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Pocket Apocalypse by Seanan McGuire. It’s an apocalypse, all right.

Read December 2016 Recommended for fans. Forgiving ones.  ★     1/2 It’s an apocalypse, all right–a three-hundred page written disaster. I’ll be blunt. I don’t read this series for the gorgeous writing; I read for the fun menagerie of fantastical … Continue reading

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The Overlook by Michael Connelly. Well, yes–you can.

Read November 2016 Recommended for fans of Michael Connelly  ★     ★     1/2 I don’t often read from the fiction bestseller list and I periodically wonder what I’m missing. When a Connelly (oops, not John Connolly–I mistakenly thought I had … Continue reading

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Fever by Bill Pronzini

Read November 2016 Recommended for people who want a mystery without thriller  ★     ★     My mother recently retired, so I’m looking around for a new mystery series to entertain her. She rather enjoys series, so here’s hoping the Nameless … 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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Trailer Park Fae by Lilith Saintcrow

Read August 2016 Recommended for fans of fae and ornate language  ★     ★    Lilith Saintcrow’s blog was one of the few I read regularly, and I have fond memories of reading her Jill Kismet series Night Shift when … Continue reading

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King and Maxwell by David Baldacci

Read August 2016 Recommended for fans of movie thrillers  ★     ★    None of my friends have reviewed this book. Friends, this is your fault. I hold you all responsible. As well as my mother’s eighty-five year-old friend who … Continue reading

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The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

Read March 2016 Recommended for fans of Victorians, lies  ★   ★    1/2 Let me be frank– Shawn: As long as I can be Dean and Gus can be Sammy. Gus: Why do I always have to be Sammy? Shawn: … Continue reading

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American Pain by John Temple. Painful.

Read March 2016 Recommended for fans of 60 Minutes  ★   ★    Americans have a pain problem. As does healthcare. We might be at an impasse: patients and federal dollars both demand pain control, and yet narcotic deaths continue to … Continue reading

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Bite Me by Parker Blue.

Read February 2016 Recommended for fans of paranormal snark & romance  2 1/2  stars Val Shapiro is on vampire stake-out. Killing vampires is not only a public service, but the violence gives her temporary respite from her internal sex-demon, Lola. … Continue reading

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Hawk & Fisher #2 by Simon R. Green.

Read January 2016 Recommended for fans of fast reads  ★    ★   1/2  I have no excuse. But I do have lots of explanations: 1. Almost bedtime and I didn’t want to start something meaningful/suspenseful. 2. Lingering doubt if … Continue reading

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