This summer, as with most summers, we find ourselves amidst a plethora of big budget Hollywood action films designed to keep us on the edge of our seats as we toss buttery popcorn in our mouths and cheer as the hero does a slow-motion walk away from explosion after explosion.
As we all know some of our biggest blockbusters began not on a massive Imax screen, but on the pages tucked away on bookshelves. Others have been so successful that they have spawned entire universes of literature. If you want to know more about the characters uttering witty one-liners, firing laser guns at aliens, and hanging on to the bottom part of a helicopter in an effort to thwart an evil plot to take over the world, you often need to go no further than the public library.
Two of the big sequels that will be coming out this month, Jason Bourne and Star Trek Beyond, are two such movies. If you’re excited about heading to the theater to see either of these you can get a head start with a few of these titles.
The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum
If you’re new to the Bourne novels, there’s no better place to start than the beginning. Robert Ludlum’s 1980 novel The Bourne Identity is the story of a man with amnesia. When he wakes up he finds that he has no idea who he is, and that he’s being chased by a highly trained assassin.
The Bourne Enigma by Eric Lustbader
If you’ve already read the Bourne books, then you’re in luck, too! This year saw the release of the 13th book in the series, The Bourne Enigma by Eric Lustbader. Just like all the classic Bourne books, The Bourne Enigma is packed full of action, suspense, and spies as it’s once again up to Jason Bourne to save the world.
Did you know that we also have all four of the previous Bourne movies? If you need to catch up before you head to the theater to see Matt Damon in the new one, Jason Bourne, you can check him out in The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, and The Bourne Ultimatum. And if that’s not enough, you can even get The Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner.
If the world of science fiction is more your thing you’re in luck too, as this summer also features another addition to the Star Trek franchise. If you’re looking to get in the mood to take flight on the Enterprise, you can check out any of a number of Star Trek related items from the library. We have many, many Star Trek books and movies. Titles range from Star Trek craft books, to books about the TV show and film series, science fiction books that take place in the Star Trek Universe, the original film series and even documentaries.
The Star Trek Craft Book by Angie Pedersen
Featuring full-color photographs and easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions, this clever craft book puts a fresh spin on Captain Picard’s order to “make it so.” Now crafters of any skill level and Starfleet rank can create homemade Star Trek–inspired crafts.
Star Trek Memories by William Shatner
Get an up-close insider’s view from behind the scenes on the set of the original 1960s TV series Star Trek from Captain Kirk himself, William Shatner.
Star Trek Movie Memories by William Shatner
Building on Star Trek Memories, Shatner picks up where he left off and advances at warp speed from 1969 to the present, relating in equally explicit detail what went into the making of all six "classic" Star Trek movies, while including on-the-scene reporting from the set of then brand-new film, Star Trek: Generations.
Genesis Wave series by John Vornholt
Centering on the Genesis Device, a machine that can create life from nothingness, Capt. Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the Enterprise are pitted against Romulans and Klingons in a desperate attempt to stop the device from being used to destroy rather than create.
A hilarious look at the universe's most fervent fans, Trekkies uses interviews with fans and Star Trek cast members to create a portrait of the series that has touched the lives of people around the world.
Trekkies 2: How Much is Enough?
Another fascinating look at the world through the eyes of the people we have come to know as Trekkies. Gives the motivation, purpose, and appropriateness of Trek fandom.
So the next time you’re think of heading out to the theater to boldly go where no one has gone before, make a stop at the library and check out some of these great stories and immerse yourself in the world of an action hero, or aboard the Starship Enterprise.