I asked my colleagues recently what they were reading for pleasure. 


I myself recently read The Adventures of Eddie Fung : Chinatown kid, Texas cowboy, prisoner of war / edited by Judy Yung.  Eddie Fung was the only Chinese American soldier captured by the Japanese during World War II.  He survived working on the Burma-Siam railroad.  After the war, he became a researcher at Livermore Laboratory.  Mr. Fung’s attitude toward life can be summed up in his own words:  “Basically, I’m not greedy, but I would love to hang around just to see what other interesting changes are in store for us.  I’m still curious, but other than that, as long as I’m healthy, that’s as much as I can ask.”  I’d recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in the history of San Francisco in the 1920s and 1930s and in the Second World War. 

Call Number:  B FUNG, E


Library page Nicholas Smetana is reading Jim Butchers fantasy series’ The Dresden Files and Codex Alera.  “The Dresden Files are detective novels set in present day Chicago but there’s a twist, Harry Dresden is a wizard and he only takes on cases of the supernatural variety.  With great writing, likable characters, funny dialogue, and lots of action it’s hard to put these books down once you start.  The latest in the series was the Small Favor.  In this story Dresden’s favor to Queen Mab, the fairy queen of winter and an all round scary lady, is called in and he has to work a case for her and ends up being pitted against  some very deadly adversaries and has to work with some of his most dubious of allies.  If the sample chapters are any indication the next book, Turn Coat, will be following the usual Dresden standard of excellence and will be available in April. ”




Nick remarks about Codex Alera:  “Codex Alera is set in a fantasy world where everybody has control over elemental beings of power except for the main character, Tavi, who is the only child in the realm without one.  Since he’s had to adapt to life without the aid of a “Fury” he’s become quite the clever lad.  With lots of twists in the story and epic battles that would put most fantasy authors to shame these books are great for those who are looking for an alternative to your more mainstream fantasy stories.  The latest book in the series, Princeps’s Fury, Tavi has to cross the sea to a land of wolf-creatures who have a society that rivals Tavi’s own.  Only problem is that they seem to see Tavi’s people as weak prey but when they arrive in the land, things are not as they had hoped and hasty alliances are made and broken.  If you’re looking for a great fantasy book with truly epic battles and a great story then these books are a great choice.”



Circulation Desk Clerk Carmin Cerullo reports about a book that Alameda County Library System has not yet purchased:  “I’m currently reading a book called The First Queen of England: The Myth of Bloody Mary by Linda Porter.  This is the first biography of Mary that has been published in a long time.  I particularly enjoy it because it gives insight into her childhood and the relationship with her father, Henry VIII.  This biography gives so much information that the reader is able to understand why she was so passionate about Catholicism and her reasoning behind changing the religion back to Catholicism.”