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The Monkey’s Raincoat by Robert Crais

Read  November 2017 Recommended for fans of classic detectives ★    ★    1/2   If you’ve followed my reading recently, it’s no secret I’ve been enjoying Robert Crais’ Elvis Cole books. Somehow, I started with book three, Lullaby Town, perhaps because … Continue reading

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The Saturn Game by Poul Anderson

Read  November 2017 Recommended for fans of classic sci-fi ★    ★    ★   Winner of both a Nebula and a Hugo, The Saturn Game tempted me by being a mix of both fantasy and sci-fi. I’ve had some success with Poul … Continue reading

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Yellow Elephant: A Bright Bestiary by Larios and Paschkis

Read  November 2017 Recommended for fans of lithographs, animals ★    ★    ★    ★   1/2 I have a long affection for children’s picture books, despite having no children. When I saw a review on this and a small sample of … Continue reading

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The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra by Vaseem Khan

Read  November 2017 Recommended for fans of light mysteries ★    ★    ★  “The next morning Inspector Chopra awoke for the first time in thirty-four years without the knowledge that he was a police officer. For a while he lay in … Continue reading

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Wild Neighbors by HSUS

Read  November 2017 Recommended for people having animal conflicts ★    ★    ★    Written in 1997, Wild Animals is no less pertinent today. I picked it up largely out of curiosity, as I’m one of the ones that feels like … Continue reading

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Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

Read  November 2017 Recommended for fans of skewed myths ★    ★    ★    ★     Fairy tales, myths, folklore; these small, archetypal tales that have endured through generations of childhood. Seanan McGuire reinvented them once again for the current decade. … Continue reading

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The Witches by Roald Dahl

Read  October 2017 Recommended for fans of Roald Dahl ★    ★    Things that are cool: a cigar-smoking grandma who encourages you to take safe action investigating solving problems witches with accents   Things that are creepy: Having to stay a … Continue reading

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One of Us by Michael Marshall Smith

Read  September 2017 Recommended for fans of sci-fi fantasy that messes with the rules ★    ★    ★    ★   I’ve chewed on this review for a ridiculous amount of time. After two months, I’m left with a movie analogy: I think … Continue reading

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L.A. Requiem by Robert Crais

Read  November 2017 Recommended for fans of detective thrillers ★    ★    ★    ★   (on the detective scale) I can’t stop reading Crais. In this one, our hero Elvis Cole is pulled into a case by long-time partner, Joe Pike. … Continue reading

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In Shades of Grey by Melissa Myers

Read  October 2017 Recommended for fans of In the Name of the Wind ★    ★    ★      A friend and I were talking about children’s books, and one lifelong reading preference that I’ve only gradually reined in is a … Continue reading

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