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The Years of Rice and Salt by Kim Stanley Robinson
"This is a more challenging book than I expected. Clearly, a lot of work went into it, it terms of both research, and crafting the words. Each of the ten sections of the book contains elements of the storytelling or writing style relevant to that t..." Read more of this review »
The Martian by Andy Weir
"I had a very hard time getting into this book. I found it difficult to suspend my disbelief that the protagonist had actually been selected for a mission of such importance. Maybe I followed Chris Hadfield's blog for too long, or something. And so..." Read more of this review »
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The Chimes by Anna Smaill
The Chimes
by Anna Smaill (Goodreads Author)
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Jann Barber and 1 other person liked Maya Panika's review of The Chimes:
The Chimes by Anna Smaill
"I read many wonderful books but rarely anything so singular, poetic, exceptional, as utterly unique as The Chimes.
On the surface, this is yet another post-apocalyptic, dystopian story of life amidst the horrors of a state ruled by a remote elite..." Read more of this review »
Death in Hyde Park by Robin Paige
"Charles and Kate Sheridan become involved when there is an assassination attempt on the newly crowned King Edward VII and his wife. When a bomb is set off on the king's coronation day in 1902, blowing up the bomber in the process, Charles is commi..." Read more of this review »
The Diary of a Nobody by George Grossmith
" I bought this book some time ago and have not yet read it. I know that when I finish it, I will give it to a friend of mine who adores puns. I usually ...more"
The Kings of London by William  Shaw
" Sounds good! Just requested it from the library! (Missed you at book group!) "
Jann Barber rated a book 3 of 5 stars
The Blood of an Englishman by M.C. Beaton
The Blood of an Englishman (Agatha Raisin, #25)
by M.C. Beaton (Goodreads Author)
read in February, 2015
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This was a choice for our mystery book club.

I have read a few Agatha Raisin books and have not pursued the series, as I am not a fan of Agatha. She is curt, vain, and seems to need a man to be "complete."

However, as I read this book, I began to wond
Jann Barber rated a book 4 of 5 stars
The Great Zoo of China by Matthew Reilly
The Great Zoo of China
by Matthew Reilly
read in January, 2015
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I received this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

The action beings immediately, and the more I read, the more my brain would say, “This will make a fantastic movie! Imagine the special effects!” So, my prediction is that this wil
Jann Barber rated a book 4 of 5 stars
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
The Girl on the Train
by Paula Hawkins (Goodreads Author)
read in January, 2015
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The Girl on the Train is Paula Hawkins’ debut thriller, and it provides quite a ride! Whose story is reliable? Is anyone’s story reliable? This is told from the points of view of Megan, Anna, and Rachel, and is also told from a period of time in 2013 ...more
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Flannery O'Connor
“The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.”
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Tre Miller Rodriguez
“This morning I wake to the blue-white light of an approaching spring in New York: the kind of light that promises it will not be this cold forever.”
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Po Bronson
“I think when a reader reads a whole book - which takes six to ten hours - that’s kind of a gift to the author. The gift of close, undivided attention. To who else do we listen so closely for eight straight hours? And when readers give that gift to me, I’m grateful for it.”
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Mark Twain
“Substitute 'damn' every time you're inclined to write 'very;' your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.”
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