Book Genre: Fiction

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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...

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Sharon Creech
Shanna
4

When John and Marta find the boy on their front porch one day, they're not sure what to do with him.  Does he have a family? Where did he come from?  What should they do with him?  They decide that he must stay, at least until they find his folks.

The boy doesn't speak, but...

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Patrick Rothfuss
ShellyB
4

This picture book is not for kids!  Delightful, surprising, disturbing...

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Brian Azzarello
Mandy M.
3

I've found myself falling more and more in love with the villains of the DC universe, so when the new Absolute Joker/Luthor series came in the library, I knew I had to check it out. Delving into the book, the art pops. Vibrant coloring counteracts the sometimes gruesome events taking place. As...

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David Sedaris
Cori Jackamore
4

Give yourself a break during the hectic holiday season, or any other time of the year, by listening to David Sedaris read his Holidays on Ice, a collection of Christmas (and other holiday) stories including "The Santaland Diaries," "Dinah, the Christmas Whore" and "The Dunbar Family...

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Pierre Lemaître
Becker
3

A young woman named Alex is kidnapped from the street in Paris, held in a wooden crate in an abandoned warehouse, is waiting to die. Police Commandant Camille Verhoeven reluctantly takes the case--his wife was kidnapped and murdered, and his boss needs him to focus on new cases, not dwell on the...

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Aimee Bender
Jennifer B.
4

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake centers on Rose Edelstein, a 9-year-old girl who discovers as the book opens that she can taste the emotions of the people preparing her food.  A lonely mother, sad lunch ladies, harried bakers at cookie shops -- it's all there.  The book delves...

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Andre Dubus
dfields
5

In a collection of linked short stories, Andre Dubus III masterfully probes the nature of love's many facets and human nature. Set in coastal New Hampshire, the reader explores infidelity, first love, betrayal and the impact of the digital age on love. Each of the characters serve as navigator...

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Mary Gaitskill
Jennifer B.
3

Bad Behavior is a collection of unlinked short stories, most taking place in New York City, that focuses on the relationships (usually sexual) between men and women.  Many of the stories are populated by the same types of women -- prostitutes, drug users, artists -- and tended to blend...

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C. S. (Clive Staples) Lewis
Bobby
3

Most people know C.S. Lewis for his Chronicles of Narnia series or his writings about Christianity and the human condition.  Out of the Silent Planet is the first book of his Space Trilogy and one of his earliest published works.  It tells the...

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Vera Nazarian
CJ
4

In a fictional, Renaissance-era, European country, Death wants a wife and, until he finds her, he's calling a halt to taking souls.  Oh, you can still die, as demonstrated by dismembered soldiers, assassinated princesses and butchered animals, but the spirit remains in your animated corpse...

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Jennifer Ashley
Mary P
4

I was pretty impressed with the writing in this book, even if it is seen as a "beach read."  I enjoy reading romance novels from time to time, and this one was one of the better stories of this type that I've read.  The characters were interesting, and unlike many stories, the saucier...

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Hope Larson
Bobby
4

L’Engle’s Wrinkle in Time has always been a fascinating book to me.  Full of adventure, spacetime physics, and allegory, the story is rich, but I especially love how the characters, specifically Meg, learn that their weakness can be their biggest strengths.  In her graphic adaption,...

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George Saunders
Bobby
4

George Saunders is a brilliant writer and widely unknown until this year.  Tenth of December broke him out into the writing limelight with its wide critical acclaim and appeal.  What I love about Saunders is that his stories start in everyday settings - suburban homes, dysfunctional...

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Brenda (Brenda Streater) Jackson
mmcgowan
3

Jaclyn Campbell, an intern, and her drop dead gorgeous boss unite and fall in love with each other however they must be careful that no one finds out about this relationship or else they could both lose their careers.  One day Jaclyn gets really sick and the boss looks at their relationship...

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Arthur Conan Doyle
Bobby
3

Wanting to read a classic mystery, I decided that the obvious place to start would be with Sherlock Holmes and his most famous case, The Hound of the Baskervilles​.  I'd never read Doyle before and have somehow managed to avoid seeing any film adaptations of his work so my...