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Bathing the Lion

Though short, the novel is not a breezy read; it's a quiet, character-driven musing on the value of life and death that lovers of magical realism should embrace but that readers wishing for a more cohesive story will find frustrating.


The Raven Cycle #3: Blue Lily, Lily Blue

Expect this truly one-of-a-kind series to come to a thundering close.


Five Minutes Alone: A Thriller

“All of this killing has made him feel,” Carl’s exhilarated to realize. Readers following him through this season of Breaking Bad reworked by the Coen Brothers will feel the whole gamut right along with him.


The Seasons of Trouble: Life Amid the Ruins of Sri Lanka's Civil War

Mohan demonstrates an accessible, engaging method of relaying a difficult, violent history.


Burned
Kirkus Reviews : Burned (October 21, 2014)

All the elements are in place for a satisfying thriller, but Plame's sophomore effort disappoints.


Shopaholic to the Stars: A Novel

A light, enjoyable read that’s pure escapism.


An Irish Doctor in Peace and at War

With humor and pithy human insights, Taylor continues pleasing readers with the escapades of Dr. Fingal Flatherie O’Reilly.


The Abyss Beyond Dreams: A Novel of the Commonwealth

Solidly engrossing fare for the series’ faithful.


The Pierced Heart

Another tour de force with a striking finale from Shepherd (A Fatal Likeness, 2013, etc.), who specializes in turning iconic novels into clever, complicated mysteries for her tormented hero to solve.


Gray Mountain: A Novel
Kirkus Reviews : Gray Mountain (October 21, 2014)

Literary fast food: It’s tasty enough, but it’s probably not so good for you, with or without the lumps of coal.


Ruth's Journey: The Authorized Novel of Mammy from Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind

While fans, like this reader, will continue to flock to anything remotely related to Ms. Mitchell’s masterpiece, it is best to start Ruth’s Journey with the understanding that it is a paltry substitute for the original.


California: A Novel

California was a good read and one that I did enjoy, for the most part.


Political Mercenaries

A hugely depressing deep dive into the cesspit of money and politics.


Limonov: The Outrageous Adventures of the Radical Soviet Poet Who Became a Bum in New York, a Sensation in France, and a Political Antihero in Russia
Kirkus Reviews : Limonov (October 21, 2014)

A searching portrait of an arrogant, heroic and willful man—a mix of Jean Genet, Don Quixote and King Lear.


Cinderland: A Memoir

Cinderland is a powerful and captivating memoir, especially for a debut.


On Immunity

The book is more notable for what it leaves out.


Lila

Even where the plot is stormy, her prose is serene. Not even gorgeous is a strong enough word for what grandeur charges the pages of Lila.


Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America

In relating her story, Tirado goes from funny...to angry...in 0.2 seconds. And understandably so, because poverty is downright bleak, requiring the 'stamina of Sisyphus' to keep going.


Boy on Ice: The Life and Death of Derek Boogaard

John Branch tells the life of Derek Boogaard with smooth and factual precision... Where he really brings depth is in the interwoven examination of the toll the enforcer role takes on players...and he does so without entering into a preachy realm...