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“The Unit” by Ninni Holmqvist

If you read “The Unit” by Ninni Holmqvist, you might find yourself opposing new health and safety rules proposed by the government (even if you agree with them in theory) because who knows what they’ll want to enact next! Dorrit Weger lives in a democracy that has gradually come to the conclusion that those who [...]

The Professional by Robert B. Parker

Imagine writing 37 novels with the same core cast of characters!  Robert B. Parker’s been doing that with his Spenser private-eye series since 1973.  Regrettably, Robert B, Parker passed away in January 2010. The urbane PI, Spenser, his psychiatrist lover, Susan Silverman, fellow boxer, Hawk, and various Boston police detectives and villains populate this contemporary [...]

The Truro Bear and Other Adventures By Mary Oliver

The poetry of Mary Oliver speaks to my soul.  Simple. Profound. Wise. Compassionate. Beautiful.  In honor of National Poetry Month, I wanted to share a collection of poems and essays by my favorite poet with you.  Mary Oliver, winner of the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, has many published poems under [...]

The Twelve by Alexander Blok

My favorite poem is “The Twelve” by Russian poet Alexander Blok. His work had a lot of symbolism in it and although he died without ever explaining this poem, critics have tried to interpret its meaning (and generally disagreeing with each other). The poem was written and published in 1918 and is extremely important because [...]

Crime by Irvine Welsh

Irvine Welsh, author of “Trainspotting” and “If You Liked School, You’ll Love Work“, has written another classic novel: “Crime“. Ray Lennox is a troubled Scottish detective who is on vacation in Florida with his fiance, Trudi. Ray has a special hatred for pedophiles and this vacation is actually supposed to help him recover from a [...]

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

I highly recommend The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. I usually avoid books which tell a story through letters, but the letters in this novel are so humorous, witty, and appealing that I was drawn into the characters’ lives. The setting is post-World War II, after the island of Guernsey has been occupied [...]

The Gone Away World by Nick Harkaway

First time novelist Nick Harakaway knocks it out of the park with this intriguing blend of philosophy, martial arts and the apocalypse. Gonzo Lubitsch and his friends helped build the Pipe, supplying a modicum of safety and reality to a small remnant of the human race after the Go Away War and it’s weapons which [...]

The Gypsy Morph by Terry Brooks

I must admit I have a soft spot for Terry Brooks. It was the Sword of Shannara that first introduced me to adult books and fantasy/sci-fi when I was in 5th grade. Hard to believe that he is still turning out books set in that same world.  The Gypsy Morph wraps up the Genesis of [...]

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