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Mission to Paris by Alan Furst
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A gripping thriller with good character development that, thankfully, isn't all that thrilling (in terms of murders, explosion and chase scenes. It's a slow burn, focused more on mood, character. This was a particularly interesting look at the rise o ...more
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Ill Will by Dan Chaon
Ill Will
by Dan Chaon (Goodreads Author)
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Interesting fast paced mystery that has a literary flair. Interesting reflection on memory and responsibility.
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War Dances by Sherman Alexie
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Worth reading. Some good stories but inconsistent.
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War Dances by Sherman Alexie
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Worth reading. Some good stories but inconsistent.
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The Lost City of Z by David Grann
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Extremely interesting explorer adventure book about a man's obsession with a mythical lost city in the Amazon. Having just read the Lost City of the Monkey God, it was an interesting juxtaposition of a turn of the century explorer (Z) and a more mode ...more
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The Largesse of the Sea Maiden by Denis Johnson
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Johnson can be an uneven writer at times, but several of these stories are among his very best. No collection of short stories is filled with home runs. I would say the last story was the least gripping of the group, but the rest were first rate. Sad ...more
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The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston
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A fascinating read about a modern day adventure in the most remote jungles of Honduras. The description of horrid tropical disease is worth the price of discovery. But the history and discovery is equally fascinating. Who knew there as an entire civi ...more
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Little Bee by Chris Cleave
Little Bee
by Chris Cleave (Goodreads Author)
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Terrible title, great book. I was expecting something cute and heartwarming, but read several glowing reviews, so I decided to give it a try. Fantastic voice, insight, pacing, characterization. Read this book. w
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Leonardo da Vinci by Sherwin B. Nuland
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Love the concept of the short biography series but have found it fairly uneven. Some of them have been marvelous, some just so-so. This fell somewhere in the middle. I wasn't aware of how little da Vinci finished, and it was interesting to learn abou ...more
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Black and Blue by Ian Rankin
Black and Blue (Inspector Rebus, #8)
by Ian Rankin (Goodreads Author)
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Started this because we're going to Scotland soon and this is a highly acclaimed Scottish mystery series. It probably is good, but I just find traditional whodunnits too formulaic. Probably would have enjoyed it if I stuck with it, but just got restl ...more
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