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The Process by Peter Straub
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For pure writing skill, absolutely no one can top the great Peter Straub. His ability to craft sentence after sentence, paragraph after paragraph, page after page of clean, clear, engaging, mellifluous prose is unparalleled. While some may think he h ...more
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Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey
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Leviathan Wakes is the first novel in a projected nine-book series (six have been published so far) known as The Expanse, written under the pseudonym of James SA Corey; it is what the authors themselves refer to as “space opera”, which tends to make ...more
I'm Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid
"Quick, creepy read!"
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Slade House by David Mitchell
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David Mitchell’s new short novel, Slade House, begins well enough, and continues that way for a good deal of its length. In 1979, Nathan Bishop accompanies his mother to the home of one Lady Norah Grayer, a woman of means whose supposed interest in R ...more
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Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty
Six Wakes
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Six Wakes, by Mur Lafferty, is a science fiction novel that has a great premise and an intriguingly built world, but really barely scrapes by when it comes to pacing, characterization and plotting. While I’d like to say that I tore through this story ...more
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A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
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Jennifer Egan is a smart writer. Though I’ve only read one other of her novels, The Keep, her keen intelligence is immediately evident in whatever she writes, her firm grasp of her themes and motifs well-integrated into her stories. When reading Egan ...more
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The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley
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Andrew Michael Hurley’s first novel, The Loney, has been welcomed on both sides of the Atlantic as nothing short of a masterpiece, and of the “gothic novel” variety. The gothic moniker brings with it certain expectations, including: secluded, usually ...more
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Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson
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The fun in reading one of Kate Atkinson’s Jackson Brodie novels is in figuring out how all of the pieces are going to end up coming together. By this point, it’s a given that Brodie, former policeman and current private investigator, will show up, cu ...more
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Caroline, or Change by Tony Kushner
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Having read the "book" for Caroline or Change, Tony Kushner’s musical about a black woman who works as a maid in a white Louisiana home in the 60’s, and then having heard the cast recording, and THEN having seen a local, incredibly well-done full pro ...more
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