adventure

Cover of The Martian, shows a astronaut floating in orange-red Martian dust

The Martian

Andy Weir
5
Rated by
Emily D.
Sunday, Jan 29, 2017

This is a hands-down fabulous book! It’s an adventure. In space. On Mars. What more do you need? But on top of that it’s witty and science-y with a hint of impending doom.

woman wing walking on a biplane

On Kingdom Mountain

Howard Frank Mosher
4
Rated by
Maryana K.
Friday, Dec 9, 2016

“They lived in a house at the end of the road and were friends to mankind”- Kinneson family motto.

Coraline Book Cover

Coraline

Neil Gaiman
5
Rated by
Sam S.
Wednesday, Oct 26, 2016

While exploring the new home Coraline and her family have just moved in to, she stumbles upon a small, mysterious door hidden behind wallpaper in one of the rooms. Through it, she discovers a world very much like her own, and yet very different, including alternate versions of her parents and neighbors. This alluring world turns dark when she finds that her parents have been kidnapped and she is slowly becoming trapped in a web of her Other Mother's making.

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

The Invisible Library

Genevieve Cogman
4
Rated by
Josh N.
Friday, Jul 29, 2016

A mysterious, transdimensional library that sends its librarians to alternate Earths to procure rare books? Brilliant! A clever, witty librarian and her new assistant, who is clearly hiding something, sent to find a collection of Brothers Grimm fairy tales? Cool! A steampunk/gaslight fantasy alternate Earth that operates along the lines of narrative drama and comes complete with sharp-as-tacks consulting detective and a host of conspiratorial secret societies? Wonderful! Faeries, dragons, and weird magic? Fantastic!

Sunshine Superman (DVD)

Marah Strauch
4
Rated by
Michelle H.
Thursday, Jun 23, 2016

Sunshine Superman tells the story of Carl Boenish, an intrepid explorer pushing the limits of physical experience, and an inventive cinematographer of that boundary’s edge. He was a skydiver, whose footage from the 70s and 80s shows people seemingly capable of the ultimate assault on reality. They could fly.

The False Prince

Jennifer Nielsen
5
Wednesday, Jun 22, 2016

To unify the discontent of the people, a nobleman of the court brings together four orphans in his plan to find an impersonator of the king’s lost son. They must compete fiercely for the role, they face certain death if not chosen. Sage, one of the boys, can see that the nobleman’s plan is suspicious, but he must be chosen, he has his own agenda as well.

This was such a fun quick read! I couldn't put it down, I just had to keep reading. I loved the main character and the way he not only kept secrets from other characters but from us as readers. This book was not predictable because...

The Travelers cover image. A man and woman back-to-back with airplane images overhead.

The Travelers

Chris Pavone
4
Rated by
Kari E.
Saturday, Apr 23, 2016

The Travelers is a fast-paced, globe-trotting novel filled with CIA intrigue. What better cover for a spy than to be a travel writer? Travel writers go to far-flung, exotic locals, meet people, and there are no red flags on why they travel so much. Will Rhodes is a personable, intriguing character looking for perfection in all areas of his life; from drinking the perfect glass of wine to finding the perfect wall sconce.

The Alchemyst

Michael Scott
4
Thursday, Mar 17, 2016

Nicholas Flamel was born in Paris on 28 September 1330. Nearly seven hundred years later, he is acknowledged as the greatest Alchemyst of his day. It is said that he discovered the secret of eternal life. The records show that he died in 1418. But his tomb is empty and Nicholas Flamel lives. The secret of eternal life is hidden within the book he protects - the Book of Abraham the Mage. It's the most powerful book that has ever existed. In the wrong hands, it will destroy the world. And that's exactly what Dr. John Dee plans to do when he steals it. Humankind won't know what's happening...

Book cover

Vango

Timothée de Fombelle
4
Monday, Nov 16, 2015

Vango is a thrilling adventure mystery set in Europe on the cusp of the second World War, focused on the mysterious identity of a young man on the cusp of adulthood. Not even Vango, said young man, knows the mystery of his origins, and no one believes he is constantly watched and hunted by shadowy figures. They consider him paranoid. Talented, pleasant, and promising, but strangely paranoid.

multiple backpacks in bright colors leaning against one another

Wide-Open World

John Marshall
5
Rated by
Robin D.
Tuesday, Sep 15, 2015

Do you ever dream of working with monkeys in the Costa Rican rainforest? How about teaching English in Thailand, or helping orphans in India? Well John Marshall did and in a radical move to connect better with their teenage son and daughter, he and his wife quit their jobs and took a six month voluntourism break from life. Wide Open World is the story of how six months moving around the globe volunteering changed all of their lives forever.

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