Author Archives: Johnathan

About Johnathan

Johnathan loves reading and engaging in geek fandom. He is also trying to devise a plan to make off with the library's secret stash of Legos.

Books for Dudes – Marvel Comics Edition

Many of today’s comic characters we know today have been around for decades, but have gotten a big boost due to some great movies in the last decade or so. Spider-man. Iron Man. The Avengers. X-Men. The Fantastic Four. The … Continue reading

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Summer Reading Extended Until August 19!

Because the Columbia Public Library was unexpectedly closed part of last week, we still are welcoming Summer Reading finishers through Wednesday, August 19! We’ve gotten some great book reviews so far, and we look forward to hearing what you have … Continue reading

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Books for Dudes – Stranger

Did you grow up learning the “Stranger danger” rule? That phrase is given a whole new meaning in “Stranger” (#1 in The Change series) by Rachel Manija Brown and Sherwood Smith. After a planet-wide cataclysm, the entire world was changed by … Continue reading

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Books for Dudes – Jinxes, Mazes and More

Summer is officially here. Time for kicking back and relaxing, trying new book series, and then scrambling to get the next part when you get to a riveting cliffhanger…yep, suckered again. Jinx. Jinx had a rough childhood – his parents died, his … Continue reading

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Books for Dudes – Dirt Bikes, Drones, and Other Ways to Fly

We all know video games aren’t real life. However, in “Dirt Bikes, Drones, and Other Ways to Fly” by Conrad Wesselhoeft, 17-year-old Arlo discovers that his amazing skills at playing a drone war game are being observed by the military. Does … Continue reading

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Books for Dudes – Enjoy an “Eighth Day”

As I’m helping get things set up for this year’s summer reading (and it’s going to be awesome, make no mistake), I find myself wishing for more time. In Dianne K. Selerni’s “The Eighth Day,” an eighth day can be … Continue reading

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Books for Dudes – Norse Code

Whether it’s due to the increasing visibility of Marvel’s Thor or because of the History Channel’s popular Vikings series (for mature audiences), Norse mythology has definitely had a resurgence in popularity. Check out these great Norse reads for teens.  Matt Thorsen constantly feels in … Continue reading

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Books for Dudes – Steelheart and Firefight

What would you do with superpowers? Hopefully, you wouldn’t turn out like the superhumans, called Epics, in Brandon Sanderson’s new Reckoners series. “Steelheart” and “Firefight” are the first two titles, and these YA books examine the idea of superpowers in a very … Continue reading

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