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The Hollow City by Dan Wells
The Hollow City

katatrina, November 1, 2012

This is a book for which you will want to stay up late. Dan Wells had already proven his chops with the John Cleaver novels, but this new story cements his place among the best writers today. It's the perfect mix of psychosis and thrill. I've gone from being eager to read it, to not wanting to put it down, to dying to know more, to dreading its end.
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Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
Her Fearful Symmetry

katatrina, October 6, 2010

Niffenegger continues to prove that she is a gifted writer who can turn even the oddest science fiction content into dashing love stories. I never feel as though I am reading something that wouldn't happen. I was just as drawn into this book as I was with The Time Traveler's Wife, and I expect this to become one of my favorites. I did, however, see the plot twist coming, but that didn't make it any less shocking when it happened. I was pleasantly surprised to find this effort as good as her first.
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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

katatrina, March 16, 2010

At first I thought I wouldn't be engaged in this book, as it is written as a series of letters back and forth from Juliet, the main character, to her new friends on Guernsey and her editor/friend, etc. But after a few letters, I found that the real problem was that I couldn't put the book down. I also couldn't find a suitable place to stop at night, since the book isn't divided into chapters, but letters. I always found that I wanted to read just one more. It had a depth that I didn't expect, and it was able to develop the characters more fully than I thought possible in its format. While I do wish that there had been more (but don't you feel that way about all good books?), I was suitably impressed and humbled and moved by this work.
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The Road by Cormac McCarthy
The Road

katatrina, February 3, 2010

Cormac McCarthy is undoubtably one of the best writers of our time. Even though you are a part of humanity and know its flaws, he makes you see it more thoroughly, more clearly. It's not a pretty picture that McCarthy paints. I am never sorry that I have read one of his books, even when there is no happy ending and no bright rainbow after the rain.
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Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
Dark Places

katatrina, January 11, 2010

Dark Places is one of the darkest, sickest, most creatively inspired, unexpected books I've read. Flynn's work is haunting and original and leaves you breathless. Not only did she manage to keep the suspense throughout the entire book, but she made her characters likable, readable and entirely real. As a fan of Sharp Objects, I look forward to seeing what Gillian Flynn will come up with next.
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