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Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Station Eleven
by Emily St. John Mandel (Goodreads Author)
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This post-apocalyptic novel, a finalist for the 2014 National Book Award, is not the typical thriller one expects in this genre. While certainly suspenseful in parts, it is more a reflection on the many conveniences and wonders of our world that go u ...more
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Six Frigates by Ian W. Toll
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Fascinating story of the birth of the US Navy, covering the American Revolution, war against the Barbary pirates, the quasi-war against the French and the War of 1812. As interesting as the description of war at sea on these sailing ships is the acco ...more
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Medicine Walk by Richard Wagamese
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A deceptively simple story of a young man long estranged from his alcoholic father who is asked by his now dying dad to take him on a journey into the British Columbian wilderness so that he can die and be buried in the traditional Ojibway manner. Th ...more
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All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
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Enjoyable novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose lives cross during the German occupation of France in WW II. It suffers however from a predictable ending and a poorly handled and therefore insufficiently suspenseful climactic confron ...more
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Dodgers by Bill Beverly
Dodgers
by Bill Beverly (Goodreads Author)
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A road trip story, a coming of age story, and one really good crime novel.
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The Secret Life of the American Musical by Jack Viertel
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The author who has spent much of his career on Broadway and who teaches musical theater at NYU dissects the American musical and reveals a traditional structure and the variations on that structure that characterize the majority of musicals form the ...more
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The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
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Ishiguro shows the same spare and restrained writing style that characterizes much of his work. But whereas I found that approach to enhance and make more profound The Remains of the Day and Never Let me Go, here it just seemed strange, particularly ...more
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The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi
The Water Knife
by Paolo Bacigalupi (Goodreads Author)
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Life Ascending by Nick Lane
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One of the best books on evolution I have read. All of the subjects are fascinating (except perhaps the more philosophical musing about the evolution of consciousness). Some are quite complex (e.g., the evolution of DNA and of photosynthesis and the ...more
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Citizen Vince by Jess Walter
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One of the best crime novels I have read in years. Suspenseful, clever, and funny, it is in the same class as Benioff's 25th Hour and Phillips' Ice Harvest. The Edgar Award, which Jess Walter won for this novel in 2005, is not always an indication of ...more
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