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The Book of Speculation

The Book of Speculation Erika Swyler St. Martin’s Press Pub Date: Jun 23 2015 When reading an especially good book, sometimes I wonder if I’m under a spell: that the story won’t hold up to the joy of its wonderful … Continue reading

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Increase, Decrease

Increase, Decrease By Judith Durant Storey Publishing June 02, 2015 It’s difficult to find an instructional book for a knitter who is just beyond a beginner but well short of advanced, so I was delighted to find Increase, Decrease to be the … Continue reading

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‘Touch’ surprisingly touching, thrill-a-minute read

Touch by Claire North Published by Redhook Pub Date: February 24, 2015 Die a violent death and maybe you’ll become a strange immortal entity, able to take any body as your own, any life becomes your playground. Want to be … Continue reading

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Scalzi: Still a Legit Writer

Lock In by John Scalzi Published by Tor August 26, 2014 I was worried it would be difficult to objectively review a book by an author I admire beyond his fiction writing, but as soon as I opened John Scalzi’s … Continue reading

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Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer

Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer Published by Dutton September 30, 2014 How many heartbreaks can a reader endure in the span of one book? Meg Wolitzer apparently tries to find out in her beautiful new YA novel Belzhar, due in bookstores … Continue reading

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Found book review: King of the Screwups

I found this review on Twitter today. Though I follow her for her whit, I don’t know who this ahillatwork person is, or even anything about the book she reviewed, but she seems to be in need of a blog … Continue reading

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Conflicts with Interest

Conflicts with Interest: a novelby Michael RuddyPublished by Rodeo PublishingJanuary 2010 I’m a big fan of small publishers, and was pleased to be introduced to Rodeo Publishing by the way of Conflicts with Interest, a gritty novel set in the … Continue reading

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School’s summer reading: a few quick reviews

The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done about It. Collier, Paul. Oxford, 2007 My favorite of the summer readings, and the only one I would go out of my way to suggest to … Continue reading

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Squandered Victory

Squandered Victory: The American Occupation and the Bungled Effort to Bring Democracy to Iraq By Larry Diamond © Times Books 2005 For my “Middle Eastern Politics and Diplomacy” class I gave a presentation on Squandered Victory, a book focusing on … Continue reading

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The Host: A Novel

The Host: A NovelBy Stephanie MeyerPublished by Little, Brown and CompanyMay 2008 I began this post in November 2008, after finishing The Host for the second time. Something in it reflected whatever pain I was living through right then enough … Continue reading

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Wicked Plants: The Weed that Killed Lincoln’s Mother & Other Botanical Atrocities

Wicked Plants: The Weed that Killed Lincoln’s Mother & Other Botanical Atrocitiesby Amy StewartPublished by Algonquin BooksMay 21, 2009 I had high hopes for this books as I am always looking for different ways NOT to die in nature. As … Continue reading

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The Cat Owner’s Manual: Operating Instructions, Troubleshooting Tips, and Advice on Lifetime Maintenance

The Cat Owner’s Manual: Operating Instructions, Troubleshooting Tips, and Advice on Lifetime Maintenanceby Sam StallPublished by Quirk BooksSeptember 2, 2004 Though a little silly, I found this series of books to be extremely informative to first time pet owners, or … Continue reading

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Summer reading wish list

Overqualified by Joey Comeau The Man Who Loved Books too MuchBy Allison Hoover Bartlett Wicked Plants: the Weed That Killed Lincoln’s Mother and Other Botanical AtrocitiesBy Amy Stewart (review to come) The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood The … Continue reading

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Messages

MessagesBy Jennifer Luing-SchaferPublished by iUniverse.comMarch (?) 2008 For about $600 and a little time anyone can publish a manuscript and receive a set of books featuring a genuine ISBN. For some people this is a great opportunity to do a … Continue reading

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I’ve missed me too

This is not a figment of your imagination. I have a year’s worth of books to review! Time to start losing sleep again!

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What the Dead Know

What the Dead Know by Laura LippmanPublished by William Morrow, Harper CollinsMarch 2007 Though this is my first time reading Laura Lippman, she kept what good reputation I knew of with What the Dead Know, a novel and quasi-mystery. More … Continue reading

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A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

a long way gone: memoirs of a boy soldier by Ishmael BeahPublished by Farrar, Straus and Giroux February 2007 I’m lucky. The first book I’m reviewing might be the best memoir I’ve ever read. Ishmael Beah’s account of his time … Continue reading

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Read any good books lately?

Welcome to the 4 am book review. This blog is one person’s opinions on current or soon-to-be released books. As a disclaimer: this blog in no way reflects the opinions or practices of the reviewer’s employers, any book publisher, or … Continue reading

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