Monday, September 1, 2014

If you Love Guardians of the Galaxy



Have you seen the biggest movie of the summer? It's without a doubt Guardians of the Galaxy. If you can't wait for the next movie, we have plenty of graphic novels.

The guardians aren't bad enough to be bad guys. They aren't good enough to be heroes, but they do the right thing. If you love reading about lovable rogues, check out the Tales of the Ketty Jay by Chris Wooding. The first in the series is Retribution Falls.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Dare To Repair Your Car: A Do-It-Herself Guide to Maintenance, Safety, Minor Fix-Its, and Talking Shop



We're back! And this time we've got your back when it comes to you and your car.
In Dare to Repair: A Do-It-Herself Guide to Fixing (Almost) Anything in the Home, we opened the door for you into the world of basic home repairs. Now, we're opening a different one -- a car door.

Dare to Repair Your Car is a basic car care and safety book written by women for women ... and men, and new teen drivers, and senior drivers. Okay, it's for every person who dares to drive a car.
Here are just some of the things that will keep you and your family safe:

Changing a flat tire
Maintaining fluids
Jumpstarting a battery
Replacing a headlamp
Finding a great mechanic
Installing a car seat
Driving tips for teens and seniors
Preparing for a road trip

Filled with detailed illustrations and easy-to-follow instructions, Dare to Repair Your Car will help you shift gears and get you moving in the direction of maintaining your car -- yourself. You'll be so excited about what you've learned you'll want to toot your own horn!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Point of Direction



An ABA Indies Introduce Pick
Hitchhiking her way through Alaska, a young woman named Anna is picked up by Kyle, a fisherman. Anna and Kyle quickly fall for one another, as they are both adventurous, fiercely independent, and in love with the raw beauty and solitude of Alaska. To cement their relationship, they agree to become caretakers of a remote lighthouse perched on a small rock in the middle of the deep channel--a place that has been uninhabited since the last caretaker mysteriously disappeared two decades ago. What seems the perfect adventure for these two quickly unravels, as an uncertain danger lurking in the surrounding waters, as well as painful secrets from their pasts, threatens to end their relationship . . . and maybe even their lives A psychological thriller set against the cold, rugged landscape of coastal Alaska, "Point of Direction" is an exquisite and striking literary debut.

Flying Blind: One Man's Adventures Battling Buckthorn, Making Peace with Authority, and Creating a Home for Endangered Bats



When Middlebury writing professor Don Mitchell was approached by a biologist with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department about tracking endangered Indiana bats on his 150-acre farm in Vermont's picturesque Champlain Valley, Mitchell's relationship with bats—and with government—could be characterized as distrustful, at best.

But the flying rats, as Mitchell initially thinks of them, launched him on a series of "improvements" to his land that would provide a more welcoming habitat for the bats—and a modest tax break for himself and his family. Whether persuading his neighbors to join him on a "silent meditation," pulling invasive garlic mustard out of the ground by hand, navigating the tacit ground rules of buying an ATV off Craigslist, or leaving just enough honeysuckle to give government inspectors "something to find," Mitchell’s tale is as profound as it is funny—a journey that changes Mitchell’s relationship with Chiroptera, the land, and, ultimately, his understanding of his own past.

Ruminating on the nature of authority, the purview of the state, and the value of inhabiting one’s niche—Mitchell reveals much about our inner and outer landscape, in this perfectly paced and skilled story of place.

Friday, August 29, 2014

War, Politics and Superheroes: Ethics and Propaganda in Comics and Film



Superhero adventure comics have a long history of commenting upon American public opinion and government policy, and surge in the popularity of comics since the events of September 11, 2001, ensures their continued relevance. This critical text examines the seventy-year history of comic book superheroes on film and in comic books and their reflections of the politics of their time. Superheroes addressed include Batman, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man, Superman, the Invisible Woman and the X-Men, and topics covered include American wars, conflicts, and public policy.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

George R.R. Martin's Skin Trade



The most popular fantasy author of the 21st Century, George R.R. Martin, brings his World Fantasy Award-winning short story to graphic novels in Skin Trade Randi Wade is a survivor. She followed in the footsteps of her father, became a cop, and now is working the P.I. trade. But her past still haunts her. And the vicious animal attacks that took her father's life have sprung up anew, claiming victims once again in this sleepy town. Martin's unique creative voice spins a modern-day classic horror tale of murder, werewolves, and bladed demons. Illustrated by long time horror comics creator Mike Wolfer and adapted for comics by Martin's Hugo Award-nominated collaborator Daniel Abraham, this graphic novel is a suspenseful master tale dripping with blood and revenge.

Dungeons & Dragons New Player's Handbook



I grew up playing roleplaying games. D&D was out when I was in middle school, but I started with Chainmail, because that's what my friend had. I soon was asking for my own core set, and played in high school and played 2nd edition in college. The game has evolved and now there's a new player's handbook.

The player's handbook has Everything a player needs to create heroic characters for the world’s greatest roleplaying game

The Player’s Handbook® is the essential reference for every Dungeons & Dragons® roleplayer. It contains rules for character creation and advancement, backgrounds and skills, exploration and combat, equipment, spells, and much more.

Use this book to create exciting characters from among the most iconic D&D® races and classes.

Dungeons & Dragons immerses you in a world of adventure. Explore ancient ruins and deadly dungeons. Battle monsters while searching for legendary treasures. Gain experience and power as you trek across uncharted lands with your companions.

The world needs heroes. Will you answer the call?

The Ages of the X-Men: Essays on the Children of the Atom in Changing Times



The X-Men comic book franchise is one of the most popular of all time and one of the most intriguing for critical analysis. With storylines that often contain overt social messages within its "mutant metaphor," X-Men is often credited with having more depth than the average superhero property. In this collection, each essay examines a specific era of the X-Men franchise in relationship to contemporary social concerns. The essays are arranged chronologically, from an analysis of popular science at the time of the first X-Men comic book in 1963 to an interpretation of a storyline in light of rhetoric of President Obama's first presidential campaign. Several spin-off X-Men titles--including Generation X, X-Statix and Academy X--are also used as source materials. Topics ranging from Communism to celebrity culture to school violence are addressed by scholars who provide new insights into one of America's most significant popular culture products.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Death of a landlord?



While on a late-night job in tiny Shakespeare, Ark., Lily Bard, 31, sees a furtive figure placing large plastic garbage bags in the local park and, untying one, discovers the body of her former landlord. In a quick but anonymous phone call (she is determined to avoid any questioning), she reports it to the police chief. With skill and wry wit, Harris, the author of the Aurora Teagarden series, soon reveals the horrific facts in Lily's background that explain why she is solitary, confrontational, obsessed with self-defense—and why she chooses, despite a first-rate education, to eke out a living as a cleaning woman. Realizing, however, that her fingerprints on the body of the dead man might make her a suspect, Lily subtly and insightfully queries her customers, some of them tenants of the murdered landlord, in the process meticulously evaluating their closets, drawers and motives. The renters are a well-defined lot: a happily promiscuous idler; a sanctimonious and hypocritical reverend; and an aging couple with much to grieve about. As Lily investigates, she develops a wary but cordial relationship with the police chief and forms a warmer tie with her karate instructor. But at the same time, someone has discovered the unspeakable facts about Lily's past and has begun stalking her. Harris's finely tuned, colorful and suspenseful tale, filled with vigorous and unique characters.





Southern Living Bourbon & Bacon: The Ultimate Guide to the South's Favorite Foods



"This is not a diet book," says author Morgan Murphy, who takes readers on a rollicking trip as he explores the South's favorite flavors. A high-proof adventure, Bourbon & Bacon includes 140 of the South's most amazing recipes that use one (or both) of these smoky ingredients. Morgan's collections of cocktails, new infusions, punches, appetizers, main courses, sides, and desserts will be a hit, whether you're hosting a cocktail party, backyard barbecue, or elegant dinner. For bourbon enthusiasts, Morgan rates more than 75 of his favorite whiskeys and takes readers on a cheerful tour of many of the South's top distilleries. Bacon lover? Well, of course you are. Bourbon & Bacon is full of bacon secrets, farm tours, bacon ratings, and tips and tricks to make the best of everyone's favorite meat.This authentic handbook to the South's most flavorful products has a forward by the two most famous voices in the food industry, Julian Van Winkle III of Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery and Allan Benton, of Benton's Smoky Mountain Country Hams. Together, with Morgan's hilarious Southern tales and irresistible recipes, Bourbon & Bacon is an essential guide for anyone who loves either bourbon or bacon.