Book Genre: Fiction

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Simon Rich
Laurie.
4

I like my romance books funny and irreverent or not at all. So imagine my delight when I found Simon Rich's collection of short stories featuring the weird, sardonic and hilarious tales of romancing the girl.

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T. Michael Martin
ShellyB
4

I found it incredible the lengths teenage Michael would go to in order to keep his young brother safe and sane, creating an alternative reality for him and fighting zombies and nasty humans while scrounging for survival supplies.  The author does a pretty good job of keeping the reader...

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Neil Gaiman
seanamo
4

Fortunately, Neil Gaiman and Scottie Young collaborated on this book, because it's wonderful. Only Gaiman could turn a quick trip to the corner market for milk into a grand adventure full of aliens, time-traveling dinosaurs, vampires, pirates, and even a few ponies. Scottie Young's illustrations...

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Kathryn Lasky
Dawn
4

Lilo and her parents are gypsies. They are taken to Buchenwald camp in 1940.  There Lilo and her mother are separated from Lilo's father. Lilo's mother is chosen to have surgery.Lilo meets a boy, Django, who has the ability to obtain extra food and sometimes information.  She and...

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Gyles Daubeney Brandreth
Tara
4

The incomparable genius Oscar Wilde teams up with Arthur Conan Doyle and writer Robert Sherard to solve the mysterious murder of Billy Wood. Richly detailed with an intricate plot, this literary mystery is cozy while also being intellectually stimulating.

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Karen Foxlee
Kristi
4

Ophelia and her sister are grieving. They have lost their mother. Now their father has taken them to some mysterious museum where he is readying an exhibit on swords and they are left to wander around all day. But something is weird about  the place. Scientific Ophelia doesn’t really...

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Andy Griffiths
Kristi
4

Andy and Terry live in the tree house. It’s amazing. Think Berenstain Bears' house on steroids. It has a movie theater, library, shark tank, see through pool, room full of pillows, bowling alley, secret underground laboratory, game room, swinging vines to take you anywhere, and of course...

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Mary Miller
Kristi
4

15 year old Jess is on the road trip to end all road trips with her family. They are driving to California to experience the end of the world in rapture with the Reverend Marshall. They don’t have to worry, they’ve been saved. Her evangelical dad is the big believer. Jess, her secretly pregnant...

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Dean R. (Dean Ray) Koontz
Joan
5

Addison Goodheart lives a life of isolation, rarely leaving his underground living space before dark. He believes himself to be horrifically disfigured and wears a hood covering his head and a ski mask. Those who have looked up on him have wanted to kill him out of fright. One night as he is...

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Sandra Dallas
Joan
3

Beret Osmundsen’s little sister, Lillie, who was born into a New York upper class family is found murdered in a brothel in Denver in 1885. Beret travels across the United States to help investigate how her sister came to be a prostitute and murdered in cold blood. While Beret is in Denver she...

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Haruki Murakami
Zac
5

One of the most engaging and magical books I’ve ever read. Murakami is a master of atmosphere – his world is one of textured thought where ideas equal substance; imagination equals action. The forests contain ghosts, and everyday objects suddenly become not so ordinary.

Kafka on the...

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Marissa Meyer
seanamo
5

The third installment of Meyer's Lunar Chronicles picks up right where Scarlet left off. Cinder, Captain Thorne, Scarlet and Wolf are on the run from Lunar forces and the Commonwealth army, while Queen Levana is plotting her marriage to (and subsequent murder of) Emperor Kai. Meanwhile, orbiting...

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Robin Sloan
Tara
5

Through random (and mostly unhappy) circumstances, Clay Jannon seeks employment at Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore in San Francisco, California. Inside this unusual bookstore, bookcases stretch deep into the dark - vertically - stories over your head.  After a short time working...

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Louise Erdrich
Porscha
4

This was my first read of Louise Erdrich, and I found the novel really enjoyable to read. There are multiple stories going on that are grounded in the human condition, but magical in the way human relationships can be. I found the added depth of the American Indian perspective and rez life...

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Anne Bishop
Kristi
4

Do we really need another vampire, werewolf and shapeshifter book? Yes, if it’s this one.  Meg Corbyn is a valuable blood prophet who has escaped from her controller and is hiding amongst The Others, supernatural entities that allow humans to exist on their whims. Most humans are just eaten...

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Amy Tintera
Kristi
4

17 year old Wren died five years ago, but came back to life after 178 minutes, because of a viral disease that only affects certain people for unknown reasons. Now, she is a imprisoned reboot, used by the government to capture criminals and do other nasty jobs. Reboots come back less human with...

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Dinaw Mengestu
Alison
4

Dinaw Mengestu’s novel How to Read the Air shows what happens when people who need to have honest conversations avoid each other.  The narrative see-saws from abject tragedy to light-hearted irony, covering the familiar topics of love, relationships, jobs, money, and the search for...

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Haruki Murakami
Porscha
3

This book has grown on me the longer it has been since I read it. Being a Murakami reader, to me it seems like he delved into his more fantastic side. Whereas his other stories seem to border on the unreal, this book seems like he let himself indulge in the magical side of magical-realism....

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Thomas Berger
Lily
5

Little Big Man is an epic Western narrated by the subtlety humorous 111 year old Jack Crabb. His strange life is depicted in this long and winding tale that begins with Crabb as a 10 year old living with the Cheyenne tribe. He goes on to recollect his intimate involvement in all aspects...

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Katie McGarry
Em
4

Staight-A-designer-clothes good girl Rachel (with numerous overprotective brothers) and tattooed foster kid Isaiah. Classic YA pairing, right? But McGarry makes it interesting--Rachel has mad anxiety issues and is in love with speed and her Mustang GT, and Isaiah is just the sweetest bad boy of...

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David Rakoff
Em
3

This book started out very strong. The structure and premise are impressive, and it’s amazing how Rakoff manages to sketch out all these characters so completely within the constraints of form. Of course, some sections were certainly more smoothly done than others. My favorite segments were...

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Jeff VanderMeer
Becker
4

Four women are on the twelfth expedition to Area X, which has been cut off from the world for years. Previous expeditions have all ended badly, if the people returned at all. Annihilation is the journal of the biologist for this expedition (she joins a psychologist, a surveyor, and an...

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J. K Rowling
Jennifer B.
4

After really enjoying the first three Harry Potter books, I got a little burned out after Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire -- ugh, so much Quidditch!! -- and had kind of given up on the...

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Timothy Zahn
Charles
2

Heir to the Empire is an installment in the series of the mega-popular Stars Wars franchise.  If you don’t know what that franchise is, then don’t read this book because you need to know about what has happened in the previous installments to understand this one.  If you do...

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Louis L'Amour
Charles
3

Having never read a Western novel before and only having John Wayne movies to influence my opinion of the genre, I was a bit skeptical as to whether or not I would like The Ferguson Rifle by Louis L’Amour.  The book is set shortly after the Lewis and Clark expedition that explored...