I can’t help but say “cue the Indiana Jones theme” when talking about June’s flavor of the month—Adventure! (the exclamation point is necessary). Although there is often a fine line between thrillers and adventures—both share the fast-paced action-packed read, when I picture Adventures! I picture tropical scenes and people running around a lot. I picture very cinematic moments because I think Adventures! often translate well into movies (Jurassic Park, James Bond, Jaws, The Da Vanci Code—unless you disagree that that last one translated well). Actually I think The DaVinci Code is an excellent example of an Adventure!. I couldn’t put it down. Brown ended each chapter in a cliff-hanger that made me keep reading. Plus there was a lot of running around, and even though it didn’t take place in a lush jungle, the setting was no less important. Brown made the most of the setting to the point where it became three dimensional. If you haven’t read it yet, I recommend reading an illustrated edition, or having DaVinci’s works close by because it makes the reading so much more fulfilling. As always, make sure to check out our display in the front of the library at Main and the Reader’s Wall for more great ideas.
Well now I have the Indiana Jones theme in my head.