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Team Seven: A Novel

What saves these characters from dispiriting stereotype is Burke’s ability to endow each with real and palpable humanity.


The Three

Comparisons could be made with the structure of World War Z, but this is an altogether more insidious work. You’re presented with evidence and expected to put the pieces together yourself.


The Three

The Three is a gripping, deeply unsettling thriller that have you reading deep into the night and will stay with you long after the final page.


My Real Children

Science fiction elements add an eerie complexity to these deeply felt portraits.


What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding: A Memoir

Too much information, too little substance.


Made to Break

Reading this novel, I thought of Lawrence Ferlinghetti, who told us “a poem is a mirror walking down a strange street.” Yes, perhaps—but Foy is a kind of poet too, only his mirror walks down familiar streets, making them seem strangest of all.


Bird Box

Reading it feels like accepting a dare to walk into a strange place, eyes closed, with no idea who, or what, might be reaching out to make contact.


Console Wars

Console Wars had the potential to be a great book, too, and that promise is often hard to discern amid a mess of smiles and neon-green wolverines.


We Were Flying to Chicago

Clouther's stories range from moving to boring to downright confusing. Taken together, the collection fails to leave a mark.


Eyrie
Kirkus Reviews : Eyrie (May 19, 2014)

Another exquisite portrait of troubled modern life from Winton, who solidifies his reputation as one of the best writers at work in Australia—and, indeed, in English—today.


The Corsican Caper

Smooth as the most decadent dessert, with just as many empty calories.


The People's Platform

Taylor's views are compelling and well argued, though overly focused on the downsides of the digital revolution.


Thunderstruck & Other Stories

Moments of joy and pure magic flicker and pitch-perfect humor acts as a furtive SOS signal through the fog of loss.


American Smoke

Sinclair understands certain things about American culture and American writing in a way that only a hyper-aware, hyper-literate and sometimes rather cranky outsider can.


The Bees

Yes, the hive is an elaborately structured society, with queens and drones and workers, and yes, in its organization, we are tempted to find a metaphor for ourselves.


The Book of You

"The Book of You" is as grimly seductive as any of its inspirational sources, drawing the reader into Clarissa's nightmare quest to rid herself of a not-so-Prince Charming while questioning society's persistent belief in happily-ever-after when there's so much evidence to the contrary.


The Animals: Love Letters Between Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy

Sadly, there's too much gossip and sentiment in "The Animals" and not enough literature.


Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China

Osnos has adeptly chronicled the remarkable changes in the personal lives of the Chinese populace over the last 35 years, the tension that now animates the public-state relationship and the ideological stalemate bogging society down.


No Place to Hide

"No Place to Hide" is uneven; it doesn't really tell us anything we didn't know already, and Snowden himself disappears about 100 pages in.


Stress Test: Reflections on Financial Crises

“Stress Test” goes beyond other crisis books, such as Paulson’s “On the Brink,” in covering the entirety of the government response – 2007 through 2012 -- from the ultimate insider’s perspective.