Book Genre: Fiction

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Max Brooks
seanamo
4

This was so not what I was expecting, but I found myself getting caught up in the story. The interweaving of history with alternative near-future was surprisingly believable. The full cast recording was packed with familiar voices and lent the audio version the feel of a documentary.

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Martin Cruz Smith
lisab
3

In the latest of the Arkady Renko series by Martin Cruz Smith, Renko investigates the death of a well-known Russian journalist. This story is combined with a tale about the corruption that is endemic in business and politics. Smith isn’t afraid of showing the dark side of human nature. This...

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Rainbow Rowell
Ryan
5

When a book name checks three great bands on the first page -- XTC, Misfits, Skinny Puppy -- and then makes me laugh through my tears for the last 100 pages, it's probably going to get 5/5 stars. This book has it all, memorable characters that you'll miss after finishing the last page, vibrant...

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Elizabeth Strout
Alison
5

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout is a group of connected short stories that takes place in Crosby, Maine.  While Olive, the titular protagonist, gets several sections of the book to herself, more than half of the stories are in the perspective of other members of the town....

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Jonathan Safran Foer
Joe G
4

This is easily my favorite novel by Foer. This book depicts the perspective of Oskar Schell, a 9-year old living in NY during the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers. The book is generally about his quest to come to terms with his father's death in the attacks. It takes an external form of...

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Terry Pratchett
Adelina
5

I love the Tiffany Aching Adventures by Terry Pratchett. This book is excellent example of Terry Pratchett’s unique combination of humor, insight into the nature of humanity and compelling characters.

I Shall Wear Midnight is the fourth book in this series. Tiffany Aching has spent...

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Karen Joy Fowler
Stefanie
4

This is a fascinating, moving story of family love and mostly of loss. Fictionalizing what might have been a true animal-human research scenario, Rosemary narrates the story of her siblings and parents and how her unconventional family shaped their lives. There are quite a few horrible...

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Jesse Ball
Porscha
4

Jesse Ball seems to be to be a writer’s writer. He’s a good read for anyone with a love of language and semantics. This story is kind of a nonsensical, suspenseful spy-mystery story with a heavy feel of the surreal. Reading other reviews of his writing, Jesse Ball has been compared to David...

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J. C Carleson
KristinR
5

An excellent portrayal of the culture clash between the Middle East and middle-class America.  Carlson uses real-life experiences from her own time in Iraq and from recent violence in Syria to craft the story of Laila, who is seeking asylum in the United States after her father, a violent...

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A. S. (Amy Sarig) King
Colleen
4

A tough, unflinching look at a dysfunctional family and one young man's efforts to survive it. Gerald was defined as "The Crapper" at age five while his family took part in a reality show. At seventeen, he is still trying to escape this legacy. He is angry all the time: at his sister Lisi for...

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Nicola Griffith
Hope H
3

Before Hild was born her mother, Breguswith, had a dream that the child she carried would be "the light of the world". Breguswith ensures it, training Hild from a young age to become the official seer of her uncle, King Edwin. Yet it is not through magic Hild sees the future. "Quiet mouth,...

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Eva Indigo
Becker
3

What's a recently single pagan to do? Allura Satou feels like she's in a rut--with her job, with her skepticism about love. She performs rituals and asks friends for advice, which variously lead her to adopting a pet bird, trying laugh yoga, and going on a blind date. Allura is floundering, not...

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Neil Gaiman
Tara
5

Neil Gaiman's narration of his wonderful story of a father thwarted on his way home from buying milk will have you laughing out loud! The alien voices are particularly enjoyable. A fun activity for a Family Book Club, enjoy the book's illustrations along with Gaiman's entertaining performance...

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Loren D Estleman
Laurie.
3

What attracted me to this read was the disparate lives of two legends. I like rough and tumble Westerns full of lawlessness and bleak realities of frontier life. This book, however, is an easier, softer read about Judge Roy Bean and his adoration for actress Lillie Langtry. Judge Bean's life is...

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Sheila Turnage
Becker
3

The Desperado Detective Agency (Mo and Dale) has a lot to deal with in this sequel to Three Times Lucky. Mo's guardian Miss Lana has accidentally bid on (and won) a haunted inn, Mo and Dale have volunteered to interview the inn's ghost for their history assignment, the inn might be repossessed,...

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Thomas M Disch
Zac
5

This is a jarring science fiction that knocked me off course for a bit. It was written in 1968 during the Vietnam War – you know, the first one you could watch on TV- and does a terrifyingly awesome job of projecting the sentiments of the time. Although this backdrop is rarely referenced, it...

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Simon Rich
Laurie.
4

I like my romance books funny and irreverent or not at all. So imagine my delight when I found Simon Rich's collection of short stories featuring the weird, sardonic and hilarious tales of romancing the girl.

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T. Michael Martin
ShellyB
4

I found it incredible the lengths teenage Michael would go to in order to keep his young brother safe and sane, creating an alternative reality for him and fighting zombies and nasty humans while scrounging for survival supplies.  The author does a pretty good job of keeping the reader...

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Neil Gaiman
seanamo
4

Fortunately, Neil Gaiman and Scottie Young collaborated on this book, because it's wonderful. Only Gaiman could turn a quick trip to the corner market for milk into a grand adventure full of aliens, time-traveling dinosaurs, vampires, pirates, and even a few ponies. Scottie Young's illustrations...

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Kathryn Lasky
Dawn
4

Lilo and her parents are gypsies. They are taken to Buchenwald camp in 1940.  There Lilo and her mother are separated from Lilo's father. Lilo's mother is chosen to have surgery.Lilo meets a boy, Django, who has the ability to obtain extra food and sometimes information.  She and...

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Gyles Daubeney Brandreth
Tara
4

The incomparable genius Oscar Wilde teams up with Arthur Conan Doyle and writer Robert Sherard to solve the mysterious murder of Billy Wood. Richly detailed with an intricate plot, this literary mystery is cozy while also being intellectually stimulating.

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Karen Foxlee
Kristi
4

Ophelia and her sister are grieving. They have lost their mother. Now their father has taken them to some mysterious museum where he is readying an exhibit on swords and they are left to wander around all day. But something is weird about  the place. Scientific Ophelia doesn’t really...

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Andy Griffiths
Kristi
4

Andy and Terry live in the tree house. It’s amazing. Think Berenstain Bears' house on steroids. It has a movie theater, library, shark tank, see through pool, room full of pillows, bowling alley, secret underground laboratory, game room, swinging vines to take you anywhere, and of course...

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Mary Miller
Kristi
4

15 year old Jess is on the road trip to end all road trips with her family. They are driving to California to experience the end of the world in rapture with the Reverend Marshall. They don’t have to worry, they’ve been saved. Her evangelical dad is the big believer. Jess, her secretly pregnant...

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Dean R. (Dean Ray) Koontz
Joan
5

Addison Goodheart lives a life of isolation, rarely leaving his underground living space before dark. He believes himself to be horrifically disfigured and wears a hood covering his head and a ski mask. Those who have looked up on him have wanted to kill him out of fright. One night as he is...