith ten years ago when reading Richie Unterberger’s folk music book “8 Miles High” and was intrigued enough to search out his music (released under the name Satya Sai Matreya Kali), which I wound up really enjoying.  Much of his life was shrouded in mystery though; biographical information was scant.  How did this handsome, smart, and talented young man with so much promise (he got his start writing songs for Andy Williams, Glen Campbell, and The Monkees) wind up homeless and dying on the streets of California, forgotten by all but a handful of diehard fans? This recent book, a labor of love by the author, attempts to fill in all the gaps in this tragic story.  There are a few too many unnecessary tangents about peripheral characters from Craig’s life, but otherwise I really enjoyed this read.

Evaluation: 4 out of 5

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“The Good Neighbor” by Maxwell King

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I’m not ashamed to admit that I loved watching Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood on tv as an adult, hoping to pass on the lessons he taught, and enjoying his calm demeanor. This biography explained a lot of what made him tick, as well as what made him so popular and effective. He was a genius who reached millions of children during his lifetime, and taught them how to deal with a confusing and difficult world. Though somewhat repetitive, the book is very thorough.

Evaluation: 4 out of 5

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“The Other Wife” by Michael Robotham

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When psychologist Joe O’Loughlin arrives at his father’s hospital bed, a strange woman is at his father’s side, claiming to be the father’s wife, yet Joe has never met her before. Soon his and his children’s lives are in danger, nine million pounds are missing from the family trust, and the father’s care is being fought over by two “wives”. Nail-biting suspense!

Evaluation: 5 out of 5

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“Transcription” by Kate Atkinson

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Juliet Armstrong, later in life an editor and producer for the BBC, is recruited early in her career during the years leading to World War II to transcribe the conversations of Nazi sympathizers with an MI-5 mole in their group.  She next graduates to creating a new identity and infiltrating their group. An intriguing look into the early establishment of both the BBC and MI-5 and a solid well-written novel.

Evaluation: 5 out of 5

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“Fire and Blood” by George RR Martin

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If you’re not already a fan of the Game of Thrones tv show or The Song of Ice and Fire books, I would not recommend Fire and Blood. This 700+ page novel details the history of the Targaryen dynasty prior to the first book in the Ice and Fire series. Even though I am a huge fan, I still had much difficulty keeping track of who was who and who supported which side of the family. True to its title, the book is filled with stories of dragons and war.

Evaluation: 4 out of 5

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