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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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Rivington Was Ours: Lady GaGa, the Lower East Side, and the Prime of Our Lives

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Of all the downtown New York legends, rising artists, and nightlife personas that I have interviewed, few have been as earnest, open, and welcoming as Brendan Jay Sullivan, aka DJ Vh1, the author of a forthcoming book about his friendship and early collaborations with Lady Gaga while she was still …

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Deadbeat: Makes You Stronger – Review

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Overall, 'Deadbeat: Makes You Stronger' is a successful novel in both its plot and narrative structure. I look forward to reading more from Guy Adams and recommend this to any reader who enjoys horror, dark humor and crime fiction, especially when they're all mixed together.

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DoG – Review

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Though it's not presented as a thriller, 'DoG' by Matt Hlinak is a compelling page turner from the get-go. I'd be lying if I said the ending didn't wrap things up a little too quickly and neatly for my liking, but that wouldn't hold me back from recommending this book.

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The Physics of Wall Street – Review

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Despite an unfortunate title that sounds like a textbook for a course that most people would not voluntarily take, 'The Physics of Wall Street' is an engaging history (sans equations) of the contributions of scientists and mathematicians to financial modeling.

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Sex on the Moon – Review

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'Sex on the Moon' is the true life story how of Thad Roberts, a gifted NASA co-op whiz kid, attempted to steal one of the most valuable substances on earth: moon rocks. If you’ve ever encountered a news story of a crime or accident that gave you pause to wonder, “What the hell was he/she thinking?” this book provides a detaileded answer to that question.

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Ink – Review

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Amanda Sun does a great job describing the foreign setting and customs using language that younger readers will likely enjoy and find compelling, and the narrative is breezy and readable. Unfortunately, 'Ink' also suffers from some pacing issues.

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Suttree – Review

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'Suttree' is arguably as good of a book as 'Blood Meridian,' and for some readers, it may be more palatable than the relentless but beautiful dirge of the latter work. It deserves a place alongside the latter as one of the greatest works of 20th Century American fiction.

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