Xpress Reviews

Web-first reviews of books and media, including e-original/e-exclusive titles.

E-Originals from Boyce, Fielding & Others, Fraser, London, and Stein | Xpress Reviews

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Boyce’s latest historical is intriguing and unique, Fielding and company hit notes in m/m and fantasy romance, a twist brings Fraser’s latest to a satisfying ending, London presents a fun and fast contemporary, and Stein will mesmerize us

Nonfiction: Iraq & Afghanistan, the Westons, Peggy Lee, Women in Politics, Beastie Boys | Xpress Reviews

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Latin American photos, dogs, U.S. wars in the Middle East, the Bible, the Weston sisters, travel and bartering, Peggy Lee, women in politics, Route 66, cybercrime, Carl Schmitt, the Beastie Boys, Northern race relations, aging well

Graphic Novels from Harris, Hermann & Yves H., Hubert & Caillou, and Vansant | Xpress Reviews

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A smart and quirky tale from Harris, a sobering cautionary parable from Hermann & Yves H., a this sensitive coming-of-age-gay tale from Hubert & Caillou, and a useful introduction to the Battle of the Bulge from Vansant

Audiobooks from Candlish, Eggers, Glass, Greene, Hubbard, and Pasulka | Xpress Reviews

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Sun-drenched women’s fiction from Candlish, a miss from Eggers, an engaging and believable tale from Glass, historical Appalachian fiction from Greene, short stories from Hubbard, an optional sports story from Pasulka

Fiction from Cornwell, Finn, James, and Takano | Xpress Reviews

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Tenth-century English battles, trickery, and treachery from Cornwell, a solid balance between history and the supernatural from Finn, gothic overtones in James’s sophomore effort, a fast read jam-packed with speculation from Takano

Graphic Novels from Pak & Lee and Rabaté | Xpress Reviews

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Batman and Superman in various incarnations battle it out; a gorgeous and engaging wordless play from Rabaté

Nonfiction for Knitters and Military Decision-Makers | Xpress Reviews

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A worthwhile book intended for a wide range of knitters and the government’s role in decision-making on military action

E-Originals from Browning, Lin, Lucas, & Sherwood, plus an Erotic Serial from Wolff | Xpress Reviews

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A slow-starter from Browning, detailed 19th-century China from Lin, a satisfying historical from Lucas, a complex new adult from Sherwood, and erotic serial from Wolff

Nonfiction: Karl Barth; “Ol’ Man River”; Creative Britain; Gangs; Peter, Paul, & Mary | Xpress Reviews

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Barth’s theology, singing an old man song, Pluto’s astrology, Britain’s cultural capital, L.A. gangs, architecture with sensitivity toward nature, folk song pioneers Peter Paul and Mary

Graphic Novels from Higgins, Siegel, & Reis and Ollmann | Xpress Reviews

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Moody, atmospheric art and the surprise cliff-hanger ending will leave readers of C.O.W.L. hankering for more; Ollmann’s volume will become a favorite of graphic novel fans with a literary bent

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