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INDEXES TO PAST STAFF RECOMMENDATIONS: BY TITLE | BY REVIEWER | TV SERIES/SPECIALS ON DVD/VHS

Click here to see examples of the various titles that have appeared on our Staff Recommendations DisplayFor October, in honor of the spookiest month of the year, we offer ten selections with elements of horror, the unexplained, fantasy and the supernatural. Also, check out our October 2004 and October 2005 selections as well!

October 2006 Recommendations

book cover  The World of Chas Addams by Charles Addams [741.5 qAdd]

Anyone with a finger on the pulse of popular culture from the 1960s to today is probably familiar with the work of artist Charles Addams [1912-1988] -- the creator of the iconic Addams Family of magazine comic illustrations. Turned into a 1960s television series and a pair of 1980s feature films, the Addams Family features an offbeat collection of warped characters for whom the creepy and crawly are "normal" -- Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Lurch, Counsin It, etc. The World of Chas Addams collects many of his well-known Addams Family cartoons with even more of his original stand-alone pieces. Addams was a regular contributors to numerous slick monthly magazines, and his talent for off-kilter or black humor is well-represented in this collection. I would've like a little bit more biographical background on Addams himself, but the reproduction of his artwork in this "coffee-table book" is excellent!

[ official Charles Addams Foundation web site ]

Review Score - 8
Recommended by Scott C.
Reference Department -- Bennett Martin Public Library


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book cover  This review is of material for a Young Adult audienceTreasure Forest by Cat Bordhi

Cat Bordhi combines a mysterious forest, two siblings and a potentially vicious hermit into a suspenseful and spiritually intriguing story that captivates the reader. How can you retrieve a treasure from the bottom of a pond without disturbing the water? This is the riddle that Sara and Ben have been given to solve after their much loved grandmother dies. Winner of the Nautilus Book Awards, Treasure Forest is one book that you will not want to put down until you've finished reading it.

[ official Treasure Forest page at the official Cat Bordhi web site ]

Review Score - 10
Recommended by Patty L.
Walt Branch Library


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book cover  This review is of material for a Young Adult audienceThe Ghost Sitter by Peni R. Griffin

An intriguing story is told from two points of view: that of Susie, a ten-year-old who has been a ghost for fifty years, and that of Charlotte, a twelve-year-old new resident in the haunted house. Charlotte's little brother, Brandon, gets babysitting attention from both!

[ Publisher's page about Peni Griffin ] | [ Peni Griffin's personal web site ]

Review Score - 8
Recommended by Kay V.
Youth Services Department -- Bennett Martin Public Library


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book cover  The Vampire Book: The Encyclopedia of the Undead by J. Gordon Melton [398.45 Mel]

This hefty tome, published in 1999, explores the concept of vampires historically and in pop culture. Illustrations are included, some in color. If you plan to stay indoors on Halloween, this will keep you occupied very well!

[ official publisher's page for the book ] | [ Wikipedia page for J. Gordon Melton ]

Review Score - 7
Recommended by Becky C.
Walt Branch Library


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book cover  This review is of material for a Young Adult audienceTwilight by Stephanie Meyer

Bella is a new arrival to Forks, the town where her father lives. On her first day of school, she meets some interesting people, including a boy who seemingly hates her. She really hates living in Forks, but doesn't want to go back to Phoenix, either. She is instantly one of the more popular kids as everyone stops to talk to the curiosity - everyone except the family of Edward, the boy who hates her. They look like they would be the most popular kids in school, all well-dressed and pretty. But everyone avoids them. Bella decides to find out why Edward hates her, and in the process, she discovers Edward's dark secret - he is a vampire! She hangs out with his family, against her friends' objections and has some terrifying otherworldly experiences.
[Also available in unabridged book-on-cd format.]

[ author's Twilight-related web site ]

Review Score - 7
Recommended by Julie H.
Walt Branch Library


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book cover  Creepers by David Morrell

"The places you're not supposed to be." These are the most tempting places to urban explorers, creepers. A reporter wants to write an article about urban explorers so he joins a college professor and his students when they explore the abandoned Paragon Hotel. An eccentric millionaire built it in 1901 and in it's heyday it was the PLACE to visit. This once grand hotel is slated for the wrecking ball and the group wants to see and photograph it before it is demolished. The group marvels at the architecture as they move through the hotel. Soon they hear whistling...
[Also available in unabridged book-on-cd and Large Print formats.]

[ official David Morrell network web site ]

Review Score - 10
Recommended by Donna G.
IS&T Department -- Walt and Eiseley Branch Libraries


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book cover  Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk

Not for the meek or faint of heart. By the author of Fight Club.
[Also available in unabridged book-on-cd format.]

[ Publisher's official Haunted web site ] | [ official Chuck Palahniuk web site ]

Review Score - 10
Recommended by Matt N.
Circulation Department -- Bennett Martin Public Library


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book cover  Black Milk by Robert Reed

Although this is one of Lincoln, NE science fiction author Robert Reed's earliest novels, I still consider it one of his best works. Reed examines a hot-button topic -- genetic engineering -- through the prism of a youthful and engaging narrator and ends up with a book that includes both high-tech "hard" science fiction with the softer "psychological SF" of exploring the ramifications of scientific developments beyond their initial benefits. This book somehow manages to be both inspirational and still chillingly dark at the same time.

[ Nebraska Author Robert Reed booklist on BookGuide site ] | [ official Robert Reed website ]

Review Score - 9
Recommended by Scott C.
Reference Department -- Bennett Martin Public Library


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book cover  Unfinished Tales by J.R.R. Tolkien

This collection of various works by J.R.R. Tolkien, first published in 1980, is sometimes overlooked by readers exploring Tolkien's works. Some of the "Tales" in this book are fleshed-out versions of stories told in briefer form in The Silmarillion, and others are essays or passages that were originally intended for inclusion in the appendices to The Lord of the Rings. ("The Disaster of the Gladden Fields" is particularly startling in its contrast to the way Peter Jackson portrayed the incident in his film version!) Still others are completely new stories that fill in some of the gaps in the history of Middle-earth. Edited with extensive notes by Tolkien's son Christopher, these stories, unfinished though they are, give readers a further glimpse into the depth of creativity behind Tolkien's world. (Tolkien's major works - The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion, should be considered a necessary prerequisite to reading this.)

[ official J.R.R. Tolkien Estate web site ]

Review Score - 10
Recommended by Peter J.
Reference Department -- Bennett Martin Public Library


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book cover  This review is for a music CDHorror! by Westminster Philharmonic Orchestra [Compact Disc 782.14 Wes]

Music from classic horror films, as performed by the Westminster Philharmonic.

[ official Westminster Philharmonic Orchestra web site ]

Review Score - 8
Recommended by Carolyn D.
Polley Music Library -- Bennett Martin Public Library


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book cover  I Paint What I See by Gahan Wilson [741.5 qWil]

Gahan Wilson is a master of the macabre illustration -- his single-panel cartoons can literally make your skin crawl. His particular speciality is taking images and icons that normally hold no sense of malice, and investing them with sinister qualities -- a group of stuffed animals prepare to "get" their child owner; a monster wears a threadbare "Santa" costume; or, as in the title piece from this collection, an artist's disturbing interpretation of an innocuous still life includes horrific elements. Wilson isn't for those who are easily disturbed, but if you like the offbeat and creepy, you'll appreciate his particular skill!

[ official Gahan Wilson web site ]

Review Score - 9
Recommended by Scott C.
Reference Department -- Bennett Martin Public Library


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