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Happy Birthday, Sir Christopher Lee! (May 27)

Posted in dvd,memoirs & autobiographies by Ellen Bard on May 27, 2010

Lord of misrule : the autobiography of Christopher Lee. : Lee, Christopher

The wicker man [DVD recording] / British Lion Film Corporation

Gormenghast [DVD recording] / BBC, WGBH Boston Co-Production

The far pavilions [videorecording] / produced by Geoffrey Reeve for Goldcrest  

The man with the golden gun [DVD recording] / United Artists

The hound of the Baskervilles [DVD recording] / Metro Goldwyn Mayer

The adventures of Greyfriars Bobby [DVD recording] / Piccadilly Pictures

Shaka Zulu [DVD recording] / presented by Harmony Gold Inc.

The Lord of the Rings : the fellowship of the ring [DVD recording] / New Line Cinema

The Lord of the Rings : the two towers [videorecording] / New Line Cinema

The Lord of the Rings : the return of the king [DVD recording] / New Line Cinema

Star Wars : episode II : attack of the clones [DVD recording] / Twentieth Century Fox ; Lucasfilm Ltd.

Star Wars : the Clone Wars [DVD recording] / CGCG ; Lusasfilm Animation

Star Wars : episode III : revenge of the Sith [DVD recording] / Lucasfilm Ltd

Escape to Witch Mountain ; Return to Witch Mountain [DVD recording] / Walt Disney Pictures presents

Return from Witch Mountain [DVD recording] / Walt Disney Pictures

Edgar Allan Poe’s tales of mystery & imagination [DVD recording] / Indigo Film & Television

Dracula has risen from the grave [DVD recording] / Warner Bros.-Seven Arts ; a Hammer Film

Dracula A.D. 1972 [DVD recording].

Horror of Dracula [DVD recording] / Hammer Film Productions  

Scars of Dracula [DVD recording] / a Hammer production

Taste the blood of Dracula [DVD recording] / Warner Bros. presents a Hammer Film

Corridors of blood ; The haunted strangler [DVD recording].  

Chamber of horrors ; The brides of Fu Manchu [DVD recording] / Warner Bros. Pictures

Monster of London city ; Secret of the red orchid [DVD recording].  

The curse of Frankenstein [DVD recording] / Warner Bros. Pictures

The mummy [DVD recording] / Warner Bros. Pictures

The house that dripped blood [DVD recording] / by Cinerama Inc.  

The oblong box ; Scream and scream again [DVD recording].

The horror of Hammer [DVD recording] / Heidelberg Films and Bosustwo Media Group  

Charlie and the chocolate factory [DVD recording] / Warner Bros.

Ivanhoe [CD recording] / by Sir Walter Scott.


The Readers’ Blog Genre Notes: Mystery Classics

Posted in mystery & crime fiction,Uncategorized by Ellen Bard on May 26, 2010

Dickens, Charles. Bleak House (1852)
Collins, Wilkie. The Woman in White (1859)
Braddon, Mary Elizabeth. Lady Audley’s Secret (1861)
Doyle, Arthur Conan. A Study in Scarlet (1887)
Rhinehart, Mary Roberts. The Circular Staircase (1907)
Christie, Agatha. The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920)
Sayers, Dorothy. Whose Body? (1923)
Hammett, Dashiell. Red Harvest (1927)
Queen, Ellery. The Tragedy of X (1932)
Marsh, Ngaio. Died in the Wool (1935)
Stout, Rex. Too Many Cooks (1938)

Originally posted at The Readers’ Blog, May 21st, 2010.  Read More at

Pulitzer Prize Winners

Posted in awards by Ellen Bard on May 25, 2010

Pulitzer Prize Winners 2010 for Letters, Drama and Music

FictionTinkers by Paul Harding (Bellevue Literary Press)

DramaNext to Normal, music by Tom Kitt, book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey

HistoryLords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World by Liaquat Ahamed (The Penguin Press)

BiographyThe First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt by T.J. Stiles (Alfred A. Knopf)

PoetryVersed by Rae Armantrout (Wesleyan University Press)

General NonfictionThe Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and Its Dangerous Legacy by David E. Hoffman (Doubleday)

MusicViolin Concerto by Jennifer Higdon (Lawdon Press)

For more winners and more information visit

Celebrate Towel Day with Douglas Adams (1952-2001)

Posted in science fiction by Ellen Bard on May 25, 2010

Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America 2009 Nebula Awards winners

Posted in science fiction by Ellen Bard on May 25, 2010

Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, Inc., has announced the Nebula Awards® winners for 2009. The Nebula Awards® are voted on, and presented by, active members of SFWA. The awards were announced at the Nebula Awards® Banquet held at the Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront the evening of May 15.

2009 Nebula Award Winners

The Windup Girl – Paolo Bacigalupi (Night Shade Books, Sept. 2009)

The Women of Nell Gwynne’s – Kage Baker (Subterranean Press, June 2009)

“Sinner, Baker, Fabulist, Priest; Red Mask, Black Mask, Gentleman, Beast,”
Eugie Foster (Interzone, Feb. 2009)

Short Story
“Spar,” Kij Johnson (Clarkesworld, Oct. 2009)

Ray Bradbury Award
District 9, Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell (Tri-Star, Aug. 2009)

Andre Norton Award
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making,
Catherynne M. Valente (Catherynne M. Valente, June 2009)

Additional Honors
During the ceremonies, Joe Haldeman was honored as the next Damon Knight Grand Master, while Neal Barrett, Jr., was honored as Author Emeritus. Vonda N. McIntyre and Keith Stokes were honored with SFWA Service Awards while the SFWA Solstice Award, bestowed upon individuals who have made a significant impact on the science fiction or fantasy landscape, was presented to Tom Doherty, Terri Windling and the late Donald A. Wollheim.

Happy Birthday, Bob Dylan (May 25)

Posted in nonfiction by Ellen Bard on May 25, 2010

Bob Dylan in his white room, 1964.

To celebrate Bob  Dylan’s birth (69 years ago today) here is a list of some of the titles about him that we own.

Listen to: Bob Dylan: A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall

BookList Online's Best Crime Novels of 2010

Posted in mystery & crime fiction by Ellen Bard on May 24, 2010
BookList’s The Year’s Best Crime Novels: 2010.

The Brutal Telling. By Louise Penny. 2009. Minotaur, $24.99 (9780312377038).

Cemetery Road. By Gar Anthony Haywood. 2010. Severn, $28.95 (9780727868510).

The Dark Horse. By Craig Johnson. 2009. Viking, $24.95 (9780670020874).

The Darkest Room. By Johan Theorin. Tr. by Marlaine Delargy. 2009. Dell/Delta, paper, $15.99 (9780385342223).

False Mermaid. By Erin Hart. 2010. Scribner, $26 (9781416563761).

The Girl Who Played with Fire. By Stieg Larsson. Tr. by Reg Keeland. 2009. Knopf, $25.95 (9780307269980).

The God of the Hive. By Laurie R. King. 2010. Bantam, $25 (9780553805543).

The Godfather of Kathmandu. By John Burdett. 2009. Knopf, $25.99 (9780307263193).

The Nearest Exit. By Olen Steinhauer. 2010. Minotaur, $25.99 (9780312622879).

A Thousand Cuts. By Simon Lelic. 2010. Viking, $24.95 (9780670021505).

Best Crime Novel Debuts

Bad Things Happen. By Harry Dolan. 2009. Putnam/Amy Einhorn, $24.95 (9780399155635).

Bait. By Nick Brownlee. 2009. Minotaur, $24.95 (9780312550219).

The Case of the Missing Servant. By Tarquin Hall. 2009. Simon & Schuster, $24 (9781416583684).

Gutshot Straight. By Lou Berney. 2010. Morrow, $24.99 (9780061766046).

The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane. By Katherine Howe. 2009. Hyperion/Voice, $25.99 (9781401340902)..

The Poacher’s Son. By Paul Doiron. 2010. Minotaur, $24.99 (9780312558468).

Red to Black. By Alex Dryden. 2009. Ecco, $25.99 (9780061803864).

Snow Angels. By James Thompson. 2010. Putnam, $24.95 (9780399156175).

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. By Alan Bradley. 2009. Delacorte, $23 (9780385342308).


Ott, Bill (author).  First published May 1, 2010 (Booklist).

Initial post

Posted in general,Uncategorized by Ellen Bard on May 24, 2010

This is the first post in my new WordPress blog.  I will be transferring the posts from my SharePoint blog over here as soon as I figure that out.  Until then, I hope to post some reading lists and annotations for books we have here at the Central Arkansas Library System.