The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic, an imaginative addition to Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha novels, was originally intended to be a prequel. What it became instead was a collection of fairy tales filtered through the lens of Bardugo’s fictional world, the stories that its children may have been told at bedtime.
The second half of my spooky reading list is for grownups who love a good scare. Whether you’re in the mood for a classic or branching out of your comfort zone, take a look at some of these creepy October reads!
There is always an uptick in holds and checkouts when a book gets a live-action adaptation. Ava DuVernay’s upcoming big-screen translation of beloved children’s classic A Wrinkle In Time is no exception. Copies of the first book are flying off shelves, along with the less well-known sequels in Madeleine L’Engle’s Time Quintet.
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
Have you ever wondered what would happen if a character in a book you were reading suddenly came to life? Meggie’s father is a book binder. Nine years ago he read a story aloud called “Inkheart” and accidentally released an evil character from the book into our world! Whenever this happens, of course, a living person is always sent back into the book to replace the one that is let out. That’s why Meggie’s mother disappeared. Now Meggie and her father – and a mysterious man called Dustfinger- have to flee from the villain and find the author for help.
This is book one of a trilogy. Each chapter begins with a quote from a children’s classic where book lovers are given a hint about what may happen next.
Beware of Chapter 14!
“The reason there’s no use looking,” said Mr. Beaver, “is that we know already where he’s gone!” Everyone stared in amazement. “Don’t you understand?” said Mr. Beaver. “He’s gone to her, to the White Witch. He has betrayed us all.” – C. S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Every year wizards, space pirates, the Doctor, and a menagerie of other fantastical creatures come together for one important event: FantaSci. Fantasci, CPL’s annual fantasy and Sci-fi convention, features a fantastic array of vendors, panels, and activities for kids from 1-99. Bring the family and feel free to dress to impress!
What is there to do at FantaSci? I’m glad you asked! Check out these epic adventures:
- Guest author panel: O Gothic Novel. Leanna Renee Hieber, an actress, playwright and award-winning author of Gothic, Gaslamp Fantasy will give a spirited, passionately entertaining discussion of the history of the Gothic novel, it’s beleaguered place in literary criticism, why we love and hate it, and why it’s a canary in the coal mine of society’s greatest fears. Come on, you know you want to go running away from an eerie mansion out into a thunderstorm in your nightgown. Let’s talk about it.
- Activities: Doctor Who scavenger hunt, Dragon snot and Unicorn Drool, Bubbling potions, Gumdrop Dragon Building Contest, Fantasy games and more!
- Vendors, vendors, vendors galore!
- Various panels from Ghost Hunting 101 to the Jedi Lightsaber Academy.
- Costume contest- that’s right; it’s time for some cosplay!
Whether you like to fight Daleks or perform magic spells, we’re here to celebrate your favorite fandom with you. Check us out on July 22 from 10AM-4PM.