Fiction

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Fiction from Billingham, Ellison, Hubbard Award Winners, and a Thrillery Debut | Xpress Reviews

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Tom Thorne gets into more twisty plots, the fourth Samantha Owens novel is breathtaking, speculative fiction fans will welcome the new Hubbard winners, a debut offers a riveting glimpse into the world of Silicon Valley start-ups

Naomi Novik | LibraryReads Author, May 15, 2015

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Interview with LibraryReads No. 1 vote getter Naomi Novik, author of Uprooted

Kosmatka’s Otherwordly Thriller, McLain’s Beryl Markham, North’s Solid Sophomore Effort, & More | Fiction Reviews, May 15, 2015

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Kosmatka brilliantly probes scientific discovery and its effects on the world; McLain vividly introduces the enigmatic Beryl Markham to a new generation of readers; Dave offers fast-moving chapters and snappy dialog; Sanna’s a strong choice for book clubs

First Novelists Abbot, Fortune, McManus, Sanna, Wilson, & Others | Debut Fiction, May 15, 2015

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Atmospheric family drama from Abbott, Fortune’s Nova is taut as a wire, Patrick creates a world heavily influenced by Renaissance Italy, Wilson offers a much-needed voice in contemporary women’s fiction.

Fiction Giants Boyne and Ishiguro; High Seas History from Larson | Audiobook Reviews, May 15, 2015

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A difficult but rewarding book from Boyne; Ishiguro’s exquisite tale of barely remembered legends, past wrongs, and relentless change; Simon Brick’s wonderful narration of Larson’s unforgettable story of life and death on the high seas

Dramedy from Trueba, Autism and Family Ties, Monks and Inner-City Youth, Plus New Fast Scans | Video Reviews, May 15, 2015

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A middle-aged, Beatles-obsessed schoolteacher picks up two teenage runaways while embarking on a 1966 road trip to Almeria, Spain; a caretaker’s familiar battle between duty and desire; an uplifting Rule offers hope for inner-city youth

Hot Summertime Reads

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Grab an iced tea and one of these genre fiction favorites.

Early Summer Reading | Wyatt’s World

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Like most celebrations, summer reading starts earlier and earlier each year. One might as well begin reading in the mode of the season sooner rather than later. Here are five ways to devise a plan of action.

Fiction from Chaplin, Thoft, and Tiraboschi | Xpress Reviews

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A brilliantly complex historical novel from Chaplin, a worthy successor to Thoft’s earlier series entries, Tiraboschi’s first work to be translated into English has promise

Fiction from Cooley, Factor, Gist, Harris, Johnson, and London | Xpress Reviews

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A superb mystery from Cooley; Gist’s latest offers more details on the Chicago World’s Fair; Harris’s Loki is sly, devious, and conflicted; more Longmire from Johnson; and London’s Cabot sister goes for adventure