Category Archives: Fiction

Only Forward by Michael Marshall Smith

Read  July 2017 Recommended for fans of sci-fi fantasy that messes with the rules ★    ★    ★    ★   1/2 “I made a mental note to tell the next Street Engineer I met that they were doing a damn fine job. … Continue reading

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The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien, read by Bryan Cranston

Read March 2017 Recommended for fans of war stories ★    ★    ★   1/2 This is quite the book, and Cranston is quite the reader. Well suited with gravely voice, solemn tones, perfect diction and flow that draws me in. I’m … Continue reading

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bellwether by Connie Willis

Re-Read March 2017 Recommended for fans of light romantic comedy ★    ★    ★    ★     ★    I owe bellwether a review.   Bellwether is a book that I inevitably turn to when I want something that is light, clever, literate … Continue reading

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The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death by Charlie Huston

Read January 2017 Recommended  ★     ★     ★    ★   First there was ‘chick-lit.’ Then there was ‘hick-lit.’ I hereby dub a new sub-genre: dick-lit. No, it’s not about sex, porny-readers. I’m thinking of such books as The Goldfinch, Less Than … Continue reading

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Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway

Read August 2013 Recommended for fans of absurdist thrillers  ★    ★    ★    ★    I opened Angelmaker with high expectations. I enjoyed The Gone-Away World a great deal, and admired the blend of characterization, humor, and social commentary with a … Continue reading

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Three Men In a Boat. And, To Say Nothing of the Dog.

December 2014 Recommended for fans of Victorian humor  ★    ★    ★    I love To Say Nothing of the Dog. Adore it enough to own two copies, a paperback for reading/ lending, and a hardcover for keepsies. Love it … Continue reading

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The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, or The Week I Couldn’t Decide

October 2014 Recommended for fans of the Pulitzer, Jonathan Strange  ★    ★  I can’t get no sat-is-fac-tion, and I tried! I tried! Oh how I tried! Nothing’s working for me this week: It started with The Element of Fire, … Continue reading

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Kindred by Octavia Butler

Read June 2014 Recommended for Americans who read ★    ★    ★    ★    ★ Octavia Butler amazes me. She writes science fiction that is full of complicated ideas about race and sexuality that are completely readable. I’ll innocently start … Continue reading

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The Girls at the Kingfisher Club by Genevieve Valentine

Read June 2014 Recommended for fans of fairy tales, romance ★    ★    ★    ★     1/2 Retelling something as familiar as a fairy tale can be a risky proposition. In some cases, magic can come out of the … Continue reading

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The Dream of a Common Language by Adrienne Rich.

★   ★   ★   ★   1/2 Recommended for: poetry lovers, writers, feminists, people who enjoy reflection Rich is one of my favorite poets, and there are few words to describe how beautiful and thoughtful these poems are. This slim volume is divided … Continue reading

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