Book Genre: Fiction

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Jim Butcher
lisab
4

The Dresden Files lasted only one season on TV but it was my first introduction to the character Harry Dresden. Curiosity made me start reading Jim Butcher’s series and while I’m not really a series type of person, I’m hooked on this one. In the latest title, Harry continues his sojourn as the...

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Kobo Abe
Alison
5

Kobo Abe's novel, published in 1962, in many ways foreshadows the uncanny stories of Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami.  A man takes a few days off from his bureaucratic day job to indulge in his hobby, entomology.  While looking for a new species of sand bug, he discovers a town whose...

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Audrey Niffenegger
Laurie.
4

Niffenegger's illustrated or visual novel has also been called a novel with images. The story of sibling rivalry, love and forgiveness is creepy but that's not all. The aquatint images are innocent, mirthful, rapturous, haunting and tranquil. She was influenced by Lynd Ward's Gods' Man...

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Miranda Beverly-Whittemore
KristinR
4

Here is the problem I have with this novel: the ending is much too neat for all the suspense and horror the narrative creates. I wanted to start with this statement, because it is the only negative comment I have to say about it.

Bittersweet is the name of a cottage on the Winslow family...

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Jennifer Castle
Hope H
4

Justine used to be the sassy breakout star of the "Five At..." documentaries, but at 16 and with the next installment due to be filmed, she feels she's failed to live up to everyone's expectations of her, including her own. She has no boyfriend, no ambition, and she doesn't really even have any...

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Kathleen Tierney
Laurie.
4

This sequel to Blood Oranges does not disappoint! Quinn (don't ever call her Siobhan) is still the same in-your-face cantankerous werewolf/vampire who can't seem to untangle herself from Mean Mr. B's dirty...

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Michael Cunningham
lisab
3

The Snow Queen is a story about two brothers, Barrett and Tyler Meeks and Tyler’s soon to be wife, Beth who is dying of cancer with a few friends thrown in for good measure. It is a character driven story that follows the protagonists over a span of years. They all know each other very well but...

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Monica Byrne
Becker
4

2  girls, 2 continents, 2 journeys. Set in near-future India and Africa, and on a bridge spanning the Arabian Sea, The Girl in the Road imagines new configurations and perceptions of politics, religion, and gender. We follow two stories. Meena is (illegally) crossing an energy producing...

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Walter Mosley
Laurie.
4

This was a first for me. The opening paragraph describes a money shot for a porn film. Debbie Dare is the stage name of a popular porn star whose aged ex-porn star husband is found dead with an under-aged partner. But these deaths are not the crime to be solved. Mosley uses his cast of...

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Jørgen Brekke
lisab
5

This is the ultimate in crossover mystery and thriller. There’s history, international travel, murder in locked rooms, romance, you name it, it’s here.  That said, I got caught up in this book.  This mystery thriller alternates between the life of Brother Johannes in the 1500s and a...

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Charlaine Harris
lisab
3

There’s a town in Texas called Midnight that has a lot of secrets and a lot of slightly askew inhabitants.  There’s a new neighbor, Manfred Bernardo, he runs a number of physic hotlines for a living – using psychology and psychic ability. The book is about him meeting the rest of the town...

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Nina LaCour
Becker
4

A story of connection, family, the power of movies, and the power of the stories we tell ourselves, Emi Price's summer is captivating. She's just graduated from high school, has been working as set design intern for a movie studio for years, and has just gotten a big break and been asked to be...

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Ava Dellaira
Angelita
5

A must read if you liked Perks of Being a Wallflower. The emotions are pretty raw. In the beginning, you think that Laurel is just grieving the death of her sister, May, but as Laurel processes her loss she learns she can't hide all the things she was hiding from herself.  The...

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Miriam Elia
Laurie.
2

NPR recommended this book so I read it.
Edward's life is so depressing.
Is humanity in a cage?
The black and white drawings kept me going.
I wanted to set all the hamsters free like Elliott set the frogs free in E.T.
My bird won't leave his cage. He is...

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Jean Toomer
Alison
5

Arna Bontemps, one of the leading contributors to the Harlem Renaissance and a scholar of African-American literature, wrote that "there are many odd and provocative things about Cane, and not the least is its form.  Reviewers who read it in 1923 were generally stumped."  ...

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Matthew Quick
Monica
4

Reminiscent of "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time", "The Good Luck of Right Now" follows the story of Bartholomew Neil after the death of his mother, who he has relied on his entire life.  Now that Bartholomew has to find his own way, he comes to realize at age 38  just...

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John Corey Whaley
Kristi
5

16 year old Travis is dying of leukemia so his family makes the shocking decision to cut off his head and freeze it in case technology can someday bring him back. He's not ready to go but he's tired. He's leaving behind his parents, his best friend Kyle and worst of all, his first love Cate. But...

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Ryan Gebhart
Kristi
3

13 year old Tyson can't wait for his hunting trip with his grandpa Gene. He wants to get his own elk and prove he's tough like his beloved grandpa. But the weekend they are supposed to go Tyson's dad tells him they are moving grandpa into an assisted living facility hours away instead. Grandpa...

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Michael Ondaatje
Porscha
5

Coming through Slaughter has been called the best jazz novel ever written, with a lyrical writing style compared to jazz music. It’s a fictional biography about one of the original trumpet giants of New Orleans, Buddy Bolden. Though it takes place around 1907 and was written in the late...

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Bernard Malamud
Alison
4

Bernard Malamud's The Magic Barrel contains thirteen stories led by protagonists who are poor immigrants in New York or tourists in Italy, and who suffer from insecurities.  These insecurities manifest as projects that become impossible to complete, debts that can never be paid,...

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Margaret Atwood
Alison
3

Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale is a near-future dystopia that begs questions about gender roles in today's Western society.  Through the narrator's limited and nebulous knowledge of what has happened -- the dystopic changes occurred suddenly and from the top -- readers...

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Alexis M Smith
KristenA
4

Glaciers is a sweet, thoughtful, little novel. Through a series of short chapters that feel like vignettes, it invites us into the life of Isabel, a young woman who grew up in Alaska. We see moments in her past -- interior moments with her family and exterior moments among the glaciers...

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Leslye J. (Leslye Jo Anne) Walton
KristinR
5

Absorbing, lyrical, and poignant. This is, without question, one of the best books I have read, and certainly one of the best examples of magical realism I have encountered. In fact, I feel silly even trying to review it--it speaks for itself, and anything I say about it may very well break its...

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Wendy Wan Long Shang
Hope H
4

Lucy Wu thinks she's going to have the perfect year. She's going into sixth grade - the oldest and most respected year at her school, she's a shoe-in for her school's basketball team despite her short stature, and, best of all, her older sister is moving to college, leaving her their bedroom all...

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Karen Joy Fowler
Becker
4

Rosemary looks back on her life, her family, her memories, her secrets--and how they all led her to where she is today in Fowler's beautifully written, sometimes disturbing, always thought-provoking, and often humorous novel. The big detail about Rosemary is that she lost her "twin" sister when...