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Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google?: Trick Questions, Zen-like Riddles, Insanely Difficult Puzzles, and Other Devious Interviewing Techniques You

Some way into this book, you realise something, or at least I did. Only the first 136 pages have anything to do with Google's interview technique. The rest, for almost as many pages, is consumed by "answers" to the many questions that we find along the way.
After realising this, you wonder something else: do I care?


Breaking Dawn

I have struggled to read these horrible novels, and funnily enough, was not able to finish this one. I had stopped reading it for weeks, thrown it across the room, yet it was of no use. My mind could simply not contain any more useless plotlines or ridiculous dialogues.


Thunder and Roses (Fallen Angels Series, Book 1)

On the whole, a good part of Thunder and Roses frustrated me, and I was a little surprised that I managed to finish it. I feel like I am slaughtering a sacred cow here, since I know how beloved the books in this series were for many readers, myself included. It feels churlish to write this after the many, many hours of reading pleasure I have received through your books in my years of reading, but as a reviewer, I have to be honest, and the truth is that while my 1993 self enjoyed this book, my 2012 self found it dissatisfying. D


Party of Three: A H.O.T. Cops Novel

These stories read more nuanced to me, with more about the characters and less about the mechanics of sex.

This is not to say Party of Three and its predecessor aren’t erotic romances. They are but what is well done in this story as well as “Bad Girl at Night” is that the sex is well integrated into an emotional storyline.


Born Wicked: The Cahill Witch Chronicles, Book One

I can’t wait to see where this story goes and how the prophecy unfolds! Loved the world, loved the characters, loved the writing! And that cover is gorgeous too, isn’t it!?!?


Salvage the Bones

Yet on Nov. 16, 2011, the not-quite nursing student's "Salvage the Bones," a novel about a poor African American family whose rural Mississippi home stands in the path of Hurricane Katrina, won the National Book Award for fiction.


The Angry Buddhist

Novelists too need to be nimble, and "The Angry Buddhist" is a wild entertainment as well as a novel about the way we live now that dares to dance with the profound.


What to Look for in Winter
New York Times : Dark Hours (April 20, 2012)

Still, McWilliam hoarded the results, and many of those dictated pages are included in her sprawling exercise in self-analysis, “What to Look For in Winter.” Remarkably, turning “blindish” [...]brought a rush to expression after a 13-year dry spell as a novelist.


Amsterdam Stories

The book’s most enduring effect is of color, as Nescio attempts to do with words what the Impressionists did with paints — to record the play of light on water, the beauties of a sunset.


Eisenhower in War and Peace

In “Eisenhower in War and Peace,” Smith, who is now a senior scholar at Columbia after many years at the University of Toronto and Marshall University, makes a more startling claim.


Red Brick, Black Mountain, White Clay: Reflections on Art, Family, and Survival

Christopher Benfey’s “Red Brick, Black Mountain, White Clay,” a book about earthen vases, epic voyages and ancestral blood. Part memoir, part family saga, part travelogue, part cultural history, it takes readers on a peripatetic ramble across America and beyond, paying calls on Cherokee potters, Bauhaus craftsmen, colonial clay-diggers and the author’s brick-mason grandfather.


Dropped Names: Famous Men and Women As I Knew Them

Each of the 65 chapters in “Dropped Names” offers a no-holds-barred eulogy somewhere between mash note and carpet-bombing. The collection paints Hollywood and Broadway as teeming with vulgar, neurotic and irresistible company, and Langella as relentlessly affable in the face of nonstop groping by famous people in far-flung locations.


More Than You Know

Penny Vincenzi writes enormous, fast-paced novels with plots and subplots so deftly manipulated that it’s impossible to start reading one and still lead a productive life. “More Than You Know” is the latest threat to industry, and though not as potent as “An Absolute Scandal,” about the Lloyd’s Names disaster, it still wiped out three days of my life.


The Taste of Tomorrow: Dispatches from the Future of Food

“This book,” Josh Schonwald writes, “is fundamentally a search for people who think they have the Next Big Thing in food. .?.?. I’ve devoted months to investigating salad, seafood, and meat, but nary a moment to cheese or dairy products. This unequal treatment is due to a couple of things: a gagging reflex that is provoked by cultured dairy products, and my obsession with finding the salad of the future. So full disclosure: this is a look at the food frontier, a search for the next big things in food, through the eyes of a human with some food preferences and prejudices.”


Drop Dead Healthy

Whatever it was, something prompted Jacobs to transform himself from “a mushy, easily winded, moderately sickly blob” into a paragon of health and fitness — and to share the whole journey with us in “Drop Dead Healthy.”


Why Nations Fail

“Why Nations Fail” is a sweeping attempt to explain the gut-wrenching poverty that leaves 1.29 billion people in the developing world struggling to live on less than $1.25 a day. You might expect it to be a bleak, numbing read. It’s not. It’s bracing, garrulous, wildly ambitious and ultimately hopeful. It may, in fact, be a bit of a masterpiece.


Dracula

Today marks the centenary of the death of Bram Stoker, and commemorations of the Irish author's life and career will undoubtedly focus on Dracula, his most famous work.


We'll Always Have Paris

We’ll Always Have Paris by Jessica Hart, a sweet and funny contemporary romance, with a happy heroine and a straight-laced hero.