Category Archives: adult

Magic Lessons: The Prequel to Practical Magic – Alice Hoffman

There is a curse in the Owens family that has existed since the 1600s. If you have read Practical Magic you know about it. And it all began with an abandoned baby girl, found in the snow by Hannah Owens. … Continue reading

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The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue – V.E. Schwab

France, 1714 – Addie LaRue DID NOT want to be married, not to anyone, but especially not to Roger, a widower with three small children. So on her wedding day she runs away into the forest and falls asleep with … Continue reading

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The Midnight Circus – Jane Yolen

This is a three ring circus like no other. It is the dark side of The Emerald Circus. I loved those stories and thought I might not like Yolen’s dark side. I should not have worried, for these stories chilled … Continue reading

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The Evening and the Morning – Ken Follett

Edgar’s life is upended when a Viking raid leaves his father dead and the family boat building business destroyed. Looking for a new start, the family moves to the village of Dreng’s Ferry. There his life becomes entwined with Ragna, … Continue reading

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The Year’s Best Science Fiction Vol.l: The Saga Anthology of Science Fiction 2020 – Jonathan Strahan, Ed.

This is a great assortment of very fine authors, Ken Liu, Rebecca Roanhorse, Kim Stanley Robinson, Ted Chiang, just to name a few, but my favorite story was from an author unfamiliar to me: Charlie Jane Anders. I loved her … Continue reading

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How to Raise An Elephant: No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency (21) – Alexander McCall Smith

Mma Ramotswe can find a way to solve any problem, so she doesn’t think this one can be too hard. Surely taking care of a baby elephant is something she can manage . . . or is it? And she … Continue reading

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Migrations – Charlotte McConaghy

Franny has an irresistible urge to wander. She just cannot stay in one place for very long. She also has an irresistible urge to swim in the ocean, the very cold ocean. And she has a great love for birds. … Continue reading

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Anxious People – Fredrik Backman

The eight strangers who were participating in an apartment viewing could not, in their wildest imaginations, have thought this would have been a life-or-death situation. (And really it wasn’t, but they didn’t know that!) You see, a bank robber burst … Continue reading

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Chasing Chopin: A Musical Journey Across Three Centuries, Four Countries, and a Half-Dozen Revolutions – Annik LaFarge

There have been many, many, biographies of Chopin. Do we really need a new one? Yep . . . we need this one, because it is a biography of Chopin’s music:  how he composed, how he played his music, how … Continue reading

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The Geometry of Holding Hands: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel (13) – Alexander McCall Smith

What a treat in this era of staying home and self-distancing. Isabel Dalhousie is always calm and reassuring. You know that everything will be all right, eventually.  This time, her problems center on her niece, Cat, who has an unsuitable … Continue reading

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Or What You Will – Jo Walton

He has had an amazing life. He can be anyone, do anything. He can be a boy or a god, play anyone. It’s hard to believe he is just a figment of Sylvia’s imagination. But it’s true, and he has … Continue reading

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Riviera Gold : A novel of suspense featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes – Laurie R. King

While Holmes was away doing something or other, Mary was lounging on the Venice Lido with a new friend, (the Honourable Terrence Shields-McClintock), when Terry suddenly said, “You need to come sailing with us. Truly.” Twenty-two days later she found … Continue reading

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Elephants: Birth, Life, and Death in the World of the Giants – Hannah Mumby

On a trip to Africa, I was amazed at the way the elephants encircled the babies to protect them when we came near. If there were no little ones in the group, they paid no attention to us, but they … Continue reading

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Galileo : and the Science Deniers – Mario Livio

There have been a great many biographies written about Galileo, but very few (if any) written by someone with Mario Livio’s credentials. He is an astrophysicist who has worked with the Hubble telescope, the descendant of Galileo’s telescope.  As a … Continue reading

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The Book of Koli – M. R. Carey

Mythen Rood is a large village, more than two hundred souls. It is Koli’s home, a fine home with a fence all around it, as high as one man on another man’s shoulders. It seems that everything outside that fence … Continue reading

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