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Taking On The Challenge

While browsing BookerTalk, one of the bookish blogs I follow, I came across the Official 2015 TBR Pile Challenge, hosted by Roof Beam Reader. The challenge is designed to get you to read 12 books that have been on your TBR pile forever (ok, just at least more than a year, but we all know that…

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The Republic of Thieves

The Republic of Thieves (2013) is the third and latest installment in Scott Lynch‘s Gentleman Bastard series and picks up right where the second book, Red Seas Under Red Skies ends, give or take a few months. The start of The Republic of Thieves finds Locke and Jean in Lashain, recovering from their misadventures in Tal Verar…

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The Last Books of 2014

It’s only November, but already I’ve surpassed the number of books I read last year. This year, same as last, I’ve set my goal of reading 50 books.  Last year I got up to 27 books, and this year, so far, I’ve read 32. I’m 18 books short of my goal, and though 32 is a…

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Red Seas Under Red Skies

The Gentlemen Bastards (what’s left of them) are back in Red Seas Under Red Skies, the second installment of Scott Lynch‘s fantasy/sci-fi series.  Red Seas Under Red Skies finds Locke Lamora and Jean Tannen in the island-city of Tal Verrar 2 years after the events of the first book, with their biggest scheme yet. Their experiences…

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Missing Person

The 2014 Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded to French novelist Patrick Modiano, for “the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and uncovered the life-world of the occupation.” The protagonist of his novel, Missing Person (Rue des Boutiques Obscures), suffers from amnesia and has completely forgotten his past,…

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The Good Earth

Pearl S. Buck‘s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Good Earth (1931), is the remarkable story of a farmer’s reversal of fortune in rural China in the early 1900’s.  Wang Lung is the son of a poor, simple, farmer, but his luck starts to change when his father buys a bride for him, O-Lan, a former slave…

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The Lies of Locke Lamora

If you’re in the mood for a fast-paced, action-packed fantasy series which doesn’t take itself too seriously, look no further than Scott Lynch‘s Gentelman Bastard series, starting with The Lies of Locke Lamora. The first book of the series, The Lies of Locke Lamora, published in 2006 follows the life and adventures of the titular…

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Professor Andersen’s Night

If you were alone in your apartment and see a man strangling a woman to death in the apartment right across yours, what would you do?  Would you immediately run to the telephone and report it to the police?  Would you run across to the apartment and try to stop the murderer?  Or, if you were…

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And Then There Were None

And Then There Were None has been hailed by critics as Agatha Christie‘s masterpiece.  She herself has mentioned that And Then There Were None was one of the most difficult novel to write, owing to the difficulty of the plot. Published in 1939, And Then There Were None, brought forth a new form of mystery thriller, one…

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Horrorstor

Horrorstor, a novel by Grady Hendrix, is about a haunted furniture store called Orsk.  Hendrix describes Orsk as an all-American furniture store in Scandinavian clothing; a blatant Ikea copycat.  Orsk employs thousands of “partners” in over a hundred branches all over the United States – big boxy identical buildings with huge labyrinthine showrooms designed to…