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The Martian: A Novel

The Martian is an intelligent and witty science-based story that reminds its audience of human abilities and perseverance.


The Winter People: A Novel

The heartbeat of The Winter People is not love, as one might initially consider, but grief – a grief so all-encompassing that to call it a depression does not adequately address the amount of suffering occurring within the bereaved.


Mistwalker

Mistwalker is a brilliant, heartfelt story of grief and guilt and family and friends.


By Blood We Live
Kirkus Reviews : By Blood We Live (February 11, 2014)

Duncan’s style is animated, and he recounts the imperatives of vampire and werewolf brutality and sexual aggressiveness with particular gusto.


Murder in the Afternoon

Brody’s third in the series is a perfect fit for lovers of classic British mysteries who’d like to watch a clever, introspective, delightful heroine solve a tricky puzzle.


Children of Paradise

The author provides insight into the psyche of cult members, but it’s still puzzling why any person would blindly follow such destructive directives.


Girl on the Golden Coin

Jealous women, competitive men, power struggles—the treacherous world of the court is familiar, predictable and disappointing.


The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted Man

Whether you view Snowden’s act as patriotic or treasonous, this fast-paced, densely detailed book is the narrative of first resort.


The Good Luck of Right Now

A whimsical, clever narrative.


Pillar to the Sky

Unlike some of the futuristic novels to which it will be compared, Forstchen’s work is as convincingly told as it is diverting.


Foreign Gods, Inc.

Foreign Gods, Inc. leaves readers with this warning: be mindful about the powers you serve, and careful about the ones you seek to cross. Some falls never find their lift.


The Bear: A Novel

I don't want anyone to have to suffer the pain I experienced reading The Bear, but at the same time I want everyone on the planet to read this book and feel these horribly complex and yet intensely primal emotions.


The Gods of Guilt

The procedural and courtroom scenes are the best part of this and other Connelly thrillers, because they are genuinely thrilling.


Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War

Perhaps Duty is really a cri de coeur — a venting at the author's own inability to carry out what he sees as his personal duty: to get the U.S. policymaking machinery to care as much as he does about the lives of the men and women who carry out defense policy on the ground.


The Race Underground

Most has done excellent research, and he can write, but his "race underground" and "incredible rivalry" feel less like a Muhammad Ali/Joe Frazier blood match, and more like a trumped-up World Wrestling Federation choreographed ballet between Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant.


Ripper

Make no mistake, there is a psychopath behind the serial killings, and the novel picks up the pace after the first 300 pages, but for this reader, the punishment doesn’t fit the crime.


Pioneer Girl: A Novel

Pioneer Girl’s conceit of layering a literary mystery atop the main character’s struggle simply peters out without a satisfying resolution.


The Martian: A Novel

It’s hard not to be swept up in his vision and root for everyone one of these characters to survive the hardships Weir puts them through.


The Bear: A Novel

The book meanders when it should be a taut thriller, forcing the reader to worry whether these children will make it out alive.


Pillar to the Sky

While Pillar to the Sky pursues a technological dream (which I very much hope becomes a reality), ultimately the book is about the challenges facing humanity.