Staff Selections

Kathleen

Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth
Apostolos Doxiadis, Christos Papadimitrious, Alecos Papadatos, and Annie DiDonna

What Watchmen did for postmodern superhero, Logicomix does for the the Bertrand Russel's foundational quest for truth in Mathematics.  In Logicomix, Bertrand Russel narrates his own story, from childhood with his strange, mysterious grandparents, to his student years , to his teaching years and lecturing years.  This graphic novel explained logic to me in a way that I understood (mostly) for the first time, by combining it with history, a little bit of humor, a little bit of romance, madness, war, and theater.  This book would be great for students of math, logic, and philosophy.

 

Paul

Faithful Place
Tana French

 Irish crime novelist Tana French took the Edgar Award with her brilliant first novel, In the Woods and did very will with her second novel, Likeness. Faithful Place, set in the slums of Dublin, is surely her best novel yet. Jim Mackey and his girl, Rosie, plan to escape the slums that ruined their parents' lives by slipping off to London. Rosie doesn't show up for their meeting, breaking Jim's heart and sending him out of his neighborhood and away from his dysfunctional family. When Rosie's suitcase re-appears 20 years later showing signs of foul play, Jim, now a member of the Dublin police, is compelled to find out what happened.
 Easily as good as Laura Lippman's stand alones and reminiscent of Denise Mina's best Glasgow novels.

Terry

Forge of Darkness
Steven Erikson

 

 Erikson, author of the Malazon Book of the Fallen series, takes us back to the beginning when Mother Dark reigned. Think of this as the Silmarillion for Malazon (he’ll probably hate me saying that). It’s in a different tone than Malazon, but the writing is just as stellar. If you haven’t read the Malazon series, I highly recommend it. It is far superior to Song of Fire and Ice (sorry GRRM fans)(And it’s done, so no waiting for the next book). This is the first in a trilogy.

Tim

The Bells
Richard Harvell

This debut novel from Mr. Harvell is the tale of Moses Froben, from his inauspicious birth as the son of a deaf and mute mother to his rise as a famous castrate in 18th century Vienna.   Moses travels from Switzerland to Austria to Italy as he transforms from peasant to choir boy to opera star, meeting monks, priests and the elite society of Vienna, guided by his remarkable gift for sound.  Fascinating, lyrical, rich in historical detail, I found this book difficult to stop reading -- when I'd finished, I wished there were a few hundred more pages.  Pick this up if you're a fan of historical fiction and/or a music lover.