Book Genre: Fiction

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John Green
mbrandstetter
5

I can't find anything wrong with this book.

Hazel Grace is sixteen.  She hasn't gone to high school for the last three years, has all but stopped hanging out with friends, and, oh yeah, she has cancer. In The Fault in Our Stars, John Green gives voice to these young, intelligent,...

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Nicholas Sparks
Kristen M
5

True Believer is about Jeremy March, a born skeptic and science journalist who specializes in debunking the supernatural. When he hears about ghostly apparitions in a cemetery in Boone Creek, North Carolina, he leaves his beloved New York City for this small, rural town-and what his instincts...

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Sarah Zettel
Janet Q
4

Proper young ladies practicing espionage seems to be a bit of a trend in YA literature these days. This entry, set in London in 1716, places our heroine Peggy as lady-in-waiting/spy in the court of Princess Caroline, amidst the backdrop of intrigue during the reign of George I....

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Jim Fergus
mbrandstetter
5

Exquisite.  

We follow May Dodd as she moves through the various stages of her adult life.  As with many defiant, independent, unruly or just inconvenient daughters and wives back in the day, May Dodd finds herself declared mentally insane and institutionalized by her own family...

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Neil Gaiman
Georgia
3

The story begins with the narrator returning to the small English town where he grew up. He reflects back on a dark period of time in his childhood. His family was going through a rough patch when he met the Hempstock women who lived at the end of the lane. Through a series of unfortunate and...

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Alessandro Ferrari
Kristen M
4

I decided to read this version as I am a fan of Tim Burton and Alice in Wonderland. I would give this five stars as it's a very good comic adaptation of the movie, but the artwork is haphazard and sloppy. Again I am a fan of Tim Burton's artwork, but the artists used in the books style is rather...

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Charles De Lint
Angelita
4

John tries to figure out the mystery of Grace after meeting her and she literally vanishes into thin air. In this book, I enjoyed the characters because they are flawed and real, even though this is considered a fantasy book. Most of the characters have suffered from some sort of loss and...

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Suzanne Collins
Kristen M
2

I would like to first start off by saying that I am giving this title a rating of 2 stars because the version I am reviewing is the AUDIO version and not the book. I have read the book previously, and chose to listen to the book to and from work before the movie came out as a...

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Graeme C Simsion
Georgia
4

Don Tillman is an unmarried university professor with Asperger's. Though he is intelligent and attractive, he cannot find a woman who he can maintain a relationship with. He starts what he calls the “Wife Project” to find a compatible woman for him to marry.  Throughout the “Wife Project”...

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Holly Goldberg Sloan
Georgia
5

Willow Chance loves gardening, researching skin conditions and the number 7. Willow is also a genius. As intelligent as she is, she has always felt like an outsider.  The only people she felt comfortable with were her parents. One day after school, she gets the tragic news that they have...

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W. Bruce Cameron
mmcgowan
5

     What a wonderful story!  This story was based in Colorado.  A younger man has just broken up with his girlfriend and he doesn't really know what to do in life.  He lives in a cabin in the mountains (Evergreen) in Colorado and is a computer geek.  A...

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Gail Carriger
Janet Q
5

This is the best new YA series I have come across recently. Alternative boarding schools are nothing new to the genre, but Carriger makes Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality unique. In a steampunk-ish Victorian England, Mme. G's trains proper young...

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Raymond Chandler
Rebecca
4

"It is not a very fragrant world, but it is the world you live in, and certain writers with tough minds and a cool spirit of detachment can make very interesting and even amusing patterns out of it." --Raymond Chandler, "The Simple Art of Murder"

 

Another building block in my...

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Seanan McGuire
Nancy
5

Oh, how sweet it is to read the first book of a series and love it.  Rosemary and Rue is the first book in the October Daye fantasy mystery books and it's great.  The main character, "Toby" is a half human and half fairy private investigator in San Francisco (definitely in the grittier...

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Zane Grey
Nancy
2

Oh my.  I guess I'm not the target audience for this classic book.  I found Gray's writing style ponderous and his characters shallow.  The only part of the book I enjoyed were the descriptions of the landscape.  A transplanted Easterner, I fell in love with the desert the...

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Julie Halpern
Janet Q
4

I am fond of a clever title, which is why I ordered this book. Though many parents might object to their teens reading it because of said title, it is actually a thoughtful meditation on growing up, facing death, illness, and fear of intimacy. It mines some of the same territory as The Fault...

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Jenn McKinlay
IAmGenesis
2

As the first book of the Library Lover's Mysteries, this book was a charming, quick read. The story was a well rounded mystery, with a homespun feel. The characters were amusing and witty, and the story was engaging. All in all, it was cute, but not amazing. This would be a great read for those...

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Sharon Creech
Shanna
4

When John and Marta find the boy on their front porch one day, they're not sure what to do with him.  Does he have a family? Where did he come from?  What should they do with him?  They decide that he must stay, at least until they find his folks.

The boy doesn't speak, but...

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Patrick Rothfuss
ShellyB
4

This picture book is not for kids!  Delightful, surprising, disturbing...

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Brian Azzarello
Mandy M.
3

I've found myself falling more and more in love with the villains of the DC universe, so when the new Absolute Joker/Luthor series came in the library, I knew I had to check it out. Delving into the book, the art pops. Vibrant coloring counteracts the sometimes gruesome events taking place. As...

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David Sedaris
Cori Jackamore
4

Give yourself a break during the hectic holiday season, or any other time of the year, by listening to David Sedaris read his Holidays on Ice, a collection of Christmas (and other holiday) stories including "The Santaland Diaries," "Dinah, the Christmas Whore" and "The Dunbar Family...

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Pierre Lemaître
Becker
3

A young woman named Alex is kidnapped from the street in Paris, held in a wooden crate in an abandoned warehouse, is waiting to die. Police Commandant Camille Verhoeven reluctantly takes the case--his wife was kidnapped and murdered, and his boss needs him to focus on new cases, not dwell on the...

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Aimee Bender
Jennifer B.
4

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake centers on Rose Edelstein, a 9-year-old girl who discovers as the book opens that she can taste the emotions of the people preparing her food.  A lonely mother, sad lunch ladies, harried bakers at cookie shops -- it's all there.  The book delves...

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Andre Dubus
dfields
5

In a collection of linked short stories, Andre Dubus III masterfully probes the nature of love's many facets and human nature. Set in coastal New Hampshire, the reader explores infidelity, first love, betrayal and the impact of the digital age on love. Each of the characters serve as navigator...

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Mary Gaitskill
Jennifer B.
3

Bad Behavior is a collection of unlinked short stories, most taking place in New York City, that focuses on the relationships (usually sexual) between men and women.  Many of the stories are populated by the same types of women -- prostitutes, drug users, artists -- and tended to blend...