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VJ: The Unplugged Adventures of MTV's First Wave

These weren't the first big VJs; they were the last big DJs. What was hyped as potentially replacing radio was actually marking time until the iPod.


Silken Prey

Sandford keeps every stage of the investigation clear, compelling and suspenseful while peeling back layer after layer of a world in which “everybody was hot, everybody was rich."


Time Thief

Not erotic, not convincingly fantastic, not well-researched and not worth your time.


A House Divided

A soap opera filled with people indulging in bad behavior. Fans of the Black family’s misplaced haloes will love this latest installment.


The Secret Rescue: An Untold Story of American Nurses and Medics Behind Nazi Lines

A sometimes dry but proficient, detailed and tearless account.


The Emerald Mile: The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History Though the Heart of the Grand Canyon

An epic-sized true-life adventure tale that appeals to both the heart and the head.


Seduction: A Novel of Suspense

Much déjà vu about nothing.


The Mango Bride

After tracing the family’s dark history, the tragic story ends on a more hopeful note for the next generation.


Guardian
Kirkus Reviews : Guardian (May 07, 2013)

Well up to the high standards established by this intriguing series.


Dead Lions

Herron (Down Cemetery Road, 2009, etc.) provides a dour, twisty spy thriller with something for everyone: part post–Cold War miasma, part James Bond heroics, and elliptical withal.


Robert B. Parker's Wonderland

Since his creator’s death, Spenser’s dialogue, flippant to start with, has become relentlessly arch, and the tendency must be catching, since several other characters get into verbal jousts with him. Still, it may be unfair to complain that Atkins (Robert B. Parker’s Lullaby, 2012) doesn’t write exactly like Parker. All in all, an entertaining effort.


Board Stiff

Viets’ 12th proves that moving Helen from dead-end jobs into full-time employment does nothing to stifle her quirky good humor.


The Woman Before Wallis

A good bit of journalistic documentation related in lackluster writing.


Papadaddy's Book for New Fathers: Advice to Dads of All Ages

Refreshingly, a parenting advice book worth its salt.


Dead Ever After

Harris does excel in writing dialogue for each of her characters that is distinct enough that anyone who has read previous entries in the series can figure out who is talking.


Mom & Me & Mom

Perhaps Angelou is counting on the reader to have read her previous memoirs to fill in the blanks; a reader new to Angelou’s work may find aspects of the book — such as the glossed-over evolution of her writing life — a bit unsatisfying.


Red Moon: A Novel

His short story collection, Refresh, Refresh, is close to perfect, a standard for matching exquisite prose with engaging plots. Red Moon, however, suffers from overwriting.


The Humanity Project

Conflicted, complex and compassionate when you least expect it: That’s us in a nutshell — and in Thompson’s ultimately profound novel.


Who Owns the Future?

Lost in his own brand of digital sophistry, Lanier never gets around to asking how a fully automated society ought to function.


The Dispensable Nation: American Foreign Policy in Retreat

Nasr can teach us much about the Middle East, but there is still much for him to learn about the policy process.