Books

Paula McLain – The Paris Wife | Review

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"The Paris Wife" is a meticulously researched account of the life of Ernest Hemingway's wife, Hadley, in Paris prior to the author's rise to fame. For an entertaining story, though, give me the glitzy, “sex-on-a-mink-coat,” jazz-age story of the Fitzgeralds any day over this one.

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100 Doors to Madness | Review

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Casual readers of horror might not like "100 Doors to Madness" as it’s a bit too experimental. However, it is that same experimental nature that makes this worth picking up. It is an ambitious, original and valid collection, though only about a quarter of the stories really hit the mark.

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The Wit and Wisdom of Tyrion Lannister | Review

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The value in "The Wit and Wisdom of Tyrion Lannister" is that it makes you want to return to the original source and context of the quote whether you’ve already read the books and want to freshen your memory or are approaching them for the first time.

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The Dinner │ Review

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'The Dinner' commits the cardinal sin of not having any likeable characters. But if you go in forewarned and willing to absolve Koch of this transgression, the book is worth the steady, hard look it gives a number of unpleasant topics we’d rather not discuss.

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The Casebook of Newbury & Hobbes │ Review

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The stories in ‘The Casebook of Newbury & Hobbes’ are entertaining and hold up well by themselves, but this collection works best as a supplement to George Mann’s novels. Fans of Sherlock Holmes and steampunk will particularly enjoy these stories, though anyone with a taste for adventure will find much to like here.

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The Counselor │ Review

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'The Counselor' will inevitably be a very entertaining movie, but Cormac McCarthy is our greatest living writer, so it is very likely he intends to do more than just entertain us here. Like 'Blood Meridian,' this is about the inner frontiers within us and how we become most alive when we live close to these frontiers and demarcate them within ourselves, staking out the interior territory that we call our souls.

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