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The Calling (Hazel Micallef Mystery #1)
3.70
The hardest part of writing a mystery for North American audiences has got to be getting the ending right. Because in American mysteries, the whole af ...more
Jul 08, 2010
Jul 03, 2010
 
93
The Mirage
3.57
The best parts of Matt Ruff's alternate War on Terror world are when the story seems like a waking dream: characters sense their version of events is ...more
Oct 2012
Sep 13, 2012
 
76
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
4.31
However unnecessary to making The Hunger Games enjoyable as a stand alone novel, Catching Fire manages to be a sequel that visits familiar territory w ...more
Dec 05, 2011
Nov 18, 2011
 
43
A Congregation of Jackals
3.95
Violent and gruesome, "A Congregation of Jackals" is as modern a take on the Western as No Country for Old Men but one that overlays the standard trop ...more
Mar 10, 2011
Mar 01, 2011
 
75
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
4.39
Brilliantly suspenseful, though of course not nearly as violent or as satiric as, say, Battle Royale. The characters are vivid, sympathetic, and for t ...more
Nov 17, 2011
Nov 07, 2008
 
53
The Losing Role
3.66
Full of vibrant, engaging characters and with an original plot that sidesteps the overplayed tropes of many World War II novels, "The Losing Role" is ...more
May 27, 2011
May 07, 2011
 
114
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume I: The Pox Party
3.48
Rich and resonant language, a slowly unfolding story, and with an awareness in narrative reminiscent of The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gent ...more
Feb 18, 2013
Mar 16, 2012
 
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The Emperor of Ocean Park
3.57
The Emperor of Ocean Park, which dedicates quite a number of pages to the game of chess its narrator loves, is itself a sort of chess match. Author Ca ...more
Aug 25, 2010
Jul 25, 2010
 
100
Ancient Light
3.57
In drawing circles to connect narrator Alex Cleave (see: Eclipse: A Novel), to his boyhood self, to his boyhood love, to his daughter, to a film starl ...more
Nov 12, 2012
Nov 02, 2012
 
10
The Passage (The Passage, #1)
4.01
Wholly satisfying, The Passage manages to do something new with the notion of vampires, combining the bleak, apocalyptic landscape of The Road with th ...more
Jun 27, 2010
Apr 20, 2010
 
86
Moscow Sting (Anna Resnikov, #2)
3.40
An almost perfect modern spy novel, filled with a keen understanding of the contemporary environment of Putin's Russia and the United States' self-gen ...more
May 13, 2012
Apr 17, 2012
 
60
Ashfall (Ashfall, #1)
3.94
A phenomenal Young Adult novel that treads the long-lost genre of Books for Boys and emerges from that wasteland to create an adventure that should li ...more
Jul 10, 2011
Jun 28, 2011
 
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The Promise: President Obama, Year One
3.87
If you want a concise presentation of President Obama's failures and successes in his Administration's first 18 months, start this book at the Epilogu ...more
Nov 2010
Oct 01, 2010
 
133
Panic
3.57
If you take a novel like The Hunger Games and boil it down, reduce it to its elements, sand off all the paint, you end up with something like this. Pa ...more
Apr 22, 2014
Feb 17, 2014
 
14
The Age of Innocence
3.92
With cutting humor and sharp insight, Wharton writes a layered novel that will have you despising in turn each of the three parties involved in its ce ...more
Jul 29, 2010
Jul 20, 2010
 
52
Pirate State: Inside Somalia's Terrorism at Sea
3.32
In this extended piece of informative journalism, author Eichstaedt interviews a variety of those affected and entranced by piracy, from Somali nation ...more
Jun 26, 2011
May 10, 2011
 
111
Miserere
3.82
This standalone fantasy novel creates a world centered around tenets of European Christianity, but that is not to say this is a Christian novel, or sh ...more
Feb 24, 2013
Jan 28, 2013
 
22
Who Fears Death
3.90
A fable that is both tragic and filled with fantasy – a spirit tree towering outside the entrance to a tent; a entire village turned blind; spider pac ...more
Nov 24, 2010
Jun 10, 2010
 
110
Insurgent (Divergent, #2)
4.14
Continuing Divergent's storyline of faction rivalry and confused romance, Insurgent adds conflicted family allegiance to the massive plot, giving Tris ...more
Jan 28, 2013
Jan 01, 2012
 
59
The Great Gatsby
3.85
This novel is probably impossible to remark on in any significant manner here, and who cares what I think about it, anyway, right? But I liked Gatsby ...more
Jul 13, 2011
Jul 11, 2011
 
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QUICKSAND
3.60
Like most people in their early twenties, Helga Crane is filled with the desire to be more than she is, to be more entranced by the world than she is, ...more
Feb 26, 2011
Feb 24, 2011
 
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The President Is a Sick Man: Wherein the Supposedly Virtuous Grover Cleveland Survives a Secret Surgery at Sea and Vilifies the Courageous Newspaperman Who Dared Expose the Truth
3.91
Alego writes a fascinating account of Grover Cleveland's progress from Buffalo's defender of the everyman to friend of the nation's many tycoons, the ...more
Jun 27, 2011
Jun 26, 2011
 
27
Beat
3.55
Stephen Schwartz's pulp novel Beat mixes the surprising nature of its explicit sexual and violent content with an ending that somehow feels too choreo ...more
Nov 04, 2010
Nov 02, 2010
 
109
The Comfort of Strangers
3.47
Like the post-9/11 milieu that permeated Saturday, and Black Dogs's Cold War spell well before it, The Comfort of Strangers feels like a political nov ...more
Jan 28, 2013
Jan 23, 2013
 
101
The Last Policeman (Last Policeman, #1)
3.76
This novel's average mystery plot and functional writing are overwhelmingly redeemed by an exceptional, unforgettable premise. The first in a trilogy, ...more
Nov 25, 2012
Nov 14, 2012
 
115
Legend (Legend, #1)
4.19
With a more coherent and more believable premise than, say, Veronica Roth's Divergent series, Legend establishes an Orwellian police state (something ...more
Mar 2013
Feb 24, 2013
 
15
Murambi, the Book of Bones
3.85
Murambi is a novel produced as part of a Rwandan program to remember the genocide of 1994 – an event in which between 800,000 to 1,200,000 individuals ...more
Jul 30, 2010
Jul 23, 2010
 
62
Nairobi Heat
3.09
Fast-paced and loosely constructed, but with an engaging and interesting plot, Nairobi Heat follows police detective Ishmael as he investigates the mu ...more
Aug 25, 2011
Aug 15, 2011
 
112
The Magicians (The Magicians, #1)
3.46
A novel that seems like it could have been born as a wisecrack on the back of a napkin, The Magicians embeds tropes from multiple fantasy series, role ...more
Feb 09, 2013
Jan 29, 2013
 
91
Eye of the Red Tsar (Inspector Pekkala #1)
3.73
Set in post-revolutionary Russia, Eye is a well-written thriller, if a little too by-the-book in how its mystery -- centering around the deaths of the ...more
Aug 13, 2012
Jul 31, 2012
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