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Monday, December 3, 2018

Hot This Week: December 3

The smash hit movie Crazy Rich Asians makes its debut atop this week's movie list. Six new albums on the music chart are led by the latest from Mumford & Sons. While it's not the title everyone is waiting for, the new release from George R.R. Martin detailing the history of House Targaryen takes the top spot in fiction, while last week's top titles in non-fiction hold strong.


Movies 
  1. Crazy Rich Asians (Blu-ray)
  2. The Meg (Blu-ray | 4K)
  3. Mile 22 (Blu-ray)
  4. Incredibles 2 (Blu-ray | 4K)
  5. Alpha (Blu-ray)
  6. Kin (Blu-ray | 4K)
  7. Christopher Robin (Blu-ray)
  8. The Spy Who Dumped Me (Blu-ray | 4K)
  9. Skyscraper (Blu-ray | 4K)
  10. Ant-Man and the Wasp (Blu-ray | 4K)
CD
  1. Mumford & Sons, Delta
  2. Michael Buble, Love
  3. The Greatest Showman: Reimagined
  4. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born Soundtrack
  5. Mariah Carey, Caution
  6. Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody Soundtrack
  7. Travis Scott, Astroworld
  8. Drake, Scorpion
  9. Anderson .Paak, Oxnard
  10. Lil Baby & Gunna, Drip Harder
Fiction
  1. Fire and Blood, George R.R. Martin
  2. Target: Alex Cross, James Patterson
  3. The Reckoning, John Grisham
  4. Every Breath, Nicholas Sparks
  5. Look Alive Twenty-Five, Janet Evanovich
  6. Past Tense, Lee Child
  7. Long Road to Mercy, David Baldacci
  8. The Next Person You Meet in Heaven, Mitch Albom
  9. Nine Perfect Strangers, Liane Moriarty
  10. Elevation, Stephen King
Non-Fiction
  1. Becoming, Michelle Obama
  2. Killing the SS, Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
  3. Ship of Fools, Tucker Carlson
  4. Educated, Tara Westover
  5. Leadership, Doris Kearns Goodwin
  6. Fear, Bob Woodward
  7. In Pieces, Sally Field
  8. Brief Answers to the Big Questions, Stephen Hawking
  9. The Library Book, Susan Orlean
  10. Almost Everything, Anne Lamott

Friday, November 30, 2018

The Lion King Trailer Excites Movie Fans

Written by Jon Williams

When Disney released The Lion King into theaters in 1994, it was an instant hit. Using animation to bring the classic tale of Shakespeare’s Hamlet to the animal kingdom, the movie featured a star-studded voice cast including James Earl Jones, Jeremy Irons, Whoopi Goldberg, and Matthew Broderick, to name just a few. It made more than $300 million during its initial theatrical run, won Academy Awards for its music, and spawned two direct-to-video sequels, The Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride and The Lion King 1½, not to mention a Broadway play.

Now, as we approach the movie’s 25th anniversary, Disney is preparing to release a live-action (or photorealistic CGI, at least) remake of The Lion King. Coming in July of 2019, it is set to feature even more famous voices, if that’s possible, than the original. James Earl Jones will once again lend his iconic voice to Mufasa, and he’ll be joined by Chiwetel Ejiofor, Donald Glover, Alfre Woodard, Keegan-Michael Key, Seth Rogen, and John Oliver. Oh, and Beyoncé. The first teaser trailer for the movie dropped last week during the NFL games on Thanksgiving Day and has already been viewed hundreds of millions of times online.

The new movie is being directed by Jon Favreau, who is no stranger to this type of project, having brought the 2016 live-action version of The Jungle Book following the 1967 animated classic, which is currently in Disney’s Vault. Other recent live-action updates of Disney’s animated classics include 2017’s Beauty and the Beast (from 1991’s animated version), 2015’s Cinderella (1950’s animated version, currently in the Vault), and 2010’s Alice in Wonderland (from 1951’s animated version). Lest anyone think this is a new concept, however, please recall the 1996 live-action version of 101 Dalmatians, adapted from the 1961 animated original (both of which are currently unavailable).

Of course, Disney’s lineup of animated classics is a rich vein to mine, and there are a number of other live-action adaptations in the works. 2019 will be a big year for them, with Dumbo (from director Tim Burton, who also did Alice in Wonderland) in March and Aladdin (starring Will Smith as the Genie) in May. Lady and the Tramp is also on the agenda for some point during the year, while 2020 will see an adaptation of Mulan. A remake of Pinocchio is still further out on the horizon, but has been in the news in the past couple of days due to the possibility of Tom Hanks joining the cast in the key role of Geppetto.

These live-action remakes have proved to be incredibly popular, and the original animated versions have proven to be all-time classics for generations. Make sure you have both versions of all these wonderful movies on your shelves for patrons to enjoy.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Hot This Week: November 26

There are plenty of new titles your patrons will be looking for as they come off their long holiday weekend. Three are on the movie list, led by the giant shark thriller The Meg. Five albums debut on the music chart, with the 50th anniversary reissue of the White Album landing the Beatles on the list. In fiction, the top two titles are new, while in non-fiction, the enlightening new memoir from former First Lady Michelle Obama takes over the top spot.

Movies 
  1. The Meg (Blu-ray | 4K)
  2. Mile 22 (Blu-ray)
  3. Incredibles 2 (Blu-ray | 4K)
  4. Alpha (Blu-ray)
  5. The Spy Who Dumped Me (Blu-ray | 4K)
  6. Christopher Robin (Blu-ray)
  7. Ant-Man and the Wasp (Blu-ray | 4K)
  8. Skyscraper (Blu-ray | 4K)
  9. Hotel Transylvania 3 (Blu-ray | 4K)
  10. Blackkklansman (Blu-ray | 4K)
CD
  1. Kane Brown, Experiment
  2. Imagine Dragons, Origins
  3. Lil Pepp, Come Over When You're Sober, Part 2
  4. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born Soundtrack
  5. The Beatles, The Beatles
  6. Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody Soundtrack
  7. Drake, Scorpion
  8. Travis Scott, Astroworld
  9. Lil Wayne, Tha Carter V
  10. Muse, Simulation Theory
Fiction
  1. Look Alive Twenty-Five, Janet Evanovich
  2. Long Road to Mercy, David Baldacci
  3. The Reckoning, John Grisham
  4. Past Tense, Lee Child
  5. Nine Perfect Strangers, Liane Moriarty
  6. Every Breath, Nicholas Sparks
  7. Dark Sacred Night, Michael Connelly
  8. Elevation, Stephen King
  9. The Next Person You Meet in Heaven, Mitch Albom
  10. Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
Non-Fiction
  1. Becoming, Michelle Obama
  2. Killing the SS, Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
  3. Ship of Fools, Tucker Carlson
  4. Fear, Bob Woodward
  5. Educated, Tara Westover
  6. Leadership, Doris Kearns Goodwin
  7. Brief Answers to the Big Questions, Stephen Hawking
  8. Almost Everything, Anne Lamott
  9. The Library Book, Susan Orlean
  10. I Might Regret This, Abbi Jacobson

Monday, November 19, 2018

Hot This Week: November 19

There are plenty of new movies for patrons to enjoy during the upcoming holiday weekend, led by the blockbuster animated sequel Incredibles 2. In music, the smash success biopic Bohemian Rhapsody lands two Queen compilations on the chart, including the movie's soundtrack. The fiction list is bookended by two new novels at each end, with the latest from Lee Child at the top, while familiar favorites stand strong in non-fiction.

Movies 
  1. Incredibles 2 (Blu-ray | 4K)
  2. The Spy Who Dumped Me (Blu-ray | 4K)
  3. Ant-Man and the Wasp (Blu-ray | 4K)
  4. Blackkklansman (Blu-ray | 4K)
  5. Skyscraper (Blu-ray | 4K)
  6. Hotel Transylvania 3 (Blu-ray | 4K)
  7. The Darkest Minds (Blu-ray | 4K)
  8. Slender Man (Blu-ray)
  9. Christopher Robin (Blu-ray)
  10. Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (Blu-ray)
CD
  1. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born Soundtrack
  2. Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody Soundtrack
  3. Drake, Scorpion
  4. Lil Wayne, Tha Carter V
  5. Travis Scott, Astroworld
  6. Queen, Greatest Hits - Platinum Collection
  7. Post Malone, Beerbongs & Bentleys
  8. Ariana Grande, Sweetener
  9. Barbra Streisand, Walls
  10. Pistol Annies, Interstate Gospel
Fiction
  1. Past Tense, Lee Child
  2. Nine Perfect Strangers, Liane Moriarty
  3. The Reckoning, John Grisham
  4. Dark Sacred Night, Michael Connelly
  5. Every Breath, Nicholas Sparks
  6. Elevation, Stephen King
  7. The Next Person You Meet in Heaven, Mitch Albom
  8. Unsheltered, Barbara Kingsolver
  9. The Noel Stranger, Richard Paul Evans
  10. Sea of Greed, Clive Cussler and Graham Brown
Non-Fiction
  1. Killing the SS, Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
  2. Ship of Fools, Tucker Carlson
  3. Leadership, Doris Kearns Goodwin
  4. Fear, Bob Woodward
  5. Educated, Tara Westover
  6. Brief Answers to the Big Questions, Stephen Hawking
  7. I Might Regret This, Abbi Jacobson
  8. Almost Everything, Anne Lamott
  9. In Pieces, Sally Field
  10. The Coddling of the American Mind, Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt

Friday, November 16, 2018

Bohemian Rhapsody Puts Queen Back in the Spotlight

Written by Jon Williams

Now going into its third weekend in theaters, moviegoers still can’t stop talking about Bohemian Rhapsody. The film has made over $110 million at the box office to date, already making it one of the biggest musical biopics of all time. Detailing the story of Freddie Mercury and Queen from the band’s formation in 1970 through their astonishing 1985 Live Aid performance, the movie has spurred a resurgence of interest in Queen’s timeless music.

Band members Brian May and Roger Taylor were performing together in the band Smile until Mercury joined them in 1970, when they took the name Queen. When bassist John Deacon joined in 1971, the lineup was complete. In 1973, they released their eponymous debut album, Queen, which drew some critical acclaim but otherwise garnered little attention. That started to change with the follow-up, 1974’s Queen II, which contained their first U.K. hit, “Seven Seas of Rhye,” a finished version of an instrumental track from the first album. That album’s cover art would become perhaps the most iconic image associated with the band. Their second album of 1974, Sheer Heart Attack, and its lead single “Killer Queen” helped to establish their classic sound, and brought them success in North America as well.

From there it was a rocket ship to the top as Queen produced one radio smash after another. Their fourth album, 1975’s A Night at the Opera, was the most expensive ever produced at the time. It contained the epic six-minute style mishmash “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which gave the movie its name. Their next album, the sequel A Day at the Races, spawned the hit “Somebody to Love.” And then came 1977’s News of the World, and with it, perhaps their most well-known, biggest hit: the anthem “We Will Rock You” and the accompanying ballad “We Are the Champions.” But the hits didn’t stop there—far from it. The 1978 album Jazz included such songs as “Fat Bottomed Girls,” “Bicycle Race,” and “Don’t Stop Me Now,” while 1980’s The Game brought “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” and “Another One Bites the Dust.” Then they showed off their versatility by finishing off 1980 with the soundtrack for the sci-fi movie Flash Gordon.

One of Queen’s big hits happened spontaneously, as David Bowie came into their studio to sing backup on a track—that performance was nixed, but while he was there, they wrote and recorded “Under Pressure.” That appears on their 1982 album Hot Space. The different sound on the album was a source of contention between Mercury and the rest of the band, and they took a break from performing live while they worked on a new album and pursued side projects. They came back with The Works in 1984, containing “Radio Ga Ga” and “I Want to Break Free.” In July of 1985 came their celebrated performance at the benefit concert Live Aid, which ranked in a 2005 poll as the greatest rock performance of all time. Energized, they recorded the 1986 album A Kind of Magic. That was followed by their final tour with Mercury, where they played to record crowds. In 1989 they released The Miracle, and followed it in 1991 with Innuendo. Mercury, who had been ill for some time, passed away later that year. Nevertheless, the band had enough leftover material, including songs recorded during previous album sessions, for Made in Heaven, released in 1995.

The movie’s popularity has brought Queen’s music back to the forefront—the soundtrack is at #3 on the current Billboard albums chart, the highest position for the band in 38 years, since The Game hit #1 in 1980. It has also brought the song “Bohemian Rhapsody” back into the Hot 100, making it just the second song to chart in three different decades (in addition to its original 1976 release, it also charted in 1992 due to its inclusion in the movie Wayne’s World). It speaks to the fact that Queen’s music is timeless, and your patrons will be looking for it now as they learn about the band and its amazing lead singer due to the incredibly popular movie. Use the links above to find their studio albums, and SmartBrowse the band’s name on our website to find their acclaimed live albums and video of their performances. And for patrons who want to dig more into their history, check out the audiobook Queen Unseen by Peter Hince.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Hot This Week: November 12

Three new movies break onto this week's list, led by the Mila Kunis/Kate McKinnon comedy The Spy Who Dumped Me. In music, a long-awaited new release by superstar crossover tenor Andrea Bocelli bumps the soundtrack to A Star Is Born from the top spot. Stephen King's new novella, his second release of the year, takes over in fiction. And in non-fiction, a memoir from Abbi Jacobson, the co-star of Broad City, is the sole newcomer of the week.

Movies 
  1. The Spy Who Dumped Me (Blu-ray | 4K)
  2. Ant-Man and the Wasp (Blu-ray | 4K)
  3. Skyscraper (Blu-ray | 4K)
  4. Hotel Transylvania 3 (Blu-ray | 4K)
  5. Slender Man (Blu-ray)
  6. Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (Blu-ray)
  7. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (Blu-ray | 4K)
  8. The First Purge (Blu-ray | 4K)
  9. Sicario: Day of the Soldado (Blu-ray | 4K)
  10. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (Blu-ray | 4K)
CD
  1. Andrea Bocelli, Si
  2. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born Soundtrack
  3. Lil Wayne, Tha Carter V
  4. Drake, Scorpion
  5. Travis Scott, Astroworld
  6. Post Malone, Beerbongs & Bentleys
  7. Ella Mai, Ella Mai
  8. Quavo, Quavo Huncho
  9. XXXTENTACION, ?
  10. Eminem, Kamikaze
Fiction
  1. Elevation, Stephen King
  2. The Reckoning, John Grisham
  3. Dark Sacred Night, Michael Connelly
  4. Every Breath, Nicholas Sparks
  5. Unsheltered, Barbara Kingsolver
  6. The Next Person You Meet in Heaven, Mitch Albom
  7. A Spark of Light, Jodi Picoult
  8. Ambush, James Patterson and James O. Born
  9. Holy Ghost, John Sandford
  10. Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
Non-Fiction
  1. Killing the SS, Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
  2. Ship of Fools, Tucker Carlson
  3. Fear, Bob Woodward
  4. Almost Everything, Anne Lamott
  5. Brief Answers to the Big Questions, Stephen Hawking
  6. Leadership, Doris Kearns Goodwin
  7. I Might Regret This, Abbi Jacobson
  8. Educated, Tara Westover
  9. The Coddling of the American Mind, Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt
  10. Presidents of War, Michael Beschloss

Monday, November 5, 2018

Hot This Week: November 5

Halloween has come and gone, and the first list of November is a slow one for new titles. The lone newcomer to the movie list is the hit musical follow-up to the first Mamma Mia film. In music, the Star Is Born soundtrack holds firm at the top for yet another week, followed by the debut LP from the rock sensation Greta Van Fleet. The fiction list is bookended by new novels, with the latest from bestselling author John Grisham topping the list. There's only one new book in non-fiction: The Library Book, a paean to the institution of libraries.

Movies 
  1. Ant-Man and the Wasp (Blu-ray | 4K)
  2. Skyscraper (Blu-ray | 4K)
  3. Hotel Transylvania 3 (Blu-ray | 4K)
  4. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (Blu-ray | 4K)
  5. The First Purge (Blu-ray | 4K)
  6. Sicario: Day of the Soldado (Blu-ray | 4K)
  7. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (Blu-ray | 4K)
  8. Reprisal (Blu-ray)
  9. Solo: A Star Wars Story (Blu-ray | 4K)
  10. Ocean's 8 (Blu-ray)
CD
  1. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born Soundtrack
  2. Greta Van Fleet, Anthem of the Peaceful Army
  3. Disturbed, Evolution
  4. Lil Wayne, Tha Carter V
  5. Drake, Scorpion
  6. Travis Scott, Astroworld
  7. Post Malone, Beerbongs & Bentleys
  8. Quavo, Quavo Huncho
  9. Ella Mai, Ella Mai
  10. Twenty One Pilots, Trench
Fiction
  1. The Reckoning, John Grisham
  2. Every Breath, Nicholas Sparks
  3. The Next Person You Meet in Heaven, Mitch Albom
  4. Unsheltered, Barbara Kingsolver
  5. A Spark of Light, Jodi Picoult
  6. Ambush, James Patterson and James O. Born
  7. Holy Ghost, John Sandford
  8. The Witch Elm, Tana French
  9. Red War, Vince Flynn & Kyle Mills
  10. Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
Non-Fiction
  1. Killing the SS, Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
  2. Ship of Fools, Tucker Carlson
  3. Brief Answers to the Big Questions, Stephen Hawking
  4. Fear, Bob Woodward
  5. Presidents of War, Michael Beschloss
  6. Leadership, Doris Kearns Goodwin
  7. Educated, Tara Westover
  8. Almost Everything, Anne Lamott
  9. The Library Book, Susan Orlean
  10. In Pieces, Sally Field

Monday, October 29, 2018

Hot This Week: October 29

Movies
  1. Skyscraper (Blu-ray | 4K)
  2. Hotel Transylvania 3 (Blu-ray | 4K)
  3. Ant-Man and the Wasp (Blu-ray | 4K)
  4. Reprisal (Blu-ray)
  5. Sicario: Day of the Soldado (Blu-ray | 4K)
  6. The First Purge (Blu-ray | 4K)
  7. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (Blu-ray | 4K)
  8. Solo: A Star Wars Story (Blu-ray | 4K)
  9. Ocean's 8 (Blu-ray)
  10. Hotel Artemis (Blu-ray | 4K)
CD
  1. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born Soundtrack
  2. Quavo, Quavo Huncho
  3. Lil Wayne, Tha Carter V
  4. Ella Mai, Ella Mai
  5. Drake, Scorpion
  6. Twenty One Pilots, Trench
  7. Travis Scott, Astroworld
  8. Post Malone, Beerbongs & Bentleys
  9. Eminem, Kamikaze
  10. XXXTENTACTION, ?
Fiction
  1. Every Breath, Nicholas Sparks
  2. The Next Person You Meet in Heaven, Mitch Albom
  3. Unsheltered, Barbara Kingsolver
  4. A Spark of Light, Jodi Picoult
  5. Ambush, James Patterson and James O. Born
  6. Holy Ghost, John Sandford
  7. The Witch Elm, Tana French
  8. Red War, Vince Flynn & Kyle Mills
  9. Winter in Paradise, Elin Hilderbrand
  10. When We Were Young, Karen Kingsbury
Non-Fiction
  1. Ship of Fools, Tucker Carlson
  2. Killing the SS, Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
  3. Brief Answers to the Big Questions, Stephen Hawking
  4. Fear, Bob Woodward
  5. This Will Only Hurt a Little, Busy Philipps
  6. Presidents of War, Michael Beschloss
  7. Almost Everything, Anne Lamott
  8. In the Hurricane's Eye, Nathaniel Philbrick
  9. Leadership, Doris Kearns Goodwin
  10. In Pieces, Sally Field

Monday, October 22, 2018

Hot This Week: October 22

We hope you and your patrons like new titles, because this week sees them in spades. Three new movies are led by the Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson action thriller Skyscraper. Fully half of the music chart is new, led by the stunning soundtrack for the hit movie A Star Is Born, and also featuring the first new solo album in 24 years from classic rocker Steve Perry. There are a whopping seven new novels on the fiction list, headed up by the long-anticipated sequel to the beloved The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom. There are even two new titles in non-fiction, with the top spot going to the new entry in the bestselling Killing series by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard.

Movies
  1. Skyscraper (Blu-ray | 4K)
  2. Hotel Transylvania 3 (Blu-ray | 4K)
  3. Sicario: Day of the Soldado (Blu-ray | 4K)
  4. The First Purge (Blu-ray | 4K)
  5. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (Blu-ray | 4K)
  6. Hotel Artemis (Blu-ray | 4K)
  7. Solo: A Star Wars Story (Blu-ray | 4K)
  8. Ocean's 8 (Blu-ray)
  9. Uncle Drew (Blu-ray | 4K)
  10. Tag (Blu-ray)
CD
  1. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born Soundtrack
  2. Twenty One Pilots, Trench
  3. Lil Wayne, Tha Carter V
  4. Eric Church, Desperate Man
  5. Steve Perry, Traces
  6. for KING & COUNTRY, Burn the Ships
  7. Drake, Scorpion
  8. Travis Scott, Astroworld
  9. Post Malone, Beerbongs & Bentleys
  10. Eminem, Kamikaze
Fiction
  1. The Next Person You Meet in Heaven, Mitch Albom
  2. Holy Ghost, John Sandford
  3. The Clockmaker's Daughter, Kate Morton
  4. Ambush, James Patterson and James O. Born
  5. Winter in Paradise, Elin Hilderbrand
  6. A Spark of Light, Jodi Picoult
  7. The Witch Elm, Tana French
  8. Killing Commendatore, Haruki Murakami
  9. Red War, Vince Flynn & Kyle Mills
  10. Alaskan Holiday, Debbie Macomber
Non-Fiction 
  1. Killing the SS, Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
  2. Ship of Fools, Tucker Carlson
  3. Presidents of War, Michael Beschloss
  4. Fear, Bob Woodward
  5. Leadership, Doris Kearns Goodwin
  6. In Pieces, Sally Field
  7. Educated, Tara Westover
  8. Good and Mad, Rebecca Traister
  9. Liars, Leakers, and Liberals, Jeanine Pirro
  10. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Neil deGrasse Tyson

Friday, October 19, 2018

Classic Horror Fiction in the Spotlight

Written by Jon Williams

There were no new episodes of Stranger Things this year, with Season 3 of the popular show not coming until 2019. Television lovers looking for their fix of a creepy show to binge watch to get them in the Halloween spirit, however, are in luck anyway. The latest sensation is The Haunting of Hill House, a loose adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s classic 1959 horror novel, bringing it into the modern day and spreading it across ten episodes exploring the lives of a family who spent a fateful summer in the titular house and the rest of their lives dealing with the aftermath. Show creator Mike Flanagan is well known to horror fans, with movies like Oculus and Ouija: Origin of Evil to his credit. He also recently adapted the Stephen King novel Gerald’s Game, and is working on the author’s Doctor Sleep (coming in 2020) as well.

The show is certain to spur new interest in Shirley Jackson’s novel, and the author’s other works are great for this time of year as well. One such novel is We Have Always Lived in the Castle, a gothic murder mystery from 1962. She also wrote a non-fiction exploration of the Salem Witch Trials, The Witchcraft of Salem Village, in 1956. All of these titles are available in the audio format on hoopla as well, as is a collection of short stories that includes “The Lottery,” perhaps her most famous and chilling work.

This is also a great time to promote other classic horror fiction to your patrons. That begins, of course, with Mary Shelley’s 1823 novel Frankenstein. This story of a creature cobbled together and animated by a young scientist has been adapted any number of times over the years, perhaps most famously in 1931 with Boris Karloff as the monster. The most recent, 2015’s Victor Frankenstein, starred James McAvoy as Dr. Frankenstein and Daniel Radcliffe as his assistant Igor. Starting in 2005, bestselling novelist Dean Koontz (an author whose work horror fans would do well to explore) put out a five-book series bringing Frankenstein and his monster into modern times.

And of course, it’s impossible to mention Frankenstein without also mentioning Dracula, the seminal vampire novel published in 1897 by Bram Stoker. Like Frankenstein, Dracula too received a 1931 adaptation, with Bela Lugosi in the starring role, although an earlier, unlicensed adaptation, Nosferatu, rivals that version as the most famous. The vampire novel is one of the most enduring horror traditions, with iconic tales like Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend and Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire just two examples. More recently, Canadian author Dacre Stoker has taken up the tale originated by his ancestor, co-authoring 2009’s Dracula, the Un-Dead, a direct sequel to the original, and the just-released Dracul, a prequel written in part from documents Bram Stoker left behind.

And this is just scratching the surface of classic horror. Other works include the stories of Edgar Allan Poe, The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irvine,  At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft, Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury, and The Woman in Black by Susan Hill, to name just a few. And although they’re perhaps more well known for their terrifying movie adaptations, Ira Levin’s Rosemary’s Baby and William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist bear mention as well. There’s a lot to choose from for those who love things that go bump in the night. What are some of your and/or your patrons’ favorites? Let us know!

Monday, October 15, 2018

Hot This Week: October 15

There's a whole lot of new music on this week's list, from the highly anticipated new Carter installment from Lil Wayne to a posthumous collection from Tom Petty's acclaimed career. Four new fiction titles are led by the latest from Jodi Picoult, while non-fiction sees new additions from famous personalities Tucker Carlson, Stormy Daniels, Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman, and Monty Python's Eric Idle.

Movies
  1. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (Blu-ray | 4K)
  2. Uncle Drew (Blu-ray | 4K)
  3. Solo: A Star Wars Story (Blu-ray | 4K)
  4. Ocean's 8 (Blu-ray)
  5. Tag (Blu-ray)
  6. Deadpool 2 (Blu-ray | 4K)
  7. Gotti (Blu-ray)
  8. Siberia (Blu-ray)
  9. Hereditary (Blu-ray | 4K)
  10. Adrift (Blu-ray)
CD
  1. Lil Wayne, Tha Carter V
  2. Cher, Dancing Queen
  3. Drake, Scorpion
  4. Eminem, Kamikaze
  5. Travis Scott, Astroworld
  6. Post Malone, Beerbongs & Bentleys
  7. Tom Petty, An American Treasure
  8. XXXTENTACION, ?
  9. Ariana Grande, Sweetener
  10. Nicki Minaj, Queen
Fiction
  1. A Spark of Light, Jodi Picoult
  2. Red War, Vince Flynn & Kyle Mills
  3. An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, Hank Green
  4. Alaskan Holiday, Debbie Macomber
  5. Blood Communion, Anne Rice
  6. Juror #3, James Patterson and Nancy Allen
  7. Lethal White, Robert Galbraith
  8. War of the Wolf, Bernard Cornwell
  9. Transcription, Kate Atkinson
  10. Shadow Tyrants, Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison
Non-Fiction 
  1. Ship of Fools, Tucker Carlson
  2. Fear, Bob Woodward
  3. In Pieces, Sally Field
  4. Good and Mad, Rebecca Traister
  5. Leadership, Doris Kearns Goodwin
  6. Educated, Tara Westover
  7. Full Disclosure, Stormy Daniels
  8. The Greatest Love Story Ever Told, Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman
  9. Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, Eric Idle
  10. Liars, Leakers, and Liberals, Jeanine Pirro

Monday, October 8, 2018

Hot This Week: October 8

The latest installment in the Jurassic Park franchise stands strong, while the new Star Wars standalone featuring the youthful adventures of Han Solo breaks onto the movie list. Multiplatinum singer Josh Groban's anticipated new album tops the chart in music, where a posthumous release from Prince shows up as well. Hank Green's debut novel tops the list in fiction, and two new titles break onto the list in non-fiction.

Movies
  1. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (Blu-ray | 4K)
  2. Uncle Drew (Blu-ray | 4K)
  3. Solo: A Star Wars Story (Blu-ray | 4K)
  4. Ocean's 8 (Blu-ray)
  5. Tag (Blu-ray)
  6. Deadpool 2 (Blu-ray | 4K)
  7. Gotti (Blu-ray)
  8. Siberia (Blu-ray)
  9. Hereditary (Blu-ray | 4K)
  10. Adrift (Blu-ray)
CD
  1. Josh Groban, Bridges
  2. Eminem, Kamikaze
  3. Drake, Scorpion
  4. Post Malone, Beerbongs & Bentleys
  5. Carrie Underwood, Cry Pretty
  6. Lauren Daigle, Look Up Child
  7. Ariana Grande, Sweetener
  8. Prince, Piano & a Microphone 1983
  9. Nicki Minaj, Queen
  10. XXXTENTACION, ?
Fiction
  1. An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, Hank Green
  2. Red War, Vince Flynn & Kyle Mills
  3. Juror #3, James Patterson and Nancy Allen
  4. Transcription, Kate Atkinson
  5. Lethal White, Robert Galbraith
  6. Shadow Tyrants, Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison
  7. In His Father's Footsteps, Danielle Steel
  8. Leverage in Death, J.D. Robb
  9. The Outsider, Stephen King
  10. The President Is Missing, James Patterson and Bill Clinton
Non-Fiction 
  1. Fear, Bob Woodward
  2. In Pieces, Sally Field
  3. The Dichotomy of Leadership, Jocko Willink and Leif Babin
  4. Leadership, Doris Kearns Goodwin
  5. Educated, Tara Westover
  6. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, Yuval Noah Harari
  7. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Neil deGrasse Tyson
  8. How to Be a Good Creature, Sy Montgomery
  9. The Deep State, Jason Chaffetz
  10. The Russia Hoax, Gregg Jarrett

Friday, October 5, 2018

Celebrate 15 Years of The Walking Dead

Written by Jon Williams

On October 8, 2003, The Walking Dead issue #1 hit comic shops everywhere. Coming right on the heels of the acclaimed movie 28 Days Later, it helped start a snowball effect to begin the zombie craze that is still building to this day. Now, The Walking Dead is still going strong as a comic series, with issue #184 coming out earlier this week, and creator Robert Kirkman saying the end is still “far away off.” In conjunction with the fifteenth anniversary of the first issue’s release, October 13 has been designated as Walking Dead Day. To help your library celebrate with your patrons, here’s a look at the pop culture phenomenon that The Walking Dead has become.

The namesake television series The Walking Dead premiered, fittingly enough, on Halloween, October 31, 2010. Like the comic, it centered on Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), a small-town sheriff who awakes from a coma to find the hospital he is in, as well as the world outside, overrun by zombies. His life becomes a fight for survival as he struggles to figure out what’s going on and search for other survivors, particularly his family. The show has been a sensation, breaking viewership records for a cable series, and has gone on through its various seasons to explore the threat posed by other human survivors, personified by such memorable villains as the Governor (David Morrissey) and Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), as well as the ever-present zombie menace. This Sunday, October 7, the ninth season debuts, with this being notable as Andrew Lincoln’s last, as the show will shift its focus to Daryl (Norman Reedus) and Maggie (Lauren Cohan) as they attempt to lead the survivors.

With the show’s success, it’s no surprise that it has spawned a spinoff of its own. Unlike The Walking Dead, which began more or less with the zombie apocalypse already underway, Fear the Walking Dead explores what it was like to experience the world descending into chaos. Debuting in August of 2015, it follows Madison (Kim Dickens) and Travis (Cliff Curtis) as they try desperately to keep their family alive and together. The fourth season, which just concluded on September 30, brought the two shows together with the introduction of Morgan, a character originated by Lennie James in the first season of The Walking Dead and brought back in season 5. Fear the Walking Dead has been picked up for its own fifth season, as it and the original show seem poised to continue far into the future.

The Walking Dead began its life in the comic format, but it has expanded into other areas of publishing as well. In 2011, the novel Rise of the Governor brought the backstory of that intriguing villain to life, and it was followed by The Road to Woodbury and The Fall of the Governor Parts 1 and 2 to round out the story arc. Series creator Robert Kirkman teamed up with writer Jay Bonansinga to tell the Governor’s story, and then Bonansinga continued on with four more novels: Descent, Invasion, Search and Destroy, and Return to Woodbury. Fans of the comic series and the show won’t want to miss these stories that delve into the niches of beloved characters and settings.

With so much content available, and plenty more on the way, fans of The Walking Dead are everywhere, and they’ll be looking for ways to celebrate on October 13. Make sure you have plenty of zombie-related media on your shelves for them to check out. And for those who just can’t wait, point them toward hoopla, where they can find Jay Bonansinga’s audiobooks, as well as the entire comic series, available with no holds and no waiting.