The Parliament by Aimee Pokwatka: Compelling Drama

“Murder owls are extreme,” Jude said. “What’s more extreme than murder owls?” Madigan Purdy is stuck in her home town library. When tens of thousands of owls descend on the building, rending and tearing at anyone foolish enough to step outside, Mad is tasked with keeping her students safe, and distracted, while they seek a […]

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Out and About: Tempe Fan-Con 2024

For our next Out and About, Duncan’s Books and More will be coming to you at one of our favorite events, Tempe Fan-Con 2024 on January 27th, next Saturday. Ever since the first year we attended, we’ve loved coming out, selling our books, merchandise and working with authors, this library sponsored day has been a

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Emily Wilde’s Map of the Otherlands by Heather Fawcett: Enchanting Sequel

Emily Wilde is a genius scholar of faerie folklore who just wrote the world’s first comprehensive encyclopaedia of faeries. She’s learned many of the secrets of the Hidden Ones on her adventures . . . and also from her fellow scholar and former rival Wendell Bambleby.  Because Bambleby is more than infuriatingly charming. He’s an

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“Role Play”: Humorous Situations

I was very curious about this film that stars Kaley Cuoco and David Oyelowo. While it’s a premise that’s been seen before, typically the unsuspecting spouse is the female. In this film, the spy is played by Kaley with David Oyelowo playing the trusting husband. While much of the film is what you expect, there

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“The Beekeeper”: Mesmerizing Action

I like action films. I also like Jason Statham. He had a tendency to give us films with explosive action that are thrill rides. “The Beekeeper” perfectly encapsulates Statham’s strengths, giving us a thrill packed film with mesmerizing action, an interesting plot premise and witty repartee along with a side helping of pointed commentary on

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Freud’s Last Session: Thoughtful Discussion

When I heard about “Freud’s Last Session”, I contemplated what it would delve into. Rather than a film that simply documented historical facts about Sigmund Freud, this movie weaves together a fictional meeting between Freud and C.S.Lewis into the historical truths of both men’s lives with the events of World World II. The movie expounds

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A Feast for Starving Stone by Beth Cato: Stunning Conclusion

Two countries at war. A delicious taste of magic. And a fierce princess comes of age in a rousing adventure by the author of A Thousand Recipes for Revenge. Princess Solenn’s marriage into royalty should have unified the continental neighbors of Verdania and Solenn’s homeland of Braiz against a common enemy: the country of Albion.

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Mislaid in Parts Half-Known by Seanan McGuire: Exquisite Story

Antsy is the latest student to pass through the doors at Eleanor West’s School for Wayward Children. When the school’s (literally irresistible) mean girl realizes that Antsy’s talent for finding absolutely anything may extend to doors, Antsy is forced to flee in the company of a small group of friends, looking for a way back

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“Night Swim”: Taps into Primal Fears

From the first moment I saw trailers of “Night Swim”, I was intrigued. The concept that the horror revolves around a swimming pool was interesting, especially since for a lot of people, like myself, a swimming pool equates with summer fun, not fear. But in this film, it taps into primal fears of drowning, portals,

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“Valdemar: The Founding of Valdemar” by Mercedes Lackey: Wonderful Origin Story

The refugees from the Empire have established a thriving city called Haven with the help of the Tayledras and their allies. But the Tayledras have begun a slow withdrawal to the dangerous lands known as the Pelagirs, leaving the humans of Haven to find their own way. But even with Haven settled, the lands around

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