In the Stacks

Posted: Sunday, January 13, 2002

This week: brand new fiction!

"Masterpieces: the Best Science Fiction of the Century," edited by Orson Scott Card. Containing stories from 1936 to 1995, this collection encompasses a wide range of styles and themes. You'll find old favorites here as well as classics you've missed.

"The Wedding," by Imraan Coovadia. When a clerk from Bombay spies the most beautiful woman in the world from a train window, he abandons his calm, ordered life and proposes marriage. He finds himself married to the most beautiful woman, yes, but also the most stubborn. She has sworn to make his life a misery in this comic love story set in India and South Africa.

"The Book of Fred," by Abby Bardi. Mary Fred's parents have been arrested, she and her little brothers and sisters have been scattered to various foster homes, her fundamentalist sect has washed their hands of the family, and all she has left is her copy of the Book of Fred to help her find her feet in her new foster family. Just as she settles in, her mother is released on probation, and Mary Fred has to make some tough choices.

"The Cheese Monkeys," by Chip Kidd. These two college semesters in the life of a wannabe graphic design student are full of panic, despair, and absurdity as the narrator learns to think on his feet through the not-so-gentle tutelage of Professor Winter.

"Eyes of the Calculor," by Sean McMullen. In a world where a sentient mirror has turned electrical machines into heaps of molten metal and humanity has split into two species, the Dragon Librarians of Australica try desperately to save civilization. Their goal: to kidnap every numerate person left on the continent and rebuild the human-powered computer called the Calculor.

"The Onion Girl," by Charles de Lint. Throughout de Lint's series of books about the magical city of Newford in North America has run Jilly, an artist whose paintings capture hidden shadows. Now read her dark and compelling story.

"The Crusader," by Michael A. Eisner. A priest is called upon to exorcise a possessed Crusader, home from the Crusades with a terrible guilt eating at him. But the very political machinations that caused his downfall in the Crusades have followed the Crusader to the monastery, and the priest and his order are put in danger.

"Wild Cats and Colleens," by Morag Prunty. Three Irish women answer a personals ad unlike any other - they apply for the chance to marry an Irish-American billionaire looking for an Irish wife. Their varied reasons for applying, and his reasons for choosing them as finalists, make for a light and romantic story.

Next week I'll tell you about some of our new books on tape.

If you'd like to place a hold on any of these titles, call the Juneau Public Library at 586-5249. If you have internet access, your library card, and a PIN, you may place your own holds by going to our Web site ( and looking at our catalogue. The "In the Stacks" column is now archived! Go to the Juneau Public Libraries' Web site and look for "In the Stacks".

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