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Magnificence: A Novel

There’s much to explore in Magnificence, which is ambitious, often funny and deliciously provocative.

The Legend of Broken

Carr’s tale grows deeper and darker as it proceeds, and he seamlessly blends epic adventure with serious research and asks questions that men and women grappled with in the Dark Ages — and still do today.

Walkable City

The strength of "Walkable City" is that it's not a no-brainer, not in a culture in which it often seems we have done everything we can to make street life obsolete.

In the Pleasure Groove: Love, Death, and Duran Duran

The real pleasure of the memoir, though, is Taylor’s voice — a disarming blend of candor, warmth and self-­deprecating humor.

1775: A Good Year for Revolution

This is a feisty, fearless, edgy book, blissfully bereft of academic jargon, propelled by the energy of an author with the bit in his teeth.


Not a total success, but intelligent and at times silly enough to win readers over.

Betrayal: A Kydd Sea Adventure

Betrayal was an entertaining read, which also showed me something of history I didn’t know.

Royal Street

If you like your urban fantasy atmospheric and with more than a touch of romance, Royal Street will be right up your alley.

Woes of the True Policeman

Woes of the True Policeman is a challenging read, and fans of the late Roberto Bolaño will find themselves in a netherworld. But the ride is well worth it.

Edge of Black

Edge of Black straddles a number of genres, having elements of a police procedural, medical thriller, romantic suspense, and psychological drama. As always, Ellison’s research runs long and deep...

The Child's Child: A Novel

Comparing the experiences of John and Maud with those of Grace and Andrew more than 60 years later offers much scope for thought and consideration about how far society has come --- and how far we still have to go.

Poseidon's Arrow

The constant shifting of persons, locales and intrigue makes for a riveting story. Poseidon's Arrow is a must-read for Dirk Pitt fans.

Private London

Patterson and Pearson provide a cinematic narration that permits the story to unreel like a film in the reader’s mind --- not always an easy task --- and the incidental travelogue of London that the tale provides as a backdrop is an added and welcome bonus that spices things up without detracting from the narration.

To Love and to Perish: A Broken Vows Mystery

Bork isn’t afraid to develop ongoing characters beyond standard storylines, though the main story this time is a tad complex.

Threat Vector
Kirkus Reviews : Threat Vector (January 01, 2013)

A satisfying thriller, with enough evildoers left over to ensure the possibility of another Ryan-Ryan adventure.

Freedom National: The Destruction of Slavery in the United States, 1861-1865

A useful contribution to the literature about slavery and the Civil War.

The Rise of Ransom City

The Rise Of Ransom City isn’t the equal of The Half-Made World, but it expands the series while leaving plenty of questions about his sprawling, mystical quasi-America tantalizingly unanswered—and hopefully ripe for a third installment.

Because I Said So!: The Truth Behind the Myths, Tales, and Warnings Every Generation Passes Down to Its Kids

Because I Said So! is breezy and illuminating, a mix that would be more volatile in less capable hands.

Life Among Giants

Bill Roorbach’s John Irving-esque third novel, Life Among Giants, radiates its bemusement with the exquisitely peopled world of upper-middle-class America and the problems money can’t solve.

The J.M. Barrie Ladies' Swimming Society

Not quite perfect – the pacing is a little uneven and some times there was more explanation than I needed – but still lovely.