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The Guns at Last Light

"The Guns at Last Light" continues and deepens themes and character studies seen in the first two volumes.

The Son

One of the finest novels I have read in a long time.

Instructions for a Heatwave

What are O’Farrell’s instructions for a heatwave? In an emergency, step away from the heat, return to the source, and lay old bones to rest.

Crazy Rich Asians

A witty tongue-in-cheek frolic about what it means to be from really old money and what it’s like to be crazy rich.

TransAtlantic: A Novel

In vivid, short bursts of sentences, he follows the internal stream-of-consciousness of his characters, wrapping the reader in words. His writing is gutsy and controlled, powerful in its focus.

Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father

This is a book, therefore, about a young girl walking on that line. It yearns for innocence, yet fills its pages with the all-too-knowing.

The Deserters: A Hidden History of World War II

At its best, “The Deserters” has much to say about soldier’s hearts.

We Need New Names: A Novel

There is plenty of truth; and yes, there is beauty in it, even when it is shot through with ugliness. The resultant mix is formidable indeed.

And the Mountains Echoed: A Novel

I read And the Mountains Echoed in a single sitting – it is an absorbing read from a master story teller. But I wonder how long it will stay with me.

The Flamethrowers: A Novel

The novel settles into an old-fashioned coming-of-age story.

Tiger Magic

Carly and Tiger are a sweet coupling and I appreciate the social commentary wrapped up in a sexy paranormal romance.

Someday, Someday, Maybe: A Novel

Someday, Someday, Maybe is an energetic and fast paced tale of chasing ambitions and following your dreams.

Celebrity in Death

There was a lack of character growth and/or emotional satisfaction.

Gameboard of the Gods

It’s a strong start to an intriguing series, and I look forward to seeing where Mead goes with the ideas and seeds she’s planted, just as much as I look forward to seeing the discussions it sparks.

Enigma of China

Qiu Xiaolong writes with an unhurried elegance that looks unflinchingly at the reality of modern-day China without passing narrative judgment, leaving it to the reader to come to his or her own conclusions about correctness and ethics.

Good Kids: A Novel

One of the blurbs on the back describes it as “catchy, like a hit song,” which seems just about right.

The Woman Upstairs

The Woman Upstairs shows human nature in its full messiness and inconsistency.

The Black Country

Reminiscent of the uncanny fear Dan Simmons is capable of instilling in his writing, Alex Grecian’s The Black Country is worth a spot on your summer reading list.