“Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath” by Ted Koppel (280 pages, $26.00)
Do you ever feel downright confused about international politics? The word “quagmire” should be reserved for frequent and definitive use when describing relations in the Middle East.
I was recently listening to coverage on the Iran nuclear deal, and I kept thinking “how did we get here?” The more I watched, the more confused I became when several times during the coverage former President Jimmy Carter was referenced in connection to the Shah and the Iran hostage crisis. Back in 1979, I was 5 years old when the American Embassy in Tehran was overcome and 52 American State Department workers taken hostage. But I was too young to remember or understand what happened, and who the key players were.
Take the all-American cowboy story and mix in some steampunk fantasy with its counterfactual detail and enhanced technology, and you have fiction genre wilder and weirder than the conventional horse opera. You may have enjoyed the dark thrills of the weird West in the films “Jonah Hex” or “Cowboys and Aliens,” or even in the old DC comic, “Weird Western Tales.” Lately, popular depictions of an alternative 19th century — complete with airships, robots, and assorted otherworldly characters — is shifting from the London of Queen Victoria to the expansion of the American West in several series: “Golgotha,” by R. S. Belcher, “Weird West Tales,” by Michael Resnick, and the provocative new entry, “Karen Memory” by Elizabeth Bear.
Golgotha is the Nevada mining town that holds an ancient menace in the first title in this fantasy/horror/western series, “The Six-Gun Tarot.” Belcher creates a collection of curious characters, including a sheriff who cannot be killed, his half-coyote deputy (appropriately called Mutt), and the banker’s wife who belongs to a secret order of pirate assassins. Just outside the town lies a deserted silver mine that hides the Old Wurm, just stirring awake after millennia and preparing to let loose havoc on the world. The monster has made most of the town’s residents into zombie-like creatures that the sheriff and his motley posse must beat back before it’s too late. Golgotha is a town you’ll want to visit again in “Shotgun Arcana.”
“Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter” by Kate Clifford Larson
c.2015, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt $27.00 302 pages
“Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Eye-Popping Oddities”
c.2015, Ripley Publishing $28.95 265 pages
“Fast Girl” by Suzy Favor Hamilton (with Sarah Tomlinson)
c.2015, Dey St. $26.99 295 pages
The moose in these books are determined to do whatever it takes to achieve their dreams.
— “Ernest, the Moose Who Doesn’t Fit” by Catherine Rayner — Ernest is such a large moose, he can’t even fit inside his own book. He shimmies his front end in, he squeezes his back end in, he even finds a way to get his middle in, but he just can’t seem to get his whole self to fit. Luckily, he has a friendly chipmunk by his side that is just as determined to fit Ernest into the book as he is and she has a big idea. With a little masking tape, some paper, and a lot of ingenuity, the two friends finally figure out how to fit Ernest inside the book. A delightful tale of working together to bring about a happy ending for one moose who just didn’t give up.
A plethora of new children’s picture books about books have been added to our collection recently. Now, one might think stories about books wouldn’t be very exciting, or appealing, but I can assure you these books are sure to inspire, and a few may even make you laugh.
“How to Bake a Book” by Ella Burfoot uses the concept of baking to explain the ingredients necessary in writing a good story. With fun illustrations, and rhyming text Burfoot begins with a girl who starts by adding some ideas, a few characters and then throws in a little action. She shakes in some letters out of shakers, mixes in some punctuation for spice and thickens the plot by adding “a spoonful of good and pinch of bad.” Before you know it, this little baker has baked up one delicious story. With amazing imagery, this book introduces the art of creating a story in a very clever way.
A snowy owl swoops down from a tree and glides over the frozen white landscape of Canada.
On a hot day in a mountain forest of Asia, a red panda rests in a tree, dangling its legs to keep cool. As darkness falls on the warm shallow sea water, the Caribbean reef sharks cruise the coral reef looking for fish.
The smells of slow-roasted turkey, smoked ham, marinara with mostaccioli and candied yams filled the air at First Step Services Sunday afternoon.
Three people were injured — one who was airlifted to a Milwaukee-area hospital — in a two-car collision at the intersection at 60th Street and 33rd Avenue Sunday night.
RANDALL — Twin Lakes and Randall fire departments battled a fire that caused substantial damage to a home in the 11500 block of 347th Avenue Friday afternoon.
After her mother passed away, Ginni Vine Fennema's dad grew worried that the family would not get together for the holidays. So he started a Christmas Tree farm on their central Wisconsin family farm to lure his children back.
A new program at Carthage College will provide nearly 200 new and paid internships over the next three academic years, the school recently announced.
Each Monday, the Kenosha News takes a look at the life of a Kenosha County resident who recently died. We share with you, through the memories of family and friends, a life remembered.
As a first snowfall of the season, the Friday-into-Saturday event was good practice for the winter ahead.
At least three times a week, caregiver Rachel Hernandez lets herself into Larry Reed’s studio apartment to prepare dinner, wash him and provide some much-needed comic relief.
Industry is calling and Gateway Technical College is responding with its a 12-week boot camp program designed to prepare people for telecommunications jobs.
Dozens of volunteers braved the cold and snow to prepare Thanksgiving baskets for needy families Saturday morning.
The New Testament story of Jesus feeding the multitude with just five loaves and two fish continues to inspire members of Fellowship Baptist Church.
The deadline is Dec. 3 for some Carthage College scholarships:
Churches, clubs and other organizations planning a holiday cookie, cake or candy walk in December should submit announcements to the Kenosha News by Nov. 30 for inclusion on the Dec. 2 food page. Send notices to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. financial contracts with Kenosha County businesses have brought new jobs, new companies and more than $88.8 million in capital investments during the 2015 fiscal year.