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The Poisoned Island: A Novel

Exotic locales, nautical history, investigative history, Victorian London, the haves versus the have-nots, and a hint of magic all combine to create an explosive story about revenge and the dangers of empire-building.

Ex-Purgatory: A Novel

Ex-Purgatory is filled with Clines signature witty and snarky prose packed with pop culture references and a levity that makes this zombies vs superheroes series a favorite in my house (hubs has been known to steal copies before I can get to them).

Stranger in My Own Country

He is a gifted raconteur and aphorist, and if you want to learn about Germany’s perverse, absurd love for its Jews — the flip side, or the bastard child, of its historical anti-Semitism — this book is a fine place to start.

Perfect: A Novel

“Perfect” is the kind of book that blossoms under thoughtful examination, its slow tendencies redeemed by moments of loveliness and insight.

Saints of the Shadow Bible

Rebus is no static character, doomed by his maker into an eternal pattern of solving crime, and watching him interact with other solid characters continues to be a true pleasure.

No One Else Can Have You

No One Else Can Have You is a darkly comedic mystery and a definite not-to-be-missed debut of 2014. Highly, highly, highly and enthusiastically recommended!

Little Failure: A Memoir

Little Failure provides readers with a ride they will not regret. Hopefully, Shteyngart will revisit this material in more depth in future novels.

On Such a Full Sea: A Novel

Lee takes us on Fan’s journey with such power and grace that we are forced to consider how his fictional societies inform our own views of the world, both as it is and as it might be.

Leaving the Sea: Stories

In these stories, Marcus’s language is bristling, it is darting, it neurotically extracts an ingrown hair; and it’s honest—envious, despondent, sexual.

The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches: A Flavia de Luce Novel

Not much mystery and even less poison, but it’s hard to resist either the genre’s pre-eminent preteen sleuth or the hushed revelations about her family.

He Drank, and Saw the Spider

Existing fans will enjoy this book, but it won’t win many converts.

Forgiving the Angel: Four Stories for Franz Kafka

Shot through with black comedy, unsparing honesty and robust intellect—in short, a fitting Kafka tribute.

Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War

A smart and plainspoken—if sometimes obviously self-serving—insider’s view of the military-industrial-governmental complex. Sure to spark plenty of discussion inside the Beltway.

Dead to Me
Kirkus Reviews : Dead to Me (January 14, 2014)

Staincliffe devotes nearly as much attention to her three leads’ struggles with their personal lives as she does to the procedural itself. Sympathetic though they are, one keeps wanting them to stop agonizing and just get on with the case.

Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children
Kirkus Reviews : Hollow City (January 14, 2014)

Less a straightforward horrorfest than a tasty adventure for any reader with an appetite for the…peculiar.

A Highly Unlikely Scenario, or a Neetsa Pizza Employee's Guide to Saving the World: A Novel

This play on history and heritage plunges headlong into the mystic, but it’s written for a very niche market.

The Emperor's Blades

Worth sticking around to see what comes next.

Star Road
Kirkus Reviews : Star Road (January 14, 2014)

All in all, something for everyone.

Saints of the Shadow Bible

Although Rebus is the protagonist of this gritty procedural, you see the action through so many other eyes that the hard-living detective is less vivid a presence than in his earlier outings. But the most persistent cop in the shop will still do whatever it takes to crack a case.

Trespassing on Einstein's Lawn: A Father, a Daughter, the Meaning of Nothing, and the Beginning of Everything

Beautifully written and hugely entertaining, this book is a heartfelt introduction to the many mind-bending theories in contemporary physics.