Book Genre: Fiction

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Matthew Dicks
Monica
5

Budo is Max's best friend and has been for many years.  He has lived longer than most imaginary friends, and Max is the only one who can see him.  When Max gets into trouble, Budo has to do something he has never had to do before, to be without Max and to find a way to save him....

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Peter Heller
Monica
5

"The Dog Stars" follows loveable Hig after a flu-pandemic that killed much of the known population, including his wife.  In the mean time, he protects his little piece of Colorado, as he seeks something greater.  "The Dog Stars" was a book that appealed to me from the very vague...

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Salina Yoon
Mandy M.
5

Penguin in love is one of the most heart warming books I have read in a while. It is a true romance from cover to cover, but simplifies it into the most basic of equations. This book haphazardly follows the lost item theme that people may be familiar with, think of Cinderella. Somebody lost a...

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Trina Robbins
Mandy M.
4

Growing up, I always loved a good mystery and this is no exception. I really appreciated how The Drained Brains Caper was set up like an old school noir film. A dame walks in and... well I won't give anything away, but anyone who is a fan of noir will love this book. Kids from ages 7 up should...

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Patrick deWitt
Monica
4

This tale introduces the Sisters brothers, a pair of hired guns sent to protect the interests of the Comodore during the California Gold Rush.  As the first western I had ever read, I found myself pleasantly surprised.  "The Sisters Brothers" was a quick paced book that kept me...

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Kathleen Tierney
Becker
4

Gritty, sarcastic, queer, violent, and foul-mouthed, Siobhan Quinn is a former junkie turned demon-hunter (sort of) turned, in one violent confrontation with both a werewolf and a vampire, into the very kind of creature she's been killing. It's all part of a complicated game involving other...

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Sue Grafton
mbrandstetter
3

SPOILER INNUENDO!

Coming to the middle of the alphabet, Sue Grafton brings us L is for Lawless. Our clever detective, Kinsey Millhone, accidentally stumbles into an unbelievable mystery involving one recently deceased, chintzy grandfather and missing military benefits which leads to...

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Gustave Flaubert
mbrandstetter
2

It might be a classic, but I didn't care for Madame Bovary.  I might be looking at this piece of literature too superficially, but it didn't offer me much more than a cheap, modern day romance novel.  The story's main focus is the immature attitudes and behavior of Doctor Bovary's...

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John Green
mbrandstetter
5

I can't find anything wrong with this book.

Hazel Grace is sixteen.  She hasn't gone to high school for the last three years, has all but stopped hanging out with friends, and, oh yeah, she has cancer. In The Fault in Our Stars, John Green gives voice to these young, intelligent,...

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Nicholas Sparks
Kristen M
5

True Believer is about Jeremy March, a born skeptic and science journalist who specializes in debunking the supernatural. When he hears about ghostly apparitions in a cemetery in Boone Creek, North Carolina, he leaves his beloved New York City for this small, rural town-and what his instincts...

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Sarah Zettel
Janet Q
4

Proper young ladies practicing espionage seems to be a bit of a trend in YA literature these days. This entry, set in London in 1716, places our heroine Peggy as lady-in-waiting/spy in the court of Princess Caroline, amidst the backdrop of intrigue during the reign of George I....

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Jim Fergus
mbrandstetter
5

Exquisite.  

We follow May Dodd as she moves through the various stages of her adult life.  As with many defiant, independent, unruly or just inconvenient daughters and wives back in the day, May Dodd finds herself declared mentally insane and institutionalized by her own family...

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Neil Gaiman
Georgia
3

The story begins with the narrator returning to the small English town where he grew up. He reflects back on a dark period of time in his childhood. His family was going through a rough patch when he met the Hempstock women who lived at the end of the lane. Through a series of unfortunate and...

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Alessandro Ferrari
Kristen M
4

I decided to read this version as I am a fan of Tim Burton and Alice in Wonderland. I would give this five stars as it's a very good comic adaptation of the movie, but the artwork is haphazard and sloppy. Again I am a fan of Tim Burton's artwork, but the artists used in the books style is rather...

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Charles De Lint
Angelita
4

John tries to figure out the mystery of Grace after meeting her and she literally vanishes into thin air. In this book, I enjoyed the characters because they are flawed and real, even though this is considered a fantasy book. Most of the characters have suffered from some sort of loss and...

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Suzanne Collins
Kristen M
2

I would like to first start off by saying that I am giving this title a rating of 2 stars because the version I am reviewing is the AUDIO version and not the book. I have read the book previously, and chose to listen to the book to and from work before the movie came out as a...

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Graeme C Simsion
Georgia
4

Don Tillman is an unmarried university professor with Asperger's. Though he is intelligent and attractive, he cannot find a woman who he can maintain a relationship with. He starts what he calls the “Wife Project” to find a compatible woman for him to marry.  Throughout the “Wife Project”...

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Holly Goldberg Sloan
Georgia
5

Willow Chance loves gardening, researching skin conditions and the number 7. Willow is also a genius. As intelligent as she is, she has always felt like an outsider.  The only people she felt comfortable with were her parents. One day after school, she gets the tragic news that they have...

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W. Bruce Cameron
mmcgowan
5

     What a wonderful story!  This story was based in Colorado.  A younger man has just broken up with his girlfriend and he doesn't really know what to do in life.  He lives in a cabin in the mountains (Evergreen) in Colorado and is a computer geek.  A...

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Gail Carriger
Janet Q
5

This is the best new YA series I have come across recently. Alternative boarding schools are nothing new to the genre, but Carriger makes Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality unique. In a steampunk-ish Victorian England, Mme. G's trains proper young...

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Raymond Chandler
Rebecca
4

"It is not a very fragrant world, but it is the world you live in, and certain writers with tough minds and a cool spirit of detachment can make very interesting and even amusing patterns out of it." --Raymond Chandler, "The Simple Art of Murder"

 

Another building block in my...

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Seanan McGuire
Nancy
5

Oh, how sweet it is to read the first book of a series and love it.  Rosemary and Rue is the first book in the October Daye fantasy mystery books and it's great.  The main character, "Toby" is a half human and half fairy private investigator in San Francisco (definitely in the grittier...

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Zane Grey
Nancy
2

Oh my.  I guess I'm not the target audience for this classic book.  I found Gray's writing style ponderous and his characters shallow.  The only part of the book I enjoyed were the descriptions of the landscape.  A transplanted Easterner, I fell in love with the desert the...

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Julie Halpern
Janet Q
4

I am fond of a clever title, which is why I ordered this book. Though many parents might object to their teens reading it because of said title, it is actually a thoughtful meditation on growing up, facing death, illness, and fear of intimacy. It mines some of the same territory as The Fault...

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Jenn McKinlay
IAmGenesis
2

As the first book of the Library Lover's Mysteries, this book was a charming, quick read. The story was a well rounded mystery, with a homespun feel. The characters were amusing and witty, and the story was engaging. All in all, it was cute, but not amazing. This would be a great read for those...