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Original Essays | July 22, 2014

Nick Harkaway: IMG The Florist-Assassins



The three men lit up in my mind's eye, with footnotes. They were converging on me — and on the object I was carrying — in a way that had... Continue »
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Lockwood & Co. #01: The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud
Lockwood & Co. #01: The Screaming Staircase

M Daly, March 19, 2014

In a world where only children can see or hear ghosts, but where these ghosts are malevolent beings with the power to kill with a touch, companies form using these gifted children to track and contain said ghosts. When Lucy loses her job with a well-established ghost hunting firm, she joins forces with Anthony Lockwood and becomes one of three employees. Things get off to a rocky start and continuing getting interesting until the final page. I was drawn in by the plucky characters and the suspense. I'm looking forward to more in this series.
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The Bones of Paris: A Novel of Suspense by Laurie R. King
The Bones of Paris: A Novel of Suspense

M Daly, March 13, 2014

This gritty mystery takes the reader into the heart of the dark side of Paris in the late 1920s. When an American girl disappears in Paris, her parents hire Harris Stuyvesant to investigate. In his search, he crosses paths with some very shady characters, some real (Man Ray) and some fictional (Didi Moreau). It may be too dark for some, however, I enjoyed recognizing people and places. Be warned, though the cover doesn't indicate it, this is a sequel to Touchstone.
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Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Vintage) by Cheryl Strayed
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Vintage)

M Daly, March 13, 2014

When Cheryl Strayed's mother died, she was left without an anchor. To regain a sense of purpose and battle some demons, she decided to hike the entire Pacific Coast Trail from San Diego to The Bridge of the Gods in Oregon. Never having backpacked before, she went to REI, bought a lot of gear and set off, without even taking a practice trip. Her journey is sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes scary, and sometimes hilarious. While the book did not make me want to lace up my boots and head down the trail, I did enjoy reading about her travels.
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The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
The Lowland

M Daly, February 22, 2014

Jumpa Lahiri excels at illustrating the conflicts between traditional parents and the children they bring up in a change world. In The Lowland, she tells the story of two brothers born in India in the 1950s. One comes to the US while the other stays in an India in the midst of civil unrest. While they make vastly different choices, they both rebel against the traditional lives their parents' had planned for them. Lahiri creates very believable characters with whom you will sympathize even while you are wishing they would act differently.
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Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers
Mary Poppins

M Daly, February 22, 2014

For those of you only familiar with the movie version of Mary Poppins, you're in for a treat. The literary Mary is more human than the movie version, but just as captivating. The adventures she had in the movie are just the tip of the iceberg.
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