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Staff Review: LIfe After Life by Kate Atkinson

I know my friends and colleagues are tired of hearing me gush about this novel. I can’t exactly tell you why I liked it so much. I like the mood and tone of the writing. I started reading Atkinson previous … Continue reading

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Patron Review: On Such a Full Sea by Chang-Rae Lee

Set in the near future dystopian US, the author creates a complex, recognizable yet different, future for us…or those who colonize our ruined cities. (Who is Us and who is Other is just one of many topics Lee lays out … Continue reading

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Patron Review: The Eye of God by James Rollins

All you readers of thrillers buckle up in your favorite reading chair and get ready for another roller coaster ride of action with James Rollinss newest Sigma Force thriller, Eye of God.  Follow the Sigma Force team of Monk Kokkalis, … Continue reading

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Staff Review: Murder as Fine Art by David Morrell

This is a wonderfully atmospheric Victorian murder mystery, with a real-life author as reluctant detective, and a gaggle of fictional detectives, who will probably be fleshed out in future novels. The revelations of class distinction and social attitudes were strongly … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Dinner by Herman Koch

I was interested in reading this novel, The Dinner, after reading several reviews that compared it the European version of  Gillian Flynn’s novel, Gone Girl.  An international best-seller written  by Amsterdam writer, Herman Koch, The Dinner is an extremely disturbing … Continue reading

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Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

The library book discussion I run was lucky enough to receive galley copies of Life After Life,  the highly anticipated novel by author Kate Atkinson that is due out at the beginning of April.  Although the author is known for … Continue reading

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Guest Book Review: Lionel Asbo: State of England by Martin Amis

Many reviewers have compared this to Dickens, but I was more struck by the similarity to Bill James Iles & Harpur series. Some very bad, unpredictable guys and some very nice people trying to avoid mayhem and evil. The language, … Continue reading

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Staff Review: Citrus County by John Brandon

Readers who enjoyed Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell should pick up this novel by John Brandon. Set in Florida and told by three different characters, it has some spooky resonance with current news events. Disaffected teens consider great crimes; bright … Continue reading

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