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Nancy's Notes - January 6, 2010

“Saving Cinnamon” by Christine Sullivan, “Flesh and Fire” by Laura Anne Gilman, “Star Wars: Death Troopers” by Joe Schreiber, “The Best of Times” by Penny Vincenzi.

            We should now be back to our regular hours with the holidays out of the way. If the weather is not good we may close early on stormy days, so you may want to call ahead in inclement weather to make sure we are open.

            Animal lovers will enjoy, “Saving Cinnamon”, the story of a band of heroes who work together for a common cause. When Navy reservist Mark Feffer is deployed to Afghanistan his family takes an active part in his daily life through e-mails and a Webcam that helps Mark to introduce them to the base mascot, a puppy the servicemen call Cinnamon. As Mark’s bond with Cinnamon strengthens, he investigates the possibility of adopting her. He arranges for Cinnamon’s transportation to the United States escorted by a dog handler. Back home in Maryland, Cinnamon is due to arrive stateside, but when her flight lands at O’Hare Airport, she’s nowhere to be found. Cinnamon was left at a foreign airport somewhere along the way. With almost no information of the dog’s whereabouts  Mark, his wife, and a group of friends set out on a rescue mission that will span seven thousand miles and last for forty-four days.

            I am not a fantasy lover, but many of you are. We have the first title, “Flesh and Fire”, in a new trilogy by Laura Anne Gilman. Once, all the power in the Vin Lands was held by the prince-mages, who alone could craft spellwines, and use them to increase their own wealth and influence. But their abuse of power caused a demigod to break the Vine, shattering their power. Now, fourteen centuries later, it is the Vinearts who hold the secret of crafting spells from wines, the source of magic, and they are prohibited from holding power.

            We have had an increase in Star Wars fans in recent months. They will enjoy, “Star Wars: Death Troopers” by Joe Schreiber. When the Imperial prison barge, Purge, temporary home to five hundred of the galaxy’s most ruthless killers and thieves, breaks down in an uninhabited part of space, its only hope appears to lie with a Star Destroyer found drifting and seemingly abandoned. But when a boarding party from the Purge is sent to scavenge for parts, only half of them come back-bringing with them a disease so lethal that within hours nearly all aboard the Purge die.

            Penny Vincenzi’s “The Best of Times”,  shows readers how, in a matter of seconds, absolutely everything can change. On an ordinary Friday afternoon, on a highway outside of London, a tractor trailer suddenly swerves across five lanes of traffic. Within the space of a minute a miles-long pileup has occurred, and as the survivors await help, their stories unfold. Involved in the crash are a husband trapped in his car with his mistress, a bridegroom trying to get to the church on time, and a widow on her way to reunite with the love of her life. At the center of the destruction lies the truck driver who is suffering from memory loss, while the mysterious hitchhiker, the only person who knows what really happened, has fled the scene.

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