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Set in present day New York, both the city and surrounding areas, this thrilling novel takes readers into the world of fictional film maker Stanislas Cordova.  We follow the story of Scott, a journalist who has fallen on hard times.  He becomes obsessed with the sudden death of Cordova’s daughter, Ashley.  She has apparently committed suicide in an abandoned building downtown, but Scott has a hunch that something more devious is going on.  This is a hunch that leads him through Chinatown and the Hamptons, down dirty city streets and into crowded antique shops.  On his way, he meets a rag-tag bunch of characters that help and hinder his efforts to uncover the truth about Ashley.

This book deals with some very dark themes, such as suicide and the Occult.  These are important plot elements that drive the pace of the story.  When a mysterious object is found in Ashley’s abandoned apartment, Scott ends up seeking the help of a voodoo practitioner to discern the item’s meaning.  In turn, this discovery leads the reader to deeper insights about Ashley’s state of mind in the days leading up to her death.

The novel makes heavy use of fabricated news stories and blog posts.  There is even an app for mobile devices that gives the reader access to extra content.  While at first I found this to be distracting, by the end it gave me a deeper appreciation for the world that the author has created.  Without these added elements, the book would have almost seemed too unbelievable.

For readers searching for a quick, uplifting read, this is not the book for them.  However, I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good mystery with a complex plot.  Fans of horror and suspense will also enjoy this book.  Download the app for a richer experience.

This book is available for check out at the Cleveland State Library, as part of the Browsing Collection.

–reviewed by Andy Foskey

Meet Audrey

Our next blog post is about Audrey!

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Are you new to Cleveland State or returning for another year?

Audrey is returning for another year.

If you are returning to Cleveland State, have you worked in any other offices on campus?

She has only worked in the library.

Why did you decide to come to Cleveland State?

It was close to home and offered scholarships.

What is your major?

General transfer

What are your career goals?

Elementary school teacher

What is your favorite book or movie?

The Glass Castle

If you were an animal, what animal would you be and why?

She would choose a squirrel so she could live in trees.

What is one goal you’d like to accomplish during your lifetime?

Audrey would like to travel to every continent.

What do you enjoying doing with your free time?

She enjoys reading and hanging with friends

What is a food you could never get tired of eating?

Cookies.

Our next interview is with Lindsey.

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Are you new to Cleveland State or returning for another year?

Lindsey is new to Cleveland State this year.

Why did you decide to come to Cleveland State?

She decided to attend CSCC because she received a scholarship to go here.

What is your major?

Lindsey is majoring in Biology.

What are your career goals?

She wants to go to medical school to become a Psychologist.

What is your favorite book or movie?

Her favorite book is the Great Gatsby.

When you were little, who was your favorite super hero?

Wonder Woman.

What is your favorite thing to do in the summer?

She loves to go swimming!

What’s the ideal dream job for you?

To be a psychiatrist.

What do you enjoying doing with your free time?

She loves to read.

What is a food you could never get tired of eating?

Sushi!


Ciara is our next student worker!

CiaraAre you new to Cleveland State or returning for another year?

Returning for another year

If you are returning to Cleveland State, have you worked in any other offices on campus?

No, only the library.

Why did you decide to come to Cleveland State?

Because I received a scholar ship and I only want an associate’s degree

What is your major?

Business / accounting

What are your career goals?

To become a licensed cosmetologist and start own business.

What is your favorite book or movie?

Thumbelina

What is your favorite thing to do in the summer?

Go on annual beach vacation

If you were an ice cream flavor, which one would you be and why?

Extreme Moose Tracks, because it’s amazing.

What is one food you could never get tired of eating?

Croutons

What do you enjoying doing with your free time?

Walking with my dog sissy.

Who is your hero?

My mom

Meet Madison!

Photo on 9-10-14 at 10.40 AMDuring the Fall semester, we will be featuring profiles of library staff members, including our wonderful student workers.  The first post in this series is about Madison.

Are you new to Cleveland State or returning for another year?
New

Why did you decide to come to Cleveland State?
She found out that she would actually be getting paid to go here, so it seemed like an obvious choice. Also she head that the classes weren’t too hard.

What is your major?
Pre-Pharmacy.

What are your career goals?
To become a pharmacist.

What is your favorite book or movie?
Her favorite movie is Sweet Home Alabama.

What is one goal you’d like to accomplish during your lifetime?
She would like to be able to financially support herself.

Who is your hero?
He hero is her mom because she is raising four kids on her own, she is awesome, and she loves her.

What is your favorite thing to do in the summer?
She loves going to the beach, river, lake, and pool. Just being near water is great for her.

What’s your favorite cartoon character, and why?
Ariel, the Little Mermaid, because she can swim around all day.

What is a food you could never get tired of eating?
Japanese/Hibachi food.

Last week we announced the ultimate CSCC Library March Madness book champion…The Hunger Games. Now, we can answer the question that you are dying to know – which voting participant’s name was selected in the prize drawing?

Congratulations goes to:

Joyce Chapman!

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Joyce is the Business and Technology Secretary at Cleveland State, and was an avid voter in the March Madness competition. She wanted to participate in March Madness because she loves reading and the library and thought that the promotion tied in well to other events throughout March. Although she said that she had no idea who would win, Joyce voted for The Hunger Games throughout the entire competition. She is a huge fan of the book, especially the part when Katniss volunteers to take Prim’s place as a tribute. When asked about her favorite character in the book, her answer was clear:

“Katniss! I fell in love with her character in the first few pages. She loved her family and friends in every way possible. She stood up for what she believed in. Goodness always wins over bad.”

So what was Joyce’s prize? She was able to select a book to take home from a list of previous Pages titles. Which book did she choose? The Hunger Games, of course!

Congratulations Joyce, and thanks to everyone for participating in the competition! If you enjoyed playing along, keep an eye out for a similar promotion next year. May the odds be ever in your favor!

 

*Do you want to know more about Pages or give us feedback on the program? Share your thoughts with us here, or go to the survey.

 

 

The final votes are in, the responses have been tallied, and now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for! After a long, tough battle, the Ultimate CSCC Library Book Champion is…

 

 

 

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The Hunger Games barely scraped past classic favorite To Kill a Mockingbird by a margin of only 5 votes – not much, considering we had 145 votes in this round alone! The victory was certainly earned though, as the road to the Championship proved tough for this huge favorite. Remember – in the Sweet Sixteen, this victor was almost knocked out by Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice; only two votes separated the two.

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It’s been an exciting Library March Madness! Thanks to everyone for supporting your favorites throughout – we hope your bracket didn’t suffer from too many upsets along the way! Should this competition become an annual staple at the Library? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Are you curious as to who won the prize for their participation? Check back with us soon to find out who the lucky voter was!

Favorites were pitted against favorites, but, now only two are left standing. So here it is, the Championship Game that you’ve been waiting for:

The Hunger Games, which narrowly squeaked past The Great Gatsby (by only 3 votes!) will take on To Kill a Mockingbird, which had a strong showing over The Hobbit.

The Hunger Games vs. To Kill a Mockingbird

International bestseller vs. International bestseller

Female author vs. Female author

Young female protagonist vs. Young female protagonist

A time of great turmoil vs. A time of great turmoil

This should be interesting! Do you know who you think should win? VOTE NOW to support your favorite! Remember, for each vote you submit, your name is entered into our prize drawing. You can vote online or you can submit a paper ballot at the library.

  • Round 1 – Sweet Sixteen: March 3 – March 10
  • Round 2 – Elite Eight: March 11 – March 16
  • Round 3 – Final Four: March 17- March 23
  • Round 4 – Championship Game: VOTE NOW through March 30
  • March 31 – CSCC Library Book Champion announced and prize drawing held!

We’re just one week away from determining the ultimate CSCC Library Book Champion, so make sure you have your say in who wins!

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