Book Genre: Fiction

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Franz Kafka
Michael
3

Amerika by Franz Kafka was published in 1927, after the author's death. It was his first novel, and it was left unfinished.

The main character, Karl Rossmann, is sent to the USA after a scandal in which a housemaid seduces him. After landing in America, ...

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Janet Evanovich
Manon
2

I have been a big fan of the Stephanie Plum novels.  In this case, however, I give the book two stars for a few reasons.  Although the books are still humorous and easy to read, as someone who has read all the others, I have started to recognize canned phrases and humor.  The...

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Patrick McDonnell
Kristen M
5

Me ... Jane by Patrick McDonnell tells the story of young Jane Goodall who dreamed of a life in Africa helping animals and changing the world. The story starts off with Jane receiving a toy chimpanzee which she would name Jubilee. The story follows Jane's and Jubilee's adventures as she explores...

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Arthur Koestler
Lauren
4

Published in 1940, Arthur Koestler's harrowing tale of life under a totalitarian regime is now considered a modern classic. Darkness at Noon tells the story of Nicholas Salmanovich Rubashov, a former political bigwig in an allegorical Soviet Union around the time of the Great Purge....

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Stephen Chbosky
Kristen M
5

This was one of those weird instances where I saw the movie before reading the book but as soon as I finished the movie, I put myself on hold for the book. The books is written as a collection of letters that Charlie sends to a never named "Friend". These letters tell of his day to day...

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Ashley Marie Witter
Kristen M
5

A richly-illustrated adaptation of Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire, told through the eyes of the vampire Claudia, who was just a little girl when she was turned by the vampire Lestat. Though she spends many years of happiness with her two vampire fathers, she gradually grows discontent...

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Twan Eng Tan
Beckyr
4

This is a wonderful book - part historic novel, part mystery, part romance. A highlands Malaysia tea plantation is the setting. The time period is post World War II. Characters include a gifted Japanese landscape designer, a former concentration camp prisoner, a European landowner. Very...

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Bec McMaster
seanamo
3

In this second volume of McMaster's London Steampunk series, we follow the Beast, Will Carver, a dangerous and solitary werewolf, and Lena Todd, a master clockworker and the younger sister of Will's boss' wife (Blade and Honoria from Kiss of Steel).

Because the verwulfen curse is a virus...

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Elizabeth Gilbert
Jennifer
5

I admit, I was hesitant to read this latest book by Elizabeth Gilbert, whom you'll probably remember as the author of the wildly popular Eat, Pray, Love. It was precisely because of my not-so-great-fondness of Eat,...

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Kate DiCamillo
Jennifer
5

One of the best kids books of 2013! Many of you may know author, Kate DiCamillo from some of her earlier (and still popular) books like Because of Winn-Dixie and ...

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John Searles
Janet Q
4

I found this book a little off-putting at first. It has a certain dreary, distancing feel at the beginning that morphs into genuine creepiness rather quickly. The narrator, Sylvie, is trying to cope with the murder of her parents, a neglectful, angry older sister, and her uncertainty...

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Robert Cormier
mbrandstetter
4

Trinity is a private, all boys high school, where on the surface the boys wear uniforms, go to religious ceremonies, and pray, along with attending to their rigorous coursework. The headmaster and several teachers run the school or so they'd like to think.  Behind the scenes the Vigils, an...

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Stephen King
seanamo
5

I absolutely loved this book! The writing is wonderful and so evocative. King spends just the right amount of time breathing life into his characters and giving them all dimension. In a story like The Stand - a classic battle between good and evil - relate-able characters make all the difference...

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Stephen King
Thane
4

"The man and black fled across the dessert... And the gunslinger followed."

So begins the first, and frankly the best, book of Stephen King's epic Dark Tower seven book series. In a bizarre mash up that's part Lord of the Rings and part Spaghetti Western, King has created an alternate...

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Rachel Hartman
mbrandstetter
3

Like many other governments, the kingdom of Goredd entered into a peace agreement with another very powerful dynasty in hopes of putting a stop to the senseless death and destruction brought on by war. It's provided four decades of peace between the two, but it's frail.  There are...

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R. J Palacio
Michelle
5

Wonder is wonderful!

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Gillian Flynn
mbrandstetter
3

Nick and Amy Dunn are a young married couple.  Passionately in love when everything in their lives was peaches and cream, but when Nick loses his job, Amy's parents spend beyond their means and have to borrow her trust fund, Nick's mother becomes terminal with cancer and they move to...

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Matthew Quick
Joan
4

This is a very sad day in the life of Leonard Peacock, unfortunately it also happens to be his 18th birthday. This is the day Lenard chooses to be his last day and that of his enemy and former friend Asher. Leonard goes to school armed with his grandfathers P-38 Nazi pistol that he brought back...

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Mary P
3

This is a collection of scary stories for children that was compiled in the early 1990s.  The stories all seem to be written from the perspective of a British storyteller, so a few of the words and references might be a bit foreign to an American reader.  Some of the stories involve...

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Jane Hoppen
Becker
3

Sophie was born not clearly male or female, but with aspects of both. Her parents, frightened and confused by the news, take the doctor's recommendations for surgery to make her more clearly a girl, and not to tell her the truth of her birth. Sophie grows up on a farm in rural Wisconsin, never...

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Chad Harbach
Sarah Anne
4

At a fictional school, Westish, there are coming of age lessons for not only the students.
Some VERY funny sections, that were enjoyable and well crafted and some terribly bleak sections, where I wondered if it was ME who had stopped eating and understanding the world around me. This is...

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Jonathan Miles
Sarah Anne
3

This book is a pleasure to read. The three strands of lives being lived in New York City are woven together around the topic of waste… I really didn’t love the way this book ended, it was a little too neat, and weird, really. That said, I couldn’t stop reading it, and each set of characters was...

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Anita Diamant
Sarah Anne
4

If you loved The Red Tent for the way Anita Diamant was able to make it feel so real, then you may also love this town full of misfits, even though there isn’t much there to give you hope or happiness, it’s a bit like looking at a an incredible painting with so much detail. You can’t stop...

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Marion Zimmer Bradley
Sarah Anne
4

If you are looking for an escape to another world, and haven’t yet been hooked into the Avalon series, consider this as your entry key. This magical, mystical world is set in the ancient past first as Atlantis falls, and then to Britain. Enjoy being transported to a land and time with strong,...

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Daphne Du Maurier
Sarah Anne
4

I approached this book with dread and then was completely caught off guard at how much I got sucked in -- and ended up loving it. My imagination went wild, and the way it was written was just dramatic enough, just compelling enough, and downright twisty at the end. What an escape to another...