Ingalls has an oddball, off-center vision, replete with sharply observed glimpses of the surreal in ordinary life.

NPR

Rating Good

Reviewed on Dec 03 2017

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Though this is a shorter novella, it’s perfect in length, heartfelt in emotion and a great addition to holiday reading.

Dear Author

Rating Good

Reviewed on Dec 02 2017

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For all the fun Jacobs has in his excursions into his family’s ancestry, Mormon genealogical archives, DNA testing, the evolution of our species and dozens of other related topics, his project is a serious one.

Star Tribune

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Dec 22 2017

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While the construction of the novel and its genuinely shocking conclusion preclude revealing any more of the plot, "Insidious Intent" is a bold gamble...

LA Times

Rating Good

Reviewed on Dec 01 2017

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Hoffman has a soothing touch, so we quickly get over the various horrific tragedies with which her latest book is littered – any one of which would pole-axe us personally for life. It’s all the great circle of death, we comfort ourselves, as we stroll through the scented garden of Hoffman’s prose.

Guardian

Rating Good

Reviewed on Nov 22 2017

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Coates came to history relatively recently, and now has the zeal of the convert – in the best sense of that phrase.

Guardian

Rating Good

Reviewed on Nov 18 2017

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It's hard not to feel for Biden, who exudes humanity throughout the book. He lays bare his emotions and vulnerabilities at losing a son with so much promise, which is made even more difficult by the understanding that Biden has faced unthinkable tragedy before.

NPR

Rating Good

Reviewed on Nov 14 2017

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O’Donnell moves briskly and ably through these candidacies, their collisions and a dark bacchanal of events that still defies belief...

NY Times

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Jan 05 2018

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On an emotional level, I enjoyed reading Someone to Wed more than my grade will reflect. But I had so many intellectual niggles and discomfiting moments

Dear Author

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Nov 08 2017

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Coe’s bleak coastal town is a fitting backdrop for a novel that, for all its dark laughs and plot twists, ultimately seems to resign its central characters to the unhappy loops of their lives.

Guardian

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Nov 05 2017

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Yet Smith, for all her characters’ dismay at “post-truth” culture (“like walking in a blizzard all the time”), never becomes a slave to topicality. Her many-layered artistry softens rage or sorrow.

Financial Times

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Nov 03 2017

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As the American public and policymakers grapple with the threat from Russia, they would be wise to seek a fuller picture than this book alone offers.

The Economist

Rating Below average

Reviewed on Nov 02 2017

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Gordon, working on a more limited, more intense scale, can seem too eager to affiliate her subjects and sometimes gives her overt admiration too free a rein...

Financial Times

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Nov 03 2017

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Dawn of the New Everything lacks the directed energy of his previous books, fusing techno-utopian thought experiments with truncated memoir, but still contains plenty to argue with.

Guardian

Rating Below average

Reviewed on Dec 07 2017

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Alarcón manages to offer a fresh look at migration, the oldest story of all. “The place you are born,” he writes, “is simply the first place you flee.”

NY Times

Rating Good

Reviewed on Jan 01 2018

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...I was very engaged in the thriller/mystery storyline, but I also think that the killer was glaringly obvious and one major red herring was obvious as well. We shall see if I am correct in the next books.

Dear Author

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Dec 01 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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Ultimately, it’s this witty, authentic voice that will be so sorely missed. The Princess Diarist isn’t my favourite of Fisher’s books, but I’m still so sorry that it’s her last.

Guardian

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Nov 19 2017

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Weir is well aware that he's unlikely to reproduce The Martian's incandescent success. In self-effacing interviews, he's said he's fine with people dismissing Artemis as "not as good as The Martian," as long as they enjoy the new book. That certainly seems likely...

NPR

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Nov 15 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

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Nov 18 2017

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That’s the kind of swagger that has kept this franchise so satisfying. But “The Midnight Line” is the rare book in which Reacher mostly doesn’t have to act that way. And shouldn’t. And becomes too moved even to try.

NY Times

Rating Good

Reviewed on Nov 08 2017

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Souza’s book will speed Obama’s passage to secular sanctity. No wonder-working feats need to be proved, as they must be before Catholic saints are beatified...

Guardian

Rating Good

Reviewed on Nov 06 2017

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Helios is brave, intelligent, honorable yet also fallible at times which keeps him from being merely a cardboard cutout. And there’s a romance. There are hints of it all along but be warned that it takes the whole book to finally get there. Yeah well, it was written by a man.

Dear Author

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Nov 04 2017

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As the first book in a series, there is a lot of World Building to lay out. Info is repeatedly dumped in small quantities but even then I’m not quite sure what exactly is going on for a lot of the time.

Dear Author

Rating Below average

Reviewed on Nov 03 2017

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...as promised, the short story satisfied my hankering for a courtship-focused romance. The only significant flaws I found was that some of the dialogue tags and adverbs distracted me early on, before I was fully engaged, and that I closed the story wishing Knit One, Girl Two were a little longer, so I could know the characters better.

Dear Author

Rating Good

Reviewed on Nov 01 2017

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Will it be a book for everyone? Honestly, probably not as it’s more fun to read about a couple headed towards their “I love you’s” rather than seeing them claw their way back to a HEA but it’s real and heartfelt and when they regain the love that once sustained them, I got all happy.

Dear Author

Rating Good

Reviewed on Oct 31 2017

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