March Recommendations

For the month of March, Chance recommends the following four books:

Moving Pictures – Terry Pratchett

Moving PicturesThe first Sir Terry book I read, and I was instantly hooked on the wildly imaginative Discworld series. Ankh-Morpork, the largest city on the Disc (a flat planet on the back of four elephants on a giant sea turtle swimming through space) gets Holy Wood fever! Grab a bag of banged grains (aka popcorn) and curl up with high fantasy humor more action packed than the latest clickie (film) blockbuster!

Did you know? Sir Terry’s latest book, I Shall Wear Midnight, the fourth book in the Tiffany Aching series, came out in September. Learn more about Pratchett’s incredible Discworld series at his website.

Lost in a Good Book – Jasper Fforde

Lost in a Good BookSkip The Eyre Affair, Fforde’s uneven debut, and dive right into the second installment of the Thursday Next series. Fforde’s literary fantasy goes full-tilt here. The jokes fly faster than Great Expectations‘s Miss Havisham on a high-octane motorbike (although that’s in here too)! Fforde takes classic characters from Brit Lit and gives them a marvelous modern twist.

Did you know? The Thursday Next series currently has five books. Something Rotten is a personal favorite. The sixth volume in the series, One of Our Thursdays is Missing, hits U.S. shelves on March 8th. Learn more about Fforde’s fantastic series at his website.

The Laramie Project – Moises Kaufman

The Laramie ProjectThis heart-wrenching play about the death of gay college student Matthew Shepard culls all its dialogue from actual interviews with residents of Laramie, WY. This moving non-fiction drama loses none of its impact in the transition from stage to page.

Did you know? The Westboro Baptist Church traveled from Kansas to Framingham, MA, in 2010 to protest Framingham High School’s production of the play. The Laramie Project was made into a movie by HBO in 2002 starring Laura Linney, Jeremy Davies, and Clea DuVall.

The Golden Compass – Philip Pullman

His Dark MaterialsPullman’s His Dark Materials isn’t just for teens. The first book in this magical series takes place in a world like ours… but not. People’s consciences are represented by external animal avatars called daemons. Eventually the series the travels to our universe and then to other places beyond your wildest imagination. Skip the movie and get absorbed in this engrossing, thought-provoking trilogy.

Did you know? The Golden Compass was published in the UK as Northern Lights. The aurora borealis plays a significant part in the story’s plot. There are also two side stories to His Dark Materials: Lyra’s Oxford and Once Upon a Time in the West. Pullman is rumored to be working on a fourth major volume, The Book of DustRead more about Pullman’s work at his website.

Check back next week to see what the rest of our staff recommends!

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