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This Is How It Ends: A Novel

I thought the sense of place in this novel was fantastic with some very symbolic references to the sea and sky which added depth to the novel and almost gave it an eerie feel at times.


Scarcity made me think differently about money, food, and how I manage my own time. And for all its flaws, a book that changes the way you see the world is valuable – and scarce.

Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns

Whether there was "revenge" or not, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and feel as though it would be a great autumn read.

Burial Rites: A Novel

Kent portrays the harsh existence of these rural, highly literate people with exactitude; and even the bleakness of Agnes’s end, its gut-churning fear, holds an exhilaration that borders on the sublime.

The Illusion of Separateness

What emerges is a delicate, complex, moving novel, one to withstand – demand even – an instant second reading.

The Waking Dark

It's dark and it's pretty violent, well-written and ultimately, I think, appealing to horror fans of all ages.

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.

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.


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.


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.


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 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.