Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Horror for Halloween - GPL's Scariest Movies of All Time!

Just in time for HALLOWEEN, check out the GPL collection of the 10 scariest, most terrifying, spine-tingling movies that have stood the test of time. Let the countdown begin:

10. Ringu (2002) A reporter and her ex-husband investigate a cursed video tape that is rumored to kill the viewer seven days after watching it.

9. Paranormal Activity (2009) After moving into a suburban home, a couple becomes increasingly disturbed by a nightly demonic presence.

8. Psycho (1960) A Phoenix secretary embezzles $40,000 from her employer's client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother.

7. Don't Look Now (1973) A married couple grieving the recent death of their young daughter are in Venice when they encounter two elderly sisters, one of whom is psychic and brings a warning from beyond.

6. The Shining (1980) A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.

5. The Exorcist (1973) When a girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter.

4. Halloween (1978) Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield to kill again.

3. Blair Witch Project (1999) Three film students vanish after traveling into a Maryland forest to film a documentary on the local Blair Witch legend, leaving only their footage behind.

2. Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) Two siblings visit their grandfather's grave in Texas along with three of their friends and are attacked by a family of cannibalistic psychopaths.

1. Funny Games (1997) Two violent young men take a mother, father, and son hostage in their vacation cabin and force them to play sadistic "games" with one another for their own amusement.

Be prepared for scared!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Nobel Laureate Kazuo Ishiguro

This week, we are celebrating our newest Nobel Laureate in Fiction, Kazuo Ishiguro.  In his nearly 35 year career, Ishiguro has written 8 novels, which have been translated into over 40 languages and have won numerous awards, including the Man Booker Prize, and is an Officer of the Order of the British Empire, a title which denotes excellence in contributions to the arts and sciences.  The novelist was praised by the Swedish Academy as a writer "who, in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world".

Here are some of Ishiguro's works available at the Glenview Library, as well as some recommended read-a-likes.

The Remains of the Day (1989)

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The profoundly compelling portrait of Stevens, the perfect butler, and of his fading, insular world in post-World War II England. Stevens, at the end of three decades of service at Darlington Hall, spending a day on a country drive, embarks as well on a journey through the past in an effort to reassure himself that he has served humanity by serving the "great gentleman, " Lord Darlington. But lurking in his memory are doubts about the true nature of Lord Darlington's "greatness, " and much graver doubts about the nature of his own life.

-The Sense of An Ending by Julian Barnes
-Gourmet Rhapsody by Muriel Barbary
-Abdication by Juliet Nicolson
-Atonement by Ian McEwan

Never Let Me Go (2005)

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Hailsham seems like a pleasant English boarding school, far from the influences of the city. Its students are well tended and supported, trained in art and literature, and become just the sort of people the world wants them to be. But, curiously, they are taught nothing of the outside world and are allowed little contact with it. Within the grounds of Hailsham, Kathy grows from schoolgirl to young woman, but it's only when she and her friends Ruth and Tommy leave the safe grounds of the school (as they always knew they would) that they realize the full truth of what Hailsham is.

-Memory of Water by Emmi Itaranta
-Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
-And Again by Jessica Chiarella
-Smoke by Dan Vyleta

The Buried Giant (2015)

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A tale of lost memories, vengeance and war, The Buried Giant follows the experiences of a couple who journeys across a troubled land of mist and rain the hope of finding a son they have not seen in years.

-The Mermaid's Child by Jo Baker
-The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
-Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel
-The Chimes by Anna Smaill

Monday, October 9, 2017

Fall Reads

The fall season and cooler weather always puts me in the mood for a good read.  If you're not a big fan of the typical horror novel, but looking for something to put you in a seasonal mood, here's some recommendations that you may enjoy.  Some of these titles may give you a bit of a chill.

The Fifth Petal - Brunonia Barry

When a teenage boy dies suspiciously on Halloween, chief of police John Rafferty suspects it may be linked to the triple homicide twenty-five years earlier involving three descendants of Salem Witch Trial victims.

A Discovery of Witches - Deborah Harkness
Witch and Yale historian Diana Bishop discovers an enchanted manuscript, attracting the attention of 1,500-year-old vampire Matthew Clairmont. The orphaned daughter of two powerful witches, Bishop prefers intellect, but relies on magic when her discovery of a palimpsest documenting the origin of supernatural species releases an assortment of undead who threaten, stalk, and harass her.

Mrs. Poe - Lynn Cullen
Struggling to support her family in mid-19th-century New York, writer Frances Osgood makes an unexpected connection with literary master Edgar Allan Poe and finds her survival complicated by her intense attraction to the writer and the scheming manipulations of his wife.  A suspenseful, gothic tale.

Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
A classic chilling tale.  The reader is ushered into an isolated gray stone mansion on the windswept Cornish coast, as the second Mrs. Maxim de Winter recalls the chilling events that transpired as she began her new life as the young bride of a husband she barely knew. With an eerie presentiment of evil tightening her heart, the second Mrs. de Winter walked in the shadow of her mysterious predecessor, determined to uncover the darkest secrets and shattering truths about Maxim's first wife--the late and hauntingly beautiful Rebecca.

Monday, October 2, 2017

It's Horror Season!

It's October, and you definitely know what that means! It's time for another month-long series of horror recommendations, ranging from the slightly chilling to the absolutely mortifying! One of the best things about the horror genre is that it comes in all shapes and sizes - and, contrary to common logic, doesn't even always have to be scary (after all, what scares you might not scare your neighbor).

Here's a short list to get you started for your own horror season reading and watching.


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What We Do in the Shadows - Start your horror season off with a laugh with this mockumentary. Follow a group of incompetent vampires in modern-day New Zealand for hilarious effect. Perfect for fans of Spinal Tap, Zombieland, or any version of Dracula!

Get Out - This recent release made waves at the box office. Chris goes to meet his girlfriend's parents and makes a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries about the family he never could have imagined. A mysterious, slow moving piece of horror that is right at home with films like Rosemary's Baby, The Wicker Man, or The House of the Devil

Let the Right One In - This Swedish hit based on the book of the same name offers a new take on vampires. A young lonely boy befriends a vampire who appears to be about the same age. Great for non-horror fans, as it focuses more on the drama and the characters, or for fans of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Only Lovers Left Alive, or A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night.


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Welcome to Night Vale - This novel set in the universe of the popular podcast of the same name feels like The Twilight Zone meets X-Files meets surreal deadpan comedy. Perfect for fans of paranormal horror, or those looking for lighter quirky fare.

Rosemary's Baby - This classic horror novel was responsible for creating a horror boom in publishing in the 1960's and has since been turned into a film and a television miniseries.

At the Mountains of Madness - This eerie novella from H.P. Lovecraft is a great way to get in the horror mindset as we move toward colder weather. Set in the ruins of an alien city in Antarctica, this is just one small piece of what forms the famous Cthulhu mythos. Perfect for fans of strange monsters and classic literature.

Also make sure to check out our Facebook page for more horror suggestions throughout the month - and as always, just ask a librarian for even more suggestions.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Mix-It Up, Romance-Style

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Check out these romance titles, great for every romantic taste!

Blue-Eyed Devil by Lisa Kleypas
Returning to town two years after marrying a man of whom her family disapproves, rebellious heiress Haven Travis is determined to never again fall for the wrong man, until she meets Hardy Cates, a sexy Texan who is an enemy of her family.

The Luckiest Lady in London by Sherry Thomas
Louisa Cantwell, who must marry a wealthy man in order to support her sisters, is drawn to Felix Rivendale, the mysterious Marquess of Wrenworth, but resists because she knows that he cannot be trusted.
Any Duchess Will Do by Tessa Dare
When Griffin York, the Duke of Halford, tries thwart his mother's attempts to get him to marry by paying Spindle Cove barmaid Pauline Simms to fail duchess training, the unexpected result is a burning desire in the duke's heart to truly make her his wife.

An Offer From a Gentleman by Julia Quinn
While searching for a mysterious beauty he met at a masquerade party, Benedict Bridgerton meets Sophie Beckett, a servant in need of his help, and as passion flares between them, he must choose between Sophie and the woman of his dreams.
The Heiress Effect by Courtney Milan
Oliver wants desperately to use the political system to make poor people's lives better, but is at risk of compromising his ideals to do so. A steamy and engaging read, multicultural elements.

Banned Books Turned into Movies

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It's Banned Books Week! Celebrate your right to read - or in this case, watch! The following list contains movies adapted from frequently challenged or banned books.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15th marked the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month, it runs through Oct. 15th. Here are some books, music and movies you can check out, if you want to get in on the celebration. Or stop by the library to see what else we have.

Mis Planes Son Amarte (CD) – Juanes
Cugie a-go-go (CD) – Xavier Cugat
On Your Feet! : The Story of Emilio & Gloria Estefan: Original Broadway Cast Recording

Mondays in the Sun
Under the Same Moon
Y Tú Mamá También

Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruíz Zafón
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (YA) by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
How to Be a Chicana Role Model by Michelle Serros
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
The Altogether Unexpected Disappearance of Atticus Craftsman by Mamen Sánchez
The Weight of Feathers (YA) by Anna-Marie McLemore