Monday, June 25, 2012

Ray Bradbury

American science-fiction author, Ray Bradbury, the writer of short stories and novels, died June 5, 2012, after publishing numerous short-story collections and novels. When you look up Ray Bradbury in Encyclopedia Britannica, you will learn he was known for his novels that “blend social criticism with an awareness of the hazards of runaway technology.” Check out the web site, Ray Bradbury, maintained by his publisher Harper Collins.

Follow this connection to his Sunday Times short story, The Link, published in 2009. A gifted and prolific writer, Ray produced more than 500 published works. He is noted for his book, Fahrenheit 451, the Martian Chronicles, a collection of short stories, the screenplay for John Huston’s adaptation of Moby Dick and scripts for 65 episodes of the TV show, Ray Bradbury Theater.

Here’s a snapshot of the Bradbury books/DVD in the NHTI Library:
  • Moby Dick Produced and directed by John Huston  DVD PS2384 .M629 M629 1984
  • Now and Forever.   PS3503 .R167 N69 2007
  • A Pleasure to Burn: Fahrenheit 451 Stories.   PS3503 .R167 A6 2011
  • Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451: the Authorized Adaptation.   PN6727 .H28 R39 2009
  • Zen in the Art of Writing. PS3503 .E478 Z478 1994

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

New EBSCOhost App: Database Searching on the Go

EBSCOhost now offers a mobile app for your iPhone, iPad, iTouch or Android.  

The app offers a search box to find sources, a check box to designate full-text or peer-reviewed articles, a date range to select the time period and other options. You may save searches to repeat before your paper is due and/or save articles to use off-line. There’s a help button and a toll-free phone number for support if you get stuck.

Here’s how to find the app:
From the NHTI Library homepage,, click on the Quick Search button. On this page at the bottom, select NEW: EBSCOhost new iphone and Android applications.

Enter your preferred email address for instruction, key and a link to download the app. For more information, click Learn More.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Review- Waiting for Sunrise: A Novel

Waiting for Sunrise: A Novel
William Boyd (2012)
PR6052.O9192 W35 2012
Vienna, 1913, under lemony summer skies at the corner of the Augustinerstra├če where it intersects with the Augustinerbastei is where Waiting for Sunrise opens. The author, William Boyd, just a page earlier has provided the reader with a slightly unsettling epigraph, a quote from Hemingway, “A thing is true at first light and a lie by noon.” Tucked in the back of the reader’s mind, the impact of the epigraph only comes to have full meaning in Sunrise’s denouement. In between Boyd spins a beautifully observed masterful tale of pre-war Europe, especially Vienna and London, and the height of the First World War, moving from Vienna to Geneva to the trenches to England and London.
Lysander Reif, a young English actor, is in Vienna seeking psychotherapy for a troubling sexual problem and gets caught up in an affair with an enigmatic English woman. With the help of mysterious British diplomats, Reif has to make a desperate escape from Vienna and they, in turn, ensnare Reif into the world of spies, intrigue and murder – where lines of truth and deception blur with every waking day - as countries pitch headlong into the cataclysm of the world at war. 
One of the most compelling aspects of Waiting for Sunrise are the echoes and pacing of writers like Paul Hofmann, Robert Musil, John Buchan and Graham Greene. But Boyd’s work is his own as we follow Reif’s story and wait for sunrise to hopefully make clear the truths found in shadows. As we discover, not all things are as they appear to be.