Book Genre: Fiction

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Thomas Berger
Lily
5

Little Big Man is an epic Western narrated by the subtlety humorous 111 year old Jack Crabb. His strange life is depicted in this long and winding tale that begins with Crabb as a 10 year old living with the Cheyenne tribe. He goes on to recollect his intimate involvement in all aspects...

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Katie McGarry
Em
4

Staight-A-designer-clothes good girl Rachel (with numerous overprotective brothers) and tattooed foster kid Isaiah. Classic YA pairing, right? But McGarry makes it interesting--Rachel has mad anxiety issues and is in love with speed and her Mustang GT, and Isaiah is just the sweetest bad boy of...

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David Rakoff
Em
3

This book started out very strong. The structure and premise are impressive, and it’s amazing how Rakoff manages to sketch out all these characters so completely within the constraints of form. Of course, some sections were certainly more smoothly done than others. My favorite segments were...

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Jeff VanderMeer
Becker
4

Four women are on the twelfth expedition to Area X, which has been cut off from the world for years. Previous expeditions have all ended badly, if the people returned at all. Annihilation is the journal of the biologist for this expedition (she joins a psychologist, a surveyor, and an...

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J. K Rowling
Jennifer B.
4

After really enjoying the first three Harry Potter books, I got a little burned out after Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire -- ugh, so much Quidditch!! -- and had kind of given up on the...

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Timothy Zahn
Charles
2

Heir to the Empire is an installment in the series of the mega-popular Stars Wars franchise.  If you don’t know what that franchise is, then don’t read this book because you need to know about what has happened in the previous installments to understand this one.  If you do...

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Louis L'Amour
Charles
3

Having never read a Western novel before and only having John Wayne movies to influence my opinion of the genre, I was a bit skeptical as to whether or not I would like The Ferguson Rifle by Louis L’Amour.  The book is set shortly after the Lewis and Clark expedition that explored...

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Cormac McCarthy
Zac
5

Blood Meridian is an absolutely epic novel depicting the violence and depravity that accompanied America’s westward expansion. It brilliantly combines the conventions that make up the traditional Western novel and the mythology of the "wild west". In fact, literary critic Harold Bloom...

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Caleb Carr
Zac
4

A top notch mystery – one of the best and most complete I’ve ever read. Set in New York City in 1896, the novel unfolds through the eyes of a New York Times journalist who has connections in all the right places. As a series of murders begin to show signs of similarity, a carefully crafted team...

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Jason Aaron
Thane
5

Jason Aaron is a great writer. His modern crime Native American series Scalped is a graphic novel noir masterpiece. That series made him famous in the comic book world and resulted in Aaron taking on a lot of high-profile writing work at Marvel Comics.

Unfortunately, none of Aaron's...

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David Eagleman
Em
4

In Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives, Eagleman explores various possibilities for life after death in short pieces that are at once philosophically and scientifically complex and beautifully poetic. These forty pieces were somehow both stimulating and strangely comforting, not to...

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Kami Garcia
Adelina
4

“Unbreakable: The Legion book 1” is fast-paced supernatural action with heart. There’s humor in the face of horror. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in this new series.

Its Supernatural meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It’s a teenage ensemble group dealing with the adult...

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Gary Shteyngart
Alison
1

When the title of a book includes a form of the word 'absurd,' you should expect foolishness and senselessness:  unfortunately, Shteyngart's novel is more frustrating than it is compelling.  The first person narrator is, indeed, absurd, but to a degree that might be described as...

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Sherwood Anderson
Alison
1

Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson exposes the risk of composing a collection of mostly unrelated stories: the collection reads like an incomplete group of fragments, connected only because the people involved live in the same town.  Anderson introduces the collection as following the...

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1783-1842 Stendhal
Alison
3

Stendhal’s The Red and the Black is a coming-of-age novel of Julien Sorel.  Moments of dramatic, some may say melodramatic events, guide the narrative: Julien leaves his father’s home, Julien has an affair with his first employer’s wife, Julien climbs up in the world with the strong claws...

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Radclyffe Hall
Alison
4

Radclyffe Hall’s The Well of Loneliness first appeared in the 1920s, pushing against a wall of “normalcy” that continues to exist nearly one hundred years later.  The protagonist, a girl born into English wealth and given the name Stephen, as her parents believed for nine months in a boy,...

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Tim Federle
Becker
3

Nate from Better Nate Than Ever is back, and this time he's legitimately living in New York City with his aunt, in rehearsals for E.T.: The Musical as second understudy for E.T. himself. While it was great to hear Nate's voice again...

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C. Alan Bradley
Em
5

The last Flavia de Luce novel ended with one of the best cliffhangers I’ve ever read, and picking up from that moment, this new installment did not disappoint. When I started tearing up just in the first chapter, I knew I was in for a great read. When I almost started bawling during a scene not...

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Pam Houston
Em
4

I first picked up this collection of short stories when I was in college, after reading “How to Talk to a Hunter” in one of my creative writing classes and thinking it was clever. I wasn’t super excited to read what seemed to me to be just “relationship stories,” so I put it down. I dove back...

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Holly Black
mbrandstetter
3

In the third installment of A Modern Faery's Tale, we return to the magical world's newest pixie, Kaye.  It's time for Roiben's royal coronation in the Unseelie Court and Kaye is feeling a bit out of place and very insecure.  A little faerie wine later and then a little more and she...

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Hanya Yanagihara
Lily
4

I have never read a book like The People in the Trees, except maybe Lolita. The reader gets drawn deeply into the moral relativism of the first person narrator: a racist, misogynist pedophile and acclaimed scientist. Creepy, intriguing, and beautifully written The People in the...

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Steven Kellogg
Mary P
3

This is the story of a little girl who loses her mitten while playing in the snow with her friends.  She and her dog, Oscar, search everywhere for the mitten but can't seem to find it.  Can you figure out where the mitten might be?

There are questions interspersed throughout...

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Andy Weir
Becker
4

This fast-paced, high tension debut novel had me breathless at times, laughing at others. Astronaut  (and mechanical engineer, and botanist) Mark Watney has been abandoned on Mars after a scrubbed mission, presumed dead. He has some supplies, shelter, some food. But not enough of any of it...

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Louis L'Amour
seanamo
3

In the "About the Author" blurb, L'Amour is quoted as wanting to be remembered as a storyteller, sitting around the campfire weaving his tales. If The Sackett Brand is any indicator, L'Amour is indeed a good storyteller.

Tell Sackett and his wife, Ange, have traveled to Arizona to set up...

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Charlie Mac
mbrandstetter
2

Giving a new twist to an old story. In his first book, the author, Charlie Mac finds a way to bring home Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. After allowing people to think they had died in a ferocious gun battle with lawmen in Bolivia, with the assistance of Ms. Etta Place, they return to the U....