Book Genre: Fiction

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Barbara Kingsolver
Sarah Anne
4

To this day, I remember a single scene in this book as one of the most powerfully written I have ever read. It has only gained potency now that I am a mother. This book reaches out and grapples with big themes but in the intimate relationships of a family who goes to the Congo because of the...

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Adriana Trigiani
Sarah Anne
3

I loved the images from Italy, and from the early days, but the story lost its luster, and arc in minnesota. Her early writing shines so much, by the end I wasn't sure what the takeaway was, or maybe in a way it is masterfully written, because I do have the same questions about how we got to...

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Holly Goldberg Sloan
lisab
2

Willow Chance is a precocious, as in genius, 12 year old.  While it’s never mentioned, she is also seems to be obsessive compulsive. Her adoptive parents are killed in an accident and this is the story of her finding a new family.  Willow is brilliant but in too many subjects to be...

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Thomas Keneally
Nancy
4

Much of the historical fiction written about WWI is written from the male point of view.  The main characters of The Daughters of Mars are two Australian sisters, nurses serving on hospital ships and in hospitals in Europe, giving a different perspective on the war.  The...

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Harper Lee
mbrandstetter
5

According to Merriam Webster, a classic is defined as serving as a standard of excellence :  of recognized value <classic literary works>

This is definitely true of this very real and fluidly written novel by Harper Lee.  Lee's story is told through the eyes of the young...

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Linda Sue Park
Hope H
4

Linda Sue Park's When My Name Was Keoko​ is told from the dual perspectives of Kim Sun-hee (renamed Kaneyama Keoko) and her older brother Kim Tae-yul (renamed Kaneyama Nobuo) during the Japanese occupation of Korea in the 1940s. The pair have grown up speaking and writing...

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Pierre Lemaître
Jennifer B.
4

Set in France, Alex begins as the story of a woman who is kidnapped off the street and taken to an empty warehouse, where she's held in a small cage.  Alternating chapters tell the story of Detective Camille Verhoeven, the police officer in charge of finding Alex before it's too...

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Greg Rucka
Becker
4

I've been following Rucka's work (Gotham Central, Queen and Country, runs on Wonder Woman and Batwoman) for quite some time now, and was excited to see the start of a new series with what looked to be another strong, complex female lead. The first volume of Lazarus did not disappoint, with an...

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Holly Black
mbrandstetter
4

Kaye Fierch seems to be a typically apathetic teenage daughter. Her mother, Ellen, is in a rock band...she drinks too much...has unsavory friends...loser band mates...and provides little quality structure or guidance for her.  She's a high school dropout, but holds a job that provides...

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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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Caitlín R Kiernan
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
kmcfall
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
kmcfall
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
kmcfall
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...