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Spirit of Steamboat: A Walt Longmire Story

Unlike Walt’s usual adventures (A Serpent’s Tooth, 2013, etc.), this novella shuns mystery for a wild and dangerous adventure that will leave you both touched and breathless.


Lasting City: The Anatomy of Nostalgia

Vibrantly, blissfully sublime.


Police

Frightening, darkly funny and horrifying, this is one of those novels that should not be at the top of your 'must read' pile; it should be in your hands, and your face should be in the book now.


Spirit of Steamboat: A Walt Longmire Story

It might be classified as a Christmas story with some degree of accuracy, but whether or not you consider it to be a seasonal novel, it is certainly worth reading.


Red Hill: A Novel

Red Hill is a quick read - got through the first 1/3 fighting my latest bout of insomnia - and one that you won't want to put down (never the best choice when you need sleep but at least I enjoyed the book while being exhausted!).


Ninety Percent of Everything

“Ninety Percent of Everything” is consistently absorbing, but there are moments when its pulse genuinely quickens.


The Luminaries

“The Luminaries” is a true achievement. Catton has built a lively parody of a 19th-century novel, and in so doing created a novel for the 21st, something utterly new.


The Circle
Kirkus Reviews : The Circle (October 16, 2013)

Though Eggers strives for a portentous, Orwellian tone, this book mostly feels scolding, a Kurt Vonnegut novel rewritten by the Electronic Frontier Foundation.


Bertie Plays the Blues

Even more lightweight and inconsequential than previous installments in its abrupt inflation and deflation of domestic dilemmas. Yet, the neighborhood’s legion of fans will devour each chapter and be sorry when they’ve turned the last page.


Parasite

At times disgusting, always suspenseful, and utterly unique, Parasite gets under a reader’s skin and will make them question the true meaning of being human.


Crooked Numbers

The slender mystery won’t keep readers awake all night. But thinking about inner-city kids like Dougie, rescued by double-edged scholarships that threaten to sink them, just might.


Identical
Kirkus Reviews : Identical (October 16, 2013)

Classic (in more senses than one) Turow.


The Luminaries
Kirkus Reviews : The Luminaries (October 16, 2013)

There’s a lovely payoff after the miles of twists and turns. It’s work getting there but work of a thoroughly pleasant kind.


Blue Moon

Overall, Blue Moon is an entertaining, action-filled sequel, that finishes with a heck of a cliffhanger.


From Norvelt to Nowhere

The whole story careens to a surprising, satisfying end that still leaves doors open for a possible sequel.


The Luminaries

The result is a finely wrought fun house of a novel. Enjoy the ride.


The Luminaries

This great, intricately crafted doorstopper of a historical novel, with its portentous introduction, astrological tables, character charts and all the rest, in fact weighs nothing at all.


Year of the Demon

Year Of The Demon makes sure that readers invested in the Fated Blades series will find a new corner to be intrigued by & is a good follow-up to one of my favorite debuts of all time.


Solo

Readers will root for this Bond, of course. Not because he’s James Bond or a close facsimile thereof, but because he’s this thriller’s designated hero.


The Circle

Ironically, The Circle comes across like one of the Internet trolls that Eggers promises no longer exists in his fictional world: Entirely convinced of its righteousness, unafraid to use straw man arguments to “prove” its points, and completely disinterested in dialogue when polemic is easier.