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The King in the Window by Adam Gopnik
The King in the Window

Macster, August 29, 2012

When I was planning my trip to Paris, I went on a quest to read all the books about Paris. This gem found its way on to my list, and I'm glad it did. This fantasy about the wraiths who live in windows and water, and their reluctant king enchanted me. Oliver is a lonely American boy in Paris who accidentally comes across a key and crown that makes him the king of the window wraiths. As king, he has the dangerous task of battling the Master of the Mirrors to prevent him from destroying the wraiths and stealing the souls of everyone who looks into a mirror. With the help of his neighbor, Neige, a beautiful but aloof girl, Charlie, his friend from California, and a witty woman, Oliver takes on the challenge. I've always loved the Oz books, and now I will gladly put this one on the shelf next to them.
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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Macster, August 5, 2012

This is one the the few books that, not only did I enjoy, but was sorry to reach the last page. It is the haunting story of a group of children who live the same day over and over. Because of their "peculiar" talents - one floats like a balloon, another has a swarm of bees living inside him - they are ill equipped to live in the real world. When a visitor from that real world invades their lives, their future is in question. I loved the setting - a wild island in England - the characters - each one is unique - and the story itself. I'm looking forward to a sequal.
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Devotion of Suspect X (11 Edition) by Keigo Higashino
Devotion of Suspect X (11 Edition)

Macster, January 1, 2012

Part mystery, part romance, and part character study, this one kept me turning the virtual pages. This is the story of a young woman with an abusive ex-husband, and the lengths her neighbor will go to to protect her. At first, the woman goes along with his plans, but when it becomes evident his devotion is not returned, things get really interesting. This is one of my favorite books of 2011 due mainly to the complex characters, who don't react in predictable fashion. They are both sympathetic and flawed.
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Vanished Smile: The Mysterious Theft of the Mona Lisa by R A Scotti
Vanished Smile: The Mysterious Theft of the Mona Lisa

Macster, September 4, 2011

While everyone is familiar with the Mona Lisa, not everyone knows that she took a "vacation" from the Louvre in the early 20th century. Someone just walked in and took her off the wall. During the 2 years she was gone, there were many suspects, including Picasso. What I like is that Scotti covers more than just the mystery of the theft, which did not end when she was eventurally returned, but also the mystery that is the Mona Lisa herself. She has a facinating history.
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Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Macster, September 4, 2011

After our book club read several books on WWII, including Snow Falling on Cedars and The Book Thief, I wasn't thrilled about reading another one. I was pleasantly surprised with Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. The story takes place in Seattle at the time when the Japanese were being sent to internment camps. Rather than getting into the politics of the time, Ford relates the events through the eyes of a young Chinese boy. With this narrow focus, we see events only as they impact him. While we know what is happening in the world, his main concern is staying close to his first love, a Japanese girl in his school. The story is both bittersweet and thoroughly enjoyable.
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