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The Zombie Book List

We love zombies here at the bookstore!

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We also love zombie books, and if you are in search of a few to try here is our list.

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  1. World War Z by Max BrooksWorldWarZ_200-s6-c30
  2. The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey9780316278157
  3. Warm Bodies by Isaac Marionwarm-bodies
  4. Fiend by Peter Stenson81G5F4JJcpL (1)
  5. Raising Stony Mayhall by Daryl Gregoryraisingstonymayhall_cover_large
  6. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smithtumblr_nn8bxdcegQ1tv8vcro4_r2_1280
  7. Walking Dead, Graphic Novel by Robert KirkmanThe-Walking-Dead-Comic-the-walking-dead-17116742-2560-1964
  8. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryanbook-review-the-forest-of-hands-and-teeth
  9. Dead Beat by Jim ButcherDead_Beat
  10. IZombie by Chris RobersoniZombie
  11. Feed by Mira Grant feed
  12. Aim For The Head; Zombie Poetry edited by Rob Sturma71RWvezqRKL

Happy Reading!

~Rebecca Lee Robinson

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Terrify the Little Children with these Books

Books have been delighting and entrancing children for ages, but they’ve also been scaring the pants off of kids, too. Sometimes for very good reasons, and sometimes for no particular reason at all. Find out what books scared our staff when they were little!

Kelsey’s Pick:
The-sweetest-figThe Sweetest Fig by Chris Van Allsburg
“An evil dentist, a pair of magic figs that make dreams come true, and a revenge-seeking terrier. This book terrified me as a child, mostly because of the bittersweet ending where the dentist gets his due. My fear of this book is probably the reason why I still don’t like figs.”
-Kelsey

Teresa’s Pick:

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In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories by Alvin Schwartz
“I don’t really remember any of the stories in detail, except for “The Green Ribbon”. I hated that story!!! A little girl grows up constantly wearing a green ribbon around her neck. A little boy she has grown up with falls in love with her and on their wedding night he asks to take the green ribbon off her neck, she agrees to it (after years of saying she can’t) and her head falls off!!! I had nightmares for weeks because of that story!!”
-Teresa

Matt’s Pick:

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Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
“I remember being kind of freaked out by Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, especially the two monsters with the human and the duck feet (why feet?  I don’t have an answer to that).  And it never did sit well with me when the Wild Things turned on Max at the end of the story. ” -Matt

Tara’s Pick:

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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark retold by Alvin Schwartz
“It was the illustrations that scared the hell out of me more than anything. Creepy line drawings that were pure nightmare fuel. I hear they changed the art in the newer versions – perhaps newer generations were deemed less resilient.” -Tara

Allison’s Pick:

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Little Rabbit Foo Foo by Michael Rosen
“Little Rabbit Foo Foo’s creepy illustrations filled me with such a sense of existential dread as a child. ‘Don’t act up, Allison, or Little Rabbit Foo Foo will climb through your window and bop you on the head!!!’ or something like that.” -Allison

 

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My Summer Reading List

This summer, as I have a little more fun time, I am determined to read more! Here are some of my summer goals!

  1. Spook by Mary Roach
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  2. The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey9780316278157
  3. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevensonmaxresdefault
  4. Stiff by Mary Roachfeatures-bookreviewstiff
  5. Men Explain Things To Me by Rebecca Solnitsolnit
  6. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevensonkidnapped
  7. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter ScottIvanhoe
  8. The Belgariad by David Eddings51vrCZJRHOL

Happy Reading!

~Rebecca Lee Robinson

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READ MORE NON-FICTION CHALLENGE!

This summer, Old Firehouse Books wants you to challenge yourself and read more nonfiction! A lot of our customers are dedicated fiction fans, but have often expressed to us a desire to try more nonfiction. So in honor of that quest, I’ve put together a list of great nonfiction titles that are perfect for someone looking to read something factual, without losing the benefit of a great story.
(For this next part could you include the cover image of each book and a link to our online store? I’ve included the ISBN for your convenience)
“The story of two men’s obsessions with the Chicago World’s Fair, one its architect, the other a murderer.” Erik Larson has always been praised for his ability to make history feel like a thriller, and The Devil in the White City might be the best example of that. This book also inspired my unfulfilled wish to time travel to 1893 to attend the Chicago World’s Fair (but I’d go as a man so I wouldn’t get murdered).
This book is incredible! I can’t believe how much it made me care about beanie babies, and I talked about them so much I think I was starting to make my boyfriend nervous that I’d come home with a big crate of the little cloth guys sometime. This book is great for anyone interested in sociology, business, or just those of us who still remember this nutty 90’s craze.
 
Heartbreaking and inspiring at the same time, Infidel is the life story of Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Ali was raised in a traditional Muslim household in Somalia under often appalling conditions, but has since risen to Dutch Parliament and serves as an activist for Muslim women everywhere. 
 
 
Since you’re reading this (a bookstore blog), I assume you’re in that strange category of people that straddles the space between digital and print reading. You’re not alone! But what effect will digital reading have on our minds? Well, according to Nicholas Carr, it’s not too good. This book might be depressing, but it’s definitely worth checking out.
~Kelsey Myers

Great July Reads!

Bradstreet Gate by Robin Kirman

Charlie, Georgia and Alice are from very different walks of life; but ultimately this is what brings them together during their years at Harvard. When a professor, one that has influenced all their lives in one way or another, is the prime suspect of a murdered classmate their friendship starts to unravel; and sets the tone for their adult lives. A wonderful read that proves you are never too old to grow up, or that you often need people in your life you thought you were better off without. Robin Kirman has written a great debut novel, will highly recommend!!

(recommended by Teresa)

Armada by Ernest Cline

A lot of people are calling this the new Ender’s Game, which I get and understand why they would say that. But I also really hate doing that to books because I feel like it just sets people up to read it solely for comparison with whatever that similar other book may be.

So, I call this book a fun, fast-paced, space adventure peppered with lots of nerdy references and knowledge. For a brief summary, our hero, Zack Lightman, finds out one day that the video game he’s been playing for years is actually a training simulator to help prepare civilians for an impending alien invasion cuz we done fucked up again and pissed some people off. Classic humans. Subsequent mind-blowing space adventures occur and it is a race to save all of humanity.

But! There is a twist at the end. Cline hints throughout the book that something feels off about the whole situation, which I liked because it kept me wondering the whole time what the heck was really going on. The reveal was steady, but not so drawn out that by the end of it you were just pissed off and frustrated and just wanted to know what the fuck was going on. So kudos to Cline for good plot twist execution!

The book contained a large array of varied and interesting characters. A book is only as good as its supporting characters, I say…okay I don’t really say that but it certainly does help to flesh out the book and having good supporting characters can help your main characters to look that much better.

Finally, the feels. Ah, them feels. So hard to escape. I love them and hate them. I won’t say exactly what it is that caused the most feels for me because it will give something kind of big away, but…the book takes place over the course of two days and in those two days Zack gains and loses so much. It is a classic ‘roller coaster’ situation going on and I did not appreciate it one bit, Mr. Cline! Anyway, be warned. There are feels.

Overall, I really enjoyed the book and  certainly think Armada holds its own and that sic-fi fans and nerds everywhere will enjoy reading it.

(recommended by Renee)

The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson

This book picks right up from where “Kiss of Deception” ends. Lia is prisoner in Venda, with Kaden being the only person she can slightly trust. When she learns that Rafe is alive, and in Venda as well, she begins to think about escape and the future with Rafe. What shocks Lia the most, is that Venda isn’t what she thought, and when the native clans start to embrace her as one of their own, she is torn between wanting to stay and fleeing. When the Komizar learns that his people have a fascination to Lia, he will stop at nothing to use her for his gain. Excellent read, and I loved how strong Lia grew in this book; she is starting to grow up and take what she wants for her life. Cannot wait for the next in the series, and I will be highly recommending!!!

(recommended by Teresa)

Cold Iron by Stina Leicht

Leicht (known for her Fey and the Fallen series) introduces us to an engaging world based on 18th and 19th century Sweden and Finland (I nerded out a bit on some of the recognizable Finnish words being used), and three likeable yet flawed point-of-view characters. This is labeled as flintlock fantasy, but I certainly enjoyed it more than my other outings to the sub-genre.

The magic system is fairly straightforward, yet intriguing, especially where it trends towards ritual magic. The kainen command magic was a really neat and terrifying concept, particularly how it was employed in combat situations (and with something as powerful as cannon and gunpowder in the mix).

A very strong foray into epic fantasy for Leicht.

(recommended by Allison)

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Review of: Weightless by Sarah Bannan

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Carolyn Lessing is a fish out of water. She has recently moved to a small Alabama town from the New Jersey/NYC area, and she doesn’t quite fit in. Everyone in town is obsessed with her; what she wears, how she talks, and who she befriends. Everything starts out well for Carolyn, the popular kids take her under their wings and the hottest boy in school has decided he needs to be her boyfriend (without consulting his girlfriend). Yet little by little Carolyn’s seemingly great life starts to unravel; and then it goes off the rails. I love the plural first person narration because I felt like this could happen at any high school in any town. Sarah Bannan has written a great book that will make many generations think about bullying and how it affects everyone.

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Review of: White Crocodile by K.T. Medina

Allison Senecal:

Loved this so much. I was super thrilled to see a blurb from Mo Hayder (one of my favorite crime-thriller writers) on the cover. Once I finished the novel, I saw that Hayder was also Medina’s mentor, which makes perfect sense considering they are similar enough in their dark and captivating storytelling abilities. I would also compare this favorably to Larsson’s Millennium trilogy, with the strong yet previously broken female lead. This is my favorite kind of crime fiction, with full immersion in the setting and unsettling looks into the minds of a variety of characters. Not for the squeamish. Can not wait to see more from K.T. Medina.