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Ex Libris Review: Imaginalis

In Imaginalis by J.M. DeMatteis, 12-year-old Mehera Beatrice Crosby is devastated when her favorite fantasy book series is cancelled. For Mehera, the fantasy world of Imaginalis is more important than her own reality. She feels a closer affinity with the characters in the books than she does with her own classmates. Deep in her heart, she knows they are real. After all her attempts to bring back the series have failed, she makes a final, desperate wish. Defying reason, logic, and the possible, the characters of Imaginalis are drawn into Mehera’s world. She learns that the series was cancelled because the world of Imaginalis is dying. And she alone holds the key to its survival: belief in the impossible.

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Ex Libris Review: The Last Days of Krypton

The Last Days of Krypton, by award winning science fiction author Kevin J. Anderson, tells the story of the events that led up to the destruction of Superman’s home planet. Anderson distills close to 70 years worth of continuity into one concise and definitive novel that chronicles Krypton’s doom.

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Off the Rack: Superman/Batman: The Search for Kryptonite

Superman/Batman: The Search for Kryptonite by Michael Green, Mike Johnson, and Shane Davis is the seventh collected edition of the Superman/Batman comic book. After a near fatal exposure to kryptonite, Superman enlists the aide of Batman to help him rid Earth of the remnants of his home world. Along the way, they encounter resistance from unlikely sources as a darker side of the Man of Steel emerges. But in the end, it is a betrayal by one of Superman’s closest friends that threatens to destroy everything he holds dear.

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Ex Libris Review: Shooting at Midnight

Shooting at Midnight is the fourth book in Greg Rucka’s Atticus Kodiak series and it differs from the previous novels in two ways: the book does not have a one-word title and Atticus is not the main focus. Instead, his on again, off again girlfriend, Bridgett Logan is given center stage. When Bridgett’s childhood friend is accused of murder, she takes up the case and is dragged into a world she has struggled to leave behind. Ashamed of her past, she goes deep undercover in New York City’s sordid, drug infested ghettos. As she infiltrates the inner sanctum of a powerful drug syndicate, she is once again confronted with the personal demons of her former life.

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Ex Libris: Lowboy

lowboy2In Lowboy by John Wray, William Heller is a 16-year-old boy suffering from a severe case of paranoid schizophrenia. Upon release from a psychiatric hospital, he escapes into the vast subway tunnel system running underneath New York City.

Will believes that the world is being destroyed by climate change and that he holds the key to the planet’s salvation. To cool down the planet he must first cool down his overheating body. As William embarks on his righteous quest, his illness prevents him from functioning in normal society. As a result, he finds refuge in New York City’s sordid underbelly, associating with drug addicts, prostitutes, and other mentally ill, all forgotten or ignored by the rest of modern society.

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