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Billie Bloebaum


Billie Bloebaum is a bona fide romance reader and would be reading romance novels even if she weren't reviewing them. She is also a new convert to eBooks, thanks to the writers of the blog Smart Bitches, Trashy Books, who kindly loaned her a Sony Reader. However, since Billie has a deep and abiding love for the traditional book, she attempts to review books that are available in both formats.

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Ready Player One
Ready Player One
by Ernest Cline
Staff Pick
I had many books on my to-read list, but this one jumped straight to the top as soon as I got my hands on a copy. It has everything I love about video games and cartoons and anime from the '80s. The pacing of the book is great, and it quickly became one... (read more)

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Redshirts
Redshirts
by John Scalzi
Staff Pick
I don't reread books often; I just don't have the time. But this is one book that will get reread annually, if not more often. While the bulk of Redshirts is a comedic romp that gleefully skewers the conventions of sci-fi television, the three codas at... (read more)

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Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
by Christopher Moore
Staff Pick
Christopher Moore's Lamb is an utterly hilarious take on the story of Jesus. Told from the perspective of Jesus' smart-ass best friend, Biff, it is irreverent without being disrespectful. Lamb, or any of Moore's books, would be perfect for someone who... (read more)

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Winger
Winger
by Andrew Smith
Staff Pick
Ryan Dean is a fourteen-year-old high school junior who is doing his best to navigate adolescence and all its highs and lows. And you know what? Synopsizing this book doesn't really do it justice or explain why it's my #1 pick. Andrew Smith gets... (read more)

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Hold Me Closer, Necromancer
Hold Me Closer, Necromancer
by Lish McBride
Staff Pick
With chapter headings taken from song titles (creating the most persistent mental playlist ever), a nineteen-year-old "slacker" protagonist, skateboard-fu, the world's most adorable disembodied head, and a wicked sense of humor, this is far from your... (read more)

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The Search for WondLa (Search for WondLa #01)
The Search for WondLa (Search for WondLa #01)
by Tony DiTerlizzi
Staff Pick
In this first book of a new series, DiTerlizzi (co-creator of The Spiderwick Chronicles) presents a beautifully illustrated science-fiction story full of engaging characters, edge-of-your-seat action, and some truly surprising twists. It will leave... (read more)

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The James Deans (Moe Prager Mysteries)
The James Deans (Moe Prager Mysteries)
by Reed Farrel Coleman
Staff Pick
Don't read The James Deans for its plot — although it has a good one — read it for Moe Prager. Prager's not your typical P.I. He's a former beat cop who left the job after a freak carbon-paper accident ruined his knee and is now co-owner of a... (read more)

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Ready Player One
Ready Player One
by Ernest Cline
Staff Pick
I had many books on my to-read list, but this one jumped straight to the top as soon as I got my hands on a copy. It has everything I love about video games and cartoons and anime from the '80s. The pacing of the book is great, and it quickly became one... (read more)

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It's a Book
It's a Book
by Lane Smith
Staff Pick
The perfect gift for the tech-weary child (or adult) in your life. Bold illustrations, simple text, and a barrelful of wit will remind readers of the joys to be found when you go offline and lose yourself in the pages of a favorite story.... (read more)

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Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas
Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas
by John Scalzi
Staff Pick
I don't reread books often; I just don't have the time. But this is one book that will get reread annually, if not more often. While the bulk of Redshirts is a comedic romp that gleefully skewers the conventions of sci-fi television, the three codas at... (read more)

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The Most Dangerous Thing
The Most Dangerous Thing
by Laura Lippman
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One of the most acclaimed novelists in America today, Laura Lippman has greatly expanded the boundaries of mystery fiction and psychological suspense with her Tess Monaghan P.I. series and her New York Times bestselling standalone novels (What the Dead... (read more)

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Black Rubber Dress: A Sam Jones Novel
Black Rubber Dress: A Sam Jones Novel
by Lauren Henderson
Staff Pick
Imagine Nancy Drew all grown up and with a taste for vodka and unsuitable men — not to mention a PVC dress and a mouth like a sailor — and you'll have some idea of what to expect from Lauren Henderson's Black Rubber Dress. Metal sculptor and... (read more)

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My Lurid Past
My Lurid Past
by Lauren Henderson
Staff Pick
I hate chick-lit. I am tired of the books about women who hit thirty and feel the need to marry and have babies before it's "too late". Two problems: A) Thirty isn't that old; and B) Most of these books are written by married women. However, I raise a... (read more)

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Pipsqueak
Pipsqueak
by Brian M. Wiprud
Staff Pick
If you don't like people looking at you, then don't read Pipsqueak, because I guarantee that your raucous laughter will cause folks to stare. A taxidermied squirrel, the swing-dance craze, and secret Soviet Cold War weapons experiments all play a part in... (read more)

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Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter
Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter
by A. E. Moorat
Staff Pick
I picked up Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter not expecting to like it very much, but was sucked in despite my reservations. This  is one of the funniest books I've read in some time, and it has an amazing cast of supporting characters, any one of whom is... (read more)

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Skyjack: The Hunt for D. B. Cooper
Skyjack: The Hunt for D. B. Cooper
by Geoffrey Gray
Staff Pick
Forty years after his successful(?) jump from a plane, with $200,000 in cash, D. B. Cooper still hasn't been found and none of the possible suspects has been definitively named the culprit. Geoffrey Gray was drawn into the mystery of the elusive... (read more)

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Paranoia
Paranoia
by Joseph Finder
Staff Pick
One of my favorite thrillers of 2004 is now available in paperback! Adam Cassidy is a low-level corporate drone who makes a costly mistake and finds himself out of his depth when he agrees to do some corporate spying to save his bacon. This fast-paced... (read more)

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