Category Archives: Fiction

Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned by Walter Mosley

Read July 2018 Recommended for people who want a slice of a different life ★     ★    ★    ★    1/2   The only mystery here is why I thought I going to read a whodunnit after having the … Continue reading

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Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher

Read  March 2018 Recommended for those with a passing familiarity with academia ★    ★   ★   ★   Dear Fellow Readers: I am pleased to endorse to you the short little epistolary novel, “Dear Committee Members.” This book will most likely be … Continue reading

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Quin’s Shanghai Circus by Edward Whittemore

Read  January 2018 Recommended for fans of Vonnegut DNF #7 in my Clean Out the Kindle Project. Naw, I’m just kidding. I can’t count be bothered to count. I got a new kindle and the only thing going on it … Continue reading

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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Read  December 2017 Recommended for fans of social awkwardness ★    ★    ★   ★   1/2   Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine. Mostly, anyway. Except when she’s offering comfort at the scene of an accident: “Mr. Gibbons is calling an ambulance,” I … Continue reading

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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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