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December's Thorn

December’s Thorn is a fun read. With its excellent talk, singular characters, and unusual storyline, I think it will appeal to mystery fans with a taste for the offbeat.

Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief
Kirkus Reviews : Going Clear (January 18, 2013)

A patient, wholly compelling investigation into a paranoid “religion” and the faithful held in its sweaty grip.

Hadon of Ancient Opar (Khokarsa Series #1 - Wold Newton Prehistory)

Although not quite as good as some of his previous work (Time’s Last Gift remains a favourite of this reviewer and set the standard so high that it’s very difficult to beat), this novel is hugely enjoyable and remains an excellent example of the fantasy genre.

Uses for Boys

The book isn’t perfect, and I think the almost episodic way in which it’s told makes it less effective.

An Unmarked Grave

The story is seamless in both style and pacing. Their research and knowledge of the setting also comes across fantastically.

The Aylesford Skull

The Aylesworth Skull is a spreading, many-faceted story that forces its heroes to thread their ways alone, and sometimes at cross-purposes, through perilous dangers in dark places.

Caliban's War

Another solidly entertaining space opera from the team of Abraham and Franck.

Snow White Must Die

The characters in Snow White Must Die are solid and well-drawn, and the investigation—which gets a little over-the-top near the end—is still absorbing and engaging.

Servants' Hall
Kirkus Reviews : Servants' Hall (January 15, 2013)

An insightful peek into a time long gone, told with skill, humor and wit.

Shades of Earth

Strong on setup and plot, weak on human complexities and characterization, this still brings it home on a planet far from home.

The Aviator's Wife: A Novel

A thoughtful examination of the forces which shaped the author of Gift from the Sea.

A Storm Too Soon: A True Story of Disaster, Survival and an Incredible Rescue

Heart-pounding action for the avid armchair adventurer.

Standing in Another Man's Grave

Rankin deserves every award he’s been given: an Edgar, a Gold Dagger, a Diamond Dagger. Surely there’s another one waiting for Rebus’ thrilling return to the fold.

Tenth of December: Stories

No one writes more powerfully than George Saunders about the lost, the unlucky, the disenfranchised, those Americans who struggle to pay the bills, make the rent, hold onto a job they might detest — folks who find their dreams slipping from their grasp as they frantically tread water, trying to keep from drowning.

Chamber Music

Chamber Music takes all the genre's most potent elements and makes them new and vital again: the corruption and social divide that bleeds from the pursuit of power a hallucinatory rendering of a city and the fatal gulf of empathy between the sexes.

Dear Life: Stories

The nature of romantic impulse and the disorienting shifts in the direction of desire provides the central focus of Dear Life, Alice Munro’s extraordinary new collection of stories.

Tenth of December: Stories

From realism to science fiction, minimalism to medieval-speak, the breadth of voice and aesthetic culminates into an ugly-beautiful freak show. Come one, come all.

The Big Truck That Went By

Despite its many virtues, ultimately The Big Truck That Went By represents another example of what Katz himself exposes so thoroughly of the international community’s involvement with Haiti: Something of a missed opportunity.