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Holidays on Ice

I’ll admit that I picked up with book once I learned it included stories from when David Sedaris had worked as an elf in Macy’s Santa Land. The idea of hearing his commentary on working as Crumpet the Christmas Elf was completely enchanting to me. And I wasn’t disappointed. Always funny, sometimes poignant and dark […]

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The Reluctant Widow

Quick witted and fast paced, Heyer brings the story of Elinor Rochdale, a respectable young woman who gets into the wrong carriage and ends up in an adventure filled with espionage, secret passages, and sudden marriages. Rather than being over the top or melodramatic, Heyer is able to bring humor and charm to this outlandish […]

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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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