Book Genre: Fiction

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Helen Ketteman
Mary P
4

I love reading a good tall tale about why things are the way they are today. This story was a pleasant addition to the repertoire of tales that I've encountered, and it is one that I'm looking forward to sharing with children in storytime!

In the Wild West, armadillos, rattlesnakes,...

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Richard Castle
seanamo
4

This fourth book in the meta-fictional Nikki Heat series, based on the Castle television show, is the best so far. Written in the same tone as the show, and paralleling key plot points and character arcs, these books within the TV show are perfect companion pieces. Johnny Heller's reading fits...

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Peter Stenson
Zac
3

Rarely have I encountered a book so pessimistic, so heartbreaking, so hopelessly despondent…yet so entertaining as Peter Stenson's Fiend. I mean, zombies and tweekers? That right there is enough to pique my disturbed interest.

The book begins with an unabashed meth addict who’s...

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Georges Perec
Lily
3

53 Days is a mystery about mysteries. Fictional novels are referenced and play a central role in solving the multifaceted crime. The author himself died in the midst of writing this novel, which is mysterious in and of itself. The plot of the novel is actually about a mystery novelist...

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John Crowley
Lily
4

Little, Big is an epic and sentimental generational tale about a magical family living in the obscure, rural countryside of America during the early 20th century. Acting as a genealogy, but written in smooth and poetic prose, the tale envelops parallel words and the atmosphere is...

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Sara Kocek
Becker
3

Reyna has a lot to deal with. Her mom died seven years ago, and her dad has a new girlfriend. She's just started high school--at a different school than the rest of her friends. She's not sure where she fits in. Reyna doesn't really like Olive when she starts talking to her at lunchtime, but she...

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Frances M Wood
Hope H
4

The last place Illinois-born Molly Gerry wants to be is Raton, New Mexico, but when her father finally dies of a long illness her older sister, Colleen, sees few options other than to lie about Molly's age and get them both jobs as waitresses on the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe rail line....

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Richard Arthur Warren Hughes
Lauren
4

One of the lesser known titles on Modern Library's 100 Best Novels is A High Wind in Jamaica, published by Richard Hughes in 1929. Set in the aftermath of the Emancipation of the British West Indies, the novel tells the story of the British Bas-Thornton family and is primarily filtered...

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Craig Johnson
ShellyB
4

The strong sense of place in this book's Wyoming setting reminds me of Tony Hillerman's mystery series set on the Navajo reservation in the Four Corners area - both bring the landscape to life and make me feel I am actually there with the characters, really seeing what they are seeing and...

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Kristen Ashley
ShellyB
4

I was pleasantly surprised by this one - I picked it up on a whim, intrigued by the Denver setting more than anything else, and it way exceeded all my expectations!  Filled with fun, interesting, eccentric characters (they are often too good to be true, but what the heck, that's why we read...

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George O'Connor
Mandy M.
3

Even as I start to write this review, I'm not sure how I really feel about this book. I've always been intrigued by Greek mythology and the stories in this book seem to be mythologically accurate, which is a definite plus. I think that maybe I'm not used to seeing such adult situations portrayed...

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Ben Tripp
Becker
3

A satisfying sequel to Tripp's 2010 novel Rise Again, Below Zero continues to follow veteran and ex-sheriff Danny Adelman. It's 2 years after the dead have risen, decimating society and leaving small bands of survivors. Danny leads a traveling convoy of survivors, always on the lookout for...

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Marisha Pessl
Georgia
5

The daughter of a famous film director is found dead of an apparent suicide. Though all signs point to this conclusion, investigative journalist Scott McGrath thinks there is more to it. This book is the story of the investigation done by McGrath and the two assistants he acquires along the way...

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E. L James
Rebecca
1

I try to be fair with reviews. I really do. If I don’t like something, I tell you why I don't like it, and/or what I typically DO like, so that you (Gentle Reader) can evaluate my judgments, and decide for yourself if the things that bother me about a book are also likely to bother you. I’m not...

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Drew Karpyshyn
Mandy M.
4

This book is a pretty good read, and great for anyone who has questions after playing the first mass effect game. I think they go great together. But it's definitely a good stand alone novel as well if you aren't the video game type.

Revelation has all the components of a solid science...

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Julie Anne Peters
Mandy M.
5

Julie Ann Peters is probably my favorite author of all time. I offer this as a disclaimer because I think it would pain my heart to give her anything below a five star rating. That bias aside though, Grl2Grl is a great resource for teens or adults who are questioning their gender identity or...

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Joe Hill
Mandy M.
4

Locke and Key has been a series that has been getting a lot of acclaim over the past few months so I knew I wanted to see what all the hype was about. I finally got the chance to check it out and it does not disappoint. I've always had a strange fascination with keys and so the first time I saw...

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John (John Edward) Williams
Bobby
5

Seeking adventure and wilderness, Will Andrews, a New England tenderfoot sets out West with a stack of money and the name of a family friend located the small Kansas town of Butcher’s Crossing.  The town serves as hub for buffalo hunters who are looking to get rich off the hides of the...

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Jamie McGuire
Manon
5

I have never been very interested in romance novels, but Beautiful Disaster kept my attention the entire time I was reading it.  This book was incredibly hard to put down, and it is a good, easy read.  Abby has gone to Eastern University for school with her best friend...

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John Twelve Hawks
Zac
4

This is a fantastic cyber-thriller that would appeal to fans of urban fantasy. It’s full of legitimate paranoia, especially when one considers the time and place in which we live.

The story revolves around Maya, one of the last Harlequins, an ancient order of lethal fighters sworn to...

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Barbara Bottner
Mandy M.
4

I love picture books! And Miss Brooks loves books is no exception. You can pick up a copy in ebook or regular book form so if you have a preference, this book has you covered either way. The pictures are what really makes this book pop. They are colorful and unforgettable. Miss Brooks hair is...

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Tim Seeley
Mandy M.
5

Imagine a classic slasher film played out in vignette length tales, graphic novel style. You've just found Tim Seeley's Hack/Slash. Hack/Slash chronicles the journey of Cassandra Hack and her companion Vlad. They travel the country and sometimes world looking for slashers and put an end to them...

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Jenni Fagan
Lily
5

The Panopticon​ is an untraditional thriller about Anais Hendricks, a 15 year old juvenile delinquent. The novel takes place in what appears to be Scotland, given the heavy and realistically curse-word ridden accent that lends heavily to the atmosphere and mood of the book....

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Susan Hill
Kristen M
3

From the jacket:

In the apartment of Oliver's old professor at Cambridge, there is a painting on the wall, a mysterious depiction of masked revelers at the Venice carnival. On this cold winter's night, the old professor has decided to reveal the painting's eerie secret. The dark art of...

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J. T. (John T.) Petty
Mandy M.
2

Westerns are one of my least favorite genres, I feel like there are a lot of events discussed/drawn that don't necessarily progress the tale. While this isn't always a bad thing, it often feels like a waste of a page to me. I was hoping Bloody Chester would be different considering it is a...