Friday, February 23, 2018

Ray Dale

New books arrive for post-Super Bowl reading

Literary Junction
It’s the day after Super Bowl LI and I suppose the hype will be dying down this week. It was quite a game to be sure, but having no love whatsoever for the Patriots, I am currently wallowing in apathy. If you are a New England fan, well, I don’t judge.
At the Big Horn County Library, we have been little affected by the weekend’s sporting extravaganza and all that led up to it. Fact is, it’s been a rather quiet week here. I don’t know about you, but the middle months of winter tend to be that way for me. Don’t get me wrong, they’re not depressing, just quiet.
That’s not to say, however, that nothing is going on. Quite the contrary, just last week we got in a shipment of new books. Among them are Bernard Cornwell’s latest in his Saxon Chronicles series entitled The Flame Bearer. This series, mixing fiction with historical fact, chronicles the battles and political machinations that helped establish present-day England. Since it just arrived, I haven’t had a chance to read it, but it promises to be another exciting read from one of my favorite authors.
Also just in is Lincoln Child and Douglas Preston’s latest Agent Pendergast novel entitled The Obsidian Chamber. This installment of the Pendergast series picks up where the The Crimson Shore (the last novel in this series) left off. Pendergast has disappeared on the shores of Exmouth, Mass., while his ward Constance, has been taken captive by an old enemy. 
Also exciting (at least for a library geek) is the new arrival of Daniel Silva’s latest Gabriel Allon novel entitled The Black Widow. Allon, the super spy for Israel’s secret intelligence service, is ready to take over command of that organization when ISIS strikes in Paris and draws him back into the hazy underworld of spies and terrorists.
On a lighter and more romantic note, which seems perfect for the month of February and Valentine’s Day, is the latest Nicholas Sparks novel, Two By Two. In this novel Russell Green, 32, has everything going his way with a wife, child and career. Suddenly, his world is turned upside down and he is without a job and a wife. Now forced into the world of single parenthood, Russell will test his abilities and emotional resources far beyond anything he thought possible.
Perhaps the “quiet months of winter” are the perfect time to catch up the reading you have been putting off. All of these novels, along with other new arrivals, are available in the turnstile on the library’s top floor. Once again, though, you may find yourself needing to get on the list to check some of these books out. They are quite popular.