Tuesday, May 28, 2024

If Something Happens to Me by Alex Finlay

 

Very well done -- this was a delightful read.


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Saturday, May 25, 2024

Friday, May 17, 2024

Schooled by Ted Fox

 

Beginning was stronger than the end, but it was still fun.

The Child by Fiona Barton

 

meh

The Ministry of Time by Kaliane Bradley

 

 I mostly loved this, but (as, I think, with most time travel novels) it got a bit knotted up at the end.

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Thursday, May 16, 2024

Paris to the Moon by Adam Gopnik

 

 Probably only worth reading if you are in Paris, and I was, so it was interesting.

Greenwood by Michael Christie

 

 I loved this so, so much.

Funny Story by Emily Henry

 

 Decent.

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Very Bad Company by Emma Rosenblum

 Great potential, but ultimately just felt like a pastiche of stereotypes about the tech industry.

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Last House by Jessica Shattuck

 

 I don't read (actually read, as opposed to listen to) many books, but this was a rare exception. This was so, so good. It's hard for me to articulate why, except that the character development was excellent, the engagement with social issues worked, and the plot made sense.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Darling Girls by Sally Hepworth

 

For some reason, I always suspect that Hepworth books are going to be relatively lame, and then they always end up impressing me with clever plots.


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Tuesday, April 09, 2024

Invisible Woman by Katia Lief

 

 

Novels are allowed a max total of one extraordinary circumstance and/or coincidence. This otherwise promising book well exceeded that limit.


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Upcountry by Chin-Sun Lee

 

 A decent book that tried to tackle a lot of interesting issues but just didn't sparkle.



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Cold to the Touch by Kerri Hakoda

 

  On the one hand, this is a solid mystery. On the other hand, it doesn't really distinguish itself from all of the other solid mysteries.

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Thursday, April 04, 2024

The Murder Rule by Dervla McTiernan

 

 Mostly good, but the ending was over the top.

Tuesday, April 02, 2024

End of Story by A. J. Finn

  

 Very clever, very well written.

The Murder of Mr. Ma by John Shen Yen Nee and SJ Rozan

 

 This was so much fun: the same vibe as classic mystery novels, with an interesting cultural twist. Recommended.

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Sunday, March 31, 2024

Help Wanted by Adelle Waldman

 

I was predisposed to like this, but it just didn't work for me. It seemed like it wanted to be social commentary, but it fell flat as a book?


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Saturday, March 09, 2024

Fellowship Point by Alice Elliott Dark

 

This is one of the most rewarding books I have ever read.

Tuesday, March 05, 2024

Listen for the Lie by Amy Tintera

  

Fun local-ish color, a great read, but -- like so many mysteries -- it got to be a bit bizarre at the end.

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Finlay Donovan Rolls the Dice by Elle Cosimano

 

This may be my favorite series. It's excellent, funny, screwball comedy.


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The Excitements by C.J. Wray

 

 This was super fun.

Sunday, March 03, 2024

Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice

 


meh

The Book of Doors by Garth Brown

 

Fantasy and magical realism are so not my thing, but I was just in love with this story.

The Guest by B. A. Paris

 

Started strong, but too many weird relationship connections.


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Piglet by Lottie Hazell

 

I think I liked this? It was cringy, often, not in a funny way but in a devastating way. At some moments, perhaps a little over the top?


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Tuesday, February 27, 2024

The Rumor Game by Thomas Mullen

 

I don't do a lot of historical fiction, but this was really solid. It was an interesting sliver of WWII that isn't overdone, with of course interesting parallels to today.


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Sunday, February 18, 2024

Please Report Your Bug Here by Josh Riedel

 

 meh

Past Crimes by Jason Pinter

 

 The first half of this was fabulous; the second half was like average YA fare.

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Original Sins by Erin Young

 

 

I'm like the ideal target audience for this plot, but the execution was too heavy-handed.  I didn't like it.  

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The Book of Love by Kelly Link

 

 Why are people raving about this? It reads like a generic Harry Potter knock-off.





Friday, February 09, 2024

One Wrong Word by Hank Phillippi Ryan

 

Decent, but, ultimately, not particularly memorable.


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