Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Tuesday's New DVD Releases

Tuesday's New DVD Releases
DVD Releases

Here are the DVD releases for next Tuesday, 3 May 2011:

How does the brain work?

Magic and the Brains - featuring magicians Penn and Teller; Artificial Intelligence; Mind Control; and Profile: Neuroscientist David Eagleman.

Ben 10 Ultimate Alien - Power Struggle

In a final showdown that he never saw coming, Ben wrestles with an unexpected twist of fate. But first Gwen takes the team to a dimension of magic where they are forced to rely on her old enemy Charmcaster to survive. Then, Kevin volunteers to return to the Null Void prison to settle an old score. Finally, Ben gets angry when Gwen recruits Darkstar to help them defeat the most surprising enemy of all in a last stand they can't bring themselves to fight.

Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe - Collection 7

Mike Rowe takes on more of America's unsavory undertakings; from Animal Control Specialist, Worm Grunter, Chicken Buster, and Exotic Nanny, Mike does it all! There's a lot to learn as he introduces an elite assortment of men and women who make their living doing the most unthinkable and unimaginable jobs.

The Green Hornet

Britt Reid is a rich, playboy with a direction-less life. After his father dies, Britt inherits his vast media empire where he meets employee, Kato. The two realize that they have a chance to do something worthwhile with their lives by fighting crime, so Britt becomes the Green Hornet.

With the help of Britt's secretary, the two begin hunting down Benjamin Chudnofsky, the man who controls LA's gritty underworld. But Chudnofsky has plans of his own: to swat down The Green Hornet once and for all.

Pirates! Scourge of the Seven Seas

Get ready to set sail with pirates Sir Francis Drake, Captain Kidd, and Blackbeard, some of the most treacherous and cunning characters who ever set sail, and who are, in reality, more colorful than their legends suggest.

Which of these will have the most requests next week?

This week’s release with the most requests is President's book of secrets with 71 requests.

Donkey Xote had 68 requests,
3 Idiots had 62 requests,
Forgiveness had 21 requests,
Sniper - Inside the crosshairs had 21 requests,
Afraid of the dark had 17 requests,
Underwater Universe had 16 requests,
Samurai had 11 requests,
After Armageddon had 10 requests,
Pearl Harbor had 9 requests,
Unsung Heroes of Pearl Harbor had 9 requests,
Where did we come from? had 9 requests,
Jews and Baseball had 8 requests,
Lucky had 8 requests,
Most extreme airports had 8 requests,
Who really discovered America? had 8 requests,
Fly Away had 7 requests,
San Francisco Earthquake had 6 requests,
Custer's Last Stand had 5 requests,
Stonewall Uprising had 5 requests,
Hindenburg had 4 requests,
Apocalypse Island had 3 requests,
Greely Expedition had 3 requests,
Hiroshima had 3 requests,
Making Stuff had 3 requests,
Alamo had 2 requests,
Iwo Jima - Fight to the death had 2 requests,
Alamo Tech had 1 request,
Andrew Jackson had 1 request,
Death Masks had 1 request, and
How Life Began had 1 request.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Book Review: The Secret Lives of Princesses

The Secret Lives of Princesses
Philippe Lechermeier
Illustrated by Rebecca Dautremer

The Secret Lives of Princesses provides a whimsical look at several princesses you probably haven't heard of.

You'll meet some amazing royal ladies like Princess Paige, who spends her time reading everything she can get her hands on. You'll also meet Babbling Brooke, who chatters nonstop, and Oblivia, who has no memory at all, only a big black hole in its place. Explore over 80 pages of bold, beautiful, and just plain bad princesses.

The best thing about The Secret Lives of Princesses is Rebecca Dautremer's illustrations. It's worth checking out this book for the pictures alone. Each princess described by Philippe Lechermeier comes to life and bursts from the pages. The Secret Life of Princesses if a beautifully done book and will captivate princess lovers of all ages.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

CD Review: Live in Japan, Rodrigo y Gabriela

Live in Japan
by Rodrigo y Gabriela

How about some heavy metal infused flamenco! That's my best description for the acoustic guitar duo, Rodrigo y Gabriela. Stylistically, the music is much more hard rock than flamenco, let alone classical guitar. The instrumentation can be disorienting--in a good way--making the duo hard to categorize. This, of course, is exactly what appeals to me!

The duo got their start playing the heavy metal club scene in Mexico City, never quite making it as a viable band. They ended up in Dublin, Ireland and starting playing street corners, now touring the world.

Rodrigo y Gabriela's style seems to me to bring the guitar full circle. After the evolution of guitar styles from classical, to blues, to rock 'n roll, to heavy metal, they bring the most extreme electric guitar stylings back to the original instrument.

Of course, I'm generalizing about the band. Not all of the music is strictly heavy metal. While most of their music is original, I think I hear Dave Brubeck's Take 5 on one track. Plus, they do an obvious cover of Metallica's One, and at times they sound a bit like the Eagles.

Many quality guitarists occasionally make accidental popping and sliding sounds while their fingers move over the strings. Rodrigo y Gabriela appear to use these sounds deliberately, not to mention incorporating all sorts of drumming sounds, obviously influenced by flamenco but adding to the overall authenticity of the acoustic heavy metal sound.

I recommend this CD and DVD!

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Tuesday's New DVD Releases

Here are the DVD releases for next Tuesday, 26 April 2011:

3 Idiots

Rascal. Joker. Dreamer. Genius. You've never met a college student quite like 'Rancho.' From the moment he arrives at India's most prestigious university, Rancho's outlandish schemes turn the campus upside down - along with the lives of his two newfound best friends. Together, they make life miserable for 'Virus,' the school's uptight and heartless dean. But when Rancho catches the eye of the dean's sexy daughter, Virus sets his sights on flunking out the three idiots, once and for all.

Afraid of the dark

Go back to a time before the invention of artificial light and experience a world petrified in the pitch of darkness, when fear ruled the night. Throughout the ages, real and imagined terror existed in the absence of light, and the nighttime was anything but relaxing. Explore all the reasons why the dark was so feared throughout the eras. Viewers go around the globe to places where real night still exits, and examine the modern-day fear factor when the lights go out during blackouts.

After Armageddon

What would happen if a doomsday scenario were to unfold in America? What would people do? Where would they go? How would they survive? Documented is what life might be like for one Los Angeles family in the wake of a hypothetical global flu pandemic that kills billions around the world and leaves America in total chaos. Provided is a chilling theoretical account of the worst-case scenario for global disaster.


Bill Chemerka, founder of the Alamo Historical Society, helps What Went Down re-create a view from above that was impossible to see in 1836. Chermerka's encyclopedic knowledge of all things Alamo, a site tour to the Alamo, and stories shared by the descendents of the event, combined with CGI and 'green screen' movie special effects, combine to create an aerial view of the final moments of the attack, as the Texans made their last stand.

Alamo Tech

Much has been recorded about the human drama that unfolded at the former mission back in 1836, little is known about the role technology played in the standoff. Discover how the relentless Mexican army used unconventional tactics such as music, uniforms, and other psychological devices to take the Alamo's band of defenders off their guard. Forensic evidence, and archival material help highlight the Texans' battle preparations, while experts detail how the fort quickly turned into a death trap.

Andrew Jackson

Presented is the fascinating and powerful life story of America's seventh president, Andrew Jackson. From his days as a courier during the Revolutionary War, which lead to his incarceration as a prisoner of war, to his decision to sign into law the controversial Indian Removal Act, which caused the death of untold numbers of Native Americans, to his own 1845 death at his Nashville estate, this special presentation tracks the remarkable life and career of this uniquely American figure.

Apocalypse Island

Does a remote island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean hold the final clue to the Mayan's apocalyptic predictions concerning 2012? One explorer thinks he's discovered the answers that have eluded man for centuries. Jim Turner stumbled on this remote artifact over a decade ago and has spent the past ten years preparing an expedition to prove that this is the place they foretold that the gods would come to watch the final minutes of civilization as viewers know it.

Custer's Last Stand

Doug Scott, is acknowledged as one of the premier experts on Custer's Last Stand. Scott has always wanted to see this dark moment in American military history through the eyes of survivor Lieutenant Edward Godfrey. His knowledge would be key to finally bringing the entire story to light with a team of Hollywood producers. It was up to the production team to make his vision a reality. Scott wrangles the team to Hardin, Montana to finally re-create the Battle of Little Bighorn correctly.

Death Masks

Before the advent of photography, one of the most effective ways of preserving authentic visages of the dead was through the creation of death masks. Some of history's most notable figures left behind detailed casts of their faces, created at their moment of death, to capture their physical memory for eternity. Hear from experts in forensic science and anthropology, who use death masks to provide startling new insights into the persistent mysteries surrounding these historic icons.

Donkey Xote

Follow Rucio, the most adventurous, brave, and mischievous donkey of Castile as he tells the true story of the legendary Don Quixote. Rucio jumps at the opportunity to join Don Quixote on his quest to battle The Half Moon Knight and overcome the dangerous obstacles that lurks them on the way.

Fly Away

A single mother struggles to cope and find peace for her teenage daughter, who suffers from severe autism.


Explores the act of forgiveness through a wide range of stories, from adultery and personal betrayal to the post-genocidal reconciliation of nations. It focuses on specific instances of affliction - one family torn apart by abandonment, the post-apartheid Truth and Reconciliation hearings in South Africa, and the memories of '60s radicals coping with their violent acts of protest.

Greely Expedition

In 1881, twenty-five men led by Lieutenant Adolphus Greely sailed from the harbor of St. John's, Newfoundland. Their destination was Lady Franklin Bay in the high Arctic, where they planned to collect a wealth of scientific data from a vast area of the world's surface that had been described by a British admiral as a 'sheer blank'. Three years later, only six survivors returned, with a daunting story of shipwreck, starvation, mutiny and cannibalism.


Dr. John Provan has spent most of his adult life researching airships, and is considered among the world's foremost experts on the Hindenburg disaster. His guidance is key in the retelling of this truly iconic event in a way never shown before: from the inside. To re-create the tragedy, he takes a team of documentary producers to his home in Germany to show them all things airship for the final re-creation. Will one of history's most iconic events be seen in a way that forever redefines it?


On August 6, 1945, the U.S. Army Air Forces dropped history's first offensive nuclear bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, changing the world forever. Contrary to popular belief, no known film footage exists of the exact moment of detonation over Hiroshima. To remedy this, the 'What Went Down' crew along with WWII historian Martin Morgan attempts to present this horrific event. This one-of-kind documentary reveals the crucial moments of one of the most staggering events in world history.

How Life Began

Was life triggered by some event, like lightning hitting a pond full of amino acids? Earth was teeming with life billions of years before the dinosaurs existed. Single-celled organisms inundated the oceans, and the soil swarmed with living creatures. Where did it all come from and how did it go from a single-celled organism to a trillion-celled organism like Man? Cutting-edge science is testing out answers about life's origins and how life can be created on new worlds, even this one.

Iwo Jima - Fight to the death

It is perhaps the most iconic image of WWII: six U.S. soldiers strain to raise the American flag atop Iwo Jima's Mt. Suribachi in the midst of a gory battle. Yet, before and after the shot was taken, it was the tale of bloodshed, bravery, and loss that defined this historic conflict. Follow along, through the eyes of the men who survived to tell their shocking stories. Watch as a U.S. corporal takes out an entire Japanese bunker complex with a modified aircraft machine gun, and much more.

Jews and Baseball

Traces the Jewish involvement in the history of the sport from the game's earliest days, through the tumultuous war years to today's All-Star games. By analyzing various stages in this history, including how the legendary Sandy Koufax pioneered rights for players and Hank Greenberg's support of Jackie Robinson, the film demonstrates how Jews shaped baseball, and baseball shaped them.


A look at the lottery system in the United States and how it changed the lives of a few average people, from a Vietnamese refugee to an outcast living with numerous cats in a run-down home.

Making Stuff

Step behind the headlines as Making Stuff dramatizes the human stories woven into the current wave of hi-tech breakthroughs. Hosted by the New York Times' lively technology correspondent David Pogue, each hour in this four-part series explores the talent, luck, and determination that can turn a wild idea into a cutting-edge material or high-tech breakthrough.

Most extreme airports

Many airports constructed just 50 years ago may not be sufficient to handle the demands of 21st century aircraft. This special unpacks the particular problems of the world's most extreme airports and examines the engineering behind them, from centuries-old territorial battles that have led to unsafe layouts, to geographical challenges like wind currents and natural obstacles that make these places unfit for travel.

Pearl Harbor

Is the historical portrayal of the attack on Pearl Harbor as seen in movies accurate? Author, Dr. Donald Goldstein, leads a team of producers on a site survey of Pearl Harbor to revisit the attack and the lucky shot that sunk the USS Arizona on December 7, 1941. Weaving together interviews with survivors who share their stories from that fateful day, and computer animation, the Pearl Harbor attack is re-created, as one of the most significant and traumatic events in American history.

President's book of secrets

What secrets have been passed down to each United States president? The fascinating truths behind some of the most confidential secrets in American history. Interviews with former intelligence operatives, renowned historians and archivists show how classified information is treated in the highest circles of political power, how it's preserved throughout history, and who ensures continuity when a new leader is elected.


Actor/martial arts champ, Mark Dacascos, explores the story of Miyamoto Musashi, the most famous Samurai of all time, and trains in the weaponry and wisdom of Japan's great warriors. Set to the action-packed, battle-scarred backdrop of Japan's warrior tradition, viewers are taken on an immersive journey through historic Japan in the footsteps of Musashi, Japan's legendary swordsman and warrior.

San Francisco Earthquake

The San Francisco earthquake was a moment in history that has been gotten wrong. Author, James Dalessandro, is the world's foremost expert on the disaster. He'd like to see the destruction of City Hall in 1906. The first step in telling the story correctly was to understand the full scope of the damage. So Dalessandro got the full investigation of what really happened in 1906 by taking a documentary team to an earthquake destruction tour in San Francisco.

Sniper - Inside the crosshairs

The deadliest weapon on the battlefield is neither the bullet nor the gun, it's the lone sniper. Through the scopes of the world's most precise marksmen, viewers are taken on a journey to discover the science and psychology behind the most extreme shots in military history. Deconstruct well-known missions, from Vietnam to Iraq to Afghanistan, by hearing firsthand recollections from the soldiers who were there and whose fingers pulled the triggers. Meet Canadian sniper Rob Furlong, and much more.

Stonewall Uprising

Explores the dramatic event that launched a worldwide rights movement. When police raided a Mafia-run gay bar in Greenwich Village, the Stonewall Inn on June 28, 1969, gay men and women did something they had not done before: they fought back. As the streets of New York erupted into violent protests and street demonstrations, the collective anger announced that the gay rights movement had arrived.

Underwater Universe

From tidal waves to storm surges to underwater volcanoes, the staggering power of the world's oceans has proved a destructive force for humankind throughout time. Track the history and evolution of the seven deadliest underwater zones on the planet at locations that have been the setting for events such as floods, tsunamis, hurricanes, and whirlpools, to name a few. Discover how people today have learned to avoid some of these catastrophes, and much more.

Unsung Heroes of Pearl Harbor

When American forces at Pearl Harbor were caught by surprise on the morning of December 7, 1941, nearly every soldier, sailor, and marine at the doomed base rallied to resist the attack. By visiting the sites where they made their desperate last stands and reliving every aspect of the onslaught by the Imperial Japanese Navy, viewers can pay homage to the U.S. servicemen whose courage, valor, and sacrifice have long been overshadowed by the devastating defeat.

Where did we come from?

Host Neil deGrasse Tyson will tackle one of science's major challenges in each episode, framed as a simple question that ordinary people wonder and worry about. Neil will guide us as he explores dramatic discoveries and the frontiers of research that connect each central, provocative mystery. Episode includes: ORIGINS OF LIFE: Scientists have long argued that billions of years ago, life emerged on its own, from the self-assembly of non-living matter, but no knows exactly how.

Who really discovered America?

Did a number of explorers discover the New World long before Christopher Columbus staked his claim in 1492? Explore the possibility that the Chinese, Japanese, Polynesians, Norse, Welsh, Irish, Ancient Hebrews, and the Solutreans all made it to the Americas earlier than Columbus. Rebuild the ships, trace the routes, test the artifacts, and analyze blood evidence to finally learn the answer to one of the greatest mysteries of all time: who really discovered America?

Which of these will have the most requests next week?

This week’s release with the most requests is The King's Speech with 1088 requests.

Gulliver's Travels had 466 requests,
Rabbit Hole had 461 requests,
The Way Back had 317 requests,
Somewhere had 202 requests,
Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure had 100 requests,
Bambi had 79 requests,
How smart are animals? had 16 requests,
William & Kate - Planning a Royal Wedding had 16 requests, and
Howe & Howe Tech had 6 requests.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

How does the Library affect you?

Libraries change people's lives by offering the chance to experience new things through books and DVDs. Libraries have places for learning, and for doing homework, and can you a place to exchange ideas. These are just a few ways libraries can affect you.

On our video and podcast website - On the Road -- Virtually! you can see how the library affected U.S. Congressman Joe Heck.

Visit the library with your child to help improve reading skillsRead just 20 minutes a day and your child will become a better reader.

We would like to hear how the library has improved your life. Please click on Comments, and tell us your story about the library!

Tuesday's New DVD Releases

Here are the DVD releases for next Tuesday, 19 April 2011:


The world's most endearing animated tale about the beauty of nature and the miracle of life.

Gulliver's Travels

When a shipwreck lands a lowly mailroom clerk named Gulliver on the fantastical island of Lilliput, he transforms into a giant, in size and ego! Gulliver's tall tales and heroic deeds win the hearts of the tiny Lilliputians, but when he loses it all and puts his newfound friends in peril, Gulliver must find a way to undo the damage. Through it all, Gulliver may just learn that it's how big you are on the inside that counts.

How smart are animals?

Would you care to match wits with a dog, an octopus, a dolphin, or a parrot? You may think twice after watching the segments in this NOVA scienceNOW episode. While we may not be ready to send pets to Harvard, the remarkable footage and findings presented here demonstrate that many animal species are much smarter than we assume and in ways we had never imagined.

Howe & Howe Tech

Follow the family business of identical twin brothers Mike and Geoff Howe as they design and build the coolest machines you've ever seen, from high-speed military tanks to supercharged subterranean rovers. In each episode the tumultuous twins will push the limits of innovation by building a new, ingenious, and often insane machine. Working with their loyal shop crew, the Howe brothers put everything they have into their inventions.

The King's Speech

The story of King George VI of Britain, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it.

Rabbit Hole

Becca and Howie Corbett are returning to their everyday existence in the wake of a shocking, sudden loss. Just eight months ago, they were a happy suburban family with everything they wanted.

Now, they are caught in a maze of memory, longing, guilt, recrimination, sarcasm and tightly controlled rage from which they cannot escape. The journey is an intimate glimpse into two people learning to re-engage with each other and a world that has been tilted off its axis.

Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure

After a talent scout spots her performing with her dog Boi at a charity gala, Sharpay Evans sets off for the bright lights of NYC, convinced instant fame and fortune are in the bag. But the theatre is a dog-eat-dog world, as she and Boi discover when they encounter a scheming Broadway starlet who will do anything to crush the competition. Bonus features include bloopers, behind the scenes and the Evolution of Sharpay


A witty, moving, and empathetic look into the orbit of actor Johnny Marco. You have probably seen him in the tabloids; Johnny is living at the legendary Chateau Marmont hotel in Hollywood. He has a Ferrari to drive around in, and a constant stream of girls and pills to stay in with. Comfortably numbed, Johnny drifts along.

Then, his 11-year-old daughter Cleo from his failed marriage arrives unexpectedly at the Chateau. Their encounters encourage Johnny to face up to where he is in life.

The Way Back

Inspired by an incredible true story beginning in 1940 when seven prisoners attempt the impossible: escape from a brutal Siberian gulag. Thus begins a treacherous 4,500-mile trek to freedom across the world's most merciless landscapes.

They have little food and few supplies. They don't know or trust each other. But together, they must withstand nature at its most extreme. Their humanity is further tested when they meet a teenage runaway who begs to join them on their quest.

William & Kate - Planning a Royal Wedding

The royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 29,2011 is set to be the biggest event since Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer in 1981.

Go inside the social event of the new millennium with unique access to those in the know such as friends, schoolmates, and former staff, as well as their favorite designers, chefs, and stylists. Also, hear firsthand from several journalists who have watched William grow into the man he is today.

Which of these will have the most requests next week?

This week’s release with the most requests is Stan Lee's Superhumans with 44 requests.

Let's talk about sex had 29 requests,
Man vs Wild - Season 5 had 20 requests,
Can we live forever? had 19 requests, and
The Great Famine had 6 requests.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Vote Now for Las Vegas-Clark County Library District

Build a Bridge to Your Library Contest Finalists Announced!

A virtual bridge, that is, connecting our library to you using the Library's online resource Credo Reference Topic Pages. The idea is simple - build a single web page using Credo Topic Pages to point to authoritative sources, images and more.

We are a finalist in the Credo Reference Topic Page contest. - http://corp.credoreference.com/contest. Voting is open through April 5, 2011 till 9PM PDT.
Thank you for voting!

Tuesday's New DVD Releases

Here are the DVD releases for next Tuesday, 12 April 2011:

The Great Famine

When a devastating famine descended on Soviet Russia in 1921, the United States responded with a massive two-year relief campaign that battled starvation and disease, and saved millions of lives. By summer 1922, American kitchens were feeding nearly eleven million Soviet citizens a day. At the time, the American rescue operation was hailed as "the beau geste of the twentieth century."

The American expedition took place as the embers of the 1917 Russian Revolution still smoldered. The nearly 300 American relief workers, most of them veterans of World War I, were the first group of outsiders to break through Russia's isolation and to witness and record the impact of the revolution.

This American Experience sets a riveting story of American engagement with a distant and desperate people--an engagement hailed for its efficiency, grit and generosity--within the larger story of the Russian Revolution and the roots of the U.S.-Soviet rivalry that would dominate the second half of the twentieth century. Produced by Austin Hoyt.

Let's talk about sex

Every day in America 10,000 teenagers catch a sexually transmitted disease, 2,400 young girls get pregnant and 55 young people are infected with HIV.

Let's Talk About Sex takes a revealing look at how American attitudes toward adolescent sexuality impact today’s teenagers. Director James Houston takes us on a journey to examine trends in American society as personified by a cast of diverse characters. At a high school for pregnant teens in Los Angeles, young girls are contemplating teen parenthood. In Washington, D.C., where HIV infection rates rival several African countries, community outreach workers are trying to save lives.

The film also travels to the Netherlands, where Houston compares European attitudes with those in America, then concludes in Oregon, where the lessons learned in Western Europe are helping to create practical solutions. Real parents and youth, compelling statistics, animation and archival material all combine to paint an urgent picture of American youth in crisis, one that not enough people are talking about.

Can we live forever?

Host Neil deGrasse Tyson will tackle one of science's major challenges in each episode, framed as a simple question that ordinary people wonder and worry about. Neil will guide us as he explores dramatic discoveries and the frontiers of research that connect each central, provocative mystery.

Episode includes: SHORT STORY, CAN MY CAR LIVE FOREVER? Irv Gordon, a retired science teacher from East Patchogue, NY, has managed to keep his 1966 Volvo P1800 going for four decades.

Stan Lee's Superhumans

Throughout history, the forces of evolution and genetic mutation have endowed humans with astonishing new abilities and features. It's a process that continues to this day, and nowhere is it more evident than in the fascinating world of Stan Lee's Superhumans.

Co-hosted by Stan Lee, the legendary creator of the X-Men, Spider-Man and the Hulk, the series scours the globe for the real-life counterparts of Lee's characters: people with unique genetic traits that translate into remarkable powers.

Man vs Wild - Season 5

Adventurer Bear Grylls heads back into the wild for the fifth season, where he tackles extreme survival challenges in some of the most inhospitable places on Earth. Bear goes from the extremes of Eastern Europe's frozen mountains to the searing humidity and crocodile-filled landscape of Northern Australia's Arnhem Land. Bear is buried in an avalanche just to test how long he can survive. To warm up he heads for the Mojave desert only to be engulfed in a flash flood and a 90 MPH sandstorm

Which of these will have the most requests next week?

This week’s release with the most requests is Tron - Legacy with 841 requests.

Little Fockers had 823 requests,
Voyage of the Dawn Treader had 603 requests,
I Love You Phillip Morris had 357 requests,
WWE D-Generation X - The Final Conflict had 41 requests,
Big Cats Collection had 22 requests,
House of Payne volume 7 had 10 requests,
Deadliest Earthquakes had 7 requests, and
Best of Ask This Old House had 5 requests.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Mike's Hardboiled Mystery Picks

Mike, out at the Enterprise Library, always has a great hardboiled mystery on tap. He's the man to see if you need to feed your gritty mystery addiction. Each month, Mike suggests three wonderful books in the down and dirty mystery genre.

Here are Mike's picks for the month:

Wild Indigo
Sandi Ault

Bureau of Land Management Agent Jamaica Wild has witnessed the death of a Tanoah Pueblo man trampled to death by stampeding buffalo. The tribe has declared the incident a suicide, the FBI concurs, and the body is hurried to ceremony before the sun can go down on his spirit.

But Agent Wild suspects foul play. Haunted by the memory of the welts on the man's body, and the strange ecstasy in his eyes, she pursues her own investigation, which leads her into a labyrinth of clandestine Pueblo religious rites, peyote cults, and Hispanic and Tiwa witchcraft.

Jamaica has promised the mother of the victim, the beloved matriarch of the Santana family, that she will find out what really happened to her son. Until Anna Santana took her in long ago, Jamaica was a stray, much like the wary wolf pup she has just rescued.

When the tribal government and the local paper make allegations that Jamaica caused the stampede, she soon finds herself banned from the Pueblo, suspended from her job - and allied with an old, reclusive curandera who induces trances and casts spells.

Ultimately, Jamaica will discover that the answer to the mystery is contained in another secret, perhaps the greatest secret regarding Tanoah Pueblo - one that threatens its future and its past.

Michael McGarrity

It's been two years since an on-the-job shooting forced ex-Santa Fe chief of detectives Kevin Kerney to retire. He is drawn back into action when Terry Yazzi, his former partner and the man responsible for his wounds, pleads for Kerney's help. Yazzi's son, a soldier, has disappeared in the barren desert surrounding the White Sands Missile Range.

Kerney's investigation resurrects the long-forgotten thrill of the hunt. And other emotions surface after meeting the tough - but beautiful - Capt. Sara Brannon, the Army's investigating officer.

Together, they uncover a crime far greater than an AWOL soldier: a conspiracy of death that snakes from the secretive world of military operations, to the cutthroat alleys of a Mexican border town, leading them to a final, shocking revelation that may cost them both their lives....

Chasing the Dragon
Domenic Stansberry

A complicated, shadowy man in disgrace, Dante Mancuso leads a double life. Lately, though, the line he walks has become razor thin.

Dante works for The Company, a nebulous security organization operating just this side of the law. Dante wants out, but it's a hard life to leave behind-rich with its own seductions, its own dark attractions.

His latest assignment sends him back to his old North Beach neighborhood in San Francisco. First rendezvous? His estranged father's funeral in the dying heart of Little Italy. Here Dante picks up the strands of his old life and soon finds himself playing an even more elaborate game, a game that involves not just his duplicitous family, but also his ex-fiancee and his former colleagues in the San Francisco Police Department.

Adept as he is, Dante can not play this game forever, pursued by the laconic Frank Ying, a Chinese detective anxious to know the secrets Dante hides. Caught between the sinister imperatives of The Company and the ghosts of his own past, Dante treads a harrowing path to a confrontation more lethal-and more surprising-than he could have imagined.