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The Book of My Lives

Part of what Hemon is tracing is his own awakening, his discovery that what we say and do matters, that there are consequences for everything.

The Accursed

"The Accursed" triumphantly fulfills its gothic mandate to make our skin crawl, but it also accomplishes the much more difficult task of frightening us with its ideas.

Life After Life: A Novel

Buried inside “Life After Life” is the best Blitz novel since Sarah Waters’s “The Night Watch.”

River of Stars

From whatever angle you approach it, “River of Stars” is a major accomplishment, the work of a master novelist in full command of his subject. It deserves the largest possible audience.

A Tale for the Time Being

That’s heady stuff, but it hangs together for a couple of reasons — the exuberance of Ozeki’s writing, the engaging nature of her characters and, not least, her scrupulous insistence that it doesn’t have to hang together, that even as she ties up loose ends, others come unbound.

The Fun Parts

While the prose is flawless, the stories themselves begin to feel repetitive early on. What’s striking is the lack of a sense of struggle on the part of the writer. Words don’t come that easily to anyone.

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

Part of what Sandberg wants to do is start a conversation — and there she’s succeeded. Her book is the sort you read, then hand to a friend and say, “OK, now, what do you think?”

My Bright Abyss

His book will probably not convert disbelievers, but it may make them envious of the kind of love the author finds in God, one he describes as being “like a simple kiss that has a bite of starlight to it.”

A Tale for the Time Being

Ozeki manages to turn existential conundrums into a playful, joyful and pleasantly mind-bending dialogue between reader and writer.

River of Stars

As sumptuous and sprawling as River of Stars is, it is, foremost, a keen example of the storyteller’s art, a distillation as heady as plum wine.

The Forever Knight

The conclusion to the novel brings closure to the tale John set out to tell at the start of The Forever Knight, but it also serves as a launching point for another stage of Lukein’s life with Malator. Lukien’s tale has a lot more to offer and with the proverbial dangling carrot left at the end, I hope to read more about Lukien and where his Atari companion Malator go.

The Killing Moon

Strong, bright writing; an amazing universe that I fell into and was completely immersed in; characters deep, complex and evolving… The Killing Moon is certainly a worthy Nebula Award nominee. It is essential reading for any reader of secondary world fantasy.

The Baker Street Translation

This book was a fun read for me and a great dive into a new series.

Death of a Valentine

Overall, this is a solid entry in this long-running but timeless series, in which no-one gets any older, but it may not be the best place to start.

Dark Currents

The trappings may be familiar to urban fantasy readers, but I think Jacqueline Carey is doing something special with Dark Currents. The fantastic is the dressing to tackle serious, “mundane” issues, and it makes for a compelling read.

Tuesday's Gone

If you're looking for an interesting thriller with a great psychological twist, this is the series to try.

The Missing File

I'd have liked to see a stronger sense of place - the series is set in Israel and I would have loved to see more of the setting brought forward in the story, and even a tiny bit more about Avraham as a person would have been enough to interest me.

City of Angels

City of Angels demands a patient reader, particularly through the middle third of the novel, but it is often a moving melancholic remembrance by writer who—one final time—attempts to make sense of an historical and personal past, for herself and for her readers.