All Staff Picks

Cinder
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Everyone knows the story of Cinderella and her evil step mother and two horrible step sisters. Things get a little more complicated when you retell the tale and Cinderella becomes just Cinder, a cyborg in futuristic New Beijing. Cinder is a fun new take on the classic tale with drama, mystery, and of course romance with the reinventing of Prince Charming as Prince Kai.
Salmon Fishing In The Yemen
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Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt put in wonderful performances. Even though this wasn’t publicized as a comedy, I couldn’t keep myself from laughing, and laughing often. This is one you won’t regret watching.
The Hobbit
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Peter Jackson's wonderful film adaptation of J.R.R Tolkien's The Hobbit is just as his good as his work on The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Should be seen by fans and anyone with a passing interest.
Night Visions
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Imagine Dragons brings a good mix of moods and great lyrics to their CD “Night Vision”. Favorite tracks: “Radioactive” and “Bleeding Out”
Vader's Little Princess
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Jeffrey Brown has done it again. This time, experience Vader's parenting attempts as his daughter Leia turns from sweet little girl to rebellious young woman. Whether she's joining the Rebel Alliance, going out 'studying' with her boyfriend Han, or trying to leave the house in skimpy attire, Leia is sure to try Darth's patience.
Running With The Demon
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A great fantasy novel set in modern day midwest America.
Despicable Me
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One of my all-time favorite movies made for kids but enjoyed by adults. Gru and his minions scheme to come up with a great plan to make him the most famous villain, but plans change when three little girls unexpectedly show up at his door. It’s a good movie to checkout before the release of Despicable Me 2 this summer.
The Runaway King
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The king is facing war on several fronts, and decides that the only way he can keep his country together, is sneak out in the dead of night. His plan is to go into enemy territory undetected and beat his enemy. It is a daring plan filled with so much danger, that he cannot get permission or approval, on hope for forgiveness IF he is successful. A great sequel.
Sci-Fi Crimes
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Chevelle's return to a heavier sound similar to "Wonder What's Next" and "This Kind of Thinking". A great album for fans of modern or hard rock.
An Arsonist's Guide To Writers' Homes In New England
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When Emily Dickinson’s house is accidentally burned to the ground killing two people, Sam Pulsifer sentenced to ten years in prison for his crime. After his release he becomes a victim of bad timing and a prime suspect as several other famous authors’ homes are destroyed. This mystery book is full of humor and intrigue as you follow Sam through his seemingly hopeless set of circumstances.
C.C. Pyle's Amazing Foot Race
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The stunts of endurance popular in the Roaring Twenties, such as flagpole sitting and dance marathons, came to a head with the staging of a footrace across America. Nearly 200 men started off from Los Angeles, but only a quarter would make it to the finish in New York. Experience the heartache and hardships, but also the triumph of such an epic journey.
The Selection
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Think “The Bachelor,” but at least ten times better and in novel form. A quick, entertaining beginning to a series that promises romantic angst and political intrigue.
Shatter Me
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Juliet can kill anyone that comes close, just by the touch of her skin. It is a secret that made her family ashamed of her and caused the society to lock her up in a series of prisons and asylums. When she is finally able to see the world again, a lot has changed and not for the better. With diseases and uprisings threatening to destroy, Juliet must choose a side and choose what version of herself she will become.
Squid And Octopus
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Squid and Octopus navigate the sometimes choppy waters of friendship, but in the end remain “Friends for Always”. Clever text and delightful illustrations hold charm for both kids and adults.
Darth Vader And Son
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Jeffrey Brown has perfectly captured what it would have been like if Darth Vader had been there throughout Luke's childhood. With fantastic illustrations and hilarious situations, this one is a must-read. Also, look for the sequel: Vader's Little Princess.
Stolen
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Sixteen-year-old Gemma is being watched. Ty has been watching her for a while, until the day he seizes his opportunity and takes her. Stolen is a letter written by a young girl to her kidnapper dealing with the confusion of her feelings toward him and how she survives and eventually escapes to find her family.
Monsterquest Season 1
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Monsterquest is on a "quest" to find hidden animals and monsters that may or may not exist. A good watch for anyone interested in the myths of these "monsters" or an interest in the field of Cryptozoology.
King Of RPGs
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Hilarity ensues when a simple D&D player actually takes on the persona of his game character.

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