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Man of War: My Adventures in the World of Historical Reenactment
Kirkus Reviews : Man of War (April 22, 2012)

An entertaining read. The companionable author’s gimlet eye rarely misses the absurd or touching incidents he encountered during his explorations.


Fenway Fever

A surefire winner, full of energy and wonder.


The Ocean of Life: The Fate of Man and the Sea

In this follow-up to his award-winning account of man's 1,000-year exploitation of maritime resources, the author not only documents the loss of large sea animals, such as whales, sharks and turtles, the destruction of coral reefs and the broader ocean environment, but he anticipates further devastation from the onset of deep-sea mining in the near future.


Railsea

Railsea, China Miéville's latest book, a wildly inventive crossover/young adult fantasy with elements of SF and trains, lots of trains, all done with the kind of brio of which most writers can only dream.


The Anatomy of Death

As I mentioned at the beginning, I hope to see more of this series and am excited that you’ve chosen to set it during such a tumultuous era. Pike and Dody have caught my attention as professionals as well as – perhaps in the distant future – possible romantic partners. Only time will tell. B


Mariana

Recommended to fans of emotional romance and historicals in particular.


Jeneration X: One Reluctant Adult's Attempt to Unarrest Her Arrested Development; Or, Why It's Never Too Late for Her Dumb Ass to Learn Why Froot Loop

Aùy: he is one of the most hilarious writers that I've also had the pleasure of meeting a couple of years ago at a New York City book signing.

Gail: I had been pining for this book for months...ever since I pre-ordered it, in fact. I’ll definitely put this one on my re-read shelf, right there alongside the rest of Jen’s memoirs.


Alien vs. Predator

Based on these buzzing, flyspecked, fluorescent poems, I’d guess that Mr. Robbins’s heart is not lovely but beating a bit arrhythmically; not dark but lighted by a dangling disco ball; not deep but as shallow and alert as a tidal buoy facing down a tsunami. Yet it’s a heart crammed full, like a goose’s liver, with pagan grace. This man can write.


The Lola Quartet

Mandel brilliantly modulates the heightening suspense in a novel that remains, above all, an elegy for lost — and perhaps only imagined — innocence.


The Murder Notebooks: Dead Time
Kirkus Reviews : Dead Time (March 07, 2012)

For murder-mystery fans, there is enough suspense to keep the pages turning, but this story is not likely to convert teens to the genre.


Warped

If I hadn't made a commitment to the Rita Reader Challenge, I would not have finished this book. The writing didn't grab me, and the original elements of the story were overwhelmed by the predictable.


Calling Invisible Women: A Novel

So the question is, how much do most of us really see those around us? Beyond how the presence or lack of it of those people impacts us and our day, how much attention do we pay to them and how much should we? That’s a sobering mass of thoughts to think on. B


White Tigress

I have no idea how much of what is in the book is factually accurate—so much of it seemed right out of the empire of crazy made-up crap—but whether the book is historically authentic or not wouldn’t change the fact it’s an awkward, confusing, non-erotic read. I give it a D.


Spirit's Princess

It’s only been a week since I finished reading the book and already my memories of the details fade. Never a good sign. C


The Coldest Night

Fans of Olmstead’s Civil War novel, “Coal Black Horse,” of which I am one, will not be disappointed. “The Coldest Night” is riveting, thoughtful and — in the large section set in Korea — harrowing.


Lucky in Love

Overall it was a great story. As I said, nothing really new happens, and the plot and characters aren’t really original. But Ms. Shalvis’ voice gives it a unique touch, and that is all it needs.


Alice on Board

Readers who have been along with Alice on her journey from the start will enjoy this latest installment in a reliable series as it begins to wind down.


The Secrets of Mary Bowser

Deftly balancing history, romance and adventure, Leveen honors the life and historical importance of a brave, resourceful woman.


America the Philosophical

Chronicle of Higher Education critic-at-large Romano (Philosophy and Humanities/Ursinus Coll.) debuts with a comprehensive and certain-to-be controversial diagnosis of the condition of philosophical thinking in America today.