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The Three-Body Problem

The result is a book that offers a unique perspective on science fiction, but isn’t much fun to read.

Revival: A Novel

The two-time PEN/Faulkner-winning author has created a novel that’s also a primer on modern China, seen through the perspective of Chinese immigrants living in the United States.

Revival: A Novel

King’s fans, familiar with his sprawling voice and comfortably compelling style, may be perfectly content to hang out with him on this leisurely stroll toward eventual horror.

The Jesus and Mary Chain

Zoë Howe’s new biography, The Jesus And Mary Chain: Barbed Wire Kisses, doesn’t do much to penetrate the surface.

Want You Dead
Kirkus Reviews : Want You Dead (November 18, 2014)

Bryce’s ruthless proficiency as an arsonist guarantees the requisite number of pulse-pounding set pieces, but the whole affair feels a bit mechanical, right down to the climactic sequence in which he and Red are locked together inside the panic room she’s installed to keep him at bay.

A Royal Experiment

Unconvincing as revisionist history but enjoyable for its vivid depiction of several varieties of royal lifestyles—and plenty of royal gossip.

There Was a Little Girl: The Real Story of My Mother and Me

Shields writes with considerable reflection; she’s done the hard work of making sense of the contradictions in her mother, and now we get the benefit of her sharing what she’s learned.

The Escape
Kirkus Reviews : The Escape (November 18, 2014)

A book that will entertain some readers but won’t linger after the final page.

The Brokenhearted

This is a fun female-led dip into superhero-land that felt satisfying despite being a rehashed version of very old-school tropes. This could very well develop into a very interesting series.

The Invisible

This was a fun, quick story about a girl with budding superpowers.

Revival: A Novel

It’s classic King: the power source remains the same—high capacity and remarkably reliable—but the wiring connected to Revival’s capacitors? Wicked efficient.

Just Call Me Superhero

This book cries sequel and with a title like Just Call me Superhero why the heck shouldn’t there be one.

Lives in Ruins

Lives in Ruins dispels the myth created by Steven Spielberg all those years ago, but one finishes the book with the understanding that the archaeologists of today are the true heroes of this tale. For, they work because they love it.

Station Eleven: A novel

Mandel tells an excellent story but also raises issues such as memories, loss of memories and recovery of memories as well as the issue of how music, Shakespeare and the determination that survival is not enough can help put back together a broken world.

Stone Cove Island

The characters are fine and the pacing is quite good for a mystery. Ultimately, though, there just wasn't enough suspense or actual mystery to this mystery for me.

W is for Wasted

I've been reading this series for over a decade and am amazed that Sue Grafton can continue to come up with new, intriguing plots while never neglecting her characters.

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

The book is remarkable not only because it is appalling that in the nation founded on principles of “liberty and justice for all” we have such a broken system, but also because the tireless work Stevenson and his colleagues do and the injustices they attempt to right both go largely unnoticed.

Let Me Be Frank With You

When all’s said and done, it’s still Frank. It’s still Richard Ford. And it’s always a pleasure.

Zoom: From Atoms and Galaxies to Blizzards and Bees: How Everything Moves

Although I like to think I’m well-informed about the history of science and current cosmological theory, I learned a number of new things here, and they were conveyed with the fluent immediacy of a writer skilled at boiling complicated concepts down into easily understandable sentences served straight.

Ugly Girls

This is not a heartwarming tale about the transcendent power of female friendship. It’s a lesson that sometimes the odds are stacked so high against women that their friendship doesn’t stand a chance.