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Falls the Shadow

Falls the Shadow is a forgettable, utterly meh novel that treads upon on the same trope-laden path that a million other superficial, mediocre YA dystopia/spec fic books have already traveled before.


Angel Killer

I dare anyone to pick up this book and not be immediately sucked in.


So We Read On: How The Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures

Corrigan’s book is chock-full of insights that enrich any reading of The Great Gatsby.


Thrown

If you’re looking for a read that engages all of the senses and then some, look no further: Thrown is a safe bet to get your synapses firing.


The Counterfeit Heiress

The dual-layered mystery, while interesting, takes an awful long time to pick up steam. And while the climactic reveal is done with the proper amount of drama and emotion, I predicted it several chapters in advance.


Mr Mercedes

It's not the book I'd give you to start with his bibliography (that would probably be The Stand, or It, or The Shining) but it's an enjoyable read and worth picking up, especially if you're a big fan of his writing.


Murder at the Brightwell

A spunky heroine, a tense romance and red herrings galore make Weaver’s debut a pleasant read for nostalgia buffs who miss Agatha Christie.


The Missing Place

A satisfying, icy thriller.


The King's Curse

Given how poorly written the story is and how unsympathetic Margaret Pole is throughout most of the novel, readers will not just wonder but hope that Ms. Gregory moves on to some other period in history. It is long past time to do so.


We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves holds a mirror up to reflect what we’re really made of, both in what we do to each other and to other animals


Nora Webster: A Novel

Mr. Toibin lets Nora’s solace lie in the piercing, abstract beauty of music and in a quotidian generosity that always eluded her. “Nora Webster” is ultimately the story of why such gifts come at such a high price.


Being Mortal

What comes through clearly and most convincingly in “Being Mortal” is the absolute importance of taking one’s head out of the sand when it comes to the inevitable.


Rooms

We read this book for its engaging plot, and perhaps we do think about what it means to connect, for as the characters wander through Richard’s house, the vistas of the present, the past, and the future reveal that neither the living nor the dead are able to grasp how to understand one another while staying true to themselves.


A Load of Hooey

It’s Mr. Show fans who’ll find the most to love: Some of these pieces, which generally run two or three pages, read like outlines for sketches.


The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher

Mantel pokes and prods and scratches at our tiny collective wounds, opening them into something much bigger. Readers may find the stories uncomfortable, but also hard to put down.


A Vision of Fire

Readers can only hope they, along with Anderson, learn enough from this first trial to improve on the next one.


The Birth of the Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex and Launched a Revolution

A well-paced, page-turning popular history featuring a lively, character-driven blend of scientific discovery and gender politics.


The Quantum Moment: How Planck, Bohr, Einstein, and Heisenberg Taught Us to Love Uncertainty
Kirkus Reviews : Quantum Moment (October 13, 2014)

Always entertaining and meticulously composed, this book will reorient your relationship with the quantum.


The Brewer's Tale: A History of the World According to Beer

Bostwick’s beercentric account of the world will delight beer lovers, food historians and home brewers.