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Two Emily Dickinson Titles

I enjoy fiction about literary persons so I was intrigued by the reviews of two juvenile titles involving Emily Dickinson. See those New York Times reviews here: Another Day as Emily by Eileen Spinelli is written for the 9-12 female audience, featuring the spunky Suzy, a tween who loves to read, is passionate about [...]

Lock In by John Scalzi

In the near distant future, a new virus takes its place on the world stage; the majority of those who are infected suffer flu like symptoms, and a smaller percent suffer meningitis-like symptoms. While many of the smaller group die, a few survive and find that they are “locked in” to their own body, fully [...]

Dry Bones in the Valley by Tom Bouman

Officer Henry Ferrell works in Wild Thyme, Pennsylvania, a rural northern town whose economy and landscape is slowly being changed by encroaching gas drilling operations. When the body of a young man is revealed by the March snow melt, Henry and his deputy, George Ellis, start an investigation. When George Ellis winds up dead, Henry [...]

Rage Against the Dying by Becky Masterman

Brigid Quinn is 59 and happily enjoying her first marriage to a wonderful man named Carlo. They read together. They collect rocks. They have pugs. Life is good, and Brigid knows it; before marrying Carlo, Brigid led a completely different life. She was an FBI agent who specialized in catching violent criminals. Brigid loved her [...]

Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls

Lily Casey, oldest of three children, was a tough young girl. Born in 1903 in West Texas, Lily had to be tough to help her family live daily life. By eleven, she was in charge of hiring help for her father, who raised carriage horses. At fifteen, she rode 500 miles alone on horseback to [...]

Invisible City by Julia Dahl

Invisible City is Julia Dahl’s debut novel. Dahl is a writer/reporter for CBS news based in New York City. Invisible City‘s protagonist is Rebekah Roberts, a young journalist trying to break into the business as a newspaper stringer. When a Hasidic woman is found brutally murdered, Rebakah’s backstory (born to and abandoned by her mother, [...]

Half a King by Joe Abercrombie

In Joe Abercrombie’s latest fantasy, Half a King, we meet Prince Yarvi, born with a crippled hand. When his father and brother are killed, Yarvi unexpectedly finds himself king. Yarvi never wanted to be king and feels he is woefully unprepared to take on the role. A king should be able to swing a sword [...]

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Princess Kelsea is the heir to the Tearling throne, but she is raised in isolation and taught by a couple who were loyal to her mother, Queen Elyssa. When she turns nineteen, the Queen’s Guard arrive to take her to the capital; it is time for Kelsea to take the throne. She is unprepared for [...]

Muzzled by Eileen Brady

Veterinarian Kate Turner said she’d fill in for Doc Anderson for a year because she thought working in the small town of Oak Falls, New York would be relaxing. Battle-scarred from a relationship gone wrong, Kate needs a change of pace to regroup and heal. But on one of her house calls, she discovers an [...]

Mind of Winter by Laura Kasischke

When I was reading Mind of Winter, I thought I had figured out what was happening every couple pages.  Author Laura Kasischke tells the story of mother Holly and daughter Tatiana stuck at home on Christmas day during an unexpected blizzard.  Holly and husband Eric had been planning a big holiday party, but of course [...]

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