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Saturn Run

A race for alien technology is the heart of this entertaining science fiction book. Astronomers see what could only be a space ship landing on a Saturn moon. With interesting characters and compelling scientific problems to be solved, the book moves quickly. It was fun to read and I’d recommend it to anyone who enjoys […]

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The Book of Speculation

Split between modern New England and a librarian with a house in danger of falling in the ocean and a mid-19th century traveling side show, this book tells the multigenerational story of people with amazing gifts and life-threatening curses. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves old books or the romantic idea of […]

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When You Reach Me

Written for the late elementary school reader, this book does a wonderful job of exploring the idea of time travel in a way that is both simple enough for a child that age to understand but also complex enough to make for an interesting story. I’d recommend this book for kids and adults alike. Find […]

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The Curse of Chalion

Having read all of this author’s Vorkosigan novels, I’ve been eager to read this one as well. While a fantasy novel and not science fiction, I still find out the book quite enjoyable. Bujold’s gift is world building and I’m pleased that this is the first in a series of three books. I’d highly recommend […]

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The Long Earth

The first in a series of four novels, this book revolves around the discovery of a simple machine that allows people to “step” into countless alternate universes. Each step away from the “Datum Earth” represents a different possibility of what could be. While I enjoyed the character development and the plot, what I really loved […]

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Jolie Blon’s Bounce

Standard James Lee Burke– Louisiana, music, (Jolie Blon’s Bounce is the name of the accused killer’s composition.) alcoholism, violence, abuse of the downtrodden, evil vs attempt to maintain normalcy. What elevates any Burke novel is the tone, power of language and thought. Well worth the time and effort. But if you’ve never read any Burke, […]

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Cleaving

I particularly liked: 1)That the book is a biography with an “Author’s Note” that acknowleges the author’s memory of events may differ from the other peoples perspective. 2)Illustrations. 3)Recipes are included in chapter that relate to butcher skills or tasks to the events occurring; for instance “Fajite Heartbreak”connects processing strip steak to her breakup with […]

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I Capture The Castle

This novel is about a seventeen year old girl, Cassandra Mortmain,, living in a extremely dilapidated but beautiful castle with her quirky family. She is just starting to agree with her beautiful older sister Rose, that their lives will go nowhere, when the heirs to the castle arrive and everything changes. The Cottons, a wealthy […]

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The Rose of Sevastopol

Just like the rose in nature, this book has a beautiful cover and promo material to entice one to sit and enjoy; however there are thorns. The book is written in first person which I expect to follow chronological order unless the narrator references a past event. But the author switches between 1840, 1844, 1854 […]

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