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Case Study No. 1692: Librarians of Death

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Case Study No. 1691: Kitty and the Staff of the Denver Public Library

Night at the Library: When the Books Come Alive
The books come alive and Peter Pan and Tinkerbell take Kitty to the Booklovers' Ball.
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["Friends of the Denver Public Library present" appears on screen]
NARRATOR: Once upon a time, there was a kitty who worked at the Denver Public Library.
["Night at the Library, When the Books Come Alive" appears on screen]
NARRATOR: During his break, Kitty enjoyed his favorite book, "Peter Pan" ...
[cut to someone in a giant cat costume (white fur, green eyes, name tag reading "The Denver Public Library: Kitty") sitting in the childrens' section of the library and reading a copy of "Peter Pan"]
NARRATOR: And wondered what it would be like if the characters came alive, and danced with him at the Booklovers' Ball. What if?
[cut to Kitty reshelving some books, as "Tinkerbell" (i.e. a yellow sparkle effect added in post-production) hovers unnoticed above him]
[Kitty suddenly stops and looks around, as a high-pitched whistling noise can be heard (and "Tinkerbell" flys off camera), then continues shelving ... only some books from the top shelf fall down and knock him on the head]
[he lies on the floor holding his head, then cut to guests and library staff dancing in the childrens' section as strobe lights flash and music plays]
[cut back to Kitty (recovering from this apparent hallucination) as he slowly gets up, holding his head]
[cut to another shot of Kitty (seemingly disoriented) as he wanders aimlessly around the childrens' section, before finding a place to lie down]
[cut to Kitty sprawled out on the floor holding his head, as the camera zooms in on the copy of "Peter Pan" lying on his chest]
[cut to a boy and girl (dressed as Peter Pan and Tinkerbell respectively), dancing around the library and peeking out from behind the bookshelves]
[cut to an overhead shot of Kitty lying on the floor, now wearing a bowtie while his eyes are closed]
[cut to another shot of Kitty (his eyes now open) as he grabs his head and slowly stands up]
[cut to Peter Pan and Tinkerbell dancing around him as violins play]
[cut to an overhead shot of Peter Pan and Tinkerbell holding Kitty's hands as they twirl around, before suddenly running off (followed by the yellow sparkle effect)]
[cut to Kitty alone in the library (still slowly spinning around), when a flash of lightning suddenly interrupts the violin music, and dozens of "Night at the Library" invitations rain down on his head]
[the screen flashes white, then Kitty grabs his head and slowly falls to the floor]
[cut to an overhead shot of Kitty lying on the floor, as he makes "snow angels" in the pile of invitations and books that surround him]
[the camera fades into another shot of Kitty lying on the floor, his eyes closed and still making the "snow angel" motion (even though the invitations and books are now gone)]
[cut to a male library security guard standing over Kitty, as he gently kicks him in the side to wake him up]
[cut to a closeup of Kitty still lying on the floor, as he puts his hands to his temples and slowly shakes his head (with one "Night at the Library" invitation still sitting on his chest]
[the scene fades to black, then "The dream is over for Kitty ... " appears on screen (as dance music starts playing again]
[cut back to everyone dancing under the strobe lights, as "But not for you!" appears on screen]
["Visit dplfriends dot org for tickets to The Booklovers' Ball! Saturday, October 18, 2008" appears on screen]


Nico Gonzalez ... Peter Pan
Sammy Warner ... Tinkerbell
Michael Martinez ... Security Guard

And Kitty!

Special Thanks ... Colorado Ballet

A Wis Labs Production 2008



Booklovers mingle with characters at Denver Public Library's Booklovers' Ball

Rocky Mountain News

Published November 2, 2008 at 3 p.m.
Updated November 2, 2008 at 6:33 p.m.

* The event: Booklovers' Ball "Night At The Library When the Books Come Alive" held Oct. 18 at the Denver Central Library

* Raised: 620 people raised $100,000 for the Denver Public Library Friends Foundation, which assists and supports the library.

* The evening's fun: Cocktails, dinner and dancing

* Chairmen: Library Commissioner Kevin O'Connor and his wife, Janet Raasch

* Seen: John Hickenloooper and Helen Thorpe, Bill and Jeannie Ritter, Diana DeGette and Lino Lipinsky, Jim and Shelly Bershof, Jack Finlaw and Greg Movesian, Landri and Gloria Taylor, Lois Ann Rovira and Judge Luis Rovira, Hanne Lichtenfels, Michelle Onoda.

* The theme: Characters from tomes old and new joined in the fun. Scarecrow and Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz made an appearance. In a nod to the recent One Book, One Denver selection, the title character from The Thin Man enjoyed a scotch, while Geisha from Memoirs of a Geisha mingled with the crowd.

* A green event: Event organizers, including Richter Scale Productions and Footer's Catering, produced an event with a low carbon footprint. Locally grown and produced goods were used, and recycling or composting was managed onsite.



October 18, 2008 - A Night at the Library When Books Come Alive

What: 11th annual Booklovers' Ball

Where: Denver Central Library, 10 West 14th Avenue Pkwy, Denver

When: Saturday, October 18, 2008

Time: Cocktails at 6:30 p.m., dining and dancing at 8 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $150 to $275

Beneficiary: Denver Public Library

Host(s): Denver Public Library and the Denver Public Library Friends Foundation

Co-Chair(s): BOOKLOVER'S BALL CHAIRS: Kevin O'Connor and Janet Ellen Raasch; CORPORATE COMMITTEE CHAIRS: Kevin O'Connor and Sid Wilson; Ticket COMMITTEE CHAIRS: Sheila Cleworth, Hanne Lichtenfels, and Joan Wohlgenant

Staff: FRIENDS FOUNDATION STAFF: Hadiya Evans, Data Base Coordinator; Melinda Lloyd, Director; Nadine Lead, Events Coordinator; Laurie Romer, Membership Coordinator

Libations: Signature Martinis by Pravda Vodka

Catering: Footers Catering

Sponsors: CW2 / 2Gives, Hexagon Investments, Janus Capital Group, Monticello Associates, Target, Comcast, Forest City Stapleton, Humphries Poli Architects, P.C., Jacobs Chase Frick Kleinhopf & Kelley LLC, Lend Lease Communities, OZ Architecture, St. Charles Capital, Suncor Energy, Wells Fargo Brokerage Services, LLC, TABLE PATRONS: A Private Guide, AMG National Trust, BCER Engineering, CH2M Hill, DA Davidson, FirstBank, Judy Joseph, Tech Logic, Wells Fargo Bank. MEDIA SPONSORS: The CW2, 5280 Denver's Magazine, Post-News Community, Jazz89 KUVO

Menu: Heirloom tomato and mizuna Napolean with red onion confit, goat cheese tuille and fig balsamic reduction; herb knot roll, served with chive butter; Colorado camembert and caramelized onion stuffed free range chicken breast and garlic and rosemary seared tenderloin, served with crimini and chanterelle mushroom sauté; roasted root vegetable bundles; mashed sweet potatoes, hand piped and garnished with thyme; chocolate truffle tort, mini apple tart, and lavender macaroon with mixed berry filling. Vegetarian dinner alternative: butternut squash lasagna

Attendance: 620

Attire: Blacktie

Special Thanks: Evan Anderman Photography, Anschutz Foundation, Chris Bates and Beverage Distributors, Borrillo Entertainment, Brown Family Foundation, Cherry Creek Shopping Center, Helen and Gary Christy, Colorado Ballet and Academy, Corporate Express, Creative Events by Alisa Zapiler, Lucy and Thomas, Creighton, Fineline, Jack Finlaw and Greg Movesian, Footers Catering, Robin Gaensslen and DesignLines, Inc., Neal C. Groff and The Madison Group, Guaranty Bank and Trust Company, Interior Services Network, The Library Corp., Jamie Lloyd, Patrick Hogan and the University of Northern Colorado, New Belgium Brewery, Newberry Brothers Greenhouse and Florist, Pravda Vodka, Richter-Scale Productions, Sage Hospitality, St. Mary Land & Exploration Company, Saunders Construction, 3M Track and Trace Solutions, Polly Warner, Wiegers Family Foundation, All Things Renewable, City of Denver Parking Management

Board of Directors: DENVER PUBLIC LIBRARY COMMISSION: Lois Ann Rovira, President; Karen Rokala, Vice President; Sid Wilson, Secretary; Susana Cordova, Suneeta Hazra, Jay Mead, Fofi Mendez, Kevin D. O'Connor. DENVER PUBLIC LIBRARY FRIENDS FOUNDAITON BOARD OF TRUSTEES: Michelle Onoda, President; Hanne Lichtenfels, Past President; Shelia Cleworth, Vice President; Taylor C. Kirkpatrick, Treasurer; Lanny M. Proffer, Secretary; Elizabeth Anderman, Ryan Bergsieker, Kim Bonniwell, Gail Busby, Steve Clemente, Dr. Jane Stevenson Day, Judy Joseph, Michael W. King, Jan Mayer, Ander Murane, Julie Pribble, William C. Schumacher, Mary Smith, Walker R. Stapleton

Blacktie Photos by: Danielle Corriveau

It sounds so mischievous: drinking alcohol in the children's section of the library. Yet, sipping a smooth martini among Mother Goose and Dr. Seuss fit perfectly with the air of play floating through Denver's Central Library at the lively 2008 Booklovers Ball.

Spotlights glowing in purple, blue and yellow, women in gowns, and men in sharp dark tuxedos, turned Denver's premier place of quiet and study into a party palace for one night. To illustrate the ball's theme, "When the Books Come Alive," eight-foot tall towering replicas of book covers, accompanied by live characters, lined the main hall. Melinda Lloyd, Executive Director of the Denver Public Library Friends Foundation, rallied her whole family to create the larger-than-life titles. First, her daughter Jamie Lloyd, a theatre education major at the University of Northern Colorado, built the 4 ft. by 8 ft. flats that would be the book covers. Next, Melinda's daughter Robin Gaensslen, an interior designer, drew the designs on the palettes. Melinda followed, filling in the details with paint. Father of the family James Lloyd got his hands dirty by loading the sandbags that braced the "giant books." And, not to be overlooked, Robin's husband, Emil Gaensslen, was called upon to haul and set up the displays on event day. Jamie's classmate, Patrick Hogan, also a theater major at UNC, was recruited to help build light boxes as well as design and apply all the make-up for the characters accompanying the book covers.

The night of the gala the group radiated with joy. "When we first started talking about the idea the committee kept saying 'bigger, bigger,'" said Robin Gaensslen, with a wide grin. "It was so much fun." "It was amazing to see it all come together," said a beaming Melinda Lloyd. Beloved characters from fiction, fantasy and the classics weren't the only people smiling at the party's patrons. Kevin O'Connor and Janet Raasch, co-chairs for the event, greeted each of the 600 guests who came through the door. Following that warm welcome, Footers Catering staff extended a tray filled with flutes of champagne to newcomers.

It was a special family gathering for Judy Joseph, who brought her mother Harriet Joseph, daughter-in-law Michelle Striker, and sister Nancy Joseph-Gould. Among stacks of books, the women toasted a birthday going on in the group. Over at one of the satellite bars Ryan Gertz celebrated the evening with his mother, Valerie Gertz, who came in from San Diego for the occasion. Governor Bill Ritter and First Lady of Colorado Jeannie Ritter laughed with Denver's Mayor John Hickenlooper. Congresswoman Diana DeGette took a break from politics to partake in the party. The event proved to be an outlet for Denver City Councilwoman's Carla Madison's "inner costumer." Prior to her career in politics she created costumes for theatre. She was joined by her longtime friend (pals since they were 10) and fellow costumer, Patty Pietu. The pair dressed as characters from the Owl and the Pussycat poem by Edward Lear.

At the Patron Party, a thank you event to sponsors and patrons prior to the event, Kevin O'Connor promised he would follow the three rules of the Booklovers Ball: open bar, beef, and chocolate. He made good on all counts. Seven bars served signature Pravda martinis. Footers Catering delivered an unforgettable meal of Colorado camembert and caramelized onion stuffed free range chicken breast along with tenderloin seared with garlic and rosemary and a dessert with a triple hit of flavors: chocolate truffle tort, mini apple tart, and lavender macaroon with mixed berry filling. It was an energy meal for the dancing that followed.

At the end of the evening, the 11th annual Booklovers Ball was like experiencing a truly amazing, memorable book. Denver Public Library Friends Foundation mission is to assist and support the Denver Public Library. Proceeds from the event support library services and materials for students of all ages. To learn more about their work, visit



The Denver Public Library is hosting its 11th annual Booklovers' Ball, "When the Books Come Alive," this upcoming month. As Denver's premier catering company, Footers Catering is excited to cater to this landmark event! "When the Books Come Alive" is a charity event and all proceeds will support Library services and materials.

This event will be held on Saturday, October 18, 2008. Cocktails begin at 6:30 pm, followed by dining and dancing at 8:00 pm.

Event Coordinator, Lindsey Gertz, is planning the event for the second year in a row. Similar to last year, the Booklovers' Ball is a green event. "It's really great to plan an event and be conscious of the environment at the same time," said Lindsey.

"When the Books Come Alive" will be a magical night at the Library as your own favorite literature comes to life. You'll dine among the stacks with classic characters like Othello, Sherlock Holmes, Scarlett O'Hara, and Gandalf. Then dance the night away in the enchanted great hall of the Central Library. So please come join us after hours at the library!

Case Study No. 1690: Staff of Unnamed Library (Prisoner of Ice)

Prisoner Of Ice (DOS) Part 05
Playthrough of Prisoner of Ice

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Congratulations, Ryan!
The coded documents enabled us to rediscover the trail of a certain John Parker.
This man is an expert in magic rites and an old friend of Hamsun's. In a letter addressed to Bjorn Hamsun, Parker mentions a book from the library at Buenos Aires, reference OTR 2832.
Find Parker or the book.

["Buenos Aires, 16th of January 1937" appears on screen, as the player enters a large library and clicks on the row of statues on display]
RYAN: [to himself] I wouldn't like to have to spend the night in this room ...
[the player clicks on a male patron (who earlier had been playing a violin outside of the entrance to the library)]
RYAN: Excuse me.
HARLAND: No comprendo, senor.
[the player clicks on a young woman in the room, then selects "Curator"]
RYAN: Excuse me, where can I find the curator of the library?
DIANE: I also have an appointment with him. My father used to work here, but he's disappeared and an exhibit from the collection has been stolen! I'm really worried!
[the player selects "Identity"]
RYAN: My name is Ryan.
DIANE: Diane. Diane Parker.
RYAN: Professor Parker's daughter?
DIANE: That's right.
[the player selects "Mission"
RYAN: I'm here to find your father, Diane!
DIANE: Has something happened to him?
RYAN: I hope not, but I may need your help!
DIANE: You can rely on me, Ryan!
[the player clicks on the man standing behind the front desk]
HERNANDEZ: Can I help you, senor?
[the player selects "Pedestal"]
RYAN: Why is this pedestal empty?
HERNANDEZ: A stone disc of great value was exhibited on top of it, but unfortunately it was stolen from us yesterday!
[the player selects "Book"]
RYAN: I'd like to look up a work filed with you, under reference "OTR-Twenty Eight-Thirty Two" ...
HERNANDEZ: Un momento, senor. Your name, please?
RYAN: Ryan.
HERNANDEZ: "Raillan?"
RYAN: "R-Y-A-N."
[the man picks up a phone and dials]
HERNANDEZ: [into phone] Senor Jorge? Someone would like to look at the work filed under reference "OTR-Twenty Eight-Thirty Two" ... Si, a Mister Ryan. "R-Y-A-N." Senorita Parker is also here ... Very well. I will send them in.
[he hangs up the phone]
HERNANDEZ: Well, the curator of the library is studying a number of chapters from the book you are interested in. He invites you to join him in his office.
[the player walks back to Diane]
RYAN: The receptionist just told me that the curator is waiting to see us ...
DIANE: Good, I'll follow you.
[they walk into the back room, where they find an older man (balding with grey hair, grey suit) sitting at a table, while another man stands behind a podium on the other side of the room]
JORGE: Mister Ryan? Come in.
[the player walks up to the table]
JORGE: Diane.
DIANE: Hello, Jorge. Do you have any news of my father?
JORGE: Unfortunately not, but plain-clothes policemen have been watching the library all morning.
[the man turns to Ryan]
JORGE: Why do you wish to look up reference "OTR-Twenty Eight-Thirty Two?"
[the player selects "OTR 2832"]
RYAN: "OTR-Twenty Eight-Thirty Two" is a password, right?
JORGE: Right. I am prepared to answer all your questions, Mister Ryan.
[the player selects "Book"]
RYAN: What is "OTR-Twenty Eight-Thirty Two" all about?
JORGE: Well, it is a very ancient work. Unforutunately, there is only one copy left in the world, the one Miguel is holding.
[the player selects "Parker's works"]
RYAN: What had Professor Parker been working on recently?
JORGE: He had been focusing all his efforts on studying the solar disc that was stolen from us yesterday. The police suspect him of having committed the theft, but personally, I strongly doubt it. I have known Mister Parker for a long time. The disc was at his disposal. I rather think he has hidden it somewhere, for a reason I do not yet know.
[the player clicks on the other man]
JORGE: Miguel, resume your reading. Maybe it will enlighten Mister Ryan ...
[cut to a closeup of the man reading from a book]
MIGUEL: "A long time ago, under the reign of Xiclitchli ... "
[cut to scenes showing various stone hieroglyphs]
MIGUEL: [in voice over] "The Aymaras lived in peace at Tihuanaco, until the day the fair haired man appeared. He wore a metal mask, and controlled the fire of the gods ... the solar disc. He overthrew the king of the Aymaras, and became the God of Gods, Nyarlatothepec, the Rampant Chaos. With the power of the solar disc, Nyarlatothepec taught the Aymaras to go back through time."
[cut to a "flashback" of a lone figure standing atop a Mayan-style pyramid]
MIGUEL: [in voice over] "Back to the reign of the Great Old Ones, well before the birth of man."
[cut to a closeup of the figure (a bald man) as he is consumed in black smoke and disappears]
MIGUEL: [in voice over] "The power of the Great Old Ones was matched only by their cruelty. As their slaves revolted, the Great Old Ones were outraged beyond all measure, and entrapped the slaves as prisoners within the eternal ice of the South Pole."
[cut to a closeup of the solar disc]
MIGUEL: [in voice over] "Nyarlatothepec told the Aymaras that he who freed the prisoners of ice would become possessed by the spirit of their masters ... "
[two demons appear on either side of the solar disc, as lightning shoots out of it]
MIGUEL: [in voice over] "And be able to recall the Great Old Ones to Earth, beyond the boundaries of time."
[cut to a shot of the planet Earth]
MIGUEL: "However, they would have to await a favorable astral conjunction, and utter the accursed incantation on a magical site. Thus, what had previously been would return yet again."
[meteors strike and cause the Earth to explode, then cut back to the library, as Harland (the man playing the violin who pretended not to speak English) enters the room and points a gun]
HARLAND: Give me the solar disc! Schnell!
JORGE: Unfortunately, dear sir, it was stolen from us yesterday ...
HARLAND: Verdammt! No funny business! The disc!
[the receptionist enters the room]
HERNANDEZ: Senor! This office is not open to the public!
[Harland turns and shoots him, then points the gun back at the others]
HARLAND: Where is the solar disc? I am not in the mood for jokes, Herr Doctor, as you can see!
JORGE: I see nothing, dear sir. I am blind ...
[he picks up a pair of dark glasses and puts them on, then a man materializes behind him and disintegrates Harland with a laser gun]
MAN: There are strange eons where even death may die ...
[Jorge hides under the desk, then the man takes something off the wall behind him and disappears]
RYAN: Wh-What's going on here? What--
[Jorge gets back up]
JORGE: The police will soon be here, Mister Ryan! They mustn't find you here! Take this page from "OTR-Twenty Eight-Thirty Two!" It will be useful to you!
[he turns to Diane]
JORGE: Hide here, both of you ... Santa Virgen, hurry!
[a hidden door opens in the wall behind him, as Ryan and Diane exit]
[cut to an exterior shot of the library, as two police cars pull up]
[cut to two plain-clothes policemen walking into the library, where they discover Hernandez's body]
POLICEMAN 1: Caramba! He is finished, that one ...
POLICEMAN 2: Ah, the bullet shattered a rib and perforated his liver.
POLICEMAN 1: No, the bullet went through the heart ... The heart is on the left, si?
POLICEMAN 2: Whatever, he's dead.
POLICEMAN 1: Let's go in!
[they enter the back room and talk to Jorge (who is no longer wearing his glasses)]
POLICEMAN 1: Where are the man and the woman who came in here a minute ago?
POLICEMAN 1: Dios mio! Come with us!
[cut back to an exterior shot of the library, as the two police cars drive away, then to a closeup of the front entrance (where a sign hangs reading "Policia No Pasar")]
NARRATOR: "Police, No Entry."
[cut to Ryan and Diane emerging from the hidden door, as the library is now empty]
DIANE: Oh, we're really in a mess now! The library's surely being watched by the police! I'm going up to the terrace, maybe I can find some trace of my father there.
[she turns to leave]
RYAN: Diane, wait!
[she exits the room, as the player clicks on the large tapestry hanging on the wall]
RYAN: The arrival of the Conquistadors ... "The Night of Sadness."
[the player exits the room, then clicks on a totem post standing in the library entrance (next to Hernandez's dead body)]
RYAN: His dead eyes must have witnessed hundreds of sacrifices ...
[the player clicks on a row of statues set up at the other end of the room]
RYAN: They look as if they're about to come to life ...
[the player climbs the stairwell and enters a glazed door, leading to a giant room filled with rows upon rows of books reaching up to the ceiling (as well as Diane standing next to a table covered in more books)]
RYAN: Diane, I thought you were already on the terrace!
DIANE: Well, it's not as easy as I thought it would be ... First, we need to find a way to reach the three ledges in this room.
[the player clicks on a walking stick leaning against the wall, and it is added to his inventory]
[the player clicks on a pile of books sitting on the floor, and it is added to his inventory]
[the player clicks on Diane, then selects "Parker"]
DIANE: My father often came to work here ...
[the player selects "Terrace"]
RYAN: How can we reach the terrace?
DIANE: My father told me that certain mechanisms provided access to it.
[the player selects "Mechanisms"]
RYAN: What sort of mechanisms?
DIANE: I don't know, I merely overheard my father one day mention their existence to Jorge the curator.
[the player clicks on some of the books on the shelf behind them]
RYAN: Something to appeal to everyone ...
[the player clicks on a pile of books that appear to have fallen off a broken shelf]
RYAN: It's a heap of books ...
[the player clicks on one book that appears to be sticking out a little more than the others]
RYAN: Well done! The panel swivels to the left!
[a secret door opens in the bookshelf]
RYAN: Diane! I've found a secret passage ... Follow me!
[they enter the secret passage, then cut to the two emerging on one of the higher ledges in the room]
[the player clicks on a large statue built into the bookshelf]
RYAN: Nice smile ...
[the player clicks on Diane]
RYAN: You've never been up on the terrace?
DIANE: No, unfortunately ...
[the player clicks on Diane again]
RYAN: Have you ever seen the receptionist's killer before?
DIANE: No, as far as I remember.
[the player clicks on a ladder nearby]
RYAN: Impossible to climb up it! One of the rungs is broken!
[the player selects the blind man's stick from his inventory, then places it on the ladder]
RYAN: There we are! The stick replaces the broken rung!
[the player climbs the ladder, then cut to the two standing on the higher ledge]
[the player clicks on the books on the shelf]
RYAN: Some of them are just about to crumble into dust ...
[the player clicks on some more books]
RYAN: There must be a fortune in books here ...
[the player clicks on some more books]
RYAN: Who could read all these books?
[the player clicks on some empty spaces on the bookshelf, then cut to a closeup of the shelf]
RYAN: The space is empty.
[the player selects a book by Sophocles from his inventory, then places it in one of the spaces on the shelf]
[the player selects a book by Shakespeare from his inventory, then places it in one of the spaces on the shelf]
[the player selects a book by Goethe from his inventory, then places it in one of the spaces on the shelf]
[cut back to Ryan and Diane, as the bookcase opens up to reveal a staircase]
RYAN: How clever! These trick books form a stairway! This library is full of surprises ...
[the player climbs the stairs]
RYAN: Come on, Diane ...
[she climbs the stairs, then the player clicks on some of the books]
RYAN: Hey, there's a book by Leonardo da Vinci ...
[the player clicks on a switch hidden in the bookshelf]
RYAN: Hey! A switch!
[the player walks back to Diane]
RYAN: Forgive me, Diane, but it seems to me that--
[she moves out of the way, then Ryan walks off camera, before returning back to her]
RYAN: Diane, let's stop wasting time! There's a stairway!
[they both walk off camera, then cut to the two standing on the highest ledge in the room (with several statues scattered around)]
RYAN: Why is access to the terrace so complicated?
DIANE: Probably to protect certain works from vandals.
[the player clicks on the glass door leading to the terrace]
RYAN: Closed!
[the player clicks on one of the statues, revealing a hiding box in one of the other statues]
RYAN: There's a key inside ... It's bound to be of use to me!
[the player selects the key from the inventory and uses it to open the glass door]
RYAN: Okay, the door's open now!
[the player clicks on Diane]
RYAN: The door's open! Come on, Diane! We may be able to find your father's trail!
[cut to the two standing in the terrace on the roof of the library]
DIANE: That's strange! I once saw snapshots of these three statues on my father's desk ...
[the player clicks on Diane]
RYAN: Do you see anything?
DIANE: No, nothing yet.
[the player clicks on the statue of Venus (causing Ryan to climb up onto the pedestal for a closer look)]
RYAN: Pretty ...
[the player clicks on the statue of Jupiter next to Venus (causing Ryan to jump over from one pedestal to the other)]
RYAN: Impressive ...
DIANE: Ryan, what're you doing?
[the player clicks on the statue of the discobolus next to Jupiter]
RYAN: Strange ...
[the player clicks on the statue of the discobolus again]
RYAN: It's pointless]
[the player clicks on the discus in the statue's hand]
RYAN: Diane, take a look at this! There's something strange about this statue!
DIANE: We'd need to take a closer look!
[Ryan climbs up onto Jupiter's arm, giving him a better look at the discus]
RYAN: It's not the original disc! Could this be the one your father is suspected of stealing?
DIANE: Throw it to me!
[Ryan reaches over and grabs the disc, then cut to a closeup of Diane's face, as she looks in fright at something off camera]
DIANE: Ryan!
[cut to three German soldiers emerging from the door to the terrace, as Ryan jumps down from the statue of Jupiter]
GERMAN GENERAL: Wunderbar! Congratulations on all your acrobatics, my good friend! I knew you were no ordinary tourist ... I've had you followed since your arrival in Buenos Aires. Unfortunately, my assistant Harland was not sufficiently ... cautious. Now, if you would be kind enough to hand over the solar disc to my collaborators!
[the soldiers advance on Ryan and Diane, as the screen goes dark, then cut to an artic base, as "Schlossadler Base, 17th of January 1937" appears on screen]
[cut to an area of the base with four adjoining prison cells (with Ryan and Diane alone in separate cells), when one of the other two prisoners (balding white hair, grey goatee, orange prison jumpsuit) on the other side of the wall to Ryan's cell knocks the message "Scratch cell wall ... Must talk ... Important" in Morse code]
[the player clicks on the table in his cell, as three items (spoon, mess tin, tumbler) are added to his inventory]
[the player selects the spoon from his inventory, using it to dig out a small hole in the wall]
JOHN: Listen to me carefully, before they come back!
[cut to a flashback of John Parker (as a somewhat younger man) holding up a lantern on a darkened street corner]
JOHN: [in voice over] In May 1910, I arrived at the small village of Illsmouth to write a science article.
[cut to a shot of John observing some kind of ritual being held]
JOHN: [in voice over] But there, I discovered an evil cult that was plotting the return to Earth of the Great Old Ones!
[cut to a shot of the planet Earth]
JOHN: [in voice over] Halley's Comet was soon due to light up the heavens ...
[cut back to the ritual, as a man wearing a red mask holds up a dagger]
JOHN: [in voice over] The Great Old Ones would cross the thresholds of time, and subjugate the human race!
[cut to a shot of a man's face obscured in shadow]
JOHN: [in voice over] In return, the sorcerer Narackamous and his fateful would become ... immortal! A few minutes before the comet arrived, I managed to eradicate this evil cult.
[cut back to the prison cells, as the player clicks on the hole in the wall]
RYAN: No, I'll never be able to dig it with my hands ...
GERMAN SOLDIER 1: [from off camera] He is in the cell next door to the American girl!
[the door of the cell on the other side of Ryan opens, as a German soldier points his gun at the occupant (an older man wearing a white uniform)]
GERMAN SOLDIER 1: Raus! Schnell!
[the man follows the soldier out of the cell, then the player clicks on the hole in the wall again]
JOHN: You must find a way of escaping! Warn the world! The Nazis have gotten hold of a monstrous weapon!
[the player clicks on the stool in the cell, and it is added to his inventory]
[the door to the far-right cell (the one holding Diane) opens, and the German soldier points his gun at her]
GERMAN SOLDIER 1: Raus, Amerikaner! Schnell!
[she doesn't move, so another soldier runs in and jabs his gun in her back]
GERMAN SOLDIER 2: Raus! Schnell!
[she reluctantly leaves the cell, then the player clicks on the hole in the wall again]
JOHN: Dietrich, the commander of Schlossadler, is mad! You are our only hope!
[the door to his cell opens, and the German soldier points his gun at him]
GERMAN SOLDIER 1: Outside, Herr Professor!
[he leaves his cell, then a German officer enters Ryan's cell]
DIETRICH: Herr Lieutenant, we know that you are working for the American secret service! We even know that you are an orphan, and that you owe your name to the metal plate you were wearing at the time you were found ... "R Yan" was engraved on it, ja?
RYAN: Are you saying--
DIETRICH: You are going to write and sign a message which I shall send to Washington!
[cut to a closeup of Dietrich's face]
DIETRICH: You will tell your superiors that your investigation is proceeding and that they need not worry! Thus, you will avoid any further suffering for your three companions ...
[he lifts up one of his hands, to show that he is wearing a latex medical glove]
DIETRICH: The young woman will not hold out for much longer, you know ... Ten minutes! I will be back in ten minutes!
[cut back to Ryan's cell, as Dietrich leaves and shuts the door behind him]
[the player clicks on the bed in his cell]
RYAN: You can dream, can't you?
[the player clicks on the door to his cell]
RYAN: It's locked.
[the player selects a sheet of paper from his inventory and combines it with the wash basin in his cell, as Ryan turns on the faucet]
RYAN: The paper is stuck inside the piping! Pity ...
[the wash basin begins to overflow, causing one of the German soldiers to open the door and investigate]
[the player selects the stool from his inventory, as Ryan swings it at the soldier's head (knocking him unconscious)]
[the player clicks the unconscious soldier]
RYAN: Bingo! I've got the key to the cell!
[the player clicks on the door to his cell]
RYAN: No need to draw attention ...
[Ryan closes the door, then the player clicks on the table in the cell (causing Ryan to move it in front of the door)]
[the player clicks on the ventilation grill in the ceiling]
RYAN: Damn it! It's too high!
[the player clicks on the table]
RYAN: It looks a little fragile to me ...
[the player selects the stool from his inventory and combines it with the table, as Ryan places the stool on top of the table and climbs up]
[the player selects the spoon from his inventory, as Ryan uses it to pry open the grill and climb inside]



Prisoner of Ice (also Call of Cthulhu: Prisoner of Ice) is a 1995 PC adventure game by Infogrames in America and Europe. It is based on H. P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos, particularly At the Mountains of Madness, and is a follow-up to Infogrames' earlier Shadow of the Comet. In 1997, the game was released on Sega Saturn and PlayStation exclusively in Japan.

Prisoner of Ice begins during the run-up to World War II, primarily around Antarctica. The main character is a young U.S. intelligence officer, Lt. Ryan, who has been assigned to a British submarine, the HMS Victoria, for a special mission.

As the game begins, the submarine is fleeing the Antarctic after rescuing a Norwegian who has recently escaped from a secret German base in the Antarctic (it is later revealed that the base is built atop the Ancient Ruins mentioned in At the Mountains of Madness). Along with the Norwegian, the sub has picked up two "top secret" crates, stolen from the Nazis.

Late in the game, in South America, Ryan meets John Parker, the central character from Shadow of the Comet, and reveals the links between the two games. Narackamous, the main antagonist of Shadow of the Comet, also returns.

The game has a choice of endings, though there is little difference between them.



Prisoner of Ice / Prisoner of Ice: Jashin Kourin - IBM PC / Playstation / Saturn (1995)

The year is 1937, and our hero is Lt. Ryan, an American in the British Royal Navy. During a mission in the Antarctic, the submarine HMS Victoria happens upon a piece of curious cargo. An attack upon the vessel causes the cargo to come loose, revealing a terrifying monstrosity that nearly spells doom for the entire crew. Upon their safe return, they learn that meeting these monsters - the eponymous prisoners of ice - was no isolated incident, as the Nazis seek to manipulate these demons in their quest for world domination. Although Prisoner of Ice initially seems unrelated to the previous Call of Cthulhu game, it is in fact a sequel, as Parker shows up about halfway through the game, having established a library in Buenos Aries, and becomes a primary character. The events during the Halley's Comet appearance at Illsmouth also become a central event due to some crazy time traveling, which also sends Ryan into the future to see what the world would be like if conquered by the Old Ones.




Library Entrance

Look at the pedestal. An artifact is missing. Talk to the receptionist about everything.

Curator's Office

There's a strange circle behind the curator's desk. Exit.

Library Entrance

Go through the glazed door in the back.


Talk to Diane about everything. Take the stick and the pile of book gathering dust near the left
wall. Click on the books below the face statue until they reveal a secret passage. Go through it.
Use the stick to fix the ladder. Climb it. Above the head statue there are some "empty spaces"
among the books on the shelves. Right-click to investigate. Place the books in your inventory in
the right order: Sophocles, Shakespeare, Goethe. Climb the stairs. Click on the books to the right.
Look at the sketches, then talk to Diane about it. Click the switch around middle-left, then try to
move past Diane to the far right.

Libary Top

Move Homer's bust to reveal a hiding box in Edgar Allen Poe's statue. Take the key inside it. Use
it on the terrace and go there.


Jump on the Venus statue, then on Jupiter's and investigate the disc in the hand of the front statue.


Prison Cell

Take the spoon, mess tin and tumbler from the table. Scratch the wall toward's John Parker's cell
using the spoon. Make sure you're not seen talking to him every time the guards check your
room. Wait for Dietrich to come inside your cell. Take the stool. Take the sheet paper he gave you
and clog up the wash basin. Wait for the guard to come inside and throw the stool at him, thus
knocking him out. Search his body for some keys. Do not exit. Instead close the door. Pull the table
in the center of the room and place the stool on it. Use the spoon to unscrew the ventilation grill. It
doesn't matter which ventilation duct you pick, you'll end up in the same place.

Lava Room

Going to the right will reveal a giant Cthulhu head statue with two empty eye sockets. But first!
Touch the stalagmite in the center of the screen. A secret room is revealed. Take the ruby and
amethyst hidden within. Go to the statue and place the stones in the eye sockets. Exit through the

Prisoners of Ice Room

Go to the right. See that you can't open up the giant steel door. Try to push the cart without
success. Look in the cart and take the miner's bar. You will not be able to break the ice beneath
the wheel solely with this. Go to the left. Use the bar on the center stone to unleash the lava. I
suggest doing the next very fast. Heat the bar in the lava and use it on the cart wheel. Then push
the cart. Exit to the right. Stop the propeller with the bar and exit.

Sun Gate Room

Break the grill. Use the book page on yourself.



When Ryan arrives at the Buenos Aires library, he meets a blind man named Jorge who is the curator. Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986) was director of the Buenos Aires public library for some years (although not close to the year 1937, when the game takes place) and began to lose his eyesight in his last years until finally he was completely blind.

According to H.P. Lovecraft's writings, the Buenos Aires Library is one of the few places holding a copy of the Necronomicon.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Case Study No. 1689: Rudy Reyes (Wannabe Librarian)

Rudy Reyes - Apocalypse Man Part Two
Government authorities say it's "not if... but when"...a moment in the future when, just as it has in the past, some catastrophe sparks mass destruction, leaving humans challenged to find shelter, heat, food, water and defense. If that happens, would you know what to do? Survival expert Rudy Reyes journeys through abandoned buildings showing us some surprising survival techniques, including making fire from steel wool, finding safe houses and creating shortwave radio transmissions.
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[scene opens with Rudy Reyes running through an "abandoned" neighborhood]
REYES: [in voice over] So far, I've found some food and equipment, but there's another need just as vital ... information.
[cut to Reyes entering an underground passageway]
REYES: [in voice over] In a world with no power, internet, or cell phones, information could come from a place you'd never expect. And that's where I'm heading now.
[he turns on his flashlight, then turns to the camera and puts a finger to his lips]
REYES: [to the camera] Shhh ... library.
[he smiles, then cut to Reyes sneaking around the darkened halls of a public library]
REYES: [in voice over] Libraries are full of information ...
[cut to Reyes crouching in the dark somewhere in the library, speaking directly to the camera]
REYES: Anything from mechanical and electronic, to pharmaceutical, first aid ... And of course, maps. Maps of the city and the surrounding area are gonna help you find more resources. Find more supplies.
[the camera zooms out a little]
REYES: Now, before the apocalypse, you probably did not have a library card. But after the apocalypse, this place ... it'll be your best friend.
[cut to a shot of Reyes roaming the stacks area, pointing his flashlight at the various shelves covered in plastic tarps]
REYES: [in voice over] You'd expect that libraries would be an immediate target. But in New Orleans, one of the few resources not to be attacked during the crisis was the city library service. Not one of the libraries across the district reported being looted. After Katrina, with internet and cell phones down, libraries became a life-saving service, providing information that couldn't be got anywhere else.
[cut to Reyes inspecting an old-fashioned card catalog (holding his flashlight with one hand while flipping through the cards with the other)]
REYES: [in voice over] To use them, think back to grade school, when you probably learned the Dewey Decimal System.
[the camera zooms in on one card marked "The Map Catalog," with call number "912 M32c"]
REYES: "Nine One Two, Mike Three Two."
[he takes out the card, then cut to Reyes examining another part of the library]
REYES: [in voice over] That's how books are cataloged, placed in a specific repeatable order that makes them easy to find. The first set of numbers refers to the category ... Geography and mapping's in the Nine Hundreds.
[cut to Reyes pulling a plastic tarp off of a large filing cabinet, then opening one of the drawers and pulling out an envelope marked "V.F. Utilities"]
REYES: This is what we're looking for.
[he opens the envelope and pulls out a folded map]
REYES: After there's a global disaster, how you think about movement ... how you think about getting around from Point A to Point B completely changes.
[he lays the map out on top of the filing cabinet]
REYES: You start considering stealth. Sneaky, surreptitious.
[he taps the map with his finger]
REYES: This is a sewer map ... and this could save your life.



Apocalypse Man is an American television program that premiered on January 6, 2010 on History Channel. Hosted by former U.S. Marine and martial-artist Rudy Reyes, the show is based on how to survive the aftermath of the end of the world.

Reyes demonstrates various techniques for surviving interesting post-apocalyptic scenarios. In the pilot, Reyes uses a bike pump to siphon diesel fuel to power a hospital's generator, creates a makeshift grappling-hook to scale over a part-way raised bridge, demonstrates how to create fire with a battery and steel wool, and shows the proper technique to break down a door in a breaching siege. The pilot was filmed in Detroit.



Who watched the History Channel's Apocalypse Man? A survivalist's dream-show starring armed-forces vet and martial-artist Rudy Reyes, Apocalypse proved to be an utterly fascinating, documentary dramatization about how to survive a massive cataclysmic event.

And now I know how to remove a manhole cover without getting a hernia, and almost know how to hot-wire a car engine, something years of watching TV and movie crime stories failed to fully impart.

Maneuvering in an abandoned-looking city and toting a backpack, Reyes showed us how to gain access into hospitals (where independent generators can be jump-started in areas in which electricity has been knocked out, the host asserted) and libraries (Reyes said that after Hurricane Katrina, libraries were some of the few places that weren't broken into, and yet which contained valuable information such as city maps... that is, if, in this internet age, you've learned the Dewey Decimal System, kids!).

Case Study No. 1688: Higashide Kyoko

KYOTO STORY: Trailer | Shochiku
KYOTO STORY: Trailer | Shochiku
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A love story jointly presented by
Shochiku, Ritsumeikan University
and the people of Kyoto Uzumasa's
Daiei Shopping Street
who share a passion for the
renaissance of film - Yoji Yamada

[scene opens with a young woman riding the train by herself, as "Kyoto Story, trailer" appears on screen]
[cut to a young man kissing the woman]
KOTA: [translated] Let's go somewhere ...
[cut to another man loudly reading poetry to the woman]
ENOKI: "Ah, though it may well be reckless of me, I shall make my way, against the flow! On horseback, those obstacles, shall I overcome! To be with my love, my dearest!"
[cut to the first man dancing on stage]
KOTA: [translated] This is dedicated to you.
KYOKO: [translated] No, I already have someone ...
[cut back to the woman alone on the train (with several more scenes from the film interspersed throughout), as "Will I be leaving this town?" appears on screen]

Directed by Yoji Yamada, Tsutomu Abe
Coming to Movix Kyoto in May



Higashide Kyoko is a university librarian. She also helps her parents with their drycleaning company. She is involved with a childhood friend from the neighborhood, Yanase Kota. He is the son of the local tofu maker and has begun a moderately successful career as a stand-up comedian. A visiting lecturer from Tokyo falls head-over-heels in love with Kyoko and asks her to go abroad with him to Beijing, where he has to spend the next few years for his research. But Kyoko cannot decide.



"Kyoto Story" is something of an experiment. Part of a program designed to foster young talent, veteran director Yamada Yoji ("The Hidden Blade") co-directs with his former protege Abe Tsutomu on a traditional love story with a triangle at the center. The only element that sets the film apart from a legion of films like it is its location: the Uzumasa Daiei street arcade, once home to the defunct Daiei Studio ("Rashomon" was among the films shot there).

Yamada's name above the title alone should spark festival interest and possibly an art house release in urban markets outside of Japan. The film is too low key, however, to travel much beyond that limited scope, though it's unlikely it was intended to. "Kyoto Story" is an intensely intimate love letter to the city.

Kyoko (Ebise Hana) is a librarian that finds herself torn between two men: the local tofu-maker's son who harbors aspirations of stand up comedy greatness and a visiting academic that frequents the university library she works in. While Kyoko struggles to make some life decisions, she reflects on her place, her heritage and her duty to community around Daiei that has all but defined her.



A Shochiku release of a Ritsumeikan Trust, Shochiku production. (International sales: Shochiku, Tokyo.) Produced by Toyo Omi Nagata, Suketsugu Noda, Ichiro Yamamoto. Executive producer, Yoji Yamada. Directed by Yoji Yamada, Tsutomu Abe. Screenplay, Yamada, Tomoaki Sasae.
With: Hana Ebise, Yoshihiro Usami, Sotaro Tanaka, Mai Nishida, Min Tanaka, Rei Dan.

Directing his 82nd feature in his 79th year, Yoji Yamada composes a sweet valentine to cinema in drama-docu hybrid "Kyoto Story." Filmed on the street where long-defunct major Japanese Daiei Studios once stood, Yamada's collaboration with co-director Tsutomu Abe and film students from Ritsumeikan U. bathes its simple love story in a warm glow of nostalgia for the days when moviemaking and life seemed much less complicated. Still playing in limited release since its May 22 domestic bow, pic boasts innocent charms that are ideal for fests and specialized broadcast, but offshore theatrical prospects appear slim.

IYamada and former assistant Abe set out their stall with archival footage while a female narrator (Rei Dan) describes the historic Uzumasa district in Kyoto as the "Hollywood of the Orient" back in the day. Many great studios once flourished including Daiei, producers of classics "Rashomon" and "Ugetsu." Intro concludes with a message that Daiei no longer exists, "but its name still remains, as does the pride of the local people."

Living in the heart of Daiei Shopping Street, Kyoko (Hana Ebise) helps out at her family's laundry business and works part-time in the Ritsumeikan U. library. (Yamada is a guest professor on campus.) Expecting to eventually marry Kota (pop star USA, real name Yoshihiro Usami), an aspiring comedian whose parents run the tofu shop next door, Kyoko is thrown for a loop when visiting scholar Enoki (Sotaro Tanaka) starts sending her love poems written in the ancient Chinese characters he's studying.

Kyoko's choice between the two men in her life and Kota's dilemma about whether to follow in his father's footsteps or take the risky road into showbiz are played out in a manner that would not be out of place in one of the 1950s dramas Yamada worked on during his apprenticeship at Shochiku. But this only enhances the appeal for the older demos the movie is aimed at, and works wonderfully well alongside documentary inserts featuring oldsters remembering when Daiei Shopping Street and Daiei Studios thrived. In several delightful instances, interviewees play themselves in scenes from the scripted drama.

The emotionally satisfying message to emerge from this mix of contempo drama and nostalgic docu is that while life seems faster and more complex nowadays, the basic human need for love and security never changes.

Yamada and Abe elicit fine performances from pros and amateurs alike. With his hangdog face and ever-present hat, USA's unfunny comic brings to mind Tora-san, the unsophisticated and unlucky-in-love character Yamada co-created and directed in 46 of the 48 feature outings which kept Shochiku's coffers full between 1969 and 1995.

Shots of old trams trundling down the tracks at daybreak and images of shops which look like they've been around forever are lovely side attractions of Masashi Chikamori's appropriately clean and unfussy lensing. Harumi Fuuki's score blends old and new melodies to perfection. Other tech work is on the mark.

Camera (color), Masashi Chikamori; editor, Kazuhide Ishijima; music, Harumi Fuuki; art director, Takashi Nishimura; costume designer, Kazuo Matsuda; sound (Dolby Digital), Kazumi Kishida; line producer, Tomohiro Abe; assistant director, Yasutaka Maehara. Reviewed at Hawaii Film Festival (Spotlight on Japan), Oct. 18, 2010. (Also in Berlin Film Festival -- Forum; Hong Kong Film Festival -- Masterclass.) Running time: 93 MIN.

Case Study No. 1687: Maggie Kincaid

Vipers Kiss Book Trailer
Viper's Kiss is the romantic suspense debut novel of Shannon Curtis.
Maggie Kincaid is a librarian yearning for adventure - and she finds it when she's mistaken for an international terrorist spy, and arrested for espionage!
Buy from Carina Press, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and all good Ebook retailers!
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Viper's Kiss
Shannon Curtis

A dedicated librarian secretly yearning for a more exciting life

Gets more than she bargained for when she's arrested for espionage

Escaping from the law, and those who will kill for what she can't give them

She runs into Luke Fletcher - the man sent to apprehend her.

This woman is not what he expected.

As bullets fly
Things start to heat up ...
In more ways than one

Can a cynical security agent
And a librarian
Catch the real Viper before it's too late?

Viper's Kiss
Available now
Carina Press
www dot carinapress dot com

www dot shannoncurtis dot com

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Viper's Kiss (McCormack Security Agency)
Shannon Curtis

Publication Date: July 25, 2011

Librarian Maggie Kincaid yearns for excitement - but being accused of espionage is not what she had in mind. Wanted by the police, the FBI and the criminal element, Maggie goes on the run - and runs straight into sexy Luke Fletcher. Unfortunately, when Luke pulls out the handcuffs, it's not because he has something kinky in mind...

Security expert Luke is intent on seeing the murderous spy known only as Viper brought to justice. The un-spy-like behavior of his fugitive makes him suspect he's apprehended the wrong woman. Just as they give in to lust, new evidence convinces Luke that Maggie's not as innocent as she claims to be.

Devastated by Luke's inability to trust her, Maggie runs again. She's determined to clear her name, and if that means tracking down a notorious spy even Interpol can't seem to locate, then that's exactly what she'll do...



Maggie Kincaid is a librarian who struggles to make ends meet and cares for her terminally ill mother full time. Working for a university doesn't provide much in the way of danger and excitement, until Maggie is mistaken for Viper, one of the world's most notorious and wanted spies. Viper has used Maggie's codes for a secret project that she was working on (only as a small time technical component regarding the database and network) and stolen the prototype. And the FBI, the police, a private security company and the owners of the company responsible for the prototype are all looking for Maggie. And they all find her at the same time.

Whilst in police custody, Maggie is kidnapped by a rogue gang who want nothing better than to torture her for information regarding the whereabouts of the prototype and how to get it back. Despite being, well a librarian and with no real violent tendencies, Maggie escapes using little more than a knitting needle in her bag – only to run headlong into Luke Fletcher.

Luke is a private security expert hired to track down the mysterious Viper and find the prototype. When Maggie starts stressing that she isn't Viper, Luke is skeptical. After all, Viper has been around for some time and they're one of the best in the business. Of course if caught, they would deny everything. And what better cover than that of a meek and mild librarian? But the more Luke delves into Maggie's life, the more she pleads with him that she's not this Viper, the more doubts he starts to have. After all, he's seen Maggie's bank accounts. He sees the small flat where she lives with her terminally ill mother. And with all the money Viper would have, from all the jobs they've pulled before, they would be able to afford the best care for someone so important to them. And there's no doubt that Maggie's mother is important to her as she risks everything to see her when she is hospitalised due to stress from the publication of Maggie's arrest and subsequent escape (really kidnap) from police custody.

When Luke's back up arrives, they are determined to find the truth about just who Maggie is and if she is really just who she says she is – an unassuming librarian who was caught up in the middle of a theft executed by a mastermind. Luke believes in her, much to his colleagues chagrin, who think he's thinking with a part of his anatomy that is not his brain. However when Luke hears something that causes him to doubt her, she disappears again, shattered by his lack of trust in her and determined to track this Viper down herself and prove once and for all that she had nothing to do with the theft.

Viper's Kiss was another easy, quick read on my Kindle that has helped keep me reading through the month. And this was a fun, if silly and light-hearted read riddled with some romantic action cliches, such as Luke, the handsome mysterious private security man who after an armed services past, is on his first solo assignment. Maggie herself is another stereotype – the quiet, shy unassuming lady who is wrong place, wrong time. Except that in real life, anyone else would've been tortured to death by the first rogue gang that grabbed her, rather than manage to overpower two of them (armed with a mere knitting needle) and do a runner!

Luke is possessed of all sorts of interesting technology and gadgets that helps Maggie in her quest to convince him that she's not the notorious Viper but Luke still isn't clever enough not to board up the window to the bathroom in the safe house he takes her to, which means that Maggie high-tails out of it when she hears her mother has been hospitalised, but that's not the most laughable part of the plot. Oh no, the most laughable part is that she manages to escape in this fashion not once, but twice, the second time evading not just Luke but also his two colleagues. For private security men, Luke and his fellow employees aren't really that clever. Or good at their jobs.

And once Maggie escapes she makes the decision to go after the notorious Viper herself, just to prove to Luke that he was wrong about her and that she was telling the truth all along. Oh she also wants to clear her name, which has been publically dragged through the mud, but mostly it's just about Luke. So armed with well, nothing, she goes to find Viper (which proves to be alarmingly easy for a mastermind spy). And given what sort of novel this is, the outcome isn't too difficult to predict. It's not about the ending with this book, it's more about the journey there.

Both Maggie and Luke are likable enough and Maggie has the added incentive of a broken home and incident from her past that makes it doubly likely that she'd never steal anything in her life. I'm a huge wuss though, so I can never quite get behind the main characters that take matters into their own hands. Even though Luke and co were relatively inept most of the time, by the end they manage to get their act together and assist quite awesomely so I'd have been happy to just let them do it! Of course I wouldn't have bothered jumping out any bathroom windows either! But Maggie, for all her mellowness, is definitely no chicken, although it is sort of unlikely that proving her innocence is best accomplished by charging off to the meeting place where Viper is attempting to sell the prototype to the highest bidder.

Viper's Kiss is readable enough to get you through a lazy afternoon quite easily and it was an enjoyable way to pass the time. But ultimately the plot is a bit thin (both what the prototype is and how easily Maggie's identity is swiped and used against her and how swiftly everyone assumes it is her, despite the fact that any cop worth their salt could tell that she has basically no idea what they're all talking about). The romance is cute, but like the plot, a bit lacking in plausibility and not quite as well fleshed out as I would have liked.



In college, I worked at the library in the circulation department as part of my financial aid, and as a result I've always enjoyed reading about librarians. So when I saw that the heroine of Shannon Curtis' Viper's Kiss was a librarian, I had to read it, and when I realized that said librarian was accused of being a spy, I was hooked. After all, what librarian doesn't dream of being a spy? Viper's Kiss will be released on July 25 and is available at the Carina Press webpage and on Amazon. The novel's a short romantic suspense, only about 53,000 words, so it's a quick read and a fast-paced adventure. And the hottie on the cover isn't hard on the eyes, either! This was a fun read, and I'm looking forward to seeing more in the future from Ms. Curtis.

Maggie Kincaid is a librarian at the University of Washington, and her life has suddenly grown much more exciting than she would like. Miss April HotRod, aka Kandy Karamel, is a dead ringer for Maggie, and suddenly the demure librarian is being hounded by people mistaking her for the pin-up girl. Shortly after dodging a herd of horny male students outside the library, two men in black arrive and arrest her for espionage. She's been working with the Department of Defense and tech company Tek-Intel on a top secret invention, and they're accusing her of stealing the prototype. To make matters worse, as soon as she and the detectives pull out into traffic, they're rammed by a van, the detectives are murdered, and Maggie's dragged off by some truly frightening villains. Just like the detectives, they're convinced that she's a female spy working under the codename Viper. Maggie is barely pulling together an escape attempt, when Luke Kincaid arrives and whisks her away to safety on his motorcycle.

Luke is a security expert with McCormack Security Agency, and he's tasked with recovering the Visi-suit prototype that Viper's stolen. He can't quite believe that Maggie Kincaid is guilty, but all the evidence points in that direction. Too bad that the first job he's in charge of involves a female spy he finds really appealing. Maggie finds Luke attractive as well, but every time he starts to believe in her innocence, evidence surfaces that convinces him that she's not trustworthy. In the end, she's the only one who can uncover the truth and recover the visi-suit, clearing her name in the process.

Viper's Kiss is non-stop action, with poor Maggie escaping from one dangerous situation only to find herself in another. The plot progresses quickly, and just when you think that she can calm down and relax, the action picks up again. It's a fun ride, and Ms. Curtis introduces two supporting male characters, Derek and Noah, whose presence makes me believe that she has sequels planned for the two of them, which would definitely be good news for us readers!

Maggie is a likeable character, and despite the danger and trouble she finds herself in, she manages to escape each time, thanks to her own actions. That makes her really appealing, since she's had a tough time of it for the last few years, but instead of being overwhelmed and complaining, she acts to resolve the situation herself. She's also always one step ahead of the so-called security experts, figuring out a way to escape them and solve the mystery surrounding the true Viper while recovering the Visi-suit prototype.

While there are definitely sparks between Luke and Maggie, their romance feels a bit rushed. They're clearly attracted to one another, but from the beginning of the novel Maggie has been cautious about men, insisting on a 90 day probationary period before sex with all dates, which has resulted in her still being a virgin in her mid-twenties. This caution is blamed on a bad relationship her mother had with a boyfriend when Maggie was 16 (more about that later), so it seems somewhat inconsistent with her character that she would choose to act on her attraction as quickly as she does with Luke. I prefer romances that develop over time, but the novel is so short that it's difficult to see how Ms. Curtis could have maintained the fast pace of the action and included the romance in any other way. I would love to see a longer work from her, which would give her more room to develop the relationship between the characters.

Because I thoroughly enjoyed reading the novel, I hate to criticize but I do have two complaints, although the first is somewhat minor. Given how the action unfolds, I have to think that McCormack Security Agency must hire the most inept employees in the world, because every time Maggie needs to escape, she asks to use the bathroom and wiggles out of a window, with the so-called experts none the wiser. First, how many bathrooms have windows, and second, how could this trick work on them more than once? Seriously, she's portrayed as an innocent and naïve librarian, yet she's easily able to escape the security experts and goons who try to force her to reveal the location of the Visi-suit.

The second complaint I have is about a plot point that bothered me so much it actually lessened my enjoyment of the novel. ***Warning: Spoilers Ahead*** We learn that when Maggie was 16, her mother had a boyfriend named Andy who tried to sexually assault Maggie. When her mother learned of the attempted assault, she kicked Andy out, and he retaliated by robbing their house and wiping out her checking account. This forced Maggie to have to work to help support them, plus required her to work to pay for her college education. Later, her mother falls seriously ill, and Maggie has to find a way to pay her mother's overwhelming medical bills. So when Luke looks into Maggie's finances as a way to prove that she is the spy they're looking for, he's stunned to see that she's barely eking out a living and lives in a one-bedroom apartment with her mother. What drives me crazy about this is that I don't understand why her mother didn't go to the police when their house is robbed and the bank account is wiped out! She just sits back and does nothing, allowing her daughter to work like crazy to pay for her education. This seems inconsistent with Maggie's behavior at the very least, since throughout the novel Maggie acts to clear her name rather than remaining a passive character. It seems so odd that there was absolutely nothing her mother could have done, and it felt completely contrived.

Despite this, the rest of the novel was a fun, quick read with a likeable hero and heroine and lots of action. I definitely enjoyed it and can't wait to see future books by this author, because her writing drew me in quickly and I loved her choice of heroine.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Case Study No. 1686: The Average Librarian

The Average Librarian-WillyWednesdays

This was a sketch that I made at the library, enjoy! Oh, and don't forget to subscribe!
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["It all started off on one afternoon when the 'Average Librarian' went to the library ... " appears on screen]
[scene opens with a young boy walking through the library (with his hair mussed up and talking with a lisp)]
LIBRARIAN: Boy, I can't wait for a great day at the library ...
["The Average Librarian starring WillyWednesdays!" appears on screen, then cut to the boy unzipping his backpack and unloading several items (snacks, binder, folder, book, ruler, sweatpants) onto a study carrel]
[cut to a closeup of the boy's face, as he "snarls" at the camera, then suddenly looks confused]
LIBRARIAN: What the?
[cut to a closeup of "Professional Visual Basic 2008" on the table, as the boy reaches out and slides it towards him]
[he opens it up to Chapter Seven ("Namespaces"), then cut to the boy reading, as he licks his middle finger and uses it to turn the page]
[cut to several shots of the boy yawning, before he finally puts his head down and falls asleep (snoring loudly)]
CUSTOMER: [from off camera] Hey, quiet over there!
[he wakes up, then turns to the unseen person]
[cut to the boy typing on a calculator while mumbling to himself]
LIBRARIAN: Three point one four times twelve to the power of six ...
CUSTOMER: [from off camera] Dork!
[he turns and looks at the unseen person]
[cut to a closeup of the boy's face, as he again growls]
[cut to another boy holding a pile of books, as he looks at him apprehensively and holds up his hand]
CUSTOMER: Whoa ...
[cut to the boy grabbing a stick of "Extra Fruit Sensations" gum and chewing it loudly, then trying to shoot the wadded-up wrapper like a basketball into the nearby trash receptacle ... and missing]
[cut to a closeup of the boy's face, as he stares disapprovingly into the camera]
[cut to a closeup of the "Copier" sign hanging above the copy machine]
LIBRARIAN: [from off camera] Copier ... Copy!
[cut to a shot of the nearby shelving unit]
LIBRARIAN: [from off camera] Lotta books ...
[cut to another shot of the boy typing on his calculator and mumbling to himself, then cut to a camera shot from the boy's POV as he looks over the carrel at another boy quietly writing in his notepad]
LIBRARIAN: [from off camera] Why don't you quiet down?
[cut to a closeup of the boy with a shocked look on his face]
["The person got very angry, and the Average Librarian had to make a run for it!" appears on screen, then cut to various shots of the boy running through the library as dramatic music plays]
["Soon, the Average Librarian escaped and lived happily ever after ... " appears on screen]

WillyWednesdays as Average Librarian
ZandytheCandy as Average Customer
TedTimes as Camera Man