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Still from The Shape of Water

What to Read After Seeing "The Shape of Water"

Books for those who can't get enough of Guillermo del Toro's weird and atmospheric movies

Guillermo del Toro's movie The Shape of Water was released this past December, and people immediately began arguing as to whether it was a romance or a horror film. It definitely has elements of both, being about a mute janitress who realizes a disturbingly humanoid fish monster is being subjected to cruel experiments in the secret government facility where she works.

The Boy with 17 Senses

Worlds Where Senses Mix, Part One

Explorations of Synesthesia in Children's Fiction

Young people are often taught that humans have five separate senses. However, the neurological condition of synesthesia, in which a stimulus of one sense involuntarily evokes another sense, challenges the assumed universality of distinct senses. Although once thought to be very rare, recent scientific research has found that as many as 4 percent of people have at least one of over 80 kinds of synesthesia.

Bones and All

E-Book Only

Explore our digital collections

I love the feel of a thick novel in my hand, but I'm also deeply attached to my Kindle, especially for trips. Here are some great books that DCPL owns only in e-book format, but are still totally worth picking up.   Bones and All by Camille DeAngelis

Spending the holidays with people I want to punch in the throat: yuletide yahoos, ho-ho-humblebraggers, and other seasonal scourges

Absurd Christmas Reads

...because what's more absurd than the holidays?

I love Christmas. Last year I made a Christmas list (pun intended) called Scary Christmas to All which covered holiday ghosts, murder and, um, werewolves. I decided to do another reading list this year, but to focus on the funny and/or absurd side of the holidays instead. Family can be stressful. Escape, and come with me to the dark side.

Omens

Fantasy Novels for Adults

More urban fantasy, paranormals, and mystery

As you might be able to tell from some of my other ReadFeed recommendations, I love fantasy and science fiction. I love how authors can use the new and unfamiliar to illuminate things about the way life is now. Here are some more fantasy novels I've read recently that I would happily recommend!  

The Last Jedi

Jedi Jamboree: A Star Wars Party!

Excited about the new Star Wars movie? We are too! Come join us on Tuesday, December 12 from 3:30 to 5:00 pm for an afternoon of games, trivia, crafts, and snacks!   Test your skills at the Jedi Academy and enter to win awesome prizes!   Dressing up as your favorite Star Wars character is highly encouraged!    All ages welcome; activities most suited for ages 6 to 12; no RSVP necessary  

Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture

Afrofuturism: Part I

Black Sci-Fi and Speculative Fiction Anthologies

October is Black Sci-Fi and Speculative Fiction Month.  For those who want to get hip, there are two seminal, must-read books: Ytasha L. Womack’s Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture and John Edwards Jennings’ Black Comix: African-American Independent Comics, Art, and Culture.

Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan cover

Challenge Accepted: Read Harder 2017

Challenge #24: Read a book wherein all point-of-view characters are people of color

A new year means new year resolutions and challenges. One reading challenge that I love to do is Book Riot’s 2017 Read Harder challenge. Instead of having people focus on a specific number of books, Read Harder challenges people to read different genres or authors that they may overlook.

Ella Minnow Pea

FUNomenal Wordplay

Novels for Wordplay Lovers

For most of my life I've been fond of zany wordplay, such as palindromes, anagrams, puns, lipograms, pangrams, oxymorons, and alliteration. I have discovered some novelists who share a similar fascination and whimsically employ wordplay in their fiction, even as they also explore deeper themes. If you too are a wordplay enthusiast, check out the children's and adult novels below.

Sanctuary of Wings cover

Read Feed: Summer Serial Reads

Exciting discoveries. Power plays. Wondering who is trustworthy. Fantastic and alternate worlds. Over the summer, I read the latest installment from a few series that I've been following.  Within the Sanctuary of Wings by Marie Brennan

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