Books

The Land Across │ Review

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'The Land Across' does not aim for greatness. But it is an entertaining mystery, well-paced and solidly-plotted. Wolfe weaves a number of strands together in a complex story that delivers in the end.

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Z │Review

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If you can overlook the biased portrayal of Hemingway, 'Z' is well worth reading for a glimpse into the many agonies and ecstasies of Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

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A young man seeks to find himself in Thailand in superb first novel ‘Land of Smiles’ │review

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What makes everything in 'Land of Smiles' work is Jess Kroll’s superb control over the language and pacing. This kind of control is exceptional in a first novel and Kroll is certainly one to watch as his experiences and stories grow into his already formidable skills.

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Heroes in the Night │Review

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'Heroes in the Night' is a deftly written, entertaining book that sheds light on the strange but timely, understandable and relevant subculture that is the RLSH movement.

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The Shining Girls │ Review

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What keeps 'The Shining Girls' from being just another popular paperback novel on the rack at the airport is the addition of a dash of Stephen King-esque supernatural, and I truly enjoyed the idea of this sci-fi augmentation to what was a decently written thriller.

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The Long War │ Review

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In what is turning out to be a highly successful collaboration between Stephen Baxter and the author of the popular Discworld series, Terry Pratchett, 'The Long War' is an absorbing story that insightfully explores the political, sociological, and theological implications of the Long Earth.

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The Twenty-Year Death │ Review

The Twenty Year Death

Crime novels are often criticized for being formulaic. Ariel S. Winter’s 'The Twenty-Year Death' is a crime novel so formulaic that, in a way, it is actually one of the most original works of fiction I have read in any genre.

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The Cocktail Waitress

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While the plot sounds as though it could be a Nicholas Sparks novel, let me firmly dissuade you of that notion. Cain writes about base, primal emotions and most of the characters in 'The Cocktail Waitress' are only one step up the social ladder from those in a Charles Bukowski novel.

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The Book of the New Sun | Review

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'The Book of the New Sun' is challenging and complex, full of allusions that operate at multiple levels, and multiple readings are necessary to get it all. This work is as serious as literature gets, and people who say that genre fiction is not serious literature should be forced to read this.

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Manuscript Found in Accra

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The premise of 'Manuscript Found in Accra' is interesting and the overall message promoting less divisive, non-proselytizing, humanistic philosophy is certainly worthwhile. But this book does not possess the appealing storyline and characters of Coelho’s previous work, 'The Alchemist,' and without them lacks a cohesive thread.

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