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The Distance by Helen Giltrow

The Distance by Helen Giltrow

The Distance by Helen Giltrow (Doubleday, Sept 9, 2014)-Karla is really Charlotte Alton, but Charlotte is really Karla. Confused? Don’t be. Charlotte Alton is a socialite, known for belonging to the most sparkling circles of London, confident and beautiful. Karla is a woman who gets things done using subterfuge and tradecraft, helping to cover the tracks of criminals and acting as a resource in bringing down those that would do … Continue reading

Double Feature: Those Across the River and The Necromancer’s House

Double Feature: Those Across the River and The Necromancer’s House

Those Across the River by Christopher Buehlman (Ace, Sept. 2011)-When Frank Nichols and his wife Dora move into his aunt’s house in rural Whitbrow, Georgia, they’re eager for a fresh start. Frank plans to write a book about the nearby Savoyard Plantation, which belonged to his great-grandfather, and Dora will teach at the local school. They quickly settle into the rhythm of small town life and find the people to … Continue reading

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (Knopf, Sept 9th, 2014)-Station Eleven takes place, mostly, in Year Twenty, which is, appropriately, 20 years after 99% of the world’s population is obliterated by a swift killer called the Georgia Flu. The comment is made by one character that it’s kind of a lovely name (after the Georgia of Eurasia, it’s origin), for something that kills so quickly and ruthlessly, roughly 48 … Continue reading

Blightborn (The Heartland Trilogy #2) by Chuck Wendig

Blightborn (The Heartland Trilogy #2) by Chuck Wendig

Blightborn by Chuck Wendig (Skyscape, July 2014)-WARNING: If you haven’t read Under the Empyrean Sky, you may want to skip this review, since contains inevitable spoilers (although not much more than you can read in the back cover copy for Blightborn) for Under the Empyrean Sky. You’ve been warned! In Under the Empyrean Sky, we were introduced to the homespun, very earthy realities of the Heartland, a landscape firmly under the Empyrean’s … Continue reading

Don’t Look Back by Gregg Hurwitz

Don’t Look Back by Gregg Hurwitz

Don’t Look Back by Gregg Hurwitz (St. Martins Press, Aug. 2014)-Sometimes I need a straight up, scary as hell thriller to get me out of a reading slump, don’t you? Don’t Look Back scratched that itch, and then some. This is the first book by Gregg Hurwitz that I’ve read, and it won’t be my last. Eve Hardaway is devastated at the news of her husband’s affair, and quietly goes … Continue reading

The Kills: The Massive by Richard House

The Kills: The Massive by Richard House

The Kills: The Massive by Richard House (Picador, August 2014)-The US release of The Kills is actually four books in one, and after starting off with a bang with Sutler, it’s time to move onto Book 2: The Massive. The Massive is the “city” at Camp Liberty that all that money that disappeared in Sutler was supposed to fund. It’s Iraq, it’s hot, bullets are flying, IEDs are par for the … Continue reading

Acceptance (Southern Reach #3) by Jeff VanderMeer

Acceptance (Southern Reach #3) by Jeff VanderMeer

Acceptance by Jeff VanderMeer (FSG, Sept. 2nd)-Please note: There are no spoilers for this book, but may be minor spoilers for previous books. Have you read Annihilation and Authority and now you’re ready for some answers? Jeff VanderMeer delivers the answers you want, and much more, in Acceptance, the final book in the Southern Reach Trilogy. This is a hard one to review, because it’s kind of the “big reveal” … Continue reading

The Winter Long (October Daye #8) by Seanan McGuire

The Winter Long (October Daye #8) by Seanan McGuire

The Winter Long by Seanan McGuire (DAW-Sept. 2nd, 2014)-The Winter Long is so chock full of revelations, and more than a few answered questions, that revealing any of them, would pretty thoroughly spoil the book for you. So, I’ll keep it short and sweet, and deliberately, and probably annoyingly, vague. Sorry about that… I mean, seriously, when you see back cover copy like this: Toby thought she understood her own … Continue reading

Plague World (Ashley Parker #3) by Dana Fredsti

Plague World (Ashley Parker #3) by Dana Fredsti

Plague World by Dana Fredsti (Titan Books, August 26th, 2014)-(Warning: This assumes you’re caught up with the series. If not, there may be minor spoilers ahead for previous books.) For two books now (Plague Town and Plague Nation), Ashley Parker has been dealing with, and battling, the plague, and the zombies they spawned, like a champ, and Plague Nation was especially harrowing for Ashley and the gang. There was a … Continue reading

Weirdo by Cathi Unsworth

Weirdo by Cathi Unsworth

Weirdo by Cathi Unsworth (House of Anansi (Spiderline))-It’s been twenty years since a terrible, supposedly ritualistic murder was committed in a small town by the sea, and Sean Ward, former detective of the London Metropolitan Police is now working cold cases as a private detective after being badly injured on the job. Corinne Woodrow has been put away for her part in the murder, and as far as the public … Continue reading

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