This volume delves into philosophical and spiritual quandaries as the creatures struggle for context and understanding. Throw in the new layers of Atlantis folklore and the mysterious new immortals and you’ve got one of Rice’s most imaginative tales yet.

Star Tribune

Rating Good

Reviewed on Feb 10 2017

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His hope is that readers will feel compelled to retell these stories. He doesn’t mention something else, but I can hear it in his voice, something we could all use a little more of just now, in the dark: delight.

NY Times

Rating Above average

Reviewed on May 15 2017

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A little more clear-eyed realism might have redeemed this novel, but as it stands, it reads like the screenplay to some heartwarmingly twee movie with a ukulele soundtrack. It's a misstep by a writer who's capable of much better writing than this.

NPR

Rating Below average

Reviewed on Jan 29 2017

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It is the memoir of an addiction still going on, being negotiated everyday. There is, however, a noble Afterword in which Marnell shares the progress she’s made and slyly admonishes those who revel in and exploit the cool Manhattan party stories but disregard the pain that accompanies them.

Globe and Mail

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Jan 27 2017

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Mr. S offers a curious sort of double-voyeurism, with Jacobs inviting readers to vicariously experience his own vicarious access to the life of one of pop-culture's preeminent icons. Sinatra's story is so compelling and larger-than-life, though, that even a secondhand account like Jacobs' packs a powerful punch.

AV Club

Rating Good

Reviewed on Jan 23 2017

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As its title suggests, The Case Against Sugar makes no attempt to be a balanced book. Yet Taubes is a serious science writer who refrains from exaggerating the evidence.

Financial Times

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Jan 20 2017

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...movie buffs will find her scholarship wanting, if not mystifying. Not only are there few new insights (Spielberg declined to be interviewed, which left Haskell “stung, a little red-faced, like a girl angling for a date and being rejected”), but the points she makes range from dubious to flat-out false.

AV Club

Rating Below average

Reviewed on Jan 09 2017

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History of Wolves is as beautiful and as icy as the Minnesota woods where it's set, and with her first book, Fridlund has already proven herself to be a singular talent.

NPR

Rating Good

Reviewed on Jan 03 2017

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“Commonwealth” is not a saga, but rather, a succession of vignettes making up the life journeys taken by the Fix and Cousins children, with Franny as the main focal point. It is a fine mix of storytelling, satire, compassion and humor.

Washington Times

Rating Good

Reviewed on Dec 20 2016

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This can work, no doubt, and Ayoade On Ayoade is fun and silly at times, with excellent touches of surrealism and send-ups of movie tropes. But it comes out empty in the end, echoing back on itself.

AV Club

Rating Below average

Reviewed on Dec 19 2016

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I did not enjoy this collection. Enjoyment is beside the point. One does not enjoy being shown the child in Omelas' basement. But it's crucial to see, crucial to negotiate one's position to that child with clear eyes. I admire the achievement of this collection greatly...

NPR

Rating Good

Reviewed on Dec 10 2016

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Oz pitches the book’s heartbreak and humanism perfectly from first page to last, as befits a writer who understands how vital a political role a novelist can play.

NY Times

Rating Good

Reviewed on Dec 07 2016

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When it comes to these women — their pluck, persistence, insights and eventual recognition — The Glass Universe positively glows.

NPR

Rating Good

Reviewed on Dec 04 2016

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In a recent New Yorker essay, Saunders wrote that “literature is a form of fondness-for-life. It is love for life taking verbal form,” and this love suffuses Lincoln in the Bardo. This is a novel that’s so intimate and human, so profound, that it seems like an act of grace.

Financial Times

Rating Good

Reviewed on Mar 03 2017

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Even if his own Southern white do-gooder bias occasionally peeks out from behind the otherwise elegant and sophisticated prose, Tyson effectively recasts the killing of an innocent black boy, re-investigates the subsequent trial that took place...

LA Times

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Mar 03 2017

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In his work, Chabon consistently shows unusual affection for his characters. They may be flawed individuals, but their virtues are bestowed generously and their difficulties are lightened by the author’s optimistic sympathy.

Financial Times

Rating Good

Reviewed on Jan 27 2017

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Rowe is not a truly bad writer. But she enters into a world of pain and violence and comes away only with a book about herself.

NPR

Rating Below average

Reviewed on Jan 26 2017

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Unfortunately, the latter parts of The Bear and the Nightingale shear away much of what I loved about its beginning and middle...These problems aside, The Bear and the Nightingale is a pleasure to spend time with. A rich and elegant debut...

NPR

Rating Below average

Reviewed on Jan 22 2017

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Kurlansky makes this more contemporary history come alive, but while his salt-packed tales from ancient times are well-preserved, their flavor is too uniform.

AV Club

Rating Below average

Reviewed on Jan 14 2017

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Mitchell's ability to throw his voice may remind some readers of David Foster Wallace, though the intermittent hollowness of his ventriloquism frustrates. Still, readers who enjoy the "novel as puzzle" will find much to savor in this original and occasionally very entertaining work.

AV Club

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Jan 05 2017

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Idaho is sad, but not despairingly so. Ruskovich’s prose is lyrical but keen, a poem that never gets lost in its own rhythm.

AV Club

Rating Good

Reviewed on Jan 02 2017

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Born a Crime, among other things, is a gritty love letter to his mother – a loving mother who survived a bullet to the back of the head from Noah’s stepfather. You’ll have to read the book to learn about that drama.

Globe and Mail

Rating Good

Reviewed on Dec 19 2016

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He was at his best when he, like his subjects, was slightly illicit, and this beautifully constructed book is a fitting testament to his gift for the dark and strange.

AV Club

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Dec 13 2016

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L’Ouverture nonetheless showed himself to be those men’s superior, philosophically, politically and militarily — a point made by C.L.R. James that survives mostly intact in Philippe Girard’s sophisticated and anti-mythological biography.

NY Times

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Dec 09 2016

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Lewis is the ideal teller of the story. Dating to his 1989 debut, “Liar’s Poker,” about the Wall Street boom of that decade, he has displayed a rare combination for a writer. He immerses himself in big ideas...

NY Times

Rating Good

Reviewed on Dec 06 2016

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It’s a sweeping, cinematic approach that can feel almost disorienting by the end, as the names and years and relationships pile up. Flagg’s gentle storytelling makes the novel an easy, comfortable read that will leave a reader thinking about life, love and loss...

Star Tribune

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Dec 02 2016

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