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Book Review : The Sisters Brothers

Title : The Sisters Brothers Author : Patrick DeWitt Genre : Western Publisher : HarperCollins Pages : 325 Rating 4/5 I generally do not read westerns; this is my first. And having said that that, I will say that this is not a traditional western, because it seems quite “literary”. A story set during the […]

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Book Review : The Marriage Plot

Title : The Marriage Plot Author : Jeffrey Eugenides Genre : Literary Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux Pages: 416 Rating : No rating – did not finish book This is kind of a short review since I couldn’t finish the book. I have stopped on page 213, after doggedly slogging on (I hate giving up […]

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Book Review : The House at Tyneford

Title : The House at Tyneford Author : Natasha Solomon Genre : Historical Romance Publisher : Plume Pages : 368 Rating : 2.5/5 “The House at Tyneford” is a historical novel, set amid the upheaval of the Second World War. Elise Landau is a Viennese Jewess living with her parents Anna and Julian, a renowned […]

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2011 : The Year in Review

2011 was the year of the ARC. I read more Advance Reviewer Copies than the previous years, so much so that I barely got to my own Reading List! I entered 2 Reading Challenges and got  started on the Sunday Salon Posts. I completed the GoodReads 2011 Reading Challenge (Goal of 15 books) and Stainless […]

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Book Review : Three Day Town

Title : Three Day Town Author : Margaret Maron Genre : Mystery Publisher : Grand Central Publishing Pages : 288 Source : NetGalley / Publisher ARC Rating : 3.5/5 Given my love for mysteries, I’ve had friends recommend Margaret Maron to me more than once. I’ve read one of her books “Boot-legger’s daughter” many years […]

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Book Review : The Artist of Disappearance

Title : The Artist of Disappearance Author : Anita Desai Pages : 176 Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Rating : 3.5/5 Source : NetGalley / Publisher ARC Anita Desai’s latest book “Artist of Disappearance” is composed of three novellas. Each is about art and the artist, and presents a problem or a predicament, and later […]

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Book Review : Magebane

Title : Magebane Author : Lee Arthur Chane Genre : Sci-fi / Steampunk Publisher : DAW Pages : 488 (ARC) Source : Publisher ARC Rating : 3/5 Magebane is a steampunk-meets magic-meets science kind of a book. I was fairly intrigued reading the preview material for it. The story is centered around the kingdom of […]

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Book Review: Children of Paranoia

Title : Children of Paranoia Author : Trevor Shane Publisher : Dutton Genre : Dystopian Thriller Release Date : September 8, 2011 Source : Publisher ARC Pages : 371 Rating : 4.5/5 There is a war on and Joseph is in the thick of it. It’s Us vs. Them with the Rules of War clearly […]

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My First Sunday Salon Post !

This is my first Sunday Salon post (see title of post; I felt like adding a few more exclamation marks, and some audio of a blaring trumpet, but didn’t :-)), and I really like the idea of summing up my Reading Week. Virtual Salon it might be, but how nice to be able to read […]

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Book Review : The Cut

Author : George Pelecanos Genre : Mystery/Crime/Thriller Publisher : Little, Brown and Company Rating : 3/5 Source : NetGalley Publisher ARC “The Cut” is a police procedural style novel, in which it’s Iraqi war vet protagonist Spero Lucas does investigative work for a price; his finding fee is 40%. Lucas has been doing some work […]

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