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Book Review: All the Rage by F. Paul Wilson

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In the fourth Repairman Jack novel, the rakoshi are back. Those were the blue-skinned, yellow-eyed, man-eating demons from Indian prehistory, who terrorized Jack and his loved ones in The Tomb. Now the last rakosh—the one who left his claw-marks on Jack’s chest—has turned up in a freak show at the same quaint Long Island town where Jack battled the otherness in Conspiracies. Jack is torn between killing it, to make sure it can never hurt ... Read More »

Book Review: The Manual of Detection by Jedediah Berry

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The Manual of Detection by Jedediah Berry Recommended Ages: 13+ Fantasy and hardboiled detective fiction have met before this novel—I cannot restrain myself from name-dropping The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon—but I don’t think any mash-up of the two has ever been quite like this book, its author’s first novel. It takes place in an unnamed, rainy city where the boundary between dreams and reality have become blurred. Here the forces of order are ... Read More »

Book Review: The Shadow in the North by Philip Pullman

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The Shadow in the North by Philip Pullman Recommended Ages: 14+ In this sequel to The Ruby in the Smoke, several years have passed. The year is now 1878, and Sally’s business as a financial consultant is growing, together with her partnership with professional photographer Webster Garland, his dashing nephew Frederick who moonlights as a private detective, and their cockney friend Jim Taylor, who haunts the backstage of London theaters when he isn’t writing melodramas ... Read More »

Book Review: Greywalker by Kat Richardson

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Greywalker by Kat Richardson Recommended Ages: 14+ Seattle private detective Harper Blaine is just doing her job when, in this book’s opening pages, somebody up and beats her to death for no apparent reason. Don’t worry; she gets better. But after being dead for around two minutes, there’s no going back to business as usual. Even after the physical injuries are healed, Harper is haunted by strange images that flicker on the edge of her ... Read More »

Book Review: The Wall and the Wing by Laura Ruby

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The Wall and the Wing by Laura Ruby Recommended Ages: 11+ The author of Lily’s Ghosts brings us a book so funny that it hurts, set in a magical world so weird that it can only be New York City. She doesn’t come right out and name it, though. She describes it as “a vast and sparkling city, a city at the center of the universe.” But it’s also a city that has grown upward ... Read More »

Review: Friday Brown by Vikki Wakefield

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Friday Brown – Buy it   (aka Friday Never Leaving) by Vikki Wakefield – her website Recommended Ages – 14+ This review was cross posted to Hot Key Books blog for UK Independent Booksellers Week 2013. FRIDAY BROWN is a heartrending new novel by Vikki Wakefield. From the very first page, Friday grabbed me by the hand and pulled me along on the whirlwind tsunami of her journey – a definite contender for favourite book of ... Read More »

Review: Follow Me Down by Tanya Byrne

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Follow Me Down – buy it  by Tanya Byrne – her tumblr Recommended Ages: 14+ Tanya Byrne’s second young adult novel, Follow Me Down, is a suspense-filled ride of a thriller. The core characters of Adamma and Scarlett are the Thelma & Louise of a new generation. When Adamma Okomma’s father, a Nigerian Ambassador, moves to England from New York for work, she must follow. Leaving behind her glossy life, her (almost too) perfect boyfriend ... Read More »

Review: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

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Great Expectations—buy it by Charles Dickens—Wiki him Recommended Ages: 13+ There was a time in the British Commonwealth when crimes that would formerly have been punished by death were commuted to a sentence of “transportation.” This is to say, the convicted criminals were packed into prison-ships and banished to Australia, to become forced colonists. There they led such a hard life that only the toughest succeeded—but even the most successful colonials would have gone home ... Read More »

Book Review: Plugged by Eoin Colfer

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What happens when an author best known for his young adult fantasy novels pens an adult novel about crime, violence, and hair implants? Sheer mayhem! That’s what happens when a former Irish Army sergeant, turned bouncer at a gambling den in the sleepy town of Cloisters, New Jersey, stumbles into the business of an unlicensed plastic surgeon, a small-time gangster named “Irish Mike,” and a dirty lawyer who rips off drug dealers and sells their ... Read More »