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Book Reviews

Dark Matter
Blake Crouch
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Jason Dessen made the choice to have a family over an award winning career, which some days seems like the dull choice. When he is kidnapped one night and thrown into multi-universe travel he soon realizes all he wants more than anything is his old life, but the alternate universe is not going to let him get away that easily. Jon Linstrom narrates the story with a strong authentic voice that changes tone and pace to match the quick moving story. Not just for science fiction fans! If you loved The Martian, this is one not to miss.


Ahead of the Curve: Inside the Baseball Revolution
Brian Kenny
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It’s hard to believe Kenny needed to write this book considering Moneyball was published in 2003. Baseball is however, a game of tradition and old traditions die hard.  Kenny sets out to demystify the value of analytical thinking in baseball while identifying a new and revolutionary approach to today’s game.

– Sean

Rules for a Knight
Ethan Hawke
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For a fictional fantasy book, Rules for a Knight is an excellent source of inspiration for the execution of virtuous behavior in the real world.  Each chapter is a specific virtue that includes neat little allegories for all genders that contain more flavor and personality than other inspirational type pieces.  Although this book contains some violent descriptions and complex ideas potentially not suitable for young children, I could easily see this book as a useful read for anyone tween to adult.

– Dan

Trigger Warning
Neil Gaiman
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Published in 2015, Trigger Warning is the third collection of short stories from writer Neil Gaiman. The book is comprised of traditional short stories (including fantasy, horror, science fiction, and more), a few fairy tales, a story in verse, and a new story written especially for this collection. Fans of Neil Gaiman, and short story lovers in general, are sure to enjoy this book of diverse literary styles. An added experience is listening to the audiobook, read by Gaiman himself.

– Denise

Ink and Bone
Lisa Unger
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This book straddles the lines between psychological suspense, horror, and paranormal genres with the main character, Finley, running to escape her personal demons not realizing the voices she hears & the visions she sees are real events.  Finley must heed the voices and visions and follow an investigation to find out what happened to the missing girls.

– Jean C.

Gaston Dorren
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Despite the extensive linguistic study of most European languages, many details still remain misunderstood or even unknown. Dorren’s book takes a fun look at some of the lesser known European tongues like Kalmyk or Manx, as well as the main players. Each quick chapter focuses on a specific language or language family. Not too dense, the book lays out European linguistic diversity in an accessible manner and ties in important historical causes of linguistic change. Check out an interview with author here:

– Hubbell

Readers Advisory Staff

Looking for that great new read? The Villa Park Public Library has a fantastic Readers Advisory staff that is happy to recommend novels. Whether you’re looking for new authors like your old favorites, or you’re ready for something completely new, our RA staff is here to help. They run reading groups and book discussions to help make reading a more social experience. These folks know their stuff!

Looking for a Recommendation?

If you’re looking for a recommendation you can contact one of the readers advisory staff.


Curtis M.

Favorite Genres:
Mysteries, Fantasy

dan c

Dan C.

Favorite Genres:
Primary Source Historical Texts, Horror

denise kDenise K.

Favorite Genres:
Mysteries, Graphic Novels

 heidi gHeidi G.

Favorite Genres:
Historical Non-Fiction, Fairy Tales

jean cJean C.

Favorite Genres:
Romantic Suspense, Scifi-fantasy

jean j_finalJean J.

Favorite Genres:
Books about animals that lose their hats, Mysteries

john bJohn B.

Favorite Genres:
Alternate History Fiction, Suspense

 juliepJulie P.

Favorite genres:
Fantasy, Science Fiction

kandice kKandice K.

Favorite Genres:
Chick Lit, Suspense, and Mysteries

 deanyKathy D.

Favorite Genres:
Animal fiction

lesley cLesley C.

Favorite Genres:
Mysteries, Audiobooks, History

 nancy gNancy G.

Favorite Genres:
Literary Fiction, Regional American History

nicole wNicole W.

Favorite Genres:
Science Fiction, Fantasy


Sean B.

Favorite Genres:
True-life biographies, Non-fiction