Posted by Faith on Sat, Nov 26, 2011 at 9:50 am |
Have you noticed our newest database? We recently added “eSequels,” a fun and really useful “reader’s guide to novels in series”. If you’ve ever read a good book that is part of a series and you want to know what comes next, this is the resource for you.
The publisher writes: “This database aims to include the best, most enduring, and most popular novels in series that might appeal to today’s adult readers. We have chosen to exclude children’s books, short story collections and non-fiction. Although the primary focus is on U.S. and British novels, translations of such international authors as Asturias, Balzac, and Undset are listed.”
Searching in the database is easy. You can search by author, title, subject and keyword, as you may expect. In addition, you can also search by character and location. The latter two are tremendously helpful as they are usually easier to remember than the author’s name and titles can be tricky. In each search category you are presented with an alphabetical list of items from which to choose. I have to say, I got a good chuckle browsing the character, subject and location lists! Each entry is taken directly from the books in the database, so I found myself looking at Aliens, Bail Bondsmen and Chocolate in Denmark, Eternity Springs and Friarsgate!
My only bone to pick with this database is that it can be a little cumbersome when you are reading an entry for an author who has written more than one series. For example, Terry Pratchett’s discworld series is extensive, with some books written for adults and others for children. In eSequels all books were listed together in chronological order. In order to decipher which ones were for children you had to bop back and forth between a list of item numbers in the introduction and the list of titles, which is pretty clunky.
eSequels is available from the library and from home with a Falmouth CLAMS card. To access it, go to our homepage and click on the database link. eSequels is listed in alphabetical order, between Books in Print and Learning Express Library. Log in with your library card number. If you have any questions about using this or any of our databases, please don’t hesitate to ask a reference librarian. We’d love to help.
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