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Audiobook Review: Dodger by Terry Pratchett

Audiobook Review: Dodger by Terry Pratchett

Title: Dodger Author: Terry Pratchett Narrator: Stephen Briggs Publisher: HarperCollins Running Time: 10 hours, 31 minutes Source: Download from the Audiobook Sync program Summary: (taken from Goodreads) A storm. Rain-lashed city streets. A flash of lightning. A scruffy lad sees a girl leap desperately from a horse-drawn carriage in a vain attempt to escape her captors. Can the lad stand by and let her be caught again? Of course not, because he’s…Dodger. Seventeen-year-old Dodger may be a street urchin, but he gleans a living from London’s…

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Book Review: Summer of Lost and Found by Rebecca Behrens

Book Review: Summer of Lost and Found by Rebecca Behrens

  Title: Summer of Lost and Found Author: Rebecca Behrens Publisher: Aladdin/Simon & Schuster Hardcover: 288 pages Source: NetGalley Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Nell Dare expected to spend her summer vacation hanging out with her friends in New York City. That is, until her botanist mom dragged her all the way to Roanoke Island for a research trip. To make matters worse, her father suddenly and mysteriously leaves town, leaving no explanation or clues as to where he went—or why. While Nell misses the city—and…

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Book Review: The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher

Book Review: The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher

Title: The Aeronaut’s Windlass Author: Jim Butcher Series: The Cinder Spires, Book 1 Publisher: Roc Paperback: 630 pages Source: Chicago OverDrive Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Since time immemorial, the Spires have sheltered humanity, towering for miles over the mist-shrouded surface of the world. Within their halls, aristocratic houses have ruled for generations, developing scientific marvels, fostering trade alliances, and building fleets of airships to keep the peace. Captain Grimm commands the merchant ship, Predator. Fiercely loyal to Spire Albion, he has taken their side in…

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Book Review: The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X and Alex Haley

Book Review: The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X and Alex Haley

Title: The Autobiography of Malcolm X Authors: Malcolm X, Alex Haley Publisher: Ballantine Paperback: 466 pages Source: Owned Summary: (taken from Goodreads) From hustling, drug addiction and armed violence in America’s black ghettos Malcolm X turned, in a dramatic prison conversion, to the puritanical fervour of the Black Muslims. As their spokesman he became identified in the white press as a terrifying teacher of race hatred; but to his direct audience, the oppressed American blacks, he brought hope and self-respect. This autobiography (written with Alex Haley)…

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Book Review: Kitty and the Midnight Hour by Carrie Vaughn

Book Review: Kitty and the Midnight Hour by Carrie Vaughn

Title: Kitty and the Midnight Hour Author: Carrie Vaughn Series: Kitty Norville, Book 1 Publisher: Grand Central Publishing Paperback: 259 pages Source: Chicago Public Library Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Kitty Norville is a midnight-shift DJ for a Denver radio station – and a werewolf in the closet. Her new late-night advice show for the supernaturally disadvantaged is a raging success, but it’s Kitty who can use some help. With one sexy werewolf-hunter and a few homicidal undead on her tail,…

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Book Review: Real Murders by Charlaine Harris

Book Review: Real Murders by Charlaine Harris

Title: Real Murders Author: Charlaine Harris Series: Aurora Teagarden, Book 1 Publisher: Berkeley Paperback: 290 pages Source: Chicago Public Library Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Lawrenceton, Georgia, may be a growing suburb of Atlanta, but it’s still a small town at heart. Librarian Aurora “Roe” Teagarden grew up there and knows more than enough about her fellow townsfolk, including which ones share her interest in the darker side of human nature. With those fellow crime buffs, Roe belongs to a club…

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Book Review: The Woman Who Died A Lot by Jasper Fforde

Book Review: The Woman Who Died A Lot by Jasper Fforde

Title: The Woman Who Died A Lot Author: Jasper Fforde Series: Thursday Next, Book 7 Publisher: Viking Hardcover: 366 pages Source: Chicago Public Library Summary: (taken from Goodreads) The Bookworld’s leading enforcement officer, Thursday Next, has been forced into a semiretirement following an assassination attempt, returning home to Swindon and her family to recuperate. But Thursday’s children have problems that demand she become a mother of invention: Friday’s career struggles in the Chronoguard, where he is relegated to a might-have-been;…

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Book Review: Bream Gives Me Hiccups by Jesse Eisenberg

Book Review: Bream Gives Me Hiccups by Jesse Eisenberg

Title: Bream Gives Me Hiccups Author: Jesse Eisenberg Publisher: Grove Press Hardcover:  273 pages Source: Chicago OverDrive Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Taking its title from a group of stories that begin the book, Bream Gives Me Hiccups moves from contemporary L.A. to the dormrooms of an American college to ancient Pompeii, throwing the reader into a universe of social misfits, reimagined scenes from history, and ridiculous overreactions. In one piece, a tense email exchange between a young man and his…

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Book Review: The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron

Book Review: The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron

Title: The Dark Unwinding Author: Sharon Cameron Series: The Dark Unwinding, Book 1 Publisher: Scholastic Hardcover: 318 pages Source: Chicago Public Library Summary: (taken from Goodreads) When Katharine Tulman’s inheritance is called into question by the rumor that her eccentric uncle is squandering away the family fortune, she is sent to his estate to have him committed to an asylum. But instead of a lunatic, Katharine discovers a genius inventor with his own set of rules, who employs a village…

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Book Review: M is for Magic by Neil Gaiman

Book Review: M is for Magic by Neil Gaiman

Title: M is for Magic Author: Neil Gaiman Publisher: HarperCollins Hardcover: 260 pages Source: Chicago OverDrive Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Stories to delight, enchant, and surprise you. Bestselling author and master storyteller Neil Gaiman here presents a breathtaking collection of tales that may chill or amuse readers – but always embrace the unexpected. Collection includes: “The Case of the Four and Twenty Blackbirds,” “Troll Bridge,” “Don’t Ask Jack,” “How to Sell the Ponti Bridge,” “October in the Chair,” “Chivalry,” “The…

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