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Reading Is So Delicious!

The Adult Summer Reading Program ends Tuesday July 31st.  Don't forget to turn in your book logs by 9:00 pm to claim your completion prize and be entered into the Grand Prize Drawing for a Nook e-reader.

Here are some more books Glenside patrons enjoyed this summer:

If you liked the TV Series Lost in Space than you may like...

 
"The Alliance woke Captain John "Black Jack" Geary from cryogenic sleep to take command of the fleet in the century-long conflict against the Syndicate Worlds. Now Admiral Geary's victory has earned him the adoration of the people--and the enmity of politicians convinced that a living hero can be a very inconvenient thing. The war may be over, but Geary and his newly christened First Fleet have been ordered back into action to investigate the aliens occupying the far side of Syndic space and to determine how much of a threat they represent to the Alliance. And while the Syndic Worlds are no longer united, individually they may be more dangerous than ever before. Geary knows that members of the military high command and the government question his loyalty to the Alliance and fear his staging a coup--so he can't help but wonder if the fleet is being deliberately sent on a suicide mission.."-- Provided by publisher.
 
While drifting in space, lost due to navigational failure, a mineral scout discovers God. When word gets out, academics from the studiums across Orion scramble to gain the Entity's favor. However, not all the sentients of Orion hold this "god" in awe--some, like the philosophers of Scolar and the Transhumans of Extropy are deeply suspicious. Onto the grand stage of interplanetary academic politics, intellectual conceit, and dubious theology walks Baronessa Mira Fedor. Her planet has been torn apart by the invasion of a race of giant tardigrades. Only the Orion League of Sentient Species can lend aid, but OLOSS is preoccupied with communicating with God. Mira, together with the rowdy, misogynist Jo-Jo Rasterovich, is left to her own resources to find help. In doing so she unmasks a galaxy-sized intrigue. But will she live long enough to tell anyone?
 
"Jack Churchill, archaeologist and dreamer, walks out of the mist and into Celtic Britain more than two thousand years before he was born, with no knowledge of how he got there. All Jack wants is to get home to his own time where the woman he loves waits for him. Finding his way to the timeless mystical Otherworld, the home of the gods, he plans to while away the days, the years, the millennia, until his own era rolls around again...but nothing is ever that simple. A great Evil waits in modern times and will do all in its power to stop Jack's return. In a universe where time and space are meaningless, its tendrils stretch back through the years.... Through Roman times, the Elizabethan age, Victoria's reign, the Second World War and the Swinging Sixties, the Evil sets its traps to destroy Jack"--Cover p. [4].
 
Astronaut Lovell chronicles his harrowing, nearly fatal, failed mission to the moon, describing his crew's ingenuity in returning safely to Earth. The untold story of the American moon shot that almost ended in a fatal catastrophe, told by the flight's commander, offers a thrilling chronicle of courage, heroism, and adventure.
 
The year is 2058. With the Earth's resources severely depleted human survival depends upon "The Jupiter Mission." This daring plan will launch an entire family-- the Robinsons-- into the farthest reaches of hyperspace to colonize "Alpha Prime," the only other habitable planet in the galaxy. But when a stowaway sabotages the mission, the Robinsons find themselves hurtling through uncharted space, facing alien invaders, time- warp wonders and non-stop excitement.
Musical CD (2 discs) featuring William Shatner and various other artists.
 
Three years after being kicked out of the science department for his theory of Time warps, Rick Marshall is reduced to working as a teacher at the George C. Page Museum. He meets Holly Cantrell whose finding urges him to create a tachyon amplifier to enable time warp travel. Once they activate the amplifier, Rick, Holly and their cave tour guide Will Stanton end up in a parallel universe where all timelines converge. They soon meet some ape men and Stanton unintentionally gives them the secret of fire. A T. rex chases them across a small land bridge. Holly disappears and is condemned to death by the Library of Skulls. They finally make it back to the right time and bring back a dinosaur egg to prove his theory. - MA

 

The Fellowship of the Ring turns fifty-eight

The Fellowship of the Ring, first part of J.R.R. Tolkien's epic The Lord of the Rings turns fifty-eight years old today.  The Lord of the Rings was first published on this date in London, England, by George Allen and Unwin.  The publishers chose to publish the book in three parts because it was so long.  The Two Towers was published on November 11, 1954, and The Return of the King was published on October 20, 1955.

Bastille Day

Bastille Day commemorates the storming of the Bastille prison at the beginning of the French Revolution.  Celebrate July 14th,  France's National Day by checking out one of these books or movies about the French Revolution.

 

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