Deborah Harkness’ A Discovery of Witches (Viking Adult, 2011) is a delightful and only somewhat-guilty pleasure. It’s like Twilight for smart, well-educated grown-ups. Here, a rich, urbane and ancient vampire falls for a thirty-something historian and budding witch. As their love and her powers grow, the book lags. But it ends with an exciting set-up for the sequel, Shadow of Night, the second in her planned All Souls trilogy. The book debuted July 10, and I can’t wait to read it. Unfortunately, I may have to wait awhile. The Las Vegas-Clark County Library only has 35 copies of the book, and 123 readers are in line ahead of me.
A Peek at Life Is Beautiful 2017
Gorillaz are coming to Las Vegas for the first time ever. 2016’s Grammy winner for best new artist, Chance the Rapper, will return. English rockers Muse will bring their dizzying live show to the streets of Downtown. And that’s just the top of an eclectic bill that features more than 70 acts, along with comedy, interactive art installations, a group art exhibit featuring the work of Mark Ryden, Tara McPherson and Shepard Fairey and much more. Last year saw more than 137,000 attendees trod the festival footprint. Who’s ready for more?
Best of the City 2016
Our seventh annual celebration of all things Las Vegas, from the best place to fix your speeding ticket to the best Bloody Mary.