LJ Fiction Reviews: December 2016

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Most readers will enjoy Batuman’s lighthearted and wry debut; it is a pure pleasure to grow older alongside Drabble; Oust blends just the right ingredients of humor, mystery, and action; it’s the flaws that make romance protagonists perfect Six Wakes delivers the ultimate locked-room mystery with top-notch sf worldbuilding;

Fiction from Banner, Connelly, Flagg, Koike, and Singh, plus an Icelandic Debut | Xpress Reviews

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This solid read will please both Connelly’s longtime fans; die-hard Flagg admirers will enjoy this latest title; Jonasson’s debut has transformed the locked-room myster; a translated work to please Asian horror fans; Singh’s latest series entry continues to set the bar high

Alice Hoffman | Spotlight LibraryReads Author, November 15, 2016

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“This novel comes from lots of different places,” explained Hoffman in a phone interview with LJ, “but one thing I was thinking about was mothers and daughters, and I was missing my own mother.”

Travel Through Jewish Fiction: Celebrate Jewish Book Month with These Titles and Read-Alikes

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With this sampling of just-released 2016 and backlisted 2015 titles, there’s something for every reader to enjoy during Jewish Book Month.

Fall Indie Fiction: Best Novels and Short Stories Beyond the Mainstream

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Fun, propulsive reading that really is about the hunt, not the treasure; an embracingly and impeccably penned study of one woman’s anguish; brightly and incisively written, this is a well-rendered portrait of a stranger among us

Fiction from Manaster and Debuter Smith | Xpress Reviews

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Manaster has written a deeply human and morally saturated novel, with captivating language; while debuter Smith’s protagonists are well drawn, it’s hard to care for a relationship that seems so disengaged

Resilient Rulers: From Victoria to Cixi to Catherine the Great | RA Crossroads

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Welcome to Readers’ Advisory (RA) Crossroads, where books, movies, music, and other media converge and whole-collection RA service goes where it may. In this column, Queen Victoria leads me down a winding path.

LJ Fiction Reviews: November 15, 2016

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Debuter Fabiaschi is a perfect choice for book clubs; an enthralling retelling of the women of Troy; recent Jewish fiction; a roundup of top indie picks; graphic novels for Black History Month; for fans of magic-based fantasy, Shinn blends a potent brew of politics and alchemy

Fiction from Church, Gracen, Hart, Higashino, March, Maxwell, Wallace, & Winterson | Xpress Reviews

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An appealing and passionate love story from Grace; Hart delivers a suspenseful, gritty Ash McKenna book; Higashino has crafted an epic crime novel; a historical debut from Limburg; a Christmas tale from March; a sweetly unconventional Regency romance from Maxwell; a satisfactory debut from Moore; a holiday collection from Winterson

Fiction from Rice and Riggle, with a Debut from Rydahl | Xpress Reviews

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“Vampire Chronicles” fandom will be clamoring for a peek at Rice’s latest tale, though it’s confusing at times; Riggle presents an entrancing novel of the Broadway theatrical world in its heyday; Rydahl’s debut unfolds one unexpected clue at a time and will keep readers guessing until the very end