Book Reviews

The Guns of August

Unlike previous wars, World War I was an unraveling of the social contract and the expectations of civilized behavior, an erosion of the ideas of what combatants may do in war.

As the year comes to a close, our librarians wanted to share their favorite books, movies, television series, and music that either came out in the past year, or that we just discovered in 2014. Every one of these items is available in the Kansas City Public Library collection.

Take a look; maybe you'll find a new favorite that's outside of your comfort zone!

The Laughing Policeman

For an amazing mystery series that serves not only as a great example of police procedural writing, but also as social commentary on Sweden in the 1960s and 70s, one cannot do better than this series.

Patrick Rothfuss introduces The Slow Regard of Silent Things with a warning that it's not a proper story. It doesn't do the things a story is supposed to do. And it's wonderful. It's unlike most anything else I've read and I treasured every word of it.

Have the holiday decorations and holly jolly music already put you in a decidedly Scrooge-ish spirit, and it's not even Thanksgiving? Then we have some reading suggestions for you, all completely saccharine- and schmaltz-free.

Sit back with some nog, pick up one of these books, and rediscover the joys of the season.

And then maybe take a BB gun to your neighbor's inflatable winter wonderland in the front lawn...