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My top 14 books of all time are as follows, in the following order--as in, if I was allowed only 14 books to bring to a deserted island where I was marooned for the rest of my life, these are what I would pack:

1. Love in the Time of Cholera (Gabo)
2. Orphan Master's Son (Adam Johnson)
3. The Mummy Market (Nancy Brelis), tragically out of print, which makes ZERO sense because it's a classic
4. The Incarnations (Susan Barker) AMAZING
5. Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
6. Night Circus (Erin Morgenstern)
7. Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)
8. Swamplandia, and every single word ever written by: (Karen Russell)
9. Everything is Illuminated (Jonathan Safran Foer)
10. The Keep, Jennifer Egan
11. The Sea (John Banville)
12. Someone Else's Love Story, Joshilyn Jac
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Shannon Kirk Sandy, thanks so much for your wonderful review. My next book is not a thriller, it's a literary fiction piece called Heavens. It's about a woman who…moreSandy, thanks so much for your wonderful review. My next book is not a thriller, it's a literary fiction piece called Heavens. It's about a woman who is fatally injured and is in the ICU. In her last week of life, she visits different heavens, trying to pick the best one for herself. There is a love triangle to sort out along the way. This is scheduled to be released in 2016. The thriller I hope to be next is in the works and has a working title of The Goat Man Cometh. If you "fan" me on Goodreads or follow me on Twitter (@shannonckirk) you will surely not miss updates. Thanks again! Have a great week. -Shannon(less)
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"Shannon Kirk does it again. Gretchen is psychotic perfection loaded with extra helpings of bizarreness and a couple of pounds of fried bacon thrown in. I loved it!"
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Beware! Enter the sexy, sordid affairs of Raven Lane with a clear schedule, because you won't be able to put this HOT thriller down. Paired with your favorite vino or tea, you'll find the escape into this suspenseful page-turner full of delicious bet ...more
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This book is so heartwrenchingly beautiful (I cried a few times) and mixed with a thriller. A perfect mixed blend genre of a book. Honestly, it’s a complete must read. I’m still shook thinking about many scenes throughout.
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"Gretchen terrified me, made me laugh, made my jaw hit the floor. How can a book do all three? I’ll tell you how, because it comes from the brain of Shannon Kirk, one of the most gifted, original horror writers working today. This book is a nightma..." Read more of this review »
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I read the whole book this weekend, it’s a short read. This book starts out as a true satire and very very funny for the first few chapters. It then takes on a deeper and more serious tone. Despite the shift in tone, I was fully compelled by the main ...more
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Holy Cannoli! This book! I was lucky to find The Mastermind in my Left Coast Crime attendee bag last weekend. I have since devoured it. Another in a series of amazing investigative journalist pieces on worldwide corruption coming out in the last year ...more
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Billion Dollar Whale by Tom Wright
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Shocking, riveting. Incredible story of international fraud. I’m sitting here still astounded at how many people fell for/aided Jho Low’s crimes. Moreover, a sobering look at how alleged democracies easily fall into autocracies when the ruler is allo ...more
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For me, Finding Katarina M “felt” like a mix of Kristin Hannah’s The Great Alone (for the sheer shocking vividness of geography and setting you IN a foreign gorgeous scene) and a Ludlum Bourne no-brakes inter
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The One That Got Away is a must-read mystery with a beautiful weaving of poetry and literary quality.

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“Your opponent will often be blind to your design, being consumed with his own. Do not subconsciously seek accolades of your ingenuity and thus call attention - be sated by your own approval. Be confident you will win.”
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“When he greeted them on Day 16, he said, “Thanks so much, such great food for us.” This time he gave a false, fake laugh. Phony. I thought of my mother . Her disdain for phonies was even greater than her disdain for the lazy.”
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“There is freedom waiting for you,
On the breezes of the sky,
And you ask "What if I fall?"
Oh but my darling,
What if you fly?”
Erin Hanson

“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing
and rightdoing there is a field.
I'll meet you there.

When the soul lies down in that grass
the world is too full to talk about.”
Jalal Ad-Din Rumi

“Death was an inverse Big Bang; an impossible magic trick where everything had become nothing in the very same instant, where one state had been replaced so completely by another that no evidence of the first could be detected, and where the catalyst had been vaporized by the sheer shock of the new.”
Belinda Bauer, Rubbernecker

“Tis a Fearful Thing

‘Tis a fearful thing
to love what death can touch.

A fearful thing
to love, to hope, to dream, to be –

to be,
And oh, to lose.

A thing for fools, this,

And a holy thing,

a holy thing
to love.

For your life has lived in me,
your laugh once lifted me,
your word was gift to me.

To remember this brings painful joy.

‘Tis a human thing, love,
a holy thing, to love
what death has touched.”
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