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The Humans: A Novel

Matt Haig is a supreme talent and a writer to cherish, and The Humans is undoubtedly his magnum opus.

The Intel Trinity

The key problem with The Intel Trinity, however, is that Malone’s storytelling will do little to disabuse his more sceptical readers of the assumption that electrical engineering is fairly dry stuff.

AIDS: Don't Die of Prejudice

Fowler writes clearly but, as a former journalist, he could have spent longer in his research, uncovering original stories rather than blandly paraphrasing reports and interviews conducted during rapid trips.

In the End

In the End was yet another disappointing end to a formerly promising series. I still highly recommend In the After, but would steer clear of this second book.

The Girls at the Kingfisher Club

Genevieve Valentine, I hope you have a long, fruitful career writing more characters like these. Please and thank you.

Life Drawing

Life Drawing is truly a gorgeous novel. The writing is outstanding. Intense, emotionally wrought, and with an attention to detail that rivals Gus’ own, Ms. Black makes readers become part of the story.

The Butcher

The Butcher is an adequate thriller. The story itself is interesting and exciting, but there are enough issues to prevent the story from being a great one.


A worthy addition to the list and one which kept me reading.

Pills and Starships

The pleasure of this book is how Millet creates a world that seems eerily similar to the one we live in now.

The Last Magazine: A Novel

I found myself wishing that The Last Magazine wasn’t the last fiction that Michael Hastings survived to write.

World of Trouble: The Last Policeman Book III

Winters makes riveting entertainment out of both an old dog and his new tricks.

The Mad and the Bad

The Mad and the Bad is a lot like a rollercoaster: it builds anticipation with a steady-but-not-too-slow climb, then it drops you into a high-speeding, sharp-turning, upside-down spinning ride that is both joyous and slightly terrifying (or, in this case, grotesque).

Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!: The Story of Pop Music from Bill Haley to Beyoncé

Like the print version of an endless, time-filling BBC series—even the most interested readers will likely do a lot of fast-forwarding.

Last Stories and Other Stories

Exquisite: beautifully, perfectly imagined and written. Weird, too. A little heavy for the beach, perhaps, but perfect reading for the Day of the Dead.

The Hundred-Year House

Makkai strikes a smartly absurdist tone as her characters nervously await impending doom from the uneventful Y2K bug, but while the novel is both funny and smart at times, Makkai fails to make the estate the foreboding character it needs to be to both ground and uproot these privileged characters who can't see how lucky they are and how self-absorbed their lives have become.

Red Winter: A Novel
Kirkus Reviews : Red Winter (July 16, 2014)

Although the hero’s guilt becomes nearly as burdensome to the plot as to him, Smith (The Child Thief, 2013, etc.) adeptly builds both characterization and suspense in Nikolai’s race to find his family before his former comrades find him.

Cut and Thrust

The political convention as family reunion, with lots of drama, no sustained plot and all the regulars acting pretty much as you’d expect.

Everyone Lies

The pseudonymous pair who write as Garrett skillfully weave just enough of the crime-solving partners’ past and hints about a more hopeful future to add even more suspense to the fast-paced plot.

The Bone Orchard

The question of who shot Kathy Frost is less urgent than the question of how many more enemies Mike (Bad Little Falls, 2012, etc.) can make in the state of Maine before he burns a hole in the map and drops headlong through it.

Blade of the Samurai

Hiro and Father Mateo’s second adventure (Claws of the Cat, 2013) combines enlightenment on 16th-century Japanese life with a sharp and well-integrated mystery.