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Gretel and the Dark: A Novel

Dealing in fiction with a subject of such moral and physical enormity requires a level of rigor and care not achieved in this overly pat novel.


Until the Sea Shall Give Up Her Dead

A more melancholy entry than other books in this marvelous series but also one that humanizes its bold, thoughtful and intrepid captain.


Superstorm: Nine Days Inside Hurricane Sandy

A rogue storm dazzlingly caught in all its unprecedented bizarreness.


Blue Warrior
Kirkus Reviews : Blue Warrior (October 16, 2014)

A multifaceted political thriller that will delight tech junkies.


The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher

That she manages to do all this — juggle the metaphorical meditations and political commentary in a darkly comic short story — is breathtaking, which is the word I'd use to describe this collection.


The Human Body

All of the elements for this to be an amazing novel are there; they just need more page space to take root and to blossom – something they did not get.


Boy on Ice: The Life and Death of Derek Boogaard

Thanks in large part to Mr. Branch’s reporting and writing, he has become a potent symbol of the price paid for those moments when fans at the rink invariably stand and cheer, when the announcers can’t hide the excitement in their voices.


The Human Age: The World Shaped By Us

With her dizzying global tour of our narcissistic age, Ackerman kind of sucks the oxygen not just out of the proverbial room, where other writers toiling on books about the Anthropocene are probably gasping for air, but out of nearly the entire atmosphere.


The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher

Mantel’s great gift, beyond her acrobatic and sly sentences, her mysterious and layered narrative structures, her understanding of all the possible abuses of power — personal or political — is to make her readers feel as if our hearts have been dipped in acid, and to make us (the punters) grateful for the troubling and delicious view into all these different lives, deaths and lives after death.


Deep Down Dark

Tobar’s “Deep Down Dark” tells this tale with remarkable depth and nuance.


Some Luck: A novel

“Some Luck” resembles the kind of series that now reign on television, where every episode concludes with loose ends. Still, we get hooked on the characters’ foibles, flaws and unresolved dilemmas, and we can’t stop. We don’t care if we have to wait another week to find out what happens.


Brood

Somehow, despite all the broken bones and bared teeth and churning blood, Brood left me wanting just a little bit more. And yes, that goes for the cannibalism, too.


Big Little Lies

I was very impressed by Big Little Lies and have been recommending it to everyone I know. I am already clamoring for Liane's next novel!


The Time Roads
Kirkus Reviews : The Time Roads (October 15, 2014)

Feels slightly unfinished but in an interesting and appropriate way.


Of Bone and Thunder

Memorable and deeply satisfying—a fitting tribute to those who serve.


Snow Like Ashes

This heavy high fantasy manages moments of humor and beauty for a satisfying read.


Redeemed
Kirkus Reviews : Redeemed (October 15, 2014)

Zoey's strength comes from her difference—a theme that has been consistent throughout the series and should resonate with fans one last time in the finale.


War Dogs
Kirkus Reviews : War Dogs (October 15, 2014)

An intriguing story, but fiction at this high a level deserves just a little more.


Ada's Algorithm: How Lord Byron's Daughter Ada Lovelace Launched the Digital Age

Special Deluxe: A Memoir of Life & Cars
Kirkus Reviews : Special Deluxe (October 15, 2014)

Both heartfelt and conflicted, Young's passion for cars is tempered by his environmental conviction, a prescient reminder that the Earth is more important than a hobby.