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Goat Mountain

The book is disturbing, and I cannot say it was a pleasure to read, though there were moments of beautiful writing. However, for those who enjoy Cormac McCarthy or, going back further, Frank Norris or Stephen Crane, I’d recommend it.


The Lowland

This novel is a testament to Jhumpa Lahiri’s accolades and there is no doubt in my mind that she’ll achieve even more success when everyone reads this outstanding novel.


Raven Flight

Ultimately, I was very, very pleased with Raven Flight. From Neryn’s growth as a protagonist, to the amazing addition of Tali as a central character, to the development of Alban and its rich Good Folk, I loved this book.


Far Far Away

It isn't your typical supernatural novel/fantasy/horror novel, but a unique blend of all types of genres wrapped into one.


The Maid's Version: A Novel

Throughout this remarkable book, Woodrell is an unsentimental narrator of an era that is rendered both kinder and infinitely less forgiving than our own.


Dissident Gardens: A Novel

Dissident Gardens is, in part, a personalized history of the American left. Lethem captures optimistic communists and hippies in moments when they feel triumphant — and follows them to their political doom.


Someone

In Someone, nothing extraordinary happens to an ordinary woman. But McDermott's novel manages to be gripping and resonant. In her own way, she achieves as much as the dazzling, muscular "hysterical realists."


Heart of Briar

A very good urban fantasy very representative of the author’s skills and work.


Shaman

Though rather more modest in its scope and conventional in its concepts than Kim Stanley Robinson’s staggering space operas, Shaman tells an ambitious, absorbing and satisfyingly self-contained tale on its own terms.


Bleeding Edge

Whether you’re a fan or a Pynchon-avoider, in it for the characters or in it for the hacks, or maybe you just can’t pass up a Zima reference, this one is worth the price of admission.


MaddAddam

If there is a master of dystopian fiction which illuminates not only scientific possibility, but also examines the human condition with unflinching and unbiased honesty, then that master is Margaret Atwood.


NOS4A2

NOS4A2 is a nearly perfect novel; at times it brought me to the brink of tears, put great big smiles on my face, creeped me out with the despicable acts of its villains, and brought me sorrow at the hardship and pain its characters experienced.


Seven for a Secret

Seven for a Secret is a happy marriage of historical and crime fiction and if either of those genres speak to you, Seven for a Secret is a must-read that stands well on its own, but will be a richer experience if you’ve read the first in the series.


Claire of the Sea Light

There are intricate symbolic and structural patterns in this novel, but the author doesn’t fully realize them because too often the characters are forced to fit those patterns rather than being the dynamic agents of them.


The Lullaby of Polish Girls: A Novel

This is Dagmara Dominczyk’s first novel, and it shows, in a really good way. This is a novel in which every word has been mulled over again and again, in which every character feels more remembered than created.


The Wrong Girl

The combination of humor, horror, and tension makes Ryan’s The Wrong Girl a very entertaining read.


Beloved Enemy

Beloved Enemy takes intrigue to an entirely new level with rapid transitions, lots of action, and a free-for-all among opposing agents and agency directors.


Seven for a Secret

However wonderfully revelatory the historical detail, Seven for a Secret is not a novel primarily of place and time. It is—as all the best stories are—first and foremost about people.


Anno Dracula: Johnny Alucard

The vampire myth has always been useful for deconstructing the fears of any given age, and Kim Newman applies it to this hedonistic era with his trademark wit and style, giving us an insightful, if fantastical, look at the America of the time.


The Cure

Douglas E. Richards has meshed medical thrills, international intrigue, and sci-fi elements in The Cure, resulting in a fast-paced novel. Behind every twist is another twist.