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The Bennett Martin Public Library downtown maintains an ongoing “Staff Recommendations” display – Staff from throughout the library system are encouraged to submit book, audio, CD and DVD/video recommendations for items to be placed onto this display. Items on the display have bookmarks inserted, giving brief descriptions about the item’s appeal factors, and listing similar books, audios or videos that the reader might also enjoy.

This page on BookGuide is used to highlight some of the items that have appeared on our Staff Recommendations displays in the past, including our staff members’ descriptions of the books, plus links to any “official Web sites” for the books, authors or series, if they exist*. Items on both the display and on this webpage may be recent releases, or older titles that deserve another look. Hotlinks on titles or formats (downloadable audio, book-on-CD, Large Print) connect to the appropriate entry in our on-line catalog, so that you may check on the availability of the item.

INDEXES TO PAST STAFF RECOMMENDATIONS: BY TITLE | BY REVIEWER | TV SERIES/SPECIALS ON DVD/VHS | AGATHA CHRISTIE | STAR TREK | STAR WARS

November 2017 Recommendations

hooplaCeltic Garden: A Celtic Tribute to the Music of Sarah Brightman, Enya, Celtic Woman, Secret Garden and More
by David Arkenstone [Hoopla Music]

Perfect music to study or read to, and well worth listening to over again. It’s all Celtic music as the title implies and contains some songs by Enya and some from the Lord of the Rings soundtrack, which I quite enjoyed. There are instrumental and vocal tracks included. This would appeal to those looking for relaxing world music. I don’t have any negative feedback on this, other than I wish it were longer.

This album is available on Hoopla to download or stream, either via the app or their website hoopladigital.com.

[ official Celtic Garden on Allmusic.com ]

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Recommended by Kristen A.
Gere Branch Library


The Labors of Hercules
by Agatha Christie

I’m not usually a fan, for some reason, of the Poirot novels that consist of short stories, even though I really enjoy the Sherlock Homes stories which are mostly all short. I did like this novel however and I think it was because there was a common thread running through; each story was a play on of the 12 labors of Hercules. At the start of the novel Hercule Poirot is chatting to someone who remarks on his first name, and how it reminded him of Hercules. Poirot admits to not having read the stories of Hercules before, so he sits down to and decides to set himself 12 tasks to mirror those of Hercules, thusly framing the book. As I’ve said before, this is a series you can read in any order, so no worries if you’ve never read Poriot before. I don’t think I’d use the word cozy to describe them, but they are light and non-graphic mysteries. I listened to the audiobook version narrated by Hugh Fraser, who does such a good job that when I listen to a Poirot book that’s not performed by him it just doesn’t sound right.

[ official Agatha Christie web site ]

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Recommended by Kristen A.
Gere Branch Library


Murder on the Orient Express
by Agatha Christie

The original 1974 film adaptation of Agatha Christie’s masterwork, Murder on the Orient Express, starring Albert Finney as Hercule Poirot, and a cast of mid-1970s all-stars, is one of my all-time favorite films, and I’m looking forward to the new version, directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh (and another cast of all-stars, this time from our contemporary film era). In the process of adapting all the Poirot tales, David Suchet starred in a TV version of the story in 2010. And Alfred Molina starred in a 2001 TV-movie version, which modernized the tale.

But none of these would have existed if it weren’t for Christie’s original novel. When critics try to distill the best of Agatha Christie down into the 5 or 6 of her novels that come most highly regarded, there can be differing opinions. However, it is rare for Murder on the Orient Express not to appear on any “best of” list. This is one of the 33 Hercule Poirot novels, and finds the famed Belgian sleuth having completed a case elsewhere in the Middle East and needing to return to London as quickly as possible. He books passage on The Orient Express, a stylish railway car, expecting it to be nearly empty, as winter is not a busy tourist season. Instead, the train is booked solid, with individuals from around the world. When an obnoxious American entrepreneur, Ratchett, attempts to bully Poirot into taking a case — protecting Ratchett from a threatened attack — Poirot turns him down…“I do not like your face, M. Ratchett!”

But, overnight, as the train ends up stalled by a massive snowfall blocking the tracks, Ratchett is killed in his sleep, stabbed repeatedly and violently. The rail line’s executive on board appeals to Poirot to solve the murder before the train resumes travel and local authorities have to board it and take over the investigation, muddying the investigation and possibly bring bad press down on the railroad company. Poirot must use his “little grey cells” and interview a dozen suspects to try to figure out who had motive, and opportunity, to dispatch the despised Ratchett in such a brutal and violent manner. However, Poirot’s investigation isn’t into the physical evidence, but instead into the minds and psychology of his fellow rail travelers.

This is truly Dame Agatha at her very best, and perhaps one of Poirot’s two or three most memorable cases! Enjoy the film, in all its many incarnations, but I highly encourage you to return to the original source material to truly appreciate this classic mystery story!

[If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try The 1974 Film starring Finney, David Suchet’s version from 2010.] [ official Murder on the Orient Express page on the official Agatha Christie web site ]

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Recommended by Scott C.
Bennett Martin Public Library


National Geographic Pocket Guide to the Trees & Shrubs of North America
by Bland Crowder [582.16 Cro]

The first thing that grabbed my attention about this small, pocket-size, guide was the beautiful photo of the trunk of a majestic Sequoia on the cover. That was enough to make me browse this handy, helpful little tree guide. 95% of this book is dedicated to specific breeds or varieties of trees. The remaining 5% covers general tree-growing information, including charts showing growing zones throughout the U.S. and Canada.

But it is the tree identification pages that are the most fun to page through. Each tree gets a single page in the book, with one large photo of a sample of the tree, fully leafed out. At the top of each page is the tree’s scientific name and its common average height. Accompanying the photo in the middle of each page is a list of “Key Facts”, including info about the tree’s general appearance, the leaves, the flowers/fruits and the growing range (i.e. where in the country you’ll find this variety). The bottom half of the page features a more detailed description of the nature of the tree — things about its appearance, growing pattern, root system, etc., accompanied by artists’ renderings of samples of the leaves, seeds/nuts and/or blooms.

Admittedly, the small size of this volume means that there are not detailed full-length articles about each type of tree, but the libraries have plenty of other books that go into more detail. If you’re looking for a simple, portable guide, perhaps to take while on a leisure hike on a wilderness trail, this will help you identify the trees you encounter, with helpful clear illustrations.

 

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Recommended by Scott C.
Bennett Martin Public Library


Phasma
by Delilah Dawson

Phasma is a novel that gives us a glimpse behind the chrome armor of the First Order’s most iconic stormtrooper. Told in the bowels of a First Order Star Destroyer, a dedicated First Order officer interrogates a Resistance spy to learn the secrets necessary to bring down his rival: Captain Phasma. This “friend of a friend” narrative is interesting. But, the novel could have benefited from a third-person narrative that would provide more insight into the characters. The story does bog down a bit in the middle. But, overall the story is well-written and enjoyable. Vi Mondi, the Resistance spy, and Cardinal, the First Order officer, are pretty standard characters, but still fun and interesting. Overall, the presentation may be a bit flawed, but the story of Phasma’s origins are cool to learn about. I consider this a worthwhile read for any Star Wars fan.

[If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try The Force Awakens, by Alan Dean Foster, Bloodline, by Claudia Gray, Aftermath, by Chuck Wendig, Aftermath: Life Debt, by Chuck Wendig or Aftermath: Empire’s End, also by Chuck Wendig] [ Wikipedia Star Wars Books page ] | [ official Delilah Dawson web site ]

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Recommended by Corey G.
Gere Branch Library


The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland
by Jim Defede [971.8 Def]

This is the story of the 38 aircraft, and over 6000 passengers, that were diverted to Gander, Newfoundland and the surrounding towns in Canada when airspace over the US was closed on 9/11. After the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centers, the Pentagon, and the downing of the airplane in Pennsylvania, hundreds of international flights suddenly had to find somewhere else to land. Those that hadn’t hit the halfway point merely turned back to their point of origin, but the remainder had to continue on to elsewhere, somewhere, anywhere.

The Canadian Air Transport Control quickly organized and diverted over 230 aircraft to 17 Canadian airports. In a nerve-wracking, but exciting read, we learn civilian and wide-body passenger airplanes were entering Canadian airspace at the rate of 1-2 planes per minute. Pilots were advised of the crowding over airspace and to pay attention to their proximity alerts and keep a visual eye out.

Canadian authorities dubbed this “Operation Yellow Ribbon.” Once planes were on the ground, they had to screen passengers, provide transportation to shelter, make food and medications available, and maintain security in the event other terrorists were still hidden on incoming flights.

Over 6000 passengers doubled the population of the Gander area. The book followed several passengers and “Newfies” (those living in Newfoundland) as they dealt with the horrendous events of 9/11 and the logistics of caring for so many visitors. One family had a son in the fire department that serviced the Twin Towers and they were awaiting word on his whereabouts. Two families were returning with adopted children. A few Orthodox Jews required kosher food. Several families didn’t speak English. Animals were in the cargo bays and needed tending. Yet the locals opened their homes and did everything they could to assist.

I discovered this book, in early October, in a manner like I do so many others – someone returned it to the library for check-in and it caught my eye. I had read several anecdotes on this topic that were posted on Facebook and was pleased to learn a book had been written, and that the stories were true (a scholarship fund really has been setup for the area students). This is a heartwarming, poignant, at times sad, other times humorous tale of strangers helping strangers.

[If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try Last Man Down: A Firefighter’s Story of Survival and Escape From the World Trade Center, by Richard Picciotto [973.931 Pic].] [ official The Day the World Came to Town web site ] | [ official Jim Defede Twitter feed ]

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Recommended by Charlotte M.
Bennett Martin Public Library


100 Photographs: The Most Influential Images of All Time
Time Inc. Books, edited by Ben Goldberger and Geoff Dyer [779.1 One]

Gandhi at his spinning wheel, Betty Grable’s legs, Che Guevara, the Hindenburg explosion, Neil Armstrong standing on the moon — these iconic photographs are collected in this companion book to the online project of the same name by TIME magazine. A panel of photo editors and historians selected a hundred photo images that encapsulate a person, an event, or a representation of time/place that are indelible in common consciousness. Some of the pictures are exceedingly well known, and a number are more obscure but still important. From the oldest extant photographic print, of rooftops in a French village, to the first cell-phone snapshot — of a newborn baby, of course! — or from Matthew Brady’s studio portrait of Senator Abe Lincoln to Nebraska native Harold Edgerton’s stop-motion milk drop, these are images that did and will resonate with the clarity, urgency, and permanence that photographs can contain. In a way, the book is as depressing as it is inspiring, due to the sheer number of war and atrocity inclusions, but from a documentarian’s perspective, it makes sense to include most of them. The book does not contain an index but, since each photo is accompanied by background information and ways in which it affected the course of history or culture, it is well worth poring over.

[ official 100 Photos web site ]

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Recommended by Becky W.C.
Walt Branch Library


What the Cat Saw
by Carolyn Hart [Compact Disc Hart]

I’ve been a follower of Carolyn Hart’s mystery novels for many years. Initially, I fell in love with the Death on Demand mystery bookstore series. Then her novels featuring senior sleuth Henrie O. Most recently, I’ve enjoyed the audiobook adaptations of her Bailey Ruth Raeburn series, featuring a passed-on spirit who returns to her Oklahoma hometown at various times to prevent innocents from being unfairly convicted in murder cases. That audiobook series features a perfect audiobook narrator — but I was caught up with that entire series, and looking for anything else by Carolyn Hart I could enjoy on CD. So, I was pleased to discover this first volume in an all-new series by Hart — What the Cat Saw, available in both book and book-on-CD formats (narrated by Kathleen Early)!

When Nela Farley agrees to substitute for her sister Chloe in Chloe’s job at a charitable foundation, so that Chloe can take an unexpected trip, Nela doesn’t have any idea what she’s gotten into. Nela will be staying in the home of a recently deceased executive of the Haklo Foundation, in order to cat-sit the late woman’s pet, Jugs. But when Nela gazes into the eyes of Jugs — she gets a disjointed mental message (the thoughts of the cat!) that she first ignores, but then begins to believe…leading her to suspect that the woman’s accidental death was actually anything but accidental.

This is a competent and engaging mystery, with some really well-drawn characters, particularly Nela and Steve Flynn, the investigative reporter with whom she both clashes and cooperates with. Both of them are wounded characters — Nela is still recovering from the death of her military fiance, and Steve is distrustful of women after being burned by his ex-wife. I really liked the slight touch of the paranormal, with Nela’s ability to have brief but confusing psychic connections with the cat, a gimmick which I don’t think was over-used. If you like traditional amateur detective mysteries, with a bit of an “unexplained phenomena” twist, give this one a try, particularly as an audiobook.

[ official What the Cat Saw page on the official Carolyn Hart web site ]

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Recommended by Scott C.
Bennett Martin Public Library


The New Camp Cookbook: Gourmet Grub for Campers, Road Trippers and Adventurers
by Linda Ly (photography by Will Taylor) [641.578 Ly]

Every wonder what would happen if you turned a gourmet chef loose at a weekend campground? The New Camp Cookbook is one possible result.

Linda Ly offers up 90 delicious sounding recipes that are supposedly capable of being cooked while out in the wilderness (with caveats), while photographer Will Taylor accompanies over half of Ly’s recipes with absolutely gorgeous images of the finished dishes. Ly first provides an extensive introduction identifying the cooking equipment necessary for her recipes — 12″ skillet, 2 quart saucepan, 4 quart stockpot, 6 quart Dutch Oven, metal skewers and a roll of aluminum foil. She also identifies the pantry items (beyond the specific main ingredients) needed to fully realize her dishes — spices, sweeteners, aromatics, condiments, canned goods, quick-cooking sides, and beverages. Her recommendations for items that can be used as “flavor bombs” include citrus zest, compound butters, strong cheeses and nuts. She then goes into how to start and maintain a fire for an open grill, how to best cook packages wrapped in foil, how to cook in a Dutch Oven, and how to cook with a camp stove (like a Coleman stove).

Finally, on page 40, the recipes start, and she breaks them into types of meals — Rise and Shine (breakfasts), Midday Meals, Small Bites (afternoon snacks), Camp Feasts (dinner), and Sips & Sweets (beverages and desserts). Recipes range from incredibly simple — for instance “Grilled Guacamole”, where the avocado and onions are char-grilled before being diced and combined with seasonings for a traditional smoky guac — to moderately complex — “Grilled French Toast and Bacon Bites” (on skewers) — to quite complex — “Korean Flank Steak with Sriracha-Picked Cucumbers”. While the concept of this book is “cooking in wild wide-open spaces”, I can’t see many of these recipes working in a truly rustic environment, say someplace you have to hike to get to, or “pack in” your gear. However, at the beach, or a campsite, where you can have your car parked nearby, in which you hauled all the cooking supplies, these would be great! Or cooking out with your grill in your own backyard — some of these recipes would be marvelous!

I’d love to have a camp-out cook-out day filled with the following scrumptious recipes from this book: “Peanut Butter-Stuffed French Toast with Honeyed Blackberries” and a side of “Sweet Potato, Apple, and Pancetta Hash” for breakfast; “Foil-Pack Salmon with Pineapple Salsa” for lunch; an afternoon snack of “Grilled Guacamole” or possibly “Peak-of-Summer Peach Caprese Salad”; an evening meal of either “Garlicky Shrimp with Olive Oil, Tomatoes and Orzo” or “Dutch Over Beer-Braised Baby Back Ribs”, with a “Summer Ale Sangria with Ginger and Peach”. And to finish off a day at the lake, or a casual evening after hiking, either gourmet S’Mores, or “Applelicious Dutch Baby“. Even if you don’t anticipate tying on a chef’s apron on your next visit to a camping site at one of our marvelous State Parks or Recreation Areas, you may still find some recipes here that strike your fancy!

[ Lynda Ly’s official Garden Betty web site ]

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Recommended by Scott C.
Bennett Martin Public Library


One of Us is Lying
by Karen M. McManus [YA McManus]

Five high-school students walk into a detention and only four of them emerge alive.

What happens when a student dies, four people had a motive for wanting him silenced, and no one knows exactly what happened? Simon is an outcast, who has created a gossip app featuring other students from Bayview High School. No one can verify that what he posts is true, but no one has ever proven it’s not. Using this app, Simon has made life miserable for more than one student in Bayview. On Monday, Simon dies during detention. The police find out that, on Tuesday, Simon had planned to post secrets about each of his four classmates who were also in detention with him. One of them clearly did not want their secret shared, but which one? Bronwyn, the brain, is counting on a scholarship to Harvard, and never breaks rules. Addy, the beauty, is popular and liked by everyone. Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing drugs. Cooper, the athlete, is Bayview’s star pitcher.

This is told through alternating viewpoints of each of the four students. The reader constantly questions each person’s story, and wonders whose perspective can be trusted. The reader is gripped to the end.

[ publisher’s official One of Us is Lying web site ] | [ official Karen McManus web site ]

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Recommended by Marie P.
Bennett Martin Public Library


hooplaBagpipe Hero
by The Red Hot Chilli Pipers and others [Hoopla Music]

This is a rather interesting mix of songs, all preformed on the bagpipes. Scottish classics like Caledonia, Loch Lomond, Flower of Scotland and Highland Cathedral are included alongside pop/rock/alternative songs like Long Way to the Top, Chasing Cars and We Will Rock You. Again these are all played on the bagpipes and it was a little strange hearing some of these songs played that way, but it was fun and upbeat and I would definitely listen to it again. If you enjoy bagpipe music like I do, but feel you’ve listened to the same Scottish songs over and over, this is perfect and refreshing. It may also be appealing if you’ve never listened to the bagpipes and want to try it with some songs that are more recognizable to you than classic Scottish ones.

This album is available on Hoopla to download or stream, either via the app or their website hoopladigital.com.

[If you enjoy this, there are other albums by this band available on Hoopla.] [ official Red Hot Chilli Pipers web site ]

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Recommended by Kristen A.
Gere Branch Library


The Big Bad Fox
by Benjamin Renner [jPB Renner]

I was looking for a quick, lively “graphic novel” read, and saw this book on one of the youth displays — the art was distinctive and engaging, so I gave it a shot. And I really enjoyed it!

Author/Artist/Animator Benjamin Renner originally created this comical tale for publication in French in 2015, and it was recently translated into English. He also released an animated film version of the same story in 2017 (in French). The plot, in a nutshell — a downtrodden but persistent Fox is not considered a threat by the denizens of a farmyard, who greet his daily attempts to pillage their territory by welcoming him and inquiring about his health. The guard dog is disdainful of Fox, the chickens have no fear of him, and the other barnyard animals consider him, if not a “friend”, at most merely a daily nuisance. So, failing to capture any “prey” each day, he subsists on a vegetarian diet.

The local Wolf, on the other hand, decides to whip the Fox into shape, and sends him on an errand to steal the hen’s eggs. The Fox does this, but when the eggs hatch, the chicks immediately bond with the (male) Fox as a surrogate mother. Fox and Wolf agree to let the chicks plump up a bit before eating them, but as time passes, and despite his better judgement, the Fox starts to bond with his “adoptive children”. Fun ensues as Fox tries to hide this betrayal from Wolf, and also tries to conceal his adopted children from the barnyard sleuths (a comical and inept pig and duck) who are trying to track them down. When Fox (in a bad disguise as a Hen) and the chicks move to the barnyard, the real fun begins. I absolutely loved this graphic novel…it is filled with great sight gags and goofy humor alike, and the poor Fox becomes a terrific anti-hero that you root for. The bits where he bonds with the three chicks, especially when they beg him to tell them how ferocious the horrible “Fox” monster is, are hilarious! And the messages about parenting, co-parenting and adoptive parenting are inspiring!

[ official Internet Movie Database page for The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales ] | [ publisher’s official The Big Bad Fox book web page ]

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Recommended by Scott C.
Bennett Martin Public Library


Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman
by Lindy West [Downloadable Audio]

This book looks like it could be the opposite of Susan Cain’s Quiet: The Power of Introverts… but it’s not! Since I loved Cain’s audiobook, I thought my best place to start Shrill would be with the chapter titled How to Stop Being Shy in Eighteen Easy Steps. That worked out well for me, as I ended up listening to all of Shrill and finding out, thankfully, that the ideas presented in these two titles are not mutually exclusive. Lindy West does a nice job of bringing to light some feminist issues that haven’t been talked about frequently enough, such as body image, class and color privilege, and the humans behind those nasty troll comments on the internet. Her writing is humorous throughout, and I am glad I got to learn from her perspective as a fat activist.

[If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try You Can’t Touch My Hair, by Phoebe Robinson, Meaty and We Are Never Meeting in Real Life, by Samantha Irby or Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls, by Jess Baker.] [ official Lindy West web site ]

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Recommended by Naomi S.
Eiseley and Williams Branch Libraries


A Square Meal: A Culinary History of the Great Depression
by Jane Ziegelman & Andrew Coe [973.917 Zie]

Did you know: Bread lines existed in New York City long before the Depression; Spanish Rice doesn’t really have anything to do with Spain; Home Extension Agents in Iowa were all women prior to 1930; Spring Fever is an actual physical malady; “mystery” loaves made from assorted leftovers were a common food and budget stretcher long before the 1950s; Milkwheato, Milkoato and Milkorno were actual cereal products, first introduced in 1933?

Writing partners and spouses Coe and Ziegelman have served up an informative plateful of US food history with this look at the specific period of the 1930s and early 1940s and assorted points before and after. Sifting through what must have been a mountain of materials, they have come up with a readable dissection of the changing of American eating habits over time and what factors influenced it. Plus, there are a lot of culinary trivia tidbits thrown in.

Relief/Subsistence programs, whether local, state or national, were predicated on the assumption that they would meet _temporary_ needs. Due to the combination of bad weather, a stricken economy, and poor administration and/or structure of some programs in the between-the-wars era, these needs went on for years. People receiving food assistance had to deal with the stigma of dependency — embarrassment, restrictions that seemed arbitrary or severe, and the “depressing routine of organized charity”. At the same time, Home Economics, most of whose practitioners were women, came to the fore and was a boon to many of the challenges that so many people, especially housewives, were facing.

The authors, unavoidably, also touch on the politics of the times, from President Hoover’s penchant for having gourmet meals in the White House while hewing to a charity-begins-at-home conservatism in public, to Gen. MacArthur’s [yes, THAT Gen. MacArthur] forcible removal of the “Bonus Army” encampment of World War I veterans who had journeyed to Washington DC to request better aid. Interspersed throughout the narrative are song lyrics apropos to the times and situations detailed.

Over all, this is an educational and eye-opening examination of a pivotal period in our nation’s food and nutrition history as well as our general socio-economic-political past. “Eleven-cent cotton and forty-cent meat, How in the world can a poor man eat?”

[If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try The National Cookbook by Sheila Hibben (1932) — link connects to a digitized version of this classic cookbook online, and America Eats! : On the Road with the WPA : The Fish Fries, Box Supper Socials, and Chitlin Feasts That Define Real American Food (not currently in LCL — try our InterLibrary Loan service!)] [ official A Square Meal web site ] | [ publisher’s official Jane Ziegelman web site ]

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Recommended by Becky W.C.
Walt Branch Library


Screening Room

hooplaFire and Ice

by Randy Norton, Ralph Bakshi, Frank Frazetta [Hoopla Movie]

While I was having a discussion about animation styles and methods with someone, they gave this movie as an example of rotoscoping and showed me the first few minutes so I could see what they were talking about. This method of animation is when they film live people acting out the film then use that to create the animation. The result is very real looking human movements and features. It was odd at first because animation does not usually look real at all, even for things like people and animals that are real, so at first it looks kind of awkward, but got less so the more I watched. I didn’t feel like turning it off after the first 10 minutes, which was the intent, and ended up watching the whole thing. The plot is there that is a king with a son and a daughter in the kingdom of fire, and an evil ruler and his mother in the kingdom of ice. Hence the title – Fire and Ice.

The kingdom of ice is on a glacier and is invading lands here there and everywhere. They reach the kingdom of fire and ask the king to surrender; when he says no, the ice minions kidnap the princess. She’s not exactly a damsel in distress however because she escapes her captors and in the process meets two other people set on bringing down the ice kingdom. One, a solider who’s band of brothers were killed in battle against the ice kingdom and the other a mysterious Batman / Conan type character with his own reasons, which are more implied than laid out for us (even after the whole movie is over it’s unclear, but hinted at). It’s set in a fantasy world, if that was not yet obvious, so in addition to the humans there are various beasts and winged dinosaur looking creatures they get to ride on. It’s definitely not a movie for everyone and it’s not a kid’s movie either. Most of the characters don’t don much in the way of clothes, there is blood, murder and battle; this makes it sound like Game of Thrones (Song of Fire and Ice), but they are not related. This predates even the Game of Thrones books from 1996, as this movie came out in 1983. At any rate, if you want to see it, you’ll need to do so on Hoopla, either streaming it or downloading it on PC or mobile device.

[ Internet Movie Database entry for this film ] | [ official Fire & Ice page on Ralph Bakshi’s web site ]

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Recommended by Kristen A.
Gere Branch Library


formatdvdSigned, Sealed, Delivered for Christmas

[DVD Signed]

We enjoyed the Signed, Sealed, Delivered made-for-TV movie and TV series so much, and have seen all of the related movies since. My husband delivered mail in Lincoln during college at UNL, and later returned as a mail handler for the USPS. These stories are full of good fun and humor, with a little bit of mystery and light romance included. I’m pretty sure I would not get bored watching one of these movies every day, if I had the time!.

[If you enjoy this, you may also wish enjoy the other TV-movies in this series: From Paris With Love, One in a Million or From the Heart. The pilot and 10-episode series preceded this volume.] [ Internet Movie Database entry for this film ] | [ official Signed, Sealed, Delivered: For Christmas web site ]

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Recommended by Kathy H.
Walt Branch Library


formatdvdSigned, Sealed, Delivered: From Paris With Love

[DVD From]

From Paris with Love, from 2015, continues the Hallmark stories of the fictional postal lost letter department team, as seen in Signed, Sealed, Delivered the movie, the series, and more made for TV movies. This “series” is one of our family all-time favorites. I never tire of watching these family-friendly stories with some comedy, drama, and a little light romance. It brings back good memories partly because my husband worked for the U.S. Postal Service for half of his career. Each character has his or her own lovable quirks, and they get some pretty interesting mail delivered every time, although some of it has been lost for five to ten years or more!.

[If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try Signed, Sealed, Delivered: The Complete Series, Signed, Sealed, Delivered for Christmas (2014), One in a Million (2016) or From the Heart (2017). Other TV series you might enjoy: The Middle, and Last Man Standing.] [ Internet Movie Database entry for this film ] | [ official Signed, Sealed, Delivered: From Paris With Love web page ]

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Recommended by Kathy H.
Walt Branch Library


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