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Countdown City: The Last Policeman Book II by Ben H. Winters
Countdown City: The Last Policeman Book II

Tim Lewis, July 29, 2013

Countdown City does exactly what the first book did, giving us a spectrum of visceral human reactions to the end of existence. The majority of people act with haste and selfishness by going “bucket list” and doing whatever they want regardless of any potential repercussions, while some few continue to do what they always have: serving coffee at the cafe, keeping the peace, or, in Hank Palace’s case, solving mysteries. Search yourself as you encounter the different characters to see how you might react under the circumstance. Start the series with The Last Policeman, but don’t stop there. See the end of the world out to the end by continuing with Countdown City. The end could come quickly, or there might be more to come.
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Empire State by Adam Christopher
Empire State

Tim Lewis, June 30, 2013

I read Empire State because I liked the cover and the premise, knowing that it has superheroes, crime noir drama, with steampunk elements. I was a little disappointed in cramming so many different genres into one book only because I felt like each of them could have been given a little more treatment or some of them could have been cut out to make something really great. The good thing is that the characters really started to grow on me, along with the little pocket universe. I think that Adam Christopher has created something special in Empire State. I only hope that the second book expands on the world using the strong points in this one: solid characters and a gritty setting.
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The Insider by Reece Hirsch
The Insider

Tim Lewis, June 4, 2013

As a debut novel, The Insider has a lot to offer. I was surprised by how well The Insider kept my attention even when I thought the protagonist was making horrible decisions. Reece Hirsch’s debut novel has good characters and some solid action, but the narrative has a little too much telling instead of showing. The pacing is pretty quick and there are some surprises along the way that make this a legal thriller worth a shot for those looking for something by someone other than Grisham.
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Odd Duck by Cecil Castellucci
Odd Duck

Tim Lewis, May 13, 2013

Considered a children’s book, Odd Duck manages to have a lesson for everyone of all ages on how to treat others, when to stick by your friends, and what to think of yourself when others consider you to be odd. With some great but simple art, you’ll find yourself going back through to find the little details that Varon has sprinkled throughout the frames. Castellucci has written an easy to read, yet profound, story that doesn’t talk down to the reader or go down the road of being preachy or cheesy when it comes to giving a message of acceptance of others’ differences. Many people could do themselves well to read this charming little gem of a story, however odd it may be.
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Stormlight Archive #01 Signed Edition by Brandon Sanderson
Stormlight Archive #01 Signed Edition

Tim Lewis, April 29, 2013

Brandon Sanderson fans will do themselves well to read The Way of Kings. There was so much depth to the story, when I finished I felt like I had just finished drinking from a fire hose. Get ready to invest yourself into a real epic series, as the rumor is there will be at least ten books in the series spanning as long as 10-15 years from prelude to conclusion. For Wheel of Time fans, this is a series that is all Brandon Sanderson and not him picking up the source material of someone else. Here you will see his skill at world building and creating magic systems shine. I only hope that we don’t have to wait too long for each book and that they don’t all necessarily each have to be so voluminous to tell his already intriguing tale. The Way of Kings is a good start for those readers who plan on being in this for the long haul. Although The Way of Kings is long, I also expect the other books to possibly be as long, or potentially even longer.
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