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Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
Reviewed by Morgan Hayes

I have spent my whole life avoiding the Jurassic Park franchise. In fact, I didn’t even realize that Jurassic Park was also a novel until this year! (That’s how much I avoided it).

Then, by chance, I happened to watch the scene from Jurassic World where Jimmy Buffet flees from some Pterodactyls while carrying two margaritas and in that moment I knew this series was for me.

I immediately checked out Jurassic Park and read the whole book in less than twenty-four hours. It was that good! If you are like me, and unfamiliar with Jurassic Park, the story revolves around the disastrous attempt to create an amusement park with living dinosaurs as the main attraction. This novel is action packed right from the start and so you won’t be able to put the book down until you know what happens to the ensemble of characters in the story (many of whom, you will either love or hate). This book is also very scientific, but in a way that anyone can understand (and it will make you feel smart while reading).

I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes action, science fiction, or mystery. It will satisfy all of your reading needs!

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The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North

Reviewed by Chris Wilkes


When Harry August dies, he is reborn in the exact same moment and place that he was born. He retains the knowledge and memories from all his previous lives. He learns many languages and dies in World War II multiple times. He is a professor, doctor, and spy at different times across his multiple lives.

There are other individuals that have this same ability of looping back through time; they are known as the Cronus Club. This club helps members in their younger years. Most of the times these members live decadent lives and are little concerned with the lives of “linears.” They do try to prevent disruptions in the time lines.

Harry learns the world is ending and that members of the Cronus Club are dying off. He seeks to uncover this mystery that will take him several lives to unwind.

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Star Wars Graphic Novels

Reviewed by Adult Services Librarian Chris Wilkes

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is being released this Christmas.  Marvel Comics has been releasing new Star Wars comics over the past several months from some of the best writers and illustrators in the comic’s industry. These new comics are considered canon and are part of the greater expanded universe.

Star Wars Graphic Novels Darth Vader Graphic Novel Princess Leia Graphic Novel

The three graphic novels Star Wars: Skywalker Strikes, Star Wars: Darth Vader, and Star Wars: Princess Leia take place immediately following the events of Episode IV: A New Hope.

In Star Wars: Skywalker Strikes, the rebels have just secured a major victory by destroying the Death Star.  They attempt to go on the offensive. Skywalker also learns more about his new Force powers

In Star Wars: Darth Vader, the story follows the character of Darth Vader as he seeks information on who the X-wing pilot is that destroyed the Death Star.

In Star Wars: Princess Leia, Leia must deal with the fact that her home planet Alderaan has been destroyed. She attempts to save her fellow Alderaans that are living throughout the galaxy that the Empire is hunting down.

Star Wars Kanan Graphic Novel

Star Wars: Kanan describes the origins of Kanan Jarus  from Star Wars: Rebels. Kanan had once been a young Jedi padawan, who barely survives Order 66 that kills off all the Jedi in Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.

Star Wars Shattered Empire Graphic Novel

Star Wars: Shattered Empire takes place following the events of Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi. We follow several characters as they try to defeat the last remnants of the Empire. This is a great lead in to the new movie.

All of these comics are highly recommended for any fan of the Star Wars.

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