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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.


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.


Burned
Kirkus Reviews : Burned (October 21, 2014)

All the elements are in place for a satisfying thriller, but Plame's sophomore effort disappoints.


Five Minutes Alone: A Thriller

“All of this killing has made him feel,” Carl’s exhilarated to realize. Readers following him through this season of Breaking Bad reworked by the Coen Brothers will feel the whole gamut right along with him.


Gray Mountain: A Novel
Kirkus Reviews : Gray Mountain (October 21, 2014)

Literary fast food: It’s tasty enough, but it’s probably not so good for you, with or without the lumps of coal.


Shopaholic to the Stars: A Novel

A light, enjoyable read that’s pure escapism.


The Seasons of Trouble: Life Amid the Ruins of Sri Lanka's Civil War

Mohan demonstrates an accessible, engaging method of relaying a difficult, violent history.


California: A Novel

California was a good read and one that I did enjoy, for the most part.


On Immunity

The book is more notable for what it leaves out.


Lila

The book is, like Robinson’s other books, a little jewel. Her finely crafted text sometimes takes on a poetic feel and she is a master of those moving denouements that bring a tear to the eyes.


The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution

This is the defining story of our era, and it’s here told lucidly, thrillingly and – because the bright ideas generally occur to human beings with the quirks, flaws and foibles that accompany overdeveloped intellect – above all, amusingly.


Cinderland: A Memoir

Cinderland is a powerful and captivating memoir, especially for a debut.


Lila

Even where the plot is stormy, her prose is serene. Not even gorgeous is a strong enough word for what grandeur charges the pages of Lila.


Bad Paper

Explained simply, read easily, Bad Paper defies expectations. It should also raise quite a few alarms.