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  • Book cover of Mister Magic : a novel

    Mister Magic : a novel

    by White, Kiersten

    September 25, 2023

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    Val has lived on the ranch for as long as she can remember. In fact, she has no memories of when she wasn’t living here, in rural Idaho, with her father. She teaches riding to the locals, but rarely leaves beyond supply runs to a local town. Her entire life is built around her father and a few regular ranch hands. Everyone else is transitory, staying just long enough to learn what they need.When Val’s father dies, she is faced with a future that is not only unwritten, but it is unconsidered. Val has never contemplated a life anywhere other than the ranch. Her father told her that her mother... Read Full Review

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    The circumference of the world

    by Tidhar, Lavie

    September 5, 2023

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    A mathematician, a rare book dealer, and a gangster search for a rare science fiction paperback named Lode Stars. They each have their reasons (some bordering on obsession) and their searches will cause their paths to cross, alter their destinies, and, quite possibly, transform our understanding of reality.  In his latest novel, award winning writer Lavie Tidhar takes readers on a wild, mind-bending adventure that is an exercise in extremes. It is deeply personal and ponders the existential... Read Full Review

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    The Legend of Charlie Fish

    by Rountree, Josh

    August 14, 2023

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    Floyd Betts is a bit of a loner. He lives a solitary existence in Galveston, Texas. He works construction on local building projects and rents a room at Abigail Elder’s boarding house. It’s a quiet life, and Floyd likes it. But all of that is about to change.When Floyd returns to Old Cypress, Texas, for his father’s funeral, he encounters Nellie and Hank. Nellie is 12 years old and Hank is 9. They were recently orphaned under mysterious circumstances as their family was preparing to leave Old Cypress. Nellie’s mother was accused of being a witch. It is very, very possible that Nellie may have... Read Full Review

  • Book cover of I'll stop the world : a novel

    I'll stop the world : a novel

    by Thoman, Lauren

    August 7, 2023

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    Time travel is a staple of fiction. For well over a century writers have imagined different ways to propel their protagonists backwards and forwards through time. Sometimes they are merely observers, allowing the author to speculate on past motivations or future developments. But just as often, the protagonist is sent to the past to correct something affecting the future. Often, HOW the time traveler got to the past is unimportant compared to WHY they were sent, and what they need to fix. In her debut novel Lauren Thoman tells a tim-travelling story of discovery in which a young man must try... Read Full Review

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    Hell Bent

    by Bardugo, Leigh

    July 31, 2023

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    At the end of Ninth House, Galaxy “Alex” Stern solved the mystery of who killed Tara Hutchins and why, uncovering a conspiracy that involved some of the highest offices of Yale University and several of their “secret societies.” At the end of the novel, Darlington, Alex’s advisor in Lethe, the “ninth house” which oversees the magical practices of Yale’s secret societies, was still missing – presumably sent to hell as part of the cover-up of Tara’s murder. It was quite the freshman year for Alex Stern at Yale!As Alex begins her sophomore year, she is determined to rescue... Read Full Review

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    The London Séance Society

    by Penner, Sarah

    July 24, 2023

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    Lenna Wickes, and her younger sister Evie, are very different people. Lenna is interested in the world and how it works. She has an interest in science, even though she knows that a young lady in Victorian London is not supposed to be interested in such things. Evie, on the other hand, is interested in the spirit world. She is interested in spirits, séances, and the world a step removed from our own. The two sisters regularly taunt and challenge each other on their interests and perspectives of the world.And then, suddenly, Evie is gone. She is murdered and the police do not seem to have any... Read Full Review

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    Final Cut

    by McCown, Marjorie

    July 3, 2023

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    Joey Jessup is very good at her job. And it is a job that she really enjoys. Joey is a key costumer and over her career she has worked on almost every type of film, with a number of A-list actors and directors, along with some of the most talented costume designers in the industry. Joey knows how to get the job done without drawing unnecessary attention to herself.Joey’s current job is on the next big-budget Hollywood superhero epic. This is a huge production, with a budget to match. And it is being directed by Marcus Pray, a director with an ego that makes the production, and the budget,... Read Full Review

  • Book cover of The Wishing Game

    The Wishing Game

    by Shaffer, Meg

    June 26, 2023

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    How many of us have books, or series of books, that provided an escape for us as children and, because of that, we continue to love them as adults? How many of us longed to receive an owl-delivered letter from Hogwarts; find a secret entrance at the back of the closet/wardrobe; tumble down a rabbit hole; be transported by a tornado; or receive a visit from the local, beloved wizard challenging us to take a trip through Middle-Earth? For Lucy Hart, a girl whose childhood was defined by neglect and apathy from her parents, it was the Clock Island series by Jack Masterson.Now a twenty-six-year-... Read Full Review

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    Our Hideous Progeny

    by Mcgill, C. E.

    June 20, 2023

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    In Frankenstein, Mary Shelley tells the tale of how Victor Frankenstein challenges the “natural order” and explores the secrets of life itself by creating a being made from the pieces of other men. But what if Victor had chosen another direction for his research? What if, instead of choosing to reanimate a human, Victor had chosen to experiment on something else? What if Victor had chosen to re-create a dinosaur?Mary Sutherland has been fascinated by science since her childhood discovery of an unusual stone on the beach that turned out to be a fossil. Her interest, however, has... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for The Lies of the Ajungo

    The Lies of the Ajungo

    by Utomi, Moses Ose

    May 15, 2023

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    “There is no water in the City of Lies.”Tutu has lived all of his short life in the City of Lies with his mother. Located in the Forever Desert, the City of Lies used to have water. . .but the inhabitants were vanquished by the fierce Ajungo Empire which required, in exchange for water, that every person aged thirteen and older have their tongue cut out. The cost is terrible and the Ajungo do provide water, but just enough to keep most people alive. There are still many who die of dehydration, the “blood drought.”“There are no heroes in the City of Lies.”When Tutu’s mother becomes ill, Tutu... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for Going Zero

    Going Zero

    by McCarten, Anthony

    May 1, 2023

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    We all know that we are constantly being observed and monitored in today’s world. There are security and surveillance cameras on many homes, businesses, and on the traffic lights at intersections. ATMs and now self-check out machines in retail establishments also include cameras. Purchases, whether online or in a brick and mortar store can, and are, tracked. Many retail establishments offer “discount” cards or memberships that track customer purchases. And the personal information of banking and/or retail customers is regularly breached and sold, while many people willingly provide personal... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for Weyward: A Novel

    Weyward: A Novel

    by Hart, Emilia

    April 24, 2023

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    “The connections between and among women are the most feared, the most problematic, and the most potentially transforming force on the planet.”  From: On Lies, Secrets, and Silence by Adrienne RichAltha is a 21-year-old woman who, in 1619, is accused of, and tried for, witchcraft in her small English village. She is a healer, like her mother before her. Her mother was long suspected of being a witch for daring to have a greater understanding of biology and physiology than the local doctor. In a small village, that suspicion grows and festers until blame is laid... Read Full Review

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