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Penn Cage #4: Natchez Burning by Greg Iles
Penn Cage #4: Natchez Burning

The Loopy Librarian, June 11, 2015

Obviously well-researched novel that covers history, civil rights, dirty politics and family secrets. Brutal, heart-breaking, intense, and emotional with the Southern Gothic themes of redemption and regret well-played. The first half of the book takes time because so much information is packed into the narrative: a large, complex network of characters, fictionalized historical events several of which are monstrous acts that are gut-wrenching to imagine, and the unique politics and character of Natchez, Mississippi. Many of the images are violent and graphic. The mysteries are perplexing and compelling. Conspiracy theories and political intrigue weave throughout the story. A heavy, but rewarding read rich in character. While it took me a few days to read the first half due to the amount of information to digest, I devoured the second half, the denouement, in one very late night. Once everything hit the fan, the pace of the novel ratcheted up to an adrenaline-fueled ride. It was all I could do not to pick up The Bone Tree and keep going right away. Despite a few contrivances that seemed a bit too convenient, I thought this was an excellent book. Fans of Southern Gothic, political thrillers, and civil rights era historical fiction, should definitely read this book.
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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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