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All Fall Down: A Novel

The topic of addiction and the terrible consequences it can lead to was not glossed over, but it was handled very sensibly in All Fall Down.


Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson

A satisfying biography though less exhaustive in its approach than Robert Krick's Conquering the Valley (1996) and somewhat less fluent than James Robertson's Stonewall Jackson: The Man, the Soldier, the Legend (1997).


Desert God
Kirkus Reviews : Desert God (October 22, 2014)

With Minoan civilization destroyed by the eruption, Taita routs the Hykos, albeit still in perilous control of lower Egypt, which suggests Smith's eunuch/warrior/statesman has another adventure in store.


Bathing the Lion

Though short, the novel is not a breezy read; it's a quiet, character-driven musing on the value of life and death that lovers of magical realism should embrace but that readers wishing for a more cohesive story will find frustrating.


The Unsubstantial Air

Intimate and memorable portraits of these idealistic, daredevil young men are contained in a marvelously fluid narrative.


My Battle Against Hitler: Faith, Truth, and Defiance in the Shadow of the Third Reich

Startlingly prescient words from a moral crusader during a perilous time.


The Lost Book of Mormon: A Journey Through the Mythic Lands of Nephi, Zarahemla, and Kansas City, Missouri

A mixed bag. Relating his occasionally amusing adventures in breezy slang, Steinberg seems to be vying for the same audience that has made Broadway's Book of Mormon such a huge hit.


Beautiful You: A Novel
Kirkus Reviews : Beautiful You (October 22, 2014)

By Palahniuk's standards, this is actually a subtle and empathic piece of work.


First Impressions: A Novel of Old Books, Unexpected Love, and Jane Austen

The freshness that marked Lovett's debut is less evident in this second novel, a predictable tale of romantic suspense that becomes progressively weaker in its closing chapters.


The Raven Cycle #3: Blue Lily, Lily Blue

Expect this truly one-of-a-kind series to come to a thundering close.


Bathing the Lion

Though short, the novel is not a breezy read; it's a quiet, character-driven musing on the value of life and death that lovers of magical realism should embrace but that readers wishing for a more cohesive story will find frustrating.


An Irish Doctor in Peace and at War

With humor and pithy human insights, Taylor continues pleasing readers with the escapades of Dr. Fingal Flatherie O’Reilly.


Limonov: The Outrageous Adventures of the Radical Soviet Poet Who Became a Bum in New York, a Sensation in France, and a Political Antihero in Russia
Kirkus Reviews : Limonov (October 21, 2014)

A searching portrait of an arrogant, heroic and willful man—a mix of Jean Genet, Don Quixote and King Lear.


Limonov: The Outrageous Adventures of the Radical Soviet Poet Who Became a Bum in New York, a Sensation in France, and a Political Antihero in Russia

Deep down, what does Edward want? We'll never know, and Carrere doesn't pretend to, either. Which makes his book as fascinating as its subject.


The Nightingale Before Christmas

The Nightingale Before Christmas is a fun book with characters that will keep you engaged. I did figure out a few of the connections, (but at the time I was supposed to figure them out), and Donna Andrews does a spectacular job tying up all the loose ends into a big holiday bow!


Political Mercenaries

A hugely depressing deep dive into the cesspit of money and politics.


Ruth's Journey: The Authorized Novel of Mammy from Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind

While fans, like this reader, will continue to flock to anything remotely related to Ms. Mitchell’s masterpiece, it is best to start Ruth’s Journey with the understanding that it is a paltry substitute for the original.


The Pierced Heart

Another tour de force with a striking finale from Shepherd (A Fatal Likeness, 2013, etc.), who specializes in turning iconic novels into clever, complicated mysteries for her tormented hero to solve.


The Abyss Beyond Dreams: A Novel of the Commonwealth

Solidly engrossing fare for the series’ faithful.


The Abyss Beyond Dreams: A Novel of the Commonwealth

Abyss is the work of an author at the top of his game, you will love it and need no further recommendation from me, as both a place to start reading Peter’s books and one for fans. Personally I can’t wait for the next book!