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The Orenda by Joseph Boyden

Joseph Boyden burst on the Canadian literary scene with Three Day Road in 2005, a novel about two young Cree men who volunteer in the First World War, becoming snipers. It was followed up by Through Black Spruce, set in Moosonee Ontario and narrated by Will Bird and his niece Annie Bird with the narration [...]

The Farm by Tom Rob Smith

If you ever read Tom Rob Smith’s Child 44 trilogy, you can expect his latest effort, The Farm, to be just as good although it is very different. Daniel’s parents have retired to a farm in Sweden which is his mother’s native country. Daniel wants to visit them someday but has been putting it off [...]

The Alpine Christmas by Mary Daheim

As the holiday season freneticism descends, I always enjoy some light holiday reading, and The Alpine Christmas fits the bill. Written by Mary Daheim, this mystery takes place in timber country in Washington state. Its protagonist is Emma Lord, a weekly newspaper editor. Not only does the mystery take place at Christmas, but the holiday [...]

The Bones Beneath by Mark Billingham

Settling into a new book in Mark Billingham’s Tom Thorne series is like finally relaxing in your favorite chair after a hard day. In Billingham’s latest book, The Bones Beneath, Detective Thorne is assigned the mentally arduous task of accompanying one of the worst murderers he ever caught, serial killer Stuart Nicklin, to the supposed [...]

Ruin Falls by Jenny Milchman

In Ruin Falls by Jenny Milchman, Liz Daniels is living a happy life juggling a mini organic farm and business, two kids, and a husband, Paul, who is a professor at the local college. Liz is all for sustainable living and does her best to follow her beliefs 90% of the time, but her husband [...]

The Transcriptionist by Amy Rowland

Amy Rowland’s The Transcriptionist is a small and delightful novel about the power of language, changing technologies, media ethics, and human relationships. The protagonist, Lena, is one of the few remaining transcriptionists at the thinly veiled Record (aka the New York Times). As a refuge from the academy, Lena spouts quotations instead of repartee, forms [...]

Fortune’s Pawn by Rachel Bach

Deviana Morris has one goal: to become a Devastator, an armored guard and fighter under the direct command of the Sainted King of Paradox. But to become a Devastator, a girl has to get a serious reputation, so Devi sets out to do just that. With her own Lady Gray armor, Devi can kick ass [...]

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 [...]

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