Category Archives: Fiction

The Unseen World

After really enjoying Long Bright River by Liz Moore earlier this year, I decided that I wanted to read some of her other books right away. I remembered hearing good things about The Unseen World when it came out, so that’s where I … Continue reading

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Project Hail Mary

How to write about a book in which a great deal of the pleasure is in not knowing what is going to happen next? And where an immense amount of what I loved about the book involves what happens after … Continue reading

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The Space Between Worlds

This novel by Micaiah Johnson is set in a future version of the earth where the technology exists to visit other versions of the earth. But it’s only safe to visit other earths where you parallel counterpart does not exist, … Continue reading

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Castle Shade

It continues to amaze me that Laurie King has managed to continue the Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series for so long with such a consistently high quality. Maybe not every book has been spectacular, but there’s not a dud in the … Continue reading

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Queens of Geek

I have no idea how this book by Jen Wilde ended up on my bookshelf. A YA romance? Not my usual fare at all. I think it must have been in some gift box or something. I’m open to trying … Continue reading

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Fugitive Telemetry

I’ve abandoned three books this August, which is an unusually high number for me. But almost immediately after I decided to give up on the third book, I got an email from the library saying that my hold for the … Continue reading

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Let the Great World Spin

As I was reading this 2009 novel by Colum McCann, it occurred to me that it had been a while since I’d read one of these novels in stories. They seemed to be everywhere when this came out and won … Continue reading

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First published in Russia in 1921, We by Yevgeny Zamyatin is the literary ancestor of books like Brave New World by 1984. You have a totalitarian system, a regular dude within the system, a sexy lady, and rebellion that may or may not … Continue reading

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The Goldfinch

I’ve read all three of Donna Tartt’s novels, but this is the first one I’ve enjoyed almost without reservation. The Little Friend, which I read because I ran across it in the library without knowing Donna Tartt was a Big … Continue reading

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Salvage the Bones

Esch, the narrator of this novel by Jesmyn Ward, is 15 years old and pregnant. She and her brothers more or less take care of each other, since their mother is dead and their father spends a lot of his … Continue reading

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