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


Monday, September 18, 2017

2017 Emmy Winners

Time to check out the Emmy-winning shows you may have missed - don't forget, you can even catch those Netflix exclusives on our new ROKU devices.

Outstanding Series - Veep
Outstanding Lead Actor - Donald Glover, Atlanta
Outstanding Lead Actress - Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Outstanding Supporting Actor - Alec Baldwin, Saturday Night Live
Outstanding Supporting Actress - Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
Outstanding Directing - Atlanta
Outstanding Writing - Master of None

Outstanding Series - The Handmaid's Tale (check out the novel)
Outstanding Lead Actor - Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Outstanding Lead Actress - Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid's Tale
Outstanding Supporting Actor - John Lithgow, The Crown
Outstanding Supporting Actress - Ann Dowd, The Handmaid's Tale
Outstanding Directing - The Handmaid's Tale
Outstanding Writing - The Handmaid's Tale

Outstanding Limited Series - Big Little Lies
Outstanding Television Movie - San Junipero, Black Mirror
Outstanding Lead Actor - Riz Ahmed, The Night Of
Outstanding Lead Actress - Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies
Outstanding Supporting Actor - Alexander Skarsgård, Big Little Lies
Outstanding Supporting Actress - Laura Dern, Big Little Lies
Outstanding Directing - Big Little Lies 
Outstanding Writing - Black Mirror

Outstanding Variety Talk Series - Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Outstanding Variety Sketch Series - Saturday Night Live
Outstanding Reality Competition Program - The Voice
Outstanding Directing - Saturday Night Live
Outstanding Writing - Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Remembering 9/11

Amid the chaos surrounding Hurricane Irma over the past several days, the 16th anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001 seems to have been somewhat obscured. To mark that anniversary, here are some excellent fiction titles written in response to the 9/11 attacks.
The Falling Man by Don DeLillo
Escaping from the World Trade Center during the September 11 attacks, Keith makes his way to the uptown apartment where his ex-wife and young son are living and considers how the day's events have irrevocably changed his perception of the world.
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
Oskar Schell, the nine-year-old son of a man killed in the World Trade Center attacks, searches the five boroughs of New York City for a lock that fits a black key his father left behind.
A young Muslim American, Changez is living the American dream, with an education at an Ivy League college, high-paying job, and romance with Erica, a member of the elite New York social circles, until the events of September 11th turn his life upside down and force him to confront his personal allegiances.
The Emperor’s Children by Claire Messud
Three friends on the verge of their thirties--beautiful, sophisticated Marina Thwaite, daughter of a noted journalist; Danielle, a quiet TV producer; and Julius, a cash-poor freelance writer--make their way through New York City, until Marina's idealistic, college-dropout cousin, Bootie, arrives to complicate all of their lives.
The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo
A New York career woman faces a life-altering choice a year after agreeing with a fellow Columbia graduate that they will pursue meaningful lives through each other before he is assigned to do photojournalism in the Middle East, launching a 13-year journey of dreams, betrayals and love.
The Submission by Amy Waldman
Selected for a jury that must choose an appropriate memorial for September 11 victims, Claire Burwell struggles to navigate a media firestorm when the winning designer is revealed as an enigmatic Muslim-American.

by BF

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Ngaio Marsh

Once you’ve read all of Agatha Christie (not a quick undertaking), what next? Consider Ngaio Marsh. Her series featuring Inspector Roderick Alleyn of Scotland Yard starts in 1934 and continues on through the eighties. From country homes in England to New Zealand (Marsh’s home country), join Alleyn, his wife, the artist Agatha Troy, and his second-in-command, Inspector Fox as they always solve the crime. Start with A Man Lay Dead.
A Man Lay Dead by Ngaio Marsh
At Sir Hubert Handesley's country house party, five guests have gathered for the uproarious parlor game of "Murder." Yet no one is laughing when the lights come up on an actual corpse, the good-looking and mysterious Charles Rankin. Scotland Yard's Inspector Roderick Alleyn arrives to find a complete collection of alibis, a missing butler, and an intricate puzzle of betrayal and sedition in the search for the key player in this deadly game. 

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Glenview Public Library Opera Lecture Series 2017/18 Season

All lectures are on Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 PM

Orphee et Eurydice – Christoph Willibald Gluck

Orphee, refusing to admit that his love Eurydice is dead, journeys to the Underworld to bring her back to life.  The Paris version includes ballet sequences.
Rigoletto - Giuseppe Verdi
The Duke of Mantua seduces anyone in skirts from servant girls to the wives and daughters of his friends.  Cheering him on is Rigoletto, the detested court jester.  Only the Duke’s daughter Gilda brings him joy and he guards her with his life.
Die Walkure – Richard Wagner
This is the most deeply moving and romantic of the Ring cycle.  It involves complex relationships between brother and sister, husband and wife, father and daughter.  The characters include valiant Siegmund and Sieglindee, headstrong Brunnhilde and mighty, tortured Wotan and determined Fricka and vengeful Hunding.

The Pearl Fishers – Georges Bizet
Two fishermen swear to put friendship first by forgetting the alluring priestress with whom they both fell in love, and the alluring priestess swears to uphold her vow of chastity so she can protect the pearl divers from storms.

by KB

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The Hugo Awards – 2017

Originally created in 1953, the Hugo Awards are among the most prestigious and beloved accolades for science fiction, fantasy, horror and related genres. Presented annually since 1955, they are voted on by members of the World Science Fiction Convention (“Worldcon”). The awards were presented at Worldcon 75, Helsinki, Finland, August 11, 2017.
Best Novel
The Obelisk Gate by N. K. Jemisin
In this sequel to the Hugo Award-winning novel The Fifth Season, the world known as Stillness is on the verge of collapse. This is the way the world ends . . . for the last time. The season of endings grows darker as civilization fades into the long cold night. Essun, once Damaya, once Syenite, now avenger, has found shelter, but not her daughter. Instead there is Alabaster Tenring, destroyer of the world, with a request. But if Essun does what he asks, it would seal the fate of the Stillness forever. Far away, her daughter Nassun is growing in power – and her choices will break the world. The book has complex characters, detailed world-building, and thought-provoking meditations on identity and human nature. This book is a must-read for science fiction/fantasy devotees.
The other SF Fantasy finalists are:
All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers
Death’s End by Cixin Liu
Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee
Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer
Best Graphic Novel
Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening by Marjorie Liu, illustrated by Sana Takeda
“Set in an alternate world of art deco beauty and steampunk horror. Monstress tells the epic story of Maika Halfwolf, a teenage survivor of a cataclysmic ware between humans and their hated enemies, the Arcanics. In the face of oppression and terrible danger, Maika is both hunter and hunted, searching for answers about her mysterious past as those who seek to use her remain just one step behind . . . and all the while, the monster within begins to awaken.”
The other graphic story finalists are:
Paper Girls, Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan
Saga, Volume 6 by Brian K. Vaughan
The Vision, Volume 1: Little Worse Than A Man by Tom King

by GW

Monday, August 28, 2017

After GAME OF THRONES, try...

Well, Game of Thrones has wrapped up another season. If you find yourself missing your favorite characters, why not see what other films their actors have starred in?

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Image result for pompeii posterMe Before You: Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) leads this adaptation of the hit novel by JoJo Moyes.

Pompeii: Kit Harington - or Jon Snow on the show - stars in this fusion of swords-and-sandals epic and blockbuster disaster flick.

X-Men: Days of Future Past: Peter Dinklage, or Tyrion Lannister, plays antagonistic scientist Bolivar Trask, whose inventions serve as the catalyst for this time-traveling superhero adventure.

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Dredd: Lena Headey, or Cersei Lannister, plays drug lord Ma-Ma in this claustrophobic sci-fi action movie. Co-star Karl Urban is also no stranger to epic fantasy, having previously starred in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Image result for fate of the furious posterJohn Wick: Alfie Allen, who plays Theon Greyjoy on Game of Thrones, accidentally pulls an ex-hitman (Keanu Reeves) out of retirement in this stylized shoot-em-up.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Gwendoline Christie, who you know as Brienne of Tarth, plays the intimidating Captain Phasma in this entry to the Star Wars universe.

The Fate of the Furious: The eighth entry to the Fast and the Furious Franchise features Kristofer Hivju, who plays Tormund Giantsbane on the show. He plays the right hand man for antagonist Charlize Theron.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Quirky, Idiosyncratic, Odd, and Unconventional

I recently read and highly recommend the novel Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. This endearing novel is for those who like their characters a little quirky. Nearly 30-year-old Eleanor is friendless and lives a very predictable life, eating the same one-pot meal every day, wearing the same black pants and white blouse to work (she has multiples of the same outfit) and her only companion is vodka which she drinks only on the weekends. Her routines keep her safe, but slowly her carefully crafted world starts to crack. Simultaneously, she develops a crush on a musician from afar and is drawn into a friendship with Raymond, the new IT guy at work, and with Sammy, an older man whose life she and Raymond save. Without self-pity and deficient in nearly all social skills, Eleanor is unaware of her ability to charm and inspire those who want to help her and those who grow to care for her. Honeyman’s superb, heartbreaking, comical and irresistible novel creates a character so original that it’s hard to believe it’s a debut.
Here are a few more examples of other quirky, idiosyncratic or odd characters. I hope you find these characters as endearing as I do. Happy Reading!
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
A curmudgeon hides an awful personal loss beneath a cranky and short-tempered exterior while jarring with new neighbors, a lively family whose chattiness and habits lead to unexpected friendship.
The Rosie Project by Graeme C. Simsion
Don Tillman, a brilliant geneticist, thinks that having women fill out a six-page, double-sided questionnaire before a date is rational and reasonable. Rosie Jarman, an impulsive barmaid, thinks Don should loosen up and learn to live a little. Follow the unlikely pair in this laugh-out-loud, feel-good story of surprising joys, discovery and love.
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
A middle-aged bookseller grieving his lost wife, an energetic publisher’s rep, and a charmingly intelligent abandoned child come together on a small island off the New England coast in this delightful novel of love and second chances.
Sara arrives in the small town of Broken Wheel to visit her pen pal Amy, only to learn Amy has just died. A story of how she brings the love of books and reading that she shared with Amy to the residents of Broken Wheel is just a wonderful read. Any book lover will enjoy Sara’s story and that of the friends she makes in Broken Wheel. 

by JM

Monday, August 21, 2017

After the Eclipse, Try...

If you viewed today's eclipse, but don't want to wait until 2024 for the next one, you might be interested in these films!

Image result for 2001 a space odyssey eclipse poster2001: A Space Odyssey: The opening shots of an eclipse remain some of the most iconic in science fiction. A science fiction film which moves from the pre-historic birth of intelligence toward the emergence of man as pure thought somewhere in the future.

The Right Stuff:  The story of how seven cocky pilots became the astronauts of Project Mercury and pioneered America's launch into the space race.

Image result for the right stuff posterApocalypto: An eclipse interrupts an execution, saving the protagonist of this thrilling adventure.

Little Shop of Horrors: In this musical, business booms at Mushnik's Flower Shop when an exotic potted plant called Audrey II arrives after a solar eclipse. People are rushing in to see it--and disappearing.

Ladyhawke: A total solar eclipse appears at the climax of this medieval adventure.

Image result for apocalypto posterPitch Black: Vin Diesel stars in this science fiction thriller. After their spaceship crashes on an abandoned world of three suns, a group of pilgrims encounters very aggressive creatures that can only live in darkness. Seems safe on a world of three suns, but a total solar eclipse is imminent...

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And don't miss our list of Stellar Reads, either!