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Mitford Years #1: At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon
Mitford Years #1: At Home in Mitford

The Loopy Librarian, November 9, 2014

As the title suggests, I instantly felt at home in Mitford and was quite content to stay a spell. Delightful characters. Good humor. A dog that likes poetry and responds positively to scripture. Animated descriptions and lively conversations. The town and its residents spring to life in the details. As a reader, I became invested in the lives of the characters, and the town of Mitford is definitely one I'd like to revisit. Honestly, I was a bit surprised to enjoy the read as much as I did. I half expected to be bored by such a seemingly tranquil town and the mild-mannered Father Tim, but I never was. Rich storytelling made all the difference. I found myself quite caught up and felt as though I'd just enjoyed a home-cooked meal with all the fixings when I finished the book. I can see now why the series has enjoyed such popularity for so many years.
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The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher: Stories by Hilary Mantel
The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher: Stories

The Loopy Librarian, November 9, 2014

Because this was a book of short-stories and I was in the process of reading other novels simultaneously, I had planned to read one story each night and finish in ten days. When I reached the second story, my plan went out the window because I became swept up in the psychological dramas that were playing out on the page. I ended up reading the book in two days instead of ten. Mantel's gift in these stories was the ability to reach into the heads of her characters to convey, in a short span, a range of human nature, emotion, cruelty, insanity and more that was captivating. The complex inner-lives of the characters made most of the stories surprisingly rich.
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Authority (Southern Reach Trilogy #2) by Jeff VanderMeer
Authority (Southern Reach Trilogy #2)

The Loopy Librarian, November 9, 2014

Clever characterizations. Humor in the form of sarcasm, irony and wry observations. Screaming rabbits (that's a sound/image very difficult to shake). Filled with beguiling mysteries and disturbing anomalies. What is the most secretive, dangerous and bizarre? Area X or the Southern Reach? One mystery leads enticingly and maddeningly to another demanding that the reader keep digging for the truth. Most fascinating series I've read in quite some time. Highly recommend to sci-fi fans and readers in the mood for something different.
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Annihilation (Southern Reach Trilogy #1) by Jeff VanderMeer
Annihilation (Southern Reach Trilogy #1)

The Loopy Librarian, October 29, 2014

Area X has my undivided attention. An amazing genre-bending start to what is sure to be a surreal trip through three books. The writing style is clear and linguistically appealing creating vivid mind-blowing pictures that mix myth with an unsettling and horrifying “reality.” The atmospheric distortion is tense, creepy and brilliant. I was completely engrossed and terrified. The unreliable narrator adds to the fear and uncertainty of the characters and the reader. A bizarre blend of sci-fi, horror, mystery, and suspense that is riveting. Highly recommended for any adventurous reader! Don’t expect to find familiar ground here, but expect to be sucked in.
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The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman
The Dovekeepers

The Loopy Librarian, October 13, 2014

Sometimes the most difficult reads are the most rewarding. The Dovekeepers took me a long time to read. I put it down at several points and had to come back to it. The writing was lyrical and dense with information. The book was obviously well-researched and is based on historical events. The voices of the characters rang with authenticity and their strength was earned through many trials. I could feel the desperation, the unquenchable thirst (both literal and figurative). The emotions were sensual, primal, and often brutal. The sheer courage of these women, their ultimate humanity and resolve reward the reader. Also, the events depicted here are not well-known, but deserve to be told. Hoffman tells this story with beauty, mysticism and an unrelenting commitment to the truth. I was profoundly moved. This is story that will remain with me for a long time.
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