Book Genre: Fiction

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Joseph A West
Ken
2

The author of this book had a good idea for a western, then decided it needed pirates, Chinese secret societies, and Jack the Ripper. Based on the back of this book it could have been an entertaining western, but then everything changed halfway through the book, which would have been fine had it...

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Helene Wecker
KristinG
5

This made my top all time favorite books list. It's a brilliant fictionalization of Arab and Hebrew mythology; it's compelling for the same reasons as all of those old Star Trek episodes about Data and the personal sovereignty of artificial life forms; there's nothing trite or silly or poorly...

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Josh Farrar
Josh
3

  I had read A Song for Bijou, another title by Josh Farrar and decided to pick this particular book up because I like how Farrar introduces elements of Caribbean diasporic culture into his works. This book deals with a sixth grader named Annabelle who has recently moved from Brooklyn, New...

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C. A. (Cheryl A.) Rainfield
Becker
3

Sarah Meadows is 17, and can't wait to have her life change. She's lived with a port wine stain on her face, and the stares and bullying that come with it, all of her life. The day she thinks she will get her first treatment for it, her dad's business crumbles, and they can't afford it. But...

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Cynthia Leitich Smith
ShellyB
1

This is the graphic novel version of the book Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich Smith, told from the point of view of the male character, Keiren.  Keiren's best friend Quincie has lost her parents and is struggling to keep their restaurant going with a new vampire themed design and menu...

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Sylvia Plath
Lauren
5

I read Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar when I was in high school and barely remembered any of it. This semi-autobiographical novel tells the story of nineteen-year-old Esther Greenwood's nervous breakdown and institutionalization in the 1950s. While much of Esther's anguish is caused...

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Marcus Sakey
Becker
5

Gifteds. Brilliants. Abnorms. Twists. Whatever you call them, they've changed the world. True genius used to come once in a generation. Now, 1 in 100 children are born extraordinarily gifted in various ways--reading body language, tactics, medicine, numbers. Though a small minority of the...

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Richard Yancey
Mary P
3

Young Adult Dystopian fiction has been my genre of choice for the past several months, and this title was recommended to me by one of my coworkers.  I requested the large print version because there were no holds on it, so I got it pretty quickly!

The beginning of the book was...

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Keigo Higashino
Falil
4

“Which is harder: devising an unsolvable problem, or solving that problem?”   This question posed by main character Manabu Yukawa becomes a theme in The Devotion of Suspect X, written by one of Japan’s most celebrated crime novelists, Keigo Higashino.  It won the...

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Rainbow Rowell
Jennifer B.
4

It's August of 1986, and 15-year-old Eleanor is the new kid at school.  She spent last year living with her mom's friends after being kicked out of her house by her abusive stepdad, but now she's back with her mom, stepdad, and four younger brothers and sisters.  Eleanor's family is...

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Gene Luen Yang
Bobby
4

The Boxer Rebellion is something I'd heard of but didn't have a clue what it was (other than a funny term that might refer to underwear).  I didn't even know it happened in China.  This book not only gave me a basic understanding of the event, but gives a fictional first-hand story...

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Max Brooks
Bobby
4

Instead of relying on in-you-face surprises or gore, World War Z explores the larger geopolitical picture and the sophisticated complexities of fighting undead hoards.  The movie adaptation (and adaptation is a generous term) focuses on putting your adrenal glands into...

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Sara Farizan
Hope
3

Living in a country where homosexuality is illegal, Sahar has learned how to hide her feelings for her best friend Nasrin since she was very young. While the girls are able to see each other in private, any sort of dating or life together seems out of the question.  When Nasrin becomes...

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Kathleen Kent
Falil
3

Acclaimed historical fiction author Kathleen Kent sets her newest novel, The Outcasts, in her native state of Texas.  This titillating tale of the west regales the good, the bad, and the ugly.  Kent draws from historical records in her deft portrayal of period characters....

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Gavin Extence
Becker
4

Alex Woods hasn't had a typical life. Struck in the head by a meteor at age 10, he developed epilepsy. He's bookish and a target for bullies at school, and finds his friends elsewhere--in the scientist who first examined "his" meteor, in his neurologist, and, by chance, in Mr. Peterson, an...

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Philip Reeve
Janet Q
5

The audio book version of Fever Crumb, narrated by author Philip Reeve, was an absolute pleasure from beginning to end. People who enjoy audio books know how vital the narrator is in presenting the story, and Reeve is an elegant practitioner of the art. The...

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Marie Brennan
Hope H
5

Against all admonitions not to it was the cover of Marie Brennan's A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent which first made me judge the book worth reading. Just look at all those tiny numbers pointing to the different parts of the dragon as though they correspond...

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Elizabeth Stuckey-French
Manon
3

The Revenge of the Radioactive Lady tells the story of a dysfunctional family and what happens when they meet a determined old lady.  The family has two children with Asperger's, a grandfather whose Alzheimer's is worsening, and the parents whose marriage is strained....

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Sharon Creech
Mary P
3

Sharon Creech has hit on many of the reasons why poetry has been so elusive to me in this novel!  Jack, the main character, writes the story as a series of poetic journal entries he is required to write at school.  Some are based on poems that are read in class (which are highlighted...

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Kathy Reichs
Becky
3

As the eighth book in Kathy Reichs's Temperance Brennan series, Cross Bones follows a very familiar format.  My struggle in reviewing the book is how much to let that bother me...or how much does it distract from the writing and the story?

First things first, the Tempe...

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Emmy Laybourne
Manon
4

What happens when a group of teenagers is left to survive the effects of an earthquake in Colorado?  Emmy Laybourne writes this realistic take on a natural disaster with unnatural chemical side effects.  Monument 14 takes place in the next decade, when a major...

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Neil Gaiman
Becker
4

Dad goes out for milk so his kids can have breakfast (and, more importantly, so he can have his tea). He's gone for longer than he should be. His story involves dinosaurs, pirates, wumpires, a volcano, a hot air balloon, a time machine, and some aliens...Fortunately, he never lets go of the milk...

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Rainbow Rowell
Becker
4

Before Rainbow Rowell hit it big with the teen romance Eleanor and Park, she published a book for adults, Attachments. This is a sweet, humorous love story, told through the eyes of Liincoln, computer security specialist at the local newspaper.  This means he has to read flagged emails. He...

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Michael F. (Fiction writer) Smith
Falil
5

What if the storms over the Mississippi Gulf Coast kept coming and coming and the rain was relentless for years with no sign of letting up.  This is the dystopia of Michael Farris Smith’s novel, Rivers.  Here is what New York Times bestselling author James Lee Burke had to say...

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Simon Tofield
Mary P
4

This is a wordless tale of Simon's Cat and the new kitten who comes to live with him. The cats get into all kinds of antics with Simon, each other, and the variety of animals that inhabit their backyard. The pictures are highly amusing, and are great for children and adults alike. I loved the...