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Young, urban vampires. Not Twilight. Sarcasm and romance. Christopher Moore brings it all in this book. Bite Me.

There’s not a ton I can say about this story without giving some really cool things away. What I can say is this book is funny. It was the first of Moore’s work that I read and whenever I think about it I laugh. Vampires and want-to-be vampires (yes, wanting to be vampires) in San Francisco trying to figure things out. The perspective is weird, but it works.

Christopher Moore writes with sarcasm and a lot of hilarious happenings. His stories are dark, but you’ll smile reading them. Give him a try.

Heather: This is one of my favorite stories. I read it years ago and back then I was not the type of person who would laugh out loud in public at a book. This changed that. Without a doubt one of the weirder things I’ve read it’s something that makes me laugh when I think about it. Great for Halloween!

Does anyone remember that movie Horns starring Daniel Radcliffe where he wakes up in a drunken stupor trying to forget that the love of his life is dead and the whole town blames him? Or the post I wrote about the book before the movie came out? I’m back on a Joe Hill kick, especially with his new book The Fireman being out.

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Let’s go back a few years to one of his earlier books, Heart-Shaped Box.

Meet Judas Coyne. He’s a collector of the macabre with things like a cookbook for cannibals, a used hangman’s noose, and a snuff film in his collection the aging death-metal rock legend is always looking for more. One day while on a bidding site he sees something that he can’t buy fast enough. Someone selling a suit that belonged to her step-father. Nothing unusual there, except his ghost is attached to it. After constantly battling his own ghosts Judas isn’t the least bit afraid to invite one into his home. But then the ghost is everywhere. Behind doors, on the T.V., in Jude’s car, outside the window… All the time with a razor blade dangling by a chain from his wrist.

This is just one of the stories Joe Hill has worked on. He’s also done graphic novels, edited and compiled short story collections, and written with other authors (like Stephen King).

Can’t find what you’re looking for on NIDL? Towards the bottom of your results there should be a button that says something along the lines of “Add titles you can recommend”. When you click on that you’ll get a list of related results that you can request for the collection. If it’s something you truly want make sure you place a hold on the item. If you have trouble with this or anything on NIDL stop by and see us. We’ll be glad to help you out. Looking for a little more in-depth help? Contact us to set up an appointment with one of our Technology Tutors. We’re happy to help you.

Heather: I’m not even entirely sure how I got started reading Joe Hill anymore. Maybe it was the buzz around Horns when the movie was in production? Or reading something by him and Stephen King? I don’t remember. All I know now is that I love his work and I’m excited whenever a new book comes out.

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The last book to the Divergent series, the movie was released in March and is coming to DVD in July!

Unfamiliar with the series?

Starting with Divergent you meet Beatrice Prior, age 16. On a chosen day each year every 16 year old goes in for a test, but it’s not a normal test like we hear of in schools. This test helps you find out what faction you belong in. Forever. Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). Later on the teenagers must decide what faction they will spend the rest of their lives in. For Beatrice the choice is unclear. Her test doesn’t give her a definite answer. She’s special. She’s a Divergent. The person administering her test turns off the equipment and tells her she cannot let anyone know what she is.

Instead of staying in the faction her parents are in and where she was raised, Beatrice (Tris) goes with one completely opposite and finds out more than she ever thought she would.

With each book you find out more and more about the world Tris lives in and just how hard she has to fight to survive and what evils she hopes to change. Want to read it before you watch it? Allegiant is available both as eBook and Audiobook on NIDL.

Heather: I’m still way behind in this series. I enjoyed book 1 and I saw the movie, but I haven’t read book 2 so I haven’t watched the movie for Insurgent yet. I might just cave and watch Insurgent before reading the book. Thoughts? Something you’d like to see? Stop on by and give us some recommendations or suggest things in the comments.

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Bill Watterson is still a legend among many cartoonists for his Calvin and Hobbes strips. A little boy and his stuffed tiger who isn’t stuffed whenever it’s just the two of them. Across from Calvin was little Susie, the girl most everyone wanted Calvin to end up with (except Calvin). When the strip ended many readers were left pondering what happened when Calvin got older.

Calvin by Martine Leavitt plays with a similar question.

Calvin is 17-years-old and believes his fate is connected to that of the character by the same name in Calvin and Hobbes. Because of his name, Calvin’s grandfather got him a stuffed tiger named Hobbes. Calvin hasn’t thought about it for a while, but suddenly Hobbes is back. Calvin tries to hide it and then he tries to tell his parents who take him to a doctor and he’s told some pretty Earth-shattering news. He’s schizophrenic.

Calvin doesn’t want to believe there’s something wrong with him and thinks it’s all a connection to the character from Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson so he hatches a plan.

Get Mr. Watterson to write one final strip of Calvin showing him as a normal teenager living a normal life. If there’s a strip written on it then maybe, just maybe, Calvin will be able to live a normal life.

Susie doesn’t like this plan. She doesn’t want Calvin to take the risk required because it involves crossing over a frozen Lake Erie. Since Susie can’t talk him out of it, she’s going with him.

Will they make it to Mr. Watterson and get him to write a final strip? Will they survive trying to get there at all? Will Hobbes ever leave Calvin alone?

You’ll have to read it to believe it.

Heather: While I wasn’t around for the beginning and didn’t start reading the strips until after they’d ended they played a large part in helping me find my love of comics and graphic novels.

For those wondering, per dictionary.com Schizophrenia is “a severe mental disorder characterized by some, but not necessarily all, of the following features: emotional blunting, intellectual deterioration, social isolation,disorganized speech and behavior, delusions, and hallucinations.” and per a quick Google search resulting an answer from treatmentadvocacycenter.org in 2014 schizophrenia was “estimated to affect 1.1 percent of the population or approximately 2.6 million adults in the United States aged 18 or older.”

The Eckhart Public Library does have resources on Schizophrenia and other mental health disorders for anyone curious.

Starting on March 17th, 2016 NIDL (Northeast Indiana Digital Library) will be participating in the Big Library Read. For this read the title is American Sniper.

Big Library Read is a global eBook reading club. What happens is OverDrive gets a specific title and for participating libraries our digital copy gets unlimited access. Instead of one patron reading at a time multiple people can have that title downloaded. They change the genre so it’s not always nonfiction and not always something that draws more toward the 18+ reader base. So if nonfiction isn’t your thing don’t worry. Just wait it out and look for what the next Big Library Read will be.

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American Sniper is also available in physical format at EPL.

 

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If you want to read the title before it goes to Big Library Read we do have it in our NIDL collection both as eBook and eAudio.

Already read the book? EPL has the DVD in our collection. Looking for a different perspective? Taya Kyle, wife of American sniper Chris Kyle, wrote a book titled American Wife talking about his military service, how they made it through the best-selling book and movie, and life with and without Chris by her side. American Wife is also available as an eBook on NIDL.

Big Library Read runs through the 31st of March, but if the book is in our collection you can always check out the item or place it on hold if it’s already out.

Heather: History and military reads aren’t my particular cup of tea, so I’ll be sitting this round of Big Library Read out, but don’t let that stop you from telling library staff what you love (or hate) about this title or any item. If you enjoy it and want similar items our staff will be happy to help you find something, whether or not it’s a genre we enjoy ourselves.

Not only does the Northeast Indiana Digital Library (NIDL) have magazines available, one of the titles is Food Network Magazine!

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This and a few other titles available in magazine on NIDL are not in the Eckhart Public Library physical collection.

This is something that’s still fairly new for NIDL. If you like this service please tell your library. The more feedback we get the more we can better serve our patrons.

You do need the Nook app to read the magazines, but you can install the app on most computer and devices and creating an account is free and easy to do. If you’d prefer some extra guidance during that process Eckhart Public Library does offer free technology assistance. You can contact us with questions or to make an appointment. (There’s also a nifty little link from Nook with information about the app.)

Heather: There are some really neat items on the NIDL site that Eckhart Public Library doesn’t have in the physical collection. Browse around and see what you can find. There’s treasure everywhere.

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Locke & Key is a graphic novel series written by Joe Hill and illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez. The series focuses on three children who have lost their father and home. They’ve moved into an old family house known as Keyhouse. Mysterious things happen with the keys you can find not only in the house, but in the yard as well. What mischief can three kids get into with these sort of keys?

Heather: I absolutely love this series. The characters are interesting and the villain has some good motivation.

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Ashley Bell is the newest book by Dean Koontz. Meet Bibi Blair. 22, fierce, writer, one year to live.

One day Bibi calls her mother because something is wrong. She describes it as the feeling of 50+ cell phones strapped to you and all of them vibrating. It’s a numbness that won’t go away. They rush to the hospital where Bibi goes through testing to find out that she’s got brain cancer. The doctor gives the grim estimation of time left with the living and they find out the short time span includes the help of treatments like chemotherapy and radiation. This is not a normal cancer that’s a balled up tumor, it’s all over her brain.

One night in the hospital Bibi is visited by a man and his dog. The next day she’s feeling like her normal self, if not better. She knows the cancer is gone. Doctors start running the tests all over again and, sure enough, there’s no trace of the cancer that was spider-webbed all over Bibi’s brain.

Bibi believes there’s a reason she’s been cured. After some research she believes it’s to help Ashley Bell stay alive. But who is Ashley Bell?

Heather: I picked this book up not that long ago and I’ve been devouring it. The book itself might be a little thick, but the chapters are really small, formed up of only a couple of pages on average. The pacing is good and the timeline jumps a little to show the current happenings and some of what happened in the past. This is my first read by Koontz and I’m likely going to read more.

Eckhart Public Library patrons can now check out the latest issues of some of their favorite magazines without having to leave their homes. Eckhart Public Library, through the Northeast Indiana Digital Library (NIDL) , is offering a year-long trial of digital magazines available for patrons to check out.

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Some of our titles include:

Food Network Magazine

Good Housekeeping

Taste of Home

Do it Yourself

Newsweek

and Car and Driver.

Curious about what other magazines are available? From NIDL click on the advanced search link (under the search box) and under format select Nook Periodicals, then click search at the bottom of the page.

Let staff members know what you think of this new service and how it works out for you.  Having trouble? Contact us and we will be happy to assist you. Don’t forget that we still offer our free, one-on-one Technology Tutoring if you have further questions.

Heather: I’m really excited about these magazines and can’t wait to hear what you think! I know I’m hoping to find some interesting articles and recipes for the holiday season.

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J. D. Robb’s most recent book, Devoted in Death is book 41 in the In Death series, but where did it all begin? Whether you’re new to Robb’s work, wanting to reread some previous books as a refresher, or a reader wanting to pick up at a spot you left off sometimes it’s hard to find the book you’re wanting on the shelf, but sometimes you can find what you’re looking for in our digital collection!

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NIDL (Northeast Indiana Digital Library) has all of the books to the In Death series in our collection. If you have trouble accessing our digital items or have questions about his collection ask a staff member or you can browse around our online help sections.

Heather: What better season to read a series called “In Death” than the Fall? If this series isn’t up your alley we have a large selection of books to choose from and we do take recommendations. Currently at the bottom of a page when you’ve searched for items there’s a button that says “Add titles you can recommend” and along the left hand side of the page there’s an option of “Additional Titles to Recommend”. If there’s something you’re looking for that you recommend don’t forget to place a hold so we can let you know when the item becomes available. If you don’t want to place it on hold you can select an option for getting an e-mail if or when the item is purchased for the collection.