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Have You Heard About... Last of the Sandwalkers

… the grand city of New Coleopolis? In Jay Hosler’s Last of the Sandwalkers, five great beetles set out to explore the deadly desert surrounding their home. (Well, ok, four great beetles and one great big jerk.) They are scientists and adventurers, out to discover what they can about the world outside their city’s walls.

Have You Heard About... Horns

… the guy who went to bed drunk and woke up with horns growing out of his head? Joe Hill’s aptly titled horror novel, Horns, begins just like this when Ig Parrish wakes up with a fresh set of horns and the supernatural power to control other people’s actions.

Have You Heard About... Zen Pencils

… motivational posters with “inspiring” quotations and pictures? Zen Pencils, by Gavin Aung Than, is what they want to be when they grow up. Mr. Than takes wonderful quotations by a wide variety of people and draws cartoons to accompany them. The resulting artwork is truly inspirational.

Have You Heard About... The Age of Miracles

…what happens if the earth’s rotation starts to slow?  Karen Thompson Walker gives us a thoughtful and bittersweet answer in her literary apocalyptic debut novel, The Age of Miracles

Have You Heard About... Jurassic Park

… why genetically engineering dinosaurs is a bad idea? (Of course you have - who isn’t familiar with Jurassic Park by this point?)

Have You Heard About... What If?

… what would happen if we all pointed lasers at the moon, or everyone on the earth went to the same place and jumped at the same time, or how to make a jetpack out of machine guns? Randall Munroe explains the results of all of those situations and many more in What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions.

Have You Heard About... The Dinner

… the civilized dinner between two families that slowly dissolves into violence and savagery? The Dinner by Herman Koch has received a good mix of positive and negative reviews and was named one of the Best Books of 2013, so of course I had to give it a try.

Have You Heard About... Catification

… the great things you can do to make your home better for your cat?

Have You Heard About... The Never List

… the woman who spent three years in the basement of an intelligent and ruthless psychopath? Thankfully, I’m talking about a fictional novel: The Never List by Koethi Zan. Sarah is a young woman in her early 30’s who spent three years in her abductor’s basement. Her best friend, Jennifer, was also captured and forced to live in the basement, but Jennifer never made it out.

Have You Heard About... Wickedly Dangerous

… Baba Yagas? They may have their roots in Russian folklore, but these witches are perfectly comfortable in the present-day United States. More than a name, “Baba Yaga” is now a title shared by several women around the world, including Barbara Yager, the heroine of Deborah Blake’s Wickedly Dangerous*.

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