Category Archives: fiction

The Wicked King – Holly Black

The sequel to The Cruel Prince opens with all of Jude’s plans coming to fruition.  Oak is safely growing up in the human world until he comes of age to rule, replacing Cardan.  Cardan now rules, temporarily, but is well … Continue reading

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The Legend of Sally Jones – Jakob Wegelius

Last year, Delecorte Press published The Murderer’s Ape and I thought it was terrific. So very unique.  I recently ordered a hardback of The Legend of Sally Jones published by Pushkin Press and not readily available in the US.  The … Continue reading

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Once Upon a River – Diane Setterfield

There was a tradition at the Swan, an ancient inn on the banks of the Thames. It was a tradition of storytelling. Joe Bliss was very good at storytelling. His wife ran the inn. Joe told the stories. And it … Continue reading

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Love à la Mode – Stephanie Kate Strohm

From the publisher, “Take two American teen chefs, add one heaping cup of Paris, toss in a pinch of romance, and stir. . . . Rosie Radeke firmly believes that happiness can be found at the bottom of a mixing bowl. … Continue reading

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Unsheltered – Barbara Kingsolver

Willa thought her life was finally in order. Her husband, Iano, had tenure, and she had a job she loved with a magazine. But of course, that was not to be. The college closed, the magazine failed, and it was … Continue reading

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Unclaimed Baggage – Jen Doll

From the publisher, “Doris—a lone liberal in a conservative small town—has mostly kept to herself since the terrible waterslide incident a few years ago. Nell had to leave behind her best friends, perfect life, and too-good-to-be-true boyfriend in Chicago to … Continue reading

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Through Darkest Europe – Harry Turtledove

The world is turned around, with Africa and the Middle East being well educated, liberal, rich. Europe is the backwater, full of extremists waging “holy wars”. Khalid al-Zarzisi, is a senior investigator, sent with his assistant, Dawud ibn Musa, a … Continue reading

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