Tag Archives: literary fiction

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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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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California by Edan Lepucki

Read October 2016 Recommended for fans of horror/thriller  ★     ★     If the world’s second-most annoying couple lives in the woods, will we care? Probably not.   Despite great potential, California is a mess of a navel-gazing couple looking for … Continue reading

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The Passenger by Lisa Lutz

Read February 2016 Recommended for fans of vague, undefined heroines  ★    ★ Two things attracted me to The Passenger: Lisa Lutz, the author of the daffy, emotionally complicated and entertaining Spellman Files series (review of the first), and the … Continue reading

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Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell.

Read June 2015 Recommended for ??  ★    ★    ★    Tuesday, 16th June– “I come to my journal as a Catholick to a confessor.” The ache in my head was too grievous to ignore & proves that this experience though … Continue reading

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American Elsewhere by Robert Jackson Bennett

Finished May 2015 Recommended for fans of mysterious, time-forgotten towns and searches for identity  ★    ★    ★    ★   1/2 Lovely language and enjoyable storytelling, but suffers from a mild case of W.o.K.S. (Way of Kings Syndrome).  I happen to … 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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