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All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
All the Light We Cannot See

W S Krauss, October 5, 2014

This novel is epic in scope, told through the eyes of a blind French girl, a young German soldier and a dying German officer determined to find a priceless jewel from a French museum during WWII. The stories of these characters come together to form an unforgettable portrait of this time in history. Doerr's images of the war are riveting; his writing pulls you in and does not let go. These particular characters provide unique perspectives of the war and shed light on the motivations and lives of those caught up in this tumultuous period.
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An Impartial Witness: A Bess Crawford Mystery by Charles Todd
An Impartial Witness: A Bess Crawford Mystery

W S Krauss, August 1, 2014

This is the second in the Bess Crawford series. Bess, a young English woman, is a dedicated nurse during WWI. She solves mysteries when she is home on leave and finds herself in situations where her intelligence and curiosity are tested. I enjoyed this book nearly as much as the first, Duty to the Dead.
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Harbour by John Ajvide Lindqvist

W S Krauss, June 24, 2014

Swedish author Lindqvist has been compared to Stephen King. While I can see the comparison, I actually think Lindqvist may be the better writer. The novel Harbor is a blend of horror and fantasy, with wonderful descriptions of the tiny island town and landscape where the story unfolds. Anders, his wife Cecilia and their six-year-old daughter Maja go out on a frigid sunny day to walk across thick ice to a nearby lighthouse. When they are briefly preoccupied , Maja disappears. After two years goes by, during which Anders and his wife divorce, Anders returns to the home they had occupied on the island. He is comforted by the presence of his grandmother and her long time partner, Simon. After more than two years of heavy drinking, Anders finally sobers up enough to begin trying to figure out what happened to Maja. I don't want to give away all the interesting subplots, but I will just say, strange things are happening with the sea. This was a fast-moving and fun book. Like most of Stephen King's novels, you read this sort of book for entertainment and diversion. Don't take it too seriously. This would be a perfect book for the beach or vacation.
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And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
And the Mountains Echoed

W S Krauss, June 22, 2014

Hosseini's writing seems to get better with each book, and his stories more involved. This novel, set in Afghanistan, Paris and California, centers on Abdullah and Pari, siblings in a small impoverished village in Afghanistan. The history of Afghanistan provides the backdrop for the book. From there, the story branches out to extend to other family members over time and place. We see how actions affect others and choices that are made change lives. The characters are deeply developed and the stories emotional. A very satisfying read!
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1Q84 (Vintage International) by Haruki Murakami
1Q84 (Vintage International)

W S Krauss, June 21, 2014

1Q84 crosses genres. It is a love story, speculative fiction and fantasy. The two main characters meet briefly as children and affect each other's lives until they finally meet again. That said, there is a very long road to travel before they see each other again. Aomame stumbles into a parallel world she names 1Q84. Tengo is called upon by a friend in the publishing industry to edit a story written by a high school girl for entrance into a literary contest. These actions create a cascade of events that lead the characters to each other. It is an astonishing book, full of themes and imagery. I enjoyed this book immensely and see why it is being called Murakami's masterpiece.
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