...Taubman is right to devote space to Gorbachev’s missteps on his return to Moscow and ask why the president failed to go to the parliament and thank Yeltsin and the demonstrators for resisting the coup. It is another of the many questions to which Taubman replies with the phrase: it’s hard to understand.

Guardian

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Reviewed on Jan 11 2018

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He argues convincingly that the version of Islam promoted by Isis comes directly from Saudi Arabia’s Wahhabi doctrine and that both represent a terrible corruption of the original intent of his religion.

Guardian

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Reviewed on Sep 10 2017

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It’s all rather subtle and intelligent and compelling – and quite brilliantly composed, every page wriggling with little riffs and sallies...

Guardian

Rating Good

Reviewed on Sep 09 2017

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That ends up being the greatest strength of Frankenstein Dreams. Nineteenth-century English literature is often condensed into a few dozen ubiquitous masterworks, so reading these slightly oddball stories evokes an almost Victorian sense of discovery.

NPR

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Reviewed on Sep 09 2017

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Described like that, the book might sound dense and impossible, overladen with structural elements, but Mendelsohn’s skill as a verbal architect and manager of scenes — he began his academic career as a brilliant critic of Euripides — means that this complexity is a route to revelation.

NY Times

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Reviewed on Nov 17 2017

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It takes discipline for a writer to stick to the commonplace so religiously, but over time that discipline pays off. The ordinary becomes the real...

NY Times

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Reviewed on Sep 08 2017

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The Graybar Hotel is a debut, and like most debuts, it isn’t perfect. It has its overwrought images, its passages of cod Denis Johnson, its ill-judged foray into magical realism. There are cringeworthy moments of phoned-in psychology...But Dawkins has a gravitas and clear-sightedness that carries us past these moments.

Guardian

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Reviewed on Sep 08 2017

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...Le Carré has been publishing for six decades and, on the evidence offered here, remains both fiercely driven and impressively commanding. Still, A Legacy of Spies has an unmistakable aura of valediction.

Guardian

Rating Good

Reviewed on Sep 10 2017

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The book takes on an intriguing and harsher tone when it moves away from a basic spy story to raise the question of whether and how many agents like Maggie Hope ultimately could not cope with a disinformation campaign as one of the ways to win the war.

Washington Times

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Reviewed on Sep 07 2017

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Once they’re finally talking, thinking and ready, I feel they’re on the same page, talking the same language and good to go. Brava on including some conflicts that require more than the proverbial 5 minute conversation and not making things too easy to solve though.

Dear Author

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Reviewed on Sep 07 2017

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...“Ranger Games” is a rich and demanding exploration of the perils and rewards of truth seeking: It will repay successive readings with insight into the intricacies of the human psyche.

Star Tribune

Rating Good

Reviewed on Sep 08 2017

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Surprising both of them, their dating and then sexual chemistry is nuclear but for reasons they don’t hesitate to mention, both are not in this for a long term relationship.

Dear Author

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Reviewed on Sep 06 2017

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What he's produced instead offers a useful survey of the landscape of game production at this cultural moment, if you're willing to accept its argument that the industry's every bug is, in fact, a feature.

NPR

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Reviewed on Sep 05 2017

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“A Casualty of War” is Mr. Todd’s strongest war book because its focus is on the helpless humanity of those who had to participate in mindless misery.

Washington Times

Rating Good

Reviewed on Sep 10 2017

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People think cats are lazy or selfish but once they read about you, that misconception can thankfully be retired. Cats are working hard even when they appear to be just sleeping or meditating. It’s then that they’re being A Presence.

Dear Author

Rating Good

Reviewed on Sep 10 2017

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Mr. McGregor is a well-recognized expert on East Asia with sources and contacts that make him well suited to write such a book. It has anecdotes and insights that will delight policy wonks interested in the region, but it will prove to be a tough slog for general readers...

Washington Times

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Reviewed on Sep 20 2017

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This is a novel that convinces and compels; it’s a pleasure to read. If there’s a criticism to be made, it’s the same criticism Ng herself implicitly makes of Shaker Heights: that planning to excess can result in something that feels, finally, phony.

Guardian

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Reviewed on Nov 18 2017

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Now I’m sounding as if I didn’t like the novel. But I really did. There were passages of great humanity and wisdom. I was fully engaged and it made me think, and rethink, and later sent me off to educate myself on the history.

Guardian

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Reviewed on Oct 07 2017

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People will disagree with Quinn. They may not like her stature or her prominence in the space. But the overwhelming message of Crash Override resonates across industries and experiences: When someone disagrees with you on the Internet, you shouldn't have to go into hiding.

NPR

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Reviewed on Sep 08 2017

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,,,the ending was pretty hopeful that things may change for Thomas on the personal front and I can’t help but be happy if it ends up being true.

Dear Author

Rating Good

Reviewed on Sep 08 2017

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...if you’re going to challenge people’s preconceptions, you have to have your facts straight. “Blurred Lines” gives readers too many reasons not to trust it, even when perhaps they should.

NY Times

Rating Below average

Reviewed on Sep 07 2017

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...Loory takes wild premises and turns them into straightforward tales with no hint of irony; he never seems impressed by his own cleverness. He is, however, a very impressive writer.

NPR

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Reviewed on Sep 07 2017

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Sing, Unburied, Sing is most effective as a poetic critique of US history. The landscapes it describes with forensic ferocity are toxic.

Guardian

Rating Good

Reviewed on Nov 24 2017

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Her prose is clear, level, unheated. Nicholas’s infidelity is lightly treated – not the same as making light. She has the unusual gift, in everything she writes, of never making a difficult subject more difficult.

Guardian

Rating Good

Reviewed on Sep 10 2017

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And all this makes it hard to put down this book, even though it’s difficult reading at times, and it affirms those advance reviews. It is indeed a powerful book by an author of extraordinary skill.

Washington Times

Rating Good

Reviewed on Oct 05 2017

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What I liked about this story is the relationship between Olga and Glass and the depiction of this somewhat gray and dreary world.

Dear Author

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Reviewed on Sep 05 2017

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