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June Events at the Merril Collection

June 16, 2014 | Lorna | Comments (0)

  Hugh Howey; author of the groundbreaking novel "Wool"    
  Monday, June 16 at 7:00 p.m.
  239 College St. (Lillian H. Smith building)
  Lower level program room
 Hugh Howey is the author of "Wool", the first self-published e-book to sell over a million copies. The book  has also been published in hard copy and film rights have been sold to Twentieth Century Fox. Mr. Howey will be discussing his work; both writing and e-publishing. Copies of the book will be available at the event.
  This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of  the Merril Collection and Kobo.  
Coming Out & Speaking Up: Celebrate Gay World Pride at the Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation and Fantasy
Tuesday, June 24 at 7:00 p.m.
239 College St. (Lillian H. Smith building)
Merril Collection Reading Room, 3rd floor
 The Friends of the Merril Collection are pleased to be hosting an exciting panel discussion of LGBT issues in speculative fiction. Chris Butcher of The Beguiling will moderate a panel discussion between scholars Derek Newman-Stille and Stephen Kenneally and authors Gemma Files and A. M. Dellamonica.
 Dellamonica GemmaFiles

A Game of Thrones

June 22, 2011 | Lorna | Comments (0)

Game of thronesA Game of Thrones, the first book in George R. R. Martin's epic fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire, has spawned a tv show, several graphic novels, a fantasy role-playing game, and an on-line game. It's a good sign when a novel gives rise to fiction in other forms; it means that the readers liked the people, enjoyed the imaginary universe, and want to go back there again. The HBO tv series made The Game of Thrones the best known of Martin's many popular creations, and has increased interest in Martin's series.




Hedgeknightcover The two-part graphic novel, The Hedge Knight, tells the story of a minor knight, not a major player, in The Game of Thrones. The story is set in Westeros, Martin's imaginary universe in  A Game of Thrones, and reminds the readers that all minor characters have their own voices and their own stories to tell.






A Game of Thrones (Role-Playing Game)The fantasy role-playing game based on the original novel was published before the television series was made. It gives extra information about the world of Westeros, the society, religion and noble families which play out the game of thrones. The creation of their own characters gives players a worm's-eye view of life in a quasi-medieval society.





Another game, The Maester's Path, is an on-line game accessible at   Players are trying to earn the chain of five metal links which identifies them as maesters, men of knowledge and good character who advise the noble families of Westeros.

Dancewithdragonscover A Dance With Dragons, the long-awaited next book in the series, will be published in the middle of July. I'm looking forward to reading it.



Recommended Reading

March 29, 2011 | Lorna | Comments (0)

The books in the Merril Collection are mostly meant for adult readers of science fiction, fantasy and horror. However, YP fiction (fiction meant for slightly younger readers) is also collected, if it is of  unusual merit. Holly Black's White Cat certainly falls into this category.


Cassell Sharpe is a student in an expensive private school. He is the family failure, the sole member of a family of magically talented criminals who has no magic. He compensates by practicing his mundane illegal skills upon his classmates. When Cassell's family brings him into their dangerous world, he and his friends use their unorthodox skills to save the lives of his brothers. The threats to life and limb are more easily resolved than the issues of trust within his complex family. This is book one of The Curse Workers, and I look forward to reading the next in the series. In the meanwhile, I am going to read all of Black's previous novels.



New Books!

February 28, 2011 | Mary Cannings | Comments (0)

Bonanza week! Some of my favourite authors have had new books come out and are available to be read at the Merril Collection now!

Patricia Briggs is currently my favourite fantasy author, and not only was her first fantasy reissued in a revised form last fall, Masques with a brand new sequel, Wolfsbane, but River Marked, the new Mercy Thompson book is now out!! Yeah and double yeah!

And Tamora Pierce has a new collection of short stories out: Tortall and other lands, which should help hold me until the next Beka Cooper book comes out in the fall.

I have a hard waiting for new books to come in. Authors just cannot write new books as fast as their audience can read them, and when the new book is going to continue a beloved series the wait can seem interminable, but now I have a couple of new books to keep me going while I wait for my hold on the new J. D. Robb, Treachery in Death to arriveā€¦..



River Marked

Treachery in Death

The Merril Collection holds over 70,000 items, all science fiction, fantasy, or horror, as well as non-fiction about science fiction and fantasy. The materials are available for reading room use only. For more information call the Merril Collection at 416-393-7748.