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For Readers

Meet Libby

From the Wisconsin Public Library Consortium

Did you know your local library has thousands of ebooks and audiobooks?

You can borrow them, instantly, for free, using just the device in your hand.

Libby is a NEW, fresh and easy way to borrow and read from your library.

Learn more and get the app for your phone or tablet here: Meet Libby!


RBdigital Magazines – Available through the Library

Check out the most recent issue of Food Network magazine for the best backyard eats, 15 new cookout sides, and more—available on RBdigital through your library.

Download it and many others on RBdigital through the library.


Websites for Readers

Read reviews, previews, recommendations, connect with fellow readers, and create an online bookshelf.

If you love to read, you’ll love these sites! Book Reviews
A free service that provides book reviews and allows readers to search for novels by plot, character, settting and writing style.

Book Browse
Book recommendations and information, online magazines and author spotlights.

The Book Case
A product of BookPage, where readers discover their next great book.

A portal into the book industry with links to and articles on industry news, access to literary journals and reviews, and an expansive directory of book sites around the world. Users can also search updated bestseller lists, find listings of literary events, and read author interviews.

Chapter One
Read the first chapters of selected new books, most of which have been reviewed by the Washington Post.

Dear Reader
Blog by Suzanne Beecher, author of Muffins and Mayhem: Recipes for a Happy Life.

Fantastic Fiction
Bibliographies fore more than 25,000 authors.

Get book recommendations from people you know, keep track of what you’ve read and what you’d like to read, answer book trivia and collect your favorite quotes.

LibraryThing Blog
Just one more reason to love

Literary Criticism
The Internet Public Library’s Literary Criticism Collection contains critical and biographical Web sites about authors and their works that can be browsed by author, title or nationality and literary period.

Stop, You’re Killing Me
A website to die for…if you love mysteries.

Reviews, blog posts, special features, reading lists, contests, author interviews, publishing trends and pop culture.
Science fiction. Fantasy. The universe. And related subjects. (see below for periodic updates)
A completely new way of choosing what to read.

Wisconsin’s Water Library: A collection of almost 30,000 volumes of water-related information about the Great Lakes and the waters of Wisconsin. Wisconsin’s Water Library is an academic library at UW Madison that is open to the public. Any adult resident in Wisconsin can check out books from Wisconsin’s Water Library for free. Visit the website to find out how!

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Ideal Heroes: Mental Illness in Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive

Sanderson beta readers Paige Vest and Ross Newberry discuss the struggles of The Stormlight Archive’s heroes in terms of mental health issues like depression and PTSD—and talk about how these characters have inspired more than one “broken” person to keep up their own fight.

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What “The Ship of Theseus” Problem Reveals About Science Fiction

Corey White explores how an ancient thought experiment about identity complicates and deepens aspects of our favorite science fiction stories and technologies, from the world of Mad Max to the Star Wars movies, Altered Carbon, and more.

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Why Editors Matter: David Hartwell’s Extraordinary Timescape Books

For James David Nicoll, David Hartwell was an editor worth following from project to project and publisher to publisher, and the books published under Hartwell’s Timescape imprint in the early 1980s are a testament to his remarkable talent for finding and fostering the best of science fiction and fantasy.

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Space Dads for America: Armageddon

Think Michael Bay’s Armageddon is a glorified montage of a movie too shallow to support real, in-depth analysis? Well, buckle up as Sarah Gailey drills down (ahem) into this dubious celebration of patriarchal posturing and the American military-industrial complex.

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Five Books About Magical Apocalypses

In our modern age, sometimes it seems like the only thing that might be able to bring this reality to a standstill would have to be something completely out of the ordinary—magic. Author Peng Shepherd picks her five favorite novels wherein the end of the world is brought about not by science or war or plague, but by the fantastic…

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How Solo Makes Sense of Han’s Entire Character Arc

The core of Solo is actually quite simple: It’s about a kid who once made the terrible mistake of leaving behind a person that he cared about. Emily Asher-Perrin analyzes how the movie goes a long way toward explaining Han’s future actions in A New Hope and beyond.

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The Silmarillion Primer Presents the Epic Tale of Lúthien and Beren (and Huan, the Best Dog in the World!)

This week we reach the end of an epic two-part discussion of the tale of the mortal Beren and Lúthien the Elfmaid: one of the most romantic, harrowing, and action-packed stories in all of Tolkien! (Also starring Finrod Felagund, Sauron, and everyone’s favorite wolfhound, Huan. We love Huan.)

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Ten Years Later, There’s Still Nothing Like Tarsem Singh’s The Fall

“But a story needs two things: a teller, and a listener. You know this.” Molly Templeton looks back at The Fall, director Tarsem Singh’s brilliant, breathtaking movie about storytelling, and how shared stories can define, change, and maybe even save us.

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Meat and Salt and Sparks by Rich Larson

A futuristic murder mystery about detective partners—a human and an enhanced chimpanzee—who are investigating why a woman murdered an apparently random stranger on the subway.

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November 2018
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