Book Briefs

Doctor Who: Pest Control (Audio) by Peter Angheldies

Created specifically for audio book, “Pest Control” is an entertaining little story that encapsulates everything that’s right and wrong about the modern Doctor Who.Read by David Tennant, the story finds the Doctor and Donna arriving on a planet torn apart by war. Each side has secrets and there’s another evil lurking out there.

Not exactly ground-breaking Who, but it’s still enjoyable enough for a quick listen.


Identity Crisis by Brad Metlzer

Endorsed by Joss Whedon, this is graphic novel collects the seven issues of the Identity Crisis mini-series.I read all seven episodes in one sitting.

Somoene is targetting the loved ones of superheroes in the DC Universe. But what’s the agenda and why? The answers are truly universe changing and shocking, including not just the identity of the serial killer but also revelations of events that happened in the early days of the Justice League.

Identity Crisis examines what it means to be a hero and just why someone would choose this life. It also looks at the impact on the families of those who choose that way of life.

Definitely worth reading.


Cheer! Three Teams on a Quest for College Cheerleading Ultimate Championship by Kate Torgovnick

A fascinating looking inside the world of competitive college cheerleading. If you think that cheerleaders are just cute blondes who wave pom-poms on the sidelines of games, your assumptions will be both challenged and shattered by this book.Cheer follows three teams in their pursuit of a national championship in college cheerleading. Along the way, we’ll meet the coaches behind the teams and the members who make up each team. You’ll see their triumphs and failures as they work toward their ultimate goal.

If you don’t think cheerleaders are athletes, read this book. You’ll come away with a new respect for what they do and the hard work it takes. 


Friday Night Light for the cheerleading world. 

The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

Tim O’Brien’s fictional memoir of his time in Vietnam is a fascinating and heart-breaking look inside the lives and personalities of those he served with–both during and after the war.

Up Till Now by William Shatner

Best known for his work as Captain James T. Kirk in the original (and best) Star Trek, William Shatner has had a healthy career beyond the confines of the starship Enterprise. That career is detailed here in Shatner’s latest autobiography that takes a look at his entire career, unlike his last two memoirs that focused on his time as Captain Kirk.Some of the stories about his time of Kirk repeat and overlap, but the rest of the book is a fascinating portrait of a man who is driven by an insatiable fear of failure, not only in his professional but also his personal life. Not just a “look at how great I am” piece, Shatner details his successes and failures for readers with his own brand of self-deprecating wit.

If you’re a fan of Shatner, this is a fun read that will provide some insight into the man behind the Starfleet uniform

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