Monthly Archives: October 2014

A Thousand Pieces of You – Claudia Gray

Marguerite’s brilliant scientist parents have received funding from a giant tech corporation to develop their parallel universe theories.  Their two grad student assistants, Paul and Theo, are treated like family.  When it appears Paul has killed her father and escaped … Continue reading

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Lives in Ruins: Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble – Marilyn Johnson

Archaeologists, real archaeologists are not at all like Indiana Jones. From Machu Picchu to Rhode Island, the Mediterranean to Fishkill, New York, Marilyn Johnson worked and lived with real archaeologists.  Her intent was to understand their character, to understand why … Continue reading

Posted in adult, nonfiction

Capturing Music: The Story of Notation – Thomas Forrest

I had always just taken musical notation for granted.  When I saw the title of this book, it dawned on me that there had to be a beginning.  Someone, sometime, had to decide to try to record the music.  And … Continue reading

Posted in adult, nonfiction

The Girl Next Door – Ruth Rendell

The qanats were a perfect place for the neighborhood children to play. Daphne found the name which means a subterranean passage for carrying water.  The children loved the name because it started with a q without a u.   It was … Continue reading

Posted in adult, realistic fiction

The Handsome Man’s De Luxe Cafe’: No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency (#15) – Alexander McCall Smith

Grace Makutsi, now happily married to Phuti Radiphuti and mother to Itumelang Clovis Radiphuti, has decided to open a restaurant.  Oh, she will continue to work with Mma Ramotswe in the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, but in her spare … Continue reading

Posted in mystery

The Pierced Heart – Lynn Shepherd

Charles Maddox has traveled across Europe to the estate of the Baron Von Reisenberg, charged with the job of making judicious inquiries into the affairs of the Baron.  It seems that the Baron has offered to donate a rather large … Continue reading

Posted in adult, mystery

Fish Tails – Sheri S. Tepper

The babies, Gailai and Bailai are adorable, smiling and laughing, trying to talk.  They’re just like most babies, until you notice their feet, and the tank of water in which they live, and the tiny gills under their arms.  They … Continue reading

Posted in adult, science fiction

Stitching Snow – R. C. Lewis

Tough and gritty Essie has carved out a life on the desolate and frozen mining planet of Thanda.  She is a cage fighter who is also handy with programming and engineering.  She has created drones to help with the mining, … Continue reading

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Pathfinder: TodHunter Moon – Angie Sage

Pathfinder takes place several years after the finale to the Septimus Heap series.  Sep is now the ExtraOrdinary Wizard, relieving the burden from Marcia who seems to relish her freedom and experiments with Magykal passages.  Pathfinder passes the story torch … Continue reading

Posted in fantasy, highly recommend

Clariel – Garth Nix

The much anticipated Old Kingdom novel is finally here.  Clariel has a double whamming in lineage as granddaughter of the King and granddaughter of the Abhorsen yet has never met either man.  She has inherited the berserk gene that enables … Continue reading

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A Cool and Lonely Courage: The Untold Story of Sister Spies in Occupied France – Susan Ottaway

Jacqueline was six years older than Didi and Didi worshiped her, wanted to do whatever she did.  Kind Jacqueline always looked after Didi and didn’t seem annoyed by her little sister’s tagging along.  Didi was christened Eileen, but that name … Continue reading

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