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Are you ready for a break from humdrum reality? Why not pick up one of these fantastic reads about dragons? They’re not just in children’s books anymore.
Margaret Weis’s “Storm Riders” is set in an intricate magical land that floats on the Breath of God. Bitter rival empires Rosia and Freya are threatened by Bottom Dwellers, evil demons that live on the planet's surface.
Freya's wily puppetmaster and leader, Sir Henry Wallace, and Rosia's formidable schemer and ruler, Countess Cecile de Marjolaine, lead an immense and fascinating cast through intrigue and derring-do, first scheming against each other and then teaming up to battle their mutual enemy.
They're abetted by a variety of dragons, such as the noble mansion-dwellers of Rosia and the wild iridescent youngster that Cecile's estranged son yearns to ride into battle. The beasts are standouts in the fantasy genre - wistful, intriguing, and utterly convincing.
This complex universe is prone to rapid shifts of scene and personnel, but the multifaceted action and well-drawn characters will keep any fantasy fan's excitement at feverish pitch. New readers may want to start with the first book in the series, “Shadow Raiders”.
Marie Brennan’s “A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent” combines thrilling adventure with the inquisitive spirit of the Victorian Age.
Isabella, the Lady Trent, is a scientist in a country that more or less resembles 19th-century England, yet fantastical creatures roam, Judaism appears to be the dominant religion, and Europe once had an ancient Egyptian-like civilization.
Isabella has been obsessed with studying dragons since childhood, but a formal scientific career is off limits to a woman. Instead she marries a man who shares her passion for natural history and convinces him to let her join his expedition to see the wild dragons of Vystrana.
This complex novel is saturated with the joy and urgency of discovery and scientific curiosity. Isabella's life is genuinely complicated by her scientific leanings, yet she perseveres with perfectly period-accurate spirit and awareness of the risks and costs.
Brennan's world-building is wonderfully subtle, rendering a familiar land alien with casual details. Fans of fantasy, science, and history will adore this rich and absorbing tale of discovery.
On Tuesday, June 11 at 7 p.m., come and get the latest and greatest summer party planning ideas and make a craft that will prepare your home for a fun-filled 4th of July party! Space is limited, so registration is required. Please call to reserve your spot (734.529.3310). Please note that this event is intended for those 18+. Child care is not provided.
On June 11, Summer Story Times will begin on Tuesdays at 9 a.m. and Wednesdays at 10 a.m. through July 24. Preschoolers and their grown-ups are welcome to join us for these fun hours of stories, songs, games, and play.
Dig into Reading this summer with our school-age summer reading activities beginning June 17. Hands-on program sessions will be Mondays at 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. through July 22. Registration is requested. Please call 734.529.3310 or register online at http://bit.ly/DundeeSummer.
Even adults can dig into the reading fun this summer! Win a chance at new books or $100 in gift certificates to local restaurants (provided by the Friends of the Dundee Library) by filling out a simple, short review form for every book you read between June 10 and August 15. You can earn another chance to win by signing up for a NextReads email newsletter.
Find out more about your favorite books and authors every month at http://bit.ly/MCLSnextreads. Just print off the screen showing that you signed up and bring it to the library for your additional chance to win.
The Dundee Inspirational Book Club will be discussing “Pearl in the Sand” by Tessa Ashfar on Wednesday, June 19 at 2 p.m. All are welcome to attend and copies of the book are available at the library.
Dundee Branch Library Hours:
Monday 9:00am-6:00pm Thursday 10:00am-8:00pm
Tuesday 10:00am-8:00pm Friday 9:00am-5:00pm
Wednesday 9:00am-6:00pm Saturday 10:00am-2:00pm
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