Patron Page Turners

Patron Page Turners

 

 

Patron Page Turners is a new way for us to build a stronger sense of community between our patrons who are spread throughout North Carolina, and the library. With Patron Page Turners, our patrons (and staff) can share their thoughts and feelings about different books they read and perhaps make recommendations of what books to read next.

 

Reviews by Our Patrons for Our Patrons

Latest Review: A Street Cat Named Bob and How He Saved My Life

Much has been written about the relationship between humans and animals. Therapy dogs go to nursing homes, and dogs help people who are blind or have other disabilities. Dogs sniff out drugs and help find lost people for law enforcement. They ease life for returning veterans suffering PTSD. Some research has even shown that petting an animal can lower blood pressure. But what can a CAT do?

It seemed that the cat Bob’s fur wasn’t quite right the night James Bowen found him on the doorstep of one of the apartments in his building. But then James wasn’t quite right either. He was living in supported housing and visiting the pharmacist each day for his fix of methadone. He worked as a musician in the streets of London, living on money people threw into his guitar case. But Bob changed all of that in ways James never could have imagined.

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Latest Review: FEED: Newsflesh Book 1, by Mira Grant

FEED is a political thriller set in a world trying to cope with an ongoing pandemic. Sound familiar?

This is a “zombie” novel. There are living dead. But the zombies serve less as a source of scares and more as a catalyst to a society changing to cope with an on-going biological threat to life. FEED is set in a near-future America that feels very familiar, but is also a world struggling to maintain normalcy during a pandemic two decades old.

The plot of FEED revolves around a sister and brother team who operate a popular online news site and become involved in covering a presidential election. As in any political thriller, there are secrets to be uncovered and conspiracies to be revealed. Against this background of journalism and politics, zombies show up at the worst possible time leading to plenty of running and shooting.

The most fascinating aspect of the book, however, is the world-building and how it feels disturbingly prophetic in the age of Coronavirus. Many of the possibilities we see daily on the news are on full display in FEED. For example, testing for infection is a routine part of everyone’s life. Close personal contact has been minimized and crowd sizes are limited. Even generational changes come have about because younger people aren’t as comfortable with things like handshaking or hugging since they’ve grown up in a time when those behaviors have been discouraged. Also humans have lost contact with pets and farm animals because all larger animals are potential carriers of the zombie virus. Ultimately, while hordes of flesh-eating zombies are still pure fiction, many of the social elements in FEED feel perfectly believable (and disturbing) in the wake of Coronavirus.

If you do like FEED, there are three more novels in the series as well as a collection of novellas and short stories set in that world. Mira Grant is a pseudonym for author Seanan McGuire, multiple Hugo and Nebula award winner.

Review by Clay Griffith

From our catalog: DB77374

Order this title online through the talking book number link below, by calling NCLBPH and requesting a copy or by downloading the title from BARD.

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