Do you like history? So do we. We found this great free resource, Old Maps Online, and had to share! “Here be monsters” and some pretty cool stories behind the maps. If this is up your alley, also check out The Map Thief: the gripping story of an esteemed rare-map dealer who made millions stealing priceless maps by Michael Blanding (nonfiction) or The Island of Lost maps: a true story of cartographic crime by Miles Harvey (nonfiction). We have several books about maps and cartography, and some great novels involving maps, treasure hunts, and so much more. Check out these two catalog searches to find more great titles!
The Map Thief: The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps
Published: May 29, 2014 by Gotham
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The Map Thief: A Novel
Published: Jul 29, 2008 by Ballantine Books
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This week’s staff pick of the week is Enigma by Robert Harris. A code breaking mystery set in WWII, this book has it all and is a rivetingly good read.
“A gripping World War II mystery novel with a cryptographic twist, Enigma‘s hero is Tom Jericho, a brilliant British mathematician working as a member of the team struggling to crack the Nazi Enigma code. Jericho’s own struggles include nerve-wracking mental labor, the mysterious disappearance of a former girlfriend, the suspicions of his co-workers within the paranoid high-security project, and the certainty that someone close to him, perhaps the missing girl, is a Nazi spy. The plot is pure fiction but the historical background, Alan Turing’s famous wartime computing project that cracked the German U-boat communications code, is real and accurately portrayed. Enigma is convincingly plotted, forcefully written, and filled with well drawn characters; in short, it’s everything a good technomystery should be”–Taken from Goodreads.com
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Have you met your summer reading goals yet? If not, maybe you should check out some of these retellings of classic and/or fairy tales. There are many more not on these lists, can you name any?
This week’s staff pick of the week is The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen. A mildly futuristic fantasy that our staff member wasn’t sure they’d like, but they were “ensnared” after the first few pages. An excellent novel about a strong young woman trying to figure out who she is and how to fix a kingdom. There are thieves, assassins, kidnappings… and no romance. The first of a trilogy, this was a great read, and it’s already been optioned into a movie.
“Kelsea Glynn is the sole heir to the throne of Tearling but has been raised in secret by foster parents after her mother – Queen Elyssa, as vain as she was stupid – was murdered for ruining her kingdom. For 18 years, the Tearling has been ruled by Kelsea’s uncle in the role of Regent however he is but the debauched puppet of the Red Queen, the sorceress-tyrant of neighbouring realm of Mortmesme. On Kelsea’s 19th birthday, the tattered remnants of her mother’s guard – each pledged to defend the queen to the death – arrive to bring this most un-regal young woman out of hiding…
And so begins her journey back to her kingdom’s heart, to claim the throne, earn the loyalty of her people, overturn her mother’s legacy and redeem the Tearling from the forces of corruption and dark magic that are threatening to destroy it. But Kelsea’s story is not just about her learning the true nature of her inheritance – it’s about a heroine who must learn to acknowledge and live with the realities of coming of age in all its insecurities and attractions, alongside the ethical dilemmas of ruling justly and fairly while simply trying to stay alive.”–Taken from Goodreads.com
The Queen Of The Tearling: A Novel
Published: Jun 19, 2014 by Harper
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